Gameweek 37 preview

May 12, 2017

Everton v Watford
West Brom v Chelsea
Man City v Leicester
Bournemouth v Burnley
Middlesbrough v Southampton
Sunderland v Swansea
Stoke v Arsenal
Crystal Palace v Hull
West Ham v Liverpool
Spurs v Man Utd
Chelsea v Watford
Arsenal v Sunderland
Man City v West Brom
Southampton v Man Utd
Leicester v Spurs

Here it is. The gameweek that will probably decide so much. The title chase could take a dramatic turn this week. It’s a three horse race. Aquamar have been at the top since February 2nd. They built a lead, but over the last few weeks, The Craggy Islanders and When Harry Met Alli have chipped away. Aquamar go into this double gameweek with 12 players potentially playing twice, as do WHMA. Both have played their bench boost. The Craggy Islanders haven’t. They have 13 players lined up for a double appearance and their bench boost chip remaining. They’ve two free transfers this week. Expect 15 double gameweekers and put your money on The Craggy Islanders for the trophy.

The race for fourth should be as keenly contested. Rico, Hedgehogs, Kebab Eaters, Edgbaston and Caligula are separated by 38 points. Rico are in the box seat at the moment but have no wildcards or chips remaining. Hedgehogs are somehow still sat on their bench boost AND triple captain. Kebab Eaters have a wildcard left, and both Edgbaston and Caligula have their bench boost to play. I’m predicting a bench boost bonanza this week. How well that chip is played will probably determine our fourth place finisher.

Release The Hounds are the current holders of the highest weekly score. It’s 108 points, and they managed that in GW21. That’s got to go this week. If When Harry Met Alli can get a triple figure score from a double gameweek in which only two teams played twice, imagine what could be achieved this week. Ten teams take to the pitch for a second time, and that includes five of the top six. That’s 21 of the top 30 available players POTENTIALLY playing twice.

But only potentially. Chelsea could have the league wrapped up by this evening. If that happens, with the FA Cup final on the horizon, expect rotation for the Watford game. John Terry is bound to get a run out. Cesc Fabregas and Willian deserve more than a few more cameo appearances and will also probably start. We need a West Brom result – with a few Chelsea goals. That would keep Spurs going too. There’s less chance of rotation at the Lane, mainly because there’s not really anyone to rotate to, but how demoralised might they be come Sunday knowing they came so close for a second consecutive year? Surely Harry Kane’s pursuit of the golden boot should keep him motivated. It’s tricky. With something to play for, Arsenal and Manchester City are much better placed for this gameweek. If you’ve a wildcard kicking around – lucky you.

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Gameweek 26 results

February 27, 2017

same Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
52 1461
up When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
56 1444
down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
55 1442
up Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
61 1422
up Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
74 1416
up Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
88 1405
down Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
36 1399
down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
43 1396
down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
56 1389
10  down 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
58 1385
11  same Cooksters
Peter Cook
63 1382
12  up To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
77 1376
13  up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
79 1375
14  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
70 1369
15  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
57 1368
16  down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
54 1361
17  down INIT FC
Mustafa khan
48 1355
18  up Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
66 1351
19  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
69 1351
20  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
67 1350
21  down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
52 1346
22  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
60 1344
23  down Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
49 1337
24  same QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
50 1318
25  up RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
79 1315
26  same romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
76 1312
27  down 30:19
Darren Lavelle
32 1311
28  up nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
81 1311
29  up Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
81 1308
30  same Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
72 1302
31  down Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
68 1302
32  same Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
69 1282
33  up Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
76 1268
34  up Have a little dink
Ian Williams
79 1265
35  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
58 1264
36  down Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
55 1261
37  down I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
62 1245
38  up FTM
Stu Smith
65 1224
39  down jetty city
scott mcgow
47 1223
40  up Ciderheads
Darren Pope
56 1208
41  down Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
43 1207
42  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
61 1195
43  up Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
77 1194
44  down Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
43 1185
45  down Dj daz
darren frankland
37 1181
46  down Big White Chiefs
david frankland
37 1169
47  up Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
92 1143
48  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
51 1143
49  down bazza 28 united
laura barrett
51 1100
50  up Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
44 1063
51  up Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
38 1053
52  down DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
8 1030
53  same Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
37 1022

 

It looked like an even split of managers hoping for either a Harry Kane week or a Romelu Lukaku week. Everton welcomed Sunderland, while Spurs had Stoke to contend with. The odds may have been slightly with Lukaku, but it was Kane who provided the bigger points haul – 20 in total – 40 if you had him as captain. Lukaku’s goal came as welcome relief to those who went with the Everton striker, but come mid-afternoon Sunday, that would have been no consolation has a whole host of teams came sailing past carrying the Spurs forward and their 70+ scores.

Our weekly winner, monthly winner and most of the teams that advanced to the Buckets Cup quarter finals all had Kane, and most had him with the armband.

No-one could top Bermie United, whose unwavering faith in Leicester City finally paid off with a mindbending final total of 92 points. And all achieved whilst the manager is biking round ‘Nam for charity. Maybe Claudio is with him. Last season’s holy trinity of Vardy, Mahrez and Drinkwater contributed 23 points on top of the 40 from Kane. They made one transfer in gameweek four, and only managed to put out nine players for the weekend. Classic ghostship.

Uriah’s deserve a mention. Playing the game properly, they amassed 88 points. As well as captain Kane, they benefited from Christian Eriksen’s assists and another goal scoring performance from Gareth McAuley. He’s West Brom’s second top scorer, the league’s top scoring defender and moves into sixth place on the defender charts.

The manager of the month changed hands dramatically at the final reckoning. Both Lukaku and Kane had carried RG XV to the top of the monthly table before Monday’s game – they were 9th after last week’s fixtures. RG also had McAuley – and Seamus Coleman, who contributed anther double figure total with a seventh consecutive scoring week. Yet it wasn’t enough to hold off Rico United who pipped them by a point and have Matt Phillips to thank – for not playing. Rico utilised the bench boost expertly. Captain Phillips defaulted to vice captain Alli, and the extra eight points carried them past RG to the prize. They’re our first double month winner.

up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
79 208
up RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
79 207
same Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
61 198
up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
69 197
up Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
74 197
up Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
88 197
same Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
67 196

 

Our cup quarter finalists have been decided. FC Caligula will not defend their trophy, falling to Release The Hounds, who will take on Jarvis FC in the next round. Rico’s month winning total was enough to see them through to play Upper Bullens. Bakerlona are the lowest ranked team left in, creeping through in a battle of the ghost teams. They face league leaders Aquamar, who only just squeezed through themselves with the second lowest cup score of the week. Joey Bosa and Shoelace Untied make up the draw. Aquamar are the only top 10 team left in the competition and there are more bottom half than top half teams remaining.

 

Player of the week – Harry Kane – 20 points. Another hat trick. Time for a few weeks off now, eh Harry.

Bargain of the week – Idrissa Gueye – 10 points. Everton’s Kante. The scoring will stop here.

Donkey of the week – Ashley Barnes – -1 points. Another cheapo striker’s honeymoon period is over.

Goal of the week – Danny Drinkwater. They won’t get relegated.

 

Gameweek 21 results

January 16, 2017

same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
78 1211
up Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
93 1202
down Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
63 1186
same When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
89 1166
same Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
87 1161
up Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
83 1134
up greenyteamy
adam greenwood
93 1132
up Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
71 1129
down Cooksters
Peter Cook
60 1126
10  down Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
47 1120
11  down INIT FC
Mustafa khan
54 1119
12  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
77 1117
13  same 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
67 1116
14  down Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
57 1111
15  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
78 1110
16  up To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
78 1106
17  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
48 1103
18  down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
50 1095
19  down 30:19
Darren Lavelle
58 1092
20  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
82 1092
21  up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
83 1080
22  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
71 1078
23  up Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
68 1075
24  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
93 1074
25  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
58 1069
26  down nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
54 1066
27  up Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
84 1053
28  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
91 1049
29  down Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
74 1049
30  down Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
60 1047
31  down Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
76 1045
32  same Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
67 1026
33  up Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
108 1023
34  down Ciderheads
Darren Pope
57 1022
35  up RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
74 1008
36  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
54 1005
37  down FTM
Stu Smith
43 1000
38  same I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
73 993
39  up Have a little dink
Ian Williams
60 979
40  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
50 969
41  down Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
45 969
42  same Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
53 950
43  up Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
72 940
44  up Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
87 939
45  up Dj daz
darren frankland
89 934
46  down Big White Chiefs
david frankland
49 933
47  down jetty city
scott mcgow
44 925
48  same bazza 28 united
laura barrett
69 902
49  same Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
66 893
50  same DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
52 873
51  same Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
32 847
52  same Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
55 845
53  same Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
51 819

 

There were plenty of big scores around this week thanks to many of our elite players and popular captain choices getting in among the points. Covincing wins for Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs, all with clean sheets, almost guaranteed a good captain score. Unless you’d picked Diego Costa. If you’d plumped for any of the other usual suspects – Hazard, Pedro, Eriksen, Alli, Kane, Sanchez or Ozil – you’d have bagged yourself a good double figure total.

The most profitable of those was Harry Kane, whose patchy form has seen him drop in and out of teams all season. He’s on an upward slope at the moment with six in four. Cue a rush of transfers in ahead of next week, probably in place of Costa – probably ahead of his next dip in form.

Not many Buckets teams are carrying Kane at the moment. Release The Hounds are. They made him captain. They scored 108 points. It moves them up nine places in the league. It also guarantees them a place in the first round proper of the Buckets Cup. But best of all, it puts them in the lead for the highest weekly score, eclipsing The Craggy Islanders’ 104 points from gameweek 14. Congratulations to them. For now. Those double gameweeks aren’t far away.

If only RTH had Marcos Alonso in their defence. I suggested a few weeks ago the possibility of captaining a Chelsea defender. I don’t think anyone has been brave enough to do that yet. Two goals, a clean sheet and top bonus marks equals 21 points as a defender and that equals this seasons highest weekly player score. He’s a dream fanstasy defender, spending most of the time in the opposition’s third, yet racking up the clean sheet points that come largely courtesy of his buddies in the back three. But now at £6.5 million he’s going to be a bit of a squeeze to get in unless you’re willing to sacrifice elsewhere.

 

Player of the week – Marcos Alonso – 21 points. Two goals and a clean sheet>better than a hat trick.

Bargain of the week – Abel Hernandez – 13 points. Hull need this guy to stay fit.

Donkey of the week – Gareth McAuley – -3 points. Should have beena City player.

Goal of thew week – Andy Carroll. The GOTS contenders are coming thick and fast now.

 

Gameweek 24 results

February 4, 2016

1 FC Caligula Ajay Supeda 63 1,326
2 Golden Boys Stephanie Cripps 48 1,322
3 Your Ad Here Matthew Hopkins 66 1,322
4 Atlético Chappers Richard Chapman 78 1,302
5 Bicuitmen Chris Morton 83 1,299
6 Rocky Ba Bauer P Hawkins 87 1,296
7 Game of Throw ins Darren Lavelle 74 1,292
8 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 79 1,288
9 SS3 FC Paul Murray 91 1,285
10 When Harry met Alli Trevor Gordon 60 1,285
11 4 Lime Jellies Ian Williams 72 1,276
12 Edgbaston Micheal Dinneen 56 1,265
13 Grievous AngelRangel Andrew Swift 71 1,261
14 Sergio Five O DEAN CRIPPS 80 1,261
15 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 66 1,259
16 Gaalacticos Colin Goulding 68 1,258
17 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 82 1,257
18 greensmeansbusiness adam greenwood 56 1,251
19 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 59 1,249
20 Walking with Memphis Noel Driver 65 1,248
21 Howayman Mark Bromham 72 1,248
22 Romeo’s Honda Van Rob Hewer 59 1,238
23 scotty2hotty scott mcgow 64 1,238
24 JonniestaRedmondinho David Spinks 81 1,235
25 Init fc Mustafa khan 54 1,234
26 Below Par Paul Bentz 82 1,222
27 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 83 1,214
28 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 88 1,209
29 The Hardy Boys Alan Hardy 116 1,209
30 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 69 1,207
31 The Craggy Islanders Adrian Roche 52 1,193
32 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 54 1,176
33 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 78 1,172
34 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 68 1,161
35 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 105 1,144
36 RICO UNITED JASON REACHER 48 1,105
37 Go Buffoons Go!!! Jitesh Lakhani 33 1,095
38 Crazy Legs XI David Caldicott 80 1,088
39 Ciderheads Darren Pope 57 1,088
40 Sweet Cherry Pie Jason Earwicker 69 1,058
41 Baker Bum Boys Lewis Baker 48 1,053
42 Bish Bosh Goal Simon Purnell 43 1,010
43 REAL JORVIK Simon Brown 53 953
44 BrussiaHairbach Alex Ritchie 48 922

 

We have two scores above a hundred this week in a high scoring week all round. Release The Hounds hit 105 points with only one player, Nathaniel Clyne, scoring nothing other than their appearance points. The front six scored 79 points between them, which included eight goals. I’m not sure what Kevin De Bruyne was doing as captain, but having Dele Alli as vice certainly helped.

Weekly winners however are The Hardy Boys who, with 116 points, have guaranteed their bye through to the first round of the cup and risen four places in the league. They are now within touching distance of the mid table scrum. Hardy Boys were helped by playing their bench boost to the tune of 13 extra points. The rest was made up largely from scoring seven goals and keeping five clean sheets.

It was a week on which most of the old faithful could be relied upon. All of the top seven teams kept a clean sheet. Ten teams in all didn’t concede. Most Buckets teams were able to keep at least three clean sheets. And at the other end Jamie Vardy, Harry Kane and Ross Barkley all netted twice. Barkley’s status as a midfielder edged him ahead of his rivals to collect the player of the week award.

Our top three have been pegged back a little further. The 49 point gap between fourth and first last week is now down to 24. A 49 point gap now encompasses the whole of he top 10. FC Caligula have finally dismounted Golden Boys from the top spot, but they and Your Ad Here should be looking over their shoulders. Atletico Chappers, Bisciutmen and Rocky B Bauer have all moved within striking distance.

 

Player of the week – Ross Barkley – 16 points. His second award.

Bargain of the week – Fraser Foster – 12 points. Four games back from injury – four clean sheets.

Donkey of the week – Jamaal Lascelles – -3 points. Classic defender’s bad week – three conceded and sent off into the bargain.

Goal of the week – Jamie Vardy. His third nomination, and Leicester’s fifth.

 

Gameweek 20 results

January 4, 2016

1 Golden Boys Stephanie Cripps 37 1,132
2 Your Ad Here Matthew Hopkins 30 1,112
3 FC Caligula Ajay Supeda 45 1,103
4 4 Lime Jellies Ian Williams 28 1,094
5 Howayman Mark Bromham 49 1,075
6 greensmeansbusiness adam greenwood 51 1,067
7 Sergio Five O DEAN CRIPPS 46 1,067
8 SS3 FC Paul Murray 56 1,065
9 Game of Throw ins Darren Lavelle 43 1,065
10 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 37 1,062
11 Walking with Memphis Noel Driver 53 1,060
12 Edgbaston Micheal Dinneen 31 1,059
13 Gaalacticos Colin Goulding 33 1,057
14 Rocky Ba Bauer P Hawkins 29 1,054
15 scotty2hotty scott mcgow 21 1,054
16 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 31 1,050
17 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 39 1,045
18 Atlético Chappers Richard Chapman 43 1,042
19 Bicuitmen Chris Morton 37 1,041
20 The Kolarov Mané Trevor Gordon 50 1,039
21 Init fc Mustafa khan 41 1,035
22 Grievous AngelRangel Andrew Swift 51 1,025
23 Romeo’s Honda Van Rob Hewer 38 1,021
24 JonniestaRedmondinho David Spinks 42 1,018
25 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 29 1,012
26 The Craggy Islanders Adrian Roche 46 1,010
27 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 35 1,006
28 Below Par Paul Bentz 35 1,006
29 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 42 1,006
30 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 38 1,000
31 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 41 997
32 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 30 975
33 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 52 973
34 The Hardy Boys Alan Hardy 35 932
35 RICO UNITED JASON REACHER 41 930
36 Go Buffoons Go!!! Jitesh Lakhani 37 925
37 Ciderheads Darren Pope 43 921
38 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 56 902
39 Baker Bum Boys Lewis Baker 51 900
40 Crazy Legs XI David Caldicott 43 889
41 Sweet Cherry Pie Jason Earwicker 19 866
42 Bish Bosh Goal Simon Purnell 52 847
43 REAL JORVIK Simon Brown 49 777
44 BrussiaHairbach Alex Ritchie 43 740

 

Too much Christmas pud maybe? A low scoring week in which Release The Hounds and SS3 both scored 56 points to be in contention for the manager of the week award. SS3 become the first team to pick up three weekly awards, scoring one more goal than RTH. The fact that only Romelu Lukaku of our super six contributed anything extra may explain the low scores. Riyad Mahrez and Mesut Ozil even dared to add a minus score to their finishing totals. Mahrez missed a penalty and Ozil was booked.

Laurent Koscielny and Petr Cech boosted SS3’s total. A risky punt on Cech as skipper yielded 20 points. SS3 may have expected a standard six point clean sheet haul, doubled to twelve. Thanks to Newcastle actually competing, Cech made six saves, which converted into two save points, which led to two more bonus points. The extra (possibly unexpected) eight points helped SS3 climb seven places in the table into the top ten and up to eighth.

 

Player of the week – Laurent Koscielny – 15 points. Toe poke and a clean sheet.

Bargain of the week – Jermain Defoe – 13 points. To move 7 points ahead of Villa.

Donkey of the week – Simon Francis – -2 points. Lasted less time than Geoff Cameron, and is owned by more people.

Goal of the week – Carles Gil. In a week of crackers…as much for the ridiculous headless chicken run that set it up.

 

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