End of season results

May 23, 2017

up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
85 2315
down When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
80 2312
same Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
77 2274
up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
110 2255

The Craggy Islanders are our champions. By three points. I think that might be our closest finish yet. It was looking at one point, before the bonuses came in, that it might end up being a tie. I’m glad it wasn’t. I didn’t fancy the season long count back of goals scored. The Islanders won the last weekly battle 85 to 80 – the five point gap enough to take over at the top. WHMA played the All Out Attack, but to no avail. It wouldn’t have made a difference had they not bothered.

The Islanders started this season as our first manager of the week and then spent most of the next three months coming and going, in and out of the top 10. They hit a century in gameweek 14 climbing back to the summit. From that moment on they never left the top four, clinging on to first for six weeks between 16 and 22, and then next appearing in top spot when it really mattered – gameweek 38.

Meaning When Harry Met Alli must settle for second place for the second successive year. They were always in the mix. They never dropped out of the top 10 but for one week in December. From the turn of the year they took up residence in the top four and never fell below that. They were at the head of the group of teams trying to peg back Aquamar through the last third of the season, managing to take the lead in gameweek 37. Perhaps their decision to play their bench boost a week earlier than The Islanders cost them the title. We’ll never know.

And we’ll never know whether Aquamar’s itchy transfer finger cost them the top prize. Sitting in the top 3,000 worldwide in gameweek 32 with an 80 point lead over their nearest Buckets challenger, they went on a complete transfer bender making 19 in the last six weeks. Not having Harry Kane to play out the final two weeks, however, was probably the biggest handicap. It was a season of what might have been for Aquamar, also finishing runners-up in the Buckets Cup to Shoelace Untied.

Fourth place was a battle to the death with five or so teams continuously changing places over the closing two months of the season. Kebab Eaters United eventually pipped Edgbaston to the last cash prize. Edgbaston finished fifth last year too, but do take home the prize for the May manager of the month and the highest weekly score – a record breaking 181 points in gameweek 37.

Shoelace ploughed all of their energy into winning the cup, taking 76 points worth of hits across three gameweeks in order to outscore their opponents. Curiously, they also climbed the table, proving that taking hits doesn’t necessarily always cost you points. As long as you bring in the right players. It’s not a tactic I’d suggest playing across an entire season.

Rico United were double month winners and Yeboah’s Right Foot won manager of the week more than anyone else, coming out on top four times. That’s probably pretty impressive in a 53 team league. The record still stands at seven in a 26 team league.

Alexis Sanchez topped the player charts by some distance, although had Harry Kane played out a full season, it’s probable he’d have collected more points. He finished joint third with Eden Hazard, and just behind Dele Alli, but missed eight games with injury. Tom Heaton was the top goalkeeper. He kept ten clean sheets, and headed both the saves made and bonus points tables to finish ahead of Hugo Lloris and Thibault Courtois. The Chelsea defence ruled. No-one got close to Cahill, Alonso and Azpilicueta. Kane, Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku topped the bonus charts, all scoring 33. Marcos Alonso’s value rose the most over the course of the season, £0.9 million to £6.9 million.

Picking a bargain buy of the season hasn’t been as easy as last year when we had so many Leicester players to choose from. West Brom’s second top scorer, Gareth McAuley, deserves a mention. The 804 year old defender started as a £4.5 million back up in many teams but probably lasted the distance thanks to his steady return of goals and clean sheets – up until the point that West Brom reached 40 points and they got the holiday brochures out. Josh King’s second half of the season was as prolific as any of the elite forward players in the league. Only Sanchez and Alli scored more from midfield. From gameweek 20 onwards he contributed in 13 of the 18 games he played in. Expect a position change and starting price rise for next season.

See you then.

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Gameweek 37 preview

May 19, 2017

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

We’ve made it to the final week of the season. The race for this year’s Buckets title is between three teams. When Harry Met Alli lead The Craggy Islanders by two points. Long time leaders, Aquamar, are 30 or so points back in third. WHMA have their All Out Attack chip remaining, and given the crazy goalfests you often get in gameweek 38, it might be the best time to play it. It might be what gets them over the line ahead of their rivals.

Five other teams go into the week with a realistic chance of finishing fourth. Kebab Eaters United have their All Out Attack remaining. Hedgehog Corpse have a triple captain to play, and they have Gabriel Jesus and Alexis Sanchez in their squad. Manchester City and Arsenal are two of the three teams left with something to play for and those two players were two of the top five scorers from last week’s mega double gameweek. That’s not to rule out last week’s high scorers, Edgbaston, last year’s champs, FC Caligula, and double manager of the month, Rico United. It’s the creme de la creme.

The other team with something to fight for are Liverpool, who, due to their lack of action in double gameweeks, have fallen off the fantasy radar a little. Their rout of West Ham last week, and the fact they take on a relegated Middlesbrough at home this week, should turn your attention to that elite midfield bunch of theirs for one last time this season. Philippe Coutinho seems the obvious choice and would only cost £8.6 million. They’ve also finally figured out how to defend with four clean sheets in their last five. Joel Matip leads the way in their defence with three two point bonus performances in that run.

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.

Gameweek 35 results

May 2, 2017

same Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
63 2040
up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
79 1990
down When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
75 1987
up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
86 1955
up Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
69 1937
down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
53 1928
up Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
80 1905
same FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
48 1885
down Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
44 1884
10  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
49 1883
11  up Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
71 1880
12  up Cooksters
Peter Cook
60 1860
13  up Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
56 1858
14  up 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
72 1857
15  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
38 1856
16  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
50 1853
17  down INIT FC
Mustafa khan
42 1853
18  same To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
61 1852
19  down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
35 1841
20  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
38 1828
21  same Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
46 1824
22  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
57 1824
23  up Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
58 1823
24  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
51 1817
25  same QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
50 1809
26  up Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
75 1803
27  up nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
64 1790
28  down Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
50 1784
29  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
65 1779
30  down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
31 1768
31  same Have a little dink
Ian Williams
48 1764
32  same jetty city
scott mcgow
60 1744
33  same Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
66 1741
34  same 30:19
Darren Lavelle
46 1713
35  up Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
82 1712
36  down RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
52 1709
37  down I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
66 1706
38  same Ciderheads
Darren Pope
49 1676
39  up FTM
Stu Smith
62 1672
40  down Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
49 1663
41  same Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
35 1631
42  same Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
49 1630
43  up Dj daz
darren frankland
57 1616
44  down Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
35 1596
45  same Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
31 1587
46  same Big White Chiefs
david frankland
33 1567
47  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
58 1535
48  up bazza 28 united
laura barrett
51 1531
49  down Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
43 1526
50  down Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
44 1525
51  same Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
69 1469
52  same Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
45 1443
53  same DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
46 1440

 

Quite a few managers played their all out attack chips this weekend. Well, you’ve got to get rid of it sometime I suppose. This was on the Saturday in which seven of the ten teams to play kept a clean sheet, and the player of the week was the game’s lowest priced first team regular, penalty saving goalkeeper, Eldin Jakupovic.

Maybe Aquamar thinks the league is won. They’re taking hits for fun at the moment. Another three this week for eight more points, although all worked out ridiclously well. Aguero, Stephens and Hazard returned 37 points – and all are set up nicely for the upcoming double gameweeks. The gap has closed up at the top again – now at 50 points. And there continues to be a lot of jostling for position behind. Kebab Eaters, second two weeks ago, are now down to sixth. Rico United climb into prize money contention with the highest score of the week, and down in seventh, Biscuitmen posted an 80 point score to keep themselves in the hunt.

Rico’s week winning 86 points wasn’t quite enough to pinch the manager of the month prize. They fell short of Hucking Fell who also held off challenges from The Craggy Islanders and Shoelace to pocket the £60.

same Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
58 414
up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
79 400
down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
51 396
up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
86 391

 

Player of the week – Eldin Jakupovic – 14 points. I don’t know where I’m meant to go with the bargain award

Bargain of the week award – Jack Stephens – 8 points. The other regular £4.1 million man.

Donkey of the week award – Nacho Monreal – 0 points. They’re not convincing ahead of their double double gameweeks

Goal of the week – Emre Can. 

Gameweek 32 results

April 10, 2017

same Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
89 1873
same When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
75 1793
same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
84 1773
up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
81 1766
down Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
79 1764
same RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
73 1753
up Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
88 1744
up Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
87 1735
down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
49 1716
10  up Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
76 1711
11  up Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
64 1703
12  down To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
61 1702
13  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
82 1699
14  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
68 1698
15  down 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
54 1697
16  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
62 1694
17  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
56 1693
18  up Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
87 1686
19  same INIT FC
Mustafa khan
68 1684
20  down Cooksters
Peter Cook
62 1683
21  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
51 1655
22  up Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
100 1652
23  same Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
58 1650
24  same QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
66 1648
25  down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
46 1640
26  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
74 1631
27  down Have a little dink
Ian Williams
59 1630
28  down Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
65 1627
29  up Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
80 1627
30  same Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
72 1622
31  down nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
57 1608
32  up Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
60 1577
33  down RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
46 1572
34  down 30:19
Darren Lavelle
50 1568
35  up I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
62 1557
36  down jetty city
scott mcgow
57 1555
37  up Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
76 1548
38  up Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
73 1531
39  down FTM
Stu Smith
50 1527
40  same Ciderheads
Darren Pope
63 1511
41  up Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
83 1475
42  down Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
37 1459
43  same Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
52 1453
44  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
63 1448
45  down Dj daz
darren frankland
55 1445
46  same Big White Chiefs
david frankland
43 1407
47  same Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
25 1384
48  up bazza 28 united
laura barrett
67 1383
49  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
41 1373
50  same Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
66 1363
51  same Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
61 1320
52  same Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
56 1292
53  same DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
59 1277

 

Still no team seems capable of catching Aquamar. They’ve been on the rise in the international game too, jumping to 2,602nd in the world. More often than not they’re outscoring most of the Buckets chasing pack, and always maintaining that lead, which currently stands at 80 points. That’s the highest it’s been. They’re chip-less and now wildcard-less – but has playing them early built up an unassailable lead?

Poor When Harry Met Alli, The Craggy Islanders, Biscuitmen, Hedgehog’s and Kebab Eaters have been staring at the back of Aquamar’s head for most of the season. They continue to score above average every week without making any real inroads, and now they’ve got the relentless rise of teams like Rico United and Joey Bosa coming up behind them to contend with. Rico and Joey were barely top 20 at the turn of the year, but now sit in 6th and 8th respectively. All of those in contention for a league prize, or with hopes of catching the leaders hold some kind of chip or have their remaining wildcard. With two (potentially three) more double gameweeks to cram into the final six, their could be more twists and turns.

Aquamar benefited from Palace’s surprise thumping of Arsenal last night. Mamadou Sakho was promoted from the bench to join Wilfried Zaha in their XI to add 17 points. Conversely, Jeff Lamp’s Porsche, despite outscoring everybody else and breaking the 100 point barrier, would have been hoping for a bit more from Alexis Sanchez.  Before last night’s match they were sat on 98 points with hopes of catching the highest weekly score total. Only 2 points were added and it leaves most of us questioning Sanchez’s attitude and his worth (and that of the entire Arsenal squad) in these crunch closing weeks of the season.

However, you couldn’t have named a better player than Heung-Min Son as your captain this week, and that’s what JLP did. These are the kind of ballsy decisions that win you fantasy prizes, so lets see if they can follow that up with a challenge for the April Manager of the month award.

 

Player of the week – Heung-Min Son – 19 points. Can he hold onto his place now that Harry Kane is back?

Bargain of the week – Phil Jagielka – 12 points. Second successive double figure score.

Donkey of the week – Sebastian Larsson – -2 points. Never a sending off

Goal of the week – Dele Alli. Just needs to cut out those shit celebrations.

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