Gameweek 15 results

The strange quirk of GW15 was the amount of points picked up by the bench fodder with the likes of Diego Rico, Leander Dendoncker and Martin Kelly all coming up trumps. And there weren’t many gambling on Tammy Abraham putting in an appearance either. He did. And he picked up 12 points. Rico was subbed before Palace scored and somehow scooped top bonus taking him to 9 points. Look at Game Of Stones. A respectable score of 66, which saw them leap into 3rd, could have been a week-winning score of 92, taking them to within touching distance of the leaders.

1

Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins

63

928

2

Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS

54

898

3

Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan

66

896

4

FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda

46

883

5

musttryharder fc
Paul Telford

53

873

6

Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman

57

873

7

GingerFizz
Noel Driver

65

870

8

Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen

70

854

9

Soup-or-Boom.
Ian Driver

51

848

10

Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton

76

847

Instead, Rip Roaring Reds’ 76 points was the gameweek’s best. Plumping for a Mane captaincy over Vardy and taking the punt on Abraham was the key.

Manager of the week – Sean Whyton – Rip Roaring Reds – 76 points

Player of the week – Sadio Mane – Liverpool – 15 points

Bargain of the week- Divock Origi – Liverpool – 13 points

Twat of the week – Mamadou Sakho – Crystal Palace – -2 points

Goal of the week – Divock Origi. You could take your pick of the Liverpool goals, but go to 1m17s for Origi’s second. 

Gameweek 4 and August Manager of the Month

The Mindless Morons have hung on. And by a safe distance. And by doing something that no other fantasy player has ever done – gaining from points scored by Jordan Ayew. The Morons have a lot to thank Palace for. Aswell as Ayew, PVA pulled in another clean sheet, a score that’s taken him to the top of the defender charts. Sergio Aguero and, at last, a clean sheet from Andy Robertson, were the other notable contributors. Sergio’s price has risen. It’s amazing it’s taken so long for him to increase his value by £0.1 million, given he’s the game’s current top scorer and has returned in every gameweek.

1
The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
58 269
2
Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
65 259
2
Cook Pass Babtridge
Marcus Baker
51 259
4
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
57 252
5
BASHAM’S ARRIVING!
Tim Dodd
78 250
6
The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
73 249
7
Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
73 245
7
Kante fit my Willian
Paul Callaghan
73 245
9
Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
53 244
10
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
70 241

It was another bumper week for goals and although clean sheets were thin on the ground again, City and Liverpool shut their opponents out, so Buckets back lines contributed more than in the first three weeks. Those who kept patience with the likes of TAA, Robertson, Zinchenko etc have finally got their reward.  It was a high average score as a result and the 87 points posted by Rip Roaring Reds was the best of the week. The Reds prospered due to 51 points from their City assets, and another player finally coming good, Youri Tielemans. There’ll be more to follow from him as well you’d expect.

August Manager of the Month – John Seacroft – The Mindless Morons – 269 points

Manager of the week – Sean Whyton – Rip Roaring Reds – 87 points

Player of the week – Jamie Vardy – Leiciester City – 16 points

Bargain of the week – Arthur Masuaku – West Ham United – 12 points

Twat of the week – Trezeguet – Aston Villa – -2 points

Goal of the week – Jamie Vardy. Reminded me of 2015/16.

Gameweek 36 results and April Manager of the Month

1  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
104 2345
2  same But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
105 2304
3  same Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
95 2285
4  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
79 2247
5  same Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
85 2223
6  same FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
121 2196
7  same INIT FC
Mustafa khan
98 2158
8  same Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
83 2137
9  same Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
88 2126
10  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
125 2125
11  same Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
86 2099
12  down FTM
Stu Smith
82 2096
13  same Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
86 2084
14  up Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
110 2061
15  up Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
115 2048
16  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
82 2043
17  up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
117 2026
18  down King raggg
Steven Darling
74 2026
19  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
72 2022
20  down Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
62 2022
21  same Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
90 2017
22  same Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
76 2002
23  down Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
52 1997
24  down Cookie fc
Peter Cook
53 1970
25  same RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
62 1958
26  up Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
97 1956
27  down Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
74 1954
28  same Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
87 1952
29  up PenshawPerformers
david bruce
85 1946
30  up Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
91 1946
31  down SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
78 1938
32  down Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
66 1934
33  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
59 1923
34  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
94 1896
35  up The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
96 1896
36  down Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
69 1883
37  same Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
81 1879
38  same Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
72 1866
39  same El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
80 1865
40  up Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
86 1845
41  same Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
58 1833
42  up Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
85 1833
43  down Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
59 1832
44  up It’s coming home
scott mcgow
95 1828
45  down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
57 1827
46  down Morningblues
Jeff Morning
51 1815
47  same romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
73 1798
48  same ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
46 1736
49  same The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
57 1672
50  same Ross’s champions
darren frankland
71 1607

 

Top of the league – The Craggy Islanders – Adrian Roche – 2345 points

Da Pitch aren’t giving up on that title yet. They’re making every effort to close that gap. Scoring 105 points should help, unless the team you’re chasing racks up 104. The big scores were plentiful this week – seven in triple figures – only one less than last week. Albion aren’t out of contention either, posting 95 points. Our leaders however, crucially, still have their triple captain.

April manager of the month – Kebab Eaters United – Paul Howard – 351 points

April has probably produced a Buckets record for the highest monthly score for a four week game month. It took Kebab Eaters 351 points to win it – which included two 100+ scores. We’re looking at an average score of close to 90 points a week. Mentions too for the Islanders, Caligula and Da Pitch who weren’t far behind, also averaging an 80+ weekly total.

1  up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
117 351
2  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
104 344
3  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
121 330
4  up But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
105 330

Manager of the week – Rip Roaring Reds – Sean Whyton – 125 points

For the second successive week we have a highest weekly score of 125 points. It was the triple captain chip that garnered the triple figure totals this week. And it was the triple captaining of one player in particular, Mo Salah, that reaped the greatest reward. The Islanders held the highest weekly score prize for one week only – they only scored four goals to the Reds’ seven. Most of us realised that all out Liverpool was the way to go with them coming up against the whippiest of whipping boys, Huddersfield. I suspect the Islanders are saving their triple captain for the last gameweek – a tactic which I think they’ve employed before – but had they gone with it they’d have accumulated the highest weekly score, won the manager of the week, the manager of the month AND probably sewn up the Buckets title.

Player of the week – Mohamed Salah – Liverpool – 19 points

It’s Salah’s second player of the week award. What a week to land the triple captain chip. He was always going to be the one and this Huddersfield fixture was always likely to be the game. There have been frustrating moments throughout the fantasy season for Salah owners, but he’s still leading scorer, and now by a fair distance. It appears that by not reaching the heights of last season he’s unworthy of a player of the year nomination or a place in the team of the year. Nonsense.

Bargain of the week – Cyrus Christie – Fulham – 11 points

Three consecutive clean sheets for Fulham. How did that happen? There’s no point in discussing this any further. Only ghost ships own Fulham defenders.

Twat of the week – Ainsley Maitland-Niles – Arsenal – -2 points

Doesn’t anybody want Champions League football next season? Maitland-Niles did Arsenal’s Europa League cause more good with dopey 30 minute red. He was on the Rip Roaring Reds’ bench. A smart place to put him.

Goal of the week – Ryan Babel. No vid.

Gameweek 32 and March manager of the month

1  up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
98 2001
2  down Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
89 1993
3  same But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
79 1974
4  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
103 1932
5  up Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
96 1909
6  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
82 1896
7  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
106 1866
8  down INIT FC
Mustafa khan
77 1845
9  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
120 1837
10  same Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
94 1828
11  down FTM
Stu Smith
65 1823
12  up Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
94 1809
13  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
83 1805
14  down Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
71 1804
15  same Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
89 1801
16  up Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
117 1783
17  same RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
80 1759
18  up Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
90 1756
19  down Cookie fc
Peter Cook
78 1754
20  down King raggg
Steven Darling
58 1748
21  up Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
93 1737
22  up Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
93 1736
23  up Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
87 1730
24  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
90 1727
25  down Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
56 1707
26  same SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
73 1706
27  up Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
106 1696
28  up Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
95 1693
29  down Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
59 1690
30  up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
91 1679
31  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
93 1675
32  same PenshawPerformers
david bruce
71 1662
33  down Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
71 1656
34  up Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
100 1655
35  down El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
53 1646
36  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
57 1636
37  up Morningblues
Jeff Morning
65 1633
38  down The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
48 1631
39  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
48 1628
40  down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
40 1624
41  up Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
85 1621
42  same Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
70 1615
43  down Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
62 1611
44  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
69 1600
45  up Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
68 1584
46  down Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
51 1575
47  up It’s coming home
scott mcgow
54 1544
48  down ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
48 1540
49  same The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
57 1463
50  same Ross’s champions
darren frankland
61 1408

 

March manager of the month – Ayaj Supeda – FC Caligula – 270 points

One of a lowly seven triple figure totals in a frustrating double gameweek took Caligula over the line to the March manager prize.

1  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
106 270
2  same Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
83 264
3  up Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
93 262
4  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
82 261
5  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
120 258
6  down Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
68 257
7  down Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
94 257
8  down Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
89 255
9  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
98 253

Caligula played the free hit. Their closest challengers all went with the triple captain. Bullens will be cursing their luck the most, opting to put the armband on Raheem Sterling who returned absolutely nothing other than his appearance points for the one game he took part in. Calilgula also punted on Sterling – who didn’t? He wasn’t the only heavily backed double gameweeker who only made a single appearance. It was Aymeric Laporte, for the second consecutive Manchester City double gameweek, who impressed the most, and contributed the highest score to Caligula’s total.

Manager of the week – Sean Whyton – Rip Roaring Reds – 120 points

The Reds equaled the highest weekly gameweek score but only scored four goals from their bench-boosted squad. They needed to better the nine goals scored in the first double gameweek of the season by Shoelace to claim the highest score prize. Had they banged in nine they’d be outright leaders posting a potential 150 point weekly score.

Player of the week – Christian Eriksen – Tottenham Hotspur – 20 points

One of the few elite players to play both games and contribute in both, although Spurs assets weren’t all that heavily backed overall, certainly in comparison to those of City, United and Chelsea. Maybe that was to do with their tricky opening fixture against Liverpool. More was expected of United. City seemed happy to do the bare minimum and Chelsea, despite two victories, looked more convincing in their second fixture. Or was that just to do with the fact that Eden Hazard put in his monthly big performance?

Bargain of the week – Ruben Loftus-Cheek – Chelsea – 19 points

Hazard featured in most free hit squads. Punting on Ruben Loftus-Cheek would have earned you four more points for nearly £6 million less. Hazard was all set for the goal of the week nod until he was out-Hazarded by his younger team mate with the sumptuous curler that killed the game against Brighton.

Twat of the week – Ashley Young – Manchester United – -1 points

Indicative of Manchester United’s poor double gameweek return. No clean sheets was bad enough. Add to that only a single appearance by their most popular defensive pick, Victor Lindelof. Rashford and Martial impressed in the first game but neither started the second. Worst of all, Ashley Young received two quick yellows to end up on his minus score.

Goal of the week – Ruben Loftus-Cheek. 8m27s in.

Gameweek 20 results and December manager of the month

1  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
72 1235
2  same But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
55 1233
3  down Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
43 1228
4  down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
55 1226
5  same Thelma and Luiz
Trevor Gordon
59 1190
6  same Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
46 1173
7  up SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
74 1169
8  down Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
39 1164
9  up Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
50 1164
10  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
45 1163
11  down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
44 1163
12  down FTM
Stu Smith
56 1157
13  down King raggg
Steven Darling
41 1137
14  same Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
43 1134
15  same INIT FC
Mustafa khan
61 1133
16  same Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
55 1124
17  same Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
50 1107
18  same Cookie fc
Peter Cook
44 1100
19  up Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
54 1092
20  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
81 1090
21  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
74 1086
22  down Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
36 1082
23  up PenshawPerformers
david bruce
74 1081
24  down RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
46 1080
25  down Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
54 1079
26  down Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
50 1071
27  down Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
55 1070
28  up Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
53 1063
29  up Morningblues
Jeff Morning
54 1056
30  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
38 1055
31  up Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
50 1049
32  down Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
34 1047
33  down Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
28 1043
34  same Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
40 1039
35  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
31 1037
36  same Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
43 1030
37  same El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
45 1022
38  up QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
58 1019
39  down Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
43 1013
40  up The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
46 1002
40  same Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
35 1002
42  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
55 1001
43  down ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
32 996
44  up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
71 996
45  up It’s coming home
scott mcgow
64 976
46  down Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
38 966
47  same Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
50 947
48  same Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
51 946
49  same Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
42 931
50  same The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
38 914
51  same Ross’s champions
darren frankland
58 858

 

Manager of the week AND December manager of the month – Rip Roaring Reds – Sean Whyton – 375 points

Last update I posted a league table of the runners and riders for the December manager of the month prize. It was the top 12 from Frostee Rucker who were out in the lead on 335 points down to Fake Madrid on 300 points. The Reds weren’t in that twelve. They were probably about 15th or 16th. They’re in at number one in the week that matters. With a bullet. Taking the manager of the week accolade to seal the monthly prize makes it even more impressive. And it’s boosted them 10 places in the overall rankings from 30th to 20th. It’s rare to jump that many places at this point in the season. You need a very, very good week to achieve that. Ousting one misfiring City asset in Leroy Sane and replacing him with Paul Pogba and then captaining him was the catalyst. A brave move that paid off handsomely.

Player of the week – Paul Pogba – Manchester United – 18 points

City players out. United players in. Not least the one player in red whose caused the most controversy, been the biggest talking point, been the most divisive, been the most disappointing. Not any more. Under Solksjaer, Pogba has hit three double figure scores in succession. That’s Salah-esque. For 5 million less. Can you afford to be without him? And his mates. It reminds me of Leicester’s championship winning season when everyone could afford to have Vardy and Mahrez because they were so damn cheap. You can have a triple pick of Pogba, Lingard, Martial and Rashford for the same price as Sterling and Aguero.

Bargain of the week – Neil Etheridge – Cardiff City – 15 points

Joining Callum Wilson as the only player to gain two weekly high scores, Neil Etheridge has risen to the second highest scoring keeper, keeping five clean sheets, saving three penalties, including one in this game, and making a shitload of saves – more than any other stopper. He’s way ahead of any other keeper in his price bracket, but still, more of us feel safer with the greasy gloves of Joe Hart and Lukasz Fabianski.

Twat of the week – Shkodran Mustafi – Arsenal – -1 points

What happened to the North London derby Arsenal? Only PEA seems capable of keeping up his pace of scoring. I’m not sure there’s ever been a more untrusted Arsenal defensive collective in fantasy league history. There is no Arsenal player on the first page of defenders.

Goal of the week – Victor Camarasa.