Gameweek 15 results

December 6, 2018

1  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
81 975
2  same But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
55 950
3  same Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
74 943
4  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
67 929
5  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
82 908
6  down Thelma and Luiz
Trevor Gordon
69 899
7  same Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
61 885
8  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
54 875
9  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
52 867
10  up Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
49 861
11  down SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
37 860
12  up Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
57 859
13  down Cookie fc
Peter Cook
37 858
14  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
79 858
15  same King raggg
Steven Darling
64 858
16  same Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
54 844
17  up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
54 836
18  up Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
62 835
19  down FTM
Stu Smith
28 835
19  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
57 835
21  down Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
42 827
22  up Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
64 817
23  up Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
60 814
24  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
35 811
25  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
17 807
26  up Morningblues
Jeff Morning
68 801
27  same Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
48 800
28  down Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
21 782
29  up Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
59 781
30  down Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
44 776
31  up QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
43 772
32  up PenshawPerformers
david bruce
45 769
33  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
39 769
34  up The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
57 768
35  down Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
36 766
36  up Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
61 764
37  up Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
63 762
38  same Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
54 762
39  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
37 752
40  up ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
58 746
41  up El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
65 745
42  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
52 741
43  down Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
25 740
44  up Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
66 730
45  down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
49 715
46  up Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
50 698
47  down Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
35 685
48  same It’s coming home
scott mcgow
42 680
49  up The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
70 660
50  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
43 660
51  down Ross’s champions
darren frankland
48 642

 

Manager of the week – Edgbaston – Micheal Dineen – 82 points

A crazy week of rotation as we start the slog through December. It gives you an indication of what it will be like once the festive fixtures kick in and highlights the need for a strong bench to cover those rests and knocks. Liverpool virtually fielded a second XI, electing to drop Salah and Firmino to the bench, while leaving Mane and Robertson at home. The most notable restee (?) was perhaps Raheem Sterling who wasn’t needed from the bench in City’s latest victory. Can we assume that those who didn’t play or had reduced minutes this midweek will be in the starting line up at the weekend? That’s the game. There were no clean sheets this week either, so any five man defences were in for a rough couple of nights.

The Kane to Aguero switch proved popular ahead of this gameweek, aided a little by the Aguero injury. I wonder how many would have taken the plunge if Aguero hadn’t been out. Spurs run of fixtures into the new year look like a potential goalfest for Kane and Aguero is much less rotation proof that the Spurs man with Gabriel Jesus waiting in the wings. Other than a potential rest around Tottenham’s important European game next week I think it’s safe to assume Kane will start every game through Christmas, probably earning his eventual break for the FA Cup 3rd Round against Shepshed Dynamo. Edgbaston made that move and captained Kane to good effect. Other goals from Wilson, Fraser, Pike, Mainwearing and Richarlison totted up an impressive 80+ total to move them from 6th all the way up to 5th.

Player of the week – Riyad Mahrez – Manchester City – 12 points

The City guessing game is never an easy one, but is made slightly less complicated by the long term absences of Kevin De Bruyne and Benjamin Mendy. There seems to be some kind of rough three way rotation working around the central striker, whether that be Aguero or Jesus, and also around the central midfielder, who is the ever present Fernandinho. Dilva, Bilva and Gundogan rotate around the midfield positions, with Gundogan being perhaps the slightly less favoured, while Sterling, Mahrez and Sane do the same either side of the attacker.  Mahrez, like Gundogan, is getting slightly less minutes than the others, but it’s still enough to allow him to score his fourth double figure haul of the season. Will he play the next game? Who knows. It’s Chelsea, so Pep may choose his strongest XI, in which case Sane and Sterling may be the preferred two. Having said that, Sane has started and finished each of he last three games, so maybe Mahrez picks up another start and don’t bet against him adding to his double figure scores.

Bargain of the week – Lucas Perez – West Ham United – 12 points

Further proof the West Ham fixture swing is worth a look, although hats off to anyone who took a punt on Lucas Perez being the beneficiary. It took him 50 minutes to register his brace having come on for the injured Arnautovic. It looks likely the Austrian striker will be out until the New Year, so expect more minutes for Perez, although still perhaps playing second fiddle to Javier Hernandez.

Twat of the week – Marcos Rojo – Manchester United – -2 points

An unfortunate own goal put pay to any chance of Rojo keeping a minus score, despite what should probably be considered in terms of Man U at the moment, as a good performance against an in form Arsenal. United can’t seem to get a settled back line. Their combined ownership is probably at an all time FPL low.

Goal of the week – Florin Andone. 

No vid. He ran a long way with it.

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Gameweek 9 results

October 23, 2018

1  same But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
53 621
2  same Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
41 598
3  up Cookie fc
Peter Cook
57 562
4  same Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
42 549
5  same SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
42 549
6  down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
33 539
7  down Thelma and Luiz
Trevor Gordon
32 539
8  down King raggg
Steven Darling
36 539
9  same Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
39 533
10  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
40 531
11  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
38 529
12  up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
65 524
13  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
42 522
14  down Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
34 517
15  down Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
46 512
16  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
44 508
17  up Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
55 496
18  down Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
39 496
19  up The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
48 492
20  up Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
46 491
20  same PenshawPerformers
david bruce
38 491
22  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
32 485
23  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
54 485
24  down Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
30 484
25  same FTM
Stu Smith
46 481
26  same CAS Vampire Slayers
Mustafa khan
42 477
27  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
32 473
28  up Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
49 472
29  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
55 469
30  down Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
41 466
31  down Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
42 465
32  up Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
43 460
33  up Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
49 457
34  down Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
30 455
35  up Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
41 455
36  down Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
39 453
37  down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
37 451
38  up Morningblues
Jeff Morning
54 451
39  up El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
47 447
40  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
37 446
41  up Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
62 446
42  down Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
44 445
43  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
34 439
44  down ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
31 439
45  down Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
31 429
46  down It’s coming home
scott mcgow
29 418
47  up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
42 418
48  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
31 414
49  up Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
48 413
50  up Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
52 410
51  up Ross’s champions
darren frankland
45 388
52  down The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
13 385

 

Manager of the week – Rico United – Jason Reacher – 65 points

Not a great week for scoring heavily with many of the top 10 stumbling and struggling to get over 40 points. Matt Doherty, as the most transferred in player, was bound to mess up and duly did, and he took the rest of the Wolves team down with him. Eden Hazard blanked and took a booking into the bargain and the uncertainty over the Liverpool line up ultimately didn’t mean that much with only a 1-0 win and a goal scored by the player vacating the most teams, Mo Salah. Rico made a charge from the pack and climbed toward the top 10 with a hard earned 65 points, given a last minute boost by a second consecutive brace off the bench by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. He doesn’t need to start. Time to start squeezing Arsenal assets in to your team somehow.

There are lots of managers in with a chance of sneaking the October manager of the month, Rico included. Inevitably, Da Pitch are loitering. They extended their overall lead and now sit in the top 2,000 overall.

1  same Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
44 134
2  up But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
53 124
3  up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
65 123
4  up Cookie fc
Peter Cook
57 117
5  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
55 117
6  down Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
39 115
7  down Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
42 112
8  up FTM
Stu Smith
46 110
9  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
38 109
10  same Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
41 106
11  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
37 104
12  up Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
46 104

 

Player of the week – Jordan Pickford – Everton – 15 points

It was only Everton’s second clean sheet. Many managers were dispensing of Pickford and Everton defenders with prices starting to drop, so they were bound to make you regret that decision sooner or later. It maybe wasn’t much of a surprise that it came against Palace though. They’ve only found the net five times this season.

Bargain of the week – Fernandinho – Manchester City – 14 points

This tends to happen once a season. Fernandinho will not score or assist or collect top bonus marks again for another year. Do not replace Eden Hazard with Fernandinho.

Twat of the week – Callum Chambers – Fulham – -1 points

Fulham are leaky. So leaky they let Cardiff score four against them. His score could have been much worse because he was lucky to escape a second caution. Every Fulham defender bar two has suffered a price drop so far this season – and one of those two hasn’t played a game yet.

Goal of the week – Riyad Mahrez. 9 minutes in. Ah Oui!

 

Gameweek 22 results

January 5, 2018

1  up Despicable Mee
Trevor Gordon
87 1308
2  down Hornets
Andrew Wade
40 1298
3  up The winnings R mine
david bruce
84 1278
4  down Gotta Light?
Andrew Swift
47 1272
5  same greenyteamy
adam greenwood
63 1266
6  up The Vinegar Pissers
P Hawkins
77 1262
7  up Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
61 1256
8  up Brexiter City
Colin Goulding
62 1254
9  down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
56 1254
10  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
43 1251
11  down Fun Lovren Criminals
Paul Callaghan
35 1231
12  up It’sOnlyAGameFarke!
David Spinks
66 1218
13  up Queen of the north
DORINE REACHER
59 1216
14  down INIT FC
Mustafa khan
51 1215
15  down Game of Throw-Ins
Ryan Garoghan
47 1208
16  down Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
38 1199
17  same Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
56 1198
18  up Rico united
JASON REACHER
51 1191
19  same We are Ayling
Paul Murray
49 1189
20  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
54 1188
21  up King Dunlap
Paul Bentz
70 1187
22  down Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
50 1186
23  down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
47 1184
24  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
57 1174
25  down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
49 1172
26  up musttryharder FC
Paul Telford
83 1170
27  down Flying squad
Matt Jarvis
51 1170
28  up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
63 1159
29  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
23 1157
30  down Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
37 1154
31  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
65 1152
32  down Emergency Gap Jumper
Ian Williams
42 1150
33  down Aquamar 1564
Noel Driver
53 1147
34  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
50 1146
35  same Pure Buffoonery!
Jitesh Lakhani
45 1126
36  same Klopp of the Pochs
Jason Earwicker
56 1114
37  up blakes11
Steven Darling
86 1112
38  up mrs mcgoo
laura barrett
65 1102
39  down Bakerlona FC
Stuart Baker
46 1101
40  down To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
33 1084
41  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
34 1084
42  same cookster fc
Peter Cook
45 1078
43  same FTM
Stu Smith
47 1073
44  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
37 1070
45  up Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
64 1065
46  down Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
48 1059
47  up iamgroot
scott mcgow
66 1049
48  down Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
31 1017
49  same disco dancer
darren frankland
54 1003
50  same Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
43 861

 

Manager of the week – Despicable Mee – – Trevor Gordon – 87 points

Not only the manager of the week, but our new leader. As soon as we slip into the New Year, Hornets, ever present at the top since August, are knocked from their perch. Maybe this could be Despicable Mee’s year after two consecutive second place finishes. They played their free hit with good effect, although it would have been a lot better – and for a lot more managers – had Harry Kane (yes, him again) done what he was supposed to and scored two more hat tricks. I hope no-one triple captained him. The double gameweek could have been better. It was easier to draft in West Ham players than Spurs players given their cheapness and that didn’t open up too many point scoring opportunities. The free hit was probably the best chip to play in the circumstances with doubts over rotation and the fitness of some players. Without it, introducing Alli, Eriksen, Son and/or Kane would probably have meant losing a Liverpool or Man City big hitter. DM’s free hit consisted of three from West Ham and Spurs, and three from Man City and Leicester, who were the week’s highest scoring teams. It couldn’t have worked out any better really. Honorable mentions for The Winnings R Mine, who now sit 3rd, having been in 21st place on Christmas Eve. TWRM played an early wildcard, dropping Kane (brave/smart) and captaining the highest scoring double gameweeker, Son Heung-Min. Must Try Harder went with the free hit and a similar team set up to Despicable Mee to the tune of 83 points. Blakes11 totaled 86 with their early wildcard, captaining Alli, ignoring Kane, and picking up 51 points from double gameweekers.

Player of the week – Riyad Mahrez – 14 points

Mahrez has been racking up some impressive totals in recent weeks with either a goal or an assist in eight of his last nine games. He’s now the 5th highest scorer overall – the fourth highest midfielder. This might explain why he still feels like a slightly more under the radar choice. Is there any room? It’s not impossible to have him in your midfield, but it’s at the expense of someone who maybe feels more likely to score – like a Coutinho, a Sanchez or a Hazard. Yet, he beats them all in overall total and form.

Bargain of the week – Marc Albrighton – 13 points

Albrighton was pipped to the overall player of the week by his teammate, Mahrez, picking up three bonus points to his two. Both contributed a goal and assist in their victory over Huddersfield. Albrighton’s recent figures are good and worthy of note. He has six scoring weeks in his last ten, becoming a much more regular starter under Claude Puel. And all for £5.5 million.

Twat of the week – Christian Kabasele – -1 points

Soon to be renamed ‘Twatford of the week’ due to the frequency with which they win this award. It shows on Marco Silva’s face too. He knows. It was a slightly unfortunate own goal, rather than a scything challenge that did for Kabasele. Still, he went and did it in a week in which no-one conceded seven or snapped someone in two in the first half.

Goal of the week. Pedro Obiang. Two great goals in one match but this was the most unexpectedly spectacular. 2m15s

Gameweek 5 preview

September 16, 2016

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

Beware of the Friday night kick off. Diego Costa has contributed in every game so far. Can he keep that run going against a Liverpool defence who still haven’t kept a clean sheet? Or will he just get booked…again? John Terry is injured and is likely to be replaced by David Luiz. Dare you? The Liverpool midfield is flush with point scoring potential with six players on double figures. No-one can match that. Adam Lallana, Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane are taking turns in challenging for player of the week. Chelsea are also finding it difficult to keep clean sheets – they only have one. Whose turn could it be this week? 

Etienne Capoue has proved he was no one week, or two week wonder. His three goals and eight bonus marks mean he is an unexpected overall points leader. Is he this year’s Mahrez? In the week that most managers shipped out Deeney and Ighalo, they obliged by bagging 17 points between them, so Watford may not be the lost cause that a lot of people maybe predicted they’d be. Record signing Roberto Pereyra has brought a daft haircut and some craft and flair honed in Turin to their midfield. His two appearances have provided a goal and an assist. It may be another week that the many of us relying on Manchester United clean sheets are left disappointed. 

As well as United only Spurs, Everton and West Brom have kept two clean sheets in their four games thus far. And all could continue that trend. West Ham travel to the Hawthorns looking as shaky as Sunderland, who must try and get past Spurs. Everton welcome Middlesbrough, who, despite the promising start, are the lowest scorers in the top half. 

And is this the last chance saloon for Leicester City? Remember them? If they don’t do to Burnley what they were doing to City, United and Chelsea last season, is it finally time to spend the money elsewhere? Vardy and Mahrez ain’t £5 million anymore. There are safer bets for points in their price bracket.

Gameweek 3 results

August 29, 2016

up 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
66 184
same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
46 180
up Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
65 178
up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
53 175
up Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
52 174
down 30:19
Darren Lavelle
37 172
up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
57 171
down Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
43 171
down When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
48 170
10  up Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
49 169
11  up FTM
Stu Smith
69 167
12  up Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
51 167
13  down nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
40 166
14  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
50 165
15  up Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
65 165
16  up QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
50 163
17  up Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
58 162
17  down Ciderheads
Darren Pope
36 162
19  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
54 159
20  down RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
44 158
21  down Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
41 158
22  down Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
32 157
23  down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
44 157
24  up Cooksters
Peter Cook
62 155
25  up Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
66 154
26  down To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
40 152
27  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
37 152
28  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
38 149
29  same Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
43 148
30  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
45 147
31  down DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
38 144
32  down Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
26 138
33  down I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
33 138
33  down Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
24 138
35  down Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
25 133
36  down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
31 133
37  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
43 132
37  down Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
30 132
39  up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
52 126
40  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
48 124
41  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
28 124
42  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
37 123
42  down Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
27 123
42  up Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
51 123
45  up Have a little dink
Ian Williams
63 121
46  up Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
51 119
47  down bazza 28 united
laura barrett
25 115
48  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
37 114
49  down Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
26 111
50  down jetty city
scott mcgow
34 81
51  same Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
23 79

 

It’s the end of August. We have a manager of the month. And an international break. A fortnight off – which is handy, because I’m off on holiday.

4 Fuchs Ake are our first prize winners. They finish the month at the top of the table on 184 points, four clear of The Craggy Islanders. I speculated last week that the winner could come from deep within the pack and that was the case. 4 Fuchs Ake leapt from 13th to 1st with an impressive 66 point total. Last week’s leaders, 30:19, fell to 6th, posting only 37 points. Jeff Lamp’s Porsche climbed from 20th to 3rd on the back of a 65 point total. The highest weekly scorers were FTM with 69 points. They were able to jump 25 places in the table from 36 up to 11th.

4 Fuchs Ake hit the top courtesy of our player of the week, Alexis Sanchez, who, as Arsenal finally clicked into gear, scored 16 points, and by handing the captaincy to Eden Hazard. Jeff Lamp’s took the same captaincy option – a shrewd move given that neither Sergio or Zlatan could muster anything other than their appearance points this week. Hazard looks fresh after his year off and is the leading points scorer, edging ahead of the two strikers. He’s one of only two players – the other being Diego Costa – to have either scored or assisted in all three games. It’s a stat that suggests this Chelsea team – without European football remember – could be serious contenders for the title – and masses of fantasy points.

FTM’s highest weekly score was helped in no small part by Raheem Sterling’s impressive display against West Ham in which he scored twice and picked up the big bonus marks. Sterling looks fresh after his summer off. His patchy form last season gave him a relatively low starting value. It looks like that has already started to rise on the back of this performance.

It was a week in which three penalties were saved. Artus Boruc’s save from Yohan Cabaye demoted the Frenchman to our donkey of the week award. Lukasz Fabianski kept out Riyad Mahrez’s spot kick. I think we’re all OK with the fact that Mahrez probably won’t replicate his totals of last season, but it’s a slight worry that this was his third penalty miss in 12 months. Shay Given kept out Leighton Baines’ penalty only for it to rebound off the post and then the back of his head to find it’s way into the net. Both did alright out of it. Given was awarded points for the save and five more bonus marks for his performance and the eight other saves he made in the match. Baines was curiously credited with the assist to the goal as well as his clean sheet points. You’d have got 17 points out of two players – one of whom scored an own goal and the other who missed a pen.

 

Player of the week – Alexis Sanchez – 16 points. Arsenal wake up.

Bargain of the week – Shay Given – 10 points. One of nine second choice keepers who made appearances at the weekend.

Donkey of the week – Yohan Cabaye – -1 points. Miserable start by Palace.

Goal of the week – Eden Hazard.

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