Spot the top 10 team without Jamie Vardy in their ranks. Captaining him this week probably earned you a score over 70. The move towards Vardy as the popular captain choice probably had a lot to do with City and Liverpool playing each other, but whose to say it won’t continue given the form that he and Leicester are in and their upcoming run of tasty fixtures. Can you see him not scoring against Brighton, Villa, Watford, Everton and Norwich?
Romeoshondavan chalked up their first manager of the week award with a 79 point haul. They felt the need to take an 8 point hit, following on from a 4 point hit last week. Those six transfers have stopped a pretty hefty slide down the rankings that saw them plummet 1.4 million places between gameweek 7 and 10. They’re clawed 700,000 of those places back as a result.
Manager of the week – Romeoshondavan – Rob Hewer – 79 points
Player of the week – James Tarkowski – Burnley – 12 points
Bargain of the week – Gerard Deulefeu – Watford – 12 points
Twat of the week – Davy Propper – Brighton and Hove Albion – -1 points
The Mindless Morons lead the way, rising to the top of the table with the week’s equal best score. They and Romeoshondavan got to 74 points but The Morons’ seven goals to Romeo’s four sees them pinch the weekly award. This is a pretty momentous moment in the Moron’s Buckets career. I’m not sure they ever have topped this league. They’ve pretty regularly battled for the wooden spoon. Their current overall rank is around the 18k mark. – they’ve never been that high.
Their team is set fair. Banging in seven goals is no mean feat. Salah and Sterling are rightly in place. Pukki’s in with Aguero – that’s proving pretty lethal – and they bagged great differential points from Patrick Van Aanholt this week too. Can they hang on to claim the manager of the month?
It felt like a very hectic week. A few early wildcards dropped off the back of some pretty serious fluctuations in player values. Anticipated hauls ahead of the weekend for Spurs and Manchester United assets saw players increase in value only to return very little. Clean sheets proved rare again, calling into question the need for big investment back there. Liverpool are yet to keep one and City conceded again – as did Everton. If we learned anything it was to stick with Salah and Sterling. Always look to try something different to steal a march but if you don’t have your foundations in place your house is gonna fall down.
Manager of the week – The Mindless Morons – John Seacroft – 74 points
Player of the week – Mohamed Salah – Liverpool – 15 points
Bargain of the week – Tammy Abraham – Chelsea – 13 points
Twat of the week – Florin Andone – Brighton and Hove Albion – -2 points
Goal of the week – Harvey Barnes.
2m12s in. Couple of corkers this week. This one just beats Harry Wilson, Ashley Barnes and Salah’s second.
Manager of the week – Aribo Haribo – Paul Hawkins – 90 points
Another big score wins the week. It feels like we’re on for a highest ever winning score. Albion were our half way leaders and they had more than half of our biggest ever finishing total – 2356 set by Romeoshondavan in 2013/14. Aribo Haribo’s 90 points lifts them into their highest position of the season so far, sat in position behind the top 10, primed for an attack on a top four finish perhaps. It could happen. They are the form team sat at the top of the January monthly table at present.
Aribo’s reaction to the Harry Kane injury was to swap him for Gabriel Jesus, who didn’t play…which was fortunate, because up stepped Ryan Bennett off the bench, who despite conceding three, got his 50p head on the end of a cross to register a goal and chip in with 6 points. Salah was captained to the tune of 30 points and that’s his sixth double digit haul in eight weeks, which is insane. It might have seemed like a slow start to the season and he may have appeared to be too expensive, but can you really live without him now?
Player of the week – Fabian Schar – Newcastle United – 21 points
Who else? Equaling Raheem Sterling and Mo Salah’s highest weekly points total. What took him so long? I’m not sure at what point in the Newcastle centre back pecking order he is – probably fourth choice. Not a bad fourth choice when you consider the ease at which he slalomed through the Cardiff defence to score his first goal. From GW26 Newcastle only play two top six sides – and they’ve kept seven clean sheets, which is only bettered by the top four and Crystal Palace. So despite it being the usual laughing stock madhouse up there, they might not be a bad option for differential defensive picks during the closing weeks of the season.
Bargain of the week – Diogo Jota – Wolverhampton Wanderers – 19 points
A late bloomer. There was a lot of early interest in Jota after his impressive displays in Wolves’ promotion season, but it was a slow start and people lost interest to the pont where he dropped from £6.5 million to £5.9 million. He’s still there now, but I suspect that will change. He appears to have found his feet. He had a mini-run of three games with attacking returns just before Christmas which was halted through injury. This was his second game back.
Twat of the week – Lucas Digne – Everton – -1 points
I was singing his praises last week. How often does this happen? From hero to zero (minus one). A 25 yard own goal should get a plus score surely? It seems he has to score or assist to make his presence in your team worthwhile because Everton ain’t keeping clean sheets.
Top of the table – But Da Pitch Ain’t 1 – Trev Reams – 1295 points
Only three teams have lead Buckets this season and each have found themselves at the top over the festive fixtures. Da Pitch have regained top spot following their performance over New Year. Neil Madrid had climbed back to the top after the weekend’s fixtures, claiming the lead back from Perfidious Albion, who’d risen back to the summit after the Boxing Day games. They form a breakaway top four with The Craggy Islanders, separated by 10 points and just over 40 points clear of the chasing pack.
Manager of the week – Romeoshondavan – Rob Hewer – 86 points
A couple of big hitters offered up good captain choices this week. Romeo’s could have gone with either Kane, PEA or Sane and they’d still have posted a decent score and climbed the league. They opted for Son, who was their highest scorer – and why wouldn’t he have been? He’s outscored everyone else over the last six weeks by some distance. Shame he’s buggering off to the Asian Cup, although I guess we should be grateful that he had his departure delayed. So we get one more gameweek out of him. If you haven’t got him now, there’s probably not much point in going there.
Player of the week – Troy Deeney – Watford – 15 points
It played out like a basketball game for a period in the first half, then everyone got bored of that and started hacking lumps out of each other. Bournemouth, despite having what seems like a good season, really can’t defend for toffee. Only Burnley, Cardiff and Fulham have conceded more. Even Huddersfield scored against them. They let in four and five in their last two games and now three against Watford and two to Deeney.
Bargain of the week – Angus Gunn – Southampton – 11 points
Surprisingly drafted in ahead of Alex McCarthy who I wouldn’t say has been in bad form of late. If anything he’s been the reason that Southampton have kept some defeats looking semi-respectable. However, I’m all for an even cheaper goalkeeper getting a run of starts. Check also Vicente Guaita’s promotion to Palace number one and David Button’s temporary residence as the Brighton keeper of choice.
Twat of the week – Christopher Schindler – Huddersfield Town – -3 points
Huddersfield’s season looks doomed. Luckily the game Schindler will miss as a resulkt of this sending off is the FA Cup game at thew weekend. He’s arguably been their best source of points and that’s really pushing it. Only four of their players top the £5 million barrier and still no-one wants them.
We have our first gap opening up at the top of the table. We’ve a two team brekaway. Uriah Rennie 2nd XI and Queen Of The North move past the 700 point mark with healthy weekly scores of 65 and 66. The gap between QOTN and The Craggy Islanders in 3rd is 23 points. Then only 13 points separate the next nine teams. In fact, an inspired captain choice and prevailing wind could see teams as far down as maybe Rip Roaring Reds in 17th climb the league and land somewhere in the top ten and within shooting distance of the prize money.
November manager of the month goes to Greenyteamy who held off challenges from a number of teams to hold on to the lead they’d established after last week’s matches. Only Yeboahs Right Foot and Hedgehog Corpse of those featured in the monthly table appear in the overall top ten. This may explain the tightly packed nature of the mid table. Other than our leading pair and Hedgehogs, the rest of our top ten had a fairly uninspiring week in which they limped to an around-average score. Much the same as last week. And the week before.
Buckets stalwarts, Romeoshondavan, scored the highest weekly score. More than half of their 70 point total came courtesy of old faithfuls Sergio Aguero (as captain) and Alexis Sanchez. Before the week started, Philippe Coutinho was not only the most picked player in the game, but also the most transferred in and most popular captain of the week. He lasted 36 minutes. The rap he took to his ankle looks like it might rule him out until the New Year. There was potential for a Sunderland trouncing at the hands of the Liverpool midfield, but it never transpired, and left a lot of managers cursing their luck.
The nine goal thriller served up by Swansea and Palace provided us with six of the ten players who managed double figure scores this week. They’re not among the most popular teams with fantasy managers. I know a couple of Buckets teams have Christian Benteke clogging up their attack. His ownership across the whole game is only at 6%. More surprisingly perhaps is that Gylfi Sigurdsson appears in only 5.2% of teams in the game as a whole. Maybe his value seems a little high. But, he’s a top ten midfielder, has played virtually every minute of Swansea’s last nine games and has contributed meaningful points in seven of them. Basically if Swansea score, he’s usually somewhere in the mix.
Player of the week – Fernando Llorente – 15 points.Collected in 25 minutes.
Bargain of the week – Leroy Fer – 14 points. His 5th and 6th goals of the season. Only Hazard and Sanchez have more in the midfield.
Donkey of the week – Kyle Naughton – -1 points. A clean sweep. His fourth donkey in three years.
Goal of the week – Pedro.Finally worth considering him for your fantasy team. At 3m25s