1 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 57 2,175
2 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 45 2,123
3 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 33 2,114
4 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 57 2,112
5 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 36 2,061
6 RayCrawfordsCrackers Rob Hewer 44 2,051
7 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 63 2,049
8 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 45 2,045
9 Gaalatcticos Colin Goulding 53 2,039
10 * Your Ad Here * Matthew Hopkins 44 2,037
11 Van Damme United P Hawkins 42 2,021
12 Paris Spinks Germain David Spinks 52 2,003
13 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 26 1,993
14 Ciderheads Darren Pope 33 1,966
15 Who R U DEAN CRIPPS 45 1,953
16 Accrington Rudyard Ian Williams 41 1,939
17 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 47 1,903
18 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 50 1,901
19 Biscuitmen Chris Morton 33 1,881
20 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 59 1,876
21 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 47 1,837
22 Get to the choppa Mark Bromham 40 1,834
23 Real Jorvik FC Simon Brown 45 1,830
24 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 45 1,788
25 Luxembourg United Simon Smallbone 32 1,758
26 No Recognized Plan Paul Bentz 41 1,744
27 Sportingabiggerwig Alex Ritchie 39 1,723
28 Crazylegs XI David Caldicott 32 1,617
29 Jordie’s Giants Jordan Raper 21 1,357

 

A  typically ridiculous last day of the season. Some teams scored lots of goals. Some players scored lots of points, most of whom are nowhere near anyone’s fantasy squads. Of the players who made the weekly dream team line up, only Santi Cazorla appears among the season’s top points scorers. The last Arsenal payer you want scoring a hat trick is Theo Walcott – but he did – and from warming the bench and the treatment table all season has potentially played himself into contention for an FA Cup final start.

Our last weekly winners are Bermie United. Fittingly, their 63 points also secured the May manager of the month award. They didn’t make any transfers this week – they didn’t need to – they’ve been on a steady rise for the last couple of weeks. They’ve climbed 200,000 places in the overall game since gameweek 34, and finish in 7th overall.

1 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 63 279
2 Paris Spinks Germain David Spinks 52 263
3 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 57 262
4 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 57 235
5 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 45 231
6 Gaalatcticos Colin Goulding 53 229

 

In the race for the title, Neil Madrid hit a steady 57 points to secure the trophy with room to spare. The battle for the runners up spot went to Pescara who leapfrogged Hedgehog Corpse. Hedgehog nearly slipped to fourth behind Naboombu’s, who would have pinched third had they made Moussa Sissoko or Phil Jones their captain. But who in their right mind would have done that?

Player of the week – Theo Walcott – 20 points. Only his fourth start of the season

Bargain of the week – Mame Biram Diouf – 16 points. Finishes as Stoke’s top scoring player.

Donkey of the week – Marouane Fellaini – -2 points. Trying his hardest to keep Hull up.

Goal of the week – Jack Wilshere. Screamer. 1m46s.

 

 

Eden Hazard finishes as top player. He played every game, and pretty much every minute, scoring more bonus points than anybody else by some distance, yet interestingly never picked up a player of the week award. The best bargain player by some distance was Harry Kane. He’ll still only set you back £6 million. It did get as high as £6.5 but has dropped after a quiet few weeks. Burnley keeper, Tom Heaton, is the best value for money player. Ten clean sheets might be unprecedented by a relegated keeper. This includes three in his last three games – since they were relegated. Heaton is also one of six keepers to have saved more than one penalty this season. He also comes in at fourth in the overall saves table behind Fabianski, Adrian and Rob Green. Proving again that the more shots you’re likely to have to save – the better fantasy keeper you are.

Alexis Sanchez’s value increased the most over the season – by £1.1 million. Harry Kane’s had got to a £1.5 million increase before his recent slump. Hazard’s had increased to £1.4 million only two weeks ago. He played at the weekend, but most managers had shipped him out after reading the reports of his wonky wisdom teeth. Nathaniel Clyne and Stewart Downing had both increased in value by £1.2 million at various points of the season. Southampton, on the whole, offered up the best value for money players. Had you ignored the early season pundit predictions that they’d struggle, and picked three of Clyne, Ryan Bertrand, Jose Fonte, Fraser Forster or Graziano Pelle, you’d have got off to a blinding start. Don’t expect them to be so cheap next season.

RayCrawfordsCrackers unsurprisingly tinkered their way to the most manager of the week awards this season. They finished the week with the highest score six times, one less that the record they set last year. Shoelace were the only team to take more than one monthly award, winning the prize in October and March. The player of the week awards were much more evenly spread than last year. I’d be surprised if anyone beat Luis Suarez’s record of five from last season. Harry Kane finished as the highest scorer on three occassions.

Yannick Bolasie hit the highest weekly score of 24 points in gameweek 32 – a hat trick, an assist and all bonus marks against Sunderland. In gamweek 31 Christian Beneteke equalled the highest score up until that point with 23 points – a total that had already been achieved by Dusan Tadic in gameweek 8 – also against Sunderland. Also in gameweek 31, Charlie Austin bagged 21 points – our highest bargain player score. Unsurprisingly, gameweek 31produced our highest team score – 119 points by Pescara – who had both Benteke (c) and Austin in their team. Sergio Aguero and Sadio Mane, in gameweeks 36 and 37 respectively also posted 23 point weekly scores.

Sunderland’s Santiago Vergini hit the depths with a -4 weekly score in their 8-0 drubbing at the hands of Southampton. This included a cracking og that would easily be up for goal of the season, had it not been for the fact he volleyed it into the roof of his own net. Hull and Everton served up the most donkeys with four each. Kyle Naughton was our only double donkey this season whilst playing for Spurs. He now plays for Swansea.

Team of the season

  • GK – Lukasz Fabianski – Swansea City – 151 points
  • DR – Branislav Ivanovic – Chelsea – 171 points
  • DL – Ryan Bertrand – Southampton – 140 points
  • DC – John Terry – Chelsea – 170 points
  • DC – Phil Jagielka – Everton – 142 points
  • MR – Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal – 207 points
  • ML – Eden Hazard – Chelsea – 233 points
  • CM – David Silva – Manchester City – 191 points
  • CM – Santi Cazorla – Arsenal – 168 points
  • AT – Sergio Aguero – Manchester City – 216 points
  • AT – Harry Kane – Tottenham Hotspur – 191 points

Bargains of the season (with season starting value)

  • GK – Tom Heaton – Burnley – 150 points – £4.5 million
  • DR – Nathaniel Clyne – Southampton – 142 points – £5 million
  • DL – Neil Taylor – Swansea City – 109 points – £4.5 million
  • DC – Joleon Lescott – West Bromwich Albion – 127 points – £5 million
  • DC – Ashley Williams – Swansea City – 118 points – £5 million
  • MR – Nacer Chadli – Tottenham Hotspur – 160 points – £6 million
  • ML – Stewart Downing – West Ham United – 160 points – £5.5 million
  • MC – Gylfi Sigurdsson – Swansea City – 154 points – £6 million
  • MC – Ki Sung-Yeung – Swansea City – 129 points – £5 million
  • AT – Charlie Austin –  Queens Park Rangers – 176 points – £6 million
  • AT – Graziano Pelle – Southampton – 149 points – £7.5 million

 

That’s it. Seventy odd days till we start again. Check the Roll of Honour and Prize Money links for full season breakdown. I’ll be in touch with the winners regarding payment of prize money over the next few days.

Well done everyone.

 

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Gameweek 8 results

October 21, 2014

1 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 84 477
2 Sportingabiggerwig Alex Ritchie 60 434
3 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 52 432
4 * Your Ad Here * Matthew Hopkins 65 432
5 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 61 420
6 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 56 418
7 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 45 410
8 Gaalatcticos Colin Goulding 47 409
9 RayCrawfordsCrackers Rob Hewer 72 408
10 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 70 405
11 Ciderheads Darren Pope 72 402
12 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 65 397
13 Paris Spinks Germain David Spinks 63 395
14 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 58 390
15 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 85 388
16 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 75 383
17 Crazylegs XI David Caldicott 52 368
18 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 68 366
19 Biscuitmen Chris Morton 31 357
20 Get to the choppa Mark Bromham 47 349
21 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 73 348
22 No Recognized Plan Paul Bentz 49 346
23 Luxembourg United Simon Smallbone 63 345
24 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 54 344
25 Van Damme United P Hawkins 36 341
26 Who R U DEAN CRIPPS 55 339
27 Real Jorvik FC Simon Brown 37 331
28 Accrington Rudyard Ian Williams 54 330
29 Jordie’s Giants Jordan Raper 15 276

 

Twice champs Pescara win their first manager of the week award for over a season with 85 points. Uriah’s finished on a point less than Pescara this week with 84 points and are in pole position in the race for the October award. It will be their second consecutive manager of the month. Here’s how it stands…

1 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 84 143
2 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 85 135
3 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 68 132
4 Sportingabiggerwig Alex Ritchie 60 130
5 Ciderheads Darren Pope 72 129

 

Both teams, and many others benefitted from Southampton’s incredible 8-0 hammering of Sunderland. Most of the 60 plus scores can be attributed to a combo of Southampton players, with Dusan Tadic, Graziano Pelle, Nathaniel Clyne, Ryan Bertrand and Morgan Schneiderlin contributing healthy totals to the top two. In fact, only Shane Long of the Saints starting XI failed to score anything other than their basic appearance points.

It takes some performance to grab the player of the week award from a another scoring four goals in one game. Sergio Aguero’s single handed blitzing of Spurs wasn’t enough to earn him the accolade ahead of Tadic, who assisted four and scored one in the 8-0er.

Aguero’s performance was a reminder of how valuable a fantasy player he can be. That’s his sixth consecutive start and his fourth full 90 minutes. Is that enough to convince that those niggling injuries are behind him? And because of that, is it now worth considering swapping Diego Costa for him? Costa sat out this weekend and these continuing rumours about his long term fitness are a worry. If you were a manager and you had the choice of buying one of them, who would you opt for? Aguero every time isn’t it?

Liverpool continue to be a bit of an FPL enigma so far this season. Daniel Sturridge is much further away from a return than was reported before the weekend’s games, and they need him back quickly, because Mario Balotelli offers absolutely nothing. And he’s holding back the Liverpool players you want in your team. The fact they won the game with two own goals from QPR this weekend says it all. It’s unusual to win a game scoring three goals and for your top performing player to only pick up 7 points.

It’s been another weekend in which it’s become evidently clear you cannot rely on any defenders, no matter who they play for. There were nine defenders and one keeper on minus scores at the end of this week. Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, United and City just don’t keep clean sheets regularly enough. Last season’s best value keeper, Vito Mannone, was at fault for at least all eight of Southampton’s goals. I feel for anyone with any of the Sunderland defence, particularly Santiago Vergini, who scored a cracking own goal to set Southampton on their way. Richard Dunne has scored more Premier League own goals than any other player – a tally he added to at the weekend. And despite conceding more goals than anyone else other than QPR, Everton have three defenders sat in the top ten. How is this possible? Defenders – they just can’t be trusted.

 

Player of the week – Dusan Tadic – 23 points. £7.5 million before the weekend – could be up towards the £8 million mark by the next set of fictures.

Bargain of the week – Diafra Sakho – 12 points. Finally gets a place on the roll of honour. Four goals in four games.

Donkey of the week – Santiago Vergini – -4 points. The joint lowest ever weekly total. Well done son.

Goal of the week – Marouane Fellaini. Seriously.

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