Gameweek 23 results

up Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
46 1286
down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
31 1284
same Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
41 1276
same When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
34 1263
up greenyteamy
adam greenwood
42 1245
down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
28 1233
same Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
34 1228
up Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
43 1219
down 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
31 1214
10  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
44 1212
11  same Cooksters
Peter Cook
36 1210
12  down Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
27 1208
13  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
29 1202
14  up To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
38 1198
15  same Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
30 1193
16  down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
21 1192
17  same 30:19
Darren Lavelle
30 1188
18  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
32 1187
19  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
27 1185
20  same Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
32 1181
21  same RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
32 1171
22  same QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
43 1171
23  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
43 1162
24  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
46 1154
25  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
30 1154
26  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
26 1152
27  up Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
46 1141
28  down nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
31 1134
29  same Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
32 1131
30  down Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
26 1130
31  same Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
32 1114
32  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
36 1114
33  down Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
30 1112
34  up Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
45 1108
35  down RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
42 1108
36  up Have a little dink
Ian Williams
42 1090
37  down Ciderheads
Darren Pope
34 1084
38  up I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
41 1074
39  down FTM
Stu Smith
24 1070
40  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
41 1050
41  down Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
30 1048
42  up Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
45 1039
43  up jetty city
scott mcgow
52 1033
44  up Big White Chiefs
david frankland
42 1022
45  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
20 1018
46  same Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
35 1015
47  down Dj daz
darren frankland
35 1015
48  same bazza 28 united
laura barrett
33 974
49  same Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
38 969
50  same DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
31 940
51  up Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
36 928
52  down Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
28 925
53  same Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
36 892

 

One of those weeks where nothing happened – nothing came off. Only 19 goals scored. The average FPL score was a measly 35 points. Our manager of the week managed 52 – the only manager to break 50 points. Jetty City crept ahead of everybody else probably because they had Gylfi Sigurdsson in their side. The Swansea midfielder doesn’t appear in too many other Buckets teams. A good example of a differential paying off.

The only side in the top six that won were City, and we got sick of them weeks ago. No goals for United or Spurs, a stalemate with two unlikely scorers between Chelsea and Liverpool and worst of all, Arsenal messing up at home to Watford, who have been in terrible form of late. Thank goodness for the Alexis Sanchez assist. He appeared to be the popular captain choice again and the extra four points probably turned what could have been a really shit week into…a fairly shit week.

There were some interesting tactics employed in the race for the January Manager of the Month. The top two challengers played chips. Greenyteamy went for the bench boost and that garnered them an extra 12 points. Upper Bullens triple captained Harry Kane to the tune of 6 points – essentially two more than they’d have got had they just not bothered.  Disappointing on the one hand, but it was enough to get them over the line. Might they regret those choices come the double gameweeks? Here’s the final table.

up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
46 253
same greenyteamy
adam greenwood
42 251
down When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
34 251
up Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
46 245
up RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
42 242
down Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
35 240
down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
32 240

 

Player of the week – Scott Dann – 15 points. That first Palace win under Allardyce had to come sometime.

Bargain of the week – Michael Keane – 12 points. Burnley indestructible at home.

Donkey of the week – Jose Fonte – 0 points. West Ham always get hammered by Man City.

Goal of the week – David Luiz.

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Gameweek 28 preview

01 Mar 19:45 Aston Villa v Everton
01 Mar 19:45 Bournemouth v Southampton
01 Mar 19:45 Leicester v West Brom
01 Mar 19:45 Norwich v Chelsea
01 Mar 19:45 Sunderland v Crystal Palace
02 Mar 19:45 Arsenal v Swansea
02 Mar 19:45 Stoke v Newcastle
02 Mar 19:45 West Ham v Spurs
02 Mar 20:00 Liverpool v Man City
02 Mar 20:00 Man Utd v Watford

 

Believe it or not there are actually worse teams in this league than Aston Villa. Norwich and Crystal Palace have picked up fewer points over the last six games. They’re coincidentally the two teams that Villa have most recently beaten. At home, Villa are clearly ahead of Palace, Sunderland, Bournemouth and Everton, who they play tonight. Let’s not ruin the stat by mentioning their away form. Unfortunately, Everton’s away form is the best in the league, aside from Spurs and Chelsea. They’ve gone eight unbeaten and scored 12 goals. A Barkley/Lukaku captain choice could guarantee some points tonight.

Regarding Palace – Alan Pardew has admitted that his team are now part of the relegation battle, having not won a game since the 19th December. This will be welcome news for Sunderland, who have an under the radar new signing that might be worth some consideration. Wahbi Khazri will cost you £6 million and in four games has accumulated 22 points. I’m absolutely certain Sunderland will fancy their chances against Palace, with a win potentially seeing them climb out of the bottom three. Scott Dann, despite Palace’s woes, is still delivering. Two one point scores in his last two games hasn’t prevented him from slipping out of the top three defenders overall. He’s an ever present, their top scorer, and second top bonus scorer. Anyone else in blue and red, at present, really isn’t worth touching.

Tomorrow night, three days after losing to them in the Carling Cup final, Liverpool welcome Manchester City, who now probably feel like they have to win every game, or hope for some major nervous slip ups from the three teams above them. Leicester and Arsenal’s home games look very winnable, but Spurs’ trip to West Ham is the first of a double of London derbies. The next being against Arsenal on Saturday lunchtime. Spurs’ run of six consecutive victories hasn’t necessarily come courtesy of one outstanding fantasy player. Thirteen of the Spurs squad have contributed more than just their appearance points in the last three games. Christian Eriksen is the most tempting captain choice with three double figure scores since the start of 2016. West Ham’s main man isn’t Dimitri Payet. Payet has played eight games since returning from injury, scoring or assisting in just two of them. Michail Antonio on the other hand can boast seven scoring contributions in the last ten games. Antonio has 24% less ownership across the game and comes in at £3 million less.

The first two rounds of the Buckets Cup have been drawn. Check the cup link for the full draw. This gameweek 24 teams play off in the preliminary round. Leaders, FC Caligula play Greensmeansbusiness and will face current holders, Sergio Five 0 if they win. Bottom club, Brussia Hairbach will be looking to pull off a major shock against fourth place Rocky Ba Bauer. The prelim round hasn’t thrown up any top of the table clashes, but if Your Ad Here beat Below Par, they will face Atletico Chappers – that’s 2nd against 3rd.

 

Gameweek 22 results

1 Golden Boys Stephanie Cripps 55 1,214
2 Your Ad Here Matthew Hopkins 73 1,205
3 FC Caligula Ajay Supeda 74 1,203
4 4 Lime Jellies Ian Williams 57 1,178
5 Atlético Chappers Richard Chapman 77 1,157
6 Game of Throw ins Darren Lavelle 62 1,155
7 Edgbaston Micheal Dinneen 74 1,151
8 greensmeansbusiness adam greenwood 40 1,150
9 Rocky Ba Bauer P Hawkins 71 1,150
10 Walking with Memphis Noel Driver 47 1,148
11 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 56 1,145
12 Gaalacticos Colin Goulding 52 1,145
13 Sergio Five O DEAN CRIPPS 51 1,144
14 The Kolarov Mané Trevor Gordon 71 1,144
15 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 56 1,142
16 Bicuitmen Chris Morton 62 1,141
17 Howayman Mark Bromham 32 1,132
18 Grievous AngelRangel Andrew Swift 75 1,131
19 SS3 FC Paul Murray 46 1,131
20 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 54 1,131
21 scotty2hotty scott mcgow 52 1,127
22 Init fc Mustafa khan 67 1,121
23 Romeo’s Honda Van Rob Hewer 71 1,120
24 Below Par Paul Bentz 60 1,103
25 JonniestaRedmondinho David Spinks 48 1,099
26 The Craggy Islanders Adrian Roche 63 1,097
27 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 41 1,094
28 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 72 1,087
29 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 57 1,085
30 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 49 1,082
31 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 40 1,075
32 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 49 1,057
33 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 21 1,053
34 The Hardy Boys Alan Hardy 66 1,022
35 RICO UNITED JASON REACHER 44 1,021
36 Go Buffoons Go!!! Jitesh Lakhani 46 1,019
37 Ciderheads Darren Pope 39 996
38 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 64 994
39 Baker Bum Boys Lewis Baker 39 970
40 Crazy Legs XI David Caldicott 45 962
41 Bish Bosh Goal Simon Purnell 38 933
42 Sweet Cherry Pie Jason Earwicker 41 933
43 REAL JORVIK Simon Brown 51 858
44 BrussiaHairbach Alex Ritchie 65 826

 

Atletico Chappers score 77 points this week to claim the manager of the week prize. They were 18th only a fortnight ago, but have now risen to 5th, which goes to show that with a couple of good scores under your belt there are still opportunities to climb this league. Chappers sit at the top of that congested middle order which sees just 37 points separate 19 places. Chappers brought in Sergio Aguero in gameweek 20 to replace Romelu Lukaku, which was a brave move, given Lukaku’s form up until that point. Aguero has since scored 26 points to Lukaku’s nine. An inspired transfer.

On Sunday evening we had new leaders. Golden Boys have had a poor month, sitting only 33rd in the January table. After the Sunday games both Your Ad Here and FC Caligula had overtaken them at the top of the table. Not for the first time this season Ashley Williams added vital points to Golden Boys’ score to reclaim their place at the summit. Williams’ goal, clean sheet and bonuses totalled 15 points. Williams scored three consecutive 9 point scores in December with similar effect. The gap at the top was 27 points last week. It’s now down to nine. Could it be time for the Golden Boys to finally play a wildcard?

It was another week in which the old reliables of the first half of the season failed to deliver. Best epitomised by Riyad Mahrez, who missed his second penalty of the season. It’s five weeks of nothingness now from the Algerian. But whereas Leicester are still maintaining a title challenge of sorts, Watford’s bubble may have burst. And with it the scoring run of Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo. We appear to be in the middle of a changing of the guard as far as form players are concerned. And it’s happened pretty much as the first half of the season has finished and the second half has started. Only Mesut Ozil, of those previous big hitters, occupies a place on the first page of form players. Maybe we’ll all be playing those wildcards a lot sooner than we thought.

 

Player of the week – Charlie Daniels – 18 points. Bournemouth’s full backs are definitely worth a look at the moment.

Bargain of the week – Matt Targett – 11 points. From nowhere. Two consecutive double figure scores. And for £3.7 million.

Donkey of the week – Scott Dann – 0 points. Another bubble burst?

Goal of the week – Ayoze Perez. 

Gameweek 16 results

1 Golden Boys Stephanie Cripps 55 901
2 FC Caligula Ajay Supeda 65 875
3 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 69 872
4 Your Ad Here Matthew Hopkins 60 864
5 scotty2hotty scott mcgow 70 862
6 4 Lime Jellies Ian Williams 56 851
7 Game of Throw ins Darren Lavelle 60 850
8 Bicuitmen Chris Morton 65 848
9 greensmeansbusiness adam greenwood 56 839
10 Atlético Chappers Richard Chapman 73 835
11 Rocky Ba Bauer P Hawkins 61 826
12 Edgbaston Micheal Dinneen 52 825
13 Howayman Mark Bromham 65 823
13 Sergio Five O DEAN CRIPPS 58 823
15 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 59 821
16 Romeo’s Honda Van Rob Hewer 60 821
17 SS3 FC Paul Murray 46 817
18 Below Par Paul Bentz 56 816
19 The Kolarov Mané Trevor Gordon 51 816
20 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 47 809
21 Init fc Mustafa khan 54 809
22 Gaalacticos Colin Goulding 70 805
23 Walking with Memphis Noel Driver 72 802
24 JonniestaRedmondinho David Spinks 51 786
25 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 59 781
26 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 69 780
27 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 56 777
28 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 68 777
29 Grievous AngelRangel Andrew Swift 36 762
30 The Craggy Islanders Adrian Roche 44 761
31 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 69 753
32 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 56 747
33 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 54 744
34 Go Buffoons Go!!! Jitesh Lakhani 46 743
35 Ciderheads Darren Pope 69 717
36 RICO UNITED JASON REACHER 43 711
37 The Hardy Boys Alan Hardy 50 698
38 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 32 694
39 Crazy Legs XI David Caldicott 34 688
40 Sweet Cherry Pie Jason Earwicker 32 684
41 Baker Bum Boys Lewis Baker 36 671
42 Bish Bosh Goal Simon Purnell 63 669
43 REAL JORVIK Simon Brown 43 606
44 BrussiaHairbach Alex Ritchie 38 562

 

Atlético Chappers are another new name on our weekly role of honour. They amassed 73 points this week. It’s a total that sees them climb eight places and into the top 10. Their 79 points was the third highest score of last week, and inevitably they’re the early leaders in the race for the December manager of the month prize. What edged Chappers over the line was not so much the 38 point combined total of this season’s top three performers, Vardy, Mahrez and Lukaku, but the inclusion of Scott Dann and Craig Cathcart in the defence.

Dann is the third highest scoring defender, despite only keeping four clean sheets. He has however weighed in with three goals and ten bonus points, played every minute of every match bar one, and has only been booked twice. All that for only £5.3 million. Cathcart is arguably even better value at £4.6 million. He’s collected one booking across every minute of every game and kept seven clean sheets into the bargain. While everyone is marvelling at Leicester’s season, Watford’s achievements shouldn’t be underestimated. Allan-Romeo Nyom crept into he top ten defenders after his 12 point haul this week. Heurelho Gomes is jostling with Jack Butland to be number one keeper, and if either Odion Ighalo or Troy Deeney occupy your third striker slot alongside Vardy and Lukaku, you’re pretty much guaranteed another goal.

Up until Riyad Mahrez scored last night my nomination for goal of the week was going to be Jamie Vardy – which was assisted by Riyad Mahrez. They’ve four nominations between them. I imagine the other assisted each one of those goals. They’ve 26 goals between them. They’ve 246 points between them. Mahrez, but for his ever increasing value, would have won player of the week this week for the second week running. Jordan Henderson wins by being virtue of £0.4 million cheaper. Mahrez started the season £1.5 million cheaper than Henderson. His value has increased by £1.4 million and Vardy’s by £1.6 million. Vardy’s ownership continues to increase week on week. Mahrez is owned by 63% of all managers. No-one else even gets close to that. I’m not sure even Luis Suarez or Eden Hazard reached those kind of heights in the last two seasons. Leicester for the title. Chelsea for the Championship.

 

Player of the week – Jordan Henderson – 13 points. In only his second 90 minutes of the season. One to watch maybe.

Bargain of the week – Allan-Romeo Nyom – 12 points. An assist, clean sheet and top bonus marks.

Donkey of the week – Danny Rose – 0 points. A little harsh – one of those weeks where no-one was sent off, conceded a hatful or scored an own goal.

Goal of the week – Riyad Mahrez. His second contender, equalling Vardy.