End of season WINNERS, Last Man Standing, Teams and players of the season.

1
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
65 2350
2
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
67 2270
3
Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
52 2269
4
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
70 2263
5
Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
63 2263
6
BASHAM’S ARRIVING!
Tim Dodd
52 2248
7
GingerFizz
Noel Driver
72 2230
8
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
69 2228
9
Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
66 2223
10
Soup-or-Boom.
Ian Driver
80 2211

Our final top ten looks like this. Caligula rose to the top in GW29 and stayed their till the end, stretching their lead week on week. Despite taking a tumble in the overall rankings in the last three gameweeks the gap back to their nearest Buckets rivals has steadily increased. Caligula returned after lockdown at 34k in the world. They end the season at just over 13k, having reached a high of just under 7.5k in GW35+. It’s their 7th top 20k finish in 14 seasons and it earns them their second Buckets title. Congratulations to them.

Game of Stones entered the top 10 in GW5 and stayed there for the duration, having brief spells at number one and never being outside of the top five. They reached a season high 24k in the world in GW25 and started the last nine gameweeks around the 39k mark, but as Caligula charged forward, Stones fell back. There was a lot of jockeying for position in behind Caligula within the top six over the nine weeks since the restart. Most held second position for at least a week, but none could put together a consistent run of scores to make ground on our champs.

Locky Bauer Bowyer became our first Last Man Standing winners. They saw off the final week challenge of Kebab Eaters and Sterling Silva by the finest of margins to take the prize. Locky’s also reached the highest overall rank of any other player during the course of the season. After GW11 they sat in 1,974th place and remained in the top 10k for the next nine weeks.

Mister D won the Buckets Cup at the first time of asking. Their impressive spurt during February and March set them up in the final against Neil Madrid. The final was played in GW30+ – the first back after lockdown. It produced the highest scoring Buckets Cup final to date with Mister D winning 105 to 95. Neil Madrid’s total would have won the Buckets Cup in any other year.

Gameweek 30+ saw many a Buckets team hit the hundred point mark. Five of the top ten hit triple digit returns, including Ginger Fizz, whose 124 points remained the highest weekly score of the season. It was a double gameweek with Manchester City, Arsenal, Aston Villa and Sheffield United all playing twice, which makes the single gameweek score in the final gameweek of 122 points by Upper Bullens all the more impressive. The Fizz’s 124 points was 21k in the world for weekly scores – Bullens’ total ranked them the 1,518th best team in the world. The Fizz followed up that 100+ effort with another two gameweeks later. Although less, the 106 points accrued in GW32+ was within the top 7k in the world for weekly scores. Within the first three weeks of the restart Ginger Fizz had climbed 400,000 places worldwide. It bagged them the June manager of the month award.

We had ten separate manager of the months this season and three teams who won more than one manager of the week award. They were Rock Ya-Sin (36th) King Ragg (44th) and FTM (26th). FC Caligula won MOTM once. Game Of Stones didn’t win it at all.

Mohamed Salah couldn’t make it three consecutive seasons as the highest scoring player. He finished second to Kevin De Bruyne, who successfully avoided both injury AND Pep roulette to hit 251 points, consisting of a new assist record (23) and 13 goals. Liverpool’s title winning season was the ultimate team effort. Points, goals and assists were shared around the team – although we’re still talking about the three highest scoring defenders, two of the three highest scoring midfielders and three of the four highest scoring players. When it comes to dishing out player of the year awards that split vote may hand that trophy to De Bruyne. Where would City have been without his contribution? You can also pick out any one of his four nominations for goal of the season too. Although, in truth, Son Heung-Min’s solo run against Burnely in GW16 probably just about shades it.

Team of the season

  • GK – Nick Pope – Burnley – 170 points
  • DR – Trent Alexander-Arnold – Liverpool – 210 points
  • DC – Virgil Van Dijk – Liverpool – 178 points
  • DC – John Lundstram – Sheffield United – 144 points
  • DL – Andrew Robertson – Liverpool – 181 points
  • MR – Mohamed Salah – Liverpool – 233 points
  • MC – Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City – 251 points
  • MC – Raheem Sterling – Manchester City – 204 points
  • ML – Sadio Mane – Liverpool – 221 points
  • CF – Jamie Vardy – Leicester City – 210 points
  • CF – Pierre Emerick Aubameyang – Arsenal – 205 points

Bargains of the season (with starting value)

  • GK – Dean Henderson – Sheffield United – 160 points – £4.5m
  • DR – Enda Stevens – Sheffield United – 142 points – £5m
  • DC – John Lundstram – Sheffield United – 144 points – £4m
  • DC – John Egan – Sheffield United – 133 points – £4.5m
  • DL – George Baldock – Sheffield United – 142 points – £4.5m
  • MR – Adama Traore – Wolverhampton Wanderers – 130 points – £5m
  • MC – Mason Mount – Chelsea – 137 points – £6m
  • MC – Jack Grealish – Aston Villa – 149 points – £6m
  • ML – Harvey Barnes – Leicester City – 133 points – £6m
  • CF – Danny Ings – Southampton – 198 points – £6m
  • CF – Raul Jimenez – Wolverhampton Wanderers – 194 points – £7.5m

I’m not sure whether a defender has ever topped the 200 point mark – or outscored every single attacker other than the golden boot winner. Jamie Vardy may have banged in 23 goals but Trent Alexander-Arnold sits level on points with him having scored 4, assisted 15 and with 14 clean sheets. Might we be looking at the first £8 million defender at the start of next season?

We all know John Lundstram isn’t a central defender but for pretty much all of the first half of the season he was a FPL manager’s dream. A starting value of £4m and playing so far out of position he was almost in a different country. Unsurprisingly, Lundstram and his Sheffield United colleagues (the ACTUAL Blades defence) dominate the bargain differential squad of the season. The entire back line is red and white. Lundtsram is one of the seven players, along with TAA, who has returned a 20+ point weekly score. Michail Antonio’s four goals against Norwich a few weeks ago gave us the largest individual weekly total. The other four players to achieve the mark were Ayoze Perez, during Leicester’s 9-0 hammering of Southampton, Raheem Sterling in GW1 and GW35+, Sergio Ageuro, following a hat-trick against Villa – and Phil Foden in DGW30+, against Arsenal and Burnley. Manchester City players have achieved four of the nine highest gameweek scores since the restart.

Ryan Bertrand’s -6 in GW10 – the same week as Ayoze Perez scored 20+ – was the season’s lowest score. A bit unfair, considering he only lasted 11 minutes of the game, hobbling off to then watch his teammates implode as Leicester ran riot. Bertrand went into that game with only 5 points in the bank, having missed a few games with injury and not keeping a clean sheet in the games he had played. Credit to Southampton who finished the season impressively, beating Manchester City – and with Danny Ings coming close in the golden boot chase and being far and away the best value attacking player in the game for the whole season (not including Lundtsram of course – who really isn’t a defender).

 

 

 

 

Gameweek 23 results

You either captained De Bruyne and spent 24 hours cursing his no-show until celebrating Jamie Vardy’s penalty miss like he’d scored a hat trick in a week that you’d captained him. Or, you celebrated De Bruyne’s no-show in expectation of a massive rank rise off the back of a Jamie Vardy goal blitz, and then wished you’d captained De Bruyne, even if it was just for four points.

Or you wildcarded, like The Craggy Islanders, drafted in Sergio Aguero and basked in the glory of the brace that secured the week’s highest Buckets total. That same wildcard has set the Islanders up nicely for Liverpool’s double header in the next gameweek. Most managers seem to have a Liverpool plan in place, with at least two of Salah, Mane, TAA, Robertson, Van Dijk or Firmino in place already. Not a lot of West Ham interest though. 

1
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
35 1364
2
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
50 1350
3
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
46 1341
4
Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
69 1323
5
Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
39 1323
6
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
31 1321
7
musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
33 1315
8
Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
34 1313
9
DaSilvaortheFreD
Stephen Papadopoulos
51 1310
10
Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
45 1304

Nashton were the big movers this week, scoring 69 to shoot up into fourth and the prize money places. And that with both De Bruyne and Vardy as captain. They fluked Spurs’ only clean sheet this millennium, coupled with a penalty save for Paulo Gazzaniga, another double figure return for Jack Grealish, an assist for Mason Holgate (!) and clean sheet and bonus points for Reece James, who was conveniently hooked before Newcastle’s winning goal. 

Manager of the week – The Craggy Islanders – Adrian Roche – 70 points

Player of the week – Virgil Van Dijk – Liverpool – 15 points

Bargain of the week – Paulo Gazzaniga – Tottenham Hotspur – 14 points

Twat of the week – Steve Cook – Bournemouth – -2 points

Goal of the week – Jack Grealish. 1m27s

 

Gameweek 22 results

Last week FTM scored 26 points. It was their lowest total of the season and saw them exit the Last Man Standing competition. Fast forward seven days and with just one transfer made, they’re this week’s outstanding team. It’s even more spectacular when considering that the transfer they made was to switch Harry Kane for, of all people, Troy Deeney. Deeney’s goal, Jorginho’s promotion from the bench and Rashford coming through as captain combined to help FTM make back most of the 600,000 or so places lost by last week’s horror show. They shared their 81 point haul with Queen Of The North, but FTM outscored them by six goals to five.

1
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
63 1329
2
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
62 1300
3
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
65 1295
4
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
60 1290
5
Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
60 1288
6
musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
73 1282
7
Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
66 1279
8
Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
60 1259
9
DaSilvaortheFreD
Stephen Papadopoulos
66 1259
10
Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
54 1254

There wasn’t much to choose between managers this week. Three top ten teams managed 60 points and most of the league posted around that total. Very few dipped below 50 or crept above 70. Musttryharder made the most ground within the top ten with a 73 point total, climbing one place in Buckets and 100,000 overall. It came with the help of a bench boost that added an extra 9 points. We’ll have to wait and see whether that was an ill-judged move ahead of double gameweek season. Also interesting to see that Locky’s have played their new wildcard already.

Regards Last Man Standing – I think we’re getting to the stage now where no-one’s really safe from elimination, regardless of where you are in the league. Soup-or-Boom, currently in 11th, left us this week, scoring 49 points along with Cook Pass Babtridge, scoring 48. Nashton, currently in 10th, were next on the chopping block with 54 points. That’s only three below the overall average score for the gameweek. Having said that, So Klose Yet So VAR, presently in 52nd place, are still going strong. We’re almost half way there with this competition. After GW24 there’ll be more teams eliminated than standing. Getting somewhere around average may not be enough to save you.

Manager of the week – FTM – Stu Smith – 81 ponts (6 goals)

Player of the week – Sergio Aguero – Manchester City – 20 points

Bargain of the week – Abdoulaye Doucoure – Watford – 14 points

Twat of the week – Tyrone Mings – Aston Villa – -1 points

Goal of the week – Richarlison. 45s in

 

Gameweek 11 results

We have a leader. A proper leader. There’ll be no more weekly chopping and changing at the top for a while given Locky Bauer Bowyer’s current rate of scoring. This week they surpassed the 100 point barrier – the first team to do that so far this season. Their total of 103 becomes the highest weekly score, eclipsing Cook Pass Babtridge’s week one total of 99. It was inside the top 6,000 in the world – one of the top 0.1% in the entire game. And as a result, they now sit in the top 2,000 overall.

1
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
103 692
2
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
78 664
3
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
79 645
4
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
81 644
5
Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
74 642
6
GingerFizz
Noel Driver
56 634
7
Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
73 633
8
DaSilvaortheFreD
Stephen Papadopoulos
68 632
9
musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
70 629
10
BASHAM’S ARRIVING!
Tim Dodd
56 613

No-one really got close to them but that’s not to say everyone had a bad week. Most of us have John Lundstram after all. The next nearest score was 83, one of a hefty group of managers posting 70+ totals, most of whom, if not all, would have received green arrows.

Every one of Locky’s starting XI contributed, apart from KDB, who was the game’s second top scorer at the start of the weekend. Manchester City were arguably the main reason the rest of us didn’t challenge that high score. The Sterling or De Bruyne captain choice looked too good to ignore against Southampton. We should maybe have expected Saints to park the bus. When the defence was finally breached it was by Aguero, who has been exiting a lot of teams recently (although not Locky Bauer Bowyer’s), and Kyle Walker. A Sterling and KDB double up would have gained you no more that 5 points.

Manager of the week – Paul Hawkins – Locky Bauer Bowyer – 103 points

Player of the week – John Lundstram – Sheffield United – 21 points

Bargain of the week – Lys Mousset – Sheffield United – 13 points

Twat of the week – James Tarkowsi – Burnley – 0 points

Goal of the week – Jamie Vardy. 2m14s

Gameweek 9 results

A year ago the leaders of the Buckets league had 621 points. They were 100 points ahead of 14th place. Already, three quarters of the league were out of the title race. Our best managers had cracked the season’s code early and were moving at pace. We had a good mix of elite players staying in form (Hazard, Salah, Robertson) and differential cheap picks to fit the budget (Wan Bissaka, Wolves assets). Fast forward a year. This week sees our leader limp to 525 points. You have to drop to 51st place to go back 100 points. Lower-mid table languishers need not worry just yet. You still might win.

1
Sterling Silva
DEAN CRIPPS
49 525
2
musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
54 516
3
Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
35 513
4
Locky Bauer Bowyer
Paul Hawkins
40 511
5
GingerFizz
Noel Driver
52 507
6
Chef Utd
Robert Frost
48 502
7
FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
37 496
8
Greeenteeaaam
adam greenwood
43 494
9
Kante fit my Willian
Paul Callaghan
35 494
10
Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
45 493

Captain choices are so hard. There’s almost too much choice some weeks. Most captained this week was Sergio Aguero…closely followed by Tammy Abraham and Callum Wilson. Aguero’s benching wouldn’t necessarily of promoted anyone decent from vice captain either. Abraham and Wilson blanked. Only Sterling of the £10 million+ players picked up any attacking points – and then he got carded. You needed to have had the heavily rotated David Silva lined up to take the armband.

Just like league leaders, Sterling Silva, who would have been sweating on an Aguero one minute cameo more than anyone. Silva’s eventual 22 points saw them rise to the top of the table ahead of Musttryharder, who climbed to second with a 54 point haul, one of only five scores over 50. The highest score, a 56 by Pretty Schitty City, was aided by a handy 13 point haul from Jack Grealish. That’s four attacking contributions in three weeks for the Villa captain. Another mid-price one to watch.

Extra jammy points to those who may have profited from everyone’s favourite first sub, John Lundstram, coming off their bench to replace Aguero or Salah. And probably not for the first time this season. And that’s kind of what FPL has come to. Crossing fingers for a Sheffield United clean sheet (because that’s evidently more likely than Aubameyang scoring), to score 6 points from a guy whose starting price was £4 million – because your £11 million strikers are benched, or just bollocks.

Manager of the week – Pretty Schitty City – Alex Michaluk – 56 points

Player of the week – Marcos Alonso – Chelsea – 14 points

Bargain of the week – Jack Grealish – Aston Villa – 13 points

Twat of the week – Aaron Mooy – Brighton and Hove Albion – -2 points

Goal of the week – David Silva. 33s in