Gameweek 15 results

December 9, 2014

1 Paris Spinks Germain David Spinks 41 802
2 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 18 795
3 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 36 792
4 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 31 776
5 * Your Ad Here * Matthew Hopkins 23 771
6 Ciderheads Darren Pope 30 765
7 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 36 753
8 RayCrawfordsCrackers Rob Hewer 39 751
9 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 32 749
10 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 49 746
11 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 16 739
12 Gaalatcticos Colin Goulding 45 736
13 Sportingabiggerwig Alex Ritchie 35 723
14 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 29 721
15 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 24 702
16 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 25 702
17 Luxembourg United Simon Smallbone 22 684
18 Who R U DEAN CRIPPS 31 678
19 Biscuitmen Chris Morton 27 675
20 Van Damme United P Hawkins 36 675
21 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 25 673
22 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 23 666
23 Real Jorvik FC Simon Brown 21 658
24 No Recognized Plan Paul Bentz 36 655
25 Get to the choppa Mark Bromham 31 655
26 Crazylegs XI David Caldicott 33 648
27 Accrington Rudyard Ian Williams 34 638
28 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 30 622
29 Jordie’s Giants Jordan Raper 34 510

 

One of the lowest scoring weeks in FPL history (probably), yet one of the most incident packed. And congratulations if you managed to end the weekend without any of your payers injured or suspended.

And the reasons for the low scores. Lots.

Saturday saw three goalless draws, and one other team keep a clean sheet. Clean sheets from some players are like an unexpected bonus most of the time. Most of time you try your best to avoid even having to pick those type of players. This week was one of those weeks. Anyone who had more than one player from a combination of Hull, West Brom, Liverpool, Sunderland, Spurs, Palace or QPR  – well done – it won’t happen again.

I don’t suppose anyone expected Chelsea to lose. We’ve all been drawn in by the possibility of them going through the season without losing a game, and to think that it’d happen against a Newcastle side that were without key players –  well that didn’t seem plausible. Yet it did. Bonus points if you picked any of the Newcastle ball boys. Thank god for Cesc Fabregas, who of the Cheslea regulars came away with an assist and some bonus points. Shame about the booking that rules him out of the next game.

Which leads us on to the sendings off.

Five in total. I may have come off worse out of all of you. It’s not often I straight up reference my own team. I try to  keep the reviews and previews as neutral as possible, but for this week only, I need to spleen vent. I’ve done well to get out with 31 points. Pescara and Uriah’s didn’t even get past the 20 point mark. Both had Calum Chambers who was sent off for Arsenal and ended the week on -2 points. Uriah’s also had to contend with the dismissal of Lukasz Fabianski – who also finished on -2 – and is our weekly donkey. There were three other red cards this week. Paul Konchesky got his marching orders in Leicester’s game against Villa, but no-one seems to have him in their team, so lets not dwell on that. The other two sendings off, as well as Chambers, were in my team. Steven Taylor was sat on the bench, but that doens’t make it any easier for working out what to do next week. Charlie Austin at least managed to get a goal and assist before getting his second yellow. Again, not a complete disaster you might think, but I’m faced with five players out next week. Chambers, Austin, Taylor, Fabregas – and Sergio bloody Aguero.

As is everybody else. Probably. As little as we expected Chelsea to lose at Newcastle, no-one saw the FPL’s player of the moment crumpling into a heap after 7 minutes against Everton on Saturday evening. Those without, or even those that went for an alternative captain choice will be feeling smug. Early reports suggest a month out, which will upset City’s recent upturn in form, and makes the race for the December manager of the month very interesting. Most managers will have to make a change in their forward line for next week. One good thing is that you’re trading in the most expensive player in the game – so the league is your oyster.

Maybe you could trade in for one of the two highest scorers of the week. Back from the dead to win player of the week is Andy Carroll. West Ham are up to fourth. This is the team you go to when you start dropping your Southamton players. Can Carroll stay fit though? He’s been back for five games, played three full 90 minutes, and scored 25 points. You’d have plenty of change if you bought him in place of Aguero. Not so much if you opted for Robin Van Persie. Back from the dead to score his second double figure score in the last three weeks, RVP will still set you back over £12 million. It probably doesn’t seem like it, but he has started every game but the very first one, and has managed six league goals so far. I suppose he just seems a lot more interested in the last few weeks.

Uriah’s dismal score of 18 has allowed PSG to take over at the top. PSG reached 41 points, losing Chambers, Fabregas and Aguero. They were one of only three teams to surpass 40 points. Gaalacticos lost Chambers, Austin, Fabregas and Aguero, but ended on 45 points and finished second. Leading this week’s totals are Shoelace with 49 points. Lucky-ish Shoelace only lost Fabregas and Aguero with Taylor on the bench.

 

Player of the week – Andy Carroll – 16 points. West Ham spoilt for attacking options.

Bargain of the week – Alan McGregor – 15 points. Includes a penalty save and all the bonus marks

Donkey of the week – Lukasz Fabianski – -2 points. Unfortunate – might yet be rescinded.

Goal of the week – Diafra Sakho. West Ham really spoilt for attacking options. 2m40s in.

 

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Gameweek 12 preview

November 20, 2014

22 Nov 15:00 Chelsea v West Brom
22 Nov 15:00 Everton v West Ham
22 Nov 15:00 Leicester v Sunderland
22 Nov 15:00 Man City v Swansea
22 Nov 15:00 Newcastle v QPR
22 Nov 15:00 Stoke v Burnley
22 Nov 17:30 Arsenal v Man Utd
23 Nov 13:30 Crystal Palace v Liverpool
23 Nov 16:00 Hull v Spurs
24 Nov 20:00 Aston Villa v Southampton

 

There are some busy treatment rooms across the league, as tends to happen after international breaks. The big game of the weekend being one of those most affected. Arsenal and Manchester United might even find it difficult to put out a combined team of eighteen players. Their defences are particularly threadbare, especially United’s. Arsenal can just about put out a first choice back line, but will need again to rely on younger players as benched back up. United may again have to call upon the likes of Paddy MacNair or Tyler Blackett with Rafael and Marcos Rojo out, and Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Luke Shaw all doubtful. Of course, it’s great if you’re looking for a cheap defensive alternative. MacNair collected 9 points on his last outing, winning all three bonus points against Crystal Palace. Most worrying perhaps for FPL players is the injury picked up by Angel Di Maria. Di Maria is far and away the most popular United player. His price has dropped in recent weeks as managers have reacted to a slight dip in form, but he’s still the most likely to at least score assist points.

There’s also a queue outside the Newcastle physio’s office. Their midfield looks decimated, and their defence is down to the bare bones. Amazingly, their recent run of clean sheets has coincided with a return to the team of Steven Taylor, who is listed as doubtful, although there are reports of a return to training. Fabricio Coloccini is out, and they could be forced to patch the defence up with Paul Dummett moving into the middle alongside Mike Williamson. Any fit Newcastle option is a cheap one, but it looks likely that their run of not conceding may come to an end this weekend against a slightly better looking QPR team with an in form Charlie Austin.

Austin’s form is bettered only by Alexis Sanchez who has returned from the international break without any injury issues. He could make it five consecutive scoring games with a goal against the depleted United defence. In fact there aren’t many injuries among the form horses, and affording these players shouldn’t be too hard with Sanchez and Sergio Aguero the only top end players with their names on the form list. Owners of Leighton Baines, Dusan Tadic, Cesc Fabregas and Diafra Sakho are going to be in for a nervous wait to see if their star men overcome the knocks they appear to have picked up.

 

Gameweek 1 results

August 22, 2013

1 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 97 97
2 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 92 92
3 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 91 91
4 The Magico Rob Buttaci 90 90
5 Crazylegs Xi David Caldicott 88 88
6 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 87 87
7 {Your Ad Here} Matthew Hopkins 80 80
8 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 76 76
8 pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 76 76
10 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 74 74
11 Kedah FA David Spinks 72 72
13 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 70 70
14 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 69 69
15 Shakin’ Stephens P Hawkins 68 68
16 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 67 67
17 Romeo’s-honda-van Rob Hewer 65 65
18 Have a little dink Ian Williams 62 62
18 Upper Bullens Scouse Mouse 62 62
18 Sportingoffensivewig Alex Ritchie 62 62
21 Mid-Season Blip Paul Bentz 60 60
22 Release the Hounds Paul Mitchell 57 57
23 Inter Minan Jordan Raper 56 56
23 Biscuitmen Chris Morton 56 56
25 Ciderheads Darren Pope 52 52
26 Real Jorvik Simon Brown 48 48
27 Rien Toulouse Colin Goulding 44 44

It was all down to having the right combination of Chelsea, and if you were brave enough, Villa players for this first week. As expected Chelsea scored big. Six players managed double figures – the same six all picked up bonus marks across their two games. They kept one clean sheet and scored four goals, with Ivanovic their top scoring player. The was less expectation of Villa players to get anything out of their two games – away to Arsenal and Chelsea. Most managers avoided picking three Villa players, and especially avoided their defenders, which was probably the right thing to do given they conceded in both games, and that there were other similar priced defenders in other teams that kept clean sheets – the likes of West Ham, Fulham and Southampton. Antonio Luna scored in the defeat of Arsenal but was unlucky to net an own goal in the Chelsea match. Christian Benteke was the popular Villa choice. Across the two games he bagged three goals and six bonus points, although the two bookings he picked up could be a worry. That’s almost half way to a suspension. Agbonlahor and Weimann’s assist points also benefited some Buckets teams.

Elsewhere, RVP and Welbeck justified their starting places in the United forward line with two each against Swansea. Liverpool and City kept cleans sheets against Stoke and a woeful Newcastle, who contributed 11 contenders for donkey of the week, an award which was won impressively by Steven Taylor. Scoring -4 isn’t that easy to do, so congratulations to him for managing it in the first week of the season.

So the first week sees Neil Madrid rise to the top of the charts. They went all out Villa and Chelsea, picking Hazard, Cole, Ramires, Luna, Weimann and Beneteke – all of whom played all 180 minutes. Only Ramires contributed nothing but his appearance points. They key now for Neil Madrid is working out who, how and when to drop those that won’t be playing in gameweek 3. The 97 points scored puts them in with a good chance, even this early, of picking up the prize for the highest gameweek score. Last year 103 points would have won that award. At the other end, Rien Toulouse made good Chelsea choices, but were let down by the players around them, with only RVP and Kolo Toure picking up extra points. The other 6 players contributed a mixture of nothing and not very much.

Player of the week – Christian Benteke – 18 points. Could these opening performances tempt a team into a bid?

Bargain of the week – Luke Shaw – 12 points. Clean sheet and assist for the Saints good young left back.

Donkey of the week – Steven Taylor – -4 points. Probably made the right decision to get out of there at half time for stroking Sergio Aguero’s face.

Goal of the week – Robin Van Persie. His second against Swansea. Starts at 1m33s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwvsZYZquIk

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