Gameweek 13 results

November 28, 2016

same Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
65 727
same QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
66 721
up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
53 698
down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
46 695
up Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
51 694
down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
38 690
down nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
42 689
up 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
56 688
down Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
36 687
10  up Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
62 686
11  down When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
63 685
12  same 30:19
Darren Lavelle
52 674
13  same greenyteamy
adam greenwood
44 666
14  up Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
61 664
15  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
54 661
16  down To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
43 661
17  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
64 660
18  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
57 648
19  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
59 647
20  up Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
55 645
21  down RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
34 643
22  down Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
38 643
23  up Ciderheads
Darren Pope
58 642
24  down Cooksters
Peter Cook
34 636
25  up Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
51 635
26  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
44 632
27  same FTM
Stu Smith
51 631
28  same Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
61 630
29  up Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
57 626
30  up Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
57 625
31  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
70 615
32  down Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
42 612
33  up Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
59 608
34  same FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
53 606
35  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
38 599
36  down RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
39 594
37  up Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
69 593
38  up Have a little dink
Ian Williams
68 585
39  up jetty city
scott mcgow
66 579
40  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
51 576
41  same Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
55 574
42  same Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
56 573
43  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
45 572
44  same Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
56 571
45  down Big White Chiefs
david frankland
42 569
46  same I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
66 554
47  up DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
60 535
48  down Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
34 520
49  same Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
41 506
50  same Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
42 495
51  up bazza 28 united
laura barrett
50 490
52  up Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
60 481
53  down Dj daz
darren frankland
25 457

 

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.

 

same greenyteamy
adam greenwood
44 172
up Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
62 168
up Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
56 168
up Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
61 167
up Have a little dink
Ian Williams
68 164
down Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
51 163
down Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
42 161
up Ciderheads
Darren Pope
58 161
down FTM
Stu Smith
51 161
10  up jetty city
scott mcgow
66 160

 

 

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

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Gameweek 2 preview

August 16, 2016

Man Utd v Southampton

Stoke v Man City

Burnley v Liverpool

Spurs v Crystal Palace

Swansea v Hull

Watford v Chelsea

West Brom v Everton

Leicester v Arsenal

Sunderland v Middlesbrough

West Ham v Bournemouth

Our first Friday night fixture of the season sees Southampton travel to Old Trafford. It’s an 8 o’clock kick off. Your team needs to be readied an hour earlier than that. Potentially making his debut will be Paul Pogba, who’ll set you back a relatively cheap sounding £8.5 million. The man most likely to miss out is Juan Mata. But that’s alright, because I don’t think too many people expected him to start last week anyway. 

Chris Smalling is back from his ban and could come in for Daley Blind, completing what could be a first choice United back five for the foreseeable future. Matteo Darmian appears completely out of favour, nailing the full back slots for Antonio Valencia and Lake Shaw. New signing Eric Bailly completes the back four with David De Gea in nets. 

It’s not so clear cut across town at the Etihad. The full backs are still on rotation. It might take a few weeks to get a handle on Guardiola’s feelings towards Sagna, Zabaleta, Clichy and Kolarov. Maybe he prefers a particular pairing for the league and the other two for Europe. Otamendi and Stones will play in the middle until Kompany is fit, but that doesn’t look like it will be until September, at which point he’ll probably suffer another setback. Joe Hart is toast. Providing Pep gets his back four playing, Willy Caballero, could be good for early season clean sheets. Until the cash is splashed on the sweeper keeper. 

Looking good to follow on from last week’s clean sheet are Swansea who play Hull at home. Perhaps in anticipation of this, two Swans have seen their value increase. Stephen Kingsley and Leroy Fer will now set you back £4.1 and £5.1 respectively. Jordi Amat, who has filled in the position vacated by Ashley Williams, is still at £4 million. They’ve improved the squad predominantly in attack with the additions of Fernando Llorente and Borja Baston, both of whom should feature this weekend. Llorente marked his debut last weekend with the assist to Fer’s goal. 

And will we finally see the return to action of all those poor lambs that needed the extra week off to recover from the Euros? Arsenal will be glad to see the return of Laurent Koscielny in particular. Also, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud should surely be ready for action. Dimitri Payet got 24 minutes against Chelsea. You’d expect him to start in the Hammers home tie against Bournemouth – their first in league match their new stadium. There’s definite points potential there.

Gameweek 1 results

August 16, 2016

Rank Team & Manager GW TOT
new The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
74 74
new 30:19
Darren Lavelle
69 69
new When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
69 69
new Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
63 63
new nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
63 63
new FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
62 62
new greenyteamy
adam greenwood
60 60
new To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
59 59
new Ciderheads
Darren Pope
59 59
10  new Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
56 56
10  new Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
56 56
10  new Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
56 56
10  new DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
56 56
14  new Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
55 55
14  new Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
55 55
16  new QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
54 54
16  new Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
54 54
18  new Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
53 53
19  new 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
52 52
20  new Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
51 51
20  new Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
51 51
22  new I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
50 50
22  new RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
50 50
24  new Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
49 49
24  new Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
49 49
26  new Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
48 48
27  new Cooksters
Peter Cook
47 47
27  new Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
47 47
29  new INIT FC
Mustafa khan
46 46
29  new Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
46 46
29  new jetty city
scott mcgow
46 46
29  new Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
46 46
33  new Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
44 44
33  new Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
44 44
35  new Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
41 41
35  new Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
41 41
37  new Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
40 40
38  new Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
38 38
38  new Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
38 38
40  new Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
37 37
41  new Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
36 36
41  new FTM
Stu Smith
36 36
41  new Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
36 36
44  new Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
34 34
45  new romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
33 33
46  new RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
32 32
46  new bazza 28 united
laura barrett
32 32
46  new Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
32 32
46  new Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
32 32
50  new Have a little dink
Ian Williams
30 30
51  new Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
19 19

 

I don’t think there are any other teams set to join the league – so 51 it is – FIFTY ONE TEAMS. The only slight annoyance about that is the league table page on the website only has enough room for 50. So if you don’t see yourself on that page, you’re probably last. Sorry about that. The prize money calculations appear on the ‘Prize Money’ page. Of all places. Information has been updated on the ‘Buckets Cup’ link page regarding when that will start, how long it will take and who gets a bye into the first round proper.

We’re off. Saturday was a slow-ish start with 14 goals scored across the seven games. The two games on Sunday produced almost as many goals – 11 in total. Worries that Arsenal fans might have had about their defence were justified as they shipped four and Manchester United did what they were meant to do and won convincingly with a Rooney goal, a Zlatan debut goal and noteworthy assists from Anthony Martial. Basically, if you started out the weekend with your team based heavily round the West Brom or Swansea defence, the Liverpool midfield and the Manchester United attack, you probably did OK.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Sergio Aguero appeared to start the weekend as the most popular captain choice, and didn’t disappoint, adding all three bonus marks to his goal, and contributing 18 points to the majority of teams. Including The Craggy Islanders – who set the early pace with 74 points – and win the first manager of the week award. The average score across the game was 44 and we had 33 teams scoring above that. Our highest scoring debut manager is nO fucHs given who posted 63 points. Pudding and Pie are the lone team occupying page two on 19 points. They were let down by everybody, not least their defence (and keeper) who only managed six points between the five of them.

It’s only one week so we probably shouldn’t jump to conclusions on settled line ups, but those that included Joe Hart, Yaya Toure and Cesc Fabregas must be cursing their non-selection. On the other hand there might be a few early forays into the transfer market to bring in the mid to low price players that performed well in the first week. The surprise result of the weekend was Hull’s defeat of Leicester. At the arse end of the striker list Adama Diomande, who will only set you back £4.5 million, bagged one of their goals and some bonus marks in their 2-1 victory. Hull’s squad is so depleted that they had to fill their bench with academy players, and didn’t actually make any substitutions during the game. So you can expect Diomande and those other Hull players you’ve never heard of to get more game time in the coming weeks.

Etienne Capoue, also at £4.5 million, scored Watford’s goal, whilst Stephen Kinglsey, of the £4 million defenders, posted 8 points, starting as Swansea’s left back in their 1-0 defeat of Burnley. Also worth noting is Nathan Redmond’s 10 point score for Southampton. Although listed as a midfielder, Redmond started as an attacker, and his goal and 3 point bonus display will have only cemented that place in the team for another week.

 

Player of the week – Philippe Coutinho – 15 points. One of four Liverpool midfielders to score/assist/bonus.

Bargain of the week – Leroy Fer – 11 points. This might be the season he doesn’t get relegated.

Donkey of the week – Ben Watson – -2 points. First red of the season

Goal of the week – Philippe Coutinho. Scored the week one goal of the week last season too.

 

 

Gameweek 31 preview

March 17, 2016

19 Mar 12:45 Everton v Arsenal
19 Mar 15:00 Chelsea v West Ham
19 Mar 15:00 Crystal Palace v Leicester
19 Mar 15:00 Watford v Stoke
19 Mar 15:00 West Brom v Norwich
19 Mar 17:30 Swansea v Aston Villa
20 Mar 13:30 Newcastle v Sunderland
20 Mar 13:30 Southampton v Liverpool
20 Mar 16:00 Man City v Man Utd
20 Mar 16:00 Spurs v Bournemouth

 

Nevermind this week. Click forward a few weeks. We have some double gameweeks. And they’re big. Gameweek 34 has expanded to 15 games, whilst gameweek 37 now has 14. To throw an extra spanner in the works, gameweek 35 has been reduced to seven fixtures due to it being FA Cup semi final weekend. And I think there’s still one game left to reschedule by my calculations. Although they have been known to be wrong.

Manchester United, Watford, Everton, Liverpool and West Ham play twice in both double gameweeks. None of those teams play in the reduced gameweek. Newcastle, Manchester City, Arsenal and West Brom play twice in double gameweek 34 and then again in the reduced gameweek. Leicester and Spurs, meanwhile, play just once each week – but hey, at least they play every week. How you use that information is up to you. You’ll probably need a wildcard to get the most out of gameweeks 34, 35 and 37, but even then you’ve still got to figure out exactly when to play it.

So, how far ahead to start any planning? Any doubts about Arsenal and Manchester City’s form might have to be put to one side until Gameweek 35 passes. Leicester and Spurs’ consistent reliability probably shouldn’t be ignored. This week offers up two very winnable games for both teams. And, the Villa factor could come into play again this weekend. Swansea will probably seal their Premiership status with a win against the league’s bottom club. Unfortunately, they’ve no double gameweek interest and they face a run of potentially tricky ties in the aftermath of this match.

The whole thing is giving me a massive headache already.

It’s Buckets Cup quarter final weekend. We’ve an even split of top half and bottom half teams. Rico United come up against Upper Bullens, meaning at least one from the lower reaches will make it through to the semi final. FC Caligula play their nearest title rivals, Your Ad Here, in the tie of the weekend.

Gameweek 16 preview

December 10, 2015

12 Dec 12:45 Norwich v Everton
12 Dec 15:00 Crystal Palace v Southampton
12 Dec 15:00 Man City v Swansea
12 Dec 15:00 Sunderland v Watford
12 Dec 15:00 West Ham v Stoke
12 Dec 17:30 Bournemouth v Man Utd
13 Dec 13:30 Aston Villa v Arsenal
13 Dec 16:00 Liverpool v West Brom
13 Dec 16:00 Spurs v Newcastle
14 Dec 20:00 Leicester v Chelsea

 

It’s a tough ask for the bottom six who all face trips to top half teams with in form players. Norwich have only kept one clean sheet, which is the least out of all of the teams in the league – and they come up against an Everton team who are scoring an average of three goals a game at the moment, with Romelu Lukaku usually scoring at least one of those.

Swansea, now managerless, must travel to City. City have become annoyingly unpredictable with no one player in any kind of form. Aguero and Kompany still look like they’re uncertain to play, although they seem to be managing OK in the cup competitions without their most influential players. It’s on a Saturday that they appear to struggle. A home fixture against Swansea is a much easier task that a trip to Stoke given both teams recent runs of form. Only Villa prevent Swansea from propping up the form league. Faith in De Bruyne, Sterling and Silva should be repaid this week, surely.

Villa’s predicament doesn’t get any easier. Arsenal visit this weekend. Doubts may have started to creep in about the worth of the Arsenal defence, having not kept a clean sheet for a month. This should be the week they add some proper points to their total.

It might not be so easy for United against Bournemouth. With Chris Smalling and Matteo Darmian in their team this game would have 0-0 written all over it. United may be forced to employ Michael Carrick, Ashley Young and Guillermo Varela in their back four. United’s top six scoring defenders are all rated as either out or doubtful for this fixture. Bournemouth may fancy their chances, particularly on the back of their victory at Stamford Bridge.

Sunderland, although now stronger defensively under Sam Allardyce, must find a way of keeping out Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo this weekend. The Watford pair sit at the top of the striker form charts. And at the top of the defender form charts is Toby Alderweireld. The Belgian has a goal, assist and a clean sheet from his last three games. Any one of those again this week will send Newcastle back round the corner they thought they’d turned with that unexpected victory over Liverpool.

We might as well extend this theory to the bottom seven. Cheslea (7th bottom) travel to Leicester. Do Leicester need to beat the champions to be taken as serious title contenders for this season? Who knows. Player wise – Vardy and Mahrez shoud have no problems against a defence who probably carry the worst points per pounds ratio of any team. If it came to the choice you’d sooner leave a Chelsea player on the bench than a Leicester player. Wouldn’t you?

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