Gameweek 13 results

November 28, 2017

1  same Hornets
Andrew Wade
53 791
2  up Fun Lovren Criminals
Paul Callaghan
62 765
3  up Despicable Mee
Trevor Gordon
65 748
4  down Gotta Light?
Andrew Swift
35 745
5  down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
49 737
6  same Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
44 726
7  up Brexiter City
Colin Goulding
60 718
8  same The Vinegar Pissers
P Hawkins
46 717
9  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
54 717
10  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
64 715
11  down The winnings R mine
david bruce
33 709
12  up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
66 706
13  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
36 701
14  down Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
44 699
15  down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
34 699
16  same Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
53 698
17  same It’sOnlyAGameFarke!
David Spinks
47 689
18  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
59 689
19  up King Dunlap
Paul Bentz
54 674
20  up Queen of the north
DORINE REACHER
62 673
21  down Rico united
JASON REACHER
38 673
22  down Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
45 671
23  up Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
52 664
24  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
48 662
25  down musttryharder FC
Paul Telford
35 660
26  down Flying squad
Matt Jarvis
41 657
27  down Aquamar 1564
Noel Driver
34 657
28  down Game of Throw-Ins
Ryan Garoghan
40 656
29  same Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
49 654
30  same Klopp of the Pochs
Jason Earwicker
53 654
31  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
57 649
31  same romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
50 649
33  down Pure Buffoonery!
Jitesh Lakhani
51 648
34  down cookster fc
Peter Cook
49 645
35  up We are Ayling
Paul Murray
50 642
36  up mrs mcgoo
laura barrett
51 642
37  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
52 637
38  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
56 635
39  same To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
48 634
40  down Bakerlona FC
Stuart Baker
34 628
41  up FTM
Stu Smith
48 628
42  down Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
31 626
43  down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
34 620
44  same Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
58 614
45  up Emergency Gap Jumper
Ian Williams
66 598
46  up iamgroot
scott mcgow
51 593
47  down Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
37 592
48  down blakes11
Steven Darling
36 585
49  same disco dancer
darren frankland
52 549
50  same Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
41 486

 

Manager of the week – Ian Williams – Emergency Gap Jumper – 66 points

Two managers finished the week on 66 points but it was the Emergency Gap Jumpers who claim the weekly honours by virtue of scoring one more goal than The Craggy Islanders. Their four goals came from Mohamed Salah, Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero and Harry Kane – who, in the week when the majority ditched him as their go to captain, finally came good. Neither team have put themselves into contention for the November manager of the month. That still looks like a race between Greenyteamy and Nashton Villa, although a strong gameweek from Atletico Chappers has moved them to within striking distance.

1  same greenyteamy
adam greenwood
49 220
2  same Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
53 215
3  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
59 202
4  down mrs mcgoo
laura barrett
51 196
5  same Fun Lovren Criminals
Paul Callaghan
62 191

At the top of the overall league, Hornets remain the team to catch – as they have done all season. The gap back to Fun Lovren Criminals stands at 34 points. Last year’s runners up, Despicable Mee, since gameweek 8, have moved from 19th to 15th to 11th to 8th to 5th – and now into third – and look set for another title challenge.

Player of the week – Marvin Zeegelaar – 14 points

Assisted two of Watford’s goals against Newcastle in only his second appearance for the club. He didn’t have a bad first week either getting clean sheet and bonus points in the victory over West Ham. There are lots of temptingly cheap Watford options springing up at the moment. Last week, Will Hughes, in only his second start, almost took the bargain award, and he added another eight points to his total this week. Interestingly, Watford have scored at least twice in every away game they’ve played this season. And I bet most managers would back the home defence for a clean sheet against them in most weeks. Don’t.

Bargain of the week – Charlie Austin – 13 points

There was little action on the striker front this week with only Austin bagging more than one goal. It’s his first start of the season after having only made a few minutes worth of substitute appearances in recent weeks. Saints had only scored four goals from open play before the weekend. If Austin can steer clear of the treatment room and cement a starting berth he should add to that total.

Twat of the week – Rajiv Van La Parra – -1 points

Waited until after the final whistle to engage in a bit of handbags with Leroy Sane, who can probably consider himself fortunate not to have a similar ban looming. With the amount of big point scoring midfielders active in the game at the moment we could do with the odd ban and/or injury being thrown in just to narrow down the choices a little bit.

Goal of the week – Xherdan Shaqiri.

Usually pops up with a few wonder goals per season (and little else). No vid though?!

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1  same Hornets
Andrew Wade
47 623
2  up Gotta Light?
Andrew Swift
58 582
3  up The winnings R mine
david bruce
65 578
4  down The Vinegar Pissers
P Hawkins
42 576
5  same Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
48 575
6  down Fun Lovren Criminals
Paul Callaghan
43 574
7  down Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
30 573
8  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
73 568
9  down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
47 566
10  down INIT FC
Mustafa khan
54 562
11  up Despicable Mee
Trevor Gordon
68 561
12  same Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
51 553
13  down It’sOnlyAGameFarke!
David Spinks
42 545
14  up Brexiter City
Colin Goulding
54 542
15  up musttryharder FC
Paul Telford
65 540
15  down Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
40 540
17  down King Dunlap
Paul Bentz
39 538
18  up Flying squad
Matt Jarvis
58 538
19  up Queen of the north
DORINE REACHER
55 537
20  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
55 537
21  down Bakerlona FC
Stuart Baker
35 522
22  up Rico united
JASON REACHER
61 519
23  same Game of Throw-Ins
Ryan Garoghan
42 519
24  up greenyteamy
adam greenwood
70 517
25  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
65 516
26  down FTM
Stu Smith
48 514
27  same Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
44 509
28  down Klopp of the Pochs
Jason Earwicker
24 509
29  down Aquamar 1564
Noel Driver
45 504
30  down Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
24 503
31  down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
36 503
32  down To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
45 501
33  up Pure Buffoonery!
Jitesh Lakhani
51 495
34  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
75 493
35  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
27 489
36  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
48 487
37  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
52 487
38  down Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
36 483
39  same Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
47 482
40  up Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
52 480
41  down We are Ayling
Paul Murray
38 477
42  down cookster fc
Peter Cook
42 472
43  down disco dancer
darren frankland
42 463
44  up Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
45 461
45  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
41 460
46  same mrs mcgoo
laura barrett
45 446
47  same Emergency Gap Jumper
Ian Williams
45 436
48  same blakes11
Steven Darling
46 432
49  same iamgroot
scott mcgow
45 423
50  same Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
37 363

 

Manager of the month – The Craggy Islanders – 189 points

The Islanders played their free hit this week, possibly spying a good group of fixtures with which to rack up a decent amount of points. And to consolidate their lead at the top of the monthly rankings and guarantee them the monthly award. Or was it just find a solution to the Kane absence? I’m not sure the chip had its full effect with only one of the chosen XI getting into double figures, but the lead was held and the money was won.

1  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
47 189
2  up Despicable Mee
Trevor Gordon
68 178
3  up Gotta Light?
Andrew Swift
58 174
4  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
48 174
5  down Game of Throw-Ins
Ryan Garoghan
42 172

 

Manager of the week – Pretty Schitty City – 75 points

A strong defence and a timely substitution helped City to the top score. Harry Kane was in the starting XI despite the confirmed reports of his injury. That might be an indicator of the complete lack of trust we have in the Spurs striker at the moment. Steven Davis was lined up as first reserve and took his place to the tune of 10 points.

Player of the week – Saed Kolasinac – 14 points

This has been coming. Arsenal defenders have been quietly racking up points without looking all that convincing. No clean sheet this week but a goal and assist from the player most likely to be this season’s Marcos Alonso…unless of course that turns out to be Marcos Alonso.

Bargain of the week – Fernandinho – 13 points

Those wondering how to squeeze a third Man City player in should look no further. Two assists and two goals is more than your average holding midfielder gets in a season.

Twat of the week – Arthur Masuaku -1 points

Thats what you get for conceding goals against Palace.

Goal of the week – Andre Ayew.

From 1m32s

End of season results

May 23, 2017

up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
85 2315
down When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
80 2312
same Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
77 2274
up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
110 2255

The Craggy Islanders are our champions. By three points. I think that might be our closest finish yet. It was looking at one point, before the bonuses came in, that it might end up being a tie. I’m glad it wasn’t. I didn’t fancy the season long count back of goals scored. The Islanders won the last weekly battle 85 to 80 – the five point gap enough to take over at the top. WHMA played the All Out Attack, but to no avail. It wouldn’t have made a difference had they not bothered.

The Islanders started this season as our first manager of the week and then spent most of the next three months coming and going, in and out of the top 10. They hit a century in gameweek 14 climbing back to the summit. From that moment on they never left the top four, clinging on to first for six weeks between 16 and 22, and then next appearing in top spot when it really mattered – gameweek 38.

Meaning When Harry Met Alli must settle for second place for the second successive year. They were always in the mix. They never dropped out of the top 10 but for one week in December. From the turn of the year they took up residence in the top four and never fell below that. They were at the head of the group of teams trying to peg back Aquamar through the last third of the season, managing to take the lead in gameweek 37. Perhaps their decision to play their bench boost a week earlier than The Islanders cost them the title. We’ll never know.

And we’ll never know whether Aquamar’s itchy transfer finger cost them the top prize. Sitting in the top 3,000 worldwide in gameweek 32 with an 80 point lead over their nearest Buckets challenger, they went on a complete transfer bender making 19 in the last six weeks. Not having Harry Kane to play out the final two weeks, however, was probably the biggest handicap. It was a season of what might have been for Aquamar, also finishing runners-up in the Buckets Cup to Shoelace Untied.

Fourth place was a battle to the death with five or so teams continuously changing places over the closing two months of the season. Kebab Eaters United eventually pipped Edgbaston to the last cash prize. Edgbaston finished fifth last year too, but do take home the prize for the May manager of the month and the highest weekly score – a record breaking 181 points in gameweek 37.

Shoelace ploughed all of their energy into winning the cup, taking 76 points worth of hits across three gameweeks in order to outscore their opponents. Curiously, they also climbed the table, proving that taking hits doesn’t necessarily always cost you points. As long as you bring in the right players. It’s not a tactic I’d suggest playing across an entire season.

Rico United were double month winners and Yeboah’s Right Foot won manager of the week more than anyone else, coming out on top four times. That’s probably pretty impressive in a 53 team league. The record still stands at seven in a 26 team league.

Alexis Sanchez topped the player charts by some distance, although had Harry Kane played out a full season, it’s probable he’d have collected more points. He finished joint third with Eden Hazard, and just behind Dele Alli, but missed eight games with injury. Tom Heaton was the top goalkeeper. He kept ten clean sheets, and headed both the saves made and bonus points tables to finish ahead of Hugo Lloris and Thibault Courtois. The Chelsea defence ruled. No-one got close to Cahill, Alonso and Azpilicueta. Kane, Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku topped the bonus charts, all scoring 33. Marcos Alonso’s value rose the most over the course of the season, £0.9 million to £6.9 million.

Picking a bargain buy of the season hasn’t been as easy as last year when we had so many Leicester players to choose from. West Brom’s second top scorer, Gareth McAuley, deserves a mention. The 804 year old defender started as a £4.5 million back up in many teams but probably lasted the distance thanks to his steady return of goals and clean sheets – up until the point that West Brom reached 40 points and they got the holiday brochures out. Josh King’s second half of the season was as prolific as any of the elite forward players in the league. Only Sanchez and Alli scored more from midfield. From gameweek 20 onwards he contributed in 13 of the 18 games he played in. Expect a position change and starting price rise for next season.

See you then.

Gameweek 37 preview

May 19, 2017

Arsenal v Everton
Burnley v West Ham
Chelsea v Sunderland
Hull v Spurs
Leicester v Bournemouth
Liverpool v Middlesbrough
Man Utd v Crystal Palace
Southampton v Stoke
Swansea v West Brom
Watford v Man City

We’ve made it to the final week of the season. The race for this year’s Buckets title is between three teams. When Harry Met Alli lead The Craggy Islanders by two points. Long time leaders, Aquamar, are 30 or so points back in third. WHMA have their All Out Attack chip remaining, and given the crazy goalfests you often get in gameweek 38, it might be the best time to play it. It might be what gets them over the line ahead of their rivals.

Five other teams go into the week with a realistic chance of finishing fourth. Kebab Eaters United have their All Out Attack remaining. Hedgehog Corpse have a triple captain to play, and they have Gabriel Jesus and Alexis Sanchez in their squad. Manchester City and Arsenal are two of the three teams left with something to play for and those two players were two of the top five scorers from last week’s mega double gameweek. That’s not to rule out last week’s high scorers, Edgbaston, last year’s champs, FC Caligula, and double manager of the month, Rico United. It’s the creme de la creme.

The other team with something to fight for are Liverpool, who, due to their lack of action in double gameweeks, have fallen off the fantasy radar a little. Their rout of West Ham last week, and the fact they take on a relegated Middlesbrough at home this week, should turn your attention to that elite midfield bunch of theirs for one last time this season. Philippe Coutinho seems the obvious choice and would only cost £8.6 million. They’ve also finally figured out how to defend with four clean sheets in their last five. Joel Matip leads the way in their defence with three two point bonus performances in that run.

Gameweek 37 results

May 19, 2017

up When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
149 2232
up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
168 2230
down Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
114 2201
up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
181 2151
up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
163 2149
down RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
133 2138
up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
179 2138
down Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
140 2128
up Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
155 2078
10  up To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
171 2077
11  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
172 2064
12  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
143 2063
13  same INIT FC
Mustafa khan
145 2055
14  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
134 2038
15  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
113 2020
16  down Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
84 2017
17  up nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
159 2017
18  up Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
140 2010
19  up Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
142 2002
20  up Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
144 1999
21  up QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
118 1994
22  down Cooksters
Peter Cook
79 1978
23  down Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
54 1976
24  down Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
73 1973
25  up greenyteamy
adam greenwood
118 1967
26  down 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
67 1966
27  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
53 1941
28  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
87 1936
29  up Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
120 1933
30  up Have a little dink
Ian Williams
114 1908
31  up jetty city
scott mcgow
119 1906
32  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
77 1906
33  up RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
125 1887
34  down Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
80 1869
35  same 30:19
Darren Lavelle
76 1841
36  up FTM
Stu Smith
109 1838
37  down Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
63 1822
38  up Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
98 1803
39  down I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
80 1802
40  down Ciderheads
Darren Pope
89 1800
41  up Dj daz
darren frankland
113 1783
42  up Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
116 1778
43  up Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
98 1754
44  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
76 1753
45  up Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
120 1746
46  down Big White Chiefs
david frankland
63 1699
47  same Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
74 1674
48  up Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
91 1649
49  down Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
39 1601
50  same bazza 28 united
laura barrett
39 1596
51  same Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
82 1589
52  same DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
91 1583
53  same Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
97 1576

 

It’s a record breaking week in Buckets. The previous record highest weekly total was 165 points recorded back in the 2013-2014 season. That was smashed by five teams this week. Hats off to Neil Madrid, To Elland Back, FC Caligula and The Craggy Islanders for playing the double gameweek and winning. Double hats off to Edgbaston, who with 181 points, have the highest weekly total ever recorded by a Buckets team. A total of 29 teams scored triple figure scores –  including all but one of our top 21.

When Harry Met Alli scored 149 points. They and the Islanders leapfrog Aquamar, whose comparatively meagre 114 sees them drop into third. It’s still a three way fight for the title, but the momentum is surely with the top two teams. WHMA were chipped out (but for All Out Attack) so the fact that they matched those playing their triple captains and bench boosts is pretty remarkable. I predicted the Islanders might sneak into first place this week given they had their bench boost remaining. Both teams had Sanchez and Kane in their ranks but chose a different captain. One of them might have sewn the title up had they gone with the slightly more obvious choice.

Harry Kane’s 31 points is the highest weekly player score of the season. Alexis Sanchez held that record for all of two days before Kane’s blitz against Leicester last night. Gabriel Jesus was another popular armband choice among Buckets managers, and also came good with a 19 point haul. Curiously, Diego Costa  was the most popular captain choice in the world game according to the FPL site. Buckets managers are obviously a lot more savvy. I’m not sure any of us went down that route. Didn’t it seem way too obvious that Chelsea would win the league at West Brom and then rotate?

 

Edgbaston, who bench boosted to get their 181 points, now sit in fourth place. The race for the final prize money slot is still probably between five teams. There are 23 points separating them and Hedgehog Corpse in eighth. Unsurprisingly they also lead the chase for the May manager of the month with the other high scorers from this double gameweek in hot pursuit.

 

up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
181 268
up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
179 253
down When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
149 249
up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
168 240
down nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
159 239
up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
172 231
up To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
171 225
up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
163 225

 

 

Player of the week – Harry Kane – 31 points. Now leads the golden boot chase.

Bargain of the week – Kyle Naughton – 15 points. Non-double gameweeker and serial donkey. Well done Kyle.

Donkey of the week – Christian Fuchs – -1 points. Conceding six doesn’t help.

Goal of the week – Shinji Okazaki.

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