Gmaeweek 16 results

1 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 68 860
2 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 62 853
3 Paris Spinks Germain David Spinks 52 850
4 RayCrawfordsCrackers Rob Hewer 89 840
5 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 62 834
6 * Your Ad Here * Matthew Hopkins 49 820
7 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 62 815
8 Ciderheads Darren Pope 48 813
9 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 64 813
10 Gaalatcticos Colin Goulding 73 809
11 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 59 801
12 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 54 793
13 Sportingabiggerwig Alex Ritchie 48 771
14 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 38 759
15 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 51 753
16 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 51 749
17 Van Damme United P Hawkins 76 747
18 Biscuitmen Chris Morton 71 746
19 Who R U DEAN CRIPPS 52 730
20 Real Jorvik FC Simon Brown 62 720
21 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 54 720
22 Luxembourg United Simon Smallbone 34 718
23 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 44 717
24 Get to the choppa Mark Bromham 67 714
25 Accrington Rudyard Ian Williams 79 713
26 No Recognized Plan Paul Bentz 45 700
27 Crazylegs XI David Caldicott 45 693
28 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 44 666
29 Jordie’s Giants Jordan Raper 55 565

 

PSG’s reign at the top lasted only one week as NaboombuDirtyYellows hit the front for the first time since gameweek three. Leapfrogging four teams into fourth are RayCrawfordsCrackers who posted the highest total of the week of 89 points. Crawfords gained 15 points from our player of the week, Tom Heaton, and their Ageuro replacement, Robin Van Persie, who contributed 22 points as captain.

It was as simple as looking to United and Arsenal for the replacements for Aguero, and to a number of big name players all creeping into form, and earning regular starting berths because of that. Both had two players in double figures. As well as Van Persie, Juan Mata, who is probably benefiting from Angel Di Maria’s absence, bagged 14 points. Santi Cazorla is another getting a run of games of late. He scored two goals and picked up 14 points. And Olivier Giroud made his first meaningful points contribution since his return from injury with two goals and full bonus marks, amassing 13 points.

The raft of suspensions and injuries didn’t seem to affect too many Buckets teams. It appears most had to make at least two transfers, but in a week of few surprises and comfortable victories for the big boys, there were plenty of points on offer. Alexis Sanchez moved ahead of Aguero in the player standings with the nine points he picked up at the weekend. He becomes the second player to pass the 100 point barrier on 107 points.

 

Player of the week – Tom Heaton – 15 points. Penalty save + clean sheet = all the bonus marks.

Bargain of the week – Steven Naismith – 12 points. Early season favourite back in the points.

Donkey of the week – Tom Huddlestone – -2 points. Made sure Filipe Luis didn’t dive, unlike the rest of the Cheslea team.

Goal of the week – Olivier Giroud (2nd goal). Hardly a bumper week.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlUBgwyE8cs – 4 minutes in

Gameweek 19 results

1 Sportingoffensivewig Alex Ritchie 30 1,139
2 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 35 1,138
3 Ciderheads Darren Pope 43 1,135
4 Romeo’s-honda-van Rob Hewer 41 1,133
5 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 59 1,128
6 Crazylegs Xi David Caldicott 56 1,123
7 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 43 1,121
8 The Magico Rob Buttaci 54 1,109
9 {Your Ad Here} Matthew Hopkins 38 1,103
10 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 44 1,092
11 Upper Bullens Scouse Mouse 50 1,079
12 Shakin’ Stephens P Hawkins 44 1,072
13 Rien Toulouse Colin Goulding 43 1,063
14 Kedah FA David Spinks 44 1,052
15 Mid-Season Blip Paul Bentz 54 1,039
16 Have a little dink Ian Williams 36 1,029
17 pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 47 1,026
18 Release the Hounds Paul Mitchell 45 1,011
19 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 29 1,000
20 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 41 965
21 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 61 963
22 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 41 950
23 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 51 937
24 Biscuitmen Chris Morton 75 929
25 Real Jorvik Simon Brown 59 887
26 Inter Minan Jordan Raper 44 844

An interesting weeks scoring. Firstly, Biscuitmen post the highest score of the week. Their 75 ponts wasn’t enough to shift them out of the bottom three, but was way ahead of any other total in the league this weekend. I think Biscuitmen were the only team to have Tom Huddlestone in their midfield. Huddlestone was player of the week, and team mate, Robert Koren, bargain of the week, as Hull thrashed Fulham 6-0. Unsurprisingly, the Fulham defence all qualify for the donkey award. Jon Arne Riise nicks it by virtue of being the most expensive and popular of those defenders. By expensive, I mean the least cheap, and by popular, I mean the least unpopular. There’s absolutely nothing desirable about any Fulham player at the moment. They have the leakiest defence, having shipped 4+ goals in three of their last four games, and nine more than anyone else. But it was nice of them to allow Tom Huddlestone to finally get his hair cut.

The winners of the December Manager of the Month are…

1 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 59 428
2 Ciderheads Darren Pope 43 408
3 Romeo’s-honda-van Rob Hewer 41 407

..NaboombuDirtyYellows. No-one else was really in with much of a chance. They’ve surged up the table in recent weeks, and now sit in fifth place overall, only 11 points behind the leaders.

The gap has been cut to just one single point on Sporting. Three teams are within 10 points. Seven teams are within 30 points. Sporting were only the 15th best team of the month, and weren’t helped this week, like may of us, by the Man City squad rotation.

Although City still won the game, and kept a clean sheet, I’m sure we were all expecting a lot more than a single goal victory. A lot of City players may have been drafted in before the gameweek in the hope of a cricket score, and a lot of managers would have been frustrated to see Negredo, Toure and Nasri on the bench. Negredo, in particular, looked to be a popular captain choice this week, but only made a brief cameo, picking up one point. Two points from your captain is a depressing return. The way the Buckets league looked after Saturdays games was interesting reading. Most of us hadn’t even got out of single figures. Crazylegs finished the day on 0 points – but finished the weekend on 56 points after their subs bench came into full effect after Sunday’s games. Out went Ozil, Ramsey and Zabaleta. In came Berahino, Nolan and Johnson to provide them with an extra 19 points. I guess the rotation had to happen at some point. One thing it might guarantee is that most of the benched players will be starters come gameweek 20.

Player of the week – Tom Huddlestone – 17 points. Shave it off.

Bargain of the week – Robert Koren – 15 points. As Hull took Fulham apart.

Donkey of the week – Jon Arne Riise – -1 points. A result they’ll want to forget.

Goal of the week – Seamus Coleman. Again. But still no video?

 

Gameweek 3 results

1 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 76 248
2 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 70 217
3 Pimp My Side Jordan Raper 74 216
4 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 80 214
5 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 89 200
6 A Few Good Men Darren Pope 69 198
7 Body Issues FC Arron Fellows 58 187
8 Fancy a brouhaha? Ian Williams 62 179
9 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 64 178
10 (Your Ad Here) Matthew Hopkins 37 172
11 Borussia HairBack Alex Ritchie 86 171
12 Lothersdale FC Simon Rider 66 165
13 Doing the 91 Colin Goulding 71 161
14 None Of The Above Jonny Mabbutt 60 159
15 Moxie XI Luke O’Shea 58 155
15 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 66 155
17 Real Jorvik Simon Brown 44 152
18 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 34 152
19 Inter Ealing Paul Bentz 45 150
20 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 61 149
21 Les Canaris David Spinks 68 145
22 Crazy Legs XI David Caldicott 44 144
23 Shadwell Town Ed Carter 41 141
24 Yann The Man P Hawkins 40 141
25 goodbutnosigurdsson Rob Hewer 55 138
26 SV Darmstadt 98 Tom Rogerson 53 137
27 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 73 130
28 Release The Hounds 5 Paul Mitchell 21 126
29 Upper Bullens Scouse Mouse 28 109

This weeks top scorers are Pescara Rangers with 89 points. This moves them up into 5th place. Still the clear leader is Rip Roaring Reds with a 31 point lead over 2nd placed Uriah Rennie 2nd XI. RRR have posted their third successive 70+ score. And they haven’t played their wildcard….

… unlike many other teams. Mainly, I expect, to crowbar Robin Van Persie into the team. I don’t think too many teams started with RVP, not knowing where he’d be by this point of the season – but a game against Southampton, as United’s main striker, and Rooney out of action for a while was too big a temptation to turn down. And he came up trumps – just about. It wasn’t looking good after the penalty miss (saved by Kelvin Davies – his second penalty save in three games), but two more goals and top bonus marks redeemed him. He and Carlos Tevez both scored 15 points this week. Player of the week is Tevez – for NOT missing a penalty. Bargain buy is Winston Reid of West Ham who also scored 15 points for his goal, clean sheet and bonus. Honourable mention must go to Gareth McAuley, who did the same for West Brom, also scoring 15 points, but Reid is slightly cheaper, and so takes the award.

So what have we learned this week? Well, don’t stress about your defence. Just three clean sheets this week. United concede two again – this time to Southampton. City concede again – this time to QPR. You can afford so much more going forward – probably whoever you think you need, because the defenders aren’t defending. The more expensive they are, the more useless they are. Only Arsenal look worth investing in defensively. Might be the Steve Bould effect. None of United, City, Spurs, Newcastle or Liverpool have, as yet, kept a clean sheet. Swansea, West Ham and West Brom have all kept two out ofthe three games. It’s been an odd start. It’s now the international break. Will normal service be resumed?

  • Player of the week. Carlos Tevez – 15 points. His value has increased by 0.7 million already. Almost half of fantasy league teams have him.
  • Bargain of the week. Winston Reid – 15 points. Hammers look strong at home.
  • Donkey of the week. Tom Huddlestone – -3 points. Returning to the field after long injury lay off. Sent off 7 minutes later.

Goal of the weekend

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7LetsXPv8U

Newcastle’s first screamer of the season.