Season review

May 14, 2018

1  same The Vinegar Pissers
P Hawkins
84 2289
2  same Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
65 2253
3  same Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
67 2251
4  same Despicable Mee
Trevor Gordon
67 2250
5  same FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
86 2245
6  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
65 2216
7  same Hornets
Andrew Wade
76 2215
8  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
74 2193
9  down Brexiter City
Colin Goulding
52 2184
10  up It’sOnlyAGameFarke!
David Spinks
66 2156
11  up Rico united
JASON REACHER
71 2155
12  up The winnings R mine
david bruce
71 2148
13  down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
51 2139
14  down Fun Lovren Criminals
Paul Callaghan
34 2134
15  up Game of Throw-Ins
Ryan Garoghan
73 2133
16  same Queen of the north
DORINE REACHER
55 2125
17  down Emergency Gap Jumper
Ian Williams
54 2125
18  same Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
60 2108
19  same Pure Buffoonery!
Jitesh Lakhani
54 2103
20  up We are Ayling
Paul Murray
68 2095
21  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
88 2094
22  up Gotta Light?
Andrew Swift
66 2089
23  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
53 2089
24  down Klopp of the Pochs
Jason Earwicker
58 2082
25  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
48 2078
26  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
55 2073
27  up Flying squad
Matt Jarvis
87 2072
28  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
85 2065
29  down To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
69 2061
30  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
84 2061
31  down Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
55 2052
32  up King Dunlap
Paul Bentz
80 2050
33  same mrs mcgoo
laura barrett
70 2048
34  down Aquamar 1564
Noel Driver
43 2035
35  same Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
57 2021
36  same blakes11
Steven Darling
54 1998
37  same musttryharder FC
Paul Telford
52 1995
38  same Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
58 1983
39  same FTM
Stu Smith
55 1980
40  up Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
85 1918
41  down iamgroot
scott mcgow
56 1903
42  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
66 1898
43  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
69 1896
44  down cookster fc
Peter Cook
50 1895
45  same disco dancer
darren frankland
61 1879
46  same Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
52 1848
47  same Bakerlona FC
Stuart Baker
59 1829
48  same Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
50 1799
49  same Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
50 1752
50  same Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
71 1653

 

Winners – The Vinegar Pissers 

The third manager to pick up their second title scoring the second highest finishing total. The Vinegar Pissers only spent six weeks outside of our top 10, first taking root in GW5. They did drop to the depths of 11th and 12th, before permanently floating around 6th until gameweek 29, when a manager of the week performance saw them rise to third. Then GW31 – only four games – but a Mohamed Salah masterclass and everybody’s posting 100+ totals and challenging for the highest weekly score prize. The VP’s kicked arse with 124 points from eight players, 58 of which came from Salah. That put them at the top of the league and that’s where they stayed – and in truth, no-one really got that close to them. Congratulations to the Pissers. They got as high as 8,202nd in the world, never took more than a four point hit, played their triple captain and bench boost in the run in and utilised their free hit well, picking up a good score with it and a green arrow just before Christmas. Interestingly, they played their wildcards at almost the earliest possibly opportunity on both occasions. Proving that there is still no logic to this game and it’s all complete luck.

Runners up – Nashton Villa, Edgbaston and Despicable Mee 

Our Champions League qualifiers all had similar seasons, making their surge into the top ten and then the top four at around the same time. It was during March that they all lost ground on the VPs and were left desperately trying to claw back the points lost during gameweeks 29 and 31 – the two weeks that definitely won the VP’s that manager of the month, and arguably won them the league. It was a superb debut season for Nashton who reached their highest worldwide position after GW37, but were unable to continue the rise and challenge for the top spot. They would have had to surpass the 100 point mark in GW38 to knock our champions off their perch.

Edgbaston have finally crept into our top four after two consecutive 5th place finishes, despite finishing lower in the world rankings than in both of their last two attempts. And fourth placed Despicable Mee are regressing. Two consecutive runners up placings and now fourth place. Once always the bridesmaid – now a distant uncle only invited because they had a space to fill. In all seriousness – if one of these two doesn’t win this title soon, I’d be very surprised.

The rest

There were valiant efforts by two former champs who just ran out of steam at the last knockings – FC Caligula and The Craggy Islanders finished 5th and 6th respectively. We’re sure to see them in the running next season. Hornets, a total rookie FPL debutant, who were top every week bar three between gameweeks 2 and 29, finished in a respectable 7th. By gameweek 16 they had climbed to 1,663rd in the world, as high (possibly) as any Buckets manager has been, but they peaked too early. Better understanding of the chips and when to play them might serve them better next season. The rest of us – probably got stung by Harry Kane once too often, and only realised when it was too late that they should have had Mo Salah as captain EVERY WEEK.

The awards

We had more managers of the week scoring 100+ scores than in any previous season. The Vinegar Pissers’ 124 point score was the second highest weekly winning score, but falls way behind their own record set in the 2013-2014 season when they managed 165 points in a week in which virtually everybody passed the 100 point barrier following a mammoth double gameweek. That same season produced the highest winning finishing score in our league of 2356 points. Despite there being more 100+ weekly winners in this season, The VPs finished 67 points behind that total. It’s worth noting that the 124 points scored in GW31 was done so from only four games. Another thirteen of our fifty teams passed the century mark that week. And most of them were only fielding bit part teams.

We had ten different managers of the month, six managers taking two weekly accolades, but only one, The bloody Vinegar Pissers, managing three highest weekly scores. Shoelace Untied took the December prize, accumulating 477 points for the month – the highest ever monthly total.

The players

We may have fallen just short of breaking our manager records this season, but the reason we got so close was largely due to one player – Mohamed Salah. He became the first player to pass 300 points for the season. No-one else came close – which may explain why we didn’t quite eclipse the higher scores from four years ago. Back then, in the ‘Suarez’ season, there was a great supporting cast, with the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Steven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling, Robin Van Persie, Yaya Toure and Eden Hazard all scoring big, playing consistently and featuring in a lot of teams. This season only Harry Kane, Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne passed the 200 point mark. Despite Kane running Salah (fairly) close in the golden boot chase, he was still close to 100 points behind. Which says more about the frustrating, annoying, inconsistent, trolling season the Spurs striker had. Nowt for weeks then just when you get sick of it all three frickin’ hat tricks…or whatever it was. Dickhead. Still – he’ll be in from the start next season.

Kane picked up more player of the week awards (three) than anyone else. Salah, who only scored more than anyone else once throughout the whole season, was much more consistent. A goal every week rather than three and a gap. And lets mention GW31 again – 29 points – the highest ever single match gameweek score. Sergio Aguero, Heung-Min Son and Marko Arnautovic were the only other players to get two player of the week awards. Tottenham won the award six times ahead of Chelsea with five, and then perhaps surprisingly, Manchester City, with only four winners. Ayoze Perez, Federico Fernandez and Callum Wilson showed up on the bargain list more than once and Newcastle appeared to be the best go-to cheapo team, winning the award five times over the course of the season. Watford were king of the twats offering up six ‘worst of the week’, with Jose Holebas winning the award twice. Jack Stephens also won it twice – and in consecutive weeks, so well done to him. Manchester City did dominate the goal of the week contenders with eight wins, but anyone who tells you that Jamie Vardy’s over the shoulder volley against West Brom in GW30 isn’t the goal of the season, is some kind of goon.

Debatable team of the season

  • GK – David De Gea – 172 points

No arguments here, although Lorus Karius did pick up more points per match of all keepers playing more than 10 games. Karius and Mignolet played half a season each – 19 games a piece. Mignolet scored on average 1.1 points per game less and kept three less clean sheets – although still 7 out of 19 which is pretty respectable.

  • DR – Cesar Azpilicueta – 175 points
  • DL – Marcos Alonso – 165 points
  • DC – Nicolas Otamendi – 156 points
  • DC – Jan Vertonghen – 138 points

Antonio Valencia, Ben Davies and Kyle Walker all scored more than Vertonghen, but none are central defenders. In the favoured three at the back, you’d probably have to drop Alonso. He hasn’t scored enough to warrant his usual left wing back position ahead of the highest scoring midfielders either…coming up next. Andrew Robertson missed 16 games and Phil Jones missed 15 games, but both beat all of the above, other than Alonso, in points per game. Jones managed 15 clean sheets in his 23 games. Basically – if he didn’t play – United usually conceded.

  • DM – Luca Milivojevic – 144 points
  • CM – Kevin De Bruyne – 209 points
  • AM – Mohamed Salah – 303 points
  • AM – Raheem Sterling – 229 points
  • AM – Christian Eriksen – 199 points

Obviously, this is where it all gets a bit ‘debatable’. No real team is complete without some kind of defensive holding player, so when you see the PFA team of the year, and it’s basically a goalkeeper and 10 attackers, you do wonder if they ever really watch the game. But then if you were going to stick a defensive midfielder in there, you wouldn’t necessarily be basing their inclusion on their fantasy points total, seeing as how nothing they do is ever taken into consideration when the scores are totted up. You’d just pick N’Golo Kante and move on wouldn’t you? Milivojevic is definitely worth a mention though. Arguably the most reliable penalty taker in the league, double figures for goals and in the top 10 for bonuses.

  • CF – Harry Kane – 217 points

His best goalscoring season but not his his best fantasy season. Too many braces and hat tricks, if their can be such a thing, and not enough consistency. Kane would go missing for weeks, but then burst back into life racking up the highest bonus score too. It was all about catching him on a good day. He blanked in 19 gameweeks – half a season. Salah failed to score anything other than appearance points in only 10 games. Aguero, and latterly, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, finished the season with more points per match. There’s your front three for August.

 

 

Player awards

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Gameweek 29 results

March 6, 2018

1  same Hornets
Andrew Wade
52 1722
2  same Brexiter City
Colin Goulding
55 1705
3  up The Vinegar Pissers
P Hawkins
74 1696
4  down Gotta Light?
Andrew Swift
45 1683
5  down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
42 1675
6  up Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
52 1668
7  down The winnings R mine
david bruce
41 1667
8  same Fun Lovren Criminals
Paul Callaghan
44 1652
9  up Game of Throw-Ins
Ryan Garoghan
60 1652
10  down Despicable Mee
Trevor Gordon
52 1651
11  up greenyteamy
adam greenwood
67 1646
12  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
50 1630
13  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
72 1623
14  down INIT FC
Mustafa khan
60 1621
15  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
65 1620
16  down It’sOnlyAGameFarke!
David Spinks
63 1619
17  down Queen of the north
DORINE REACHER
58 1614
18  up Emergency Gap Jumper
Ian Williams
68 1601
19  down Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
42 1600
20  up Rico united
JASON REACHER
63 1596
21  down Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
56 1593
22  down We are Ayling
Paul Murray
53 1592
23  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
59 1581
24  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
54 1574
25  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
63 1573
26  up Aquamar 1564
Noel Driver
53 1562
27  same Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
52 1562
28  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
46 1556
29  up Flying squad
Matt Jarvis
48 1548
30  same Klopp of the Pochs
Jason Earwicker
43 1544
31  down musttryharder FC
Paul Telford
35 1542
32  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
51 1540
33  down Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
46 1537
34  same King Dunlap
Paul Bentz
50 1531
35  up Pure Buffoonery!
Jitesh Lakhani
43 1522
36  up blakes11
Steven Darling
55 1520
37  same To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
52 1519
38  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
35 1516
39  up mrs mcgoo
laura barrett
73 1469
40  down cookster fc
Peter Cook
43 1456
41  up Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
53 1449
42  up Bakerlona FC
Stuart Baker
54 1447
43  down FTM
Stu Smith
38 1439
44  same romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
53 1435
45  same iamgroot
scott mcgow
58 1423
46  same Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
58 1419
47  same disco dancer
darren frankland
49 1392
48  same Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
64 1369
49  same Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
52 1347
50  same Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
50 1211

 

Buckets Cup quarter finals

Are we on for another double winner in their debut season, much like FC Caligula did in 2015/2016? Hornets are still fighting on both fronts. Their score was the lowest of the quarter final winners this week, but still above the game average and most importantly, enough to see off Fun Lovren Criminals. They will play first time semi finalists, Game of Throw Ins, whilst another last four debutant, Atletico Chappers, will take on Emergency Gap Jumper. Should be an interesting final in Gameweek 31.

Manager of the week – The Vinegar Pissers – Paul Hawkins – 74 points

Three scores crept above 70 points this week, the highest of which was the 74 posted by The Vinegar Pissers. They’re the latest team to launch an assault on the Hornets domination, climbing up into third just behind Brexiter, who themselves, narrowed the gap by three. As well as picking up on another player of the week performance by Heung-Min Son, the Pissers also garnered 15 points from both of Brighton’s goalscorers in their victory over Arsenal. Glen Murray has six in eight games and only Mo Salah and Sergio Aguero have scored more since the turn of the year.

Player of the week – Heung-Min Son – 16 points

His second player of the week total and with that becomes only the third player this season to achieve the highest weekly score on more than one occasion. He had been on a run of blank weeks since his last double figure score and had started dropping out of teams. No goals and assists, the return to the team of Erik Lamela and the purchase of Lucas Moura obviously putting doubt about his return potential. That’ll probably reverse now and He’ll no doubt be a popular choice once Spurs’s double gameweek(s) roll round.

Bargain of the week – Ki Sung-Yeung – 13 points

A South Korean double at the top of the weekly player tables this week. Ki has played nearly every game under Swansea’s new manager and has obviously played an important part in their revival. His last run in the team under the previous manager yielded no returns at all. This time round he has two goals, two assists and two double figure totals in the last four games. And for under £5 million. There’ll be Swansea double gameweeks too.

Twat of the week – Ashley Williams – -2 points

Sam Allardyce solved whatever problems there were at Everton for all of about two games. They’re surprisingly leaky, especially away from home, and three red cards, the latest of which was dished out to their captain for the day, is the most for any team in the top flight. Apart from those bruising bastards over at Watford of course.

Goal of the week – Nemanja Matic.

Last goal in the last minute of the last game.

Gameweek 24 results

January 24, 2018

1  same Hornets
Andrew Wade
56 1418
2  same The winnings R mine
david bruce
58 1410
3  up Gotta Light?
Andrew Swift
65 1407
4  down Despicable Mee
Trevor Gordon
58 1401
5  up Brexiter City
Colin Goulding
56 1397
6  down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
50 1394
7  up greenyteamy
adam greenwood
74 1386
8  down Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
53 1380
9  up Fun Lovren Criminals
Paul Callaghan
73 1379
10  down The Vinegar Pissers
P Hawkins
51 1376
11  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
47 1364
12  down Queen of the north
DORINE REACHER
44 1356
13  up Game of Throw-Ins
Ryan Garoghan
60 1335
14  up Rico united
JASON REACHER
76 1333
15  down INIT FC
Mustafa khan
43 1332
16  same FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
50 1325
17  down It’sOnlyAGameFarke!
David Spinks
40 1324
18  up Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
79 1317
19  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
51 1308
20  up We are Ayling
Paul Murray
65 1302
21  down Flying squad
Matt Jarvis
53 1298
22  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
53 1297
23  down Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
46 1292
24  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
72 1286
25  up musttryharder FC
Paul Telford
64 1286
26  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
62 1284
27  up Pure Buffoonery!
Jitesh Lakhani
65 1281
28  down King Dunlap
Paul Bentz
52 1279
29  down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
48 1278
30  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
48 1276
31  down Emergency Gap Jumper
Ian Williams
50 1269
32  same Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
64 1268
33  same Aquamar 1564
Noel Driver
59 1263
34  same Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
67 1258
35  up Klopp of the Pochs
Jason Earwicker
74 1253
36  same blakes11
Steven Darling
55 1239
37  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
42 1238
38  same mrs mcgoo
laura barrett
68 1224
39  up FTM
Stu Smith
69 1201
40  up cookster fc
Peter Cook
66 1196
41  up To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
68 1195
42  down Bakerlona FC
Stuart Baker
42 1194
43  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
46 1183
44  down Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
43 1178
45  up iamgroot
scott mcgow
69 1178
46  down Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
37 1169
47  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
30 1139
48  up disco dancer
darren frankland
61 1123
49  down Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
41 1111
50  same Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
46 958

 

Manager of the week – Kompany & Co – Dean Cripps – 79 points

It all hinged on having Sergio Aguero and making him captain this week. A lot of managers probably can’t afford to have both Kane and Aguero and the midfield they want. Kompany & Co have shoe horned both strikers in with a reduced midfield and this week it produced the highest weekly score. Such is the dominance of Kane over every other high priced striker in the game that Aguero doesn’t really get a look in. His worldwide ownership is half that of the Spurs man, yet he has a higher points per match ratio. With Gabriel Jesus injured, Aguero is guaranteed more match time and City’s run of fixtures look a hell of a lot easier than Spurs’ in the coming weeks. Maybe it’s time for a switch?

The Winnings R Mine, for one night only, completed their remarkable rise to the summit. Hornets took over again after Sunday’s match. And all of this with no Kane, no Salah, no Aguero, no Man City at all, a West Brom defender, a third choice keeper and £2 million in the bank. What a maverick. Unsurprisingly, they’re in with a chance of the January manager of the month prize. The table currently looks like this with one round of fixtures to go.

1  same The winnings R mine
david bruce
58 216
2  same blakes11
Steven Darling
55 213
3  up Brexiter City
Colin Goulding
56 205
4  up Pure Buffoonery!
Jitesh Lakhani
65 200
5  up musttryharder FC
Paul Telford
64 199
6  down Queen of the north
DORINE REACHER
44 199
7  down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
50 196
8  up Klopp of the Pochs
Jason Earwicker
74 195
9  up iamgroot
scott mcgow
69 195
10  up Rico united
JASON REACHER
76 193
11  down The Vinegar Pissers
P Hawkins
51 191
12  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
72 190

 

Player of the week – Victor Moses – 17 points

Chelsea’s defence have been ultra-reliable since gameweek 10 returning 10 clean sheets in 15 games. Marcos Alonso has been in among the goals and is somewhat of an indispensable fantasy asset if you can stomach forking out over £7 million on a defender. Victor Moses, much like last season, has been slightly behind Alonso in the scoring stakes, but finally got a double figure total on the board. It’s easy to balk at his price too, but consider that’s what you would have paid for him as a midfielder last season and he’s doing exactly the same job now. Still, none of us had him.

Bargain of the week – Federico Frenandez – 11 points

An unexpected win and clean sheet for Swansea against Liverpool. I’m pretty sure we were all expecting a nice total boost with the Monday night fixture. Whatever you were on after Sunday’s games, admit it, you were expecting another 20 or so points to be added by the end of Monday night. Fernandez’s assist to Mawson’s goal made it a good night for the Swansea defence all round. Lukasz Fabianski took the remaining bonus mark and sits third in the keeper table surpassing the 100 point mark at the same time as Ederson Moraes. The reason – he’s made over twice as many saves as the City keeper.

Twat of the week – Shane Duffy – -1 points

For being on the receiving end of a 4-0 hammering. Brighton haven’t won in a while, yet a smattering of 0-0 draws still makes their low priced defence worth considering. Duffy is one of only two Brighton players to have seen their value increase over the season and there’s a fairly friendly looking set of fixtures coming up.

Goal of the week – Alexandre Lacazette. 1m09s

Gameweek 23 results

January 16, 2018

1  up Hornets
Andrew Wade
64 1362
2  up The winnings R mine
david bruce
74 1352
3  down Despicable Mee
Trevor Gordon
43 1351
4  up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
94 1344
5  down Gotta Light?
Andrew Swift
70 1342
6  up Brexiter City
Colin Goulding
87 1341
7  same Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
71 1327
8  down The Vinegar Pissers
P Hawkins
63 1325
9  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
70 1317
10  up Queen of the north
DORINE REACHER
104 1312
11  down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
46 1312
12  down Fun Lovren Criminals
Paul Callaghan
75 1306
13  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
74 1289
14  down It’sOnlyAGameFarke!
David Spinks
70 1288
15  same Game of Throw-Ins
Ryan Garoghan
67 1275
16  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
91 1275
17  up Rico united
JASON REACHER
74 1265
18  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
59 1257
19  down Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
47 1246
20  up Flying squad
Matt Jarvis
75 1245
21  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
70 1244
22  same Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
52 1238
23  down We are Ayling
Paul Murray
48 1237
24  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
62 1234
25  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
71 1228
26  down King Dunlap
Paul Bentz
40 1227
27  down musttryharder FC
Paul Telford
52 1222
28  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
38 1222
29  up Emergency Gap Jumper
Ian Williams
69 1219
30  up Pure Buffoonery!
Jitesh Lakhani
90 1216
31  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
68 1214
32  down Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
50 1204
33  same Aquamar 1564
Noel Driver
57 1204
34  down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
40 1199
35  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
60 1196
36  up blakes11
Steven Darling
72 1184
37  down Klopp of the Pochs
Jason Earwicker
65 1179
38  same mrs mcgoo
laura barrett
54 1156
39  same Bakerlona FC
Stuart Baker
51 1152
40  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
53 1137
41  up Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
76 1135
42  up Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
67 1132
43  same FTM
Stu Smith
59 1132
44  down To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
47 1131
45  down cookster fc
Peter Cook
52 1130
46  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
39 1109
47  same iamgroot
scott mcgow
64 1109
48  same Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
53 1070
49  same disco dancer
darren frankland
63 1062
50  same Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
51 912

 

Manager of the week – Queen Of The North – Dorine Reacher – 104 points

Some huge scores this week and another one topping the 100 point barrier. I’m not sure we’ve had quite so many 100+ scores achieved just in single gameweeks. Queen of the North’s 104 is the second highest winning score and the fourth highest score of the season overall. The secret to their success and many of the other higher scoring teams was keeping faith in those originally brought in for the double gameweek. West Ham and Spurs players may have disappointed slightly in GW22, but this week eight goals and a clean sweep of the bonus marks between them made up for that. QOTN collected 55 points alone from those two teams.

The Manchester City v Liverpool game had the potential to make or break a manager’s weekend. It lived up to it’s billing and as a seven goal thriller, it kind of half worked. Everyone playing in red who you wanted to score…scored. It was left to City’s supporting cast to provide the bulk of their points with meager returns for De Bruyne and Sterling – and a minus score for Otamendi.

Could we be on for a record breaking finish? In 2013-2014 our winner finished the season with 2,356 points – our highest ever total. At this stage during that season we only had one team on exactly 1,300 points. This season we have 12 teams past that mark, the highest of whom sits on 1,362. It also looks set to be the tightest ever finish. Given that The Winnings R Mine have climbed a million places in the worldwide game in six weeks to be 10 points behind our leader (from nearly 150 points behind our leader), who’s to say that teams as far down as 30th aren’t out of the race for the title?

Player of the week – Marko Arnautovic – 16 points 

Arnautovic has been threatening to post a highest weekly score for the last few gameweeKs. He seems to have found a new lease of life under David Moyes of all people. We like midfielders playing as central strikers and he’s now scored six in eight, posting two double figure totals, contributing three assists and seven bonus points. West Ham’s fixtures look very winnable for the next four gameweeks as well.

Bargain of the week – Jonny Evans – 15 points

West Brom have been best avoided since about gameweek 5. They have kept a couple of clean sheets since then, but only in 0-0 draws and all of their players, but for Ahmed Hegazi, have seen their values fall from their starting price. There’s talk that this might be Jonny Evans’ last appearance for them too. At least he left on a fantasy high, but don’t expect him, at whichever club he warms the bench for, or West Brom, to offer up too many double figure efforts again this season.

Twat of the week – Nicolas Otamendi – -1 points

He’s not the first Manchester City player to appear in the twat list. He does so by virtue of being the most expensive of the four players to record a -1 score this week. It’ll be interesting to see if other teams adopt the way that Liverpool played against City to see if they can get anything out of the game. Starting with Newcastle this weekend…yeah right!

Goal of the week – Sadio Mane. Goal at 1m in.

Gameweek 22 results

January 5, 2018

1  up Despicable Mee
Trevor Gordon
87 1308
2  down Hornets
Andrew Wade
40 1298
3  up The winnings R mine
david bruce
84 1278
4  down Gotta Light?
Andrew Swift
47 1272
5  same greenyteamy
adam greenwood
63 1266
6  up The Vinegar Pissers
P Hawkins
77 1262
7  up Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
61 1256
8  up Brexiter City
Colin Goulding
62 1254
9  down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
56 1254
10  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
43 1251
11  down Fun Lovren Criminals
Paul Callaghan
35 1231
12  up It’sOnlyAGameFarke!
David Spinks
66 1218
13  up Queen of the north
DORINE REACHER
59 1216
14  down INIT FC
Mustafa khan
51 1215
15  down Game of Throw-Ins
Ryan Garoghan
47 1208
16  down Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
38 1199
17  same Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
56 1198
18  up Rico united
JASON REACHER
51 1191
19  same We are Ayling
Paul Murray
49 1189
20  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
54 1188
21  up King Dunlap
Paul Bentz
70 1187
22  down Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
50 1186
23  down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
47 1184
24  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
57 1174
25  down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
49 1172
26  up musttryharder FC
Paul Telford
83 1170
27  down Flying squad
Matt Jarvis
51 1170
28  up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
63 1159
29  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
23 1157
30  down Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
37 1154
31  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
65 1152
32  down Emergency Gap Jumper
Ian Williams
42 1150
33  down Aquamar 1564
Noel Driver
53 1147
34  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
50 1146
35  same Pure Buffoonery!
Jitesh Lakhani
45 1126
36  same Klopp of the Pochs
Jason Earwicker
56 1114
37  up blakes11
Steven Darling
86 1112
38  up mrs mcgoo
laura barrett
65 1102
39  down Bakerlona FC
Stuart Baker
46 1101
40  down To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
33 1084
41  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
34 1084
42  same cookster fc
Peter Cook
45 1078
43  same FTM
Stu Smith
47 1073
44  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
37 1070
45  up Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
64 1065
46  down Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
48 1059
47  up iamgroot
scott mcgow
66 1049
48  down Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
31 1017
49  same disco dancer
darren frankland
54 1003
50  same Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
43 861

 

Manager of the week – Despicable Mee – – Trevor Gordon – 87 points

Not only the manager of the week, but our new leader. As soon as we slip into the New Year, Hornets, ever present at the top since August, are knocked from their perch. Maybe this could be Despicable Mee’s year after two consecutive second place finishes. They played their free hit with good effect, although it would have been a lot better – and for a lot more managers – had Harry Kane (yes, him again) done what he was supposed to and scored two more hat tricks. I hope no-one triple captained him. The double gameweek could have been better. It was easier to draft in West Ham players than Spurs players given their cheapness and that didn’t open up too many point scoring opportunities. The free hit was probably the best chip to play in the circumstances with doubts over rotation and the fitness of some players. Without it, introducing Alli, Eriksen, Son and/or Kane would probably have meant losing a Liverpool or Man City big hitter. DM’s free hit consisted of three from West Ham and Spurs, and three from Man City and Leicester, who were the week’s highest scoring teams. It couldn’t have worked out any better really. Honorable mentions for The Winnings R Mine, who now sit 3rd, having been in 21st place on Christmas Eve. TWRM played an early wildcard, dropping Kane (brave/smart) and captaining the highest scoring double gameweeker, Son Heung-Min. Must Try Harder went with the free hit and a similar team set up to Despicable Mee to the tune of 83 points. Blakes11 totaled 86 with their early wildcard, captaining Alli, ignoring Kane, and picking up 51 points from double gameweekers.

Player of the week – Riyad Mahrez – 14 points

Mahrez has been racking up some impressive totals in recent weeks with either a goal or an assist in eight of his last nine games. He’s now the 5th highest scorer overall – the fourth highest midfielder. This might explain why he still feels like a slightly more under the radar choice. Is there any room? It’s not impossible to have him in your midfield, but it’s at the expense of someone who maybe feels more likely to score – like a Coutinho, a Sanchez or a Hazard. Yet, he beats them all in overall total and form.

Bargain of the week – Marc Albrighton – 13 points

Albrighton was pipped to the overall player of the week by his teammate, Mahrez, picking up three bonus points to his two. Both contributed a goal and assist in their victory over Huddersfield. Albrighton’s recent figures are good and worthy of note. He has six scoring weeks in his last ten, becoming a much more regular starter under Claude Puel. And all for £5.5 million.

Twat of the week – Christian Kabasele – -1 points

Soon to be renamed ‘Twatford of the week’ due to the frequency with which they win this award. It shows on Marco Silva’s face too. He knows. It was a slightly unfortunate own goal, rather than a scything challenge that did for Kabasele. Still, he went and did it in a week in which no-one conceded seven or snapped someone in two in the first half.

Goal of the week. Pedro Obiang. Two great goals in one match but this was the most unexpectedly spectacular. 2m15s

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