Gameweek 34 results

April 17, 2019

1  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
42 2128
2  up But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
75 2123
3  down Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
42 2104
4  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
45 2063
5  same Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
44 2018
6  same Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
43 1997
7  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
82 1991
8  down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
43 1973
9  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
64 1946
10  same Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
56 1944
11  down FTM
Stu Smith
43 1938
12  same Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
59 1920
13  up Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
54 1896
14  down Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
36 1894
15  up King raggg
Steven Darling
90 1891
16  down Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
44 1879
17  up Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
86 1879
18  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
62 1862
19  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
34 1859
20  up Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
71 1858
21  down Cookie fc
Peter Cook
42 1855
22  up Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
65 1845
23  down Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
54 1834
24  same RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
58 1831
25  same Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
55 1817
26  up Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
67 1805
27  same SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
59 1795
28  up Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
74 1789
29  up PenshawPerformers
david bruce
59 1785
30  same Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
49 1785
31  down Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
38 1782
32  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
39 1776
33  down Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
49 1775
34  up Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
59 1742
35  down Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
48 1742
36  up The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
84 1737
37  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
67 1731
38  down El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
62 1727
39  same Morningblues
Jeff Morning
70 1723
40  up QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
84 1722
41  down Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
33 1715
42  same Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
66 1702
43  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
47 1689
44  up Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
70 1687
45  up Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
72 1685
46  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
46 1665
47  up It’s coming home
scott mcgow
85 1650
48  down ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
74 1641
49  same The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
55 1544
50  same Ross’s champions
darren frankland
57 1475

 

Top of the league – The Craggy Islanders – 2128 points

The three way battle for Buckets supremacy took another twist this week. The Islanders remain top, but theirs and Albions less than average totals opened the door for Da Pitch to creep back into real contention. The Islander’s wildcard was played with more than one eye on next weeks fixtures, but Brighton’s total failure as a double gameweek team this week let them and many others down. No goals scored and seven conceded is not what was wanted. Some managers fell even further into the trap and captained a Brighton defender. It’s a cruel irony that the best bet would have been to stick with those single gameweeking bloody Bournemouth players who hammered the first five past the hapless Seagulls defence. Take some consolation in the fact that Brighton defender Shane Duffy backed himself in his own fantasy side. Bizarrely, however, he also had Callum Wilson in his attack!

Manager of the week – King Raggg – Stephen Darling – 90 points

King Raggg accumulated 31 points from Bournemouth assets, as well as healthy contributions from captain Christian Eriksen and Raheem Sterling, to post an impressive 90 point total. It puts them top of the monthly league at the halfway stage. Not a single Brighton player in sight. A wise move.

Player of the week – Lucas Moura – Tottenham Hotspur – 21 points

Spurs players were popular among most managers and not just those on a wildcard ahead of next week’s double. Any team playing Huddersfield almost guarantees some return. Even before Dele Alli was ruled out, Lucas Moura should have come into contention for many more teams than he did, considering the likely rotation ahead of their European fixture in the midweek. Son was benched but nabbed a late assist much to the relief of many managers -and Christian Eriksen provided the same return in a 90 minute performance. This paved the way for Moura to provide a hat trick, top bonus and a load of hindsight.

Bargain of the week – Sean Morrison – 16 points

And in the end the best double gameweeker came from Cardiff. One point from the Burnley game was followed up with fifteen against Brighton. Its Morrison’s eighth clean sheet – Cardiff’s ninth overall. Brighton have kept six. Weren’t Cardiff the better bet for points in the first place?

Twat of the week – Troy Deeney – Watford – -2 points

Deeney was another popular choice on wildcard ahead of the double. He’ll play no further part in that. Watford will have to look to Andre Gray or Isaac Success to maintain their quest for the best of the rest. Some fantasy managers will be less enthused to make the same switch I imagine.

Goal of the week – Mohamed Salah. 1m08s

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Gameweek 27 results

February 25, 2019

1  same But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
30 1696
2  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
52 1682
3  same Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
36 1660
4  same Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
37 1634
5  same Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
61 1622
6  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
43 1593
7  up FTM
Stu Smith
46 1583
8  same INIT FC
Mustafa khan
30 1576
9  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
36 1557
10  up King raggg
Steven Darling
47 1557
11  up Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
41 1547
12  up Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
38 1538
13  same FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
34 1536
14  up Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
31 1521
15  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
62 1517
16  same SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
25 1506
17  up Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
45 1505
18  same Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
45 1503
19  up Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
41 1495
20  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
36 1494
21  up Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
32 1478
22  up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
48 1476
23  up Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
33 1466
24  down Cookie fc
Peter Cook
25 1460
25  same Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
28 1458
26  up Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
41 1443
27  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
32 1424
28  up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
49 1422
29  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
44 1420
30  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
86 1420
31  down Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
37 1419
32  down PenshawPerformers
david bruce
36 1416
33  same The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
42 1416
34  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
48 1413
35  down Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
39 1412
36  down El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
44 1411
37  up Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
50 1405
38  down Morningblues
Jeff Morning
28 1395
39  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
41 1392
40  down Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
37 1390
41  down ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
38 1381
42  up Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
45 1373
43  up QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
46 1372
44  down Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
29 1366
45  up Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
40 1347
46  up Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
66 1330
47  same It’s coming home
scott mcgow
41 1318
48  up Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
32 1274
49  up The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
31 1244
50  up Ross’s champions
darren frankland
38 1191

 

Buckets Cup 2nd round

It was a low scoring week all round and there wasn’t much to choose between any of the second round ties as a result. We had our first count back to decide a game. INIT and Da Pitch couldn’t be separated by goals, bonus or assists, so in a rule I just made up this afternoon Da Pitch progress due to scoring more points in the last round. Sorry INIT – unless you were willing to meet and fight then I figured this was the fairest way of doing things. Da Pitch advancing sets up a juicy looking quarter final match up against the Craggy Islanders who are hot their opponent’s heels at the top of the league table. We’ve also seen our first score to nil in the Buckets Cup. Thelma And Luiz, it seems, are no more. They’ve disappeared from the league and so Neil Madrid progress with the lowest winning score of the round.

Manager of the week – Atletico Chappers – Richard Chapman – 86 points

The worldwide average was only 35 points this week – a score that most Buckets teams hovered in and around. Atletico Chappers’ 86 point haul is twice as many as most other teams in the league and sees them climb 12 places into 30th – a (possibly) unprecedented leap at this stage of the season. Chappers brought in Gerard Deulefeu last week, obviously in anticipation of him posting the highest individual score of the season thus far, with his hat trick, assist and big bonus contribution for Watford against Cardiff. It’s not like there weren’t goals around this week. Six goals and four clean sheets in a week in which saw an average of three goals a game isn’t totally out of the ordinary. There were just too many blanks from the game’s elite bunch.

Player of the week – Gerard Deulefeu – Watford – 23 points

He’s literally done nothing for eight gameweeks. From what I can see, only two Buckets teams had him. You can probably pick them out. Apparently three players in the whole of the game had the gumption to triple captain him. Sometimes mad people are lucky.

Bargain of the week – Troy Deeney – Watford – 15 points

Unsurprisingly the other must-have player came from the same game. Deeney hasn’t done anything for seven gameweeks since his brace against Bournemouth. Only one Buckets team had him from what I can see. It’s not either of the teams with Deulefeu, so you should be able to work out which one that is as well.

Twat of the week – Tommy Smith – Huddersfield – -3 points

I’m running out of disparaging things to write about Huddersfield twats. Sent off in the 23rd minute. I imagine there weren’t too many managers suffering as a result of this. Does anyone own a Huddersfield defender anyway?

Goal of the week – No idea, was there one?

Gameweek 21 results

January 4, 2019

1  up But Da Pitch Ain’t 1
Trev Reams
62 1295
2  down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
56 1291
3  same Perfidious Albion
Andrew Swift
62 1290
4  same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
59 1285
5  same Thelma and Luiz
Trevor Gordon
53 1243
6  up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
68 1231
7  up FTM
Stu Smith
72 1229
8  down Bielsa Ringing
Alan Hardy
53 1226
9  same Game of Stones
Ryan Garoghan
58 1222
10  down Frostee Rucker
Paul Bentz
53 1217
11  down SLABHEAD FC
Adam Burnett
46 1215
12  down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
56 1215
13  same King raggg
Steven Darling
69 1206
14  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
62 1195
15  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
60 1184
16  down Deeney in a Bottle
Stephanie Cripps
49 1183
17  up Aribo Haribo
Paul Hawkins
70 1162
18  same Cookie fc
Peter Cook
57 1157
19  up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
77 1157
20  up Mour Salt and Pep
Noel Driver
76 1154
21  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
39 1146
22  up Fake Madrid
Andrew Wade
68 1138
23  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
45 1135
24  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
47 1133
25  down PenshawPerformers
david bruce
51 1132
26  down Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
49 1128
27  up Dinamo Spinks
David Spinks
63 1126
28  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
86 1123
29  up Musttryharder fc
Paul Telford
71 1118
30  down Morningblues
Jeff Morning
60 1116
31  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
60 1115
32  down Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
40 1111
33  up Crazy Leg XI
David Caldicott
53 1092
34  down Need son luck
Matt Jarvis
41 1090
35  up Hoose Reus
James Whitfield
80 1082
36  down Dropit like its Hart
Jason Earwicker
36 1079
37  down Salah Buffoon!!!
Jitesh Lakhani
47 1077
38  down El Loco No Joko
Paul Murray
54 1076
39  down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
56 1075
40  down Hemel Hotspurs
Paul Jarvis
55 1068
41  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
46 1047
42  up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
47 1043
43  same ClipityKlopptotitle
tanya thursby
40 1036
44  down The Big Lewandowski
Paul Callaghan
37 1035
45  up Pique Blinders
Colin Goulding
62 1028
46  down It’s coming home
scott mcgow
33 1009
47  same Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
59 1006
48  same Greeeenteeam
adam greenwood
41 987
49  same Puddle Splash Van
Ian Williams
46 973
50  same The Mindless Morons
John Seacroft
44 958
51  same Ross’s champions
darren frankland
55 913
51  same Ross’s champions
darren frankland
55 913

 

Top of the table – But Da Pitch Ain’t 1 – Trev Reams – 1295 points

Only three teams have lead Buckets this season and each have found themselves at the top over the festive fixtures. Da Pitch have regained top spot following their performance over New Year. Neil Madrid had climbed back to the top after the weekend’s fixtures, claiming the lead back from Perfidious Albion, who’d risen back to the summit after the Boxing Day games. They form a breakaway top four with The Craggy Islanders, separated by 10 points and just over 40 points clear of the chasing pack.

Manager of the week – Romeoshondavan – Rob Hewer – 86 points

A couple of big hitters offered up good captain choices this week. Romeo’s could have gone with either Kane, PEA or Sane and they’d still have posted a decent score and climbed the league. They opted for Son, who was their highest scorer – and why wouldn’t he have been?  He’s outscored everyone else over the last six weeks by some distance. Shame he’s buggering off to the Asian Cup, although I guess we should be grateful that he had his departure delayed. So we get one more gameweek out of him. If you haven’t got him now, there’s probably not much point in going there.

Player of the week – Troy Deeney – Watford – 15 points

It played out like a basketball game for a period in the first half, then everyone got bored of that and started hacking lumps out of each other. Bournemouth, despite having what seems like a good season, really can’t defend for toffee. Only Burnley, Cardiff and Fulham have conceded more. Even Huddersfield scored against them. They let in four and five in their last two games and now three against Watford and two to Deeney.

Bargain of the week – Angus Gunn – Southampton – 11 points

Surprisingly drafted in ahead of Alex McCarthy who I wouldn’t say has been in bad form of late. If anything he’s been the reason that Southampton have kept some defeats looking semi-respectable. However, I’m all for an even cheaper goalkeeper getting a run of starts. Check also Vicente Guaita’s promotion to Palace number one and David Button’s temporary residence as the Brighton keeper of choice.

Twat of the week – Christopher Schindler – Huddersfield Town – -3 points

Huddersfield’s season looks doomed. Luckily the game Schindler will miss as a resulkt of this sending off is the FA Cup game at thew weekend. He’s arguably been their best source of points and that’s really pushing it. Only four of their players top the £5 million barrier and still no-one wants them.

Goal of the week – Sergio Aguero. 

Gameweek 18 results

December 19, 2017

1  same Hornets
Andrew Wade
46 1057
2  same greenyteamy
adam greenwood
46 1041
3  up Despicable Mee
Trevor Gordon
81 1019
4  down Gotta Light?
Andrew Swift
57 1017
5  up Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
58 993
6  down The Vinegar Pissers
P Hawkins
46 986
7  up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
71 985
8  same Fun Lovren Criminals
Paul Callaghan
47 982
9  down Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
38 981
10  down Brexiter City
Colin Goulding
45 979
11  same Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
56 975
12  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
64 965
13  down Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
51 957
14  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
79 953
15  same King Dunlap
Paul Bentz
59 949
16  same Queen of the north
DORINE REACHER
68 948
17  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
78 946
18  up It’sOnlyAGameFarke!
David Spinks
71 943
19  down Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
64 942
20  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
48 939
21  same We are Ayling
Paul Murray
67 935
22  down Game of Throw-Ins
Ryan Garoghan
53 931
23  up Rico united
JASON REACHER
67 930
24  down The winnings R mine
david bruce
63 927
25  up Aquamar 1564
Noel Driver
69 921
26  down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
49 909
27  same Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
59 907
28  up Klopp of the Pochs
Jason Earwicker
59 905
29  up musttryharder FC
Paul Telford
76 903
30  down cookster fc
Peter Cook
43 898
31  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
91 893
32  same Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
55 892
33  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
53 891
34  down Flying squad
Matt Jarvis
47 888
35  down Pure Buffoonery!
Jitesh Lakhani
54 881
36  same Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
54 878
37  up Bakerlona FC
Stuart Baker
59 873
38  down Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
38 867
39  up Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
52 861
40  down To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
42 857
41  up FTM
Stu Smith
73 857
42  up Emergency Gap Jumper
Ian Williams
67 857
43  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
39 855
44  up blakes11
Steven Darling
102 851
45  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
40 850
46  down Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
37 817
47  down mrs mcgoo
laura barrett
40 802
48  down iamgroot
scott mcgow
42 793
49  same disco dancer
darren frankland
59 772
50  same Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
56 699

 

Manager of the week – Blakes11 – Steven Darling – 102 points

From out of nowhere Blakes11 finally get the hang of making transfers. In as much as they made one and chalked up the equal highest score of the year. In previous gameweeks they’d taken 64, 20, 16 and 12 point hits. I have no idea whether any of those were by accident or by design. The 20 point hit actually saw their overall league position rise. And they still haven’t played their wildcard. BLAKES11 – PLAY YOUR WILDCARD. They attempted the free hit in gmeweek 5 to no real avail. And yet – this week – one transfer – 102 points. But – have they done enough to put themselves in the box seat for the highest weekly score prize? Well, yes. Nashton Villa’s 102 point haul came in gameweek 12. In which they scored four goals. Blakes11 beat that by scoring an amazing seven goals. And looking at the team they have assembled at the moment, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them climbing higher than the 44th place in which they find themselves at the moment. Providing they don’t have any more transfer meltdowns.

Player of the week – Aaron Mooy – 15 points

It’s another bumper week for Huddersfield – who are becoming very, very difficult to predict. They’re either thumping teams – or getting thumped. This week Watford were on the receiving end – picking up their customary red card and twat award (see below). Mooy is their top scorer and his price has fluctuated in accordance with his form. Their current good(ish) run has seen them climb back into mid table safety. Mooy comes in currently at £5.3 million, so could definitely be worth a punt, particularly with him being fairly consistently on set piece and penalty duty.

Bargain of the week – Laurent Depoitre – 13 points

Lumbered his way to a goal and two assists which should secure his the centre forward place for another week. He and Steve Mounie have been vying for the position and taking it in turns to look unplayable one week, whilst being invisible the next.

Twat of the week – Troy Deeney – -2 points

Invariably a Watford player losing his head. Troy Deeney’s been a washed up fantasy asset for a season or two now. As long as Richarlison and Abdoulaye Doucoure keep on playing their way through the season instead of kicking lumps out of the opposition, Watford may stay up and may retain some fantasy worth.

Goal of the week – Mesut Ozil. 1m27s.

Gameweek 5 preview

September 16, 2016

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

Beware of the Friday night kick off. Diego Costa has contributed in every game so far. Can he keep that run going against a Liverpool defence who still haven’t kept a clean sheet? Or will he just get booked…again? John Terry is injured and is likely to be replaced by David Luiz. Dare you? The Liverpool midfield is flush with point scoring potential with six players on double figures. No-one can match that. Adam Lallana, Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane are taking turns in challenging for player of the week. Chelsea are also finding it difficult to keep clean sheets – they only have one. Whose turn could it be this week? 

Etienne Capoue has proved he was no one week, or two week wonder. His three goals and eight bonus marks mean he is an unexpected overall points leader. Is he this year’s Mahrez? In the week that most managers shipped out Deeney and Ighalo, they obliged by bagging 17 points between them, so Watford may not be the lost cause that a lot of people maybe predicted they’d be. Record signing Roberto Pereyra has brought a daft haircut and some craft and flair honed in Turin to their midfield. His two appearances have provided a goal and an assist. It may be another week that the many of us relying on Manchester United clean sheets are left disappointed. 

As well as United only Spurs, Everton and West Brom have kept two clean sheets in their four games thus far. And all could continue that trend. West Ham travel to the Hawthorns looking as shaky as Sunderland, who must try and get past Spurs. Everton welcome Middlesbrough, who, despite the promising start, are the lowest scorers in the top half. 

And is this the last chance saloon for Leicester City? Remember them? If they don’t do to Burnley what they were doing to City, United and Chelsea last season, is it finally time to spend the money elsewhere? Vardy and Mahrez ain’t £5 million anymore. There are safer bets for points in their price bracket.

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