Gameweek 4 results

September 13, 2016

up When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
79 249
up Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
64 238
up To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
80 232
up Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
59 230
down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
49 229
down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
53 228
up Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
61 226
down 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
39 223
up nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
57 219
10  up Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
63 217
11  up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
60 217
12  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
49 216
13  down Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
43 210
13  down Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
32 210
15  down 30:19
Darren Lavelle
38 210
16  up Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
51 208
17  down FTM
Stu Smith
43 206
18  down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
41 204
19  up Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
46 204
19  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
52 204
21  down Ciderheads
Darren Pope
41 203
22  down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
36 201
23  up Cooksters
Peter Cook
44 199
24  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
48 195
25  down Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
32 194
26  down RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
38 192
27  up Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
61 189
28  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
62 186
29  up Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
56 186
30  up Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
52 185
31  down Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
16 185
32  down INIT FC
Mustafa khan
29 184
33  up Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
60 183
34  down Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
39 183
35  down Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
44 182
36  up Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
62 181
37  down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
48 181
38  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
31 180
39  down DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
35 179
40  same romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
56 176
41  down RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
46 172
42  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
55 169
43  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
43 166
44  new Dj daz
darren frankland
33 163
45  up bazza 28 united
laura barrett
46 161
46  down Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
32 160
47  down Have a little dink
Ian Williams
41 158
48  down I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
54 152
49  down Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
23 146
50  new Big White Chiefs
david frankland
65 141
51  down jetty city
scott mcgow
56 137
52  down Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
29 136
53  down Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
38 117

 

Normal service has been resumed. It was an eventful run up to the gameweek – what with nearly everyone buying someone and breaking their transfer record to do it. I could have spent the entire preview piece going through the new signings and who might make an impact. As it happened, most made their debuts from the bench, and hardly any scored big points. Sadio Mane, Steven Defour and Christian Benteke appear on page one of the highest weekly scores – they’re the only three.

The main talking point was the ban handed out to Sergio Aguero following the elbowing incident against West Ham before the international break – and the fact that it was ahead of the most blown out of all proportion/anticipated game of the early season. Three matches in total – but only two Premier League gameweeks – the other game being City’s League Cup tie against Swansea next week. Over a million managers across the game dispensed with his services, although I have noticed him lingering on a few Buckets benches. You might have expected Zlatan to be the player most other managers turned to, but Alvaro Negredo was ahead of the Manchester United striker as the most transferred player in. Closely followed by Diego Costa. Of those three, it was the Chelsea madman who contributed the most points. It’s also worth noting he picked up his third booking in four games. He may be the perfect replacement for Aguero, whose return from suspension could well coincide with a ban for Costa for reaching five yellows.

The perfect replacement, however, would have been Romelu Lukaku. Not many people took a punt on the Everton striker. Not scoring a league goal for six months probably had something to do with that. When Harry Met Alli, nO fucHs given and Uriah’s were the main beneficiaries of Lukaku’s 11 minute hat trick. Uriah’s and nO fucHs made him captain – thus contributing 34 points to their score. Everton players added another 14 points to Uriah’s total enabling them to jump over 20 places and into the top 10 off the back of just one game.

When Harry Met Alli jumped nine places to move to the top of the table employing both Costa (as captain) and Lukaku. Their 41 points contribute towards a total of 79 which was the second highest total of the week. The highest weekly scorers were To Elland Back. Their 80 points catapulted them 23 places from 26th to third. They also handed Costa the armband and he was ably assisted by Robert Snodgrass, Roberto Firmino and Harry Kane who also all found the back of the net.

We’ve two new recruits, which has expanded the prize pot and slightly altered the cup format, so check the relevant links to see those updates. That’s the deadline for new admissions. We’ve 53 managers – that’s amazing. It’s even created a page two relegation zone on the website.*

 

Player of the week – Heung Min Son – 19 points. Crushing Stoke, the early season whipping boys.

Bargain of the week – Etienne Capoue – 13 points. Three goals in four games!!!

Donkey of the week – Robert Huth – -1 points. Remember, they couldn’t keep a clean sheet for the first half of last season either.

Goal of the week – Steven Defour. A good week this week.

 

*No-one will actually be relegated – don’t worry.

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Gameweek 23 results

January 25, 2016

1 Golden Boys Stephanie Cripps 60 1,274
2 FC Caligula Ajay Supeda 60 1,263
3 Your Ad Here Matthew Hopkins 51 1,256
4 The Kolarov Mané Trevor Gordon 81 1,225
5 Atlético Chappers Richard Chapman 67 1,224
6 Game of Throw ins Darren Lavelle 63 1,218
7 Bicuitmen Chris Morton 75 1,216
8 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 67 1,209
9 Edgbaston Micheal Dinneen 58 1,209
10 Rocky Ba Bauer P Hawkins 59 1,209
11 4 Lime Jellies Ian Williams 26 1,204
12 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 52 1,197
13 greensmeansbusiness adam greenwood 45 1,195
14 SS3 FC Paul Murray 63 1,194
15 Gaalacticos Colin Goulding 49 1,194
16 Grievous AngelRangel Andrew Swift 59 1,190
17 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 59 1,190
18 Walking with Memphis Noel Driver 35 1,183
19 Sergio Five O DEAN CRIPPS 37 1,181
20 Init fc Mustafa khan 59 1,180
21 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 92 1,179
22 Romeo’s Honda Van Rob Hewer 59 1,179
23 scotty2hotty scott mcgow 59 1,178
24 Howayman Mark Bromham 44 1,176
25 JonniestaRedmondinho David Spinks 59 1,158
26 The Craggy Islanders Adrian Roche 44 1,141
27 Below Par Paul Bentz 37 1,140
28 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 56 1,138
29 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 46 1,131
30 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 28 1,122
31 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 46 1,121
32 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 37 1,094
33 The Hardy Boys Alan Hardy 71 1,093
34 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 40 1,093
35 Go Buffoons Go!!! Jitesh Lakhani 51 1,066
36 RICO UNITED JASON REACHER 36 1,057
37 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 45 1,039
38 Ciderheads Darren Pope 35 1,031
39 Crazy Legs XI David Caldicott 46 1,008
40 Baker Bum Boys Lewis Baker 35 1,005
41 Sweet Cherry Pie Jason Earwicker 56 989
42 Bish Bosh Goal Simon Purnell 34 967
43 REAL JORVIK Simon Brown 46 904
44 BrussiaHairbach Alex Ritchie 48 874

 

Even without the bench boost points that Uriah’s scored this weekend they would have clinched the January manager of the month prize. The extra 15 points helped them clean up and secure the weekly prize as well. Here’s the table for January…

1 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 92 258
2 The Kolarov Mané Trevor Gordon 81 236
3 Atlético Chappers Richard Chapman 67 225
4 Grievous AngelRangel Andrew Swift 59 216
5 Bicuitmen Chris Morton 75 212
6 FC Caligula Ajay Supeda 60 205

 

There wasn’t really anyone else in it. The Kolarov Mane came closest, posting the second highest score of the week. The consolation for them is they were able to jump ten places in the league to occupy fourth. Uriah’s climbed seven places and sit in 21st at the bottom end of that concertinaed middle group chasing the top four. It was a bad week for 4 Lime Jellies. For so long a title contender, their score of 26 points has seem them drop from the top 10 for the first time this season.

Player of the week – Roberto Firmino – 18 points. Worth a pop? He’s a £7.9 million midfielder playing as a striker.

Bargain of the week – Danny Drinkwater – 14 points. Leicester back on track.

Donkey of the week – Per Mertesacker – -2 points. Arsenal don’t beat Chelsea in the league. Remember.

Goal of the week – Dele Alli. Decent.

Gameweek 37 results

May 21, 2015

1 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 67 2,122
2 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 64 2,085
3 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 64 2,082
4 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 62 2,055
5 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 52 2,029
6 RayCrawfordsCrackers Rob Hewer 50 2,015
7 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 65 2,004
8 * Your Ad Here * Matthew Hopkins 48 1,997
9 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 57 1,986
10 Gaalatcticos Colin Goulding 44 1,986
11 Van Damme United P Hawkins 50 1,979
12 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 53 1,967
13 Paris Spinks Germain David Spinks 55 1,951
14 Ciderheads Darren Pope 46 1,933
15 Who R U DEAN CRIPPS 65 1,908
16 Accrington Rudyard Ian Williams 35 1,902
17 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 34 1,856
18 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 42 1,851
19 Biscuitmen Chris Morton 51 1,848
20 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 25 1,817
21 Get to the choppa Mark Bromham 47 1,794
22 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 39 1,790
23 Real Jorvik FC Simon Brown 35 1,785
24 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 52 1,743
25 Luxembourg United Simon Smallbone 48 1,726
26 No Recognized Plan Paul Bentz 40 1,703
27 Sportingabiggerwig Alex Ritchie 48 1,684
28 Crazylegs XI David Caldicott 14 1,585
29 Jordie’s Giants Jordan Raper 66 1,336

As it turned out no-one was destined to challenge the highest weekly score this week. That the week’s highest scorer was Southampton’s Sadio Mane, and not an Arsenal or Sunderland player tells it’s own story. The Saints’ early season penchant for clean sheets and goal fests appeared to have ended – until they came up against a Villa side with all eyes on the cup final. Mane managed 23 points. He’s the fourth player to achieve that total this season,  and after Dusan Tadic,  the second Southampton player. Yannick Bolasie still holds the weekly score record with the 24 he amassed in gameweek 32.

The only Buckets team to have Mane in their ranks was Uriah’s, yet even that wasn’t enough to win them the manager of the week.  That honour went to Neil Madrid who accumulated 67 points – a total which surely seals the Buckets League Championship for a second time. Those chasing Madrid were unable to close the gap. Pescara moved back ahead of Hedgehog into second and the race for the runners up will go to the final week. Any chance Shoelace or RayCrawfordsCrackers had of catching Naboombu’s in fourth looked to have stalled. A lack of Sunderland defenders did for our fifth and sixth place teams. They posted scores in the fifties compared to our top four who all managed scores in the sixties.

So – yes – Sunderland defenders – that’s where the double gameweek riches were. If you’d have taken a punt on Pantillimon, Van Aanholt and Billy Jones you’d have had a head start of 43 points. Their two 0-0 draws secured their status for next season. Sebastian Coates and John O’Shea would have added 13 and 12 respectively. Of the double gameweekers it was those five players – and not Sanchez, Cazorla, Giroud etc who triumphed. The only Arsenal players to make double figures were Laurent Koscielny and Hector Bellerin. No midfielder or attacker from either team got anywhere near. The only player to score for either team was Theo Walcott – and that probably should have gone down as a Tyler Blackett own goal.

 

Player of the week – Sadio Mane – 23 points. A record breaking three minute hat trick.

Bargain of the week – Shane Long – 18 points. Plus goal of the week…see below

Donkey of the week – Cesc Fabregas – -2 points. Unfortunately, no bonus for funniest sending of in history.

Goal of the week – Shane Long. A beauty. 35 seconds in.

Gameweek 33 results

April 20, 2015

1 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 61 1,873
2 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 57 1,840
3 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 47 1,836
4 RayCrawfordsCrackers Rob Hewer 60 1,803
5 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 44 1,800
6 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 60 1,780
7 * Your Ad Here * Matthew Hopkins 52 1,774
8 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 63 1,768
9 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 47 1,766
10 Gaalatcticos Colin Goulding 58 1,753
11 Van Damme United P Hawkins 47 1,735
12 Ciderheads Darren Pope 49 1,718
13 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 45 1,714
14 Accrington Rudyard Ian Williams 57 1,687
15 Who R U DEAN CRIPPS 50 1,686
16 Paris Spinks Germain David Spinks 51 1,675
17 Biscuitmen Chris Morton 54 1,671
18 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 44 1,661
19 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 56 1,639
20 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 31 1,638
21 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 41 1,612
22 Get to the choppa Mark Bromham 47 1,592
23 Real Jorvik FC Simon Brown 56 1,547
24 No Recognized Plan Paul Bentz 24 1,540
25 Luxembourg United Simon Smallbone 33 1,538
26 Sportingabiggerwig Alex Ritchie 29 1,517
27 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 46 1,493
28 Crazylegs XI David Caldicott 43 1,449
29 Jordie’s Giants Jordan Raper 23 1,178

 

Scores were much more tightly packed this week. Uriah’s narrowly picked up another manager of the week award with 63 points. It’s their second of the season, but after a lax few weeks it’s not going to be enough to put them in contention for the monthly award which will be decided next week. Pescara sit top of the monthly table off the back of their 119 point score of a fortnight ago, with RayCrawfordsCrackers and Van Damme United also in contention.

 

1 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 47 213
2 RayCrawfordsCrackers Rob Hewer 60 210
3 Van Damme United P Hawkins 47 202
4 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 57 196
5 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 44 190
6 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 61 184

 

Hedgehog, NDYs and Neil Madrid complete a top six with realistic chances of nicking the prize – that’s all of the overall top five in with a chance.

No Buckets teams seem to suffer at the hands of the blank gameweek too much. Most teams managed to turn out at least ten players, and most scored above the weekly average of 33 points. Three other team managed 60+ scores – most tellingly, RCCs, who moved above NDYs into fourth place.

No player dominated the scoring this week. The highest individual score was eleven points, and this was achieved by seven different players. There were more points to be had towards the back of the starting XI than the front, which is a rarity. Five defences kept clean sheets, yet only five attackers scored more than their appearance points. This might explain why so many Buckets managers had similar scores. The majority of us did well in the circumstances to get into the high 40’s, 50’s and above.

 

Player of the week – Andy King – 11 points. Team of the week were arguably Leicester City.

Bargain of the week – Boaz Myhill – 8 points. Not easy to determine who should win this award this week. It’s Andy King’s fault.

Donkey of the week – Ashley Barnes – -2 points. Easily the cheapest set of weekly winners in the history of Buckets.

Goal of the week. Craig Gardner. Thank goodness there was one to pick. 44s in.

 

Gameweek 15 results

December 9, 2014

1 Paris Spinks Germain David Spinks 41 802
2 Uriah Rennie 2nd XI Neil Greenwood 18 795
3 NaboombuDirtyYellows Andrew Swift 36 792
4 Neil Madrid Neil Strong 31 776
5 * Your Ad Here * Matthew Hopkins 23 771
6 Ciderheads Darren Pope 30 765
7 Hedgehog Corpse FC Nick Smith 36 753
8 RayCrawfordsCrackers Rob Hewer 39 751
9 Upper Bullens Andy Taylor 32 749
10 Shoelace Untied Caroline Strong 49 746
11 Pescara Rangers Stewart Pope 16 739
12 Gaalatcticos Colin Goulding 45 736
13 Sportingabiggerwig Alex Ritchie 35 723
14 Pretty Schitty City Alex Michaluk 29 721
15 Bermie Utd Glen Davies 24 702
16 Panza Grande XI Stuart Baker 25 702
17 Luxembourg United Simon Smallbone 22 684
18 Who R U DEAN CRIPPS 31 678
19 Biscuitmen Chris Morton 27 675
20 Van Damme United P Hawkins 36 675
21 The Mindless Morons John Seacroft 25 673
22 Rip Roaring Reds Sean Whyton 23 666
23 Real Jorvik FC Simon Brown 21 658
24 No Recognized Plan Paul Bentz 36 655
25 Get to the choppa Mark Bromham 31 655
26 Crazylegs XI David Caldicott 33 648
27 Accrington Rudyard Ian Williams 34 638
28 Release The Hounds Paul Mitchell 30 622
29 Jordie’s Giants Jordan Raper 34 510

 

One of the lowest scoring weeks in FPL history (probably), yet one of the most incident packed. And congratulations if you managed to end the weekend without any of your payers injured or suspended.

And the reasons for the low scores. Lots.

Saturday saw three goalless draws, and one other team keep a clean sheet. Clean sheets from some players are like an unexpected bonus most of the time. Most of time you try your best to avoid even having to pick those type of players. This week was one of those weeks. Anyone who had more than one player from a combination of Hull, West Brom, Liverpool, Sunderland, Spurs, Palace or QPR  – well done – it won’t happen again.

I don’t suppose anyone expected Chelsea to lose. We’ve all been drawn in by the possibility of them going through the season without losing a game, and to think that it’d happen against a Newcastle side that were without key players –  well that didn’t seem plausible. Yet it did. Bonus points if you picked any of the Newcastle ball boys. Thank god for Cesc Fabregas, who of the Cheslea regulars came away with an assist and some bonus points. Shame about the booking that rules him out of the next game.

Which leads us on to the sendings off.

Five in total. I may have come off worse out of all of you. It’s not often I straight up reference my own team. I try to  keep the reviews and previews as neutral as possible, but for this week only, I need to spleen vent. I’ve done well to get out with 31 points. Pescara and Uriah’s didn’t even get past the 20 point mark. Both had Calum Chambers who was sent off for Arsenal and ended the week on -2 points. Uriah’s also had to contend with the dismissal of Lukasz Fabianski – who also finished on -2 – and is our weekly donkey. There were three other red cards this week. Paul Konchesky got his marching orders in Leicester’s game against Villa, but no-one seems to have him in their team, so lets not dwell on that. The other two sendings off, as well as Chambers, were in my team. Steven Taylor was sat on the bench, but that doens’t make it any easier for working out what to do next week. Charlie Austin at least managed to get a goal and assist before getting his second yellow. Again, not a complete disaster you might think, but I’m faced with five players out next week. Chambers, Austin, Taylor, Fabregas – and Sergio bloody Aguero.

As is everybody else. Probably. As little as we expected Chelsea to lose at Newcastle, no-one saw the FPL’s player of the moment crumpling into a heap after 7 minutes against Everton on Saturday evening. Those without, or even those that went for an alternative captain choice will be feeling smug. Early reports suggest a month out, which will upset City’s recent upturn in form, and makes the race for the December manager of the month very interesting. Most managers will have to make a change in their forward line for next week. One good thing is that you’re trading in the most expensive player in the game – so the league is your oyster.

Maybe you could trade in for one of the two highest scorers of the week. Back from the dead to win player of the week is Andy Carroll. West Ham are up to fourth. This is the team you go to when you start dropping your Southamton players. Can Carroll stay fit though? He’s been back for five games, played three full 90 minutes, and scored 25 points. You’d have plenty of change if you bought him in place of Aguero. Not so much if you opted for Robin Van Persie. Back from the dead to score his second double figure score in the last three weeks, RVP will still set you back over £12 million. It probably doesn’t seem like it, but he has started every game but the very first one, and has managed six league goals so far. I suppose he just seems a lot more interested in the last few weeks.

Uriah’s dismal score of 18 has allowed PSG to take over at the top. PSG reached 41 points, losing Chambers, Fabregas and Aguero. They were one of only three teams to surpass 40 points. Gaalacticos lost Chambers, Austin, Fabregas and Aguero, but ended on 45 points and finished second. Leading this week’s totals are Shoelace with 49 points. Lucky-ish Shoelace only lost Fabregas and Aguero with Taylor on the bench.

 

Player of the week – Andy Carroll – 16 points. West Ham spoilt for attacking options.

Bargain of the week – Alan McGregor – 15 points. Includes a penalty save and all the bonus marks

Donkey of the week – Lukasz Fabianski – -2 points. Unfortunate – might yet be rescinded.

Goal of the week – Diafra Sakho. West Ham really spoilt for attacking options. 2m40s in.

 

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