Gameweek 1 results

1  new Fun Lovren Criminals
Paul Callaghan
88 88
2  new INIT FC
Mustafa khan
86 86
3  new Crazylegs XI
David Caldicott
85 85
4  new Despicable Mee
Trevor Gordon
84 84
5  new Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
80 80
6  new Aquamar 1564
Noel Driver
79 79
7  new romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
78 78
7  new Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
78 78
9  new Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
77 77
9  new Rico united
JASON REACHER
77 77
11  new The winnings R mine
david bruce
75 75
12  new FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
72 72
12  new King Dunlap
Paul Bentz
72 72
14  new Gotta Light?
Andrew Swift
70 70
15  new Klopp of the Pochs
Jason Earwicker
69 69
16  new It’sOnlyAGameFarke!
David Spinks
68 68
17  new Nashton Villa
Jaime Nash
67 67
18  new cookster fc
Peter Cook
65 65
18  new Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
65 65
18  new Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
65 65
21  new mrs mcgoo
laura barrett
64 64
22  new Brexiter City
Colin Goulding
63 63
23  new Hornets
Andrew Wade
62 62
24  new The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
61 61
24  new Queen of the north
DORINE REACHER
61 61
24  new Flying squad
Matt Jarvis
61 61
27  new Pure Buffoonery!
Jitesh Lakhani
60 60
27  new Kompany & Co
DEAN CRIPPS
60 60
29  new Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
59 59
30  new disco dancer
darren frankland
58 58
31  new Bakerlona FC
Stuart Baker
55 55
31  new Game of Throw-Ins
Ryan Garoghan
55 55
33  new musttryharder FC
Paul Telford
54 54
34  new Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
52 52
35  new The Vinegar Pissers
P Hawkins
51 51
35  new Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
51 51
35  new Emergency Gap Jumper
Ian Williams
51 51
38  new greenyteamy
adam greenwood
50 50
38  new FTM
Stu Smith
50 50
40  new Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
49 49
41  new Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
47 47
41  new Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
47 47
43  new We are Ayling
Paul Murray
46 46
44  new Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
45 45
44  new blakes11
Steven Darling
45 45
46  new To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
44 44
47  new iamgroot
scott mcgow
42 42
48  new Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
41 41
49  new Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
37 37
50  new Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
32 32

 

Manager of the week –  Fun Lovren Criminals – 88 points.

It happens so often that the last game of the weekend saves a gameweek. Romelu Lukaku’s 13 point haul, doubled to 26 with the armband, was the score that took Fun Lovren Criminals to the Buckets summit for week one and win them the first manager of the week accolade. Lukaku and Harry Kane vied for top ownership and top captain choice for this opening round of fixtures. Those opting for the United forward reaped the rewards. Kane lovers had the added disappointment of seeing their man booked, and thus picking up a measly two points as skipper. Impressive Premier League club debuts from Mohamed Salah, Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac also contributed to FLC’s early lead, and the performance of all of those four players in particular bodes well for their fantasy careers.

Player of the week – Ahmed Hegazi – 15 points.

Best debut of the lot came from West Brom’s new Egyptian centre back, Ahmed Hegazi. Tony Pulis should just play a 1-10-0-0 and be done with it. No need for attackers. Don’t be surprised if a defender ends up as West Brom’s top scorer this season. Keep 13 clean sheets, score five or six goals, get to 40 points in March, start planning your holidays. Easy.

Bargain of the week – Sam Vokes – 13 points.                                                               Twat of the week – Gary Cahill – -3 points

Week one is never without it’s surprise results. Burnley sold their main striker the evening before. Their away record last season was shocking. Chelsea, the Champions, only lost twice at home last season, kept 16 clean sheets and beat their opponents 3-0 almost a year ago. When it goes tits up in week one it feels so much worse than at any other time of the season, probably because you’ve been aching over your selection since mid July. But no-one could have seen this coming. Although, as much as I don’t see Sam Vokes clogging up too many forward lines, I also don’t see too many Chelsea defenders in any of our squads either. Are they priced too highly? Shoelace however, who are propping us all up, were unfortunate enough to plump for Cahill. But for Lukaku, and a scoring start from Sergio Aguero, mid to low priced strikers came out on top. As well as Vokes, honorable mentions should go to Steve Mounie and some bloke called Wayne Rooney.

Goal of the week – Wayne Rooney.

Lets start with a cracking header – 1m06s.

 

 

 

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Gameweek 1 results

Rank Team & Manager GW TOT
new The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
74 74
new 30:19
Darren Lavelle
69 69
new When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
69 69
new Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
63 63
new nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
63 63
new FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
62 62
new greenyteamy
adam greenwood
60 60
new To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
59 59
new Ciderheads
Darren Pope
59 59
10  new Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
56 56
10  new Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
56 56
10  new Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
56 56
10  new DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
56 56
14  new Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
55 55
14  new Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
55 55
16  new QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
54 54
16  new Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
54 54
18  new Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
53 53
19  new 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
52 52
20  new Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
51 51
20  new Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
51 51
22  new I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
50 50
22  new RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
50 50
24  new Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
49 49
24  new Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
49 49
26  new Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
48 48
27  new Cooksters
Peter Cook
47 47
27  new Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
47 47
29  new INIT FC
Mustafa khan
46 46
29  new Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
46 46
29  new jetty city
scott mcgow
46 46
29  new Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
46 46
33  new Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
44 44
33  new Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
44 44
35  new Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
41 41
35  new Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
41 41
37  new Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
40 40
38  new Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
38 38
38  new Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
38 38
40  new Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
37 37
41  new Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
36 36
41  new FTM
Stu Smith
36 36
41  new Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
36 36
44  new Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
34 34
45  new romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
33 33
46  new RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
32 32
46  new bazza 28 united
laura barrett
32 32
46  new Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
32 32
46  new Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
32 32
50  new Have a little dink
Ian Williams
30 30
51  new Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
19 19

 

I don’t think there are any other teams set to join the league – so 51 it is – FIFTY ONE TEAMS. The only slight annoyance about that is the league table page on the website only has enough room for 50. So if you don’t see yourself on that page, you’re probably last. Sorry about that. The prize money calculations appear on the ‘Prize Money’ page. Of all places. Information has been updated on the ‘Buckets Cup’ link page regarding when that will start, how long it will take and who gets a bye into the first round proper.

We’re off. Saturday was a slow-ish start with 14 goals scored across the seven games. The two games on Sunday produced almost as many goals – 11 in total. Worries that Arsenal fans might have had about their defence were justified as they shipped four and Manchester United did what they were meant to do and won convincingly with a Rooney goal, a Zlatan debut goal and noteworthy assists from Anthony Martial. Basically, if you started out the weekend with your team based heavily round the West Brom or Swansea defence, the Liverpool midfield and the Manchester United attack, you probably did OK.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Sergio Aguero appeared to start the weekend as the most popular captain choice, and didn’t disappoint, adding all three bonus marks to his goal, and contributing 18 points to the majority of teams. Including The Craggy Islanders – who set the early pace with 74 points – and win the first manager of the week award. The average score across the game was 44 and we had 33 teams scoring above that. Our highest scoring debut manager is nO fucHs given who posted 63 points. Pudding and Pie are the lone team occupying page two on 19 points. They were let down by everybody, not least their defence (and keeper) who only managed six points between the five of them.

It’s only one week so we probably shouldn’t jump to conclusions on settled line ups, but those that included Joe Hart, Yaya Toure and Cesc Fabregas must be cursing their non-selection. On the other hand there might be a few early forays into the transfer market to bring in the mid to low price players that performed well in the first week. The surprise result of the weekend was Hull’s defeat of Leicester. At the arse end of the striker list Adama Diomande, who will only set you back £4.5 million, bagged one of their goals and some bonus marks in their 2-1 victory. Hull’s squad is so depleted that they had to fill their bench with academy players, and didn’t actually make any substitutions during the game. So you can expect Diomande and those other Hull players you’ve never heard of to get more game time in the coming weeks.

Etienne Capoue, also at £4.5 million, scored Watford’s goal, whilst Stephen Kinglsey, of the £4 million defenders, posted 8 points, starting as Swansea’s left back in their 1-0 defeat of Burnley. Also worth noting is Nathan Redmond’s 10 point score for Southampton. Although listed as a midfielder, Redmond started as an attacker, and his goal and 3 point bonus display will have only cemented that place in the team for another week.

 

Player of the week – Philippe Coutinho – 15 points. One of four Liverpool midfielders to score/assist/bonus.

Bargain of the week – Leroy Fer – 11 points. This might be the season he doesn’t get relegated.

Donkey of the week – Ben Watson – -2 points. First red of the season

Goal of the week – Philippe Coutinho. Scored the week one goal of the week last season too.

 

 

Gameweek 1 preview

Hull v Leicester

Burnley v Swansea

Crystal Palace v West Brom

Everton v Spurs

Middlesbrough v Stoke

Southampton v Watford

Man City v Sunderland

Bournemouth v Man Utd

Arsenal v Liverpool

Chelsea v West Ham

 

Welcome. We’ve quite a few newcomers to our league this season – and I’m pleased to say that most of the people who played last year have come along for the ride again. Of the 16 available prizes in 2015-2016, 11 were won by new managers. As I write, I still haven’t decided as to whether I’m going to introduce a manager of the week award. I think once I know how many people we have, I’ll test the water with you all again. I’d like to do it – I think it’d make it interesting – but I don’t want to reduce the league winning prize pot by too much. Another option might be to increase the prizes for manager of the month, so you’re at least getting your entry fee back. The prize breakdown will be calculated in due course. Keep checking the ‘Prize Money’ link for details. As usual the ‘Buckets Cup’ link provides you with all info on the knockout competition, which will probably start in late February/early March. Your ‘Roll of Honour’ link lists all the weekly and monthly winners, as well a the highest scoring players from each round.

The game hasn’t changed from last season. The site’s had a revamp in line with the new branding for the Premier League. We’ve still got two wildcards to utilise – one for each half of the season. The point scoring remains the same and you still get your one free transfer per week – two if you go for a week without making one. Those pesky chips are loitering around just underneath your team line up. Don’t play them by accident as it seems many people managed to do last season. Wait for those double gameweeks to kick in in the last two months.

Watch out though for the new Friday night kick offs – the first of which is on August 19th. That’s gameweek two. That means your team will have to be in by 7pm – on the Friday. Gone are those Saturday mornings sat in your pants mulling over the match previews on the internet. You’ll just have to hope for the best.

And so to deciding that all important starting line up. Getting points on the board early is key. It doesn’t take long for that pool of worthwhile players to start dwindling. Pretty soon we’ll all be picking the same team. There’s a lot to consider. Frisking the first batch of fixtures may help you determine who is in line for a good start to the campaign, but pre-season performance – (good, bad, any at all?), Euro 16 fatigue, new players, impending transfers, unwanted players – all play a part.

So here’s a theory for the opening weeks – avoid Arsenal and go all out Burnley.

The Gunners go into the season with a threadbare defence. None of their first choice centre halves are fit enough to play against Liverpool. Per Mertesacker and Gabriel are long term injured and Laurent Koscielny is still on his jollies. The Arsenal players involved in the latter stages of Euro 2016 seem to be getting a bit too much time off. Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil look unlikely to figure as well. Liverpool thumped Barcelona in pre-season with starring performances from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino. The £10 million you might have put aside for Ozil might be better spent on one of those two. They’re notoriously flaky in their opening fixtures too. Just one win in their last six attempts doesn’t bode well. Leicester, Southampton and Chelsea follow in a tricky opening month and a half.

Burnley, however, could get off to a flier. They have four home games in their first six. Three of those are against Swansea, Hull and Watford – just the kind of teams that they’ll need to beat at home if they are to survive. In their last season in the Premier League, despite their relegation, Tom Heaton amassed 150 points, enough to rank him as the best value keeper. It happens every season – don’t dismiss the keepers of the relegation favourites. They’ve always got more saves to make and  often stack up the bonus marks. Check Heurelho Gomes in 2015-2016. They’ve also got Andre Gray. Gray is the most popular player from the promoted teams  – owned by nearly 12% of managers across the game. And with good reason – he scored 23 goals last season, and has nine in six in pre-season.

There are others with favourable starts. Lets ignore the big boys for this week. West Brom, Middlesbrough and Everton may be worth looking at. West Brom are without a game against one of the traditional big six until gameweek 8. Pulis teams are usually reliable from a defensive point of view, and so mainstays Jonny Evans, Gareth MacAuley, Craig Dawson and Ben Foster could be worth some early investment.

Everton should shore up considerably at the back now with Ronald Koeman in charge. His Southampton team went six games without conceding in the middle part of last season. The John Stones money looks like it’s being spent well – Ashley Williams is in and Yannick Bolasie might follow. Other than their tricky opener against Spurs, games against West Brom, Stoke, Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Bournemouth follow, with chances of points up top and at the back.

Middlesbrough wait until gameweek six before they meet a title challenger. Stoke, Sunderland, West Brom, Palace and Everton offer good clean sheet and goalscoring potential. They had the stingiest defence in the Championship last season, conceding only eight at home, and keeping 22 clean sheets. They’ve upgraded their keeper for the Premier League, and many managers will be tempted by a £4.5 million purchase of Victor Valdes. Ditto the £6.5 million you’ll need to pick up Alvaro Negredo at the other end of the pitch.

 

Gameweek 26 preview

13 Feb 12:45 Sunderland v Man Utd
13 Feb 15:00 Bournemouth v Stoke
13 Feb 15:00 Crystal Palace v Watford
13 Feb 15:00 Everton v West Brom
13 Feb 15:00 Norwich v West Ham
13 Feb 15:00 Swansea v Southampton
13 Feb 17:30 Chelsea v Newcastle
14 Feb 12:00 Arsenal v Leicester
14 Feb 14:05 Aston Villa v Liverpool
14 Feb 16:15 Man City v Spurs

 

Strange how the fixture list works out sometimes. We’re two thirds of the way there and this could be a pivotal week in the title race. Looking at the fixture list at the start of the season you’d never have guessed we’d be seeing the top four squaring up against each other this weekend. On top of that, it’s Arsenal and Manchester City (because just referring to them as ‘City’ isn’t really fair on Leicester is it?), who need to win their games. The reverse fixtures, played on the 26th September, resulted in a 4-1 victory for Spurs and a 5-2 victory for Arsenal. They’re four of the five highest scoring teams in the league. Don’t expect two 0-0s.

Remember gameweek 27 is a reduced gameweek so don’t make your squads too Man City, Liverpool, Everton or Newcastle heavy, and if they already are, it’s time to think ahead. Which is a bit of a bummer because Everton and Liverpool have two of the most winnable games of the weekend. Anyone who comes up against Villa is made automatic favourite. That is ignoring the fact that they’ve managed three clean sheets in the last five games and that Joleon Lescott is one of the form defenders. I’d wager more on Roberto Firmino continuing his goalscoring run ahead of Lescott.

Everton are in the midst of a largely positive run of results, including two 3-0s, a draw against Spurs, and a goalfest against Chelsea. West Brom aren’t in the best of form and had to come through a penalty shoot out to dispatch of Peterborough in the FA Cup in midweek. Tiredness could tell, and their usually sturdy defence might find it difficult to keep out Lukaku and Barkley, who rarely get through a weekend without contributing something.

Gameweek 12 preview

07 Nov 12:45 Bournemouth v Newcastle
07 Nov 15:00 Leicester v Watford
07 Nov 15:00 Man Utd v West Brom
07 Nov 15:00 Norwich v Swansea
07 Nov 15:00 Sunderland v Southampton
07 Nov 15:00 West Ham v Everton
07 Nov 17:30 Stoke v Chelsea
08 Nov 13:30 Aston Villa v Man City
08 Nov 16:00 Arsenal v Spurs
08 Nov 16:00 Liverpool v Crystal Palace

 

Say you were to go with a six man (including your keeper in this) defence and you split it between three Man United players and three West Brom players, what do you think the chances are of earning full marks – all 36 available points and probably a few bonuses on top? It’s probably not all that far-fetched given the form of the two teams, who meet this weekend at Old Trafford. Three of Man United’s last four games have ended goalless and they’ve kept four clean sheets in their last five league outings. No other team has more clean sheets than them and no other player has more than Chris Smalling, who has become somewhat of a defensive linchpin all of a sudden. He’s the highest scoring defender. His 56 points is made up those seven clean sheets, seven bonus marks and an assist. He’s kept a fairly unblemished disciplinary record too having only picked up one booking.

West Brom’s defensive reliability is just as good. They boast the second best points scoring keeper and two defenders in the top 11. Boaz Myhill, Gareth MacAuley and Craig Dawson have 18 clean sheets between them. United’s home advantage might make them slight favourites to contribute a goal to the affair. The early promise of Anthony Martial has waned in recent weeks with five consecutive blanks. Wayne Rooney’s come in for some criticism this season, but at least it’s only three weeks since he last found the net The good start made by Juan Mata has come to a grinding halt as well. The most in form attacker on the park could be Ander Herrera, if he’s picked, or more likely, the Baggies’ Venezuelan striker, Salomon Rondon, who seems to be finding his feet with two in his last two games. With two teams who are principally set up to defend, you know you’re better off getting your attacking options from somewhere else.

A top against bottom clash should never be ignored for obvious goal potential. Remi Garde could definitely have done without having to face Manchester City for his first game in charge of Aston Villa. City were more convincing brushing aside Seville in midweek than they were defeating Norwich at home last weekend. Their clean sheet reliability seems to have disappeared, but their goalscoring ability has not. They’ve scored in all but one of their games this season (that’ll be the 0-0 with Manchester United – see how it all fits together?). Still no Aguero or Silva means almost guaranteed gametime for Bony, De Bruyne, Sterling and Toure. It’d be a miracle if at least one of them didn’t add significantly to their points total.

Arsenal’s humbling at Bayern in midweek is not good preparation for a North London derby against a Spurs team who are quietly climbing the league. Harry Kane’s season didn’t start as the last one ended, but it’s now five in five games and he’s among the top ten strikers again. He’s higher than any Arsenal striker in fact. The £9.3 million outlay may still seem a little steep, but it’s cheaper than his starting price, and will only continue to rise if he does start banging them in at the same rate as he did from this point in 2014. Mesut Ozil matches Kane’s form and will cost you a just under a million less. Ozil has notched seven assists in five games, and nine in total – way more than anyone else. A few weeks ago there was a rush on Alexis Sanchez after the Chilean scored six in three games. He’s contributed little else since. The money would have been better spent on his German team mate. Could it be worth swapping one Gunner for the other given their contrasting runs of form?