End of season results

May 23, 2017

up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
85 2315
down When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
80 2312
same Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
77 2274
up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
110 2255

The Craggy Islanders are our champions. By three points. I think that might be our closest finish yet. It was looking at one point, before the bonuses came in, that it might end up being a tie. I’m glad it wasn’t. I didn’t fancy the season long count back of goals scored. The Islanders won the last weekly battle 85 to 80 – the five point gap enough to take over at the top. WHMA played the All Out Attack, but to no avail. It wouldn’t have made a difference had they not bothered.

The Islanders started this season as our first manager of the week and then spent most of the next three months coming and going, in and out of the top 10. They hit a century in gameweek 14 climbing back to the summit. From that moment on they never left the top four, clinging on to first for six weeks between 16 and 22, and then next appearing in top spot when it really mattered – gameweek 38.

Meaning When Harry Met Alli must settle for second place for the second successive year. They were always in the mix. They never dropped out of the top 10 but for one week in December. From the turn of the year they took up residence in the top four and never fell below that. They were at the head of the group of teams trying to peg back Aquamar through the last third of the season, managing to take the lead in gameweek 37. Perhaps their decision to play their bench boost a week earlier than The Islanders cost them the title. We’ll never know.

And we’ll never know whether Aquamar’s itchy transfer finger cost them the top prize. Sitting in the top 3,000 worldwide in gameweek 32 with an 80 point lead over their nearest Buckets challenger, they went on a complete transfer bender making 19 in the last six weeks. Not having Harry Kane to play out the final two weeks, however, was probably the biggest handicap. It was a season of what might have been for Aquamar, also finishing runners-up in the Buckets Cup to Shoelace Untied.

Fourth place was a battle to the death with five or so teams continuously changing places over the closing two months of the season. Kebab Eaters United eventually pipped Edgbaston to the last cash prize. Edgbaston finished fifth last year too, but do take home the prize for the May manager of the month and the highest weekly score – a record breaking 181 points in gameweek 37.

Shoelace ploughed all of their energy into winning the cup, taking 76 points worth of hits across three gameweeks in order to outscore their opponents. Curiously, they also climbed the table, proving that taking hits doesn’t necessarily always cost you points. As long as you bring in the right players. It’s not a tactic I’d suggest playing across an entire season.

Rico United were double month winners and Yeboah’s Right Foot won manager of the week more than anyone else, coming out on top four times. That’s probably pretty impressive in a 53 team league. The record still stands at seven in a 26 team league.

Alexis Sanchez topped the player charts by some distance, although had Harry Kane played out a full season, it’s probable he’d have collected more points. He finished joint third with Eden Hazard, and just behind Dele Alli, but missed eight games with injury. Tom Heaton was the top goalkeeper. He kept ten clean sheets, and headed both the saves made and bonus points tables to finish ahead of Hugo Lloris and Thibault Courtois. The Chelsea defence ruled. No-one got close to Cahill, Alonso and Azpilicueta. Kane, Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku topped the bonus charts, all scoring 33. Marcos Alonso’s value rose the most over the course of the season, £0.9 million to £6.9 million.

Picking a bargain buy of the season hasn’t been as easy as last year when we had so many Leicester players to choose from. West Brom’s second top scorer, Gareth McAuley, deserves a mention. The 804 year old defender started as a £4.5 million back up in many teams but probably lasted the distance thanks to his steady return of goals and clean sheets – up until the point that West Brom reached 40 points and they got the holiday brochures out. Josh King’s second half of the season was as prolific as any of the elite forward players in the league. Only Sanchez and Alli scored more from midfield. From gameweek 20 onwards he contributed in 13 of the 18 games he played in. Expect a position change and starting price rise for next season.

See you then.

Gameweek 31 results

April 10, 2017

The briefest of entries just for the records. I have been away for most of the last week, so wasn’t able to grab the league table before it changed.

The highest score was achieved by Yeboah’s Right Foot. It’s their fourth manager of the week accolade – the most of any manager this season. And the player contributing the most to their score was Kasper Schmeichel. Yeboah’s handed him the armband. Cheeky. Well, they were playing Sunderland.

Aquamar extended their lead at the top utilising their wildcard, while the chasing pack behind them continued to jostle for position.

 

Player of the week – Abel Hernandez – 14 points. Hull to stay up?

Bargain of the week – Maya Yoshida – 11 points. Southampton’s bargain defence playing wll ahead of their double gameweeks.

Donkey of the week – Daniel Ayala – 0 points. Boro going down?

Goal of the week – Jamie Vardy. Onetouchbang.

Gameweek 25 results

February 14, 2017

same Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
56 1409
up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
64 1395
down When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
45 1392
same Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
32 1363
up Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
77 1361
down greenyteamy
adam greenwood
31 1353
up Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
63 1342
down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
48 1337
up 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
59 1327
10  up Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
53 1321
11  down Cooksters
Peter Cook
31 1319
12  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
69 1315
13  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
70 1311
14  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
60 1311
15  up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
61 1300
16  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
60 1299
17  down To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
58 1299
18  down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
58 1298
19  down Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
50 1292
20  up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
70 1292
21  down Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
61 1285
22  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
60 1283
23  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
58 1282
24  up QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
65 1280
25  down 30:19
Darren Lavelle
56 1279
26  same romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
41 1240
27  up RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
50 1236
28  up Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
64 1234
29  down nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
37 1234
30  same Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
49 1230
31  down Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
42 1227
32  down Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
41 1213
33  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
65 1210
34  down Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
48 1206
35  down Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
37 1192
36  up I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
62 1187
37  down Have a little dink
Ian Williams
55 1186
38  down jetty city
scott mcgow
46 1176
39  up Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
69 1164
40  down FTM
Stu Smith
48 1163
41  down Ciderheads
Darren Pope
38 1156
42  up Dj daz
darren frankland
62 1144
43  up Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
49 1142
44  down Big White Chiefs
david frankland
33 1136
45  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
28 1134
46  down Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
23 1117
47  same Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
21 1092
48  up bazza 28 united
laura barrett
49 1053
49  down Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
32 1051
50  up DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
51 1022
51  down Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
36 1019
52  down Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
40 1015
53  same Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
31 98

Seems the difference between good Liverpool and shit Liverpool is Sadio Mane. In his second start since returning from the AFCON he registered a 16 point haul and was the highest scoring player of the week. And it seems the only manager who knows the difference between good Liverpool and shit Liverpool is Hedgehog Corpse. Handing Mane the armband catapulted the Corpse up to fifth in the League and into third place in the February table.

same jetty city
scott mcgow
46 143
up Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
70 140
up Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
77 137
up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
61 133
down When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
45 133
up Dj daz
darren frankland
62 129
up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
60 129
up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
58 128
down RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
50 128
10  down Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
56 127
11  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
60 126
12  up Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
69 125
13  up Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
63 123

We’ve only one more February gameweek left. It’s all to play for. In truth, there could be as many as 20 teams in it. Gameweek 26 kicks off in a fortnight after the break for the FA Cup 5th round, and is a reduced gameweek due to the League Cup. Those 5th round results will be worth keeping an eye on as they’ll determine who is in line to play in Gameweek 28. Negotiating the next few weeks is not going to be straightforward, especially if you’re still involved in the Buckets Cup.

The second round match ups are ready to view on the Buckets Cup link. There were some close run things this week – and some surprise results. 4 Fuchs Ake won the Fuchs derby. Racing Club Skegness are the lowest ranked team left in and sprang the biggest surprise, knocking out Greenyteamy. Hedgehogs high score saw off third placed When Harry Met Alli, whilst fourth placed Yeboah’s fell to 31st placed Jarvis FC.

Player of the week – Sadio Mane – 16 points. Just as you got shot of the Liverpool midfield.

Bargain of the week – Alfie Mawson – 15 points. Cheap goalscoring defender alert….

Donkey of the week – Jason Denayer – -2 points. Meanwhile, the Sunderland revival….

Goal of the week – Alfie Mawson. …and one of them was a sweet volley.

Gameweek 18 results

December 29, 2016

same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
52 1023
same Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
44 1009
same Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
86 1008
same Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
60 979
up greenyteamy
adam greenwood
77 968
down Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
66 967
up Cooksters
Peter Cook
69 962
down Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
55 960
down When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
71 959
10  up QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
74 956
11  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
68 954
12  down Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
55 952
13  down 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
58 951
14  up Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
75 951
15  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
81 947
16  down 30:19
Darren Lavelle
53 933
17  down Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
47 928
18  up Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
96 925
19  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
72 923
20  up RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
75 920
21  same Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
65 911
22  up nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
86 909
23  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
41 902
24  down To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
41 899
25  down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
65 899
26  down Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
51 892
27  up romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
85 884
28  same Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
55 879
29  down Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
37 867
30  same Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
44 864
31  down Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
47 864
32  down Ciderheads
Darren Pope
36 855
33  up FTM
Stu Smith
49 844
34  up Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
53 843
35  up I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
62 840
36  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
65 839
37  same Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
60 838
38  down Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
35 835
39  down RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
39 831
40  same Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
55 822
41  up Have a little dink
Ian Williams
73 818
42  down Big White Chiefs
david frankland
36 796
43  same jetty city
scott mcgow
37 786
44  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
26 785
45  same Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
36 776
46  same bazza 28 united
laura barrett
42 761
47  up DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
45 752
48  down Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
32 739
49  up Dj daz
darren frankland
47 733
50  up Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
70 731
51  down Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
29 729
52  down Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
34 709
53  down Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
34 705

 

Joey Bosa lead the way this week with an impressive-for-the-post-Christmas-fixtures type score of 96 points. They almost produced a full house, and were potentially on for the highest weekly score of the season until Jose Fonte and Jan Vertonghen let the side down. They managed only a solitary point between them in the final fixture of the gameweek. Still, 96 points is enough to see Joey climb eight places into the top 20.

They, and most other managers with him in their squad, went with possibly the most obvious captain choice of the season. Zlatan didn’t disappoint, adding 30 points with the armband. That captain choice appeared to be the difference between those managers scoring up in the 60s and 70s and those struggling in the 30s and 40s.

Neither of our leading pair made that choice and the gap at the top has been closed as a result. The Craggy Islanders and Yeboah’s Right Foot managed only 52 and 44 respectively. Every other team in the top 15 outscored them both. Aquamar in particular, with 86 points, hauled Yeboah’s back to within one point. Aquamar have also put themselves in contention for the December manager of the month, along with Cooksters, who race to the top of the monthly pile, last years champs, FC Caligula, and one or two others bubbling under…

up Cooksters
Peter Cook
69 326
down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
52 325
up Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
86 325
up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
72 317
down Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
44 315
up Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
75 312
down INIT FC
Mustafa khan
68 310
up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
81 304
up greenyteamy
adam greenwood
77 302

 

Player of the week – Dele Alli – 15 points. Just as managers were beginning to drop him, he gets 26 points in two weeks.

Bargain of the week – Joel Robles – 12 points. A goalie assist.

Donkey of the week – Nathan Redmond – -2 points. Harshly sent off.

Goal of the week – Pedro. Mkhitaryan’s was offside.

 

Gameweek 15 results

December 11, 2016

up Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
99 855
down The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
51 849
same Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
52 823
down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
32 819
same Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
46 813
up Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
49 811
down When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
45 809
down 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
36 805
down Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
36 802
10  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
54 796
11  up Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
47 788
12  down Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
40 783
13  same 30:19
Darren Lavelle
41 781
14  up greenyteamy
adam greenwood
70 779
15  up To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
57 773
16  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
49 767
17  down Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
45 766
18  down Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
32 762
19  up Cooksters
Peter Cook
63 760
20  up Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
51 756
21  down Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
41 756
22  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
54 755
23  down nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
39 750
24  down Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
44 745
25  up Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
72 743
26  down RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
44 739
27  up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
68 735
28  same Ciderheads
Darren Pope
49 727
29  down Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
45 725
30  up FTM
Stu Smith
61 724
31  down Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
41 721
32  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
49 714
33  same Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
42 711
34  up Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
45 705
35  down RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
34 703
36  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
57 696
37  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
44 693
38  up I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
45 683
39  down Have a little dink
Ian Williams
35 680
40  up Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
52 678
41  down Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
29 677
42  down jetty city
scott mcgow
46 677
43  up Big White Chiefs
david frankland
54 672
44  same Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
43 669
45  down Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
21 648
46  same Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
52 642
47  up bazza 28 united
laura barrett
53 624
48  down Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
37 621
49  same DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
38 608
50  up Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
62 605
51  same Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
55 598
52  down Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
40 582
53  same Dj daz
darren frankland
57 572

 

It’s been an eventful week full of goals, particularly on Saturday, where eight of the twelve teams playing scored at least three times. Yet the average score was a very average sounding 46, and most of us hovered in and around that total come Sunday evening. Everyone in the world, no doubt, kept Alexis Sanchez as captain. A lone assist from the Arsenal striker got you 10 points, and not much more was offered from his elite player contemporaries. You had to go way out on a limb for big captain points this weekend. Either that, or be Yeboah’s Right Foot.

An amazing 99 points came courtesy of a team where all the stars aligned and every player but Etienne Capoue scored more than just their basic appearance points. Most notably, Wilfried Zaha, who apart from Sanchez, has the best stats in the game at the moment. Yeboah’s have persevered with Zaha from week one. It must have been tempting to boot out the Palace winger early doors, but in the last six weeks he’s scored 51 of his 72 points. It’s gone largely unnoticed by everyone that Palace have started scoring goals. In their latest goalfest Zaha picked up a season’s best 16 points. Yeboah’s finished with the 273rd best score in the world this weekend, flying to the top of Buckets and taking a clear lead in the race for December manager of the month.

 

Player of the week – Jamie Vardy – 17 points. A hat trick tearing Man City apart reminiscent of last season.

Bargain of the week – Wilfried Zaha – 16 points. Still on £5.5 million – expect that to rise.

Donkey of the week – Bacary Sagna – 0 points. Another depressing week for the Manchester City defence. Utterly useless fantasy fodder.

Goal of the week – Jeff Hendrick. First serious goal of the season contender.

 

 

%d bloggers like this: