Gameweek 34 results

  same Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
74 1985
up When Harry met Alli
Trevor Gordon
68 1912
up The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
77 1911
down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
41 1887
same RICO UNITED
JASON REACHER
51 1869
same Hedgehog Corpse FC
Nick Smith
53 1868
up Uriah Rennie 2nd XI
Neil Greenwood
68 1848
up FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
57 1837
up Edgbaston
Micheal Dinneen
72 1834
10  down Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
39 1825
11  up Atlético Chappers
Richard Chapman
68 1822
12  up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
87 1811
13  up Neil Madrid
Neil Strong
65 1810
14  down Joey Bosa
Paul Bentz
31 1809
15  down Upper Bullens
Andy Taylor
51 1803
16  same Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
54 1802
17  up Cooksters
Peter Cook
73 1800
18  down To Elland Back
Alan Hardy
37 1791
19  up Rip Roaring Reds
Sean Whyton
76 1790
20  down 4 Fuchs Ake
Jason Earwicker
55 1785
21  down Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
55 1782
22  up Shoelace Untied
Caroline Strong
82 1770
23  down Your Ad Here
Matthew Hopkins
51 1767
24  up Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
86 1765
25  down QUEEN OF THE NORTH
DORINE REACHER
42 1759
26  up greenyteamy
adam greenwood
59 1737
27  down Jarvis FC
Matt Jarvis
53 1734
28  up nO fucHs given
Paul Callaghan
56 1730
29  down Jeff Lamp’s Porsche
David Spinks
42 1728
30  down romeoshondavan
Rob Hewer
51 1722
31  same Have a little dink
Ian Williams
51 1720
32  up jetty city
scott mcgow
54 1684
33  down Release The Hounds
Paul Mitchell
41 1675
34  same 30:19
Darren Lavelle
40 1667
35  same RG XV
Ryan Garoghan
44 1657
36  same I am not Zlatan
Colin Goulding
41 1640
37  same Golden Boys
Stephanie Cripps
32 1630
38  up Ciderheads
Darren Pope
62 1627
39  down Pudding And Pie
John Seacroft
42 1614
40  same FTM
Stu Smith
68 1610
41  same Crazy Legs XI
David Caldicott
65 1596
42  up Real Jorvik
Simon Brown
86 1581
43  down Pepe Le Blue
DEAN CRIPPS
48 1561
44  up Dj daz
darren frankland
78 1559
45  down Bakerlona
Stuart Baker
44 1556
46  same Big White Chiefs
david frankland
76 1534
47  same Bermie Utd
Glen Davies
39 1483
48  up Bish Bosh Goal
Simon Purnell
73 1481
49  down bazza 28 united
laura barrett
55 1480
50  down Pretty Schitty City
Alex Michaluk
56 1477
51  up Jarv88
Paul Jarvis
47 1400
52  down Racing Club Skegness
Andrew Swift
41 1398
53  same DJ’s Trail Blazers
Danian Jones
51 1394

 

Real Jorvik win the double gameweek with 86 points. They shared that score with Hucking Fell, but scored five goals to HF’s three and claim the weekly accolade. It was a double gameweek that could have delivered more. Jorvik only had two players that played twice and they only contributed 18 points. Jorvik’s best player was an elite single gameweeker. Diego Costa was handed the armband and had his best scoring week of the season amassing 16 points – 32 as captain.

In truth not all that many of us went double gameweek crazy. The managers who went for it scored in the 60’s and 70’s, but knowing an 80 point score was possible with only two double gameweekers makes you wonder whether it was worth it. Hucking Fell played four double gameweekers with a return of 53 points. They captained Beneteke, and had De Gea in goal. The United keeper returned the best of the double gameweek scores. The United defence boosted a lot of totals with their 0-0 Manc derby result. Daley Blind, Eric Bailly and Matteo Darmian all had double clean sheets. Frustratingly, Antonio Valencia, the most picked United defender, only played in one game. Watch out for Jose moaning about rotation for the next few weeks. As attractive a player Valencia is, he seems to be the one the United manager is more likely to rotate out of games.

There was a lot of investment in the Boro defence, a move which looked doomed for failure after 20 minutes against Bournemouth. At that point they were 2-0 down and a man down. They redeemed themselves against Sunderland with a 1-0 victory. And Christian Benteke was the main Palace scorer. Two goals against Liverpool helped boost the scores of those that had opted for him as captain.

The whole week was sent into a spin before it had even begun with Ibrahimovic’s injury. That forced a few managers into last minute hit taking transfers. He’s out for the season now. Marcos Rojo picked up a similar season ending injury in their Europa tie, so maybe Jose’s moans are justified. Aquamar were forced into five transfers because of the injuries, taking a 16 pint hit. They brought Rojo in only to have to transfer him out immediately. The gameweek worked out OK for them. Their overall lead was reduced by a measly 5 points as their double gameweekers contributed a useful 53 points towards their final 74 point total.

 

Player of the week – David De Gea – 17 points. Double gameweek goalie coming out on top.

Bargain of the week – Marc Pugh – 16 points. Single gameweek midfielder runs him close.

Donkey of the week – Oumar Niasse – -2 points. Unlucky – this card has now been rescinded.

Goal of the week – Diego Costa. Team goal alert.

 

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Gameweek 34 preview

Bournemouth 15:00 Middlesbrough
Hull 15:00 Watford
Swansea 15:00 Stoke
West Ham 15:00 Everton
Burnley 14:15 Man Utd
Liverpool 16:30 Crystal Palace
Chelsea 19:45 Southampton
Arsenal 19:45 Leicester
Middlesbrough 19:45 Sunderland
Crystal Palace 20:00 Spurs
Man City 20:00 Man Utd

It just doesn’t seem right not handing the captaincy to a player in a team playing twice during a double gameweek. That is unless it’s the worst double gameweek of all time. This one.

Palace are virtually safe and have two fixtures against much better teams with much more to play for. Spurs are taking teams apart at the moment. Two consecutive 4-0 victories could quite easily become three by 10pm on Wednesday. Christian Benteke is one of the most infuriating and belligerent FPL strikers of all time. Despite being in double figures for goals, he’s nowhere on the bonus table. Part of the skill of picking up bonuses is being able to pass and dribble – Benteke knows how to do neither. In Novemeber he went on a three week spree accumulating 28 points. It took him 15 more gameweeks to score the same total.

Middlesbrough can’t score. Don’t score. Probably won’t score. Even against Sunderland. They’ve only won four games. Their last victory was in December. Although they do like a 0-0. So bringing in a couple of Boro defenders could be worthwhile. No, not really – next week they play Manchester City. The week after its Chelsea. Don’t lumber yourself with Middlesbrough defenders.

Manchester United – surely rich pickings there for a double gameweek. Not necessarily. Progressing in the Europa League after extra time is the second worst thing that could have happened. The worst being the likely season ending injury to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who had made his way into many teams already ahead of this week. Even if neither of those things had happened, it’s likely their star man would have only played one game. United are rotating wildly at the moment, and will have to again. Who knows who could take the field against Burnley.

So you might as well pick Harry Kane or Romelu Lukaku. Or Phil Jagielka. This could be one of those double gameweeks in which a single gameweeker records the highest score. It’s a dilemma. I imagine most managers will have taken a look at the GW37 double gameweek and decided that was the one to wildcard for, so it’ll be interesting to see how many of us have actually been bothered to indulge this week’s fixtures.

Gameweek 19 preview

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

Nobody knows what day it is but this is essentially a normal weekend of matches, although it does start with one of those one off Friday evening affairs. The rest of the weekend sees seven matches on Saturday, followed by the first two matches of 2017 on Sunday afternoon. It’s also the half way stage and the final round of games to determine the December manager of the month. We also get access to our second wildcard after this round of games, so if you haven’t played your first one, now’s the time.

Chelsea look certainties to record their 13th straight victory, and don’t be surprised if it comes with another clean sheet. The shut out is so inevitable that there’s even a case for implementing a three defender combo. It pretty much guarantees you at least 18 points at the moment. And why not hand the armband to one of them? We shouldn’t forget Thibaut Courtois, who at £5.8 million comes in a good half a million cheaper than his defender colleagues. The drawback being he’s not having very many saves to make and so bonuses are at an absolute minimum.

Three Chelsea defenders releases cash you may have invested in Costa or Hazard to spend on other striking options. Zlatan looks good for more goals at home against Middlesbrough and a certain Argentinian comes back into contention across town. Aguero’s price has dropped to £12.8 million. In his absence, City have managed to record three straight victories and have even managed two clean sheets in that run. He’ll undoubtedly regain his place, but it’ll still be a squeeze to fit him in, particularly if you’ve retained Diego Costa and invested in Zlatan in the mean time. Although, if you have that wildcard, then why not give it a go?

Gameweek 18 results

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 18 preview

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

It’s the Boxing Day fixtures. Or at least eight of them are. We’ve 30 games taking place over a 10 day period encompassing three gameweeks. The only day between the 26th December and 4th January without a Premier League game is the 29th December.

Two of those three gameweeks will complete December. The current manager of the month table looks like this…

same The Craggy Islanders
Adrian Roche
53 273
same Yeboah’s Right Foot
Paul Murray
64 271
up Cooksters
Peter Cook
59 257
up Aquamar 15
Noel Driver
56 247
down FC Caligula
Ajay Supeda
44 245
up INIT FC
Mustafa khan
50 242
down Kebab Eaters Utd
Paul Howard
42 237
up Go Buffoons Go
Jitesh Lakhani
55 237
up Hucking Fell
P Hawkins
63 233
10  down Biscuitmen
Chris Morton
39 233
11  up Dj daz
darren frankland
73 233

 

Not all that different from the actual league table with our top two seemingly fighting it out for the £60 prize. Might be even worth playing a chip. An Ibrahimovic hat trick against Sunderland on a triple captain could bring someone into contention.

He’s the man most likely, particularly this weekend with Diego Costa suspended. He fell way off the radar following a five week run up to gameweek 11 where he didn’t register a single goal or assist and picked up two bookings. He was dropping out of teams at an average rate of 200,000 a week in the worldwide game. And when Aguero picked up his suspension only 73,000 took the punt on bringing him back in. That’s 73,000 in comparison to 317,000 opting for Harry Kane. Ibrahimovic has outscored Kane 25-6 in that time. That’s potentially a 40+ point swing if you factor in captain picks.

And now that Costa is out for a game, is it worth considering bringing him in to replace the Chelsea man? Well, it depends when and for how much you bought Costa. Those who have had him since the early days might not fancy the hit. It’s only a week and given Costa’s form, dispensing of his services might not be worth it in the long run. I doubt even the most disciplined of managers would be able to simply kick Costa out for a week and then instantly replace him once the ban is over. What if Ibrahimovic scores that hat trick?

There may be another way. Those 317,00 cursing Harry Kane’s sudden dip in form have a ready made way in. Kane should have filled his boots at home to Burnley and Hull. Four points from those two games isn’t good enough. Also note that United’s fixtures up to FA Cup week are also much more favourable.

Merry Christmarse.