Week 25 to 29 (Yep, Multiple Updates)

My word, how time flies.

A quick explanation, for those who don’t know how this works, you have a team made up real players with a value limit, so you can’t have a team just made up of the “best” players and you are limited to 3 from a single team, so you can’t have just Chelsea players.  You get 1 free transfer per week, which you can carry forwards, but you can’t have more than 2 free transfers in a given week; each transfer in excess of your free allowance costs you 4 points in that week. You get 2 Wildcards, 1 in each half of the season, which allows you to make as many transfers as you like, without penalty, in the week in which you play it.

OK, let’s get on with it, then.

Week 25

A spectacular exit, due to transfers costing 12 points – just 1 fewer transfer would have been enough to save Mrs Dell.  The details, then:

Average Score: 48.27 (15 participants) – overall competition average 47

Highest Score: 78 – overall competition high score 121
Lowest Surviving Score: 27

Eliminated this week:

26 Mrs Dell’s Bloomers (Mrs Dell)
Key Selections:
Transfers
Gameweek Rank: 3,409,072

Safe this week:

27 Ratford Utd (Ian Hayter)

Top scorer this week with 78 points : When Ken’s Fishing (Ian Poole).
Key Selections:
Sanchez : Arsenal Captain 15=30
Mawson : Swansea 15
Gameweek Rank: 20,349

Remaining Teams – 14.

Week 26

The weekend of the League Cup Final, so no match for Arsenal, Man City, Man Utd or Southampton.

The details, then:

Average Score: 60 (14 participants) – overall competition average 45

Highest Score: 108 – overall competition high score 137
Lowest Surviving Score: 40

Eliminated this week:

37 The Hornet Boys (John Harvey)
Key Selections:
De Gea Vice Captain, Ibrahimovic Captain, Rashford : Man Utd
Sanchez : Arsenal – none of whom had a match.
Gameweek Rank: 2,802,606

Safe this week:

40 Horns of a Dilemma (Adam Isaacs)

Top scorer this week with 108 points : Dublin Over (Mark Carpenter).
Key Selections:
Kane : Spurs Triple Captain 20=60
Coleman : Everton 12
Gameweek Rank: 1,470

Remaining Teams – 13

Week 27

The week of Man Utd v Bournemouth, and 2 matches for Man City and Stoke City.

The details, then:

Average Score: 59.92 (13 participants) – overall competition average 50

Highest Score: 79 – overall competition high score 137
Lowest Surviving Score: 39

Eliminated this week:

32 All Gone Pozzo (Stuart Brant)
Key Selections:
Ibrahimovic : Man Utd -1
Gameweek Rank: 3,517,259

Safe this week:

39 Horns of a Dilemma (Adam Isaacs) – again.

Top scorer this week with 79 points : When Ken’s Fishing (Ian Poole).
Key Selections:
Grant : Stoke 13
Aguero : Man City Triple Captain 9=27
Gameweek Rank: 135,816

Remaining Teams – 12

Week 28

Cup week, resulting in only 4 matches.

The details, then:

Average Score: 28.42 (12 participants) – overall competition average 19

Highest Score: 56 – overall competition high score 115
Lowest Surviving Score: 6

Eliminated this week:

3 No Fear Cavaliers (Matt Rowson)
Key Selections:
Only 2 selections played and scored
Gameweek Rank: 3,903,521

Safe this week:

6 A game of two thirds (Jon Gowshall)

Top scorer this week with 56 points : gloryhornetboys (Mike James).
Key Selections:
King : Bournemouth 18
Lukaku : Everton 12
Gameweek Rank: 59,879

Remaining Teams – 11

Week 29

A dismal afternoon at Selhurst Park, a double for Lukaku and Jamie Vardy appears to be back.

The details, then:

Average Score: 64.55 (11 participants) – overall competition average 47

Highest Score: 93 – overall competition high score 127
Lowest Surviving Score: 49

Eliminated this week:

46 Glory Hornet Boys (Simon Peat)
Key Selections:
Hazard : Chelsea Captain didn’t play
Deeney : Watford 0
Dawson : WBA 17 (but on the bench)
Gameweek Rank: 2,118,051

Safe this week:

49 A game of two thirds (Jon Gowshall) – again.

Top scorer this week with 93 points : Forza Watford (Tom Guzik).
Key Selections:
Lukaku : Everton Captain 16=32
Pickford : Sunderland 10
Gameweek Rank: 6,694

Remaining Teams – 10

So, we’re down to the last 10, once we’re through the international break.

The spreadsheet is here:

WML_LMS

Week 24 – Termination

Sorry this is a bit late but … stuff.

And we lose a real WML big-hitter, with a new record high score for the eliminated team. A pretty high scoring week too so, to continue the now established theme, all you need is one team to have a worse week than you, but if they don’t.

So,it’s goodbye to Germination this week, with a fine score of 44 points, which was 3 behind the next worst and just about half the highest score of the remaining 16.

The details, then:

Week 24

Average Score: 59.63 (16 participants) – overall competition average 57
Highest Score: 87 – overall competition high score 146
Lowest Surviving Score: 47

Eliminated this week:

44 Germination (Martin Ingoe)

Safe this week:

47 Off to Okavanga (Derek Fabb) and The Hornet Boys (John Harvey)
Everyone else scored 50 or above.

Top scorer this week with 87 points : All Gone Pozzo (Stuart Brant).

Remaining Teams – 15.

So what happened? Well, this was Martin’s team:
GK
De Gea (Man Utd) : 5 points
Def
Azpilicueta (Chelsea)  : 2
Yoshida (Southampton) : 1
McAuley (WBA) : 7
Stones (Man City) : 3
Mid
Eriksen (Spurs) : 3
Alli (Spurs) Captain : 3=6
Sanchez (Arsenal) : 2
Fwd
Llorente (Swansea) : 1
Costa (Chelsea) : 8
Ibrahimovic (Man Utd) : 6

Making Costa Captain instead would have scored enough to be safe.
Bench
GK Jakupovic (Hull City) : 8
Def Koscielny (Arsenal) : 0
Mid Carroll (Swansea) : 2
Mid Hojbjerg (Southampton) : 0

Gameweek Position : 2,940,426

Moving on

This was Stuart’s team:
GK
Heaton (Burnley) : 2 points
Def
McAuley (WBA)  : 7
Coleman (Everton)  : 4
Walker (Spurs) : 8
Alonso (Chelsea) : 8
Mid
Eriksen (Spurs) : 3
Sanchez (Arsenal) : 2
Alli (Spurs) : 3
Lallana (Liverpool) : 2
Fwd
Lukaku (Everton) Captain (!!!) : 21=42 (And you thought picking Alonso was good call)
Ibrahimovic (Man Utd) : 6
Bench
GK Pickford (Sunderland) : 0
Def Daniels (Bournemouth) : 0
Mid Stanislas (Bournemouth) : 0
Fwd Anichebe (Sunderland) : 0

Gameweek Position : 89,873 – well done, Stuart.

And my score this week? A solid, if unspectacular, 51 points.

Here’s the link to the sheet:

wml_lms

Week 23 – Well, if you’re going to crash and burn …

This was the opening sentence of last week’s update:
The secret of this competition appears to be just hoping that there’s one team who performed worse that yours did.
And this week saw most of our 17 survivors test that to the full – only for them all to be saved by the most spectacular elimination we’ve seen so far.

To be fair it was a really low scoring week – I naturally look at my own performance first (often in horror) but then I look at the overall average score, which gives a feel for how the scores will look for this competition.  This week, it was 35 which is very low and the first score I looked (that of the overall WML leader) I saw a score of 29 – a score which would have seen him eliminated every week since week 13.  Aha! This could be fun.

Those of you taking an interest in this thing will (may) have spotted that I have started to colour code scores when players have made extra transfers over and been charged for it  – yellow for 4 points, orange for 8, red for 12; I stopped there because, well, nobody would do more than that would they?

Step forward, Paul Moston, and make yourself known.  Paul made 8 transfers this week, at a cost of 28 points.  You read that correctly – 8 for 28 points.  That reduced a joint second highest weekly score of 48 to a dead last score of 20.  Even then, he could’ve saved himself if only he’d made 1 of 2 different captain.

What makes it even worse is that as of today (now the transfer window is shut) we all get another wildcard so you could make 8 transfers today … for free. Spectacular.  Of course it could be that it was all the new players that did the scoring and without those transfers his score would’ve been even worse, but I can’t see your transfer history and I need a narrative each week so there we are.

The rest of you can just be grateful that it happened this week.

The details, then:

Week 23

Average Score: 34.29 (17 participants) – overall competition average 35
Highest Score: 50 – overall competition high score 94
Lowest Surviving Score: 25

Eliminated this week:

20 Wonderstuff 2016-17 (Paul Moston)

Thanking Paul this week:

25 Glory Hornet Boys (Simon Peat)

Close calls for:
27 gloryhornetboys (Mike James)
29 Horns of a Dilemma (Adam Isaacs) – the WML league leader
Only 4 teams scored 40 or above.

Top scorer this week with 50 points : Chiringuito Allstars (Gareth Reynolds).

Remaining Teams 16.

So what happened? Well, this was Paul’s team, although they actually scored 48 points, the second highest:
GK
De Gea (Man Utd) : 6 points
Def
Cahill (Chelsea)  : 2
Brunt (WBA) : 2
Shawcross (Stoke) : 0
Koscielny (Arsenal) : 1
Mid
Schneiderlin (Everton) : 2
Alli (Spurs) : 3
Iwobi (Arsenal) : 9
Sanchez (Arsenal) Triple Captain : 4=12
Fwd
Kane (Spurs) : 2
Crouch (Stoke) : 9

Making either Iwobi or Crouch Triple Captain instead would have scored enough to be safe. Hindsight, eh?
Bench
GK Robinson (Burnley) : 0
Def Fonte (West Ham) : 0
Mid Snodgrass (West Ham) : 1
Fwd Carroll (West Ham) : 1

Gameweek Position : 324,243

Moving on

This was Garteh’s team:
GK
De Gea (Man Utd) : 6 points
Def
Coleman (Everton)  : 5
Azpilicueta (Chelsea) : 2
Stones (Man City) : 6
Mid
Capoue (Watford) : 5
Sanchez (Arsenal) Captain : 4=8
Alli (Spurs) : 3
Lallana (Liverpool) : 2
Fwd
Rondon (WBA) : 2
Kane (Spurs) : 2
Deeney (Watford) : 9
Bench
GK Pickford (Sunderland) : 0
Def Britos (Watford) : 2
Def Clyne (Liverpool) : 2
Mid Fletcher (WBA) : 5

Gameweek Position : 209,547

And my score this week? 24 points. Just call me Arsene.

Here’s the link to the sheet:

wml_lms

Week 22 – As long as there’s always one.

The secret of this competition appears to be just hoping that there’s one team who performed worse that yours did.  Rather like we are looking at the real life table at present.
Last week, that team was (un)comfortably less successful and this week is much the same.  Pleasingly, though, (well it pleases me), our top performer this week had been the one hoping in each of the last 2 weeks, in fact this week’s score was slightly less than the previous 2 weeks’ score added together.

This week’s details, then:

Week 22

Average Score: 56.44 (18 participants) – overall competition average 46
Highest Score: 75 – overall competition high score 116
Lowest Surviving Score: 45

Eliminated this week:

35 No Hopers (Richard Lake)

Surviving this week:

45 The Hornet Boys (John Harvey)
One other score below 50.

Top scorer this week with 75 points : Off to Okavanga (Derek Fabb).

Remaining Teams 17.

So what happened? Well, this was Richard’s team:
GK
De Gea (Man Utd) : 2 points
Def
Rose (Spurs)  : 1
Alderweireld (Spurs) : 1
Morgan (Leicester) : 0
Mid
Hazard (Chelsea) : 3
Capoue (Watford) : 2
Barry (Everton) : 1
De Bruyne : 13 – Adter everything I said last week.
3 of the 4 were also in last week’s eliminated midfield – just saying.
Fwd
Rondon (WBA) : 2 – automatically subbed in.
Ibrahimovic (Man Utd) Captain : 2=4 – also in last week’s eliminated team.
Costa (Chelsea) : 6
2 of those 3 were also in last week’s eliminated team.
Bench
GK Valdes (Middlesbrough) : 1
Def Fonte (West Ham – now) : 0 – selected but automatically subbed out
Def Collins (West Ham) : 0
Mid Maloney (Hull City) : 0

Gameweek Position : 3,387,431

Moving on

This was Derek’s team:
GK
Gomes (Watford) : 2 points
Def
Cahill (Chelsea)  : 15
van Dijk (Southampton) : 1
Gibson (Middlesbrough) : 0 – automatically subbed in
Brunt (WBA) : 13
Mid
Capoue (Watford) : 2
Sanchez (Arsenal) Captain : 8=16 – Midfielder
Sigurdsson (Swansea) : 7
Fwd
Kane (Spurs) : 5
Costa (Chelsea) : 6
Gray (Burnley) : 8
Bench
GK Grant (Stoke) : 1
Def Ake (Chelsea) : 0 – selected but automatically subbed out
Mid Can (Liverpool) : 2
Mid Snodgrass (Hull City, for now) : 0

Gameweek Position : 70,348

Not often I get to say this, but 84 points this week.  Cahill, Brunt, Koscielny and Firmino – easy, this game.

Here’s the link to the sheet:

wml_lms

Week 21 – Silk Purse, Sow’s Ear?

Sometimes you get clear leaders – Watford in 1977/8, Desert Orchid – and you can say, “they are so far ahead they are out of sight.”
This week, unfortunately, we have a team whose points score could be described similarly, provided you substitute the word “ahead” with the word “behind”.

This week’s details, then:

Week 21

Average Score: 67.11 (19 participants) – overall competition average 56
Highest Score: 95 – overall competition high score 145
Lowest Surviving Score: 48

Eliminated this week:

37 Game of Throwins (James Frankland)

Just (hah!) surviving this week:

48 Off To Okavanga (Derek Fabb) – again.
No one else scored  below 50.

Top scorer this week with 95 points : Forza Watford (Tom Guzik).

Remaining Teams 18.

So what happened? Well, this was James’s team:
GK
Bravo (Man City) : 0 points – Bravo indeed, but check the bench.
Def
Walker (Spurs)  : 11 – nothing wrong here
Adam Smith (Bournemouth) : 0 – Ah
McAuley (WBA) : -3 – Ouch. Peyreyra would have been pleased, though.
Mid
Alli (Spurs) : 6 – OK
Capoue (Watford) : 3 – Selected on the bench; Automatically subbed in
Barry (Everton) : 3 – OK
De Bruyne : 2 – Just a bad day for a normally reliable pick? Well, he has only scored more than 3 points twice since week 12 and the last time he managed double figures Hillary Clinton was a certainty.
Fwd
Ibrahimovic (Man Utd) Captain : 7 = 14 – another solid pick, so what can have gone wrong?
Deeney (Watford) : 1 – now selected by just 4.0% of teams, possibly all Watford fans (who probably don’t come to matches)
Costa (Chelsea) : 0 – yeah, that Costa

Bench
GK Pickford (Sunderland) : 0 – Not played for 3 games due to injury, so it had to be Bravo.
Mid Payet (West Ham) : 0 – selected but automatically subbed out because he was “on strike”
Def Cathcart (Watford) : 0 – matching his Watford position
Def Bradley Smith (Bournemouth) : 0 – has appeared 3 times this season for 80, 76 and 1 minute respectively and conceded 2 goals, 2 and 1. Still selected by 2.9% of teams, despite that.

The moral of the story? A sow’s ear of a squad is a sow’s ear – as Sam Allardyce and Paul Clement are probably beginning to realise.

And, for completeness, this was Tom’s team:
GK
Heaton (Burnley) : 10 points – They are good at home, you know.
Def
Alonso (Chelsea)  : 21 – Well, exactly.
Adam Smith (Bournemouth) : 0 – Just like James.
Prodl (Watford) : 6 – Against Middlesbrough – shoo-in.
Mid
Alli (Spurs) : 6 – Same as James
Sanchez (Arsenal) Captain : 11=22 – Why is he a midfielder? Really, though.
Allen (Stoke) : 2 – Doesn’t score that many points, actually.
Eriksen (Spurs) : 10 – his 6th double figure score in the last 9 weeks.  Too late, now, you probably can’t afford him.
Fwd
Ibrahimovic (Man Utd) : 7 – Same as James, but not captain
Giroud (Arsenal) : 5 – One of my regular picks, as it happens
Defoe (Sunderland) : 6 – Reliable scorer. I sold him 2 weeks ago, you know.

Bench
GK Pickford (Sunderland) : 0 – Not played for 3 games due to injury, so it may be a thing.
Mid Capoue (Watford) : 3 – same as James
Def Friend (Middlesbrough) : 6 – Tom’s one false step.  Any defender against us has got to be selected, surely?
Def Evans (WBA) : 0 – Injured, not that he would’ve been selected, not against Spurs.

So there you go.  Fill your squad with regular performers, make sure some of them have great days, pick one of those as Captain – you’re right, it’s all luck isn’t it?

Here’s the link to the sheet:

wml_lms

Week 20 – Past Performance Gives No Guarantee

This week, I had my 2nd ever email response to this little nonsense. The first one was a rather terse, “Where’s the bloody spreadsheet, then?” which was why I didn’t mention it at the time.
This week’s email queried my regular references to Page 1 and Page 2, pointing out that the workbook only has 1 sheet.  I had kind of assumed that my reader would be completely familiar with the workings of the official Fantasy Premier League website but apparently not. So, to be clear, when showing a league table (like the WML league, on which this competition is based) it splits the display at the 50th row, which will either be positions 1-50 or 1-49 plus your team if you are lower than 50th (which my team often is).  So, Page 1 is 1-50, Page 2 is (in our case) the rest.

Anyway, as it happens, this enquiry was from Fincham P, whose team of course were the top scorers last week – and whose team are, as if by divine decree, the lowest scorers this week. Hence the title of this update.  Oh, these things don’t write themselves, you know.

We take a little break now, for the excitement of the FA Cup – Burton Albion (who can’t buy a win) away to a Premier League powerhouse – what could possibly go wrong?

This week’s details, then:

Week 20

Average Score: 48.5 (20 participants) – overall competition average 49
Highest Score: 75 – overall competition high score 132
Lowest Surviving Score: 36

Eliminated this week:

32 UNHIPPYMAN (Pete Fincham)

Just (well, OK, then, comfortably) surviving this week:

36 Off To Okavanga (Derek Fabb)
37 Glory Hornet Boys (Simon Peat)

Top scorer this week with 75 points : When Ken’s Fishing (Ian Poole).

Remaining Teams 19.

Here’s the link to the sheet:

wml_lms

Week 19 – One False Step

Well, that was close. I do these updates by going from top place in the main league for as far as I need to, with the result that Germination has been first score recorded every week – until this morning when I find that a mere 39 points this week has dropped them all the way to 3rd.  And those 39 points was the lowest score until I got down to 21st – quite had me going, for a while.

Following Pete Fincham’s sensational week, we have only 2 teams still surviving from the nether regions of page 2 of the full list – no names, no pack drill.

Personally, I almost didn’t get my team changes recorded in time today – hope you remembered.

This week’s details, then:

Week 19

Average Score: 48.19 (21 participants) – overall competition average 45
Highest Score: 69 – overall competition high score 120
Lowest Surviving Score: 33

Eliminated this week:

30 Jaspers Jets (Debs Vincent)

Just surviving this week:

33 Chringuito Allstars (Gareth Reynolds)
34 The Hornet Boys (John Harvey)

Top scorer this week with 69 points : UNHIPPYMAN (Mr Peter Fincham) – finds him back on page 1.

Remaining Teams 20 – from here on just the bottom score will be eliminated.

Here’s the link to the sheet:

wml_lms

Week 18 – Now it gets serious.

A bit of a snatched update between the final match of the week and our next bit of post-Christmas socialising, so there’ll be no great insights offered this time (this time?).
As promised this was the final week that saw the bottom 3 scores eliminated and, with such a high scoring week, it was no surprise to see all the eliminated teams scoring in the high 30s.

This week’s details, then:

Week 18

Average Score: 54.63 (24 participants) – overall competition average 54
Highest Score: 77 – overall competition high score 124
Lowest Surviving Score: 40

Eliminated this week:

37 Happy Hornets (Nick Garvey)
38 Bowzers Ballers (Stuart Bower)
39 Colchester Hornets (Brad Flack)

Just surviving this week:

40 Wonderstuff 2016-17 (Paul Moston)
41 Off to Okavanga (Derek Fabb)

Top scorer this week with 77 points : Game of Throwins (James Frankland) – for the second week in a row!

Remaining Teams 21 – from here on just the bottom score will be eliminated.

Here’s the link to the sheet.  This week’s enhancement is to show just how close each team has been to elimination so far.  Every team has, at some point, survived by 5 or fewer points with the exception of Ratford United whose survival by 6 this week was their closest so far.

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Week 17 – Make That 2 Musketeers

So, it’s taken 17 weeks, but it’s finally happened – one of the 3 Glory Hornet Boys teams has bitten the dust.
And this week we had the lowest safety margin for the week’s top teams (just 25 points) along with the highest eliminated score (37) since that freak week 5, when we lost 8 teams and 2 of them had scored 40.

As I mention at the bottom, next week will be the final week that sees the bottom 3 scores eliminated – from the New Year, just the bottom score will go.

This week’s details, then:

Week 17

Average Score: 48.11 (27 participants) – overall competition average 47
Highest Score: 62 – overall competition high score 114
Lowest Surviving Score: 37

Eliminated this week:

34 AC Goat (Andrew Templeman) – lost 4 points due to transfers which, as it happened, saved 2 others.
36 GloryHornetBoys (Glyn Francies)
37 TBC (Iain Sears)

Saved only by the 4 points charged to AC Goat:

38 Colchester Hornets (Brad Flack), Mrs Dells Bloomers (Mrs Dell)

Top scorer this week with 62 points : Game of Throwins (James Frankland), No Hopers (Richard Lake).

Remaining Teams 24 – next week (Boxing Day) will be the last time I drop the bottom 3.

Happy Christmas to my reader.  Hope your team is still in it, and I hope you keep checking even after you’ve gone.

Here’s the link to the sheet:

wml_lms

Week 16 – Midweek Carnage

Well, then.  Just 33 teams left in and we get a full midweek program and the result is no disastrous scores, but an awful lot of low scores, a high score way out of line with everyone else and 6 (six!) teams eliminated.
Interestingly (oh, come on) after last week’s transfer fest only 2 teams made charged transfers and even then it was only 4 points each – perhaps some of you forgot?
With no disasters being recorded, this was a very dangerous week with not even 34 points being enough and we’re all back on the horse in 2 days.  And the players think this a tough time?

The details, then:

Week 16

Average Score: 46.67 (33 participants) – overall competition average 48
Highest Score: 81 – overall competition high score 154 (are these real?)
Lowest Surviving Score: 36

Eliminated this week:

30 Abdi Memorial XI (Nick Chainey) – the lowest placed of this week’s participants.
30 Hail, Gus Caesar (Jamie Parkins)
33 Jezza’s Jewels (Jeremy Davis)

33 Namibian Troy Story (Rory Osullivan)
34 Horse & Jockey FC (Richard Taylor)
34 What Ford? (Graeme Ford)

And relax:

36 Happy Hornets (Nick Garvey)

Top scorer this week with 81 points : The Hornet Boys (John Harvey) – 11 points each from Walker, Williams, Fabregas and Ibrahimovic, with Ibra as captain (and Williams as an automatic substituion).

Remaining Teams 27 – so almost a quarter of the remaining field go in 72 hours).  I’ll now expect to start dropping just the lowest score from Week 19.

Here’s the link to the sheet – note that from now I mark the cost of transfers and where the highest, and lowest placed survivor are in the main league :

wml_lms