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Scout Notes – Gameweek Twenty Nine – Monday

Steve Kean’s Blackburn made it three wins in the last four to haul themselves out of the relegation mire. Once again it was the talents of Junior Hoilett and Yakubu that came good – providing further evidence of Blackburn’s firepower which seems set to preserve their Premier League status. Here’s the notes on last night’s Ewood encounter…

Morten Gamst-Pedersen
Playing alongside Steve N’Zonzi in a central midfield role, the Norwegian was a hugely influential force and produced the assist for Yakubu’s vital second goal. Gamst-Pedersen has now provided two goals and five assists in his last twelve league starts – a burst of form that has helped maintain a supply line to both Yakubu and Junior Hoilett.

Yakubu
Suspended for Gameweeks 22-24, the Nigerian’s returns had slowed of late. Last night’s goal was only his second in five games – a spell which has seen other low-to-mid price assets such as Fulham’s Pavel Pogrebnyak rise in popularity. At 5.9 in the Fantasy Premier League game, Yakubu still offers value and has proven himself fixture proof enough to ensure that he can be considered, even despite Blackburn’s tough short-term schedule (bol MUN wba LIV swa).

Junior Hoilett
With a 5.5 price tag, Hoilett is the alternative to Yakubu as a Rovers attacking option. Whilst he’s spent much of the season in a wide role, a position that has appeared to hamper his Fantasy returns, Kean’s decision to bring Hoilett in-field in a direct support role to Yakubu appears to afforded the Canadian a greater involvement. His smart volley for the Rovers opener was his sixth of the campaign and, significantly, his third goal in two games. While Yakubu has the benefit of spot-kicks in his locker, Hoilett’s influence on Blackburn’s overall play is greater and, if he can maintain his newfound levels of goal threat, he could yet justify a punt as a third striker options.

Sunderland’s slipping form
The honeymoon period appears to be over for Martin O’Neill. While the results were dropping in, statistically the Black Cats were always producing few efforts on goal. That doubt has come to the fore in recent matches, with Stephane Sessegnon’s absence robbing them of a creative spark. Last night, O’Neill’s side mustered just three goal attempts – they have scored just four goals in their last six league games. Sessegnon’s return from suspension can’t come quick enough but there will be concern that, even with his presence, O’Neill’s side are struggling for a cutting edge. Sessegnon will be reinstalled for the visit of QPR at the weekend with O’Neill likely to drop Frazier Campbell back to the bench. Meanwhile, James McClean has now failed to notch a Fantasy return in his last four matches. Although he provided a strong supply of crosses last night, with other budget options flourishing, the left winger’s stock is now in decline. Sunderland badly need to find a higher gear against the R’s.

Mark Mark created the beast. He's now looking to tame it.”

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  1. SMOOTH
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 years, 7 months ago

    4pt hit to bring in suarez for ba this week? just for this week then im bringing in ade.

    chasing a lead so would love the differential vs wigan. what do you guys think?

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    1. Hello. Yes, This is Dog
      5 years, 7 months ago

      for a hit, no. Ba away at west brom isn't exactly a tough fixture to go into with +4 points.

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      1. SMOOTH
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 years, 7 months ago

        i realize thats the safe option, but im chasing a lead and everyone at the top of my league has ba. if suarez scores big then i gain a great deal of points..

        nor at home was also not exactly a tough fixture. maybe the bawagon is over?

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        1. Lawrø - KenYaYa ⭐
          5 years, 7 months ago

          I'm a Liverpool fan, and at the most I'd say he can get 1 goal, 1 assist and that's with being unbelievably bias toward Liverpool players :L, I'm sticking with Ba this gameweek, I'm probably wrong (because I always am) but Suarez will be a Fantasy Football flop :/

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        2. Hello. Yes, This is Dog
          5 years, 7 months ago

          im giving Ba one week only then he's out for sure. Suarez is maybe worth a punt if you like but he hasn't scored 2 in a game all season. when you add -4 into the equation from the start it makes it a bigger risk, and if Ba gets any points even more so. Depends how suarez goes tonight..

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          1. SMOOTH
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            5 years, 7 months ago

            so if suarez scores today @ QPR and since ba didnt score home to NOR. can i take that as a sign to bring in suarez?

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            1. Hello. Yes, This is Dog
              5 years, 7 months ago

              its still a risk for a hit imo. But if he's on fire tonight you could decide whether its worth a shot. ba is on pens as well, away at west brom isn't the worst fixture. If it was away at city or united maybe, but i could see Ba picking up some points. i'm also not a fan of 1 week punts as next week you might spot a player you want to get in and will need to take another hit to get suarez out for Ade.

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    2. JK - Grabbangladesh Manager…
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      5 years, 7 months ago

      unless you plan on keeping Suarez from here on in I see no point in taking a hit for him, you may as well just hold Ba for 1 more week then draft in Ade.

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  2. blooggg
    5 years, 7 months ago

    lets just post irrelevant stuff , need to start the new page

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  3. blooggg
    5 years, 7 months ago

    :D, so, bench from this competitive front 8:

    valencia,siggy,bale,mcclean,silva

    ....rvp,ba,rooney....

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    1. Epic Fail 墅 ⚽ Bolivia G…
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      5 years, 7 months ago

      RVP.

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      1. Fratboy
        5 years, 7 months ago

        +lots

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    2. MDK
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      5 years, 7 months ago

      Silva

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    3. Geezer
      5 years, 7 months ago

      Wow. ehm... Ba

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    4. TheSteady ¤ Wines th…
      5 years, 7 months ago

      Narrow it down to Silva & Ba

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    5. Podge
      5 years, 7 months ago

      Easy McClean

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  4. Geezer
    5 years, 7 months ago

    Please RMT:
    Mignolet
    Evans Enrique Caulker
    Silva Bale Valencia McClean
    Ba RVP Rooney
    Subs: Schwarzer Bardsley Simpson Dempsey

    2 free transfers, and 0.1 M in the bank

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    1. JK - Grabbangladesh Manager…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 years, 7 months ago

      Don't see much wrong there tbh. Although you have 2 FTs I'd think about just losing 1 as you'll want Clint at home to Norwich next week. Maybe lose Silva in order to fund Ba - Ade GW31 or just hold for 1 more week then downgrade Clint to do it.

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  5. TheSteady ¤ Wines th…
    5 years, 7 months ago

    My very very early scout picks predictions for GW 30:

    Ruddy
    Evans-Skrtel-Caulker
    Walcott-Sigurdsson-Valencia-Surman
    Rooney-RVP-Suarez

    Subs; Sessegnon,Yakubu,Sagna

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    1. Shipstontrev
      5 years, 7 months ago

      Surely Reina would be the pick ahead of Ruddy - Norwich couldn't even stop Wigan scoring!

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      1. TheSteady ¤ Wines th…
        5 years, 7 months ago

        Scout picks need to be a bit cheap you know 😉

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        1. Shipstontrev
          5 years, 7 months ago

          So what are Rooney and RVP doing there then?! 😉

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          1. Fratboy
            5 years, 7 months ago

            Even with them it's hardly a budget breaking team...DDG>Reina next week imo.

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  6. Brian (Not the Messiah)
    5 years, 7 months ago

    So I'm thinking Moses -> Valencia this week... anyone gonna stop me? No... I thought not! 😀

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    1. Shipstontrev
      5 years, 7 months ago

      Moses parted by the Red V!!

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      1. Brian (Not the Messiah)
        5 years, 7 months ago

        +1

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    2. TheSteady ¤ Wines th…
      5 years, 7 months ago

      I won't stop you.

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    3. Fratboy
      5 years, 7 months ago

      Are we not going to talk about the other transfer involved?

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      1. Fratboy
        5 years, 7 months ago

        ahhhh I keep forgetting how cheap Valencia is!! You really want to keep Silva?

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        1. Brian (Not the Messiah)
          5 years, 7 months ago

          I'm going to get rid of moses anyway, so I might as well just get Valencia now... can always trade silva later on

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          1. Fratboy
            5 years, 7 months ago

            Don't know why I even said anything:

            Keeping McClean one more game against QPR
            Moses is best away from home, next away fixtures are Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal
            Valencia is a must have and an amazing upgrade for Moses

            Conclusion....DUHHHH!

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            1. Brian (Not the Messiah)
              5 years, 7 months ago

              😉 no brainers suite me just perfectly!

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            2. Brian (Not the Messiah)
              5 years, 7 months ago

              My only problem will be who to bench from my front 8 this week?! 🙁

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  7. THE BAD
    5 years, 7 months ago

    Got my ticket for Chelsea-Benfica!!!! London here I come 😀

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    1. Shipstontrev
      5 years, 7 months ago

      Take out a bank loan if you're going to buy beer!

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    2. Hello. Yes, This is Dog
      5 years, 7 months ago

      wow, that'll be a good match. Benfica have been superb in the champs league so far.

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    3. THE BAD
      5 years, 7 months ago

      lolol I know. London is quite expensive.... The ticket was scandalously more expensive than wath the chelsea fans are paying for the game in lisbon!

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    4. O Fenomeno
      5 years, 7 months ago

      Should be a cracker, have fun.

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  8. Henry Hill
    5 years, 7 months ago

    What are the French police doing, just go in and blast that prick and stop wasting time

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    1. TheSteady ¤ Wines th…
      5 years, 7 months ago

      +1

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    2. THE BAD
      5 years, 7 months ago

      what is happening? I am at work

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  9. TheSteady ¤ Wines th…
    5 years, 7 months ago

    Bookmark this:

    Drogba will score a hat-trick tonight if Kompany doesn't play.

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    1. Brian (Not the Messiah)
      5 years, 7 months ago

      Bookmark this: Mancini will beat up a water bottle (Wenger style) if Drogba scores a hat trick! 😉

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    2. Podge
      5 years, 7 months ago

      Bookmark this NO HE F()CKING WONT

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    3. JK - Grabbangladesh Manager…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 years, 7 months ago

      Torres will score tonight IMO.

      *Note: I accept no responsibility for any bets lost from people backing what is clearly a stupid opinion intended entirely sarcastically, unless of course he actually does score in which case I meant to say it*

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      1. Brian (Not the Messiah)
        5 years, 7 months ago

        bookmark this 😉

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    1. Isabella
      5 years, 7 months ago

      So sad. There was also the 15 year old boy who died playing rugby at school yesterday.
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-17455257

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      1. Optimus.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 years, 7 months ago

        yeah its crazy all these super fit players going down..no much hope for the rest of us

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      2. Brian (Not the Messiah)
        5 years, 7 months ago

        also 1000's of children die of Aids in Zimbabwe every year: http://www.news24.com/Africa/Zimbabwe/1-000s-of-Zim-children-die-from-Aids-20110908

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        1. Isabella
          5 years, 7 months ago

          It's a silly point you're trying to make, Brian. We all know that any life lost is a sad thing. There are also people dying in Syria, Iraq and all over the world.

          The point of Optimus's post (I think) was to highlight how strange it is that 3 athletes have collapsed in the same circumstances over a period of a few days. It's normally every few years that we hear about it.

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          1. Optimus.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            5 years, 7 months ago

            yep..in ireland there must be about 5 gaelic players itself in last 2 or 3 years that have died as result of "sudden death syndrome"..my point was just how strange these supposed fit athletes

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            1. Brian (Not the Messiah)
              5 years, 7 months ago

              There are often deaths in running from people who are fit, but have a cold and run anyway! I think athletes can push their bodies too far...

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            2. Isabella
              5 years, 7 months ago

              There should be more rigorous screening amongst athletes for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and other heart-related defects.

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        2. 1966 was a great year for E…
          5 years, 7 months ago

          One person dying is sad. 1000s of people dying is a statistic. Shouldn't be that way, but sadly it is.

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          1. Fratboy
            5 years, 7 months ago

            And unfortunately that was too.

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    2. HappyAnkit
      5 years, 7 months ago

      🙁

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  11. Doctor X
    5 years, 7 months ago

    Hey fellas. Havent posted in a while..

    Vorm.
    Evans. Enrique. Caulker (Shotton. Simpson)
    Mata. Valencia. Bale. Siggurdsson. (Dempsey)
    Rooney. Holt. RVP

    Thats my team for next week. Any comments or thoughts people? thanks in advance 🙂

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    1. Optimus.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 years, 7 months ago

      looks good..id play holt over demps myself like you have it

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      1. Doctor X
        5 years, 7 months ago

        .Thanks

        Chelsea Chelseas gonna be a cracker. Ive got Silva and Mata vying for points. Dunno how well thats gonna work out fo me. 😉

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      2. Fratboy
        5 years, 7 months ago

        Same. Good team!

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  12. PDXTimbers
    5 years, 7 months ago

    Play Demps or McClean next week? Not sure how I feel about Demps @United...

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    1. Podge
      5 years, 7 months ago

      McClean for sure

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      1. JK - Grabbangladesh Manager…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 years, 7 months ago

        +1

        Could have got 2 or 3 assists last night if Sunderland could finish, from all accounts he was far and away their best player, plus Sess is back, which will be a major boost for them.

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  13. Impressive Tackle
    5 years, 7 months ago

    For talks sake, lets say Chelsea beat Man City 2-0 tonight. They will then be on the same points and same goal difference of +18 as Arsenal.

    Will they overtake Arsenal or will they still be behind? Why? Goals scored? Alphabetical order? Anyone know?

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    1. Podge
      5 years, 7 months ago

      Citys goal diff is 49 at the mo

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      1. Podge
        5 years, 7 months ago

        Oh Chelsea sorry, Arsenal on goals scored

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        1. Podge
          5 years, 7 months ago

          See Fulham West Brom at the mo, Fulham have scored more but points and GD is same

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          1. Fratboy
            5 years, 7 months ago

            THIS.

            Can't believe there's a perfect example lying there right now in the PL table 🙂

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      2. JK - Grabbangladesh Manager…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 years, 7 months ago

        he means GD compared to Arsenal's

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    2. JK - Grabbangladesh Manager…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 years, 7 months ago

      If points and GD are equal it goes to Goals Scored, if that is equal it goes by H2H result (unless it is the end of the season, not sure what they do then)

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      1. Fratboy
        5 years, 7 months ago

        Is that true?

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        1. JK - Grabbangladesh Manager…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          5 years, 7 months ago

          No that's just what I thought, you may be right.

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      2. Manamongst
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 years, 7 months ago

        I think it goes to teams points hits and then number of players out on loan.

        I kid.

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    3. Fratboy
      5 years, 7 months ago

      It goes to number of wins in which case Arsenal would keep their spot. I think...

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      1. Podge
        5 years, 7 months ago

        No Fulham have won less than West Brom but are ahead on goals scored

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        1. Fratboy
          5 years, 7 months ago

          apologies.

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          1. Podge
            5 years, 7 months ago

            None needed, were only trying to help

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    4. Abominable Snowy84
      5 years, 7 months ago

      arsenal scored more goals

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    5. Daniel - DEXIT
      5 years, 7 months ago

      I can't believe that you don't know that IT 🙂

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    6. Ancelotti's Eyebrow
      5 years, 7 months ago

      Goals scored.

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  14. Giggs Boson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 years, 7 months ago

    1. Kaboul & Adebayor
    OR
    2. BAE & Balotelli

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    1. JK - Grabbangladesh Manager…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 years, 7 months ago

      A for sure.

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    2. Dago
      5 years, 7 months ago

      not sure I like either but if I had to 2.

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      1. Daniel - DEXIT
        5 years, 7 months ago

        Wait for Ade news. He is injured atm

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  15. Miro
    5 years, 7 months ago

    Quick RMT please.

    Schwarzer - Lindegaard

    Verm - Senderos - Bardsley - Evans - Santon

    Bale - Demps - McClean - Walcott - Nani

    RVP - Aguero - Yak

    I know, no Rooney, though Nani would be a nice diff, in times when everyone is bringing in Rooney. But he's freaking injured, so what to do with him now ? Any chance of him starting this w/e ? Also I'm hoping Aguero can rip chelsea apart, but after tonight he's gone anyway. So question is which of these trades seem best to you.

    2FT, 0.7m, I can do :

    A) Aguero -> Rooney, Yak -> Suarez, Nani -> Siggy (-4)
    B) Aguero -> Rooney, Nani -> Valencia, Lindy -> Foster/Vorm (-4)
    C) Aguero -> Suarez (short term), Lindy -> Foster/Vorm
    D) Other Ideas

    Thanks for replies!

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    1. Daniel - DEXIT
      5 years, 7 months ago

      Kun > Rooney,
      Nani > Siggy

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    2. Fratboy
      5 years, 7 months ago

      B with Vorm seems like a must to me!

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  16. Daniel - DEXIT
    5 years, 7 months ago

    Ok the game is WBA vs NEW.
    The players are: Morrison and Ba.

    Recent quote on Morrison "James Morrison is a little fatigued - he's been playing a lot of games recently - so he didn't train yesterday. That means he is rested in order to have strength to start or rested means he won't start the next game?

    I have tough decision to play, who to play: Ba or Morrison? Ba is penalty taker but haven't scored for a while, also they are away.

    Opinions are more than welcomed.
    Thanks,

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    1. HappyAnkit
      5 years, 7 months ago

      Ba

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    2. JK - Grabbangladesh Manager…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 years, 7 months ago

      It's a tough one, Hodgson has also stated recently that he will be rotating his players a lot (annoying for me as I will be getting Andrews in for Bale :shock:) The fact that Newcastle are away is certainly a big one to factor in, and isn't Olsson back for Albion?

      In short if you think Ba will score, play him, if you don't then play Morrisson. I am playing Ba but only as my alternatives are Santon (wba), Taiwo (SUN) and Dempsey (mnu)

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  17. zyad947
    5 years, 7 months ago

    I have 10.7 m to replace Ba. I already have RVP and Rooney. Who should I go for?
    A. Odemwingie
    B. Adebayor
    C. Drogba
    D Demba Cisse
    E. Progrebnyak

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    1. Jonty
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      5 years, 7 months ago

      I asked a similar qustion on the other page

      Ade is my top choice, but I think Odem will do well.

      Balotelli is your flair pick. Not keen on Drogba's rotation with Torres and Cisse and Pog are lesser mortals compared to the above.

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      1. zyad947
        5 years, 7 months ago

        Thnx dude! I am also thinking about the same.

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    2. Podge
      5 years, 7 months ago

      Ade looks ok but I have another idea to consider,Weimann for 5 mill bench fodder and spend the excess elsewhere

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      1. Podge
        5 years, 7 months ago

        Maybe McClean to Gerrard for a very impressive midfield

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  18. mr. inconspicuous
    5 years, 7 months ago

    I’ve already made 1 transfer this week and now looking to shift Ba next week. The only way I can do that for a decent replacement is to take a 4 point hit either this week or next to free up funds. What do people think to these moves :

    This week (4 point hit) Dempsey – Valencia
    Next week (free) Ba - Adebayor

    This would leave me 0.1 in the bank. I hate taking hits and I think I've only done 2 this season but this seems the only way.

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    1. Podge
      5 years, 7 months ago

      I'd do Dempsey to Valencia tonight as Friday and Saturday transfer rush might well see him rise again

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      1. mr. inconspicuous
        5 years, 7 months ago

        Yeah I was thinking the same, cheers mate.

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  19. Loooser
    5 years, 7 months ago

    Folks,

    play Ba or Dempsey next week?

    Ba, correct?

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  20. Fratboy
    5 years, 7 months ago

    Sorry Loooser

    NEW POST

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  21. Parm
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 years, 7 months ago

    All Bonus Points coming out tomorrow then, unless Yakubu hasn't got any ❓

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    1. JK - Grabbangladesh Manager…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 years, 7 months ago

      looks like tomorrow.

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