The Knee Jerk – Everybody Hurts

Filed under: The Knee Jerk - Posted by: Mark

It didn’t take long. As the template squad took shape over the international break, it has taken just one day of Gameweek 4 for it to show cracks.

The script seemed very unlikely. Robin Van Persie rested. Carlos Tevez withdrawn on the hour mark. Eden Hazard and Michu traveling home empty-handed. Santi Cazorla delivering just a single assist amongst an Emirates goal glut. Form was on their side but today’s failure of fancied “big guns” offered a rapid reminder just how fickle Fantasy fortunes can be.

To compound matters, some notable differentials stepped up. Dimitar Berbatov delivered on his full debut. Steven Fletcher scored his third goal in two games. Gervinho tempted us with a brace as the Gunners ran riot and, in the same match, Lukas Podolski notched his second in consecutive matches. We just need the likes of Gareth Bale and Nikaca Jelavic to break the shackles and we’ll have real movement; real discontent amongst the pack who threw Wildcards at the two-week break only to find the humblest of returns at the end of the rainbow.

It was inevitable that the cast would be extended, that we’d have new names to add to our watchlists and edge their way into our thinking. The failure for the early season form players will doubtless spark reaction – the pace of Berbatov’s bandwagon will be interesting and likely to be fuelled by those looking for an immediate fix to a hugely disappointing day.

Of course there should be faith that class will win through, that today’s events will be a rarity, but the timing is poor. Having procrastinated and tinkered over the break, the expectations were high and that will doubtless find knees jerking and cats kicked. For the majority, it’s been a day to forget but then perhaps we got what we deserved.

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  1. morning gents

    in my opinion, wigan and newcastle have the best run for the next few weeks. so please help me with this

    a) ben arfa + di santo/kone


    b) ba + maloney


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  2. div
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member

    Thinking of freeing up funds for Baines, whats the best option

    A. Zabaleta & Cuellar > Baines & Demel
    B. Hart & Zabaleta > Vorm/Reina & Baines
    C. Zabeleta & Tevez > Baines & Ade/Poldolski

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    1. A or B.

      Leaning to A as Cuellar might be injured and absent.

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    2. div
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

      Will Cuellar be a regular once Bardsley and Brown are back

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    3. A for sure. Zab is a rotation risk and cuellar may b injured. Demel is the cheapest defender who is scoring well

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  3. De gea to janks or foster. This would be a long term switch.

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    1. foster

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  4. Friedel
    Cole Rangel Cuellar
    Hazard(C) Toure McClean, Maloney(VC)
    Pog Tevez RVP
    Subs: Federichi, Noble, Hangeland, Zabaleta

    2 free transfers, any ideas? 1.6M in the bank. My thoughts so far are:
    1) Zab->Demel/Clark and Pog->Berba/Ba/Fletcher
    2) Zab->Demel/Clark and Noble->Michu
    3) Zab-> Baines and Fed->Jussi

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    1. 1) Demel and Berba

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  5. morning gents

    in my opinion, wigan and newcastle have the best run for the next few weeks.

    a) ben arfa + di santo/kone


    b) ba + maloney


    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. A in my opinion. I really like Ben arfa.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  6. Is lindergard a solid starter, or should we expect rotation with de gea?

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    1. Rotation for sure. They are both starters in their own right but unfortunately are in the same team.

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  7. Who has most chance of doing the best next week out of Graham, Vorm, Kags??

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    1. Tough one, but I'd say graham.

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  8. A) Lescott/Saylor to Gibbs/Verm/Baines/Cole/McAuley
    B) DDG to Cech/Foster/Other

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  9. Graham must go.

    That is all.

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  10. Morning all.

    What should be my priority for my one transfer? Or should I take hits?

    a) DDG > Jussi
    b) Zab > Baines
    c) Graham > Berba

    Thanks :)

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    1. Those are the exact moves i am doing..for -4.

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      1. It's a tricky one. Think I'm happy with Fed covering DDG for now, and there's no guarantee that Berba will get 4 more points than Graham next week. I think Swansea will bounce back against Everton, putting Baines at risk.


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        1. I am getting Berba purely for the team value and aye u cant depend on Federici for points..and DDg's value will drop down

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    2. Definitely a and b. u can wait until next week if u really want to do c

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  11. Bob

    So who is everyone getting in for Kagawa? Theres no heavy hitters really performing or standing out at the moment and Cazorla is away vs City next week. Hold off one more week maybe?

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    1. I like Ben arfa for thee next month and a half.

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    2. I can't do it yet but HBA. Unless I decide it is worth a hit.

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    3. Hba or pienaar. Frees up a bit of cash in case u want to do something later, like aguero

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  12. I need to drop de gea.

    Foster, or janskelainen?

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    1. Foster. But only just.

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    2. Yes it's 50/50. Maybe jussi on current form

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  13. Need a bit more cash to get Hazard and Berba in this week.

    Downgrade Zabaleta or DDG?
    -both will be out soon, just who first...thinking Zab

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    1. I'll be dropping Zab shortly.

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    2. Do both before they drop in price and your targets go up. They are huge rotation risks right now and no point in keeping such expensive players around.

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  14. Glad I kept Bale and Vertonghen(10more minutes) :)

    Makes next week even harder now with 2 free transfers!!

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    1. well screw me sideways well done Spurs :(

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  15. I've swapped in Jaskelainen for Frederici ahead of the price rise, which is I think the sane transfer, shedding a Reading liability and buying into the Hammers defensive action.

    However I still have a FT and am thinking I need to get in on the Berbatov action. Thing is that I'm going to need to sell elsewhere (and thus shed another 4pts) to raise some cash.

    Hence, I was thinking of shipping out Vermaelen and my back up striker Pog for Ridgewell and Berbatov, with the added benefit of getting on the West Brom bandwagon. I'd prefer to shed Lescott but since his price fail that doesn't work out.

    Thing is I'd been working on a route to recruit Baines this game week rather than Berba, am I kneejerking too badly?

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  16. Jask
    Bought Baines for Lescott for the coming Gameweek5.
    Ben Arfa for Kagawa.. -4 hit . any suggestions ?
    in bank 0.4

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  17. Anyone do worse than me this wk?, 30 points(after subs), piennar and Howard still to play. Red arrows everywhere!!

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