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 Carlos Tevez withdrawn on the hour mark.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


    • 2 years, 3 months ago
    1. B.

      • 2 years, 3 months ago
  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

    • 2 years, 3 months ago
      • 2 years, 3 months ago
      • 2 years, 3 months ago
    1. A or B.

      Leaning to A as Cuellar might be injured and absent.

      • 2 years, 3 months ago
      • 2 years, 3 months ago
    2. div
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

      Will Cuellar be a regular once Bardsley and Brown are back

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

    • 2 years, 3 months ago
    1. foster

      • 2 years, 3 months ago
  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

    • 2 years, 3 months ago
    1. 1) Demel and Berba

      • 2 years, 3 months ago
  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, 3 months ago
    1. A in my opinion. I really like Ben arfa.

      • 2 years, 3 months ago
  6. Is lindergard a solid starter, or should we expect rotation with de gea?

    • 2 years, 3 months ago
    1. Rotation for sure. They are both starters in their own right but unfortunately are in the same team.

      • 2 years, 3 months ago
  7. Who has most chance of doing the best next week out of Graham, Vorm, Kags??

    • 2 years, 3 months ago
    1. Tough one, but I'd say graham.

      • 2 years, 3 months ago
  8. A) Lescott/Saylor to Gibbs/Verm/Baines/Cole/McAuley
    B) DDG to Cech/Foster/Other

    • 2 years, 3 months ago
  9. Graham must go.

    That is all.

    • 2 years, 3 months ago
  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 :)

    • 2 years, 3 months ago
    1. Those are the exact moves i am doing..for -4.

      • 2 years, 3 months ago
      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.


        • 2 years, 3 months ago
        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

          • 2 years, 3 months ago
    2. Definitely a and b. u can wait until next week if u really want to do c

      • 2 years, 3 months ago
  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?

    • 2 years, 3 months ago
    1. I like Ben arfa for thee next month and a half.

      • 2 years, 3 months ago
    2. I can't do it yet but HBA. Unless I decide it is worth a hit.

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

      • 2 years, 3 months ago
  12. I need to drop de gea.

    Foster, or janskelainen?

    • 2 years, 3 months ago
    1. Foster. But only just.

      • 2 years, 3 months ago
    2. Yes it's 50/50. Maybe jussi on current form

      • 2 years, 3 months ago
  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

    • 2 years, 3 months ago
    1. I'll be dropping Zab shortly.

      • 2 years, 3 months ago
    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.

      • 2 years, 3 months ago
  14. Glad I kept Bale and Vertonghen(10more minutes) :)

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

    • 2 years, 3 months ago
    1. well screw me sideways well done Spurs :(

      • 2 years, 3 months ago
  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?

    • 2 years, 3 months ago
  16. Jask
    Bought Baines for Lescott for the coming Gameweek5.
    Ben Arfa for Kagawa.. -4 hit . any suggestions ?
    in bank 0.4

    • 2 years, 3 months ago
  17. Anyone do worse than me this wk?, 30 points(after subs), piennar and Howard still to play. Red arrows everywhere!!

    • 2 years, 3 months ago

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