September
22

The Knee Jerk – Sinful Saint

Filed under: The Knee Jerk - Posted by: Mark

Last weekend it was Dimitar Berbatov, this evening it’s Rickie Lambert that will be wandering into our minds mid-conversation, over the Saturday evening tipple. Prompting nagging doubt, questioning our best-laid plans.

Lambert is the latest to cause cracks in our established Fantasy thinking. Like the Bulgarian, he arrives in a Gameweek where, once again, the likes of Eden Hazard and Michu – assets who were cemented in our squads – returned blanks. The foundations of the template team again come in question then, with Lambert joining the queue to find a place in our forward lines that looked so settled just a fortnight ago.

There’s little doubt that, as we suggested in the midweek Watchlist article, Lambert has emerged as the budget striker of choice. However, we also spent some time in said article pondering if he could be more than that. If he could displace the array of mid-price assets fighting for our attentions – Dimitar Berbatov, Steven Fletcher, Jermain Defoe. Tonight, I’m even wondering if he can threaten to break up the heavy-hitter pairings.

I’ll be watching Carlos Tevez carefully against Arsenal. While he’s flourished in the opening matches, Sergio Aguero’s return to fitness and Roberto Mancini’s “nine lives” approach to Mario Baltoelli raises a cause for concern. That’s before we consider that Eden Dzeko has, as he’s done so often, found the net when he’s given pitch time.

A Tevez blank or, worse still, an early withdrawal against Arsenal, could trigger a rethink. There’s little doubt that City have the fixtures to find goals in the coming weeks, but growing concerns about their defence and Mancini’s insistence that it must approve, has raised alarm bells for me.

I remember when City battened down the hatches, when they fought for 1-0 wins away from home. Should Mancini take that route again, we could see 4-5-1 with Yaya Toure behind Aguero away from home, something that would hurt Tevez’ scoring potential immeasurably. While Sir Alex appears to be going all out for goals, will Mancini dare to tweak his tactics to tighten up?

Such thoughts crop up before I even consider the merits of sticking with the ultra-expensive Robin Van Persie, under the threat of rotation and rest. I’m trying to fight those doubts off, however.

There is clearly a very attractive plan B forming. Lambert, like Berbatov, offers assured starts. He offers the “big fish in a small pond” scenario. He offers spot-kicks, assists and he faces a long line of fixtures that could bring further returns. The temptation to go with this option, even over the proven class of Tevez, does begin to mount when you consider that Mancini’s whims can waver and throw us the unexpected.

This kind of talk is almost sinful, “Knee Jerk” material of the highest order. We’re talking about supreme Fantasy assets here, while Lambert is perhaps just a noisy new arrival at the party. Four goals in five games is a decent entrance, however, and certainly Tevez will need to offer a reminder of his class on Sunday if tonight’s bout of puzzle-head isn’t to transform into a fully-fledged plan of action.

About The Author

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

Mark

> See all posts by this author

  1. Hello Good Morning All,

    Is there anybody who watched Westbrom- Reading match?
    or anyone watched the highlights?
    FPL gave the assist for Lukaku goal to Chris Brunt.
    I just watched the highlights and I think it is Shane Long who headed the ball towards Lukaku?
    Does anybody know why it is given to Brunt?

    Thanks and Appreciate your reply.

    • 2 years, 8 days ago
    1. FPL will change it to Long today.

      • 2 years, 8 days ago
      1. Then they may even adjust the bonus, right?

        • 2 years, 8 days ago
        1. I would think so. Foster could even move up to 2bps if Brunt's assist goes.

          • 2 years, 8 days ago
          1. I have also sent email to FPL too. Bcoz all the news also says that it's Shane Long assist. And other Fantasy sites gave the assist to Shane Long too.

            • 2 years, 8 days ago
      2. u sure??

        • 2 years, 8 days ago
        1. Yeh

          • 2 years, 8 days ago
          1. Thanks Demi!

            • 2 years, 8 days ago
      3. what do u think about pienaar's assist?

        • 2 years, 8 days ago
      4. I agree with Demi. The Press Association had a bad day yesterday, but I'm confident FPL will sort out the Pienaar/Long assists. PA also gave wrong (duplicate) information for Berbatov's shots on target, which affected his PPI - but I don't expect this to change.

        • 2 years, 8 days ago
  2. Anyone considering Southampton midfielders? If so which one, and why?

    • 2 years, 8 days ago
    1. Me me me me. Gonna give it a few games to decide between ramirez and lallana. Whoever I go for will be rotated with berba. Great rotation for ages. Who are you thinking about? Anyone any idea how they lined up yesterday?

      • 2 years, 8 days ago
      1. I'm quite excited to actually have the chance to use the members comparison tool!

        • 2 years, 8 days ago
        1. Uhm, Berba played away yesterday and got an 8

          • 2 years, 8 days ago
          1. Fulham are usually rubbish away, and yet they won and Berba got 8 pts. I wouldn't be too hasty about getting rid of him considering the fixtures coming up.

            • 2 years, 8 days ago
        2. I did not see them play....Have only seen their entire match against United. Rest were just highlights.

          I think Ramirez is gonna be my choice, but am definitely open to opinions. Please keep me updated on whom you decide.

          Btw it's either a Southampton mid, Sterling, Morrison, or Felliani (would mean downgrading someone else too as I have 6.8 in the bank if I get rid of Dyer)

          • 2 years, 8 days ago
    2. The assist by Ramirez was rather nice. If I didn't have Lambert I'd look at getting him.

      • 2 years, 8 days ago
    3. Get on the Gaston Martin ;)

      • 2 years, 8 days ago
    4. Puncheon agood diff imo Pratik.

      • 2 years, 8 days ago
  3. Somehow am up to 318 in world. Must be because I only have Tevez & Cazorla left to play. Team was pretty shoddy on the whole this week 44 of of 9 players. Should never have captained Torres thats for sure. Looking to dump him, who would you buy for 10.2 or less?

    • 2 years, 8 days ago
    1. You're 231 in the world :?

      • 2 years, 8 days ago
      1. Even better, don't know how I read that.

        • 2 years, 8 days ago
        1. Bonuses were added :-)

          • 2 years, 8 days ago
          1. That will be it. Cheers

            • 2 years, 8 days ago
        2. WOW! Great!

          • 2 years, 8 days ago
    2. Well done, Dizzy.

      • 2 years, 8 days ago
      1. Cheers. I was 880 before the week started I will be surprised if I am not lower than that when all is said and done.

        • 2 years, 8 days ago
    3. I am looking to shift Torres too, alreadt have Tevez and Berba. I am thinking of downgrading eother a mid or def to get the extra 1.8 mil I need to get RVP....

      • 2 years, 8 days ago
      1. You have the same frontline as me. I would like RVP ideally. I think a decision needs to be made today as Torres will drop like a stone this week. Is having Fletcher/Lambert a good idea or do you think that is going to cheap?

        • 2 years, 8 days ago
        1. Must admit I would be a bit worried with both Fletcher / Lambert and Berba. That said, I am 203000 in the world and you are 231, so if you do it then I will for sure!!!

          • 2 years, 8 days ago
    4. nice long winded way of telling us your rank and score
      well done.

      • 2 years, 8 days ago
      1. If something can be said in 3 words why not say it in 20?

        • 2 years, 8 days ago
    5. That's fantastic! Well done.

      • 2 years, 8 days ago
  4. Torres + Guthrie ------> Lambert + Fellaini/Barfa/Nolan/Yaya for a 4 point hit? If so what

    • 2 years, 8 days ago
    1. Midfielder for less than 8.5mil should I have?*

      • 2 years, 8 days ago
      1. I would say Fellaini Evertons fixtures are the best- do you already have Pienaar?

        • 2 years, 8 days ago
        1. Yeah that's the problem for me, I also have Baines and I'm a Liverpool fan! Disgusting. :L

          • 2 years, 8 days ago
          1. Ha Ha. I probably wouldn't have both either, but form & fixtures are very good. It would be tempting.

            • 2 years, 8 days ago
          2. FPL is about going with your head, not your heart

            • 2 years, 8 days ago
  5. i know its a bit early but I am off on holiday! Who is the best captain choice next week?

    Fletcher, Baines, Pienaar!

    • 2 years, 8 days ago
    1. All good selections. I will plump for Baines

      • 2 years, 8 days ago
  6. McAuley still the West Brom defender of choice?

    • 2 years, 8 days ago
  7. Foster Fed
    Cashley Hangleland Demel Fabio Lescott
    Hazard Michu Mcclean Noble Dyer
    Berba RVP Tevez

    In view of the GW7 - GW8 space i intend to WC then. Got 1 FT now should i

    A) Dyer > Morrison / Sterling
    B) Lescott > Baines & Dyer > Sterling for a Hit (I already gotten a hit twice in past 2 GWs)

    Suggestions?

    • 2 years, 8 days ago
  8. Evs
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights

    Well, I HATE taking hits but looks like I will be taking my 3rd 4 pointer on the spin.

    This week.... Lampard & Zab out, Felliani and Baines IN.

    feels right.

    Ahh, at least the wc is still safe:-)

    • 2 years, 8 days ago
    1. Well done Evs. Admirable WC restraint.

      • 2 years, 8 days ago
      1. Evs
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights

        It wasn't easy... :-(

        • 2 years, 8 days ago
      • 2 years, 8 days ago
    2. Captain one of them too against Southampton and you're sorted regarding the points hit.

      • 2 years, 8 days ago
    3. Great move, do it tonight :-)

      • 2 years, 8 days ago
    4. Great choices. But your team must of been in a right mess if this is your 3rd hit in a row

      • 2 years, 8 days ago
  9. I love Lambert!

    • 2 years, 8 days ago
    1. The Richard or the Paul????

      • 2 years, 8 days ago
    2. Christopher? The highlander

      • 2 years, 8 days ago
  10. Only ba can save my gw now.....

    • 2 years, 8 days ago
    1. Don't worry. Santi hattrick coming up too.

      • 2 years, 8 days ago
      1. not much hope from him though....

        • 2 years, 8 days ago
    2. and Ben Arfa!

      • 2 years, 8 days ago
      1. He'll only ruin it - main opponent has him (c)

        :(

        • 2 years, 8 days ago
        1. I have him as (c) so you are very safe

          • 2 years, 8 days ago
    3. Evs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights

      I'm with you brother....

      • 2 years, 8 days ago
  11. hi gents, need some advice. here is my team:

    foster, ruddy
    baines,davies,mccartney,rafael,cuellar
    michu,haz,caz,guthrie,pienaar
    rvp,lambert,tevez
    0 balance

    got 2FT and was thinking to use it on the defence. what u think of this?

    davies > nelsen (will never hold any SWA def, michu was there and that's enough given their current injuries)
    mccartney > demel (previously tot that mccartney is first 11, since i don't have jaas then i guess i should stick to nailed on players)

    is it a go or no go? or should i focus on cuellar, what's his chance of playing the next gmw?

    pls help! thanks in advance

    • 2 years, 8 days ago
  12. Hearing a lot of talk about CHE lacking width. Which of their MFs can play wide? Could become an important issue in their rotation thinking.

    • 2 years, 8 days ago
    1. Ramires, but may be biggest rotation risk too.

      • 2 years, 8 days ago
  13. Who are the must haves on every position?

    Jaaskelainen - Begovic
    Baines
    Toure - Fellaini
    Tevez

    Anyone else?

    • 2 years, 8 days ago
    1. Change your name, there is only one of us

      • 2 years, 8 days ago
        • 2 years, 8 days ago
      1. woah :O

        • 2 years, 8 days ago
  14. Lescott>Baines no reason not to?
    Would you do anything else?

    Jussi Bego
    Lescott Rafael Saylor Clyne Gorkss
    Michu Yaya Pienaar Hazard Guthrie
    Tevez RVP Berba

    1.6M

    • 2 years, 8 days ago
    1. rafa> baines?

      • 2 years, 8 days ago
      1. Lescott more of a rotation risk imo

        • 2 years, 8 days ago
        1. Was considering this yesterday.

          • 2 years, 8 days ago
      2. if you can afford this, much better move.

        City's fixtures improve, and United's get worse.

        • 2 years, 8 days ago
        1. I can afford it. Not sure Lescott is nailed on. I believe in United's defensive abilities. A big
          Rio + Nemanja fan.

          • 2 years, 8 days ago
    2. I have 7 out of your front 8 and I'm quite happy with it. Probably Lescott to Baines is a no brainer.

      • 2 years, 8 days ago
    3. No brainer. Leave the rest as it is.

      • 2 years, 8 days ago
    4. Yeah,get rid of lescott, he's not nailed on anymore and city's defence is awful

      • 2 years, 8 days ago
    5. Nice team. Baines is essential. Man city defence has been pretty shoddy so far add into that Lescotts price and rotation risk and it seems sensible. I want to get rid of Kompany but keep having more pressing concerns and it just isn't worth a hit

      • 2 years, 8 days ago
  15. Does Dyer's red result in a ban? How many games?
    Thanks

    • 2 years, 8 days ago
    1. he's available for the next pl game.

      league cup midweek

      • 2 years, 8 days ago
    2. League cup only. He's available for the next PL game.

      • 2 years, 8 days ago
      1. Evs
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights

        ^^^^ fact.

        • 2 years, 8 days ago
    3. Banned from midweek League Cup game. Fine for next weekend.

      • 2 years, 8 days ago
    4. He will play this weekend (maybe on bench)....Capital Cup midweek. It was 2 yellow cards so 1 match man.

      • 2 years, 8 days ago
    5. Thanks all. Seems nailed on for next weekend then.

      • 2 years, 8 days ago
  16. Evs
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights

    Harsh og for Clark.

    Just seen it on motd

    • 2 years, 8 days ago
    1. I feel bad for whoever had Clark in their team

      • 2 years, 8 days ago
      1. Nitin :-(

        • 2 years, 8 days ago
          • 2 years, 8 days ago
      2. Evs
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights

        He's my first sub, and If zab doesn't feature I will be one :-(

        • 2 years, 8 days ago
        1. Don't worry, Zab will play.

          • 2 years, 8 days ago
    2. I thought it could be curling in anyway.

      • 2 years, 8 days ago
  17. Just like to point out mirallis first shot was over the line . The arguement over a second phase of play is rather irrelevant. Its a legitimate assist.

    • 2 years, 8 days ago
    1. Please, not this again. Debating it on here won't get the 3 points awarded.

      • 2 years, 8 days ago
      1. ^This. Even though I have him, I'm still quite done with it. They'll give it if they think its meant to be awarded. Pienaar/Long assists post look like spam already.

        • 2 years, 8 days ago
    • 2 years, 8 days ago
  18. Morning chaps - any one still got their cap to play today?

    Hav to say in chuffed i didn't cap hazard this week, it was close

    • 2 years, 8 days ago
    1. Percy still to go - "Always captain RVP" ;)

      • 2 years, 8 days ago
    2. Ba capt.

      Dodged one with hazard by the looks of it.

      He was still the right choice on paper IMO.

      • 2 years, 8 days ago
    3. HBA.....bit left field considering I own Tevez, Carzola Baines Defoe. Just a gut instinct having removed RVP(again just a gut feeling....)

      • 2 years, 8 days ago
    4. Defoe(c).!!

      • 2 years, 8 days ago
    • 2 years, 8 days ago
      • 2 years, 8 days ago
  19. Ivanovic -> Baines or should I sort Fabio out first?

    Jussi – Fed
    Fabio – Rangel – Cuellar – Ivanovic – Hangeland
    Hazard – Michu – Yaya – Pienaar – Kaca
    RVP – Tevez – Berbatov

    • 2 years, 8 days ago
    1. Why get rid of the top scoring defender? Could you not lose someone else for Baines? Fabio is fine as bench fodder. Personally would have gone for a 4 millioner though

      • 2 years, 8 days ago
  20. EVS - I have Michu and Dyer. Fixtures suggest hold onto them. What d'you think?

    • 2 years, 8 days ago
  21. Hi guys,

    I currently have:

    Foster ( federici)
    WIlliams Hangeland Baines Reid barnett
    Toure Michu Hazard Pienaar Noble
    Tevez Torres Jelavic

    What would you advise?

    Nobel may drop in price again, i dont really like williams in the back 4 and torres isnt playing great.

    My transfer was going to be torres out for podolski.

    All comments greatly appreciated.

    • 2 years, 8 days ago
    1. Would leave poldolski for another week.

      Jelly and Torres are your priorities. There are plenty of good options out there.

      • 2 years, 8 days ago
    2. I wouldn't get Podolski. Chelsea next week and they have been pretty good defensively

      • 2 years, 8 days ago
  22. Fletcher, Lambert, Ba or a punt on Cisse to replace Torres in my front 3? This is alongside Tevez and Berbatov. £10.2 to spend

    • 2 years, 8 days ago
    1. Lambert imo

      • 2 years, 8 days ago
  23. Didn't pienaar get an assist?

    • 2 years, 8 days ago
    1. Nope. I think the reason was that Vorm saved Mirallas' first attempt.

      • 2 years, 8 days ago
  24. JJO

    Fellaini 1 BP and no BP for Mata?WTF?

    • 2 years, 8 days ago
  25. Berba or fletcher?

    • 2 years, 8 days ago

Scout Picks

For Gameweek 6

  • Foster
  • Ivanovic
  • Duff
  • Bertrand
  • Puncheon
  • Fábregas
  • Di María
  • Sterling
  • Welbeck
  • Diego Costa
  • Pellè
  • Dawson
  • Tadic
  • Lukaku

From the Community…

Comments

Comments loading…

Hot Topics

Comments loading…

Articles

»View All

Fixture Ticker

The Watchlist

Goalkeepers

Last updated: 29 Sep, 2014 1:20pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Forster SOT A, Vs
No Change Begovic STO B, Vs
No Change Mannone SUN B, £
No Change Heaton BRN B, £
No Change Schmeichel LEI B, Vs, £
No Change Fabianski SWA A
Up Mignolet LIV C, Vs
Up Adrián WHM C
Up Szczesny ARS C
Down De Gea MUN C, VsX

Defenders

Last updated: 29 Sep, 2014 4:45pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Ivanovic CHE A, VsX
No Change Bertrand SOT A, Vs
No Change Baines EVE B, Vs
No Change Van Aanholt SUN B, £
Up Taylor SWA B, £
Down Chambers ARS C, £
No Change Trippier BRN B
No Change Shawcross STO B, Vs
No Change Morgan LEI C, Vs, £
Up Kompany MCI C
No Change Moreno LIV C, Vs
No Change Ward CPL C
Up Wisdom WBA B, £
Up Kaboul TOT B

Midfielders

Last updated: 29 Sep, 2014 1:24pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Sterling LIV A, Vs
No Change Tadic SOT B, Vs
No Change Di María MUN A, VsX
No Change Sigurdsson SWA C
No Change Fábregas CHE B, VsX
Up Silva MCI B
Up Chadli TOT A
Up Downing WHM A, £
Up Puncheon CPL B
Down Sánchez ARS B, Rest
Down Hazard CHE C, VsX
Up Moses STO B, Vs, £
Up McGeady EVE C, Vs, Rest, £
Down Larsson SUN B, £
Up Boyd BRN C, £

Forwards

Last updated: 30 Sep, 2014 9:28pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Diego Costa CHE A, VsX
No Change Pellè SOT A, Vs
No Change Aguero MCI A
No Change Ulloa LEI A, Vs, £
Up Welbeck ARS B
No Change Lukaku EVE B, Vs
Up van Persie MUN B
Up Dzeko MCI B, Rest
Up Naismith EVE B, Vs, £
Down Balotelli LIV B, Vs
Down Adebayor TOT B

Selection Factors

A, B, C Current Form
Vs Favourable Fixtures
VsX Unfavourable Fixtures
Rest Rotation Risk
Inj Injured/Returning from Injury
OoP Out of Position
£ Potential Bargain
Sus Suspended/Near Suspension

The Suspension Tightrope

Player Team YC
Chambers ARS 4
Wilshere ARS 4
Shelvey SWA 4
Diego Costa CHE 3
Robertson HUL 3
Moreno LIV 3
Fernandinho MCI 3
Y Touré MCI 3
Pellè SOT 3
Dorrans WBA 3
Gardner WBA 3
Reid WHM 3

“Petr is an amazing goalkeeper, but the difference between them is ten years and we think we have to make a decision about the future of the club and to give the goal to Courtois”

Jose Mourinho Chelsea Manager