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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.

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  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, 1 month ago
    1. FPL will change it to Long today.

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

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

          • 2 years, 1 month 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, 1 month ago
      2. u sure??

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
        1. Yeh

          • 2 years, 1 month ago
          1. Thanks Demi!

            • 2 years, 1 month ago
      3. what do u think about pienaar's assist?

        • 2 years, 1 month 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, 1 month ago
  2. Anyone considering Southampton midfielders? If so which one, and why?

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

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

          • 2 years, 1 month 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, 1 month 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, 1 month ago
    2. The assist by Ramirez was rather nice. If I didn't have Lambert I'd look at getting him.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    3. Get on the Gaston Martin ;)

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    4. Puncheon agood diff imo Pratik.

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

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

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

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

            • 2 years, 1 month ago
        2. WOW! Great!

          • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. Well done, Dizzy.

      • 2 years, 1 month 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, 1 month 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, 1 month 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, 1 month 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, 1 month ago
    4. nice long winded way of telling us your rank and score
      well done.

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

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
    5. That's fantastic! Well done.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  4. Torres + Guthrie ------> Lambert + Fellaini/Barfa/Nolan/Yaya for a 4 point hit? If so what

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

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

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

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

            • 2 years, 1 month ago
          2. FPL is about going with your head, not your heart

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

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  6. McAuley still the West Brom defender of choice?

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

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. Evs
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        • Has Moderation Rights

        It wasn't easy... :-(

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. Captain one of them too against Southampton and you're sorted regarding the points hit.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    3. Great move, do it tonight :-)

      • 2 years, 1 month 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, 1 month ago
  9. I love Lambert!

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

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. Christopher? The highlander

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  10. Only ba can save my gw now.....

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

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

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. and Ben Arfa!

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

        :(

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

          • 2 years, 1 month ago
    3. Evs
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      I'm with you brother....

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

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  13. Who are the must haves on every position?

    Jaaskelainen - Begovic
    Baines
    Toure - Fellaini
    Tevez

    Anyone else?

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

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
        • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. woah :O

        • 2 years, 1 month 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, 1 month ago
    1. rafa> baines?

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

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
        1. Was considering this yesterday.

          • 2 years, 1 month ago
      2. if you can afford this, much better move.

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

        • 2 years, 1 month 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, 1 month 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, 1 month ago
    3. No brainer. Leave the rest as it is.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    4. Yeah,get rid of lescott, he's not nailed on anymore and city's defence is awful

      • 2 years, 1 month 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, 1 month ago
  15. Does Dyer's red result in a ban? How many games?
    Thanks

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

      league cup midweek

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. League cup only. He's available for the next PL game.

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

        ^^^^ fact.

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
    3. Banned from midweek League Cup game. Fine for next weekend.

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

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    5. Thanks all. Seems nailed on for next weekend then.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  16. Evs
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    Harsh og for Clark.

    Just seen it on motd

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

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. Nitin :-(

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

          • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. I thought it could be curling in anyway.

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

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

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. Ba capt.

      Dodged one with hazard by the looks of it.

      He was still the right choice on paper IMO.

      • 2 years, 1 month 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, 1 month ago
    4. Defoe(c).!!

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    • 2 years, 1 month ago
      • 2 years, 1 month 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, 1 month 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, 1 month ago
  20. EVS - I have Michu and Dyer. Fixtures suggest hold onto them. What d'you think?

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

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

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. I wouldn't get Podolski. Chelsea next week and they have been pretty good defensively

      • 2 years, 1 month 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, 1 month ago
    1. Lambert imo

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  23. Didn't pienaar get an assist?

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

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  24. JJO

    Fellaini 1 BP and no BP for Mata?WTF?

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  25. Berba or fletcher?

    • 2 years, 1 month ago

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  • Sánchez
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  • Chadli
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  • Berahino
  • Terry
  • Zaha
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