The Knee Jerk

The Knee Jerk – Sinful Saint

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.

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

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  1. Lukakuka
    5 years, 2 months ago

    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.

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    1. Demí
      5 years, 2 months ago

      FPL will change it to Long today.

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      1. Pratik
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        5 years, 2 months ago

        Then they may even adjust the bonus, right?

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        1. Demí
          5 years, 2 months ago

          I would think so. Foster could even move up to 2bps if Brunt's assist goes.

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          1. Lukakuka
            5 years, 2 months ago

            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.

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      2. lilmessipran
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        5 years, 2 months ago

        u sure??

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        1. Demí
          5 years, 2 months ago

          Yeh

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          1. Lukakuka
            5 years, 2 months ago

            Thanks Demi!

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      3. blooggg
        5 years, 2 months ago

        what do u think about pienaar's assist?

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      4. Pasqualinho
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        5 years, 2 months ago

        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.

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  2. Pratik
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    5 years, 2 months ago

    Anyone considering Southampton midfielders? If so which one, and why?

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    1. China Mag
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      5 years, 2 months ago

      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?

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      1. China Mag
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        5 years, 2 months ago

        I'm quite excited to actually have the chance to use the members comparison tool!

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        1. Lateriser 12
          5 years, 2 months ago

          Uhm, Berba played away yesterday and got an 8

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          1. leroy8888
            5 years, 2 months ago

            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.

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        2. Pratik
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          5 years, 2 months ago

          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)

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    2. Mílanista
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      5 years, 2 months ago

      The assist by Ramirez was rather nice. If I didn't have Lambert I'd look at getting him.

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    3. Billy Gilmore
      5 years, 2 months ago

      Get on the Gaston Martin 😉

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    4. In Like Flynn.
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      5 years, 2 months ago

      Puncheon agood diff imo Pratik.

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  3. Cheese
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    5 years, 2 months ago

    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?

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    1. Billy Gilmore
      5 years, 2 months ago

      You're 231 in the world 😕

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      1. Cheese
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        5 years, 2 months ago

        Even better, don't know how I read that.

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        1. Pratik
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          5 years, 2 months ago

          Bonuses were added 🙂

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          1. Cheese
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            5 years, 2 months ago

            That will be it. Cheers

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        2. Lukakuka
          5 years, 2 months ago

          WOW! Great!

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    2. Epic Fail 墅 ⚽ Bolivia G…
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      5 years, 2 months ago

      Well done, Dizzy.

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      1. Cheese
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        5 years, 2 months ago

        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.

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    3. LJJM Duckies
      5 years, 2 months ago

      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....

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      1. Cheese
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        5 years, 2 months ago

        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?

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        1. LJJM Duckies
          5 years, 2 months ago

          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!!!

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    4. boc610
      5 years, 2 months ago

      nice long winded way of telling us your rank and score
      well done.

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      1. Cheese
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        5 years, 2 months ago

        If something can be said in 3 words why not say it in 20?

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    5. Spencer - Hungary Neville
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      5 years, 2 months ago

      That's fantastic! Well done.

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  4. Lawrø - KenYaYa ⭐
    5 years, 2 months ago

    Torres + Guthrie ------> Lambert + Fellaini/Barfa/Nolan/Yaya for a 4 point hit? If so what

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    1. Lawrø - KenYaYa ⭐
      5 years, 2 months ago

      Midfielder for less than 8.5mil should I have?*

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      1. Cheese
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        5 years, 2 months ago

        I would say Fellaini Evertons fixtures are the best- do you already have Pienaar?

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        1. Lawrø - KenYaYa ⭐
          5 years, 2 months ago

          Yeah that's the problem for me, I also have Baines and I'm a Liverpool fan! Disgusting. :L

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          1. Cheese
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            5 years, 2 months ago

            Ha Ha. I probably wouldn't have both either, but form & fixtures are very good. It would be tempting.

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          2. leroy8888
            5 years, 2 months ago

            FPL is about going with your head, not your heart

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  5. Krisbee
    5 years, 2 months ago

    i know its a bit early but I am off on holiday! Who is the best captain choice next week?

    Fletcher, Baines, Pienaar!

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    1. Cheese
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      5 years, 2 months ago

      All good selections. I will plump for Baines

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  6. Spencer - Hungary Neville
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    5 years, 2 months ago

    McAuley still the West Brom defender of choice?

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  7. Quish_
    5 years, 2 months ago

    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?

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  8. Evs
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    5 years, 2 months ago

    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:-)

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    1. Pasqualinho
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      5 years, 2 months ago

      Well done Evs. Admirable WC restraint.

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      1. Evs
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        5 years, 2 months ago

        It wasn't easy... 🙁

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    2. Drogba "Unstoppable, U…
      5 years, 2 months ago

      Sounds good

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    3. Spencer - Hungary Neville
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      5 years, 2 months ago

      Captain one of them too against Southampton and you're sorted regarding the points hit.

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    4. Pratik
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 years, 2 months ago

      Great move, do it tonight 🙂

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    5. leroy8888
      5 years, 2 months ago

      Great choices. But your team must of been in a right mess if this is your 3rd hit in a row

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  9. Just A Hat
    5 years, 2 months ago

    I love Lambert!

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    1. fatherted
      5 years, 2 months ago

      The Richard or the Paul????

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    2. Cheese
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      5 years, 2 months ago

      Christopher? The highlander

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  10. Drogba "Unstoppable, U…
    5 years, 2 months ago

    Only ba can save my gw now.....

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    1. Epic Fail 墅 ⚽ Bolivia G…
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      5 years, 2 months ago

      Don't worry. Santi hattrick coming up too.

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      1. Drogba "Unstoppable, U…
        5 years, 2 months ago

        not much hope from him though....

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    2. Just A Hat
      5 years, 2 months ago

      and Ben Arfa!

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      1. Drogba "Unstoppable, U…
        5 years, 2 months ago

        He'll only ruin it - main opponent has him (c)

        🙁

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        1. fatherted
          5 years, 2 months ago

          I have him as (c) so you are very safe

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    3. Evs
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      5 years, 2 months ago

      I'm with you brother....

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  11. boney
    5 years, 2 months ago

    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

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  12. Home Run Baker
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    5 years, 2 months ago

    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.

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    1. In Like Flynn.
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      5 years, 2 months ago

      Ramires, but may be biggest rotation risk too.

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  13. Testing
    5 years, 2 months ago

    Who are the must haves on every position?

    Jaaskelainen - Begovic
    Baines
    Toure - Fellaini
    Tevez

    Anyone else?

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    1. lightspeed
      5 years, 2 months ago

      Change your name, there is only one of us

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      1. Billy Gilmore
        5 years, 2 months ago

        LOL! 😀

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      2. Testing
        5 years, 2 months ago

        woah :O

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  14. Lateriser 12
    5 years, 2 months ago

    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

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    1. blooggg
      5 years, 2 months ago

      rafa> baines?

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      1. Lateriser 12
        5 years, 2 months ago

        Lescott more of a rotation risk imo

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        1. Lateriser 12
          5 years, 2 months ago

          Was considering this yesterday.

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      2. Pratik
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        5 years, 2 months ago

        if you can afford this, much better move.

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

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        1. Lateriser 12
          5 years, 2 months ago

          I can afford it. Not sure Lescott is nailed on. I believe in United's defensive abilities. A big
          Rio + Nemanja fan.

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    2. ÆK ⭐ Hala Grabbandr…
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      5 years, 2 months ago

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

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    3. Mílanista
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      5 years, 2 months ago

      No brainer. Leave the rest as it is.

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    4. Deicide
      5 years, 2 months ago

      Yeah,get rid of lescott, he's not nailed on anymore and city's defence is awful

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    5. Cheese
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      5 years, 2 months ago

      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

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  15. Home Run Baker
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    5 years, 2 months ago

    Does Dyer's red result in a ban? How many games?
    Thanks

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    1. blooggg
      5 years, 2 months ago

      he's available for the next pl game.

      league cup midweek

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    2. Mílanista
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      5 years, 2 months ago

      League cup only. He's available for the next PL game.

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      1. Evs
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        5 years, 2 months ago

        ^^^^ fact.

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    3. Billy Gilmore
      5 years, 2 months ago

      Banned from midweek League Cup game. Fine for next weekend.

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    4. Pratik
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      5 years, 2 months ago

      He will play this weekend (maybe on bench)....Capital Cup midweek. It was 2 yellow cards so 1 match man.

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    5. Home Run Baker
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      5 years, 2 months ago

      Thanks all. Seems nailed on for next weekend then.

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  16. Evs
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    5 years, 2 months ago

    Harsh og for Clark.

    Just seen it on motd

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    1. Testing
      5 years, 2 months ago

      I feel bad for whoever had Clark in their team

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      1. Pratik
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        5 years, 2 months ago

        Nitin 🙁

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        1. Billy Gilmore
          5 years, 2 months ago

          And he had Dyer 🙁

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      2. Evs
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        5 years, 2 months ago

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

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        1. Mílanista
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          5 years, 2 months ago

          Don't worry, Zab will play.

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    2. In Like Flynn.
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      5 years, 2 months ago

      I thought it could be curling in anyway.

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  17. potatoBoyde
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    5 years, 2 months ago

    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.

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    1. Mílanista
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 years, 2 months ago

      Please, not this again. Debating it on here won't get the 3 points awarded.

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      1. ÆK ⭐ Hala Grabbandr…
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        5 years, 2 months ago

        ^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.

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  18. Billy Gilmore
    5 years, 2 months ago

    ^ This

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  19. Squerly4568
    5 years, 2 months ago

    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

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    1. Home Run Baker
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      5 years, 2 months ago

      Percy still to go - "Always captain RVP" 😉

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    2. lightspeed
      5 years, 2 months ago

      Ba capt.

      Dodged one with hazard by the looks of it.

      He was still the right choice on paper IMO.

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    3. fatherted
      5 years, 2 months ago

      HBA.....bit left field considering I own Tevez, Carzola Baines Defoe. Just a gut instinct having removed RVP(again just a gut feeling....)

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    4. lilmessipran
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      5 years, 2 months ago

      Defoe(c).!!

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  20. Tuchap - Lurker
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    5 years, 2 months ago

    NEW POST

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      5 years, 2 months ago

      Link?

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  21. Spencer - Hungary Neville
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    5 years, 2 months ago

    Ivanovic -> Baines or should I sort Fabio out first?

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

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    1. Cheese
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      5 years, 2 months ago

      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

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  22. Home Run Baker
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    5 years, 2 months ago

    EVS - I have Michu and Dyer. Fixtures suggest hold onto them. What d'you think?

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  23. Jawain - 9th overall 2014/2…
    5 years, 2 months ago

    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.

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    1. lightspeed
      5 years, 2 months ago

      Would leave poldolski for another week.

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

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    2. Cheese
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      5 years, 2 months ago

      I wouldn't get Podolski. Chelsea next week and they have been pretty good defensively

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  24. Cheese
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    5 years, 2 months ago

    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

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    1. bdwhite91
      5 years, 2 months ago

      Lambert imo

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  25. ninja
    5 years, 2 months ago

    Didn't pienaar get an assist?

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    1. bdwhite91
      5 years, 2 months ago

      Nope. I think the reason was that Vorm saved Mirallas' first attempt.

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  26. JJO
    5 years, 2 months ago

    Fellaini 1 BP and no BP for Mata?WTF?

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  27. Ishaan-Do join my FPL leagu…
    5 years, 2 months ago

    Berba or fletcher?

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