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The Watchlist – Jobi McAnuff

Filed under: The Watchlist - Posted by: Jonty

In the search for attacking points at a bargain basement price, savvy Fantasy managers need to look for the unlikeliest of players in the most improbable of places. At first glance, perhaps, Reading’s Jobi McAnuff, the 31-year journeyman midfielder with just one international cap to his name for Jamaica, represents a ludicrous route to Fantasy football glory.

Dig deeper, however, and he emerges as not only a solid Fantasy prospect but a possible contender for bargain of the season. Those eagle-eyed Fantasy managers who have already taken a close look at the assists table will have seen that McAnuff nestles in joint third place with Juan Mata on five, just behind Eden Hazard and Carlos Tevez – despite playing for one of the Premier League’s least attacking sides.

This ability to lay on chances for others has been a hallmark of his career, spent largely in the second tier of English football. In Reading’s successful promotion season of 2011/12 he registered 12 assists as well as five goals and, over the previous six seasons, where he also played for Championship stalwarts Watford and Crystal Palace, McAnuff amassed a total of 48 assists.

Aside from his clear attacking potential, a favourable run of fixtures over the next five Gameweeks (qpr, NOR, EVE, wig, avl) have propelled the Royals winger onto our newly-updated Watchlist rankings. Price is another factor. In the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) game, McAnuff started at 5.5 but is now available at just 5.1, with an ownership of 1% making him a standout selection among the game’s differentials. In the Sky Sports game he is priced similarly (5.0) but only 0.3% of managers have noticed that he has now amassed 38 points, four more than Steven Pienaar and five more than Hatem Ben Arfa, who is owned by a quarter of Sky players.

With 31 points in the FPL game he is Reading’s most impressive Fantasy performer so far and has accrued the same number of points as the similarly priced Raheem Sterling, for example, though investing in McAnuff comes with a slight health warning. As shown by Tuesday’s Capital One Cup clash with Arsenal, clean sheet points are certainly unlikely for McAnuff, as Reading have conceded in every game so far this campaign. In addition, McDermott’s men have only mustered 11 goals so far, notching four on the road, meaning McAnuff’s team mates will need to step up their game if the wide man’s creative endeavours are to be further realised.

While the 7-5 home cup defeat by Arsenal last Tuesday may have felt like “a funeral” according to the Reading manager, the signs are positive that the team will improve and gather more attacking returns over their forthcoming kind run of fixtures, though. McDermott has moved away from a more cautious 4-4-1-1 in recent games, with a shift in formation to 4-4-2 in three of the last four Gameweeks producing seven goals. If Reading can pick their chins off the floor after the midweek Madejski defeat, the short-term at least looks potentially prosperous for McAnuff’s possible suitors.

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  1. Please Rate my Wildcard Team:

    Begovic/Tremmel

    Baines/Rafael/Clyne/Gorkks/Nelsen

    Mata/Bale/Cazorla/Morrison/McAnuff

    RVP/Ba/Crouch

    Should I stick with Michu instead of Cazorla & then get Clichy for Gorks?

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. I wildcarded last week and got 10 of those players in my team. I think despite Michu playing as forward, considering fixtures he won't get many points. Plus will get suspended for 1 game sooner or later. And Clichy is still a rotation risk and you will be pissed off when he will be benched in an easy home game.

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    2. Cazorla --> Valencia
      Morrison --> Pieanut

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
      1. Yeah Valencia could be a good pick and i am not a fan of Morrison as well. Plus Clyne is not even half decent. Get someone who can get an odd clean sheet if budget permits.

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
    3. Looks pretty good to me........you will be scared on the City results each week though!

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
  2. Lallana or Sterling?

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. Share your thoughts and we'll give our feedback.

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    2. Sterling

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    3. 100% Sterling out of these two

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    4. No contest.....Saints are terrible.

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
  3. Who do you reckon I should pick? Foster - SOU (H) or Begovic - NOR (A)

    - Leaning towards foster as west brom are on fine form at home, however stoke are always a mission to break down.

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. Foster. People were saying Bego because Norwich don't score. They seemed to change their minds last night :)

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
      1. did you even watched the game last night? Spurs bossed the game for about 80 minutes. just unlucky not to score. just see the stats, nuff said.

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
        1. What's that got to do with Norwich scoring?

          • 1 year, 9 months ago
          1. my point it all those 'people' were saying choose Bego over anyone else because norwich hardly SCORE. not that they're NOT scoring. then how can you predict if any team is gonna keep a CS? you just can't. Southampton scores consistently, which is why he should pick Bego.

            • 1 year, 9 months ago
    2. Foster, Stoke hardly keep CS at away game

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    3. Foster IMO

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
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    4. Shots data suggests Sot will have more shots and goal and perhaps more goals.

      Stats on goals scored in previous matches by the teams involved suggest WBA have a better chance of a cleanie.

      It might come down to saves anyway so I'd go with Bego personally but it's really close.

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
  4. anyone think ba being left out v liverpool due to a possible move in january
    do u keep him or transfer him

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. Certainly will keep him. Even if he does not feature against Liverpool, will be fit for some nice home games.

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
      1. ya true - always like 3 strikers playing
        these articles always make me feel like jumping to make several transfers
        now im thinking dropping pienaar for mcanuff - or drop baines for stoke/united defender

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
        1. Ba's fixtures are so good after this GW that you just have to bench him and wait (unless we get news he is out for longer).

          • 1 year, 9 months ago
  5. mcanuff or sterling as my cheap midfielder

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. have both myself but would again chose sterling

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    2. Were in the same situation yesterday, went with Sterling

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    3. Sterling.

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
  6. how do you clear search ? in my screen there's no clear search button. im stuck with the search result even after i refresh this site.

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. clear your cache

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
      1. i hope you did my double last night, after coming close the previous two nights, we landed a 2.34

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
        1. nooooooooooo......

          I lost 2 x 50 quids on the previous two so thought better of it three nights in a row...

          typical of my luck...

          My triple lost due to spurs not winning, another 50 quid down the drain.. My winnings have drastically depleted

          • 1 year, 9 months ago
        2. well done btw and no problem with the other two losses. I liked the bets

          • 1 year, 9 months ago
      2. done it, still its the same once in awhile if i try to refresh or change pages.

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
    2. It absolutely sucks.......I am so annoyed by this. My solution was to use a different browser when I perform a search here.

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
        • 1 year, 9 months ago
  7. Should I play Sterling (NEW) or Pienaar (ful)?

    Sterling is playing at home and is in good form and playing at home but Newcastle are a tough side to play and I think Everton can score a few goals against Fulham.

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. Fulham at home are solid though

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
      1. Yeah, I also have Jelavic as well so probably better not double up for away to Fulham

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
    2. I'm facing a similar problem.

      I have to bench one of Michu, Sterling or Pie.

      Hopefully Berba's fitness will be confirmed either way and hopefully I won't have to make a tought decision!

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
      1. Just looked into stats to try to determine fixture difficulty and project attacking returns for both Sterling and Pie based on previous shots and chances created data...

        If Sterling continues to play further forward with Suarez playing off him as has been the case last couple of gameweeks, I can see Sterling out-scoring Pie. JUST.

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
  8. Am I allowed to do Santi -> Sterling & Ba -> RVP for a 4pt hit?!

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. No, you are forbidden

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    2. U can do whatever you want.. it's your team...

      Do I think its a good idea? No I would find another way to get RVP

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
      1. Ideas?

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
        1. Downgrade Ivanovic

          • 1 year, 9 months ago
          1. Is not enough even if I'd sub him off for a 4.0m cheapie.

            • 1 year, 9 months ago
    3. I wouldn't.

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    4. Santi>Sterling is mental. downgrade at it's best LOL

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
      1. Downgrading yes, but RVP is mandatory and there aren't too many options for me to fund him.

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
  9. Foster (Begovic)
    Baines - Cuellar - Davies (Gibbs - Demel)
    Cazorla - Mata - Ben Arfa - Pienaar (Puncheon)
    RVP - Tevez - Fletcher

    2FT, 0.1 in bank

    Woth a -4 hit to do Cazorla, Ben Arfa, Gibbs -> Bale, Lallana, Rafael?

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. I would just do Cazorla ---> Bale, and Gibbs ----> Downgrade (Cameron, Santon etc...).

      Don't take the hit, and keep Ben Arfa as Newcastle's fixtures are great after this weekend, and without Ba you will want attacking cover for them.

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    2. No, not imo.

      Ben Arfa to Michu
      Gibbs to Rafael

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
  10. go for it.

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. No, you go for it! (I like this game).

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
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      1. Haha

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
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  11. My defence is shite:

    Forster/Bego
    Wilson (inj), Demel (inj), Simpson, Baird, McCartney

    And got Kacaniklic (mid) who doesen't play and Ba who might won't play.

    1,5 mill in the bank

    Worth a - 4 point hit for this GW?
    Suggestions?

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. Get a gravatar and link your team, then make some suggestions of your own. You'll get more responses that way.

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    2. Wilson > Cameron

      Kaca > Sterling/Maloney or Demel > Cuellar

      Bench Ba this week. Not a disaster if he misses one game.

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    3. Wilson out for Wisdom was my move this week......keep Ba in

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    4. Thanks a lot for tips and useful input!

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
      1. You got some responses anyway! I'd do what the Count said, basically.

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
  12. PLEASE HELP!

    Anyone have an update on Berbatov's injury? Need to know if he will be playing this weekend against Everton- if he will be on Fulham's bench then I don't want to start him in my team.

    Thanks! :)

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. Nobody knows, wait until Jol's press conference on Friday.

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    2. we will know on \friday

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    3. Not heard anything yet :(

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
  13. Why is nobody showing Rooney some love?

    With all these home games against lesser teams, Fergie will surely play the diamond!

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. I think it's something to do with his face.

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
      1. :shock: but he has lovely hair now ;)

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
        1. What's that old saying?

          "You can't polish a turd, but you can roll it in hair". Something like that ;-)

          • 1 year, 9 months ago
          1. When I think of Rooney I think of

            He's as happy as a pig in shit :)

            • 1 year, 9 months ago
      2. lol! He will be on Penalties, get bonus points and get goals and assists.

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
        1. RVP has taken all the pens so far?

          • 1 year, 9 months ago
          1. no whilst Rooney was on the pitch

            • 1 year, 9 months ago
          2. not when the pig has been on the pitch though

            • 1 year, 9 months ago
    2. cos they're having RVP

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    3. Most people have RVP and you're not going to downgrade him to get Rooney. If you are struggling to afford RVP then Rooney is ideal.

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
        • 1 year, 9 months ago
      1. I can get in RVP but when utd play that diamond formation Rooney just looks immense. Imho

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
        1. Well, he does. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee of FPL points, though ...

          • 1 year, 9 months ago
          1. This is true...but Doos you've been singing the RVP praises from the start of the season. I had him in my team but then sold him to upgrade my midfield which now contains Mata/Bale/Cazorla/michu

            • 1 year, 9 months ago
            1. Errr ... So does mine ... ;-)

              • 1 year, 9 months ago
            2. I have what you have as mids and still manage to keep RVP. I assume more than 1 5++ mil in defence? Lose one of them and get RVP. You wont regret.

              • 1 year, 9 months ago
              1. I have Aguero Rooney and Berba upfront.

                Putting my faith in the Argentine

                • 1 year, 9 months ago
    4. I'm planning to get him in

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
  14. I m benching Cazorla this GW.
    Mata-Bale-Morrison-McAnuff
    Ba-RVP-Crouch

    Smart move?

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. I would play him over McAnuff.

      Odds are Ba won't make it anyway, so there will be no decision to make.

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
      1. +1

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
    2. Not a smart move. On the plus side Ba may not play and that will sort your choice problem! :)

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    3. Play Caz over McAnuff all day long.

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
  15. Diamonds are forever!

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
  16. Hmm i have a dilemma.

    Jask McCarthy
    Baines Ivan Nelson (Demel, Davies)
    Michu HBA Hazard Pienaar (Sterling)
    Fletcher RVP Tev

    my initial thoughts were: HBA---> bale
    Ivan---> shawcross (1 hit)

    But newcastles fixtures are so good after this week whereas spurs is poor.

    i was thinking to keep HBA do: ivan---> shawcross
    Fletcher---> Defoe (1 hit)

    which option is better?

    Cheers in advance

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. Keep Fletch......expecting goals this week mate

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
      1. id like to agree but since sunderland are barely scoring...
        I'd have 2 free transfers for next week though which would be nice!

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
        1. Lol. Sunderland were barely scoring when Fletcher was doing well. They were scoring 1 goal a game, and it was his goal each game.

          If they score, he will most likely be invovled. Im holding one more week, then shipping. Home to Villa is a decent fixture imo.

          • 1 year, 9 months ago
      2. hope you're right!!

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
  17. Some interesting stats for spurs this week...

    •Tottenham recorded their biggest ever Premier League win in this fixture with a 9-1 victory at White Hart Lane in November 2009.

    •Jermain Defoe has scored 11 goals in 10 Premier League games against Wigan.

    •Of current Premier League players, Jermain Defoe has scored more goals in November than any other player (16).

    I've just done a one week punt on Ba > Defoe, changing back to Ba next week since he'll maybe not play this week anyway

    Ching Ching!

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. nice, but Defoe has never got bonus like Suarez, i should captain Bale

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
      1. hmmm u didn't have him when he scored five I take it :)

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
    2. Go for it.

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    3. Have him and captaining him:)

      (Ching Ching) X 2 !

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    4. Fair enough......worth a punt. I do think this Wigan team is stronger than some previous years though.

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
      1. True, punt it is. But I do think any team with Gary Caldwell in defence is worth a punt against :-P

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
    5. I will never again buy someone who plays Wigan and captain him. I swear it never works out for me. Its like a cursed fixture - looks easy on paper but often isnt. That 9-1 win that Spurs had was an anomaly, Wigan just stopped playing in the second half.

      Good luck to you though!

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
  18. Hi all, just after a bit of advice or constructive criticism to be honest. It's wildcard week for me, was wondering if you could rate / pull apart my team :-)

    Begovic (McCarthy)

    Evans Baines Cuellar (Nelsen & Gorkss)

    Bale Mata Fellaini Stirling (Lallana)

    Tevez RVP Berbatov

    Thats on budget. Couple 50/50 decisions to make ie. Pienaar or Fellaini and Lallana or Mcanuff.

    Could you all please assist? Many Thanks.

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. Noice

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    2. needs some newc coverage for next few gameweeks. can you slide Ba in if ya get Pienaar instead ol fellaini?

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    3. Pienaar, Lallana.

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    4. Pienaar and Lallana.

      Looks like a good team!

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
      1. Fell is on 4 yellow cards

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
    5. Pienaar/Fellaini at same price for me. I'm hoping to make small profit by Saturday morning, i've been playing the market with price rises etc. My other option would be to downgrade evans to a 4.5 player which should give me the money for Ba?

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. Straight in my team if he regularly plays as a striker

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
  19. @Kerrazy... indeed, the bookies say Bego over Foster. Cheers.

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. Feeling better this morning? :-D

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
      1. My head feels like it's rolled off somewhere ;)

        Actually, I know nothing about odds and betting. Have I got the cs odds the wrong way round?

        • 1 year, 9 months ago
          • 1 year, 9 months ago
          1. I have as well!

            Stoke 21/10
            WBA 8/5

            • 1 year, 9 months ago
        1. I'd have thought Bego would be a better choice even though he's away. Those are my keepers and i'm playing Bego

          • 1 year, 9 months ago
        2. 4 vets.. Are you involved with Doosra and Ginkapo in the LAWR now?

          • 1 year, 9 months ago
          1. Not really. I just made the header graphic on the site.

            • 1 year, 9 months ago
            1. Oh ok... I was going to say cop on and bloody well update the tables ;) but can't now I suppose :(

              • 1 year, 9 months ago
              1. No. That's my fault! :-P

                • 1 year, 9 months ago
                1. Speak to one of the UEFA lot.. I am sure they will help you automate it..

                  • 1 year, 9 months ago
                  1. I have asked nicely already ... :-(

                    • 1 year, 9 months ago
            2. But you are a central part of my team!!! Not to mention being a Host!!! :shock: :lol:

              • 1 year, 9 months ago
              1. God help your team then ;)

                • 1 year, 9 months ago
                1. We will all go to Hell in a handcart together ... :lol:

                  • 1 year, 9 months ago
        3. West Brom 8/5

          Stoke 21/10

          So ... Foster in goal, methinks ... :-)

          • 1 year, 9 months ago
  20. Rafa or Jevans for MU cover?

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. Evans just....less rotation risk of course and still some attacking threat from set pieces

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
  21. Is it wise to put Leighterwood instead of McAnuff and save 0.6.
    Anyways they are going to be in bench most part of my season?

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. No, by saving that .6 you loosing a 5th man that will get you points.

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    2. yeah, that guy is my choice, just 4.5

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
    3. F5
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

      for

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
  22. Team for the week. Thoughts?

    Begovic (Jussi)

    Baines Ridgewell Nelsen

    Hazard Bale (c) Michu Carzola

    Ba Tevez Jelly

    Subs: Cameron, Sterling, Hughes

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
  23. Over 105m now....anyone over 106m?

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
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  24. Transfer this week is Nolan out for...
    a) Morrison
    b) Taarabt/Hoillett
    c) Lennon
    d) McAnuff (to raise funds for Pienaar to Bale in a few GWs)

    Team linked. Any thoughts?

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. foster.............then mcAnuff

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
  25. NEED A STARTING 11!! PLEASE HELP
    begovic
    baines vermaelen huth gorkss
    bale hazard cazorla
    aguero crouch ba
    subs: mccarthy (gk) tierney (def), obertan(mid) piazon(mid)
    wildcard used. 0M in the bank!

    was thinking change to
    begovic
    begovic
    baines huth SHAWCROSS gorkss
    bale hazard cazorla sterling
    aguero FLETCHER

    so benching ba, and swapping vermaelen for shawcross cuz i cant seee vermalen keeping a cs. all for a 4 point hit. please help! dont wanna lose too many points on a hit! shud i bank onrvp not scoring or performing well.

    • 1 year, 9 months ago
    1. sorry thats all for an 8 point hit

      • 1 year, 9 months ago
      1. any player recommendations

        • 1 year, 9 months ago

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