Monitor – Hatem Ben Arfa

Filed under: Members - Posted by: Paul

A series of eye-catching performances in the last few months of the previous campaign had Fantasy managers queuing up to acquire the services of Hatem Ben Arfa. Having struggled to convince Alan Pardew of a regular role in the Newcastle starting XI, the Frenchman finally flourished on Tyneside as Newcastle moved to 4-3-3 but while a shift back to 4-4-2 has benefitted Demba Ba this season, Ben Arfa hasn’t quite delivered.

The opening three Gameweeks had looked promising. Notching in each of his first two home matches, Ben Arfa seemed set to rack up the points but since grabbing his side’s only goal in the Gameweek 3 draw with Villa, his Fantasy owners have been served up nothing more than a solitary assist.

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  1. 1) Tevez + Cuellar
    2) Ba + Rafael


    • 2 years, 4 months ago
  2. complete madness to go

    treble chelsea

    i have mata and haz

    torres as 3rd pick if ba is out for a while ?

    • 2 years, 4 months ago
    1. I think Torres wil do well on Saturday

      • 2 years, 4 months ago
      1. i think his points total is good so far yeh hes not peak torres but still an option

        • 2 years, 4 months ago
        1. I would have Mata and Torres or Hazard and Torres, I have Hazard and Torres

          • 2 years, 4 months ago
    2. I don't think that ba will be out for two long, I reckon he will be back in for next week

      • 2 years, 4 months ago
      1. hopefully he is quality

        hes is the leader of my budget strikeforce and with no ACON for him its all good.

        • 2 years, 4 months ago
  3. Wilson out for:

    A) Cameron
    B) Cuellar
    C) Nelson
    D) Baird


    • 2 years, 4 months ago
    1. Do you have Begovic?

      • 2 years, 4 months ago
      1. yes

        • 2 years, 4 months ago
        1. Then I would say Cuellar or Nelson, unless you want to double up with Stoke which would be fine

          • 2 years, 4 months ago
          1. I'm leaning towards either Cuellar or Nelson, any opinion on which is better? Cuellar looks better long term but Nelson's fixtures over the next three are good

            • 2 years, 4 months ago
            1. Where have all the gravs gone?

              • 2 years, 4 months ago
              1. It's a ghost town!

                • 2 years, 4 months ago
            2. Prefer Sunderland to QPR to keep cleanies. I have Nelson but planning on keeping him benched mostly, will be getting Cuellar in shortly. In time for the string of easy home fixtures and DGW.

              • 2 years, 4 months ago
              1. P.S. I'm looking at Newcastle/Sunderland rotation. But need to figure out if Williamson is nailed on.

                • 2 years, 4 months ago
                1. I have had Cueller and Saylor from the beginning of the season. Simpson maybe the safest bet to rotate with Cueller.

                  • 2 years, 4 months ago
  4. lads

    do you think a budget strikeforce with no 9 million + striker is viable to have a good finishing position

    Ba Berbativ Fletcher

    • 2 years, 4 months ago
    1. RVP is essential imo. Always up for the armband

      • 2 years, 4 months ago
    2. Think you need one "guaranteed "goal scorer over a season, RVP is a machine.

      • 2 years, 4 months ago
  5. I think what some people forget is fletchers last 3 games have all been really tough ones

    City away
    newcasle home
    stoke away

    and he scored in all the games before the tricky games.

    • 2 years, 4 months ago
    1. Sunderland are very uncreative. There are better options

      • 2 years, 4 months ago
  6. Evening all.

    Anyone get the lowdown on Williamson? Has he taken Saylors spot? If so he would slip into my team very nicely.

    • 2 years, 4 months ago
    1. He seems to have done for the moment. But for how long is the gamble.

      • 2 years, 4 months ago
      1. Bah, that's what I feared and what people on earlier told me. Was hoping someone with Pardew's ear could tell me otherwise as it will allow me to get in Tony V/Theo Walcott for Nolan.

        • 2 years, 4 months ago
    2. Saylor played in the Europa league right before the league match. Idk how Pardew will be using him in the future. Santon is the safest bet. Saylor gets injured a lot.

      • 2 years, 4 months ago
  7. Who will outscore over course of season

    Ba or Berba??

    • 2 years, 4 months ago
      • 2 years, 4 months ago
    1. If he stays at Newcastle, then definitely Demba Ba. If he makes the move to Liverpool in January, then that could change.

      • 2 years, 4 months ago
  8. can sum one Vote my team 4the weekend? thnkz pepole...

    MUN (A)

    ARS (H)

    WIG (H)

    FUL (A)

    Ben Arfa
    LIV (A)

    FUL (A)

    SOU (H)

    SWA (A)

    ARS (H)

    EVE (H)

    Van Persie
    ARS (H)

    QPR (A)

    EVE (H)


    • 2 years, 4 months ago
    1. My goodness. Format your team like this. We know who plays who.

      Mannone McCarthy
      Rafael Caulker Demel Baird Baines
      Mata Morrison Fellaini HBA
      Rooney RVP Berba

      Who is your last mid?

      • 2 years, 4 months ago
    2. You have waaaay to much time on your hands buddy

      • 2 years, 4 months ago
  9. Team linked...

    Just done Gibbs>nelsen, sailor>Rafael for RVP next week

    How do I look???

    • 2 years, 4 months ago
    1. All is well with RVP

      • 2 years, 4 months ago
  10. Now then... who to leave on the bench from that game, Barfa himself or Sterling?? has to be one of those two for me

    • 2 years, 4 months ago
  11. Which position are you in on the FFS members league? I'm 182.. :)

    • 2 years, 4 months ago
    1. Around here, nobody will believe you if you don't have your team linked. Just sayin'

      • 2 years, 4 months ago

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