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The ScoutCast – Episode Eighty Six – Ghost Ship

Ghost Ship – a Fantasy Football team picked for the first Gameweek and then left to drift without a crew or rudder for the rest of the season. It would stand to reason that such a vessel would hit the rocks and sink without trace. Sometimes, however, they can navigate an unlikely route to glory.

Tell us about. This latest episode is a timely one given the time of year and it’s a “Ghost Ship” lineup, “managed” by the most unlikely member of the team to be up amongst the top ranks that takes up a good proportion of our time, leaving Granville and myself pondering the meaning of it all.

Around all that, we both manage to find the motivation to bring you the regular topics with the concept of “chasing points” coming under discussion, alongside “all aboard”, the weekend preview and a long tale of Granville’s injury list. Ouch.

Climb aboard this haunted vessel via this link, or use the handy player below to stream away.

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

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  1. unitednations
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 years, 6 months ago

    Begovic (mannone)
    rafael baines cueller (demel davies)
    nasri michu pienaar morrison cazorla
    rvp defoe (Ba)

    Have 0FT and 0m.

    Not sure how to improve this team (esp midfield) for this gw.
    A: nasri >> barfa for a hit
    B: nasri >> yaya for a hit
    C: Save the transfer
    D: any other options?

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    1. ManofKent - Boing Boing
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 years, 6 months ago

      C

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    2. thegaffer82
        3 years, 6 months ago

        Caz>Bale is what I've done (but I don't own Defoe)

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      • Le Kerfuffle
          3 years, 6 months ago

          C. I think you're set for this week

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        • SAMCRO-Sons Of Fantasy
            3 years, 6 months ago

            Great team, wait on Ba's injury report before you do anything. Save the transfer and bring Barfa for Newcastle cover...

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        • thegaffer82
            3 years, 6 months ago

            What is your Fantasy Football biggest bugbear?

            Mine is definitely the way that this year, seemingly more so than other seasons, everybody is doing their transfers at the earliest possible time and driving up the prices of players to ridiculous levels.

            So in previous seasons I've always held out until friday evenings, but now I'm doing mine on saturday or sunday nights for the following GW to aviod paying 0.2/0.3 more for the same player.

            And by the way I am aware of the irony of my complaint, that I am indeed now part of the problem.

            I would happily sign up to an agreement whereby nobody does any transfers until friday dinner time

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            1. Paolo Di Laernu - low rep r…
                3 years, 6 months ago

                Yeah...this is only my second season playing FPL so I don't know what it was like before...but it does seem that this year...if you even blink you could miss out on players because their price will have rocketed. I think if you've not been paying attention to value/prices you're pretty screwed this year...seems like it's really important to do so.

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                1. Paolo Di Laernu - low rep r…
                    3 years, 6 months ago

                    Especially with the likes of RVP being so expensive...it means you need to squeeze value out of every area to make owning him or others appropriate.

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                2. Jafooli
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  3 years, 6 months ago

                  I think there is a fair degree of truth in this Gaffer. Only in my fourth season myself and have certainly noticed less time to make decisions.

                  I think as the total number of players increases year on year, then statistically then number of people who prefer to make early transfers increases, as do the number of people unaware of the benefits of holding off (unless you're chasing price rises!).

                  Personally I'd like to see a bit more skill brought into the game (transfer window each week), culling dead teams (not login in since GW1 for example), and a few others. At the moment, not enough respect to those dedicated to the game.

                  Currently once you've got yourself into the top 100K, it is as much down to luck as anything, where you end up...

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                3. Eddie
                    3 years, 6 months ago

                    I imagine it will calm down in the latter half of the season though. I for one have been jumping on bandwagons early in the week, occasionally for hits, just to secure a good overall team value. Now I'm starting to slow down and will wait until friday/save a transfer.

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                    1. TRIGGERLIPS
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      3 years, 6 months ago

                      Dont agree with most of this thread.
                      Have made only six transfers this season , have a fairly high team value , and in top 2k

                      There is such a thing as too much micro management , for example how many have wasted transfers buying Tevez , then selling , then buying again , same with Berbatov

                      People need to slow it down a little

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                      1. Smellbobs
                          3 years, 6 months ago

                          I think you forgot to mention the fact you wildcarded a few weeks back so you have made numerous transfers.

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                      2. thegaffer82
                          3 years, 6 months ago

                          Yeh I hope so. It's the first week doing this have has bitten me, with Ba possibly out injured and Lambert likely to be rotated away, I'm now in a position where I could have just one striker playing. But I have already taken a hit this week (Guth>Morrison & Santi>Bale) so cant sort it out

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                      3. andy85wsm
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        3 years, 6 months ago

                        Its always like that at the beginning of the season and then it tends to wear off as the season goes on. It's the risk you take!

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                      4. GreennRed
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        3 years, 6 months ago

                        I need to go to a self help group to help me stop making transfers by Friday, seriously! Not fr tge price saving, no will power. A bit like the rush you get placing a bet.

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                        1. LjayHAM - Finland FTW
                            3 years, 6 months ago

                            Find it asap and let me know

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                            1. GreennRed
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              3 years, 6 months ago

                              :-)

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                        2. Joga Bonito®
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          3 years, 6 months ago

                          I couldn't agree more, I've started doing it as well, just knowing that if I don't I'm spending another .1 or even .2. I think the further you go on in the season the more people are happy and settled with their teams and the less transfers people will be making.

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                      5. Le Kerfuffle
                          3 years, 6 months ago

                          Which of these am I better off doing -

                          A) Nolan --> Gera /McAnuff for a 2 week punt (and to free up cash for a possible fletcher upgrade)
                          B) Demel --> Cameron
                          C) Save the FT

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                          1. ManofKent - Boing Boing
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            3 years, 6 months ago

                            A, but I have concerns about how nailed on Gera is

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                            1. Le Kerfuffle
                                3 years, 6 months ago

                                McAnuff a safer bet then?

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                                1. ManofKent - Boing Boing
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  3 years, 6 months ago

                                  I would...

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                                  1. Le Kerfuffle
                                      3 years, 6 months ago

                                      Cheers. I'm leaning towards that too but I'm concerned that my defence is a little week atm...

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                            2. thegaffer82
                                3 years, 6 months ago

                                Demel>Cameron then worry about Fletcher another day

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                                1. Le Kerfuffle
                                    3 years, 6 months ago

                                    Cheers. So you think I'm fine hanging on to nolan in spite of his shite fixtures?

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                                    1. thegaffer82
                                        3 years, 6 months ago

                                        Yep, your MF is strong enough to leave him on the bench for his more difficult fixtures

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                                  • MountainBeach
                                      3 years, 6 months ago

                                      thoughts on this team

                                      begovic
                                      rafael hangeland clyne
                                      hazard michu bale C pienaar
                                      aguero RVP berba

                                      sterling, jenks demel

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                                    • Deicide
                                        3 years, 6 months ago

                                        Foster Bego
                                        Clyne Ridgwell Baines Cuellar Demel
                                        Fellaini Hazard Cazorla Sterling Michu
                                        Rvp Ba Crouch

                                        1ft
                                        1 in the bank
                                        Saving my ft

                                        Suggestions?

                                        What should be my priority for next gw?

                                        Ditch Demel for someone else?
                                        What's gonna happen with Ba? When will he play again?

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                                      • Last Resort...
                                          3 years, 6 months ago

                                          HBA/Aguero to Taarabt(or 5.6)/RVP -4?

                                          A go, or should I hold off. HBAs form is bothering me, even though his fixtures are nice.

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                                          1. Eddie
                                              3 years, 6 months ago

                                              personally I'd hang on to HBA, less you have Ba. But then I have RVP already.

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                                            • thegaffer82
                                                3 years, 6 months ago

                                                Any transfer that includes getting RVP can only be a good move :)

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                                            • Rossoneri4Ever
                                                3 years, 6 months ago

                                                Foster

                                                Cuellar, Hughes, Cole

                                                Hazard, Bale, Fellaini, Cazorla

                                                Ba, Berba, Tevez

                                                Jussi, Demel, Michu, Rangel

                                                0.3 in the bank. Squeezing my brain on what transfers to make, don't think I need to, but with Ba and Cole doubts, a bit worried. Any of you lads give me some help on this please?

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                                                1. thegaffer82
                                                    3 years, 6 months ago

                                                    Demel>Wilkinson

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                                                    1. McTown
                                                        3 years, 6 months ago

                                                        this seems a fine move, if not very glamorous

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                                                  • Toonzie
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    3 years, 6 months ago

                                                    yaya or hba + aguero -> rvp + mcanuff

                                                    yay or nay? :)

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                                                  • Acquafresca
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    3 years, 6 months ago

                                                    REPOST

                                                    Captaincy.

                                                    RVP 10/11
                                                    Bale 7/5
                                                    Tevez 10/11

                                                    Odds are for anytime goalscorer.

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                                                    1. BBG ✩
                                                        3 years, 6 months ago

                                                        I am going with RVP Aqua, so better stay away!
                                                        My Captain hasn't clicked 7 out of 9 times this season! :-(

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                                                        1. Acquafresca
                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                          3 years, 6 months ago

                                                          Yet your rank is beautiful :)

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                                                    2. gunnerboy
                                                        3 years, 6 months ago

                                                        This is my current team for the weekend:

                                                        Begovic

                                                        Rafael Baines S Taylor

                                                        Michu Cazorla HBA Lennon

                                                        RVP Tevez Pog

                                                        Still got 1 FT, where should I use it? Im willing to take a hit too if you have any suggestions.

                                                        Thanks very much

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                                                        1. McTown
                                                            3 years, 6 months ago

                                                            might require a huge team overhaul but would advise moving pog on. i too have saylor but is he even gunna play?

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                                                        2. lfcserg
                                                            3 years, 6 months ago

                                                            Who to (C) Bale or RVP?

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                                                            1. gunnerboy
                                                                3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                RVP

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                                                              • McTown
                                                                  3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                  have this choice and currently on RVP but will change multiple times before the deadline

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                                                                • Alright John
                                                                    3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                    I've gone for bale

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                                                                • thegaffer82
                                                                    3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                    Have I got the right set-up for this GW? Also any suggestions for improving my squad in the coming GWs?

                                                                    Foster (Fed)
                                                                    Hang Baines Cuellar
                                                                    Morrison Bale(vc) Haz Pie Sterling
                                                                    RVP(c) Ba

                                                                    Bench: Lambert, McCartney, Gibbs
                                                                    Bank: 0.4m (already took a 4pt hit too)

                                                                    Not overly happy with my team (know it's not terrible either). Need to replace Lambert, Hang, Fed and do Haz>Mata at some point. Would like some Stoke DF coverage & Tevez coming in the other way.

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                                                                    1. McTown
                                                                        3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                        your plans seem solid if nothing else comes up, good team for this week

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                                                                    2. McTown
                                                                        3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                        What do people reckon in the morrison/lallana debate? need a replacement for gervinho this week, cheers

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                                                                        1. AAAAA
                                                                            3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                            lallana. See his stats. Also Morrisson played as a DM last match

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                                                                          • thegaffer82
                                                                              3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                              I bought Morrison this week. I'm hoping that he's in for a solid few weeks but as mentioned above there is a question over his role in the side.

                                                                              However, football isnt as black and white as that, and I think that whatever his role in the team, he will still be a threat on the pitch. It would just be a lot more helpful if Clarke plays him in the hole again instead of Gera.

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                                                                              1. LjayHAM - Finland FTW
                                                                                  3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                  Two goals three assists

                                                                                  Women lie, men lie, numbers don't :)

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                                                                                  1. ColeHole
                                                                                      3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                      Are you a number? Or are you a free man?

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                                                                              2. GreennRed
                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                Surfer Rosa -

                                                                                Begovic
                                                                                Johnson, Ivanovic, Cuellar
                                                                                Sterling, Pienaar, Mata, Cazorla, Bale
                                                                                Fletcher, Rooney

                                                                                Foster, Mirallas, Gorkss, Clark

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                                                                                1. LjayHAM - Finland FTW
                                                                                    3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                    Haha sure, planning on getting him in soon

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                                                                                2. I don't even watch foo…
                                                                                    3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                    Here's my current team. Do you guys approve of these transfers?

                                                                                    McCarthy; Jaaskelainen

                                                                                    Hangeland; Ivanovic; McAuley; Shawcross; (Demel --> Rafael)

                                                                                    Santi; Cazorla; Pienaar; Walters; Michu; Hazard

                                                                                    Lambert; Tevez;Torres --> Berbatov

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                                                                                  • LjayHAM - Finland FTW
                                                                                      3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                      Ba, Crouch, Tev
                                                                                      Morrison, Mata, Bale, Lallana
                                                                                      Baines, Shawcross, Kolarov
                                                                                      Krul, Begovic

                                                                                      Subs: Boyce, Lallana, Barnett

                                                                                      Ba listed as doubtful, wanted to go 8pt hit get RVP, Baird and Leigertwood for Kolarov, Yaya and Ba

                                                                                      Is it worth it?

                                                                                      Plus any one think Lukaku might outscore RVP this weekend?

                                                                                      Plus, will Lukaku start over Shane Long?

                                                                                      Thoughts?

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                                                                                    • xxxiang
                                                                                        3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                        hey guys

                                                                                        ivanovic/cameron/mcauley/jenkinson/nelsen
                                                                                        sahin/nolan/bale/mata/sterling

                                                                                        used my ft on cameron already.

                                                                                        should i go jenkinson>sagna?
                                                                                        or sahin> mcanuff
                                                                                        or sahin>fellaini

                                                                                        for a 4 point hit this week?

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                                                                                        1. LjayHAM - Finland FTW
                                                                                            3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                            Jenkinson to Sagna but not this week

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                                                                                            1. xxxiang
                                                                                                3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                                kk. thanks.
                                                                                                then sahin to mcanuff or fellaini will be better?

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                                                                                          • MountainBeach
                                                                                              3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                              yo guys
                                                                                              thoughts on this team?

                                                                                              begovic
                                                                                              hangeland rafael clyne
                                                                                              michu pienaar hazard bale C
                                                                                              aguero, berba, rvp

                                                                                              bench: sterling jenks demel

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                                                                                            • Youth-Hostelling w/ Chris E…
                                                                                                3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                                Sagna could drop a tin of beans on his foot 😀 Love the idea of Sagna doing himself beans on toast for breakie

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                                                                                              • eanj01
                                                                                                  3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                                  bega or jaska this week?

                                                                                                  rest of the team:

                                                                                                  baines/ivanovic/baird
                                                                                                  nolan/mata/bale/michu
                                                                                                  tevez/rvp/ba

                                                                                                  sterling/demble/figueroa

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                                                                                                • bring on Real Madrid !
                                                                                                    3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                                    is it wise enough to do
                                                                                                    ba caz skrtel out
                                                                                                    rvp fellaini nelsen in
                                                                                                    already have
                                                                                                    berba tevez
                                                                                                    bale michu pienaar?

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                                                                                                  • Candidate
                                                                                                      3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                                      Guys can I download the scoutcast as mp3?

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                                                                                                    • Evans
                                                                                                        3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                                        Anyone considering Ashley Young 8.2? My first thought was to double up RVP with Valencia 8.6 . The saving would help with a few upgrades ?

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                                                                                                      • branub
                                                                                                          3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                                          i have RVP and Rooney... who will u cap and why ?

                                                                                                          i personally think Rooney will do well tml.. and high chance hes on pens over rvp ? ( is it ? altho i prefer rvp )
                                                                                                          and Rooney have a good record playing against arsenal.. i am lacking behind on my league and with a 8 pt hit. Rooney is a differencial as most ppl in my league will be capping RVP.

                                                                                                          shld i play safe and cap RVP ? or just go Rooney

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                                                                                                        • The Team Principal
                                                                                                            3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                                            If anyone has any Fantasy League questions or needs help with their team, leave your questions here.
                                                                                                            Only comments/questions submitted before 10pm Friday will be answered.
                                                                                                            I will give my honest opinion and a detailed answer.

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                                                                                                            1. ColeHole
                                                                                                                3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                                                ok

                                                                                                                1) Who is your Daddy and what does he do?

                                                                                                                2) To get RVP in, would you lose Mata?

                                                                                                                3) Would you play Davies against Chelsea or get another player for a hit?

                                                                                                                I expect detail and unimpeachable honesty. Ta.

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                                                                                                                1. The Team Principal
                                                                                                                    3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                                                    1) As I said Fantasy League questions only.

                                                                                                                    2) It is a huge risk but Manchester United have brilliant upcoming fixtures and are nearly in the Last 16 of the CL, whereas Chelsea may be forced to turn their attention away from the Pl towards the CL, resting players such as Mata and Hazard. I also think that van Persie will deliver tomorrow against his old club as I believe playing against his old team will suit him. Also, with the added excellent performance of Moses in midweek, Di Matteo might risk resting his 3 attacking mids. It is a tough call but I would go for van Persie.

                                                                                                                    3) Difficult question there are not many alternatives for such a low price. With a run of easier fixtures and 4 CS's to their names I would maybe look at getting in a Stoke defender for £4.5, but I expect Norwich to deny Stoke the clean sheet at Carrow Road. I would stick with Davies this week then look at your alternatives the next. Swansea are not the same defensively as they were under Rodgers. Good Luck.

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                                                                                                              • mease14
                                                                                                                  3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                                                  Foster
                                                                                                                  rafeal, baines, nelson
                                                                                                                  morrison, bale, hazard, noble
                                                                                                                  RVP, tevez, berbatov

                                                                                                                  WHO TO CAPTAIN?
                                                                                                                  also 0.7m in bank, but not too sure who to swap/get rid.
                                                                                                                  think berba or noble...but who for?

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                                                                                                                • cbruzon
                                                                                                                    3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                                                    Here's my team, made no transfers this week ans unsure which goalie to put and also whcih defender. Any advice?

                                                                                                                    Jussi or schwarzee
                                                                                                                    Mcauley, Gallas, and then need to decide between Ivanovic or Baines
                                                                                                                    Hazard, sterling, yaya toure, pienaar,
                                                                                                                    RVP, Ba, Pobregneyak

                                                                                                                    Thanks!

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