In a frantic Friday packed full of articles, we finally see out the day with our pre-weekend regular. As always, we roll out three overlooked alternatives ahead of tomorrow morning’s deadline for your perusal…

Antonio Valencia

Having racked up four goals and 14 assists over 2,124 minutes in the previous campaign, the United winger had proven to be a constant source of Fantasy points for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side. The Red Devils’ summer acquisition of Dortmund’s Shinji Kagawa and Robin Van Persie from Arsenal shifted the spotlight away from the former Wigan man, though, and with Wayne Rooney also in the mix, Valencia has been shifted to the periphery of our Fantasy thinking.

To an extent, it’s understandable. While the likes of Juan Mata, Eden Hazard, Gareth Bale and Santi Cazorla dominate the heavyweight attention with eye-catching displays aplenty, Valencia’s highest haul has been just five points. In a campaign already hampered by ankle and foot injuries, the winger has returned to form and fitness and is again hinting at the consistency which served his Fantasy owners so well last time round – Valencia has now provided an assist in each of his last four starts and could well be set to torment Arsenal’s stand-in left-back Andre Santos in tomorrow’s lunchtime kick-off.

Priced at 8.6 in FPL and 7.9 in the Sky Sports game, Valencia has an ownership of just 2.7% in the former game and with a strong run of fixtures to follow, looks an enticing differential route into a United side that have already racked up 24 goals, more than any side so far.

Theo Walcott

A hat-trick and a trio of assists in Arsenal’s extraordinary midweek Capital One Cup comeback win at Reading highlighted Walcott’s current form. Having failed to start a single league match since Gameweek 1, he’s been something of an outcast this term but with Gervinho sidelined due to an ankle injury, tomorrow’s encounter at Old Trafford looks likely to hand him a chance to return to the Gunners first XI.

Much has been made over his desire to nail down a central role but Walcott may have to settle for a berth on the right flank, with Aaron Ramsey the man likely to make way now that Jack Wilshere is back to partner Mikel Arteta in the centre. Given the comparative form of Olivier Giroud, though, Wenger may well be tempted to shift Walcott centrally if things aren’t going his side’s way tomorrow and with a home clash against Fulham to follow, he also offers the potential for points next week, too. Priced at 8.7 in FPL and 7.5 in the Sky Sports game, and with an ownership of just 1.2% in FPL, many will be hoping Walcott can return to the form that harvested 169 FPL points in the season gone by.

Wes Hoolahan

There’s no question the season started poorly for the Republic of Ireland international. Paul Lambert’s departure to Villa afforded Chris Hughton the chance to take the Carrow Road reins and with the new boss undecided over his best starting XI, Hoolahan cut a peripheral figure, with a mere 14 minutes game time over Norwich’s first four league fixtures.

Since Gameweek 5, though, the playmaker has started four of the last five and has played every minute from Gameweek 7 onwards. As confidence begins to grow, a 1-0 home win over Arsenal was followed by a draw at Lambert’s new club Villa, with Hoolahan a key figure in last weekend’s match –he provided the assist for Michael Turner’s equaliser and resultantly picking up two bonus points.

Tucked in behind Grant Holt in Hughton’s now-default 4-4-1-1, his creativity is clearly crucial to the Canaries chances as Hughton looks to build on the back of the midweek Capital One Cup win over Spurs. Up against a Stoke side that have managed a single clean sheet in their five away games, and with a trip to Reading to follow next weekend, Hoolahan – coming in at 5.5 in FPL and 6.8 in the Sky Sports game and with an ownership of 0.3% in both games, offers a real mid-price midfield punt ahead of tomorrow’s deadline.

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  1. Morning dead zoners, the best time for some quality discussion. My team is in a mess due to injuries but I won't complain due to karma reasons and I will say I am happy with what I have and need opinion.

    Baines GJ (doubtfull) Galla
    Mata (doubtfull), Bale (c), Michu Nollan Sterling
    Kun Ba (doubtful),
    bench: Lambert (rotation risk), Wilson out. Gibbs out. 1.6m in the bank already made FT Santi to Mata ;)

    I want to make a hit because I could not field 11 players this week. I was thinking Wilson for Culeaar nice home game and double upcoming but now he is injury risk. Should I do it nevertheless or maybe do the Huth transfer planned transfer for next week, but I want RVP next week meaning the next week planned transfer was Huth and RVP in. What to do
    A: Cuelaar and ignore the injury
    B: Huth prepare for next week
    C: Sit put
    D: Other option please say what.

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. If you're gunna take the hit then do it for Huth (don't take a hit for a defender unless its long term thinking) I'd stay put, I'm averse to hits.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. B, sad team man, Mata is my only injury, phew

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    3. If you are taking the hit, take it for Bardsley, not Cuellar.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    4. Huth, imo. Higher chance to return a hit.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  2. should i play sterling or lallana

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. sterling

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. Sterling as I said before

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  3. Damn you Mata and Ba.. Leave team as is or take a hit? :(
    Mignolet (Federici)
    Hangeland Cameron Gorkks (Demel Clyne)
    Bale Cazorla Pienaar Mata (Sterling)
    Rvp(c) Tevez Ba

    0 FT 0.2 in bank

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. Leave

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. yeah.. cant really see what else i could do anyway.. if i had 0.3 i'd have taken a hit for Demel to Wilkinson.. cant really do anythin with 0.2

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. next week hangeland to simpson is the plan

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    3. I think Ba might play, I kind of want him not to as I have Nolan first sub and everyone has him, but I think he will. Don't take a hit as you'll want them back next week most likely. Hopefully RVP will make all the points we need for all of us.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. +1.. not removin mata or ba.. defense is a mess and was wonderin if demel to nelson would be a good hit for the long term

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
        1. I wouldn't take a hit to alter shitty defenders

          • 2 years, 1 month ago
    4. I'm in a similar boat. You're stumped, really

      Leave it be

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  4. is it worth taking ba out this week and putting him back in next week? (for a 4pt hit)

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. No

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. Yes, always worth doing to get best value from your team

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  5. Hey night crawlers, I'm trying to join the FFS PPC and I need to get my FPL team ID, how exactly do I do that??????

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. go to your gameweek history and within the url is a number, if you type it here i'll show which one

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  6. then is it worth bring bale in this week for cazorla, for a 4pt hit?? or should i wait a bit

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. Taking out Cazorla for a hit is utterly mental

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. he hasnt been doing shit. so i doubt he will vs united

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. do it. Arsenal struggling for goals

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  7. How's this for a midfield?

    Santi, Michu, Mata, Hazard, (Lallana/Morrison/Ramirez(not sure bout my transfer for this yet)

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. Looks great, but what does that leave for the rest of your team?

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. Bego, Jaaskelainen
        Gorkss, Baines, Cameron, Ivanovic, Nelson
        Santi, Michu, Mata, Hazard, Lallana
        Defoe, Ba, Berba

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
        1. U need to replace mata/hazard with united cover. Either by swapping for Valencia or downgrading to get roon/rvp

          • 2 years, 1 month ago
  8. My midfield now, Santi, Michu, Mata, Hazard and Lallana

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. thats cool

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  9. The All knowing FIFA says United 1-2 Arsenal :D

    Santi (2), RVP

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  10. begovic

    mcauley baines nelsen

    mata michu morrison bale (capt)

    berba aguero jelavic

    (schwarzer, demel, Staylor, ben arfa)

    any changes needed? 0.0m in bank and 1 FT

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  11. Is Barnett never to see the starting 11 again then?? Just to be clear, need to make a decision on this bum.

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  12. Now i can't decide... who would YOU bench?

    A) Nolan (mci)


    B) Sterling (NEW)

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. bench nolan

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. sterling, big test for city rocking up to WHU

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    3. Go for Nolan at home vs leaky Man City

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  13. My front three: RVP, Ba and Long. Two doubts. Hmmmm

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  14. play mata or sterling???

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. mata wont play...

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  15. been thinking about Tony V all week. UTD have excellent fixtures and Tony was immense last year. Could be the time to start the bandwagon instead of actually just getting on it...

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  16. 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


    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  17. Which one from these three would you bench?

    Podolski (mun), Sterling (NEW), Michu (CHE).


    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  18. how's this for a midfield:

    Hoolahan, McAnuff, Hazard, Bale, Pienaar

    should I take out McAuley and buy Rafael??

    • 2 years, 1 month ago

Scout Picks

For Gameweek 17

  • Lloris
  • Zabaleta
  • Ivanovic
  • Cresswell
  • Sánchez
  • Eriksen
  • Y Touré
  • Downing
  • Bony
  • van Persie
  • Austin
  • Evans
  • Nasri
  • Carroll

Fixture Ticker

The Watchlist


Last updated: 19 Dec, 2014 1:25pm
Player Club Factors
Up Hart MCI A, Vs
Up McGregor HUL B, Vs
Up Guzan AVL B, Vs
Up Green QPR B, Vs
Down Pantilimon SUN A
Up De Gea MUN A
No Change Fabianski SWA B
Up Adrián WHM B


Last updated: 19 Dec, 2014 12:51am
Player Club Factors
Up Zabaleta MCI B, Vs, Rest
Down Ivanovic CHE B
Down Baines EVE C
Up Yun QPR C, Vs, £
Up Davies TOT C, Vs, Rest, £
Up Janmaat NEW B, VsX, Inj
No Change Cresswell WHM B
Down Hutton AVL B, Vs, £, Sus
No Change Taylor SWA B
Up Chester HUL C, Vs, VsX
Up Evans MUN B, Vs


Last updated: 17 Dec, 2014 1:40pm
Player Club Factors
Up Hazard CHE A, VsX
Down Sánchez ARS A, VsX, OoP
Up Y Touré MCI B, Vs, Sus
Up Downing WHM A
Up Eriksen TOT A, Vs
Up Nasri MCI A, Vs, Inj
Down Sigurdsson SWA B, Vs
Up Sterling LIV C, Vs
No Change Bolasie CPL A, VsX
Down Oscar CHE B, VsX
Up Fer QPR B, Vs
Up Sissoko NEW B, Vs, VsX


Last updated: 20 Dec, 2014 10:12am
Player Club Factors
No Change Diego Costa CHE B
No Change Bony SWA A, Vs
Up Austin QPR A, Vs
Up van Persie MUN A
Up Kane TOT B, Vs, Rest, £
No Change Sakho WHM B, Rest, £
Up Giroud ARS B, VsX
Up Benteke AVL B, Vs
Down Rooney MUN B, Inj, OoP
Up Carroll WHM B
Up Cissé NEW A, Vs
No Change Pellè SOT C

Selection Factors

A, B, C Current Form
Vs Favourable Fixtures
VsX Unfavourable Fixtures
Rest Rotation Risk
Inj Injured/Returning from Injury
OoP Out of Position
£ Potential Bargain
Sus Suspended/Near Suspension

The Suspension Tightrope

Player Team YC
Cazorla ARS 4
Oxlade-Chamberlain ARS 4
Agbonlahor AVL 4
Boyd BRN 4
Marney BRN 4
Chamakh CPL 4
Besic EVE 4
Naismith EVE 4
Chester HUL 4
Robertson HUL 4
Moore LEI 4
Vardy LEI 4
Balotelli LIV 4
Gerrard LIV 4
Skrtel LIV 4
Kompany MCI 4
Mangala MCI 4
Y Touré MCI 4
Fer QPR 4
Clyne SOT 4
Mane SOT 4
Mame Biram Diouf STO 4
Pieters STO 4
Shawcross STO 4
Wilson STO 4
Gómez SUN 4
O'Shea SUN 4
Ki SWA 4
Williams SWA 4
Mason TOT 4
Dorrans WBA 4
Tomkins WHM 4

“Last year was quite open for me, I was in good positions, but I was quite lucky because I was getting free kicks and some penalties as well.”

Yaya Toure Manchester City midfielder