The Stock Check

The Stock Check – Saturday – Part One

Initially it was a tale of the unexpected, as Sunderland notched at Goodison and Oliver Girioud broke free of his Premier League shackles. With Marouane Fellaini delivering again and Stoke and Reading picking up cleanies, there looks to be some strong Fantasy scoring on offer before Robin Van Persie has even kicked a ball in anger. Here’s today’s stock check so far…

On the Up

Dimitar Berbatov
Two goals and an assist, few would have predicted such returns for “Uncle Bulgaria” against one of the league’s “better defences”. Fulham carry a real goal threat, however, and Berbatov’s class is looking fixture proof. It’s difficult to find a better third striker option given his priced tag: huge investment and multiple price rises look inevitable.

Bryan Ruiz
He came off the bench to revive Fulham’s fortunes at Reading and today at the Emirates he was again outstanding. At first glance Ruiz is an unlikely Fantasy option but at 5.8 and with seven assists to his name in just six starts, Ruiz is becoming a consideration as a cheaper third forward for those who can’t stretch to Berbatov’s brilliance.

Alex Kacaniklic
Off the bench to replace the injured Kieran Richardson, the Swede impressed again and notched Fulham’s second. At 4.7, Kacaniklic could present an excellent route to cover Martin Jol’s vibrant attack but, sadly, his starts remain far from secure, with so many options available to the Fulham boss.

Olivier Giroud
A brace for the Frenchman as he, at last, delivers on the potential we’ve seen in recent weeks. Having dropped from 9.0 to 8.4 in the FPL, Giroud threatens to deliver coverage of Arsenal’s attacking potential for a decent price – he’s starting to look nailed on and confidence will surely be flowing. The question is, can we find room in our forward lines?

Theo Walcott
It’s perhaps no surprise to see Walcott’s first start of the season ignite the Gunners and, while the winger failed to get on the scoresheet, his two assists and link up play with Giroud has announced Walcott as a Fantasy option for Arsenal’s continued run of favourable opponents. A Cazorla killer?

Marouane Fellaini
The Belgian delivered again. An assist for Jelavic’s goal and his sixth strike of the season brought instant big returns for the 200,000 FPL managers who brought him in this week and confirmed him as a key asset. Fellaini avoided his fifth booking today – in truth, his form and fixtures are so strong, that hardly seems an obstacle to acquisition.

Nikica Jelavic
The Croatian had been without a goal in four league matches but notched Everton’s winner after smart work from Fellaini. Jelavic has goals in him, of that there’s no doubt, but with the big Belgian so dominant as a Fantasy option, it’s perhaps hard to find room for Jelavic’s talents.

Arouna Kone
Another clear candidate for the budget third forward spot, the Ivorian claimed a place on the Scout Picks bench and showed just why with his fourth goal of the season in Wigan’s defeat to West Brom.

James Morrison
It’s difficult to find a place for the likes of James Morrison in our midfields but there’s no doubting his quality. The Scot delivered his third goal of the season to confirm himself as the Baggies’ key Fantasy talent. Another fine win for Steve Clarke, who won few fans with his continued rotation.

Stoke’s Defence
A clean sheet against struggling QPR means that Tony Pulis’ side have now kept five shutouts this term and have conceded just a single goal in their last three league matches. The likes of Asmir Begovic and Geoff Cameron have earned plenty of investment in recent weeks and that looks totally justified given form and fixtures.

Going Down

Santi Cazorla
Three goals for Arsenal and yet Cazorla comes out of the game with a blank. Cazorla’s class will likely see him through over the forthcoming Gameweeks but the key factor today was the emergence of both Giroud and Walcott as potential coverage of Arsenal’s attacking intent. That will dent Cazorla’s stock and will have his owners pondering their options.

Chris Baird
It looked unlikely that Baird could maintain the form that had seem him emerge as a Fantasy prospect in recent weeks. Three goals conceded and a fifth booking of the season today will see Baird lose his start for next weekend’s home clash with Sunderland – that looked his best hope for a clean sheet for several weeks. Expect heavy sales.

Michael Kightly
He’s started every Premier League game until today, when Tony Pulis decided to hand Matt Ehterington a start on the Potters flank. Kightly saw action with 20 minutes left but now clearly faces stiff competition for his start: a concern for Kightly’s many Sky Sports owners.

Wayne Routledge
The impish winger was replaced by Nathan Dyer on the hour-mark and watched on by Dyer grabbed the Swansea goal. Routledge’s form has been strong enough for him to cement his place but, with Pablo Hernandez seemingly a fixture in the side, his start is perhaps now back under threat.

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

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  1. Playing A Blinder
      3 years, 10 months ago

      My Team iss:
      Jaaskelainen – Mignolet
      Baines – Ridgewell – Hangeland – Cameron – Nelsen
      Cazorla – Mata – Pienaar – Sterling – Maloney
      RVP – Tevez – Ba
      Budget: £0.0, 1FT

      Want to get in Fellaini somehow.
      A) Cazorla –> Fellaini
      B) Cazorla + Pienaar –> Fellaini and Valencia / 8.6 mid (4 points)
      C) Pienaar + Hangeland / Ridgewell –> Fellaini and 4.4 def (4 points)
      D) Pienaar + Baines –> Fellaini and 6.8 def
      E) Pienaar + Sterling / Maloney to 4.4 mid

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      1. Waitakere_
          3 years, 10 months ago

          C but not for a hit

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        • simsey
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 years, 10 months ago

          C, Hangeland out

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      2. In Bale We Trust
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 years, 10 months ago

        Is Crouch going to get that assist taken off of him?

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        1. Gargamel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          3 years, 10 months ago

          I wonder this as well. Did he really touch it?

          Also, was Hernandez second goal REALLY heading off target? Replays looked pretty inconclusive to me. Perhaps anyone can link me up?

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          1. 4-4-who?
              3 years, 10 months ago

              as you say inconclusive, therefore difficult to see it being given to Hernandez (as much as I want the Rafa assist).

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        2. Eboue
            3 years, 10 months ago

            thoughts on best cheap defender to bring in? at this stage have been thinking cameron? Cheers

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            1. The Team Principal
                3 years, 10 months ago

                Geoff Cameron... but quickly (his price WILL increase)

                Too Late. It just has.. He is now £4.6

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              • Eboue
                  3 years, 10 months ago

                  yeah he was my main idea, any other thoughts? (and thanks)

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              • FantasyFreak
                  3 years, 10 months ago

                  Hi everyone,
                  Begovic
                  Baines Rafael Gorkss
                  Mata Cazorla Bale Michu
                  Berba RVP Ba

                  Foster Nelsen Davies Puncheon

                  I have 2 FT and 0 left in bank.
                  What should I do? (to get Fellaini)

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                  1. NeverGunOwen
                      3 years, 10 months ago

                      hey lads. team is
                      Begovic
                      Rafael, Baines, Sagna
                      Michu, Mata, Bale, Nolan
                      Berba, RVP, Ba

                      Cerny, Nelson, McCartney, El Ahmadi

                      thinking about binning Michu for Fellaini b4 the price rise but that might be chasing points. should i go for it??

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                      1. simsey
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        3 years, 10 months ago

                        Getting Fellaini is a good idea but losing Michu is a bad one.

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                    • simsey
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      3 years, 10 months ago

                      Without meaning to sound smart you should decide which one from Mata Cazorla Bale Michu you want to lose 🙂
                      Thats a tough decision, couldnt call it.

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                      1. Soundwave
                          3 years, 10 months ago

                          Cazorla -> Fellaini, it's obvious.

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                    • tempest
                        3 years, 10 months ago

                        So... I've got exactly the right amount of money to do piennar to fellaini before the inevitable price rises....

                        Should I?

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                        1. Soundwave
                            3 years, 10 months ago

                            Yes

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                          • these42charmingmen
                              3 years, 10 months ago

                              I've got .1 to spare - should I wait untill he's played the international game?

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                              1. rvp786
                                  3 years, 10 months ago

                                  felliani will go up twice more and in quick time

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                            • thegaffer82
                                3 years, 10 months ago

                                when will the prices rise? Want to know how long i can hold out on buying Berba

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                                1. 4-4-who?
                                    3 years, 10 months ago

                                    Berba will increase tonight

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                                2. Soundwave
                                    3 years, 10 months ago

                                    Morning everyone 🙂

                                    need a quick advice - got 2 ft and dilemma :
                                    1) Bale + Walters -> Fellaini & Walcott
                                    or
                                    2) HBA + Long -> Ruiz & Fellaini
                                    or
                                    3) something else 😀

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                                  • these42charmingmen
                                      3 years, 10 months ago

                                      1733rd!

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                                    • WDT
                                        3 years, 10 months ago

                                        who's more essential to get in first, Berb or Fellaini?

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                                        1. Van The Man
                                            3 years, 10 months ago

                                            Berba for me!

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                                        2. hnmfm
                                            3 years, 10 months ago

                                            Jaask Bego
                                            Baines Shawx McAuley Chico Demel
                                            Mata Nolan Michu Bale Guthrie
                                            RVP Tevez Fletcher

                                            got 0.1 in the bank, can barely get in Berba, should I do the transfer? Sunderland are struggling in scoring goals, what do? they have some good fixture the next game weeks, stick or twist??

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                                          • MOvaisK
                                              3 years, 10 months ago

                                              Got screwed up with my luck and did
                                              1) Cazorla> Fellaini
                                              2) Suarez> RVP
                                              3) Tevez> Berba
                                              for a -8 hit. What you say? team linked.

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                                            • alamodey
                                                3 years, 10 months ago

                                                66 points pre-bonus this wk.

                                                my main rivals have RVP and i refuse to jump on that bandwagon (and too late now anyway). instead i wildcarded a few wks ago and brought into mata, berbatov, ba and fellaini. paying dividends at the moment.

                                                i have nasri and aguero, but thinking of shipping them out. should i stick it out for their next home game? not sure if aguero will get the same game time as today.

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                                              • spot24
                                                  3 years, 10 months ago

                                                  What time will the tables update an the bonus points go on???

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                                                • alamodey
                                                    3 years, 10 months ago

                                                    Bonus points are out. I got 80 in total this week, woot!

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                                                  • 6mboyjam
                                                      3 years, 10 months ago

                                                      Please help: im considering

                                                      Tevez to Suarez and hazard to mata or silva.

                                                      problem is its an 8 point hit. but if i dont then i will get knocked by price rises 🙁

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                                                    • SoAdCrAzY
                                                        3 years, 10 months ago

                                                        Rooney is doubtful. So should I replace him with anyone? I'll wait a while first. But is it worth replacing him with anyone else anyway? Like, Berbatov or Suarez?

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