November
10

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.

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  1. 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

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. C but not for a hit

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. C, Hangeland out

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  2. Is Crouch going to get that assist taken off of him?

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. 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?

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. as you say inconclusive, therefore difficult to see it being given to Hernandez (as much as I want the Rafa assist).

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
  3. thoughts on best cheap defender to bring in? at this stage have been thinking cameron? Cheers

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. Geoff Cameron... but quickly (his price WILL increase)

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

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. yeah he was my main idea, any other thoughts? (and thanks)

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  4. 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)

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. 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??

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. Getting Fellaini is a good idea but losing Michu is a bad one.

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. 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.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. Cazorla -> Fellaini, it's obvious.

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
  5. So... I've got exactly the right amount of money to do piennar to fellaini before the inevitable price rises....

    Should I?

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. I've got .1 to spare - should I wait untill he's played the international game?

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. felliani will go up twice more and in quick time

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
  6. when will the prices rise? Want to know how long i can hold out on buying Berba

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. Berba will increase tonight

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  7. 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 :D

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  8. who's more essential to get in first, Berb or Fellaini?

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. Berba for me!

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  9. 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??

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  10. 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.

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  11. 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.

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  12. What time will the tables update an the bonus points go on???

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  13. Bonus points are out. I got 80 in total this week, woot!

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  14. 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 :-(

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  15. 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?

    • 2 years, 1 month ago

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