Edin Dzeko proves the value of goals from the bench yet again with a decisive blow to see off Spurs. Kevin Nolan returns to haunt the impotent Magpies, while Luis Suarez strikes to silence Stamford Bridge. Here’s Sunday’s stock check…

On the Up

Sergio Aguero
A first goal since Gameweek 7 brought City back into the game and served a reminder of his capabilities. With just one start in the previous four, Aguero has hardly been given much opportunity to shine but with Carlos Tevez struggling to find the net, his compatriot’s keen eye for goal will be crucial to the champions’ chances of retaining their title.

Edin Dzeko
Notching a late winner after climbing off the bench, the Bosnian vindicated his super-sub tag once more. Despite starting just four of City’s 11 games and playing 389 minutes, Dzeko has scored six times and is City’s top scorer thus far.

David Silva
The Spaniard recovered from a hamstring injury to make his first appearance since Gameweek 7. Silva’s brilliant assist for Dzeko’s late winner highlighted just how much City have missed his talents – he now has an assist in three of his last four starts.

Steven Caulker
Today’s strike took his tally to two goals and an assist since coming off the bench as a sub back in Gameweek 5 at QPR. Caulker has now started the last six for Spurs and priced at 4.8 in FPL, his ownership of 2.3% could be set to increase on the back of another fruitful attacking performance.

Kevin Nolan
A first strike away from home against his former employers took Nolan to five goals for the season. One of several strong “in the hole” midfielders, along with the likes of Maraoune Fellaini and Michu, Nolan goes on delivering in the mid-price to question the merits of the established heavy-hitters, some of which are stalling by comparison.

The West Ham Defence
Sam Allardyce is always quick to talk up the importance of clean sheets and he’s now seen his keeper and back four keep unlikely back-to-back shut-outs against City and Newcastle. The Hammers have now kept five clean sheets this term – the joint highest in the league with Stoke City.

Luis Suarez
The Uruguayan struck again to put himself level with Robin Van Persie in the race for the Golden Boot with eight goals. Suarez has now scored or assisted in his last five league outings as he finds a new level of consistency that has led to his Fantasy ownership gradually climb. He remains just one booking from a ban but, like Fellaini at Everton, his form is so strong, there’s an argument for taking that on the chin. It’s Wigan at home next for Liverpool.

Going Down

Carlos Tevez
With 35 points accrued over four home starts, Tevez had scored or assisted in all of his outings at the Etihad prior to today. His run finally came to an end and while his consistency has seen him produce four goals and six assists over 11 outings, a single goal since the end of Gameweek 3 is something of a worry.

Jermain Defoe
A midweek Europa League hat-trick was not enough for the forward to keep his place in the Spurs XI. While replacement Emmanuel Adebayor may not have produced the goods today, the Togo international‘s first start of the season has certainly placed question marks over Defoe’s regular starting role.

Gareth Bale
The Welshman who has now gathered just a single goal in his last four outings for his owners. Bale suffered sales going into the Gameweek and with mid-price midfielders flourishing and David Silva and Mata returning assists, there’s every chance we’ll see that trend continuing as Spurs prepare for the trip to the Emirates in Gameweek 12.

Demba Ba
While Newcastle have strong fixtures to come, the Magpies have now scored just four goals in five league games and Ba’s owners will surely be fidgeting having seen their man toil for a blank. With just a single goal in the last five Gameweeks, returns have deserted him and with in-form options available elsewhere, it remains to be seen how many will keep patience with Ba for the forthcoming Gameweeks. Meanwhile, Papiss Cisse’s miserable season continued as he was hauled off at half-time.

Hatem Ben Arfa
The Frenchman is another to suffer from Newcastle’s recent lack of potency. Owned by over 14% of Fantasy Premier League managers, Ben Arfa has notched just one assist in his last six league matches to offer very little reason to retain his services. With a whole raft of midfield talent available, patience with Ben Afra is being tested and, having suffered big sales in four of the last five Gameweeks, this trend looks set to continue.

Gary Cahill
Dropped to the bench to make way for John Terry’s return, even with David Luiz absent through illness, Roberto Di Matteo elected to omit Cahil and leave Branislav Ivanovic at centre-back with César Azpilicueta retaining the right-back role. Terry’s first-half injury may confuse matters further but it seems that Cahill currently ranks below Ivanovic in the pecking order for a centre-back role and that could even mean more regular starts for Azpilicueta. We’ll know more when Luiz is available once again.

Eden Hazard
A second consecutive blank for Hazard means that he’s now without a goal in four matches, while Juan Mata again returned to ensure that he’s offered a goal or assist in his last six league starts. Hazard owners may have other priorities to address in their squads but, if not, Mata’s continued form could well see another bout of managers switching allegiance.

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  1. Get RVP, they said...

    I got RVP, made him my captain & my rank fell 130,000 places!!!

    730,000 now, this is a joke!!!

    This season I have put twice as much effort in, but my rank is far worse than it ever has been in my entire life.

    Incidently, this is the first season, I have used this site.

    You are all a bunch of bastards!!!

    Leave me alone!

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. Hey, I got the top of the page without even trying!!!

      Weeeeeeee :)

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. There's a new post though :D

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
      2. You seem to be one of those people who are easily infuriated/amused ;)

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
      3. I liked your post telling someone to bench Berb yesterday morning, instead of McAnuff. Has he thanked you yet? :D

        • 2 years, 1 month ago

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. You!!!

        It was you that told me not to get Herandez!!!!

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      1. I'm not sure I understand, are you....happy?

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      2. goodness gracious! :D :shock:

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    3. I wonder there are more reasons for your drop than RVP (C) :p

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    4. you're welcome Ronny. any time.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    5. Wej

      I captained RVP and moved into the top 10,000... Maybe you need to look at the rest of your team!

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    6. We should have picked the rest of your team for you, yours insincerely, a bunch of bastards!

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. I like this

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    7. I'd RVP as captain too and I had a solid week. The rest of your squad probably needs lookin' at too. Don't neglect your cheap & mid-price mids, defenders. They all chip in!

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  2. GK: Mccarthy, Bego
    DEF: Baines, gibbs, cuellar, demel, Rafael
    MID: bale,michu, Hazard, Kac , pienaar
    ATT: Ba, berba, RVP
    0.4 in bank

    thoughts??? time to replace pienaar????

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. Presume you can't afford Pie > Fellaini?

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  3. Wej

    Thinking of doing Bale -> Silva... Knee jerky, or inspired move?

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  4. A: Straight swap Pienaar > Fellaini for 4pts?
    B: Hazard / Pienaar > Nolan instead for 4pts?

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  5. I'm thinking at the moment. People are saying Suarez is great value because he is much better value relative to RVP/Aguero et al.

    And one of things I'm thinking is that Suarez really benefits from being the only striker and a monopoly of chances and generally carrying a team.

    He's the talk of the town now.

    But is Demba Ba not very similar? has good fixtures and doesn't have a suspension over his head.

    At Ba's price I'd argue he's even better value and similarly is carrying his team goal-wise. Not to mention he is more clinical.

    It will be interesting when everyone jumps on the Suarez wagon this week...I don't think it's worth it.

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. Wej

      I have both... Going to give Ba/Newcastle a couple more weeks then assess the Berba situation

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
      1. I want captain option from my striker. Suarez clearly isn't

        • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. He's playing well at the moment, no striker or attacking mids to benefit from any of Reds many chances whereas other strikers have to spread the wealth. Could all dry-up in a week. I just got him back in, only rise 0.3 m. Ba is a better striker, Suarez a better footballer who's getting that bit of luck needed around the goal.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    3. great players...but then also add in Jelavic to that mix...The only problem is judging when each one has a purple patch...Ba/Jelly/Suarez..nowt between them...Ba set off it's Suarez...and in a couple of weeks it'll be Jelly...or back to Ba...who knows...

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  6. new post :(

    I will have to repost my rant

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  7. k

    woss happnin guys!

    what dja think of my team


    Demel Baines Hughes

    Caz Mata Ramirez Sterling

    Shrek + Donkey+ berba

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  8. k

    woss hapnin guys what do yuo think of this tem


    Demal Hughes Baines

    Caz Mata Ramirez Sterling

    Rvp Rooney Berba

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  9. Hey guys please give me your opinions. Thinking of bringing in Suarez for fletcher and Nielsen for Chico to fund the Suarez transfer for a four point hit wot do ye think? Or should I wait till later in the week.

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. Is that Leslie or Brigette Neilsen you are referring to.

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. i was just gonna answer but now i've seen your forum name, nvm

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  10. Tevez -> Suarez tonight before the rise or wait?

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. leaves me with 1.3 in the bank after that move

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
    2. wait for what?

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  11. Kacanikilic or Maloney? The 0.3 extra with Kancas will give me room to swap Valencia with Mata in a couple of weeks (taking into account Mata’s immanent rise in price).

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  12. Hey guys my team is
    Baines Clyne Hangeland
    Michu Mata Hoilett Bale
    Suarez Rooney Ba
    Bench(Jaaskelainen, Sterling, Williams, Wilson)

    I have .1 in the bank. I was thinking of upgrading Rooney to Rvp should I? and who should i drop to afford him? Thanks :)

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
  13. 2 free transfers for next week, thinking Hazard and Walters for Silva & Fellani???

    • 2 years, 1 month ago
    1. Oh yes

      • 2 years, 1 month ago
  14. 70 points this Baines and no RVP...

    • 2 years, 1 month ago

Scout Picks

For Gameweek 16

  • Foster
  • Ivanovic
  • Baines
  • Kolarov
  • Hazard
  • Sigurdsson
  • Nasri
  • Bolasie
  • Lukaku
  • Diego Costa
  • Dzeko
  • Evans
  • Downing
  • Bony

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Last updated: 17 Dec, 2014 1:32pm
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, Sus
Up Adrián WHM B


Last updated: 17 Dec, 2014 7:05pm
Player Club Factors
Up Zabaleta MCI B, Vs, Rest
Down Ivanovic CHE B
Up Davies TOT C, Vs, Rest, Inj, £
Up Yun QPR C, Vs, £
Down Baines EVE C
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: 17 Dec, 2014 1:47pm
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, Vs
Up Cissé NEW A, Vs
No Change Pellè SOT C

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

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Oxlade-Chamberlain ARS 4
Agbonlahor AVL 4
Boyd BRN 4
Marney BRN 4
Chamakh CPL 4
Naismith EVE 4
Chester HUL 4
Livermore HUL 4
Robertson HUL 4
Moore LEI 4
Balotelli LIV 4
Gerrard LIV 4
Skrtel LIV 4
Kompany MCI 4
Mangala MCI 4
Y Touré MCI 4
Tioté NEW 4
Fer QPR 4
Clyne SOT 4
Fonte SOT 4
Mane SOT 4
Mame Biram Diouf STO 4
Shawcross STO 4
Wilson STO 4
Gómez SUN 4
Wickham SUN 4
Ki SWA 4
Williams SWA 4
Mason TOT 4
Dorrans WBA 4
Tomkins WHM 4

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