November
15

Robin Van Persie had many a Fantasy Manager reaching for the Beta-Blockers to combat heightened anxiety and raised blood pressure as news filtered through that leading Fantasy Premier League (FPL) points scorer Robin Van Persie had suffered a suspected thigh strain.

The news broke in the early hours of Monday morning, indicating that Manchester United were aware of the problem from at least last Sunday and, as most club protocols are for a rest day immediately after a match, we can only assume that the injury occurred during the Aston Villa game. Reassuringly, an observational assessment of his physiological movements during the second half of the encounter offers credible evidence that recovery should be swift.

Having dissected each movement for clues and indicators of injury, it soon becomes clear that throughout the second half Van Persie moves with agility, fluidity and mechanical purity; indeed, he looked sharp, fresh and bristled with intent. The Dutch international can be witnessed performing a full array of high intensity movements around the hip, knee and ankle joints, leaping, tackling, taking corners, free kicks and accelerating and decelerating whilst changing direction. At no point during the half did I witness anything that would concern me. From an observational physiotherapist’s perspective, he moved with fluid freedom, showing no signs of anxiety, reaction or impediment. At no point during the half did RVP exhibit any type of antalgic gait.

It must be noted that an observational assessment doesn’t tell the whole story; a battery of palpations, tests and movements allied to a subjective assessment offers a much fuller picture, but based purely on our observational analysis we have to give RVP a clean bill of health.

If Van Persie incurred an injury, he disguised it well, leaving me to conclude that some soreness or tightness around the thigh muscles presented itself during the post match physio assessments. However, on the available evidence we can only conclude that, unless he has taken a tumble getting on to the team bus, any injury would be minor in nature, giving us a high probability that the Dutchman should be fit, fresh and ready to rattle the Canaries cages at Carrow Road this weekend.

  1. got 2 FTs and havent had time this week to think (new baby born last night)

    Any advice appreciated.

    Is Cazorla + Ba -> Fellaini + Suarez chasing points or good moves for the future?

    • 2 years, 11 days ago
    1. FBA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

      Congratulations on your 2 free transfers

      • 2 years, 11 days ago
      1. LMAO...and i think fantasy football is more important than a baby, god!

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    2. Congrats! Both good moves.

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    3. I'd just do Caz to Fellaini and save the other transfer. Ba also has a good home fixture and bringing in two players on the suspension tightrope could backfire horribly.

      Oh, and congratulations!

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    4. seeing as they could both get yellows this weekend and be banned the next i would say its not a good move for the future. also you totally missed the boat on those transfers, suarez has gone up .2 and fellaini .3 for a total of .5 less if you'd done the transfers last sunday.

      • 2 years, 11 days ago
      1. I know what you mean about the prices rises but in terms of maximising points, is that a valid reason not to get them in? i dont know the answer to this

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    5. congratulations !

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    6. Wej

      Congrats!

      I think they're both good moves

      • 2 years, 11 days ago
      1. Congrats man - good news to hear. Think I'm keeping Caz this week, but they look like good moves.

        • 2 years, 11 days ago
  2. Breaking News:

    Even though he doesn't play in Britain, Zlatan Ibrahimovich due to be named in Garth Crook's team of the week. If there's no room up front he'll be slotted into midfield or something.

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  3. FBA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member

    Baines last 6 gameweek points:

    2 6 2 4 1 4

    The emperor's new clothes?

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    1. ESSENTIAL!!!!111

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    2. In the last 6 gameweeks Boyce has outscored him.

      • 2 years, 11 days ago
      1. FBA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member

        Each time Boyce scores point he's on my bloody bench!

        • 2 years, 11 days ago
        1. FBA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member

          Just looked at Boyce -

          6 homes games, 7 points
          5 away games, 21 points

          Infuriating! Or do I keep him and play him away at Liverpool?!

          • 2 years, 11 days ago
          1. Depends on your other options.

            I'm tempted to play him this week. Its Boyce or McAuley (CHE).

            • 2 years, 11 days ago
            1. FBA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member

              Transferring him out for Jose Enrique

              • 2 years, 11 days ago
    3. Long game with Baines. No point looking short-term.

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    4. how he got those 2 bps last week still baffles me.

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  4. Just googled fantasyfootballscout from the year 2010 ,cant believe the quality of posters that have disappeared in two years,strangely hunter s thompson was posting on the section i was looking at ,i remember a lot of those posters fondly and bellends like Chu Young hardly existed....*sniffles*

    • 2 years, 11 days ago
    1. That's the first time I've seen you post here. I hope it's ur last too.

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      1. regularity of posting in no way what so ever indicates how worthwhile a human being you are never mind how usefull you are from a fantasy footi perspective jordan hits the nail squarly on the head......just a shame that he cant hit you on the head with a heavy blunt instrument......one of the reasons i lurk so much is cock ends like you ping pong

        • 2 years, 11 days ago
        1. A *lurker* like you should shut up.

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          1. **knob end** not a big one mind just a scrawny shrivelled **knob end** ya know the sort no one wants :razz:

            • 2 years, 11 days ago
        2. you should post more :-)

          • 2 years, 11 days ago
          1. +1,000

            • 2 years, 11 days ago
        3. *rummages in shed for lump hammer*

          • 2 years, 11 days ago
    2. I might have to take a look. I'm afraid I will see some cringeworthy posts from myself though.

      • 2 years, 11 days ago
      1. don't have to look far for them, just go back a page ;)

        • 2 years, 11 days ago
        1. Touche. ;)

          • 2 years, 11 days ago
        2. HAhahaahahaHAhahaahahaHAhahaahahaHAhahaahahaHAhahaahahaHAhahaahahaHAhahaahahaHAhahaahahaHAhahaahahaHAhahaahahaHAhahaahahaHAhahaahahaHAhahaahahaHAhahaahaha

          • 2 years, 11 days ago
    3. Ah 2010... Good year haha! I think the forum has changed since then, for the good and for the worse.

      • 2 years, 11 days ago
      1. I'm with you on that. I tend to just stick to reading the articles these days. This is the first time I've posted since 2010! Unless my memory is failing me I seem to remember you being Nigeria based camsy? are you still there?

        • 2 years, 11 days ago
    4. new comments system is imminent apparently, which might entice some of those good posters from yesteryear back again

      • 2 years, 11 days ago
      1. Another lurker.

        • 2 years, 11 days ago
    5. Agree 100% wasnt what it used to be!

      • 2 years, 11 days ago
      1. that is because it went on public. Previously was something like incognito. Very few people knew it. And we were keeping a secret

        • 2 years, 11 days ago
        1. it changed since the link to the site was there for all to see on fpl!!!

          • 2 years, 11 days ago
        2. Yep i was gutted when it went public.

          • 2 years, 11 days ago
    6. seriously good old days....

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    7. chu young has a rubbish team probably at the back end of the bus

      • 2 years, 11 days ago
      1. He's right though. I remember when it was all fields here.

        • 2 years, 11 days ago
  5. Quick poll, who to captain this week?
    A) Berbatov
    B) Fellaini
    C) Ba
    D) Giroud
    E) Mata
    F) Bale
    G) Caz

    Wish I had RVP if only so I didn't have this headache each week....

    • 2 years, 11 days ago
    1. C.

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    2. FBA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

      If only there was a simple way of everyone voting for their choicer of captain....

      Oh well. Tevez.

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    3. Berbatov

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    4. Bale.

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    5. Berba! Sunderland are yet to win on the road and have been looking toothless recently...

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    6. H) Silva

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    7. mata

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  6. Team this week:

    Begovic, Jussi
    Rafael, Baines, Hughes, Dremel, Barnett
    Mata, Bale, Michu, Fellaini, Sterling
    Suarez, VP, Berba

    0.1m in the bank

    Improvement suggestion please good people. Is Huges -> Cameron the most sensible?

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    1. Hughes will get a clean

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  7. How long til scout cast?

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    1. 6 minutes and 12 seconds give or take an hour

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    2. Now ish.

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    3. 5 mins 12 seconds 1 millisecond

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    4. A few hours.

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  8. Thoughts on Michu to Nolan?

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    1. You comfortable with Nolan's fixtures? I'd wait until I was forced into that move by a ban for Michu or something else.

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  9. RvP or Suarez captain?

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  10. I've always wondered why there are forum trolls whose sole purpose is to be disliked by the forum community. Case in point is Ping Pong and Bemba Da. What's the point to just post to agitate people?

    • 2 years, 11 days ago
    1. There is every kind of people

      • 2 years, 11 days ago
      1. Yes, sure, but why would you just post to pis* people off? It's like...a nonsensical thing. Maybe it's my fault for trying to be reasonable.

        • 2 years, 11 days ago
    2. To get attention and/or as many responses as possible. Don't feed the trolls.

      • 2 years, 11 days ago
      1. To be fair, it can be quite funny sometimes. I miss RBJ on these pages.

        • 2 years, 11 days ago
  11. Hi folks, who would you captain out of these 3: berbs / suarez / tevez. I started with Berbs but thinking Sunderland might be a tough nut to crack. Now I've moved it to Tevez given it's Villa. I've had terrible captain choices almost all season, last week I changed last minute to Santi and that bit me. Also been toying with the idea of swapping Tevez to Giroud but common sense is stopping me for now (probably do that GW15).

    • 2 years, 11 days ago
    1. I like Berba because there's a minimal chance of a blank IMO.

      • 2 years, 11 days ago
      1. Yeah my gut was him first, he's the most explosive + in form. Sods law I'd pick him and either Suarez or Tevez would get double figures. I'll maybe let everyone know what I decide so you can do the opposite! :D

        • 2 years, 11 days ago
    2. I dont find any reason not to captain Tevez..... carlos wont disappoint you this week...

      • 2 years, 11 days ago
      1. 'cause you know for sure, right? ;-)

        • 2 years, 11 days ago
      2. That sounds like a guarantee :) You'd figure he'd at least get an assist but his goal scoring boots haven't been on recently. 1-1 so far, argh!

        • 2 years, 11 days ago
        1. TRUST - CARLOS TEVEZ

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  12. Cazorla + Pienaar > Fellani +Silva (-4pt)

    Or would you do only one of those ?

    • 2 years, 11 days ago
    1. I'd keep Caz for one more week, that's what I'm doing!

      • 2 years, 11 days ago
      1. Thanks. Was inclining to do Pienaar> Fellaini only. What are your thoughts on Tevez ? you think he will start this week ?

        • 2 years, 11 days ago
        1. Yeah pretty sure Tevez will start, Aguero will get rested for the following week I reckon. Might be Tevez & Dzeko. Who knows with Mancini though!

          • 2 years, 11 days ago
  13. tremmel and sagna or mignolet and a 4.2 or below defender? I got begovic cameron cuellar gorkks baines

    • 2 years, 11 days ago
    1. BR

      How about Turner?

      • 2 years, 11 days ago
      1. Turner is a good shout.

        I would suggest Bassong, but I think he's 4.4

        • 2 years, 11 days ago
        1. so turner and mignolet?

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          1. A great option

            Sunderland are very solid at home and have 4 home games in the next 6. Migs can pick up plenty of save and CS points (and Tremmel will require you to move him on once Super Vorm is back)

            Norwich are proving to be more solid than expected at the back (Liverpool aside) and Turner looks like he's re-discovering the goal threat he had about 3 years ago.

            • 2 years, 11 days ago
            1. but im having begovic, is he good at rotating with mig?

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              1. home and away wise, no, fixture wise yes.

                The other option is Jussi and Nelsen?

                • 2 years, 11 days ago
                1. begovic mccarthy
                  baines cuellar cameron mccartney gorkks

                  maybe i tell you my def then you suggest? haha cus demel is back so thinking of getting rid of mccartney and mccarthy is injured too

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  14. Please pick 2 of these 5, 1 def and 1 mid.... TO PLAY............cheers.....

    Demel H Stoke
    Cameron A West Ham
    Saylor H Swansea

    Noble H Stoke
    Maloney A Liverpool

    • 2 years, 11 days ago
    1. Saylor Noble

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      1. Exactly what I have it on right now, just wondering if Demel might be a good shout if it is a nil nil. Worth taking a punt and doing a 4-3-3 with Demel AND Cameron, joining Baines and Rafael, hoping for a nil nil???

        bego in net.

        • 2 years, 11 days ago
  15. Look at the terrible state of the Man United midfielders. Desparately wanna get rid of Hazard, have 2 free transfers, but nobody in Man United worth getting. Valencia would be a major disappointment, so staying away from him.

    • 2 years, 11 days ago
    1. The saddest thing is, they win football matches and get the ball out wide or up top for the heavy hitters to do the business, and this is all devoid of any superstars or real quality!!!

      Cleverley, Carrick, Scholes, Anderson, Giggs.......the rag bar-stewards.....crap FPL-wise, but win matches. :(

      Not a chance I touch a Rag midfielder unless Valencia becomes well and truly essential (he could just do that though). P.s Valencia, Young and Nani don't come into reckoning at all as of right now.

      • 2 years, 11 days ago
    2. Ray

      I have Valencia with 2 gameweeks now, waste so far. Can see myself getting rid
      next week. Silly decision

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  16. fletch and young-dont ask!to berba and felaini? worth a 4 point hit?x

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  17. Geared to gain a lot more responses.....what are you all doing with your double/triple Stoke coverage this week?

    How about those of you with triple stoke and single/double West Ham, or Double west ham double stoke?

    I have Begovic, Cameron, Demel and Noble (obviously not all starters though)

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  18. Would people rather
    1) Ivan & Val > Gorkss & Silva
    2) val & Santi/Bale > Silva & Fellaini

    • 2 years, 11 days ago
    1. For free?
      Would save FT
      Gorkss fixtures are aweful
      Silva and fellaini worth it but to replace Val no...he's got nice fixtures
      Probably Santi to silva/fellaini only
      Leaning towards silva

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  19. Simpson (SWA) or Cameron (whu)

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  20. Team for this week:
    Begovic (Foster)
    Baines, Ivanovic, Shawcross, Rafael (Nelsen)
    Mata, Fellaini, Sterling (Noble, Morrison)
    Ba, Tevez, RVP
    0m in the bank 1FT

    Plan to either:
    A) Mignolet + Nolan>Foster + Morrison
    B) Suarez + Clyne>Ba + Ivanovic
    Or should I stick with what I got
    Any thoughts?

    • 2 years, 11 days ago
  21. JB

    Crouch --> Giroud? Y or N ?
    already have cazorla

    • 2 years, 11 days ago

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