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Moneyball – Adel Taarabt

The key factor for a player to appear in this series is to have a visible (or at least perceived) flaw which we believe is either over-emphasised or could end in the coming weeks. We’ve highlighted Jason Puncheon who lacked guaranteed minutes but has shone since securing his place in the Southampton first team. Leon Osman’s ‘flaw’ is simply being unfashionable in a side full of more exciting options, yet he is nipping at the heels of the more fancied Steven Pienaar and even Nikica Jelavic in total points.

This week’s player has a number of such flaws, though most of them are of no concern to us. Adel Taarabt is the prototypical mercurial talent; equally happy playing the part of a sublime match winner as that of frustrating prospect, doomed to never align his end product with his obvious talent.

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Chris Glover Creator of the plfantasy blog, providing a stats focused approach to fantasy football. Exiled to Canada but still prefer my sports played on grass rather than ice.” Follow him on Twitter

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  1. Zoomi
      3 years, 6 months ago

      Pick one keeper and three defenders.

      Begovic/Jussi
      Cameron/Ceullar/Demel/Baird/Enrique

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      1. Bedok
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        3 years, 6 months ago

        Pick your own, it's not like Defs going to make you season. Why don't you suggest a lot and we coment?

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        1. Zoomi
            3 years, 6 months ago

            Stop being so lazy and just pick them for me.

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      2. Ashley ♥
          3 years, 6 months ago

          Good to go?

          Jaaskelainen
          Baines, Rafael, Enrique
          Bale, Mata, Fellani, Michu
          RVP (c), Suarez (vc), Berbatov

          (Begovic, Puncheon, Davies, Clyne)

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          1. .Nick
              3 years, 6 months ago

              Nice team. Fancy swapping?

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              1. .Nick
                  3 years, 6 months ago

                  In fact, how is this team even affordable?!

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                • Love In the Time of Kolarov
                    3 years, 6 months ago

                    You take the team, I'll take the beard

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                    1. .Nick
                        3 years, 6 months ago

                        😆

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                      • Love In the Time of Kolarov
                          3 years, 6 months ago

                          but yes, good to go

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                    2. TheSteady ¤ Wines th…
                        3 years, 6 months ago

                        Indeed Sir

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                    3. maaaaloney
                        3 years, 6 months ago

                        Michael Owen could start this weekend with news of a Crouch inj doubt. Good scoring record at the Hawthorns which include a 4 goal performance as well as his 100th goal. Looking to be the only player in the world to give him the armband this weekend. Good luck to the rest of the world.

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                        1. Paolo Di Laernu - low rep r…
                            3 years, 6 months ago

                            Ha! I'd say Jerome/Jones have earned themselves a starting place to be honest

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                        2. Omar Devone Little
                            3 years, 6 months ago

                            Begovic (Jussi)

                            Rafael Huth Reid (Gorkks, Clyne)

                            Silva Bale (vc) Sessegnon Ramirez (Sterling)

                            RVP (c) Ba Berbatov

                            2 questions, Bego or Jussi? and Sterling over Sess or Ramirez?

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                            1. TheSteady ¤ Wines th…
                                3 years, 6 months ago

                                Jussi. Benitez................................................................................................

                                Sterling over those yes.

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                            2. Dooski - ☭Szlachetny Pols…
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                              3 years, 6 months ago

                              I'm sorry, but I really don't like this article. I may well be wrong - but it all looks like smoke and mirrors to me ... :-(

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                              1. Bedok
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                3 years, 6 months ago

                                Adel has done nothing, I agree. It's probably the Harry factor.

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                                1. Dooski - ☭Szlachetny Pols…
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  3 years, 6 months ago

                                  I'll want the brown envelope first ... :-)

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                                  1. Bedok
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    3 years, 6 months ago

                                    Brown envelope?

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                            3. TheSteady ¤ Wines th…
                                3 years, 6 months ago

                                Which two should I play?

                                Begovic(wba) or Green(AVL)

                                and

                                Fletcher(nor) or Michu(ars)

                                Cheers! :)

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                                1. Dooski - ☭Szlachetny Pols…
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  3 years, 6 months ago

                                  Green
                                  Michu

                                  Imo.

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                                  1. TheSteady ¤ Wines th…
                                      3 years, 6 months ago

                                      http://i.imgur.com/GqerD.gif
                                      ..

                                      ..

                                      Joking, thanks.

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                                  2. Love In the Time of Kolarov
                                      3 years, 6 months ago

                                      Bego for sure, flip a coin on #2

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                                      1. La Roja
                                          3 years, 6 months ago

                                          Bego and mighty michu

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                                      2. JÖA
                                          3 years, 6 months ago

                                          Green and Michu. Is Cesar out?

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                                          1. TheSteady ¤ Wines th…
                                              3 years, 6 months ago

                                              Yep

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                                              1. JÖA
                                                  3 years, 6 months ago

                                                  May as well give Green a run out then. WBA will score.

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                                                  1. TheSteady ¤ Wines th…
                                                      3 years, 6 months ago

                                                      Thanks

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                                              2. Bedok
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                3 years, 6 months ago

                                                You actually have Green?

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                                                1. TheSteady ¤ Wines th…
                                                    3 years, 6 months ago

                                                    Indeed, have had him from the beginning when QPR was hyped up 😛

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                                              3. JÖA
                                                  3 years, 6 months ago

                                                  Through GW6-14 Baines' fixtures were SOT wig qpr LIV ful SUN rdg NOR ARS Baines scored 24 points in 9 games, or a massive 2.7 PPG in those fixtures. 34 defenders outscored him in those 9 weeks, and 4 defenders scored the same amount of points (Clark, McCartney, Tomkins - all with 7 starts, and Ben Davies who is 4.0). When you sort into Value (form) he is the equal 102nd outfield player.

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                                                • decisions
                                                    3 years, 6 months ago

                                                    Rafael to Enrique and tevez to Suarez?

                                                    Here's current team;

                                                    Fed/jaask
                                                    Fonte, Davies, McCartney, jevans, rafael
                                                    Mata, bale, fellaini, sess, puncheon
                                                    Rvp, berba, tevez

                                                    Yes or no??

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                                                    1. Roonani
                                                        3 years, 6 months ago

                                                        I think its a good more especially that u have Jevans. I would eventually get Silva for Mata to get City coverage if you get rid of Tevez

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                                                    2. सनकी
                                                        3 years, 6 months ago

                                                        nooooooooooooooo i'm short of 0.1m to do Gorkss/Nelsen>Nastasicc. any other good CS potential player ?

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                                                      • JÖA
                                                          3 years, 6 months ago

                                                          Enrique in his last 3 - 24
                                                          Baines in his last 9 - 24

                                                          Come on, more Baines > Enrique transfers.

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                                                          1. सनकी
                                                              3 years, 6 months ago

                                                              not sure what youre trying to do

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                                                          2. SuperOsçarBaby
                                                              3 years, 6 months ago

                                                              Who play this - http://www.fantasyleague.com/

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                                                            • akshaycj47
                                                                3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                Suarez or Bale or RvP as a capt??

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                                                                1. Anthony Martial
                                                                    3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                    The million dollar question

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                                                                    1. Love In the Time of Kolarov
                                                                        3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                        Suarez for me. Bale always burns me. Rvp is a pretty safe bet anytime

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                                                                  • faux_C
                                                                      3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                      Rumoured Liverpool team for any interested parties (i.e. Enrique owners):

                                                                      Reina, Johnson, Agger, Skrtel, Enrique, Lucas, Allen, Gerrard, Sterling, Shelvey, Suarez

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                                                                      1. Royal5
                                                                          3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                          Enrique back at LB then..?

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                                                                          1. Anthony Martial
                                                                              3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                              If that is the team (Probably isn't), then yes Enrique LB.

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                                                                        • andres
                                                                            3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                            Last call: :)

                                                                            Bego rudy
                                                                            Baines rafael simpson (gorks cuellar)
                                                                            Mata bale sterling fellaini (puncheon)
                                                                            Rvp suarez berba

                                                                            0 in the bank, 1FT

                                                                            A mata to walcott
                                                                            B baines to jose enrique
                                                                            C both, -4

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                                                                          • IL Fantasista
                                                                              3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                              Best Guthrie replacement besides Puncheon?

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                                                                            • Hurricane H
                                                                                3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                Gents, who to bench Puncheon or Sterling? It's been bugging me all afternoon

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                                                                                1. Long Live King Eric
                                                                                    3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                    are you brain dead?

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                                                                                    1. Hurricane H
                                                                                        3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                        Lol, no!

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                                                                                  • 4-4-who?
                                                                                      3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                      Who's bringing in Tara-bat?

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                                                                                      1. aaamanion
                                                                                          3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                          no1

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                                                                                      2. bank1881
                                                                                          3 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                          My team
                                                                                          Raphael spiegel
                                                                                          enrique cuellar nastasic
                                                                                          silva sessegnon taraabt sterling
                                                                                          Rvp Suarez(c) Fletcher

                                                                                          So what you guys think?

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