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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
      4 years, 6 months ago

      Pick one keeper and three defenders.

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

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      1. Bedok
          4 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
              4 years, 6 months ago

              Stop being so lazy and just pick them for me.

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        • Ashley ♥
            4 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
                4 years, 6 months ago

                Nice team. Fancy swapping?

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                1. .Nick
                    4 years, 6 months ago

                    In fact, how is this team even affordable?!

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

                      You take the team, I'll take the beard

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                      1. .Nick
                          4 years, 6 months ago

                          😆

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

                            but yes, good to go

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

                          Indeed Sir

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                      3. maaaaloney
                          4 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…
                              4 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
                              4 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…
                                  4 years, 6 months ago

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

                                  Sterling over those yes.

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                              2. Doosra - ☭Garganega - The…
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                4 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
                                    4 years, 6 months ago

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

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                                    1. Doosra - ☭Garganega - The…
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      4 years, 6 months ago

                                      I'll want the brown envelope first ... 🙂

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                                      1. Bedok
                                          4 years, 6 months ago

                                          Brown envelope?

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                                  • TheSteady ¤ Wines th…
                                      4 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. Doosra - ☭Garganega - The…
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        4 years, 6 months ago

                                        Green
                                        Michu

                                        Imo.

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

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

                                            ..

                                            Joking, thanks.

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

                                            Bego for sure, flip a coin on #2

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                                            1. La Roja
                                                4 years, 6 months ago

                                                Bego and mighty michu

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                                            2. Xhak(off)Attack.
                                                4 years, 6 months ago

                                                Green and Michu. Is Cesar out?

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

                                                    Yep

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                                                    1. Xhak(off)Attack.
                                                        4 years, 6 months ago

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

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

                                                            Thanks

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                                                    2. Bedok
                                                        4 years, 6 months ago

                                                        You actually have Green?

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

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

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                                                      • Xhak(off)Attack.
                                                          4 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
                                                            4 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
                                                                4 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
                                                                4 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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                                                              • Xhak(off)Attack.
                                                                  4 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
                                                                      4 years, 6 months ago

                                                                      not sure what youre trying to do

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                                                                  2. SuperOsçarBaby
                                                                      4 years, 6 months ago

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

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                                                                    • akshaycj47
                                                                        4 years, 6 months ago

                                                                        Suarez or Bale or RvP as a capt??

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                                                                        1. Uncle Pat
                                                                            4 years, 6 months ago

                                                                            The million dollar question

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

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

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                                                                          • faux_C
                                                                              4 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
                                                                                  4 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                  Enrique back at LB then..?

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                                                                                  1. Uncle Pat
                                                                                      4 years, 6 months ago

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

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                                                                                • andres
                                                                                    4 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
                                                                                      4 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                      Best Guthrie replacement besides Puncheon?

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                                                                                    • Hurricane H
                                                                                        4 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
                                                                                            4 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                            are you brain dead?

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                                                                                            1. Hurricane H
                                                                                                4 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                                Lol, no!

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

                                                                                              Who's bringing in Tara-bat?

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                                                                                              1. aaamanion
                                                                                                  4 years, 6 months ago

                                                                                                  no1

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                                                                                              2. bank1881
                                                                                                  4 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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