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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, 10 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, 10 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, 10 months ago

            Stop being so lazy and just pick them for me.

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      2. Ashley ♥
          3 years, 10 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
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 years, 10 months ago

            Nice team. Fancy swapping?

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            1. .Nick
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 years, 10 months ago

              In fact, how is this team even affordable?!

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            2. Love In the Time of Kolarov
                3 years, 10 months ago

                You take the team, I'll take the beard

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                1. .Nick
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  3 years, 10 months ago

                  😆

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                2. Love In the Time of Kolarov
                    3 years, 10 months ago

                    but yes, good to go

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              • TheSteady ¤ Wines th…
                  3 years, 10 months ago

                  Indeed Sir

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              • maaaaloney
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                3 years, 10 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, 10 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, 10 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, 10 months ago

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

                        Sterling over those yes.

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                    2. Doosra - ☭A Noble Captain…
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      3 years, 10 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, 10 months ago

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

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                        1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Captain…
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          3 years, 10 months ago

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

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                          1. Bedok
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            3 years, 10 months ago

                            Brown envelope?

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                    3. TheSteady ¤ Wines th…
                        3 years, 10 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 - ☭A Noble Captain…
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          3 years, 10 months ago

                          Green
                          Michu

                          Imo.

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                          1. TheSteady ¤ Wines th…
                              3 years, 10 months ago

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

                              ..

                              Joking, thanks.

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                          2. Love In the Time of Kolarov
                              3 years, 10 months ago

                              Bego for sure, flip a coin on #2

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                              1. La Roja
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                3 years, 10 months ago

                                Bego and mighty michu

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                            • Xhak(off)Attack.
                                3 years, 10 months ago

                                Green and Michu. Is Cesar out?

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                                1. TheSteady ¤ Wines th…
                                    3 years, 10 months ago

                                    Yep

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                                    1. Xhak(off)Attack.
                                        3 years, 10 months ago

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

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                                        1. TheSteady ¤ Wines th…
                                            3 years, 10 months ago

                                            Thanks

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                                    2. Bedok
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      3 years, 10 months ago

                                      You actually have Green?

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                                      1. TheSteady ¤ Wines th…
                                          3 years, 10 months ago

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

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                                    3. Xhak(off)Attack.
                                        3 years, 10 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
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        3 years, 10 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, 10 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, 10 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.
                                              3 years, 10 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, 10 months ago

                                                  not sure what youre trying to do

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                                              2. SuperOsçarBaby
                                                  3 years, 10 months ago

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

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                                                • akshaycj47
                                                    3 years, 10 months ago

                                                    Suarez or Bale or RvP as a capt??

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                                                    1. The United One
                                                        3 years, 10 months ago

                                                        The million dollar question

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                                                        1. Love In the Time of Kolarov
                                                            3 years, 10 months ago

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

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                                                      • faux_C
                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                        3 years, 10 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, 10 months ago

                                                            Enrique back at LB then..?

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                                                            1. The United One
                                                                3 years, 10 months ago

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

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                                                          • andres
                                                              3 years, 10 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, 10 months ago

                                                                Best Guthrie replacement besides Puncheon?

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                                                              • Hurricane H
                                                                  3 years, 10 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, 10 months ago

                                                                      are you brain dead?

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                                                                      1. Hurricane H
                                                                          3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                          Lol, no!

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                                                                    • 4-4-who?
                                                                        3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                        Who's bringing in Tara-bat?

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                                                                        1. aaamanion
                                                                            3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                            no1

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                                                                        2. bank1881
                                                                            3 years, 10 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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