Moneyball – Adel Taarabt

Filed under: Members - Posted by: Chris Glover

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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  1. Pick one keeper and three defenders.


    • 2 years, 22 days ago
    1. Pick your own, it's not like Defs going to make you season. Why don't you suggest a lot and we coment?

      • 2 years, 22 days ago
      1. Stop being so lazy and just pick them for me.

        • 2 years, 22 days ago
  2. Good to go?

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

    (Begovic, Puncheon, Davies, Clyne)

    • 2 years, 22 days ago
    1. Nice team. Fancy swapping?

      • 2 years, 22 days ago
      1. In fact, how is this team even affordable?!

        • 2 years, 22 days ago
      2. You take the team, I'll take the beard

        • 2 years, 22 days ago
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        1. but yes, good to go

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  3. 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.

    • 2 years, 22 days ago
    1. Ha! I'd say Jerome/Jones have earned themselves a starting place to be honest

      • 2 years, 22 days ago
  4. 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?

    • 2 years, 22 days ago
    1. Jussi. Benitez................................................................................................

      Sterling over those yes.

      • 2 years, 22 days ago
  5. 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 ... :-(

    • 2 years, 22 days ago
    1. Adel has done nothing, I agree. It's probably the Harry factor.

      • 2 years, 22 days ago
      1. I'll want the brown envelope first ... :-)

        • 2 years, 22 days ago
        1. Brown envelope?

          • 2 years, 22 days ago
  6. Which two should I play?

    Begovic(wba) or Green(AVL)


    Fletcher(nor) or Michu(ars)

    Cheers! :)

    • 2 years, 22 days ago
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    1. Bego for sure, flip a coin on #2

      • 2 years, 22 days ago
      1. Bego and mighty michu

        • 2 years, 22 days ago
    2. Green and Michu. Is Cesar out?

      • 2 years, 22 days ago
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        1. May as well give Green a run out then. WBA will score.

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    3. You actually have Green?

      • 2 years, 22 days ago
      1. Indeed, have had him from the beginning when QPR was hyped up :P

        • 2 years, 22 days ago
  7. 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.

    • 2 years, 22 days ago
  8. Rafael to Enrique and tevez to Suarez?

    Here's current team;

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

    Yes or no??

    • 2 years, 22 days ago
    1. 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

      • 2 years, 22 days ago
  9. nooooooooooooooo i'm short of 0.1m to do Gorkss/Nelsen>Nastasicc. any other good CS potential player ?

    • 2 years, 22 days ago
  10. Enrique in his last 3 - 24
    Baines in his last 9 - 24

    Come on, more Baines > Enrique transfers.

    • 2 years, 22 days ago
    1. not sure what youre trying to do

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  11. Suarez or Bale or RvP as a capt??

    • 2 years, 22 days ago
    1. The million dollar question

      • 2 years, 22 days ago
      1. Suarez for me. Bale always burns me. Rvp is a pretty safe bet anytime

        • 2 years, 22 days ago
  12. Rumoured Liverpool team for any interested parties (i.e. Enrique owners):

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

    • 2 years, 22 days ago
    1. Enrique back at LB then..?

      • 2 years, 22 days ago
      1. If that is the team (Probably isn't), then yes Enrique LB.

        • 2 years, 22 days ago
  13. 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

    • 2 years, 22 days ago
  14. Best Guthrie replacement besides Puncheon?

    • 2 years, 22 days ago
  15. Gents, who to bench Puncheon or Sterling? It's been bugging me all afternoon

    • 2 years, 22 days ago
    1. are you brain dead?

      • 2 years, 22 days ago
      1. Lol, no!

        • 2 years, 22 days ago
  16. Who's bringing in Tara-bat?

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

    So what you guys think?

    • 2 years, 22 days ago

Scout Picks

For Gameweek 17

  • Lloris
  • Zabaleta
  • Ivanovic
  • Cresswell
  • Sánchez
  • Eriksen
  • Y Touré
  • Downing
  • Bony
  • van Persie
  • Austin
  • Evans
  • Nasri
  • Carroll

Fixture Ticker

The Watchlist


Last updated: 19 Dec, 2014 1:25pm
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
Up Adrián WHM B


Last updated: 19 Dec, 2014 12:51am
Player Club Factors
Up Zabaleta MCI B, Vs, Rest
Down Ivanovic CHE B
Down Baines EVE C
Up Yun QPR C, Vs, £
Up Davies TOT C, Vs, Rest, £
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: 20 Dec, 2014 10:12am
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
Up Cissé NEW A, Vs
No Change Pellè SOT C

Selection Factors

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

The Suspension Tightrope

Player Team YC
Cazorla ARS 4
Oxlade-Chamberlain ARS 4
Agbonlahor AVL 4
Boyd BRN 4
Marney BRN 4
Chamakh CPL 4
Besic EVE 4
Naismith EVE 4
Chester HUL 4
Robertson HUL 4
Moore LEI 4
Vardy LEI 4
Balotelli LIV 4
Gerrard LIV 4
Skrtel LIV 4
Kompany MCI 4
Mangala MCI 4
Y Touré MCI 4
Fer QPR 4
Clyne SOT 4
Mane SOT 4
Mame Biram Diouf STO 4
Pieters STO 4
Shawcross STO 4
Wilson STO 4
Gómez SUN 4
O'Shea SUN 4
Ki SWA 4
Williams SWA 4
Mason TOT 4
Dorrans WBA 4
Tomkins WHM 4

“Last year was quite open for me, I was in good positions, but I was quite lucky because I was getting free kicks and some penalties as well.”

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