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The Numbers Game – Attacking Full-Backs

With clean sheets so scarce again this season, Fantasy managers have been largely forced to look to their defenders for attacking returns. With budget options also proving popular acquisitions, there is a drive to identify those defenders who can perhaps offer supplementary points to add to those rare occasions when they can keep their opponents at bay.

Thankfully, the role of the modern-day full-back in the Premier League also appears to have changed, with the emphasis now on joining the attack and helping provide a stream of opportunities for others.

In this latest article for our members, we cast an eye over those full-backs who have recently impressed in this area, assessing those most likely to deliver those occasional assists that can make all the difference to our Gameweek totals.

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Mark Mark created the beast. He's now looking to tame it.”

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  1. The Blackadder
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Guys, Enrique > G Johnson for a 4 point hit or play with 10 men?

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    1. roscola
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      Do it

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      1. thetinkerman
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        4 years, 11 months ago

        See below!

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        1. roscola
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          4 years, 11 months ago

          True enough, there are usually other ways to get a full 11. Personally, I'd like to swap Enrique for Johnson free but I don't really have an excuse. The OOP experiment seems to be over.

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  2. #23
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    4 years, 11 months ago

    Any Tottenham followers that could help me, i am looking at Caulker since Tottenham have great fixtures in the near future (Enrique->Caulker), Is he nailed on at the moment or will Gallas/Vertonghen be preferred when BAE is back?

    I want to get Bale back in as well, but i know i should probably wait one more week and just play Sterling (AVL) instead this week.

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    1. GoonerByron
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      Nobody knows, that's why nobodies touching him.

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      1. Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 years, 11 months ago

        Nobody? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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        1. GoonerByron
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          4 years, 11 months ago

          Well not nobody, but not 96.3% of people ๐Ÿ˜€

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        2. thetinkerman
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          4 years, 11 months ago

          Doubt even AVB knows past this weekends game.

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  3. Conrad.
    4 years, 11 months ago

    @premierleague Has Spurs' Andre Villas-Boas got the best formula? “We've found comfort & stability in the 4-4-2 formation”.

    Get in, Adebayor! (?)

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    1. Kostja
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Id love him to steal Defoes points ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Conrad.
        4 years, 11 months ago

        same here. what we NEED is a Defoe injury, dammit. been waitin on that one all season.

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        1. Kostja
          4 years, 11 months ago

          as a amateur athlete I cant wish that on nobody ๐Ÿ˜€

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          1. Conrad.
            4 years, 11 months ago

            ๐Ÿ˜† fair enough. i just hate how Defoe plays and it also seems like he's got a little-man complex.

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            1. Jonty
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              4 years, 11 months ago

              As a little man myself I get annoyed by these little man complex assertions. Makes me want to form an army and invade most of Europe, scoring goals for fun along the way.

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    2. Quite Big Dunc
      4 years, 11 months ago

      4-4-2 didn't look great against the mighty Blues last Sunday. I thought Adebayor was good on the ball but Defoe was ineffective.

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  4. futbolnotsoccer
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Why the hell are you even considering Torres and Mata this week? Are you aware that they are in China this weekend? Sorry...emotional.

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  5. Valar(Keith)
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    4 years, 11 months ago

    So that's Demel nailed on for tomorrow then? was about to swap him for Obrien

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    1. We are not sure. I have O'Brien, now.

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      1. Valar(Keith)
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        4 years, 11 months ago

        Mcartney injured again right? i can do Demel to Obrien and Puncheon to Michu OR Cuellar to OBrien/Nelson and Ba to Rooney

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    2. Just Ruud
      4 years, 11 months ago

      That would be some positive news.

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  6. LewanGOALski
    4 years, 11 months ago

    should Maloney start for Wigan this GW or will start on the bench again because of after injury?

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  7. Wild Rover
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    4 years, 11 months ago

    Any bib updates...? ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. thetinkerman
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      If Balotelli can't get his on, what does that mean? ๐Ÿ˜•

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      1. LewanGOALski
        4 years, 11 months ago

        that everything is all the old ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    2. Jafooli
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      Bale's baby had one on, which means RVP will score a brace, I think....

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  8. RooneyforLife
    4 years, 11 months ago

    guyz am new here,so hello to all

    just want to ask you guyz

    mata,lambert,evans out of this gameweek. bale ,walcott doubtful while my other def billy jones is out of news

    can you please help with my transfer,i can make one transfer, am thinking of removing jonny evans 5.8m to someone who is relatively cheap.

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    1. rdpx
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Bassong or Gibbs.

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    2. 42 Rules
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Bassong

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    3. Hailzter
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Definitely not Bassong. He has very tough fixtures ahead. I'd go with Riether since he has pretty good fixtures ahead of him.

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  9. mo
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    4 years, 11 months ago

    Just transfered in suarez for berbs. I dont feel that great about it

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    1. Andrew
      4 years, 11 months ago

      I wouldnt either, Berbs is going to score big IMO

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    2. Oshada
      4 years, 11 months ago

      So did I. Quite nervous

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  10. SpinyNorman [*_*]
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Repost... the original was lost in the wilderness...

    Wenger is trying to put PSG off taking Sagna off his hands… and is in the process of offering him a new deal.

    Surely he’s going to start him?

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    1. GoonerByron
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      Should always start as long as fit but Xmas rotation might hit him once I imagine.

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    2. futbolnotsoccer
      4 years, 11 months ago

      He will *probably* start him....take that with caution though, as Jenkinson has looked like he has a fighting chance to steal starts and minutes from him. I wouldn't bet on Wenger keeping Sagna from the grasp of PSG though.....he's not got a very good history when it comes to keeping players.

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  11. thetinkerman
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    4 years, 11 months ago

    Why are people doing Enrique > Johnson? It's an option for me but I'm not really sold on it.

    Assuming Enrique doesn't play and it's for free and you have no other pressing issues then it's a good move as it only takes £0.3m... but why am I looking at Cuellar > Mert or Gorkss > Nelsen?

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    1. Root
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      I'm keeping Enrique and doing Cuellar to Gibbs.

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      1. thetinkerman
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        4 years, 11 months ago

        Oooh, interesting. Why Gibbs over Mert? Not worried about Christmas rotation or injury (he's made of glass, you know)?

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        1. Root
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 years, 11 months ago

          Mertesacker is an awful defender and I have feeling that Koscielny will be the first choice in no time. Gibbs is nailed on when he's fit and he has exponentially better attacking abilities than Mertesacker.

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    2. Make mine a pint
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      Enrique out is silly , much better to swap out a less useful defender. He is defo back next week

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      1. thetinkerman
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        4 years, 11 months ago

        This is very true, but Liverpool have such a tasty fixture meaning both clean sheet and attacking potential for both Enrique and GJ. If Enrique misses out, it's a huge blow. I also prefer GJ long-term by a mile.

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    3. The Blackadder
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 years, 11 months ago

      I don't have any less useful defenders, really don't want to get rid of Baines, Bassong, Shawcross and Caulker, so was debating Enrique > Johnson only to make 11 players as also have Bale (out) and Sterling (doubt) hate going in to a game week with less than the full compliment.

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      1. The Blackadder
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        4 years, 11 months ago

        Also have Puncheon (blank)

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      2. thetinkerman
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        4 years, 11 months ago

        Cheers dude. I'm thinking along similar lines.

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  12. .Nick
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    4 years, 11 months ago

    (Shameful re-post)

    Demel -> GJ

    or

    Fletcher -> Defoe?

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    1. Valar(Keith)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Why get rid of Demel when he's gonna start?

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      1. .Nick
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        4 years, 11 months ago

        Fletcher will start as well?

        It's not a question of whether they'll start, both West Ham and Sunderland's fixtures are poor so want to get rid.

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        1. rdpx
          4 years, 11 months ago

          Fletcher is a doubt.

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        2. Valar(Keith)
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 years, 11 months ago

          i kinda like west hams fixtures tbh.. gettin rid of fletcher for Defoe gets a big yes from me though

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          1. .Nick
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            4 years, 11 months ago

            Cool, thanks chaps. I'll stick to my original thoughts and bring in Defoe then ๐Ÿ™‚

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  13. sminkypinky
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Cheers Goofs and Doos! But I need more opinions.

    would you

    a) take a hit on Walcott -> Silva

    b) keep Walcott, loose .1 and tomorrow (when I can just afford it) do Walcott -> Mata for free

    I also have Bale, who might not play and Sterling who may get rested. It's gotta be a right? But I want my Mataa... What would you do??

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    1. 4vets
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Depends who you play instead of Theo. I'd probably take the hit.

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      1. sminkypinky
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        4 years, 11 months ago

        Team linked. No transfers done.

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        1. 4vets
          4 years, 11 months ago

          I'd take the hit. Silva can be Mata at any time.

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          1. sminkypinky
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            4 years, 11 months ago

            Thanks Vets!

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  14. Ohhhh Christian Benteke
    4 years, 11 months ago

    I've seen you post this like 20 times and you have had about 50 replies

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  15. Valar(Keith)
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 years, 11 months ago

    So now that Demel looks like he's gonan start..
    Federici (Mignolet)
    Cameron Demel Shorey Cuellar (Clyne)
    Cazorla Fellaini Sterling (Puncheon Mata)
    Rvp Ba Suarez

    3.7 in bank
    1 FT

    A) Puncheon to Michu
    B) Cuellar + Ba to Nelson/Obrien(free up cash) + Rooney

    Really love puncheon @ his price(got him at 4.4) but dunno if i can ignore Michu much longer.. thanks

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    1. LewanGOALski
      4 years, 11 months ago

      I prefer B with Nelson

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    2. Mithrandir, the Grey Pilgri…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Where is the info coming from that Demel will start?

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      1. Valar(Keith)
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        4 years, 11 months ago

        Check tweets.. Mcartney may be injured and Obrien in provisional squad

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        1. Mithrandir, the Grey Pilgri…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 years, 11 months ago

          Cheers Valar.

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          1. Valar(Keith)
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            4 years, 11 months ago

            np.. going for the hobbit in 2 hours ๐Ÿ˜Ž .. loved LOTR(read it 11 times growin up and only ASOIAF comes close) but never really enjoyed the hobbit that much. Still cannot wait though ๐Ÿ™‚

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            1. Mithrandir, the Grey Pilgri…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              4 years, 11 months ago

              I cannot go til next week due to work.
              I've waited since 2005 for this!!!!!
              LOTR - greatest story and films ever told / made.
              With Peter Jackson / Howard Shore and all the previous staff from LOTR films I'm confident it won't disappoint ๐Ÿ™‚

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    3. Rui
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Sterling --> Michu?

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      1. Valar(Keith)
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        4 years, 11 months ago

        leaves me with just 10 players though

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        1. Valar(Keith)
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          4 years, 11 months ago

          *if Demel does not start.. Doosra got me worried

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          1. Rui
            4 years, 11 months ago

            McCartney is still injured and I haven't read any news on Demel being injured, nor is he flagged on FPL. Sterling may not even start this week depending if you believe bib theory or not. ๐Ÿ˜€

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            1. Just Ruud
              4 years, 11 months ago

              Was the Demel half time substitution in their last game tactical or injury related? Its true he never got flagged once. If he plays then i dont need to take a hit.

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              1. Mithrandir, the Grey Pilgri…
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                4 years, 11 months ago

                I read it was tactical.

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    4. Hazardous
      4 years, 11 months ago

      cuellar to nastastic you have a weak back four

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  16. bradbury1
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Does anyone beleive there is a mid at any price that is worth taking a 4pt hit for this week?

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    1. #23
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      Bale if he is playing?maybe Cazorla?
      Michu&Fellaini are always worth getting in asap if you dont have them ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    2. Dude, Where's Micah
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Nope, not that I can tell. Unless you're looking at only having 10 men start, I wouldn't endorse it.

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  17. GoonerByron
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    4 years, 11 months ago

    Do we still think Sterling is the best option for between 4.5-6.0 or are there are better picks now?

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    1. Parm
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      There always have been better options...

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    2. Carden
      4 years, 11 months ago

      I would consider Sidwell and Snodgrass among that price range

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    3. Andrew
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Puncheon?

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    4. thetinkerman
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      Puncheon, but this GW is obviously a bad time to buy. Long-term I'm considering Sterling > Puncheon. What about Snodgrass/Ramirez? Not sure I'd take them over Puncheon though.

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      1. Jonty
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        4 years, 11 months ago

        me too.. unprecedented profit to be made for us 4.5m Sterling purchasers.

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    5. #23
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      Hal Robson Kanu
      Taraabt
      Gomez

      I just got Kanu, but now he is injured and (C) fail last week...still at 4,4m he is a bargain

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  18. Parm
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 years, 11 months ago

    ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    http://i.imgur.com/zPse2l.jpg

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    1. Conrad.
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Davies to somebody, but i dont know who off the top of my head.

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    2. .Nick
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Sess -> Silva?

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      1. Parm
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 years, 11 months ago

        And go in with 11 in a 4-4-2?

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        1. .Nick
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          4 years, 11 months ago

          Yep, I would (and i am actually going in with 11 and 4-4-2 as well myself this week as well lol ๐Ÿ˜Ž )

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  19. Mithrandir, the Grey Pilgri…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Worth doubling up on Pool defence?

    Already have Enrique.

    Gorkss out - Johnson In?

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    1. thetinkerman
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      Flair! Might be worth it in the short-term.

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      1. Mithrandir, the Grey Pilgri…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 years, 11 months ago

        Well, I feel Enrique could well play.

        My original plan was Baines back in.

        Gives me Demel / Cueller on bench to come on if things go tits up
        with Walcott.

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    2. Conrad.
      4 years, 11 months ago

      not sure, but i love your name and grav ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Mithrandir, the Grey Pilgri…
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        4 years, 11 months ago

        ๐Ÿ™‚

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  20. MIKEGREAV
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Bego
    Smalling Merte Hughes
    Bale Sterling Sess Michu
    Aguero Berba RVP (c)

    Ruddy - HRK B.Davies Clyne

    1 FT 2.4m in the bank.

    Thinking -

    Sess OUT ---> ?
    Smalling OUT ---> City def

    Unless Aguero gets a hatty then all set to do Aguero to Torres next week.

    Thoughts? Might just keep for 2FT next week but with Bale & HRK a doubt for this week I may not be able to field 11 players.

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    1. Dude, Where's Micah
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Sess -> Fellaini/Silva/Gerrard??/Cazorla/Dempsey??
      Smalling -> G. Johnson/Enrique??/Zabaleta/Nastasic/McCauley??/Bassong??
      HRK -> Duff/Sidwell/Morrison/Snodgrass/Pilkington/Walters

      Definitely make a trade this week, your most important trade right now would be to sure up your defence. Smalling -> G. Johnson IMO.

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    1. GreenWind101Million
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      I like that Senderos isn't given a first name - it's like he's a flair South American ๐Ÿ™‚

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  21. Toonzie
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 years, 11 months ago

    bale -> silva

    yay or nay?

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    1. SnoopDogSmokesWeed
      4 years, 11 months ago

      lol

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    2. Lee Sharpe's BBQ
      4 years, 11 months ago

      nah, I'm going to do Silva > Bale next week!

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  22. rdpx
    4 years, 11 months ago

    anyone fancy Tevez for this week?

    Otherwise I need Suarez + two defenders for 9.8m between them

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    1. rdpx
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Zabaleta/Nelsen?

      Gibbs/?

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  23. Make mine a pint
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    4 years, 11 months ago

    Anyone keeping Bale?

    I have had enough and am going bale to Dempsey

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    1. MIKEGREAV
      4 years, 11 months ago

      May as well, stuck with him for this long...

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      1. โ˜…FC Borecelonaโ˜…
        4 years, 11 months ago

        +1

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      2. Make mine a pint
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        4 years, 11 months ago

        hes dropping in price , stoke nect week on four yellows , costing me money. Time to go, besides even if he does score next week most will of sold him anyway

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    2. Kostja
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Are you not concearned about Demps and Ade rotation? Given that Demps has played in the Bale bos while he has been out.

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    3. SpinyNorman [*_*]
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Yes sell.... sell!..... SELL!!!!

      Come to my cheapskate clutches Mr Bale...

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  24. Nopli
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Hazard to Snodgrass for 4 point hit DONE ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. SpinyNorman [*_*]
      4 years, 11 months ago

      nice

      bold

      i like it

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    2. futbolnotsoccer
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Ugh...Don't likey the Snodgrass, especially at the price of HAzard ๐Ÿ™ was this a need or a want? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  25. Thomass
    4 years, 11 months ago

    what to do with this lot??

    Bego (Jussi)
    Caulker Johnson Davies Agger Mertesacker
    Snodgrass Fellaini Michu (Mata, Puncheon)
    Suarez (C) Defoe (Torres)

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    1. Snevitz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 years, 11 months ago

      I think your subs are correct this week

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  26. SpinyNorman [*_*]
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Can anyone see any glaring issues with my XI?

    Foster
    Reid | Baines | Cameron
    Michu | Fellani | Silva | Sterling
    RVP | Ba | Defoe

    Subs: Fed | Enrique, Maloney, Clyne

    Worried by the potential of neither Sterling, Maloney or Enrique starting...

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    1. La Roja
      4 years, 11 months ago

      I'd start enrique, eve if he's to be benched, unlikely to come on as sub for 20 min cameo

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      1. SpinyNorman [*_*]
        4 years, 11 months ago

        Cheers, and replace who?

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        1. Hailzter
          4 years, 11 months ago

          Cameron

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        2. La Roja
          4 years, 11 months ago

          reid

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  27. Snevitz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 years, 11 months ago

    I've answered as well and I hardly write anything on here.
    Maybe it's time you worked it out yourself if you disregard everyone else

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  28. Andrew
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Thoughts on how we think Suarez will do this GW

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    1. SpinyNorman [*_*]
      4 years, 11 months ago

      He'll probably cheat by blocking a certain goal with his hand on the goal-line and break the hearts of a small African nation going further than any other African nation in the history of the World Cup

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  29. RooneyforLife
    4 years, 11 months ago

    can you please help with my transfer,i can make one transfer, am thinking of removing jonny evans 5.8m to someone who is not expensive than 5.8 m.

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    1. rvp786
      4 years, 11 months ago

      nastastic

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