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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. JedJez
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Is anyone sticking with Walcott? Got a feeling he's about to drop .1 again

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    1. Mind över Mata
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      Have lost 0.1m on him already, he is out of my team tomorrow for Bale/Mata

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

        me too. and he is losing .1 again tonight. Getting rid, most likely.

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      2. JedJez
        4 years, 11 months ago

        So Walcott is safe from dropping tonight?

        Also would you swap Walcott and Sterling to Mata and a 4.5 bencher

        Would give me Fellanni, Michu, Bale and Mata (4.5 on bench)

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        1. Wild Rover
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          4 years, 11 months ago

          He is falling tonight

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      3. Don Andres
        4 years, 11 months ago

        So, he won't drop tonight?

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        1. sminkypinky
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          4 years, 11 months ago

          he will

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  2. Phaze 1
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Team is riddled with doubts and don't think I could deal with Bale missing this week then being rested vs the bruisers at Stoke. With that said do you guys prefer Bale ->

    1) Silva

    2) Dempsey

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    1. JedJez
      4 years, 11 months ago

      I'd go Silva personally. I bought Bale for 9.7 so I'm sticking. Hopefully he'll recover the lost price

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    2. Hailzter
      4 years, 11 months ago

      You need City coverage, I'd recommend Silva. Plus, he's better in the long term as well.

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    3. Phaze 1
      4 years, 11 months ago

      tx guys

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  3. Eboue
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Beg0(foster?)
    Enrique? Cameron olssson (Lowton demel)
    Bale? Silva Morrison HRK (mata X)
    RVP fletch giroud. 1 ft o.6 banked. Some thoughts please

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  4. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
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    4 years, 11 months ago

    Hey, Scroobius? Benoit is 6.0, by the way! Happy days! 😀

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    1. Stern John Terry Wilson Pal…
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Doos, don't know if you heard - Caulker is 4.9!!! 😀

      😉

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      1. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 years, 11 months ago

        Maybe so. But there is nobody like Benoit. 😛

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        1. King Nil Miss ✩
          4 years, 11 months ago

          24 pts DGW in the memory of us all 😀

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          1. Stern John Terry Wilson Pal…
            4 years, 11 months ago

            Except me, Goddammit 😛

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          2. JK - Grabbangladesh Manager…
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            4 years, 11 months ago

            Indeed, I had owned him long before then (got him in about GW4) Wish I'd had the tekkers to (c) him that week, but the 24 points came in handy

            Spurs did me proud last season for DGWs. Had Friedel, BAE and Bale for the first and Bale and Vdv (c) (for 44 points) in the huge one.

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            1. King Nil Miss ✩
              4 years, 11 months ago

              Great ones weren´t they had BAE for most of the season but (C)´d Bale in both. 😕 Good times.

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            2. King Nil Miss ✩
              4 years, 11 months ago

              Looking forward for what he will bring us this season...

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    2. JT's Dog
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Luv having bae in team, he is one crazy fish.
      Remember his Afro theory from last year

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    3. .Nick
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      Do you think he will be fit to play SWA?

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      1. JK - Grabbangladesh Manager…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 years, 11 months ago

        He;s only just back in training, I think he will be eased in

        He;s one I'm looking at on the Jan WC

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        1. .Nick
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          4 years, 11 months ago

          He was solid last year so could be a great shout.

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  5. COMH
    4 years, 11 months ago

    I thought today would bring news that would allow me to commit to making some changes but I still don't know what to do.

    Begovic

    Rafael Ridgewell Shorey

    Theo Sess Michu Fellaini

    RVP Suarez Berbatov

    Mignolet Cuellar Clyne Puncheon

    Bench is non existant, Ridgewell and Theo are TBC and not sure about keeping Sessegnon.

    1FT and £2.6m

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    1. Mull
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      Theo -> Cazorla
      AND
      Cuellar/Ridgewell -> Johnson/Skrtel

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      1. 4vets
        4 years, 11 months ago

        You prefer Santi over Dempsey?

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    2. सनकी
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Many other pressing issues than to get rid of Sessegnon if Ridgewell and Theo are confirmed out..

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      1. COMH
        4 years, 11 months ago

        Yeah I agree. Thoughts on who do get for those two?

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    3. 4vets
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Same here Count. I think I'm set on Theo out for a hit... but will need a bottle or 2 to do it 😕

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      1. Don Andres
        4 years, 11 months ago

        Me to, on my 3rd beer now. Most probably Walcott->Michu when finished.

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      2. COMH
        4 years, 11 months ago

        Haha transfer courage in a bottle. Like your strategy.

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      3. Stern John Terry Wilson Pal…
        4 years, 11 months ago

        I understand using alcohol to grow the balls to approach a hot girl... but to make an FPL transfer? That's new to me 😉

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  6. Paolo Di Laernu - low rep r…
    4 years, 11 months ago

    My hunch would be that Rodgers won't be too eager to rush Enrique back into a game without training. So it's pretty likely he will not play in my opinion.

    As a result I'm thinking of cutting ties with Enrique...yes he'll be back for the next game but I'm not sure I'm all that bothered with him anymore. It was all about the OOPness and I don't really see the major appeal now that he's just a plain LB that costs 6.0m.

    Who to replace him with though? That is the question.

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    1. Back on the horse - Gabonia…
      4 years, 11 months ago

      i know what you mean but dont you have any other priorities?

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      1. Paolo Di Laernu - low rep r…
        4 years, 11 months ago

        No, my defence is the thing I'm most concerned about.

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  7. Wheato182
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Considering captaining Aguero over RVP tomoz as a differential in my mini league. Am i insane?

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    1. Timmy Cahill Rules
      4 years, 11 months ago

      i would conisder it but can i honestly see kun getting double figure points tomorrow

      no

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    2. Grievez
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Don't do it man, I did it two weeks ago and it didn't work. Heard the stats for citys away form and although i canny mind them I remember they were absolutely atrocious

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

      Perhaps, but who knows, Rooney has been stealing RVP's goals recently, and Mancini will be looking for a very strong display after their loss to Man U. Not too insane if you ask me...

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      1. Timmy Cahill Rules
        4 years, 11 months ago

        TBH i would rather captain pilk than Kun on current form

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  8. Dynamic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Chances of the following this gameweek;

    Enrique
    Demel

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  9. Eboue
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Sorry for repost . Lost at bottom of last page. Have mercy.
    Bego (foster?)
    Olssson Cameron Enrique? ( Lowton demel)
    Silva Morrison Bale? HRK? (mata X)
    RVP fletcher giroud
    1ft .6 banked. Please help!!!

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  10. Timmy Cahill Rules
    4 years, 11 months ago

    No injury doubts for my team

    Im in shock

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  11. JT's Dog
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Never been so happy to see 3 flags in squad. Had 5 at start of game week

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  12. Jose is Legend
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Who do you all fancy for your third striker at the moment and why?.

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    1. Timmy Cahill Rules
      4 years, 11 months ago

      i have 3 big hitters

      rooney kun suarez

      if i was to have a budget option

      2 names

      lambert
      berb

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    2. Hello. Yes, This is Dog
      4 years, 11 months ago

      tevez because he is awesome

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    3. JedJez
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Berb or Defoe, personally at least till Bale gets back, I'd go Defoe

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

      Berbatov. He was immense against Newcastle.

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  13. Phaze 1
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Team is riddled with doubts and don’t think I could deal with Bale missing this week then being rested vs the bruisers at Stoke. With that said do you guys prefer Bale ->

    A) Silva

    B) Dempsey

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    1. Make mine a pint
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 years, 11 months ago

      see my post below , dont imit yourself to those two , of those two i was going to do demppsey , but its a coin toss , if dempsey does nothing you will wish you had silva , home to reading next week

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      1. Phaze 1
        4 years, 11 months ago

        Thanks. Its a decent punt with Aguero but he doesn't have any form to speak of and still a slight chance of rotation. I'm not sure who I'd like more: Silva and Ba next week or Snod and Aguero next week.

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  14. Dante
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Currently looking like this for the weekend. Have 1 FT and 1.4 in the bank. Think my defence needs a bit of sorting. Any ideas?

    Foster / (Begovic)

    Demel / Baird / Shawcross / Enrique / (Simpson)

    Cazorla / Michu / Sterling / (Mata / Lallana)

    RVP (c) / Berbatov / Long

    Thanks!

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  15. Wiseman Resistant
    4 years, 11 months ago

    is this ok ?

    Begovic
    Rafael, Nastasic, Enrique
    Fellaini, Michu, Santi Cazorla, Sterling
    Suarez (VC), Tevez, Van Persie (C)

    Sub: Cerny, Nelsen, Cuellar, Guthrie

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    1. Boss Hogg
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Hell of a team.

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      1. Grievez
        4 years, 11 months ago

        Best team i have seen by a mile, fair play

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        1. Wiseman Resistant
          4 years, 11 months ago

          thanks mate

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      2. Wiseman Resistant
        4 years, 11 months ago

        is it so bad ?

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    2. ★FC Borecelona★
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Yes, it's a great team

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      1. Wiseman Resistant
        4 years, 11 months ago

        thank you mate

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

      Play Nelsen ahead of Sterling

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      1. Wiseman Resistant
        4 years, 11 months ago

        yup, nelsen is great player and good pick but he will get in my team if Enriqe stays on the bench

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  16. Make mine a pint
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Bext week Aguero will lead the captains poll. Agreed?

    If that the case then maybe i am better to do Bale snodgeass this week,
    then fletcher to aguero next week. agreed?

    Was going to do bale to dempsey this week , but it limits my transfers or next week

    Snodgrass at home to wigan probably jut as likely to get points as dempsey anyway

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    1. Hello. Yes, This is Dog
      4 years, 11 months ago

      i read that first sentence in brian badonde's voice

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    2. Kostja
      4 years, 11 months ago

      I agree, I think with all this RVP and Roo mess. Everyone is forgetting Aguero who will be essential until Jan WC. And Im making a similar move with Taarabt in for Walcott and Aguero in

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    3. SC not pearls before swine
      4 years, 11 months ago

      I'm planning on getting Aguero this week for Lambert. Fingers crossed.

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    4. Phaze 1
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Are you gonna abandon Bale till the Jan W/C?

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  17. Conrad.
    4 years, 11 months ago

    @GarethBale11 Sorry, I can't tell you all who to pick for your fantasy football teams but hope all the Spurs fans are topping their leagues 😉

    😆 not sure how to read between the lines here!

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    1. Stern John Terry Wilson Pal…
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Hahaha! That's quality 😀

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    2. King Nil Miss ✩
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Not even with that 😉 in the end? 😉

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      1. Conrad.
        4 years, 11 months ago

        haha yea, does it mean "i hope you're on top, cuz i'm not playing this weekend to help you out."

        i hope not!

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  18. Game of Throw-ins
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Captain Suarez or Rooney?

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

      Rooney, I'm afraid.

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  19. Hailzter
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Begovic (Tremmel)
    Rafael, Enrique, O’Brien, (Mc’Cartney, Gorkss)
    Fellaini, Michu, Mata, Gervinho (Sterling)
    Van Persie, Suarez, Ba

    I have one free transfer and 1.4m in the bank. Thinking of switching Ba with Tevez, leaving 0.2m in the bank. Thoughts? Not really looking to get Defoe because I'm aiming to replace Gervinho with Bale before GW 19. (Will have to sell Sterling for Puncheon and Enrique for Davies then).

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  20. Boss Hogg
    4 years, 11 months ago

    a.) Gibbs and Defoe (for a hit)

    OR

    b.) Tevez and Enrique

    ?

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    1. Hailzter
      4 years, 11 months ago

      I'd go with Tevez and Enrique, especially since you wouldn't be taking a hit.

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

        Agreed

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  21. Back on the horse - Gabonia…
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Fletcher to Suarez?

    press the button?

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    1. Game of Throw-ins
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Definitely.

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    2. Boss Hogg
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Punch it Chewie.

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    3. Hello. Yes, This is Dog
      4 years, 11 months ago

      same move as me this week

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  22. Mak_Gold
    4 years, 11 months ago

    The transfer decisions this week have done my head in so I'm just going to ask you what transfer/s YOU would do if you had this team:

    Foster,
    Enrique, Cameron, Demel,
    Cazorla, Michu, Fellaini, Sess,
    RVP, Tevez, Berba.
    Subs: Fed, Cuellar, Puncheon, Clyne.

    Got 1 FT and 2.3m in the bank. Thanks.

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    1. JK - Grabbangladesh Manager…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 years, 11 months ago

      save the transfer. try and shift Caz and Sess to Mata and Bale ASAP

      TEMPLATE MID FTW 😀

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    2. Polka Wakey O'Dot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Nothing..Caz is fine this week..Sess is ok because United's defence isn't the best (even though they will get battered)...Then Sess>Mata and Caz > Bale when he drops again...

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  23. Mind över Mata
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Walcott to Cazorla for a hit.. normally would say no but Walcott is losing value and Caz could score big this week. If Walcott doesn't play I'll have a 1pt from Sterling to look to.

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    1. Hailzter
      4 years, 11 months ago

      If you're having trouble fielding 11 players then I would do it. Otherwise, I wouldn't.

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      1. Mind över Mata
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 years, 11 months ago

        Thanks mate, in which case no

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  24. Shane Ferguson 4.0
    4 years, 11 months ago

    My team is

    Jaask
    Enrique - Cameron - Ridgewell
    Michu - Fellaini - Sterling - Sess
    RvP (c) - Suarez - Berba

    Federici - Demel, Mata, Clyne

    I have 2 FT and 2.3 in the bank

    My plan is to do Sess to Silva (and keep 0.2 in the bank so I can bring in Bale when is fit and if Silva doesn't show some form)
    So, it leave me 0.1 to invest in defence. If i sell Ridgewell I will have 5.1 for defender. Who to bring?
    Sagna, Bassong....or someone else.

    Also, how my plan sound?

    Thanks everyone

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    1. Hailzter
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Plan sounds good. I'd go with William Gallas, especially since Tottenham have some pretty easy fixtures coming up.

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  25. Mindless Freak
    4 years, 11 months ago

    You think Le fondre to Suarez is a good transfer, or should i concentrate or replacing enrique or mccartney because clyne is out and if they don't play i end up with 10 players.

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    1. Hailzter
      4 years, 11 months ago

      I have a feeling that Enrique will play. Plus, Suarez might just explode against AVL.

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      1. Mindless Freak
        4 years, 11 months ago

        Hmm thanks what about Le fondre to Aguero?

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        1. Hailzter
          4 years, 11 months ago

          Tevez is 1.6m cheaper and is just as likely to start considering the way Balotelli played in the Derby. Plus, Tevez was on fire against Man-U

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  26. Mike the Knight
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 years, 11 months ago

    one week midfiled punt under 8.3?

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    1. JK - Grabbangladesh Manager…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Pilkington or Young

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      1. SC not pearls before swine
        4 years, 11 months ago

        Ohhh, I like Ashley Young better actually, especially if it's only for one week.

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    2. SC not pearls before swine
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Snodgrass, maybe

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  27. Grievez
    4 years, 11 months ago

    AJ -- ? 10mil 1 week punt

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    1. Mike the Knight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 years, 11 months ago

      almost same above, there aren't many good options. For you Santi

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    2. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Dempsey, then. Long term, Santi.

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

    Doosra about?

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    1. JK - Grabbangladesh Manager…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 years, 11 months ago

      He's always about somewhere, lurking 😛

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    2. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Speaking.

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

        I'd like to place an order, 1x defender under £5.4m to replace Ben Davies, cannot be Nathaniel Clyne, Nicky Shorey or Geoff Cameron.

        Cheers.

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        1. JK - Grabbangladesh Manager…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 years, 11 months ago

          for under 5.4

          Having studied Doos' table a lot recently I can say you have these options

          Sagna - great going forward but suspect at the back

          Mert - Doos' favourite

          Clark - poor fixtures in next 3, but Villa looking more solid, have a great run from GW20 and he's a goal threat and BP magnet

          Bassong - poor fixtures after this week

          Nelsen - It's QPR

          Caulker - Spurs don't keep many CS

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

            Interesting, anything on Jonas Olsson? £5.1m, WHM, NOR qpr mun, FUL REA?

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            1. JK - Grabbangladesh Manager…
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              4 years, 11 months ago

              could be a decent shout, he's nailed on.

              That run of fixtures is the reason I;m keeping Long, and Foster

              Issue with WBA atm is they apparently have some injuries, but Clarke is being a bar steward and not telling us who

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        2. Doosra - ☭Bolivia Giroud…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 years, 11 months ago

          No problem.

          Mertesacker(5.4) or Winston Reid(5.1). Also Bassong(5.0), but may have shot his bolt, while the first two have better fixtures..

          Cheap options: O'Brien or Nelsen.

          All near the top of the form charts.

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

            Hmmm.....

            Not a fan of the Arsenal D and I can't afford to double up on WHM. Bassong looks a tad expensive for a Norwich defender and QPR are a bit dodgy for my liking.

            Jonas Olsson?

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

          On a similar quest this week myself... looking at Olsson, Sagna, Caulker. Or Nelsen if I think I'd rather just have the cash.

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

            Olsson & Caulker look tempting, although the latter is a rotation risk. Sagna is injury prone and Nelsen plays for a team that are just plain sh*te!

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

              I think I'm going to have to get Olsson because I've been planning to all week, and I'd kick myself if he did well and I didn't get him.

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  29. Timmy Cahill Rules
    4 years, 11 months ago

    any news on roondog's flu

    My worry last 2 times i captained him

    fulham 2 points
    west ham 4 points

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  30. fuml_akimbo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Walcott > Silva? My finger is on the button.

    Begovic
    Rafael / Cameron / Enrique
    Sess / Michu / Fellaini / Silva
    RVP (c) / Suarez (vc) / Berbatov

    Tremmel / Cuellar / Fonte / Puncheon

    Am I good to go?

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    1. rvp786
      4 years, 11 months ago

      im doing sess to silva.

      your team looks good to go IMO.

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

        I still don't know whether to get rid of Sess or Walcott this week. Don't want to get rid of Sess and Walcott not feature, though I'd prefer to have Walcott over Sess for his fixture this GW.

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        1. rvp786
          4 years, 11 months ago

          its a tough one to call. if walcott is fit and plays it could bite u in the assss quite badly.

          however if you take out sess and walcott is out then your left with cuellar on the bench.

          i guess you need a bit of luck either way and predict the chances of walcott playing

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

            I'll have to have a deeper look into my crystal ball. Just don't want Walcott to play and have a blinder on Monday after selling him. Damn Monday night fixtures and Saturday morning deadline!

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        2. ZaKNaFeiN
          4 years, 11 months ago

          I'm getting rid of Sess

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