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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. COMH
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Theo >

    a) Young

    b) Dempsey

    c) Cazorla

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    1. rvp786
      4 years, 11 months ago

      out of those 3 caz.

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  2. Parm
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    4 years, 11 months ago

    Who do I remove, Davies, Clyne or Shorey, or do I keep all 3 and my Free Transfer and be forced to play a dodgy 4-3-3 this week?

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    1. COMH
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Those 3 are not bad to hold onto for their value and nailed on'ness aswell as attacking returns. I woudl go with the dodgy 4-3-3 and have more room to manouvre next week.

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

        Cheers Monte, 2 Freebies could be in good use next week.

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

      im jealous of those defenders, stick

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  3. Screaming Midget
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Enrique > Johnson for a free?

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    1. rvp786
      4 years, 11 months ago

      yh

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  4. smash
    4 years, 11 months ago

    How come people are talking about Sagna more than Mertesacker who seems more nailed on right? - I'm looking at bringing one in myself, not much difference in price, really can't decide?

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    1. 4vets
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Go Gibbs!

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      1. COMH
        4 years, 11 months ago

        +42

        People say he is a rotation risk with Vermaelen pushing out to LB to accommodate Koscielny but that is the less likely than Jenkinson threatening Sagna's position or Koscielny threatening Merte's.

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

          and Andre Santos is threatening Gibbs. Haha

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    2. Hazardous
      4 years, 11 months ago

      mertesacker the oe whose nailed o get him (arsenal fan)

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

      I wouldn´t be so sure when Koscielny becomes fully fit.

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      1. smash
        4 years, 11 months ago

        Hmmmm difficult, already have Szczesny as I though he was the safest defensive pick (noticed he was photographed on the razz after the cup loss, so knowing my luck he'll be dropped) yeh possibly Gibbs then?

        cheers guys.

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

          Yup, Gibbs is a good choice when fit*.

          * He is made of glass

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  5. cilz88
    4 years, 11 months ago

    At the moment I only have 11 players available for this weekends fixtures. But I do have Jose Enrique, do i keep or trade for someone else. If trade, suggestions welcome!

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  6. Hazardous
    4 years, 11 months ago

    I Believe the bib theory just checked it out myself and im very happy my oponent has 2 players who wot play from lfc

    should i start fletcher ahead of sterling? due to the "bib theory" yay or nay?

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    1. Just Ruud
      4 years, 11 months ago

      If you believe it then go with Fletch, it will probably only give you 1 extra point anyway, but they all count 😉

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      1. Hazardous
        4 years, 11 months ago

        yeah so true but united might go behind and the come back and that goal could be from fletch butt sterling wot do much from bench but if he starts im in a lot of trouble

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    2. Shakshuka
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      4 years, 11 months ago

      whats the bib theory?

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

    Rooney + Obrien in for Cuellar and Ba leaves me with this (Dont mind 2 westham defenders)
    Federici (Mignolet)
    Cameron Shorey Demel OBrien (Clyne)
    Cazorla Fellaini Sterling (Mata Puncheon)
    Rvp Rooney Suarez

    0.0 in bank

    Strong enough or too risky? should i just to Puncheon to Michu instead? (No closer to my decision and i'm off in 30)

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

      Risk that Sterling, Demel and even Rooney(flu) may not start.. Scary thought..

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

      Could get nelson instead of obrien too

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    3. Hazardous
      4 years, 11 months ago

      i think reading will concede more then sunderland

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

        it's a coin toss for the 1 pointer from my GK's i agree 🙂 .. could get Bunn and Rooney instead for Mignolet and Ba

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        1. Hazardous
          4 years, 11 months ago

          get bunn i got him in nets ahead of begovic this week hoping fellaini will score 😉

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

    rooney a doubt due to flu?

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    1. 4vets
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Man flu. He'll play along side RVP.

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

      No

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      1. rvp786
        4 years, 11 months ago

        wouldnt be surprised if he aint involved at all. perfect chance for fergie to rest him for busy scedule and give hernandez a chance

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        1. RD84
          4 years, 11 months ago

          I suppose this is a good reason to hold off on Suarez>Rooney for at least one week, esp. as Suarez has villa at home.

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

          mess with our minds why dont you

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        3. Jax
          4 years, 11 months ago

          no chance. he'll play.

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          1. rvp786
            4 years, 11 months ago

            with fergie you just never know. if rooney isnt 100 per cent due to flu fergie wont and doesnt need to risk playing him. end of

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        4. Kostja
          4 years, 11 months ago

          Well fergie stated that Rooney needs to play to stay fit. So no way he will be rested if he is healthy.

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          1. rvp786
            4 years, 11 months ago

            if he did have flu, takes body about a week to recover

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            1. Kostja
              4 years, 11 months ago

              A bit different for a professional athlete.

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              1. Kostja
                4 years, 11 months ago

                and it could have just been a cold

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  9. Hatter
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Hi everyone,
    Who is better Snodgrass or Nolan, one is on form the other isn’t and both have relatively tough fixtures in the next couple of GW’s.
    Cheers

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    1. RD84
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Snodgrass short term, Nolan long term

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      1. Hatter
        4 years, 11 months ago

        probably snodgrass then due to the Jan Wildcard

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        1. QPR expects... glory!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          4 years, 11 months ago

          Pilkington over Snodgrass. All his big returns come at home. Where are they this weekend? 😉

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  10. Wiseman Resistant
    4 years, 11 months ago

    tu sam FC RED STAR BELGRADE, reci sta treba 🙂

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    1. Shane Ferguson 4.0
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Procitaj na prosloj strani, odgovorio sam ti...

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      1. Wiseman Resistant
        4 years, 11 months ago

        videh, videh, odgovorih i ja 🙂

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

    Random question, but how many goals do you think Fellani will score from now till the end of the season?

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    1. RD84
      4 years, 11 months ago

      In seriousness, I think he'll end on 14

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

      1

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    3. Phaze 1
      4 years, 11 months ago

      5-15

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    4. rvp786
      4 years, 11 months ago

      22 games left. he will probably get banned for 3-4 over the season due to suspensions.

      18 games - probably 7-8 goals id say

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    5. RD84
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Eleventeen

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

      Diggity-two. We had to use diggity because the kaiser had stolen our word twenty.

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

      Nice. My mate is convinced he will only score 5 more from now on, so I've had a wager 🙂

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

    Bunn
    Enrique/Sagna/Shawcross
    Silva/Fellaini/Cazorla/Sterling
    Suarez/Berbatov/RVP

    Mignolet/Cuellar/S. Morrison/Puncheon

    0.7 in the bank, 1 FT
    Thoughts?

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    1. Hatter
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Berbatov> Defoe or Ba

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

        No thanks.

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    2. Phaze 1
      4 years, 11 months ago

      looks decent. u can prob save the ft

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

        You think Enrique/Sterling will start? If not I only have Cuellar to come in, and he's gonna get dominated by Man U. Really need to be sure that they will start before I go saving the transfer.

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        1. Hazardous
          4 years, 11 months ago

          no they wot downing left back ad shelvey in for sterling according to the bib theory

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        2. Phaze 1
          4 years, 11 months ago

          Sterling will prob start. Not sure about Enrique

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    3. Hazardous
      4 years, 11 months ago

      enrique wont playhim to nastastic

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  13. Eboue
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Who in for bale next few weeks ( I need to swap him to field a team)

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    1. rvp786
      4 years, 11 months ago

      silva

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      1. Eboue
        4 years, 11 months ago

        Sorry should have said already have him; and mata, Morrison and HRK

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    2. Phaze 1
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Dempsey looks like the other option

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

    Walcott is really screwing with my plans.

    If only we would hear definitive news.

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    1. Just Ruud
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Seeing as they play on Monday night its unlikely that you will before the deadline. Might hear something concrete on Sunday or Monday afternoon only.

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

        Good point. I want coverage vs Reading this week and next. If I get Cazorla for Walcott then cannot afford to get Silva in next week for Sess unless I tak Caz straight out again.

        Caz in and out in 2 GW seems a waste.

        I also want Mata next week lol!

        If Walcott would only play I could save a transfer and just get Silva for Sess next week as have 4.8 in bank.

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        1. Just Ruud
          4 years, 11 months ago

          Apparently Walcott is also going to drop in price tonight, so factor that into your decision in case it leaves you short on funds.

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    2. rvp786
      4 years, 11 months ago

      cut your losses with him. week in week out you will be stressing about him playing never mind scoring points

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    3. JedJez
      4 years, 11 months ago

      He drops again tonight, if I want to swap Sterling for Mata next week I'm going to have to transfer him to Kaca tonight.....

      I don't think I've ever had Walcott at the right time

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    4. Jax
      4 years, 11 months ago

      i heard he'll start

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    5. Hazardous
      4 years, 11 months ago

      i heard hes leaving arsenal in january so why play him...

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  15. Phaze 1
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Bego

    Nelson, Enrique, Hughes

    Silva, Santi, Michu, Fellaini

    RVP(c), Suarez(vc), Ba

    Jassi, Sterling, Davies, Ridgewell

    Ready for the weekend? subs right?

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  16. La Roja
    4 years, 11 months ago

    I went to chinese buffet with gervinho. It was 10 dollars per head. He had to pay 30 dollars

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    1. Jax
      4 years, 11 months ago

      awful.

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      1. La Roja
        4 years, 11 months ago

        😯

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        1. Jax
          4 years, 11 months ago

          haha!

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    4 years, 11 months ago

    Any news on Sterling?
    Was anything about the starting line-up mentioned in the press conference today?

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    1. Phaze 1
      4 years, 11 months ago

      just the bib theory thats going around. Its prob BS imo

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        4 years, 11 months ago

        Thanks. I'm hoping it's BS

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  17. andres
    4 years, 11 months ago

    So it all comes to this:
    Bego ruddy
    Baines rafael simpson (cuellar gorks)
    Sess sterling fellaini michu (puncheon)
    Rvp berba suarez

    1ft, 3.7
    A gorkss to sagna
    B cuellar to g.johnson
    C sess to silva
    D sess to dempsey

    A,B would probably involve getting mata/silva next week

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    1. Soccaholic
      4 years, 11 months ago

      B or C

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  18. COMH
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Play a patchwork team and carry the FT to next week?

    Begovic

    Rafael Ridgewell Shorey

    Theo Fellaini Michu Sessegnon

    RVP Suarez Berbatov

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    1. Phaze 1
      4 years, 11 months ago

      I was gonna do the same but I decided it was pretty importand to be able to play 11 this week.

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

      Confused myself. Might do the same too.

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

      Yep.

      I don't think too many will have a decent team this weekend.

      No Soton/Chelsea, Injuries, Rotation etc.

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  19. Soccaholic
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Have Enrique,Ridgwell,Demel as a backline this week...
    Add to that i have Fletcher who's dropping today so i must get rid if i want to say some cash...
    Thinkin abt my forwards more than my backline...
    1 ft 3.5 milll in the bank.. Fletcher--->Suarez Yay or Nay?

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  20. Schindler's list
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Rooney rising tonight 🙂

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

      There's going to be such frustration when he's rested because of flu.

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      1. Soccaholic
        4 years, 11 months ago

        Cue RvP hatrick ;)?

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      2. Jax
        4 years, 11 months ago

        erm, no.

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      3. Schindler's list
        4 years, 11 months ago

        rested cos of flu?
        even my grandfather can play 90 mins with flu

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        1. Daniel - DEXIT
          4 years, 11 months ago

          Well your grandma isn't on steroids ;D

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

    Can you guys recommend a transfer

    Foster, Begovic
    Rafael, Sagna , Enrique, Demel, Cuellar
    Caz, Michu, AJ, Sterling, Puncheon
    RVP, Berbatov, Suarez

    with 2.3 in the bank.

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    1. Declan
      4 years, 11 months ago

      AJ ➡ Yaya?

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

        Nope, not that fan of Yaya as a fpl prospect, but he does have good fixtures.

        AJ->Fellaini, but I certainily don't like his fixture this week.

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    2. Phaze 1
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Punch -> snod?

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

        Why would I do that?

        I would AJ->Snod if I really had to.

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

      AJ -> Fellaini

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

        But Stoke(away), that's tough for any team but United.

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

    i love how everyone is referring to the "bib theory" as if people are expected to know it and that it's common knowledge, like the most widely used term in football. 😆

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    1. Daniel - DEXIT
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Well it is the second most famous after Einstein theory of relativity 😀 😛

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      1. 4vets
        4 years, 11 months ago

        I reckon bib theory was Einstein's greatest!

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    2. 4vets
      4 years, 11 months ago

      It depends if you only come on here on Friday or Saturday...

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

      Bib theory has been around since time immemorial. In fact, the Bible was originally named 'Le Bib' as it was meant to be someone's theory on Jesus and his wearing of the green bib of God.

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      1. Just Ruud
        4 years, 11 months ago

        🙂 🙂

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

        😆

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

        😀

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    4. Mr.KK
      4 years, 11 months ago

      What the heck is the bib theory anyway?

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

        basically in training, sterling was wearing a different coloured bib to the other starting players. so the "bib theory" is that because of this, he will likely not start this week.

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        1. Mr.KK
          4 years, 11 months ago

          Oh thanks. I think people are reading too much into it. There are always at least two different colour kinds of bibs on the training ground, no?

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    5. The Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 years, 11 months ago

      It was yesterday.

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  23. Declan
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Foster
    Shawx Rafael Enrique
    Fellaini Silva Taarabt Cazorla
    Suarez(C) RVP Long

    Jussi Clyne Cuellar KEA

    Good to go?

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    1. Daniel - DEXIT
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Good to go. Strong team

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      1. Declan
        4 years, 11 months ago

        Thanks Daniel, who are you (C)?

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        1. Daniel - DEXIT
          4 years, 11 months ago

          Well I don't own Suarez so probably a Utd player. Tempted by Rooney

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    2. Just Ruud
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Nice.
      Good luck with the Suarez (c). I decided against it personally.

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  24. Daniel - DEXIT
    4 years, 11 months ago

    So Rooney and RVP? Anyone going that way? I have the money and was almost certain to do it. But with Sterling and Enrique not starting and Rooney possibly a flu, I am not so confident now, I think I will do a defensive transfer instead. Anyone doing it, or anyone having wise thoughts on that?

    Thanks

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

      I really don't recommend that route....Just pick one and be content.

      Doubling up on defence is ok but when it comes to mid or attack, I don't recommend it.

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    2. Kostja
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Id get Aguero instead.

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

      £25m/ 1/4 of my budget on 2 strikers from the SAME team. No thanks.

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

      Tempted by Roo but would be taking out Berbs so a no.

      Am either doing a safe transfer Johnson in for Gorkss or getting replacement Arsenal cover for Walcott.

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    5. Woolley_7
      4 years, 11 months ago

      I was just about to do

      Bale - Sterling
      Berba - Rooney

      Then I read on here that Rooney might have flu and sterling might not start! If I do the transfers tonight then I have 0.2 spare.

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  25. Mindless Freak
    4 years, 11 months ago

    What's the Bib theory 😛 - something i'm missing?

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    1. Aliga8or
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Something or someone who predicted the liverpool line-up.
      Yeah somebody Elaborate.

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

      Bib theory:

      When during a training sessions the first team players (wearing orange bibs play against the reserves/2nd string (wearing green bibs) it may be possible to speculate on the starting XI team the manager will pick for the weekend game.

      http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/Search/Search.aspx?EventId=158457630&EditorialProduct=Sport#

      In this case the following photos suggest that Sterling (in a green bib for a change) will not be in the staring XI this week (has nothing to do with form or injury, but merely linking it with earlier comments from Rodgers about him needing a rest at some point)

      http://www.independent.ie/sport/sterling-would-be-very-foolish-not-to-sign-contract-with-liverpool-says-brendan-rodgers-as-man-city-and-chelsea-hover-3311036.html

      Put these 2 factors together and one may infer that this is the week that he decides to rest young Raheem.

      Please note that none of this might actually play out this way and waiting for the (hopefully early) Demi lineup tomorrow is advisable

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  26. Nibbsy
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Begovic (Tremmel)
    Baines Enrique Shorey Cuellar
    Fellaini Michu Sterling
    RVP (c) Suarez Berb

    Subs: McCartney (doubtful) Puncheon Mata (no game)

    2.9 in the bank.

    Seems risky with possibly no subs and doubts around Enrique and Sterling and Cuellar at United, but have no idea what to do. Seems silly leaving 2.9 in the bank with all those doubts though. Any ideas?

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    1. Nibbsy
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Cuellar - Rafael?

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      1. Hazardous
        4 years, 11 months ago

        cuellar to nastastic

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  27. Aliga8or
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Any news on Walcott? Possibly those training pics or something?

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  28. HuttonDressedasLahm
    4 years, 11 months ago

    Damn you managers with your non committal team talks!!

    WHO? is injured for West Brom??

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    1. Soccaholic
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Ridgewell

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

    I love getting mini-league rivals to take 8 point hits 🙂

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    1. Soccaholic
      4 years, 11 months ago

      Try -12 😉 :p

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

        Niiice. In all fairness, they wern't bad hits, but both could have been easily avoided 😎

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