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Fantasy Premier League Focus

Our weekly look at the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) game is rolled out this afternoon. As always, we analyse the main contenders in the Fantasy Football Scout league, while casting an eye over the frantic transfer market, as the fallout from Marouane Fellaini’s three-match ban sees midfields frantically restructured:

Scout League Standings

Iyad Zahlan not only remains at the top of the Scout League this week, he returns to the summit in the overall rankings after registering 68 points in Gameweek 17. He had mainly two players to thank for his haul; Robin Van Persie and Santi Cazorla. The Dutchman was handed the armband, while Cazorla ran riot at Reading to deliver 47 points between them; Billy Jones and David Silva also chipped in for Iyad’s side.

T.I. moves back into second spot, having racked up 81 points last time out. He also had a captain Van Persie and Cazorla combination, while Adel Taarabt, Stephane Sessegnon and Silva all picked up attacking returns in midfield. T.I. sits eighth in the overall rankings, 21 points behind Iyad.

In third spot is MP, thanks to a Gameweek 17 score of 75 points. He also captained Van Persie, with Cazorla and Sessegnon joined by Demba Ba and Guy Demel in producing the points. MP has moved up to 12th overall, on 1065 points.

Climbing up to fourth is John Schohl. Again, Van Persie sported the armband and was joined by Cazorla, while Silva and Kieran Gibbs both boosted his score to 76 points. John now sits in 40th overall.

The magnificently named Scrunchie Tubritt completes the top five. He followed the pattern set by the above four – Van Persie armband, plus Cazorla. Ryan Shawcross also helped boost his score to 65 points after a four point hit.

Our top five help keep Fantasy Football Scout at the top of the Best Leagues, 16 points ahead of our nearest challenger. Finally, Big Dunc has moved to the top of the Contributors league – no surprise to learn he had Van Persie captain and Cazorla amongst his ranks, as he moved onto 960 points overall, enough to earn a spot inside the top 10,000.

Market Trends

Yaya Toure has proven to be the most popular FPL player this week. The City midfielder has been snapped up by over 122,000 managers as the Marouane Fellaini exodus picks up pace – Toure has already climbed 0.2 in price this week and sits at 7.9.

A trio of Spanish midfielders tuck in behind the Ivorian; Santi Cazorla has acquired over 51,000 new owners after his 23 point haul last Monday, despite the fact he has a blank Gameweek 19. Juan Mata has picked up 45,000 transfers in due to his stunning recent form, while Michu continues to climb in ownership. The Swansea man has been drafted in by 31,000 managers and has a 49% ownership – the most popular player in the game. Both Jason Puncheon and Adel Taarabt have picked up around 29,000 new owners, with their cut-price appeal freeing up cash to splash elsewhere.

At the back, Stoke pair Ryan Shawcross and Asmir Begovic have received a combined 43,00 transfers in, though the Potters’ fixtures stiffen considerably. Seb Bassong (30,000) and Pablo Zabaleta (21,000) have also acquired plenty new investors as we head into the packed festive fixture list.

Up top, Demba Ba’s eleventh goal of the season persuaded over 43,000 to snap up the Newcastle man, though his upcoming schedule looks potentially tricky. Fernando Torres is not far behind the Magpies forward – 42,000 have drafted in the Chelsea player after an upturn in form under Rafa Benitez. Christian Benteke’s stunning display for Villa at Anfield has earned him in excess of 33,000 new owners, Carlos Tevez has proven popular ahead of City’s home game with Reading – over 31,000 have snapped him up, while Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney have received more than 19,000 transfers in as United prepare for a trip to Swansea.

For transfers out, it’s all about Marouane Fellaini. The Everton midfielder’s three-match ban for a headbutt on Ryan Shawcross has seen over 273,000 part company; no surprise, really, given he was the second most popular player in the game heading into last weekend’s clash with Stoke.

Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale have both been shipped out of 20,000 teams, while at the back, Rafael (33,000), Jose Enrique (19,000) and Vincent Kompany (17,000) have seen more sales than any other defenders after the trio missed out through injury last weekend – all three are in with a chance of returning to action for Gameweek 19, however; indeed, Enrique has already been passed fit by Brendan Rodgers earlier this afternoon.

Up top, Dimitar Berbatov and Luis Suarez lead the way for trades out – despite both facing a decent run of fixtures over the next few. With no returns in his last six, the Bulgarian has been moved on by 40,000 Fantasy managers, while Suarez, with four back-to-back blanks, has seen 36,000 make their excuses and leave. Jermain Defoe’s owners have shown little patience with the Tottenham forward – 35,000 have got rid, after he failed to score in his last two matches.

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  1. Scroobius Mac
      3 years, 8 months ago

      Fletcher + Vermaelen > Clark + Tevez. (-4)

      Don't need Clark this week (Sagna, Johnson, Vertonghen).
      No other City cover.
      Verm has a stupidly good scoring record vs. Wigan. Tevez could be rested. Fletcher has Southampton.
      But no other City cover is going to lead me to a quivering mess on Saturday.

      Yay or nay?

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      1. Paolo Di Laernu - low rep r…
          3 years, 8 months ago

          I think getting rid of Verm is worth it...he does not justify that price tag.

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          1. Scroobius Mac
              3 years, 8 months ago

              Was a punt as I thought I was short on players. Would keep til Jan if it weren't for the DGW. He's scored something like 3 in 4 games vs. Wigan though.

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              1. Paolo Di Laernu - low rep r…
                  3 years, 8 months ago

                  I still think Vert Johnson and Sagna is more than enough money spent in defence...and having Sagna negates Verm. Sure he might score the odd goal but is it really worth it waiting for that moment? I think Arsenal's style has changed a bit and they're less keen on him getting so far forward. I could be wrong.

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                • Dial Square
                    3 years, 8 months ago

                    thats a coincidence I imagine

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              2. Chris_White
                  3 years, 8 months ago

                  Yay

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                • skodaole2
                    3 years, 8 months ago

                    nay if mancini will rest tevez and/or aguero this will be the game.

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                  • Schürrle Not
                      3 years, 8 months ago

                      Nay.
                      -4 = massive fail if Tevez rested and (probably) minor win if he plays. Fletcher is coming good and will be shooting fish in a barrel at The Dell

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                      1. Scroobius Mac
                          3 years, 8 months ago

                          Coming good? He's crocked is he not?

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                          1. Schürrle Not
                              3 years, 8 months ago

                              Thought I read he was on the mend.
                              Scratch that.
                              Hit the button!

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                        • Smurf
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          3 years, 8 months ago

                          You have Vermaelen, Sagna, Vertonghen & G.Johnson. Wow and I thought my defence was expensive.

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                          1. Scroobius Mac
                              3 years, 8 months ago

                              Yeah, it was a short-term ploy to avoid rotation. And tbh I didn't really think it through (The Verm one).

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                        • Louis
                            3 years, 8 months ago

                            City defence predictions ?

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                            1. Chris_White
                                3 years, 8 months ago

                                Maicon Nastasic Kompany Clichy

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                                1. Scroobius Mac
                                    3 years, 8 months ago

                                    Kompany's head fell off.

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                                    1. isacki: full casual
                                        3 years, 8 months ago

                                        In the tunnel. It was traumatizing.

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                                      • Chris_White
                                          3 years, 8 months ago

                                          Hate when that happens!

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                                    2. Paolo Di Laernu - low rep r…
                                        3 years, 8 months ago

                                        Clean sheet

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                                      • GYM JUNKIE
                                          3 years, 8 months ago

                                          zab nas kom cli

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                                        • Scroobius Mac
                                            3 years, 8 months ago

                                            Zabalabaleta Nasatic Toure Clichy

                                            ----------------------------------Kolarov

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                                          • Parm
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            3 years, 8 months ago

                                            Corluka, Dunne, Richards, Ball.

                                            Although Sun Jihai is pushing for a start.

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                                        • bring on Real Madrid !
                                            3 years, 8 months ago

                                            bego trem
                                            baines shorey stam enrique demel
                                            fell sess bale sterling michu
                                            rvp ba tevez

                                            a) mata/santi/theo/hazard and punch in for sess and fell (2 FT)
                                            b) theo+nasti+punch for shorey+sess+fell (-4 hit)

                                            plz some help

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                                            1. skodaole2
                                                3 years, 8 months ago

                                                A is ok for this GW

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                                            2. wslnpt
                                                3 years, 8 months ago

                                                8 point hit after being miffed seeing cazorla go wild. Hope this ends well. (Aguero Baker Suarez Snodgrass in btw)

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                                              • bob fossil
                                                  3 years, 8 months ago

                                                  Repost, sorry.

                                                  Who would you guys go for out of snodgrass and walters?

                                                  Both on around the same points, so so fixtures, Snodgrass has better form, but walters is on penaltys (I think)

                                                  Not fussed on either but need to replace fellaini.

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                                                  1. GYM JUNKIE
                                                      3 years, 8 months ago

                                                      snodgrass. walters is on penalties but rarely do they get one with stoke attacking.

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                                                    • 1966 was a great year for E…
                                                        3 years, 8 months ago

                                                        Snodgrass. Seeing Walters in your team is depressing.

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                                                      • Paolo Di Laernu - low rep r…
                                                          3 years, 8 months ago

                                                          Snodgrass

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                                                          1. bob fossil
                                                              3 years, 8 months ago

                                                              Cheers for the reply guys, I was thinking snodgrass. It's not the most glamorous transfer out there but it has to be done.

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                                                              1. Paolo Di Laernu - low rep r…
                                                                  3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                  Consider Pilkington too...very similar threat

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                                                                  1. bob fossil
                                                                      3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                      Yeah I had a look at him, he seems to do well at home whereas snodgrass seems to do better away. Went with snod in the end, seeing him in my team seems slightly more glamorous! thanks for the help.

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                                                            • Spoiler
                                                                3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                thoughts on baker for villa? will vlaar oust him out on saturday?

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                                                                1. bring on Real Madrid !
                                                                    3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                    most probably

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                                                                2. isacki: full casual
                                                                    3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                    Aguero benched. Tevez benched. Dzeko benched. Goater and Fowler to start.

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                                                                    1. Parm
                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                      3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                      Bojinov out then?

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                                                                      1. isacki: full casual
                                                                          3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                          "Rested"

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                                                                      2. Chris_White
                                                                          3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                          Huckerby POO?

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                                                                      3. Epic Fail 墅 ⚽
                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                        3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                        No Thursday Scoutcast. This is outrageous. :(

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                                                                        1. Chris_White
                                                                            3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                            A true disgrace to mankind.

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                                                                          • Mark
                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                            • Has Moderation Rights
                                                                            3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                            It was a Wednesday podcast...did you miss it...

                                                                            http://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2012/12/19/the-scoutcast-episode-ninety-three-wrapped-up/

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                                                                            1. Epic Fail 墅 ⚽
                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                              3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                              I've already listened to it, but still. 😉

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                                                                            2. Schürrle Not
                                                                                3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                Don't try and wriggle out of it....
                                                                                Get back in the studio/room/skype thing. 😉

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                                                                              • Parm
                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                I think your sarcasm detector is broken...

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                                                                            3. Schürrle Not
                                                                                3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                I feel a strongly worded letter coming on...

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                                                                              • Parm
                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                Sarcasm detected...

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                                                                            4. Torched999
                                                                                3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                Dzeko for berba at a -4p hit? I have Silva (C) as the only city cover and I would probably sub berba back in next gw.. not worth it for a hit?

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                                                                                1. bring on Real Madrid !
                                                                                    3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                    no need
                                                                                    berba fixtures really spice up after this GW

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                                                                                  • Epic Fail 墅 ⚽
                                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                    3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                    It will either end up a complete disaster or a work of genius.

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                                                                                  • GYM JUNKIE
                                                                                      3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                      not worth it. big risk dzeko may not even play.

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                                                                                  • AriseSirGiggsy
                                                                                      3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                      Look at Michus goal record - something of a "flat-track bully" (god I hate that phrase)
                                                                                      I think I might bench at the weekend and play Sagna (wig) instead

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                                                                                      1. GYM JUNKIE
                                                                                          3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                          michu is fixture proof

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                                                                                          1. Paolo Di Laernu - low rep r…
                                                                                              3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                              Swansea aren't though

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                                                                                          2. Chris_White
                                                                                              3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                              good luck with that

                                                                                              LOL

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                                                                                              1. AriseSirGiggsy
                                                                                                  3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                  + Vidic back

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                                                                                              2. bring on Real Madrid !
                                                                                                  3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                  michu scores blank twice atleast
                                                                                                  so this one could be a 2 ponter

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                                                                                                  1. bring on Real Madrid !
                                                                                                      3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                      who says he is fix proof
                                                                                                      city 2
                                                                                                      liv 3
                                                                                                      chel 2
                                                                                                      tott 2
                                                                                                      eve 1

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                                                                                                  2. Scroobius Mac
                                                                                                      3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                      Arsenal away is his second highest score of the season.

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                                                                                                      1. AriseSirGiggsy
                                                                                                          3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                          Yes but he's scored mainly against the bottom half

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                                                                                                        • Ohmmmm
                                                                                                            3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                            ahum....and week 1??

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                                                                                                      2. Declan
                                                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                        3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                        Fair to say Torres is now on pens, if Fat Frank isn't on the pitch?

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                                                                                                        1. Chris_White
                                                                                                            3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                            No, it will be a rotated duty according to Rafa...

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                                                                                                            1. Declan
                                                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                              3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                              Cheers mate

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                                                                                                          • Epic Fail 墅 ⚽
                                                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                            3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                            No.

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                                                                                                          • heartsattack
                                                                                                              3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                              Reasonably assured.

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                                                                                                            • the Penman
                                                                                                                3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                                He'll be behind Mata, Hazard, Luiz...

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                                                                                                            • Screaming Midget
                                                                                                                3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                                Girlfriend texted me, "I have tried my best to make this relationship work but I seem to be the only one trying. So I have decided to break up with you and move on with my life. Can you delete my number and never contact me." I replied, "Who's this?"

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                                                                                                                1. GYM JUNKIE
                                                                                                                    3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                                    smooth

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                                                                                                                  • heartsattack
                                                                                                                      3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                                      Who was it?

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                                                                                                                    • GreennRed
                                                                                                                        3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                                        God loves a trier. Maybe her and God will be happy together.

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                                                                                                                    • skodaole2
                                                                                                                        3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                                        Hello everyone! All set?

                                                                                                                        Jaask
                                                                                                                        Skrtel Nastasic Clyne
                                                                                                                        Mata Silva Michu Snodgrass
                                                                                                                        RVP Defoe Torres(C)

                                                                                                                        Bego, Sterling, Garrido, Nelsen

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                                                                                                                      • dylan
                                                                                                                          3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                                          enrique>>zabalata???...any other aternatives

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                                                                                                                          1. GYM JUNKIE
                                                                                                                              3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                                              keep enr

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                                                                                                                          2. kimoo
                                                                                                                              3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                                              Rafael OUT ZAB IN for a hit

                                                                                                                              SUEREZ OUT AGUERO OR TEVEZ IN for ahit

                                                                                                                              keep both ??

                                                                                                                              morrsion out yaya in for a hit

                                                                                                                              i got silva insted off falleni

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                                                                                                                              1. bring on Real Madrid !
                                                                                                                                  3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                                                  no way keep both
                                                                                                                                  rafael will play definitely
                                                                                                                                  and CS could be on this time around

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                                                                                                                              2. TheSteel
                                                                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                                                Play Cameron or Nelsen?

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                                                                                                                              3. Declan
                                                                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                                                Torres has form and decent fixtures 😯 , Agreed?

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                                                                                                                                1. Paolo Di Laernu - low rep r…
                                                                                                                                    3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                                                    Agreed

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                                                                                                                                  • Chris_White
                                                                                                                                      3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                                                      Form in terms of scoring goals, yes. Not playing well. But that doesnt really matter in FPL does it 😛

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                                                                                                                                      1. Declan
                                                                                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                                                        3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                                                        That's what I'm thinking....

                                                                                                                                        Suarez Torres RVP looks tempting, all nailed on starting imo.

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                                                                                                                                  • Mull
                                                                                                                                      3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                                                      NEW POST

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                                                                                                                                    • Torched999
                                                                                                                                        3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                                                        Jaask

                                                                                                                                        Bassong McAuley Johnson

                                                                                                                                        Puncheon Taarabt Michu Silva (C)

                                                                                                                                        Suarez RVP Berba

                                                                                                                                        Foster, Nolan, Shawcross, Demel

                                                                                                                                        Anything you guys would change sub wise here- Nolan on for berba or puncheon? Shawcross>bassong?

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                                                                                                                                      • The butts
                                                                                                                                          3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                                                          What do ya think?

                                                                                                                                          Schwarzer
                                                                                                                                          Davies Clyne Demel
                                                                                                                                          Cazorla Mata Silva Michu
                                                                                                                                          Defoe RvP Tevez

                                                                                                                                          Bunn Clark Shorey Sterling

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                                                                                                                                        • 5 FT 4 MAGICIAN
                                                                                                                                            3 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                                                            Fellaini for Silva or Mata?

                                                                                                                                            Already have Tevez for City coverage this weekend (hoping he plays!) and considering him capn. If getting Silva then he would be Capn.

                                                                                                                                            Torn between the two as Mata looks awesome right now and then I'd have some chelsea coverage.

                                                                                                                                            Any help please?

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