The Watchlist – Kevin Nolan

Filed under: The Watchlist - Posted by: stilicho

Many moons ago, it was common practice within the Fantasy Football community to refer to a combination of Cristiano Ronaldo, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard as “The Holy Trinity”. The cost was considerable, but many a season was saved by their union in a Fantasy Premier League (FPL) squad. With those days now long past, the opening months of this campaign threatened the establishment of a new Nicene creed of marauding midfielders. Playing just off, or sometimes as, the striker – the mid-price potency of Michu, Marouanne Fellaini and Kevin Nolan was such that Mark and Granville were left pondering whether the current FPL fabric could long contain the latest revelations.

Whilst Michu is still exalted atop the midfield points list, and the progress of Fellaini tempered only by his temper, Kevin Nolan has spent the last 40 days wandering in the wilderness – and given the recent inundation of the West Ham fixture list it’s difficult to blame him. Since Gameweek 10 The Hammers have been plagued by visits from Man City, Stoke, Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton, and endured unhappy exoduses to Newcastle, Spurs, Man Utd and West Brom.

With their Boxing Day blank now behind them, the claret and blue tribe have at last reached the promised land, in terms of fixtures. This Saturday’s trip to Reading marks the start of a seven Gameweek run (rdg, NOR, sun, QPR & ars, ful, SWA, avl) that should afford Sam Allardyce’s attacking assets every chance to go forth and multiply their returns. That run includes a double fixture in Gameweek 23, with two London derbies against QPR and Arsenal on offer.

Bagging four goals and two assists in just eight games before the schedule took a turn for the worse, Nolan has an overwhelming edge over his team mates in terms of bang for one’s attacking buck – and at a current valuation of 6.6 in FPL (4.9 in the Sky Sports game) he is now substantially cheaper than both Michu and Fellaini. Whilst his overall ownership is still high, at 18%, it is likely that amongst active players his ownership is considerably lower, and whilst perhaps not approaching differential status his long barren run has certainly served to sink him below the mainstream radar at a useful time for the more dedicated player.

Andy Carroll’s absence through injury has been cited as another factor behind Nolan’s recent slide but with the giant Geordie expected to return to training next week, Nolan’s potential could be set for an upturn. If Nolan can avoid fifth yellow card at the Madejski and perhaps re-announce himself with a goal, a new bandwagon may well start warming its engines.

As the likes of Gareth Bale and Juan Mata continue to bring home the bacon at the pricier end of the scale, and cut-price alternatives such as Raheem Sterling and Jason Puncheon retain their popularity in the “fifth mid” spot – a squad containing all three of Michu, Nolan and Fellaini (upon the latter’s return from suspension in Gameweek 21) will doubtless represent an unusual setup. With the approach of winter wildcard season affording Fantasy Managers the chance to experiment with a get-out-of-jail-free card in their pocket, though, a reformation to 3-5-2 to incorporate the new Holy Trinity may yet turn water into wine for potential proselytes.

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  1. Shall I do Mata to joe cole for a hit? Mata might get rested and joe cole always looks good in training apparently.

    • 2 years, 11 months ago
    1. Yeah man. Do it.

      • 2 years, 11 months ago
    2. Joe Cole? Joe's a top player for the best team in England, maybe even the world. No Brainer.

      • 2 years, 11 months ago
        • 2 years, 11 months ago
      1. See that goal he scored in the World Cup. He does it in training all the time. He's due one as they say.

        • 2 years, 11 months ago
      2. joe played better when he's with the blues even though less playing time .... he should stay then but he looking for better prospect with pool so have to wait for his coming silverware!!

        • 2 years, 11 months ago
    3. Zep
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member


      What are you waiting for?

      • 2 years, 11 months ago
      1. you inspired millions here, i am doing the same for a hit and Joe Cole captain

        Jog on dude

        • 2 years, 11 months ago
        1. Nobody says jog on anymore mate.

          • 2 years, 11 months ago
          1. why, out of fashion. I am interested

            • 2 years, 11 months ago
    4. Mata won't be rested. They know Everton is a tough game & they won't rest their best player for this fixture. He maybe rested against QPR

      • 2 years, 11 months ago
      1. Good point. Sod it then.

        • 2 years, 11 months ago
        1. lol

          • 2 years, 11 months ago
    5. Yeah, probably worth it.

      • 2 years, 11 months ago
    6. Jax

      he doesn't start.

      • 2 years, 11 months ago
    7. Yeah I mean what has Mata done all season whereas Joe .........

      • 2 years, 11 months ago
  2. At the moment, it looks like i'll be without Cazorla for the DGW, scary.

    • 2 years, 11 months ago
    1. would you rather have walcott or cazorla?

      • 2 years, 11 months ago
      1. Hard to say, if both play the same amount of minutes over the season I'd back Walcott. Cazorla will play more though.

        • 2 years, 11 months ago
      2. walcott if less budget

        • 2 years, 11 months ago
    2. Surely you will be able to bring him in by then with the WC or a FT?

      • 2 years, 11 months ago
      1. I don't see how. I'll have this next week: Walcott, Bale, Michu, Fellaini, Nolan.

        • 2 years, 11 months ago
        1. I could lose Bale as he has Utd that week but I'll end up losing value on a player I'd want to get straight back.

          • 2 years, 11 months ago
          1. Bale v United is nothing to fear. United are shipping goals. Even if they weren't I would still fancy Bale against any of their RB's.

            • 2 years, 11 months ago
            1. True, might look at Podolski upfront if he looks like starting both.

              • 2 years, 11 months ago
          2. Er goal and assist at Old Trafford earlier in the season Man Utd leaking goals for fun

            Captain Gareth.......

            Ok getting carried away but I see Bale as fixture proof

            • 2 years, 11 months ago
        2. Ah right you have Walcott so I wouldn't worry about it.

          Great midfield btw.

          • 2 years, 11 months ago
    3. Jax

      there is a wildcard.

      • 2 years, 11 months ago
  3. I wish there was some raphael news, haven't sold in case he comes back this game but if he's out again then have to sell to make sure I have enough defenders play... Already lost 0.3 on him over last 2 weeks

    • 2 years, 11 months ago
    1. Demi you around?

      • 2 years, 11 months ago
      1. I'm not interested in tennis news

        • 2 years, 11 months ago
  4. Yxz

    Long -> Cole

    Anyone considering Cole?

    • 2 years, 11 months ago
    1. Joe? No....

      Carlton?............ no.

      • 2 years, 11 months ago
  5. Repost. Early planning for DGW23.

    I currently sit on this combo:
    Mata – Puncheon – Sterling (5.1) – Berba

    What combo should i aim for?

    A) Michu – Puncheon – Nolan – Giroud (3 transfers)
    B) Fellaini – Nolan – Sterling – Podolski (3 transfers)
    C) Walcott – Nolan – Sterling – Berba (2 transfers)

    I already have Cazorla.
    Can keep Mata, if i sell Bale instead.
    Will activate wildcard for GW24.

    • 2 years, 11 months ago
  6. What do ya say about this for the coming GW?
    0 FT (-4)

    GK: de Gea
    DEF: Rafael, Vertonghen, Ivanovic, Aaron Hughes
    MID: Bale, Sterling, Sidwell, Mata
    FWD: Defoe, Podolski

    SUBS: Jaaskelainen, Jose Enrique, Hoolahan, Shane Long

    I think Jaask for de Gea?? And Jose Enrique for Ivanovic as Everton away would be tough? (C) Bale or Podolski??

    • 2 years, 11 months ago
    1. i would not do it for -8... your team is slim on points anyway

      • 2 years, 11 months ago
      1. im talking about the subs

        • 2 years, 11 months ago
  7. Suggestions?
    0.1 in bank and 2 freebies

    Enrique | Nelsen | Demel
    Bale | Michu | Mata | Silva
    RVP | Berba | Ba

    Foster, Puncheon, Cuellar, Cameron

    • 2 years, 11 months ago
    1. Michu wont play

      • 2 years, 11 months ago
  8. Good evening everyone.

    Now, why the feck is Tevez a doubt? 👿

    • 2 years, 11 months ago
    1. Missed training yesterday, I think it was because he was ill.

      • 2 years, 11 months ago
    2. How big a doubt is he ?

      • 2 years, 11 months ago
      1. 75% chance to play the game according to FPL.

        • 2 years, 11 months ago
    3. He was ill and didn't train

      • 2 years, 11 months ago
    4. Nipped back home for New Year ..........

      • 2 years, 11 months ago
  9. If you where bringing in an arsenal mid, would you go for walcott or cazorla?

    • 2 years, 11 months ago
    1. for safety, carzola.....but if walcott comfirm to play as many games, so go for him..

      • 2 years, 11 months ago
        • 2 years, 11 months ago
  10. How am I looking lads? Trannys done.

    Sagna Enrique Cuellar
    Mata Silva Bale Cazorla
    Van Persie Berba Benteke

    McCarthy Puncheon Nelsen McCartney

    • 2 years, 11 months ago
    1. Captain?

      Looks good mate

      • 2 years, 11 months ago
      1. Perfect

        • 2 years, 11 months ago
  11. My team...

    Jaask (Cerny)
    Davies Cuellar Enrique (Nelsen Shorey)
    Sterling* Hazard Mata Bale (Michu)
    RVP Berba Tevez*

    Originally had been thinking Hazard > Walcott/Cazorla but feel if Tevez likely misses out am super light.
    Considering Tevez > Hernandez Sterling >Nolan for a hit 4pts...wat you guys think?

    Any suggestion welcome...

    • 2 years, 11 months ago
    1. Walcott for Hazard, Hernandez for Tevez.

      • 2 years, 11 months ago
  12. should i lost sess or puncheon for walcott/nolan??

    • 2 years, 11 months ago
    1. Puncheon imo

      • 2 years, 11 months ago
  13. Plenty of hits to be dished out this week with the most popular defender and midfield out

    • 2 years, 11 months ago
  14. Berba -> Podolski sound good for DGW?

    Other option is to leave Berba in the team, and go Mata & Punch -> Walcott & Nolan.

    • 2 years, 11 months ago
    1. No way.
      Keep Berba.

      • 2 years, 11 months ago
  15. michu rafael out

    evans walcott IN

    yay nay ?

    4 point hit

    i only have 2 defenders playing

    • 2 years, 11 months ago
  16. Anybody (C) Bale?

    • 2 years, 11 months ago
    1. Na I think that will be a fairly low scoring game with plenty Mignolet saves. RVP(c) Berbatov(vc) for me.

      • 2 years, 11 months ago
    2. no.....but who know, go with your gut

      • 2 years, 11 months ago
    3. RVP for me. Sunderland has a good defense, don't see a lot of chances for Bale to score.

      • 2 years, 11 months ago
  17. One thing i've noticed which i'm benefiting from this season is playing my players regardless of fixtures. In the past I would be blinded by fixtures and if a player was up against the top 4/5 teams I would normally bench.

    Berbatov and Michu at the Emirates, Rafael at the Etihad, Cuellar v City just some that I can remember. Sometimes it's too tempting to have the ideal team on paper with the nicest looking fixtures but it doesn't always pan out like that.

    • 2 years, 11 months ago
    1. I've had such awful subs, so in the end it worked out the same :) Struggling to field decent 11 now, though.

      • 2 years, 11 months ago
    2. Great point

      • 2 years, 11 months ago
  18. All I got for christmas was red and yellow flags.. And Wisdom who's not playing. Could really use some help here!

    begovic (jaask)
    vertonghen, wisdom, enrique (cameron, nelsen)
    michu, bale, silva, sterling (mcanuff)
    rvp, tevez, berbatov

    1FT, 0.4 in bank. Thinking Wisdom>O’Brien/Demel
    Would not be fielding and awesome 11, with McAnuff, Nelsen, Sterling and Demel - but still (maybe) 11.

    Sorry for n'th repost, guys.

    • 2 years, 11 months ago
    1. I would play McAnuff ahead of Sterling.
      O'Brien imo

      • 2 years, 11 months ago
  19. My Team.
    Demel Gibbs Nelsen (Clyne ShawX)
    Bale Mata Walcott Michu (Schneiderlin)
    RVP Berba Suarez

    Got Michu at 7.7 so gained .3 on him and I'm looking to do Michu to Cazorla..good move?

    • 2 years, 11 months ago
  20. Begovic or Lloris?

    • 2 years, 11 months ago
  21. What do I do with this lot Rafael, Demel, Tevez & Michu. I have already taken a 4 point hit getting Shorey out for Luiz and Rooney out for Little pea. My subs are Clyne so I would have to hope Demel plays and Tevez plays a part and Clyne comes in for Rafael or just take 8 point hit and sell one of the above help appreciated ????????? Cheers?

    • 2 years, 11 months ago
  22. How's my team?

    Wilko huth zab Jose
    Santiago Nolan bale
    Suarez rvp Defoe

    Jussi michu shorey sterling

    I have 4fts until Dgw. Thinking of :

    Suarez- cole

    What other coverage could I get before I play my wc with the last transfer?

    • 2 years, 11 months ago
  23. // Bego //

    O'Brien // A Cole // Gibbs

    Cazorla // Bale // Silva // Sessegnon

    RVP // Berb // Hernadez

    Jaas, Michu, Cuellar, Nelsen

    Sexy and I know it baby...

    • 2 years, 11 months ago
  24. Right to play Jaas over Federici of my two keepers this gw (in same game)?

    • 2 years, 11 months ago
  25. btw - can anyone fill me in on the news that sent Michi's yellow flag to red and the removal of Suarez's yellow flag?

    • 2 years, 11 months ago

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