January
02

The Stock Check – Wednesday

Filed under: The Stock Check - Posted by: Mark

Rafa’s weakened lineup get turned over by Harry’s boys as Shaun Wright-Phillips returns to haunt the Stamford Bridge regulars. There’s no such shock at Anfield as Luis Suarez fills his boots again, whilst Leighton Baines’ wonder strike inspires an Everton win at St James’ Park…

On the Up

Luis Suarez
Seemingly everpresent in this article in over recent Gameweeks, Suarez once again delivered the goods for Liverpool, chipping in with his fourth and fifth goals in the last four league matches, whilst providing the assist for Raheem Sterling’s opener. Scoring back-to-back braces for the first time in his Liverpool career, his stock remain buoyant, his ownership and price on the climb. While Suarez has United and Arsenal in the next three, his form is so strong, that’s unlikely to be a factor that will perturb investors.

Steven Gerrard
The skipper goes on delivering: his pair of assists tonight means that Gerrard has now returned in his last six outings. Slowly but surely, Fantasy managers are waking up to his consistency – Gerrard’s ownership is steadily on the rise and his price has climbed to 9.4. Suarez, for just 0.9 more, remains the stronger option by some margin, however.

Raheem Sterling
The 18-year-old operates in a different price bracket to the Liverpool heavy-hitters and, with his opening goal tonight, he delivered his first strike since Gameweek 8. Before this evening’s game, Sterling had just a single assist in his last nine league appearances – form that was beginning to call his value, even at 5.6, into question. They’ll be no such doubts for a while, despite the arrival of Daniel Sturridge.

The Liverpool Defence
A third clean sheet in four games brought Brendan Rodgers’ defence to the fore and with Andre Wisdom back in the side, Fantasy managers will certainly be taking note. The young full-back would surely only be a short-term option with Jose Enrique sidelined and with United and Arsenal to come, the “wisdom” of such a move seems limited.

Leighton Baines
A stunning thirty-yard free-kick brought Baines’ owners their first major returns since Gameweek 5. Before tonight, the Everton left-back had delivered just two assists in 13 league outings. While the clean sheet was again off the menu, Baines’ strike offered a timely reminder of his qualities ahead of a Gameweek 22 home meeting with Swansea.

Marouane Felliani
There was talk before the game that the Belgian could be dropped back to a deeper role with Darron Gibson sidelined but, with David Moyes drafting in Phil Neville and dropping Victor Anichebe, it’s clear that Fellaini is set for the long-haul in an advanced role. He hardly dazzled but his physical presence played its part, earning the free-kick which was converted by Baines to give Felliani immediate assist returns.

Papiss Cisse
While Demba Ba negotiates his way out of St James’ Park, Cisse is trying to reinstate himself as Newcastle’s hitman. His opening strike tonight was his second in three matches and, with Alan Pardew suggesting prior to the match that Cisse will eventually lead the attack back in a central role, he is gradually coming in from the cold as a Fantasy option.

The QPR Defence
Nobody would have backed the R’s defence for a shutout at Stamford Bridge having witnessed Luis Suarez tear them apart last time out. Rafa’s teamsheet may have played its part in helping Harry Redknapp motivate his side and that factor shouldn’t be underestimated. While Harry will surely bring in plenty of new blood, the likes of Ryan Nelsen may remain a mainstay and could provide strong value if Redknapp can go on inspiring similar performances.

Going Down

Rafa Benitez
It would be harsh to dent the stock of the players involved when it’s Rafa’s rotation policy that is to blame. Tonight’s decision to rest all three of the players who supported Fernando Torres at Goodison came as a shock – it’s the first time Chelsea have started a league game this season without both Eden Hazard or Juan Mata. With Ashley Cole also preserved, it’s become clear that nobody is safe from an occasional rest. Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised, but that fails to sweeten the pill and introduces an unwelcome variable when considering Chelsea assets. You have to wonder, however, having suffered a shock defeat, whether Rafa will think again when it comes to underestimating opponents with his team selection.

Fernando Torres
The Spaniard survived Rafa’s rotation cull to lead the attack but drew a blank for the third successive league outing. With Demba Ba in talks and Benitez hinting that a rest for Torres is in his plans, those still clinging to El Nino will surely be fidgeting and considering their options.

Demba Ba
His absence from Newcatle’s lineup came as an immediate blow to his Fantasy owners – his pending move to Chelsea may dent his stock further. Having witnessed Rafa’s rotation policy at work tonight, few will relish the prospects of Ba being part of that, regardless of the prospect of improved service.

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  1. Please rate my WC team

    Jussi Federici
    Cuellar Hughes Cameron Gibbs Turner
    Mata Bale Michu Walcott Fellaini
    RVP Suarez Ruiz

    • 2 years, 25 days ago
    1. Templated if thats a word.

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
    2. Nice template team that! Had something similar in mind myself! :)
      It will do well.

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
      1. Yeah....captain choice will determine where we are

        • 2 years, 25 days ago
        1. RVP will determine where I am ;)

          • 2 years, 25 days ago
  2. Help me pick an option
    A. Schwarzer -> Jass for DGW
    B. Gorkks -> Demel
    C. Schwazer -> Mignolet
    D. Cazorla -> Bale
    E.Nolan -> Felliani
    F. Save

    Schwarzer (Bego)
    Cameron Gibbs Cuellar (Davies Gorkks)
    Walcott Cazorla Mata Nolan (Puncheon)
    Rvp Berba Suarez

    1.4 in bank 1 FT

    • 2 years, 25 days ago
    1. since you have Walcott I might be tempted by D,

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
      1. that would be insane before the DGW

        • 2 years, 25 days ago
    2. Mata -> Bale possibly. Although Bale has Man Utd after this week, so perhaps not.

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
  3. For DGW i'm thinking

    Caz Walcott Sagna and Nolan (no hits required)

    Too Much or Too little..

    • 2 years, 25 days ago
    1. Seems just right.

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
    2. Enough

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
    3. KoL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

      About right. Im looking at Caz, Walcott, Verm & Demel.

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
    4. I like Nollan too, but somehow can't involve him. I bought him for hit and he got a yellow. Sterling in mean tim delivered. I can't forgive him, sorry

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
    5. Caz, Sagna, Nolan, Demel and Jussi

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
    6. O'brien, Walcott, Gibbs, and maybe pod for me

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
    7. If you are going to wildcard right after, why not go all the way and get 3 & 3? My current plan, anywhoo.

      Jussi, O'Brien, Nolan
      Walcott, Caz, Sagna

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
  4. I think that this Power 5 are the way to go. They are all good and will bring home the bacon. And I like all those lads considering of breaking it. More of them better for us Power 5 owners ;)

    • 2 years, 25 days ago
    1. I can't afford it lest I have pretty lame options everywhere else.

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
      1. Budget striker like Lambert, Ruiz, Cole, Vaz Te, Jones is all u need ;) The rest of the team looks marvelous too. Instead benching the 5th mid u r gonna bench the 3rd striker

        • 2 years, 25 days ago
        1. Mmmm... you'd think so but no. If I do that this will be my team...

          Bego Bunn
          Gibbs Cameron O'Brien Jones Shorey
          Mata Bale Fellaini Michu Marveaux
          RVP Suarez Ruiz.

          I would have to play Ruiz and bench Marveaux. And have a weak defence.

          Still worth it?

          • 2 years, 25 days ago
          1. And it still isn't the power 5!!

            • 2 years, 25 days ago
            1. Well my draft team is:

              RVP Berba Ruiz
              Power 5
              Cesar Sagna Huth Cuellar O Brien

              Still good defense and offense IMO. I could downgrade my defense if I decide to go with Suarez

              • 2 years, 25 days ago
    2. KoL
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

      Who are the power 5?

      Mata Bale Silva Michu Fellaini?

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
      1. No mate, but u have another chance

        • 2 years, 25 days ago
        1. KoL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member

          Mata Bale Silva Michu Cazorla/Walcott ?

          • 2 years, 25 days ago
          1. Walcott, no Caz

            • 2 years, 25 days ago
          2. #teamtemplate

            • 2 years, 25 days ago
            1. Wrong spelling mate its called Power 5, The Power 5 for you ;) That terming was established last year this time of the year

              • 2 years, 25 days ago
      2. Replace Silva with Walcott and that's it.

        BTW Silva is a must in my eyes

        • 2 years, 25 days ago
        1. Well he isn't a goal scorer, not the lad with goal and an assist combo, what we are all looking for. If he isn't in the Power 5, than no good

          • 2 years, 25 days ago
        2. KoL
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member

          Im with you mate. Silva is in my WC team for sure

          • 2 years, 25 days ago
          1. Suit your self. Is he better than Mata, Bale or Walcott?

            • 2 years, 25 days ago
            1. He will be. Not many players keep the performance up for the whole year

              • 2 years, 25 days ago
            2. KoL
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member

              I think hes a better player and is unlucky not have had a few goals. He'll be a good differential, if you will.

              • 2 years, 25 days ago
              1. Better player doesn't always mean better fantasy asset

                • 2 years, 25 days ago
          2. Silva is in my team now. He's been quietly getting along with business

            • 2 years, 25 days ago
        3. there are loads ahead of silva in the pecking order, loads.

          • 2 years, 25 days ago
  5. Demel nailed on?

    • 2 years, 25 days ago
    1. Not Hammers fan, but I think no

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
  6. quick repost

    2 questions for the experts :

    Is briggs a viable option ?
    Is Tevez out of favour or it was just turnover?

    • 2 years, 25 days ago
    1. As a fulham fan I would suggest to steer clear of fulham defenders.

      I think tevez might be out of favour but aguero's injury could change that

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
  7. whats J Evans playing time gonna look like with Vidic back?

    • 2 years, 25 days ago
    1. I think he'll play with Vidic

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
  8. BREAKING NEWS LIVERPOOL HAVE SIGNED EMENIKE.

    • 2 years, 25 days ago
  9. Is it worth getting West Ham players in for the DGW if I have none at all at the moment?

    If so, who are the best options? I was thinking Jussi, Reid, Nolan?

    • 2 years, 25 days ago
    1. That seems about right. Or you could get O'Brien, Demel or Noble if you needed to trim a few £'s.

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
  10. Defoe > Suarez for a 4 pt hit this GW?

    Defoe is vs QPR but Suarez is on fire and it's killing me not having him.

    Yay or Nay?

    • 2 years, 25 days ago
    1. I'm in the same boat and aware that his price is about to rise!

      However I'm steering clear.

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
    2. I'm holding of for 1 week, then will do exactly the same

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
  11. Who are 3 nailed on cheap defenders????? And have the fixtures

    • 2 years, 25 days ago
    1. Were you a bully who beat up kids for their homework when you were young? :)

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
  12. List in order of need/must have from GW 24 onwards.

    Michu Fellaini Walcott ??

    • 2 years, 25 days ago
    1. I'd say they're all equal, Walcott is most likely to explode

      • 2 years, 25 days ago
  13. DGW O'Brien, Walcott, Gibbs and Nolan

    Good?

    • 2 years, 25 days ago
  14. Lost my cup tie 84(-4) to 82!

    Fecking Nelson and Punch on ze bench as well.....

    • 2 years, 25 days ago
  15. Thinking of Sterling -> Fellaini and Berbs -> Anichebe.

    Sterling is first off bench so that role would then belong to Anichebe.

    Basically the question is ~ better to have Berbs or Fellaini?

    Team now is:
    beg (turnbull)
    nasty, sagna, cesar (davies, mariappa)
    michu, theo, mata, bale (sterling)
    rvp, suarez, berb

    I'm top of my league so I don't really have to do anything but I like Fellaini's fixtures and I'm happy with what I got from Berbs the last few matches.

    • 2 years, 25 days ago

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