January
13

The Manchester clubs triumph to blaze the trail at the top of the table. Robin Van Persie delivers once again, as Patrice Evra turns provider. Over at the Emirates, Edin Dzeko finds the target once more for City, having missed from the spot. Here’s the Stock Check from Sunday’s two attractions…

On the Up

Patrice Evra
Having provided the assist for Robin Van Persie’s opener, the Frenchman was awarded the assist for United’s second after his header found the net via a deflection from Nemanja Vidic. He’s now produced four goals and five assists and has climbed to the pinnacle of the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) defender standings – given his form, he looks more than capable of finishing the season as the top scoring defender for the second year running.

Robin Van Persie
The Dutchman grabbed the opener to continue his incredible debut season at Old Trafford. Van Persie demonstrated just why over 72,000 Fantasy managers were willing to pay 14.0+ for his services heading into the weekend – he has now scored or assisted in 17 of his 19 starts for United this term and shows little sign of slowing down in his quest to become the top scoring FPL player once again.

Daniel Sturridge
Named as a substitute for today’s match, Sturridge needed just 12 minutes to open his league account for the Reds and propel himself onto Fantasy radars. Climbing off the bench after the break, he was handed the lone forward role, with Luis Suarez dropping deeper, though with Brendan Rodgers admitting the former Chelsea man is not yet 100%, he could continue as a sub as he builds up his match fitness.

Steven Gerrard
Yet again, the Liverpool skipper was amongst the points this afternoon. Gerrard’s assist for Sturridge’s goal was the seventh Gameweek in succession he has produced attacking returns – up to 119 FPL points now, he remains firmly under most radars; an ownership of under 6% highlights his differential appeal.

Edin Dzeko
A tap in today took the Bosnian’s tally to four goals in three starts – it could have been so much sweeter had he converted a first half penalty and if Tevez had taken his one-on-one opportunity later in the game. Dzeko’s start will remain under threat, with Sergio Aguero’s return to fitness giving Roberto Mancini options but his form is surely strong enough to see him retain his place and continue to offer value with a 7.4 FPL price tag.

Matija Nastasic
Having been rested/dropped for the previous two matches, the Serbian returned to the City back four who duly kept their ninth clean sheet of the season. With Vincent Kompany facing a three-match suspension following his red card (pending an appeal), Nastasic now looks well and truly nailed on with Joleon Lescott also presenting an option, although Nastasic is cheaper at 5.6 in the FPL. Kompany’s possible absence will, however, dent their clean sheet potential.

Going Down

Raheem Sterling
The teenage winger’s game time continues to be reduced by Brendan Rodgers as the Liverpool boss looks to alleviate any worries over fatigue. Hauled off on 61 minutes, Sturridge has managed 90 minutes just once in the last five Gameweeks – he had managed the full match in 14 of the previous 16, by comparison. With Sturridge’s arrival boosting the Reds forward options and Fabio Borini also back from injury, Sterling’s owners will be somewhat concerned by the recent turn of events.

Luis Suarez
One blank won’t worry his owners ahead of a home clash against Norwich but Suarez’s move to a more withdrawn role upon Sturridge’s introduction confirmed that Rodgers is looking to change his position somewhat when the former Chelsea man is on the park. With winter wildcards being wielded, Sturridge’s price of 7.3 to Suarez’s 10.4 may persuade some to take a punt on the former Chelsea man as their Liverpool attacker of choice.

Vincent Kompany
A straight red for dangerous foul play will see the City skipper serve a three-match ban, missing league matches with Fulham, QPR and the FA Cup tie with Palace. Roberto Mancini indicated post-match that he intends to push for an appeal against the dismissal, although this will risk a further one-match ban which would put his start against Liverpool on February 3 at risk. City recently decided against appealing the red card received by Samir Nasri at Norwich.

Per Mertesacker
Mertesacker’s owners will now be wary having seen their man start today’s match on the bench. The German missed two matches through illness recently but this is the first time that Arsene Wenger has appeared to prefer the Vermaelen/Koscielny partnership in the centre of his defence.

Santi Cazorla
The Spaniard’s ownership will benefit from double Gameweek investment ahead of matches with Chelsea and West Ham but Cazorla has now returned just a single assist in four league outings. With Theo Walcott outscoring him since the playmaker’s devastating hat-trick at Reading, the winger turned striker is continuing to look the more favoured option. Today was not the best scenario to judge Cazorla’s form but, clearly, his Fantasy stock is dipping as a result of his recent returns and Walcott’s potential.

Mikel Arteta
Arsenal’s other Spanish midfielder missed today’s encounter through injury. Arsene Wenger stating post-match that he expects the calf strain sustained in training to keep Artea sidelined for three weeks.

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  1. i currently have Gibbs, Walcott, Jussi and demel.

    should i do

    a) luiz and lambert -> cuellar and podolski (-4)

    or

    b) lambert -> lukaku

    or

    c) puncheon and lmabert -> fellaini and pogrebynak (-4)

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. I wouldn't get Cuellar at the moment - injured yesterday, plus form had been patchy before that and we're signing a Senegalese CB called Kader Mangane on loan this week, so his start might be under threat.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  2. just read an article and nearly spat out my 2007 reserva castelhinho doura red in surprise;

    can you tell me the 2nd most expensive english player ever?

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. Henderson ?

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    2. Andy Carroll?

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    3. Rio?

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    4. Rio Ferdinand?

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    5. all wrong so far

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. Rooney?

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
        1. nope, played today

          • 1 year, 10 months ago
          1. Lescott, Johnson, Milner?

            • 1 year, 10 months ago
      2. Fairly sure it is Rio.

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
        1. Carroll
          Rio
          Rooney

          Would make sense

          • 1 year, 10 months ago
      3. Rooney

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
    6. rooney

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    7. Is torres the most expensive?

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. Torres isn't English ;)

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
          • 1 year, 10 months ago
      2. Talking about English players

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
    8. Unless this is based on transfer fees combined??

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    9. Rio

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. Didn't even read the other posts ;)

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
    10. Carrick

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    11. Milner?

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. +1 think this is it. combined fees tho ?

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
      2. yes the answer is milner, i'll have to check that combined fees thing though. sorry didn't mean to mislead anyone

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
        1. Woo-hoo!

          Shocking though....... I'm glad I wasn't drinking my chateauneuf du pape ;-)

          • 1 year, 10 months ago
    12. Downing?

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    13. Evs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights

      I don't know, but would like the answer please.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    14. If we're talking combined fees, hasn't SWP been around a bit

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. I know its non-english, but Anelka must have some impressive combined fees!

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
        1. Apparently Ibra is most expensive in combined fes but yeah, Anelka has been sold for a few bob many a time

          • 1 year, 10 months ago
    15. "Milner, too, had a fine match. The second most expensive English footballer of all time has been in an out of the City side"

      from http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/blog/2013/jan/13/laurent-koscielny-arsenal-manchester-city

      probably means combined, i didn't think when posted

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  3. any one from the gunners essential?

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. walcott methinks

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    2. If the last two prem games were a dgw your biggies would have got you .......

      Cazorla - 4
      Gibbs - 3
      Walcott - 9
      Giroud - 2
      Podolski - 2

      Think I'll just get Walcott :)

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. have Walcott but am really unsure about captaining him....a 4/6 pointer might be the best he returns

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
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      2. me too

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
      3. yeah but dgws involving big teams always turn crazy. i mean, who expected chelsea to put 4 past stoke?

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
      4. good post. these boys wont be scoring big against chels

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
    3. Walcott

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    4. as an arsenal fan, I find it hard to say walcott. though I do have him in.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  4. anyone know when the prem player to win 125k was?

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
  5. Shall i get Santi or keep Bale?

    Already have Walcott, Demel and Gibbs

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. keeeeeeeep

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    2. Same Dilema below but with Mata

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  6. WC last week so only 1 FT currently
    Beogovic

    Zabaleta Mertesacker Demel

    Mata Walcott (C) Fellani Michu

    Rvp Suarez Ba

    Subs Turnbull Harte Shaw Guthrie

    A- Ba -Pod
    B Mata- Caz
    C Beog- Szes

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      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. none. a if anything.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. Cheers thats my best option a think!. Unless Ba nails a hat trick by Southampton of course?

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
  7. This members area looks very fancy. Not sure what to do first :)

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. Evs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights

      Live HoF

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  8. Keep Mata, Lambert and Benteke?

    Or Mata to Lennon and upgrade Lambert/Benteke?

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. keep mata man.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    2. nuts.

      absolutely nuts

      someone explain to me why the forum lighting up with people looking to ship Mata?

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  9. Went out before the Arsenal game. Had Walcott and Sagna playing. Felt pretty confident. I was not expecting to come home and see that result. Godamnit! Chelsea need to cheer me up during the week!

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. Ref killed the game ten minutes in.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. Koscielny killed the game.

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
        1. Yellow card

          • 1 year, 10 months ago
          1. Rugby tackling a player, last man?

            • 1 year, 10 months ago
      2. how did he do that!

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
    2. The ref should be in the Serie A with all those cards he gave!

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  10. Hey guys would you get Zabaleta for Luiz before the price rise or
    Ba for podolski ( already have gibbs, walcott)

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
  11. Is Silva is still City best cover?

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. Never has been IMO. Aguero is the man

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    2. He's been pants.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    3. lol no. silva doesnt do anything fpl wise. 1 goal all season doesnt justify his hefty price tag

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
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    4. tw
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

      no...

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    5. Tevez until Aguero is back to full fitness

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  12. What would you do with this team?

    Bego
    Luiz Demel Davies
    Mata Bale Michu Walcott (C)
    Ba Suarez RVP

    Subs: Federici Puncheon Martin Mariappa
    0.0 in bank

    A) Luiz>Gibbs
    B) Save transfer
    C) Other

    Thank you.

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. Save, or do Ba :arrow: Lukaku?

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. Interesting... Thanks

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
    2. Ba to fletcher or tevez

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    3. Meh, I would hold on to Luiz. Save the transfer - you've got Wally (c) that should be OK

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
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  13. What's the optimal structure for a wildcard? I suppose it's a matter of opinion.

    I'm thinking of going with the same keeper partnership I've had from the start in Begovic and Jaaskelainen (maybe downgrade Jaaskelainen to Cesar or Federici) and then getting in 3 cheap defenders supplemented by two ~5-6 million defenders.

    Then two 'heavy hitters' in midfield, along with Fellaini, Michu and a budget option (Puncheon, most likely). Up front, RVP fills one spot, Suarez 'more or less' fills the other, with the final spot up for grabs.

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. I'm scared to tell you in case you copy me.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    2. Have the same keepers and sticking with them for now.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    3. Thinking along similar lines. I can only afford one of the more expensive defenders though due to poor team value. Agree with midfield though, currently thinking Mata and Walcott. Again would like Bale for Walcott but not enough money. Then up front Suarez or Aguero with a few decent options for the cheaper third, not least Sturridge.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    4. this is exactly what I'm doing, except my plans are sort of buggered with Zabaleta's price rise, since I was getting him and JEvans

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    5. I thought the same as you when I used my WC for this GW!

      Begovic/ Fed
      Gibbs/ Luiz/ 3 x cheapies
      Mata/ Fel/ Michu/ Walcott/ Punch
      RVP / Ba / Ruiz

      will transfer Ba out after DGW, was thinking for Suarez but didn't like the way he was played with Sturridge, will affect his FPL points

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  14. Close call for me in the cup

    Me +5 Mata, Ba (c), Lambert

    Oppo Mata (c)

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. you should be ok

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. sweet

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  15. tw
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member

    18 pts ahead of RM!!! :D

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
  16. Front 3 as it stands is RVP/Ba/Defoe

    Should I do:

    A) Ba > Suarez
    B) Defoe > Dzeko (have no City cover)
    C) Defoe > Podolski (already have Walcott/Gibbs/Demel/Jussi)
    ?

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. Ba --> Dzeko?

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  17. New post benders :D

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
  18. What's people's thoughts of Defoe ?

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. i want him in my team, especially now there is no threat of rotation with Ade gone

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    2. Tell you what, had faith in him until his form seems to have dived lately. I pitched him Friday night for Lambert and it felt real good. :)

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  19. so used to being able to change lots of players after taking so long choosing my final WC team i nrealy took a 12 point hit by accident! :(

    Luiz - Sagna

    Puncheon - Gerrard

    Ba - Defoe

    Lambert - Dzeko

    wouldve been beautiful!!!

    Begovic - Federici

    Zabaleta - Sagna - Wisdom - Demel - Shaw

    Walcott - Mata - Gerrard - Michu - Fellaini

    Van Persie - Dzeko - Defoe

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
  20. anyone tempted to not captain an arsenal player next week?

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. i am as things stand...Walcott or Van Persie

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
    2. I will probably not be able to resist captaining Walcott, with fingers crossed.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  21. Who to bring in?

    A. Suarez
    B. Lukaku
    C. Podolski

    Leaning towards C because if the DGW but not sure...

    Jussi
    Demel – Luiz – Gibbs
    Mata – Michu – Fellaini - Walcott
    Ba – Lambert – RVP

    Federici – Ramirez – Davies – Shaw

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
  22. Who to drop out of these in order to play Carlton Cole for the double?

    Michu (STK), Bale (MUN), Mata (ARS), Fellaini (sot)

    RVP (tot), Suarez (NOR)

    I probably don't really want to drop any of them but it just feels wrong not playing a DGW player...

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. Wouldn't drop any for Carlton cole!!!!

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  23. A little advice:

    A) Hazard -> Santi
    B) Benteke -> Carlton Cole
    C) Beteke/Hazard -> Cole/Santi (-4)

    Looking to take advantage of the DGW without hurting myself too badly, Hazard was only in for the Chelsea DGW.

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. Oh and I already have Walcott.

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
      1. Hazard to santi

        • 1 year, 10 months ago
  24. I benched walcott and sagna for the weekend, figured they would do zilch

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. Well done

      • 1 year, 10 months ago
  25. Took a 12pt hit to get Turnbull, Ba and Noble in......terrible decision

    • 1 year, 10 months ago
    1. Shyt happens man, i had a mare too this week. Couple of clean sheets kept it from being one of my worst :-(. At least you have a top class grav though!

      • 1 year, 10 months ago

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  • Clyne
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