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)

    • 2 years, 17 days 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.

      • 2 years, 17 days 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?

    • 2 years, 17 days ago
    1. Henderson ?

      • 2 years, 17 days ago
    2. Andy Carroll?

      • 2 years, 17 days ago
    3. Rio?

      • 2 years, 17 days ago
    4. Rio Ferdinand?

      • 2 years, 17 days ago
    5. all wrong so far

      • 2 years, 17 days ago
      1. Rooney?

        • 2 years, 17 days ago
        1. nope, played today

          • 2 years, 17 days ago
          1. Lescott, Johnson, Milner?

            • 2 years, 17 days ago
      2. Fairly sure it is Rio.

        • 2 years, 17 days ago
        1. Carroll
          Rio
          Rooney

          Would make sense

          • 2 years, 17 days ago
      3. Rooney

        • 2 years, 17 days ago
    6. rooney

      • 2 years, 17 days ago
    7. Is torres the most expensive?

      • 2 years, 17 days ago
      1. Torres isn't English ;)

        • 2 years, 17 days ago
          • 2 years, 17 days ago
      2. Talking about English players

        • 2 years, 17 days ago
    8. Unless this is based on transfer fees combined??

      • 2 years, 17 days ago
    9. Rio

      • 2 years, 17 days ago
      1. Didn't even read the other posts ;)

        • 2 years, 17 days ago
    10. Carrick

      • 2 years, 17 days ago
    11. Milner?

      • 2 years, 17 days ago
      1. +1 think this is it. combined fees tho ?

        • 2 years, 17 days ago
      2. yes the answer is milner, i'll have to check that combined fees thing though. sorry didn't mean to mislead anyone

        • 2 years, 17 days ago
        1. Woo-hoo!

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

          • 2 years, 17 days ago
    12. Downing?

      • 2 years, 17 days ago
    13. Evs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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      I don't know, but would like the answer please.

      • 2 years, 17 days ago
    14. If we're talking combined fees, hasn't SWP been around a bit

      • 2 years, 17 days ago
      1. I know its non-english, but Anelka must have some impressive combined fees!

        • 2 years, 17 days ago
        1. Apparently Ibra is most expensive in combined fes but yeah, Anelka has been sold for a few bob many a time

          • 2 years, 17 days 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

      • 2 years, 17 days ago
  3. any one from the gunners essential?

    • 2 years, 17 days ago
    1. walcott methinks

      • 2 years, 17 days 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 :)

      • 2 years, 17 days ago
      1. have Walcott but am really unsure about captaining him....a 4/6 pointer might be the best he returns

        • 2 years, 17 days ago
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      2. me too

        • 2 years, 17 days ago
      3. yeah but dgws involving big teams always turn crazy. i mean, who expected chelsea to put 4 past stoke?

        • 2 years, 17 days ago
      4. good post. these boys wont be scoring big against chels

        • 2 years, 17 days ago
    3. Walcott

      • 2 years, 17 days ago
    4. as an arsenal fan, I find it hard to say walcott. though I do have him in.

      • 2 years, 17 days ago
  4. anyone know when the prem player to win 125k was?

    • 2 years, 17 days ago
  5. Shall i get Santi or keep Bale?

    Already have Walcott, Demel and Gibbs

    • 2 years, 17 days ago
    1. keeeeeeeep

      • 2 years, 17 days ago
    2. Same Dilema below but with Mata

      • 2 years, 17 days 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. none. a if anything.

      • 2 years, 17 days ago
      1. Cheers thats my best option a think!. Unless Ba nails a hat trick by Southampton of course?

        • 2 years, 17 days ago
  7. This members area looks very fancy. Not sure what to do first :)

    • 2 years, 17 days ago
    1. Evs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights

      Live HoF

      • 2 years, 17 days ago
  8. Keep Mata, Lambert and Benteke?

    Or Mata to Lennon and upgrade Lambert/Benteke?

    • 2 years, 17 days ago
    1. keep mata man.

      • 2 years, 17 days ago
    2. nuts.

      absolutely nuts

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

      • 2 years, 17 days 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!

    • 2 years, 17 days ago
    1. Ref killed the game ten minutes in.

      • 2 years, 17 days ago
      1. Koscielny killed the game.

        • 2 years, 17 days ago
        1. Yellow card

          • 2 years, 17 days ago
          1. Rugby tackling a player, last man?

            • 2 years, 17 days ago
      2. how did he do that!

        • 2 years, 17 days ago
    2. The ref should be in the Serie A with all those cards he gave!

      • 2 years, 17 days ago
  10. Hey guys would you get Zabaleta for Luiz before the price rise or
    Ba for podolski ( already have gibbs, walcott)

    • 2 years, 17 days ago
  11. Is Silva is still City best cover?

    • 2 years, 17 days ago
    1. Never has been IMO. Aguero is the man

      • 2 years, 17 days ago
    2. He's been pants.

      • 2 years, 17 days ago
    3. lol no. silva doesnt do anything fpl wise. 1 goal all season doesnt justify his hefty price tag

      • 2 years, 17 days ago
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    4. tw
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member

      no...

      • 2 years, 17 days ago
    5. Tevez until Aguero is back to full fitness

      • 2 years, 16 days 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.

    • 2 years, 17 days ago
    1. Save, or do Ba :arrow: Lukaku?

      • 2 years, 17 days ago
      1. Interesting... Thanks

        • 2 years, 17 days ago
    2. Ba to fletcher or tevez

      • 2 years, 17 days ago
    3. Meh, I would hold on to Luiz. Save the transfer - you've got Wally (c) that should be OK

      • 2 years, 17 days 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.

    • 2 years, 17 days ago
    1. I'm scared to tell you in case you copy me.

      • 2 years, 17 days ago
    2. Have the same keepers and sticking with them for now.

      • 2 years, 17 days 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.

      • 2 years, 17 days 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

      • 2 years, 17 days 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

      • 2 years, 16 days ago
  14. Close call for me in the cup

    Me +5 Mata, Ba (c), Lambert

    Oppo Mata (c)

    • 2 years, 17 days ago
    1. you should be ok

      • 2 years, 16 days ago
    1. sweet

      • 2 years, 17 days ago
  15. tw
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member

    18 pts ahead of RM!!! :D

    • 2 years, 17 days 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)
    ?

    • 2 years, 17 days ago
    1. Ba --> Dzeko?

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  17. New post benders :D

    • 2 years, 17 days ago
  18. What's people's thoughts of Defoe ?

    • 2 years, 17 days ago
    1. i want him in my team, especially now there is no threat of rotation with Ade gone

      • 2 years, 17 days 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. :)

      • 2 years, 17 days 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

    • 2 years, 17 days ago
  20. anyone tempted to not captain an arsenal player next week?

    • 2 years, 17 days ago
    1. i am as things stand...Walcott or Van Persie

      • 2 years, 17 days ago
    2. I will probably not be able to resist captaining Walcott, with fingers crossed.

      • 2 years, 17 days 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

    • 2 years, 17 days 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...

    • 2 years, 16 days ago
    1. Wouldn't drop any for Carlton cole!!!!

      • 2 years, 16 days 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.

    • 2 years, 16 days ago
    1. Oh and I already have Walcott.

      • 2 years, 16 days ago
      1. Hazard to santi

        • 2 years, 16 days ago
  24. I benched walcott and sagna for the weekend, figured they would do zilch

    • 2 years, 16 days ago
    1. Well done

      • 2 years, 16 days ago
  25. Took a 12pt hit to get Turnbull, Ba and Noble in......terrible decision

    • 2 years, 16 days 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!

      • 2 years, 16 days ago

Scout Picks

For Gameweek 23

  • Pantilimon
  • Jones
  • Koscielny
  • Bertrand
  • Cazorla
  • Hazard
  • Sterling
  • Walters
  • Giroud
  • Defoe
  • Pellè
  • Fonte
  • Puncheon
  • Rooney

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Last updated: 28 Jan, 2015 3:45pm
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Up Forster SOT A
Up Begovic STO A, Vs
Up Ospina ARS B, Vs, Rest
Up Foster WBA A, Vs
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Last updated: 28 Jan, 2015 3:29pm
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Up Koscielny ARS A, Vs
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Up Jones MUN B, Vs
No Change Wisdom WBA A
Up Wollscheid STO B, Vs, £
Down Janmaat NEW B
Down Baines EVE B
Down Zabaleta MCI B, Rest
Up Davies HUL C, Vs
Down Trippier BRN B, VsX
No Change Ward CPL C
No Change Hutton AVL B, VsX

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Last updated: 30 Jan, 2015 11:18am
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Up Hazard CHE B, Vs
Down Sánchez ARS B, Vs, Inj
Up Puncheon CPL A, Vs, Rest, £
No Change Di María MUN C, Vs, Inj
Up Cazorla ARS A, Vs
Up Moses STO B, Vs
Down Sterling LIV B, VsX, OoP
Down Fábregas CHE B, Vs, Inj
No Change Chadli TOT B
Up Tadic SOT B, Vs
Down Downing WHM A, VsX
Down Silva MCI B
No Change Eriksen TOT B

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Last updated: 28 Jan, 2015 6:53pm
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Up Aguero MCI C
Up Giroud ARS B, Vs
Down Kane TOT B, £
Up Rooney MUN B, Vs, OoP
Down Austin QPR B
Up Pellè SOT B, Vs
No Change Berahino WBA B
Up Defoe SUN B, Vs
Down Ings BRN A, VsX, £
Up Gayle CPL A, £
Up Drogba CHE C, Vs
Up Gomis SWA B

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VsX Unfavourable Fixtures
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Diego Costa CHE 8
Barry EVE 8
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Reid WHM 8
Hutton AVL 7
Fábregas CHE 7
Matic CHE 7
Gerrard LIV 7
Colback NEW 7
Dunne QPR 7
Pellè SOT 7
Taylor SWA 7

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