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The Watchlist – Ian Harte

When Reading clinched promotion to the Premier League last season, Ian Harte was immediately pencilled in by many Fantasy managers as a cut-price defensive option for the following campaign. With set-pieces and spot-kicks in his locker, the veteran’s four goals and eight assists from 32 appearances last time out were indicative of his potential for the Royals but Nicky Shorey’s return to the Madejski quickly scuppered the best-laid plans.

Despite starting the opening three Gameweeks of the season, Harte was shifted to the bench in favour of Shorey after back-to-back hammerings at the hands of Chelsea and Tottenham prompted Brian McDermott into a defensive re-think. As the season progressed, Shorey looked nailed-on and, handed a share of free-kicks and corners, afforded us the Reading budget option Harte was supposed to have been.

Come Gameweek 18, though, McDermott’s tinkering brought Harte back into the equation. Having shipped nine goals in their previous two home games, the Reading boss shifted from a 4-4-2 to a 4-4-1-1 and this time it was Shorey’s turn to slip out the picture – a narrow 1-0 loss at City was followed by back-to-back clean sheets at the Madejski as McDermott’s decision to tighten up paid off handsomely.

Back on set-pieces once again, Harte also supplied an assist against Spurs and has averaged four points per game since his return to first-team action – with his appeal also supplemented by a 3.8 Fantasy Premier League (FPL) price tag, the left-back once again enters our thoughts ahead of a run of three crucial home games in the next four.

While the upcoming visit of Chelsea is likely to deter most, McDermott’s side then play host to Sunderland and Wigan in the following three in addition to a trip to Stoke. With three wins in their last four, including a couple of comeback triumphs against West Brom and Newcastle, Reading have suddenly found their form and shown a fighting spirit that has defied the many doubters who had already consigned them to next season’s Championship.

Now just a point from safety, these next few matches will be crucial to their hopes of survival and will be earmarked by McDermott as a definite source of points – the schedule is set to turn nasty around Gameweek 28, with trips to Everton, United and Arsenal highlighting the task at hand. Although Harte was omitted from Saturday’s 4-0 FA Cup win over Sheffield United – with Shorey returning to the side once again – like fellow Royals budget option, Alex Pearce, it’s thought that this was simply a cup rotation tactic in light of two league games within the next week.

Fantasy managers can sit back and watch for the teamsheet against Chelsea: should Harte be re-installed in the starting line-up for Wednesday’s clash, he could be primed to finally vindicate that collective show of faith he initially received last summer and looks a definite cut-price prospect for our backlines over the short-term, at the very least.

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  1. villian-ty
      3 years, 10 months ago

      Have 2 FT. 0.1 in bank

      Which option?
      A. Gibbs -> Nasty
      B. Ba -> Dzeko
      C. Ba -> Sturridge
      D. Michu -> De Guzan.
      E. Michu -> Puncheon, Ba -> Aguero

      Bego (Bunn)
      Gibbs Hughes Wisdom (Demel Clyne)
      Bale Michu Mata Walcott Felliani
      Rvp Ba (Ruiz)

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      1. Deportivo Palestino
          3 years, 10 months ago

          keep michu and gibbs imo

          ba to Fletcher jus now and in 2 weeka bring in sturridge !

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      2. ViperStripes
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        3 years, 10 months ago

        I'm pondering my WC midfield - WC to be activated after deadline tomorrow.

        Thoughts on Gerrard & Dempsey instead of Fellaini & Walcott.....trying to have a semi-differential team to pull me up the ranks from 50k to top 10k

        Michu, Gerrard, Mata, Silva, Dempsey
        Fletcher, Sturridge, RVP

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        1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Captain…
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          3 years, 10 months ago

          I have Dempsey - but I wouldn't do that.

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          1. ViperStripes
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            3 years, 10 months ago

            I actually made a note of your WC team when you posted your 2 options yesterday - 1st time I've made a note of a team!

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            1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Captain…
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              3 years, 10 months ago

              I'm flattered! 🙂 But seriously, I believe Silva to be poor value, while Mata appears to be losing form.

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              1. ViperStripes
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                3 years, 10 months ago

                So Michu, Gerrard, Fellaini, Walcott, Dempsey you reckon?

                Silva's been steady points so far....Mata feels like a big risk

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                1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Captain…
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                  3 years, 10 months ago

                  That's what I believe - yes! Also - keep one eye on Chelski and 'Pool - trouble at t'Mill, I reckon.

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      3. Doosra - ☭A Noble Captain…
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        3 years, 10 months ago

        OK - would one of you kind souls explain to this stupid old git what all this DGW frenzy is about? 😀

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        1. ViperStripes
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          3 years, 10 months ago

          I'm with you - is there a DGW caused by FA Cup matches at weekend? And/Or a blank GW for a team?

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        2. New Ghost
            3 years, 10 months ago

            Potential LIV-SWA and ARS-EVE DGW.

            Don't know the details atm.

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            1. ViperStripes
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              3 years, 10 months ago

              Does that mean there are blanks? When?

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              1. Siva Mohan - TEAM (Oranje) …
                  3 years, 10 months ago

                  GW27 & GW29

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                  1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Captain…
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                    3 years, 10 months ago

                    Why?

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                • Doosra - ☭A Noble Captain…
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                  3 years, 10 months ago

                  BUT ... they all appear to have played 23 matches - or have the BBC got it wrong?

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                  1. New Ghost
                      3 years, 10 months ago

                      It's only speculation at this point; just read it on the boards earlier. Not too fussed about the details right now.

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                      1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Captain…
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                        3 years, 10 months ago

                        Blimey! 😆

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                        1. Unloosener
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                          3 years, 10 months ago

                          Seems like Arsenal's GW 29 is going to be postponed if Arsenal or Everton get to the quarter finals (according to the Arsenal site). Not sure about Liver though

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            2. Christina.
                3 years, 10 months ago

                When is SAF presser today?

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                1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Captain…
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                  3 years, 10 months ago

                  At the usual time.

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                  1. Christina.
                      3 years, 10 months ago

                      ?

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                      1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Captain…
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                        3 years, 10 months ago

                        Fergie time! 😉

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                        1. Christina.
                            3 years, 10 months ago

                            *Throws coffee mug against wall.

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                            1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Captain…
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                              3 years, 10 months ago

                              Sorrreee! 😆

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                        2. HVT
                            3 years, 10 months ago

                            Van

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                    • TorresMagic™
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                      3 years, 10 months ago

                      Leagues Update

                      FPL Open : 303 entered, 256 spots, 256th spot @ 100K.

                      Elite 64 : 222 entered, 64 spots, 64th spot @ 1720th overall.

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                      1. ViperStripes
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                        3 years, 10 months ago

                        Just joined the Open

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                        1. TorresMagic™
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                          3 years, 10 months ago

                          Need to pump some green arrows now.

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                      2. ABHISHEK - THE CURIOUS ONE
                          3 years, 10 months ago

                          Can you check i am in which Leagues of your;s ?

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                          1. TorresMagic™
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                            3 years, 10 months ago

                            200 odd. Green arrows needed.

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                          2. TorresMagic™
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                            3 years, 10 months ago

                            You are in both but might struggle to make either.

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                            1. ABHISHEK - THE CURIOUS ONE
                                3 years, 10 months ago

                                🙁

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                        • New Ghost
                            3 years, 10 months ago

                            Random fact: The Swansea ballboy is the son of Swansea's largest shareholder.

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                            1. Christina.
                                3 years, 10 months ago

                                Random fact: Dolphins sleep with one eye open.

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                                1. New Ghost
                                    3 years, 10 months ago

                                    Paranoid much?

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                              • olidooley
                                  3 years, 10 months ago

                                  Pick one:

                                  Rafael
                                  Nasty
                                  Azpil

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                                  1. New Ghost
                                      3 years, 10 months ago

                                      Nasty, City are tightening up again.

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                                      1. Christina.
                                          3 years, 10 months ago

                                          Nasty and tight in one sentenced.

                                          Ban him!

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                                          1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Captain…
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                                            3 years, 10 months ago

                                            I dunno - sounds appealing to me ... 😉

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                                      2. Valar(Keith)
                                          3 years, 10 months ago

                                          Nasty

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                                        • southernpacific
                                            3 years, 10 months ago

                                            Raf for fixtures

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                                          • Giggsy_11
                                              3 years, 10 months ago

                                              zabaleta ! rather than nasty

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                                          • mozza
                                              3 years, 10 months ago

                                              Narrowed it down to two options this week...

                                              1) Wilson/demel to Davies
                                              2) lambert to Pog, Ba to Aguero (-4)

                                              Leaning towards playing Ba and doing option 1. Which would you do?

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                                            • ABHISHEK - THE CURIOUS ONE
                                                3 years, 10 months ago

                                                Repost:

                                                Should i Wc this week ?

                                                My Team without WC:

                                                Jassk Begovic

                                                Demel Davies Gibbs Culler Bassong

                                                Mata Bale Fellaini Walcott Marvx

                                                Rvp Ba Sturridge

                                                Bank : 1.2 1 FT

                                                With WC this week :

                                                De Gea Ferdici

                                                Davies RMartin Zabaleta Demel Clyne

                                                Mata Bale Fellaini Walcott Marvx

                                                Ba Rvp Aguero

                                                Bank : 0.0

                                                Which one ?

                                                Or should i take WC next week ?

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                                                1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Captain…
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                                                  3 years, 10 months ago

                                                  I wouldn't.

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                                                  1. ABHISHEK - THE CURIOUS ONE
                                                      3 years, 10 months ago

                                                      Which Transfer should i do this week ?

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                                                      1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Captain…
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                                                        3 years, 10 months ago

                                                        Bassong to Zabaleta?

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                                                        1. ABHISHEK - THE CURIOUS ONE
                                                            3 years, 10 months ago

                                                            Hmm can do .... Thanks.

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                                                  2. Soundwave
                                                      3 years, 10 months ago

                                                      good day to all! 🙂
                                                      after 10 days of wc-ing, I (think) come up with the idea how should I use most of my def squad in the other part od season. So let's begin :
                                                      Bego and Jaask are replaced with Migs and Federici. Reasons are pretty obvious - Bosnian GK is not doing his job well and IMO will be subbed with Sorensen for upcoming matches. Jaask is in same problem and last two matches are clear indicators why I decided to transfer him. New guys have perfect rotation till the very last gw, no money lost for their transfers and that is enough for me. In the 5 def line, I have opted for Nastasic / Wilkinson / Onuoha / Davies / R.Martin. Idea is to have Matija nailed down, and rotate these 4 when they play at home. Although QPR's upcomin matches are very difficult from fantasy prospects, I hope Harry and Cezar will manage to keep them in top rank of Engilish football with CS when I go for Onuoha. Wilks ane R.Martin are also budget options, while Davies is here since N.Taylor has been injured. I would really like to hear your thoughts on this, enjoy your working week and rack up 70+ pts for this gw 😉

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                                                      1. ABHISHEK - THE CURIOUS ONE
                                                          3 years, 10 months ago

                                                          😯 Beauty absolute Beauty

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                                                          1. Soundwave
                                                              3 years, 10 months ago

                                                              thx, I saw your post and something tells me you will go with this gk rotation also 😀

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                                                          2. Kings of Lyon ★
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                                                            3 years, 10 months ago

                                                            Wilkinson will need to be shifted to Wilson when he's back, but sound logic.

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                                                            1. Soundwave
                                                                3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                Ok, that is not problem, cause I have 3.0 in bank for those situations.
                                                                I'm now considering Zab over Matija, but since I gave up on Branislav, I wanted one Serb in my squad (who also has same name as me) 😀

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                                                          3. mubin
                                                              3 years, 10 months ago

                                                              Who should I replace cazorla with this GW? In the bank=1.9mil.
                                                              A. Bale
                                                              B. Gerrard
                                                              C. Others...
                                                              Thank you. 🙂

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                                                              1. Soundwave
                                                                  3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                  Silva seems to be back in form and is good diferential 🙂

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                                                                  1. mubin
                                                                      3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                      Agreed. 🙂 Not much Silva owners in my league too. 😉

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                                                                      1. Soundwave
                                                                          3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                          Same here! Good luck to both of us in upcoming weeks 😉

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                                                                  2. Phaze 1
                                                                      3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                      Any chance that Sturridge doesn't rise today?

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                                                                      1. TorresMagic™
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                                                                        3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                        Good chance he won't.

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                                                                    • villian-ty
                                                                        3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                        Have 2 FT. 0.1 in bank

                                                                        Which option?
                                                                        A. Gibbs -> Nasty
                                                                        B. Ba -> Dzeko
                                                                        C. Ba -> Sturridge
                                                                        D. Michu -> De Guzan.
                                                                        E. Ba -> Fletcher
                                                                        F. Gibbs -> Davies, Ruiz -> Fletcher

                                                                        Bego (Bunn)
                                                                        Gibbs Hughes Wisdom (Demel Clyne)
                                                                        Bale Michu Mata Walcott Felliani
                                                                        Rvp Ba (Ruiz)

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                                                                      • eagles4ever
                                                                          3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                          Which one? Gerrard, Silva or Bale. GO!

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                                                                          1. Soundwave
                                                                              3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                              Silva 🙂

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                                                                          2. Deportivo Palestino
                                                                              3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                              I decided to go with sillva and Fletcher instaed of fellaini and dzeko

                                                                              did I make the right move ...?

                                                                              bego bunn

                                                                              gibbs zab davies demel shaw

                                                                              mata silva walcott michu punchoen

                                                                              Fletcher Ba Rvp .

                                                                              thank you

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                                                                              1. Soundwave
                                                                                  3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                  I did the same, so it's +1 from me 🙂

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                                                                                  1. Deportivo Palestino
                                                                                      3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                      pheww lol ! jus thought fellaini and dzeko or even sturridge would b too template

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                                                                                      1. Soundwave
                                                                                          3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                          as I wrote on some post up, I think Silva is good diferential in upcoming two gws. If something happens to him (injury, no returns, etc), he can easily be swaped for Stiven G.
                                                                                          As for fletcher, I honestly can't stand to look at him for more than 3 secs, but the true is that he found his form, has good run of upcoming fixtures and rotates well with marv and brunt, if you want to play 3-4-3 / 3-5-2 from gw to gw. And, can easily be transfered to Lambert or Sturridge 😉

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                                                                                  2. VICTORIOUS SECRET! !
                                                                                      3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                      krul / mig
                                                                                      harte / mariappa / davies / zabaleta / o'brien
                                                                                      mata / gerrard / walcott / silva / marveaux
                                                                                      rvp / fletcher / sturridge

                                                                                      ANY PREFERABLE CHANGES????????????
                                                                                      OR GOOD TO GO?

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                                                                                    • What Else
                                                                                        3 years, 10 months ago

                                                                                        Really?

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