March
09

The Stock Check – Saturday

Filed under: Scout Notes, The Stock Check - Posted by: Mark

While the top outfield player was a budget midfielder on loan from Spurs, the day saw the likes of Christian Benteke, Loic Remy and Romelu Lukaku deliver the goals, although the latter blotted his copybook with a missed penalty to deny another sizeable haul for his owners. With clean sheets all round at Carrow Road, there were at least some points on offer from today’s four matches. Here’s the Stock Check from Saturday’s action…

On the Up

Christian Benteke
Kept out by the Arsenal and City defences, Benteke returned to the scoresheet in in the win at Reading to justify the Fantasy faith shown in him this week. The Belgian has now scored 12 for the season, seven in his last nine starts. With three home matches in the next four, his owners will surely be holding, with yet more investors about to come sniffing.

Romelu Lukaku
While Lukaku turned villain by missing a second-half spot-kick, that doesn’t detract from the fact that his opener was his fourth goal in his last three league starts. It could have been so much rosier, of course, but Lukaku’s owners will at least take comfort from the fact he’s maintained his run of goals going into trips to Stoke and West Ham, even if he may have lost penalty duties.

Loic Remy
The other Scout Pick forward also delivered, leveling matters at Loftus Road with a smart finish – his third goal in the hoops of QPR. With fixtures strong and motivation for goals and points high, Remy could easily go on justifying his modest 5.8 Fantasy Premier League (FPL) price tag.

Andros Townsend
Dropped to the bench at Southampton, the loanee from Tottenham was recalled by Harry Redknapp for today’s home clash with Sunderland and rewarded the faith with two assists and a sublime strike for the R’s winner. At 4.4 in the FPL, Townsend could yet earn some attention as a budget fifth midfielder for those favouring three up front.

The Norwich Defence
While the Canaries remain desperate for a cutting edge, defensively, Chris Hughton’s side have rediscovered their resilience. Todays’ shut-out was their third clean sheet in the last five with the likes of Mark Bunn, Russell Martin and Seb Bassong offering strong value in recent weeks with decent fixtures to come.

Artur Boruc
Having nailed down regular starts in the Saints goal, the Polish stopper has been simmering as a budget keeper option. Today’s first clean sheet in six league starts, coupled with a dramatic late penalty save from Grant Holt, will surely promote him in the thinking of the masses and the hardcore Fantasy manager alike. It’s Liverpool and Chelsea up next, however.

Going Down

Jason Puncheon and Nathaniel Clyne
Recalled to the Southampton starting lineup against QPR having been benched at Newcastle, it looked as though Puncheon was back in favour, only for him to be dropped to the bench again at Carrow Road today, with Jay Rodriguez handed the start. Puncheon came on at the death and duly gathered a booking to rub salt into the wound for his owners. As for Clyne, there are suggestions that a knock, sustained earlier in the week, kept him on the bench today.

Charles N’Zogbia
Hauled off on the hour-mark in the defeat to City, it still appeared that N’Zogbia would be a key figure for Villa at the Madjeski today. However, Paul Lambert opted for the assured passing of Barry Bannan, dropping the Frenchman to the bench and casting doubt over his security of starts from here on in.

The Sunderland Defence
Another three goals conceded today mean that Martin O’Neill’s side now having conceded ten in the last five league outings, with four defeats in that spell. Suddenly Simon Mignolet has lost his shine as a choice stopper and with Chelsea and United in the next three, prospects of a return to form rest on next weekend’s home clash with goal-shy Norwich.

Anthony Pilkington
Having regained his place on the left-flank in Hughton’s 4-4-2, today his day was cut short by injury, with Wes Hoolahan replacing him on 35 minutes. Neither player has a secure start right now, although the Canaries switch in formation has failed to bring the goals required so a return to the familiar 4-5-1 could be on the cards.

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  1. Why is there a delay in announcing the rescheduling of the Manchester club's postponed EPL games?

    Surely with no European commitments, it should be easy enough to identify when they can play the midweek game...

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. tw

      no idea... :?

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  2. Le Fondre to:

    A) Sturridge
    B) Benteke
    C) Lukaku
    D) Tevez
    E) Remy

    Have up to 9.1mil to spend.

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Benteke or Lukaku imo..
      Tevez (rotation risk)
      Sturridge(injury prone,Liverpool are inconsistant)
      Remy(Not better than benteke or lukaku)

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. But go for tevez if they have dgw soon

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  3. When will we know if Carlitos is going to prison?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. :lol: Article?

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Could face up to 6 months in jail for driving while disqualified.

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. Ya I heard. Idiot

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

            That would make me :lol:

            • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. He won't. Mancini won't allow him to go anywhere this time :P

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    3. tw

      ?

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Got arrested the other day for driving whilst disqualified.

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. tw

          link?

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
          1. Was in Guardian yesterday.

            • 1 year, 1 month ago
          2. Let me Google that for you...

            • 1 year, 1 month ago
  4. Who are you planning to get for the DGW?

    I'm looking at getting Baines, Mirallas, Theo and Santi.
    Nobody too left wing apart from Mirallas then I guess

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Mirallas, if he can stay fit that long!

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Yeah thats true I totally forgot about his fitness issues

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. Hell of a player when he is fit though.

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. Baines Fellaini(if not suspended)/ Pienaar(if suspended)
      Wally, Santi, Giroud(if on form)/Sagna

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    3. Was in there's lots of DGWs on the horizon. Getting Mirallas would be madness.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Ignore first two words ;)

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
      2. Might be, but he's not that bad - his fitness is my primary concern

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. His stats aren't that bad really, just forgot about his fitness. Also its odd but I value my midfield spots more than the striker spots because of the money I've made on them.

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. His stats have been good all season but unless he gets a decent run up top he's POO.

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
          1. Well said ;)

            • 1 year, 1 month ago
    4. tw

      depends if there's another dgw that week or not

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
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  5. what would you prefer to have next week? the ELLIOT bread or the sweet BUNN

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Sweet bunns all the time, although I'm a leg man myself. ;)

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. I'm a bit partial to baps.

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
      2. nice. the better if you can go for both

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
  6. tw

    how's everyone doing this gw?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Superfragacagilisticexpealadocious

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. tw

        :?

        how many points would that equate to?

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. 32 with Suazo Bale and GJ to go.

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
          1. Your run is freakish..... Madly jealous here

            • 1 year, 1 month ago
            1. They said it would end... but hey, who am I to complain :-P

              • 1 year, 1 month ago
      2. 17(-4) with 4 to play. Average I'd of thought.

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. Hoping Suarez(C) does the work..... Once more...... ;) ;) :P

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  7. Le Fondre to:

    A) Sturridge
    B) Benteke
    C) Lukaku
    D) Tevez
    E) Remy

    Have up to 9.1mil to spend

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Tevez!

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  8. Guzan is a great GK.

    Discuss.

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

      I wouldn't use the word 'great' - decent yes.

      Great keepers...

      Schmeichel
      Shilton
      Southall
      Buffon
      Etc...

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Ok ok you got me :lol:

        Very underrated imo

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. The most underrated keeper in the league IMO is Lloris, he's so quick of line, great shot stopper and hasn't made a mistake.

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
          1. LOL He isn't underrated.. rated one of the top keepers in the world. Where have you been?

            • 1 year, 1 month ago
            1. There are very few people who think he's the best keeper in the league - oh no, that must be Joe Hart or Petr Cech.

              But I rarely hear people say he's the best in the league

              • 1 year, 1 month ago
              1. Hart or Lloris for me. Cech is getting old.

                • 1 year, 1 month ago
          2. I think he's the best keeper in the league.

            • 1 year, 1 month ago
            1. Easily.

              • 1 year, 1 month ago
            2. Arx

              +1

              • 1 year, 1 month ago
            1. Tell em' Willis ;)

              • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. I think he'a already better than Howard in terms of shot-stopping ability. We have a worthy successor.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    3. Go to bed.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
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    4. 1 vote for tim krul :P

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    5. Federici is the most under-rated keeper in the Premier methinks.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  9. Leagues Update
    ==============

    FPL Open (closed): 562 entered, 256 spots, 256th spot @ 10,037th @ 1,667 pts.

    Elite 64 (closes GW31): 305 entered, 64 spots, 64th spot @ 998th @ 1,745 pts.

    Millionaire Club (closes GW31): 31 qualified. Closed until GW ends.

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. tw

      10pts off of fpl open.... gunna be a close one

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Don't like your chance. Captain played, Sissoko & Enrique have to do well.

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. tw

          captain played is the biggest worry. but i've got 7 left to play:: suarez studge enrique bale dawson sissoko and marv (?).

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
          1. Your problem is all your picks counter each other...

            • 1 year, 1 month ago
            1. tw

              not if enrique + dawson each score ;)

              • 1 year, 1 month ago
          2. Think you will fall short. :(

            Nearly everyone has Suarez/Bale.

            • 1 year, 1 month ago
            1. +Enrique and Dawson will concede.

              • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. Thought I culd have a go at FPL open...... :( :(
      Too bad..... Next season.... :(

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. You were near the cutoff for so long. :(

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. Yep I know.... Got brought down in the last gws...... :( :( :(

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
  10. Wish Fellaini gets a yellow against City and then gets suspended for GW31 and GW32... Can then bring him at a lot cheaper price for the DGW33...

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Agreed. Or even GW32. Then I'll get Pienaar.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  11. So Wigan advancing to the semis of the FA cup....does it mean Wigan Swans get a DGW for missing GW 33???

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
  12. Off to bed.

    Wish list:
    -Bale goal
    -Suarez goal
    -GJ goal
    -Pool win 2-1

    Night lads.

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. this
      except the GJ goal part :D

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. tw

      bale goal
      suarez goal
      studge goal
      dawson goal
      enrique goal
      sissoko goal
      marv brace

      too much to ask for? ;)

      night aqua!

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. would love this except marv brace to cisse brace

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
    3. And the only item on my wishlist just got accomplished.

      Gnite :D

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. tw

        :D

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    4. Do you actually want both to score? Many on here have one of the 2 as captain.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. Hmm. Both blank with a Dawson OG, GJ assist will do.

        1-0 Pool.

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
    5. Sissoko hat trick, suarez and bale 5 goals after 60 minutes when dawson and enrique are taken off......that only will do I guess..... ;)

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    6. Bale Hat-trick, Lucas 4 goals, Liverpool win 4-3

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    7. Arx

      This should do it. Plus Studge assists for both Pool goals.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  13. tw

    who here has created their doubles team already?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. o/

      Did it three weeks ago.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. tw

        :D .

        you are aware of the transfer rules for the first week yes?

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
          • 1 year, 1 month ago
          1. Just use all your FTs and don't take a hit...

            • 1 year, 1 month ago
            1. So we can use our two free transfers - you are sure?

              • 1 year, 1 month ago
                • 1 year, 1 month ago
          2. tw

            ***NOTE: If you make your team prior to the GW29 deadline, you will be limited to “ONLY FREE TRANSFER(s)” between GW29 and GW30. You also MUST NOT save a FT in GW30, as this will give you an unfair advantage. Any team that does not comply with these 2 rules will be disqualified. ***

            • 1 year, 1 month ago
              • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. Yeah. Will use it to switch one of my usless defenders with another useless defener*

          *Unless there is an injury.

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
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      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. Dr Isacki's currently running a massive script with his time machine to predict the best team for the next 8 gameweeks. It is also able to predict when the DGWs are likely to take place and provide the best captaincy choices for each week. Of course, Captain Hindsight's help has been massive.

      This week for example, we tested the time machine. It accurately predicted Boruc and Townsend to be the best captaincy choices.

      Watch out, folks! We're coming really hard...

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. tw

        :D .

        why wouldn't you use that for your normal fpl teams as well? ;)

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. Testing phase so they can win next season... ;)

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
        2. Dr Isacki says he isn't completely sure of its accuracy when there is heart and vested interests attached to it. Apparently, Dr I needs to form some sort of connection with the time machine else it wouldn't work well.

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
    3. planning on leaving it late

      when's the absolute final deadline? I mean, the deadline after the final deadline?

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  14. bale or rvp captain this week

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
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  15. 1.Lambert>RvP
    2.Benteke>Rvp
    3.Michu>Mata

    Which is a better transfer for next gwk?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. 1 no doubt

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  16. "Winner goes to UCL Last 16" tie coming down to:

    Him: Suarez(c),Debuchy,Begovic +5 points

    Me: Bale,Sissoko,Cisse,Cameron.

    I reckon if Suarez does nothing, i'll just about nick it.

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. tw

      that's a close one. even if suarez scores you could manage to win, though it'll be tough. who are you playing btw?

      for me its:

      me: suarez + enrique + dawson + marv + 4
      vs
      LR: GJ + wilson

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. 1966, i would have been through had Valar won last week.

        You have it in the bag and you know it, you're up against LR,right?

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. tw

          unlucky mate. good luck though! hope you manage to sneak by.

          I hope so. don't wanna count my eggs before they hatch though. yupp! winner of our game progresses.

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
          1. Cheers, Good luck to you too!

            • 1 year, 1 month ago
        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. tw

          yeah probably. but you never know...

          i still won't forget the thrasing you gave me in the first week.....

          I must say, it's been a pleasure having you in my group! always been a shame that one of you, evs, or myself wouldn't progress

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
  17. Sturridge better start >:( I really want a Liverpool CS and Suarez to stay relatively quiet rather than a Bale (c) hat trick. Everyone has him.

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. High scoring epic, with Suarez, Sturridge, Bale and GJ in on the act. :D

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. That would work too :)

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
  18. Has anyone mapped out he most likely scenarios yet - or still too early?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
  19. Has anyone mapped out he most likely DGW scenarios yet - or still too early?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. am planning for that. I want all players to be double gwkers. you??

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  20. which teams are going to have dgw 34??

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
  21. Davies->Riether
    and
    Lukaku->Rooney ? for-4 hit

    Good transfer?

    Thanks in advance. :)

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. none is good. for thhe sake of fantasy rooney is not usually well positioned. now that kagawais back, he could play on the wing where he is simply crap.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
      1. OR Michu -> Kagawa?
        but I like to keep Michu.

        • 1 year, 1 month ago
        1. dont buy kagawa either stay clear just get rvp and sit like a boss.

          • 1 year, 1 month ago
          1. How about RVP and KAGAWA.?

            • 1 year, 1 month ago
            1. the thing is kagawa could be benched very frequently. there are many good midfielders mata, bale, walcott, fell, siss, sess, all better than kagawa and play 90 minutes every game.

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  22. Suarez blanking today is oh so crucial to me. Checked 20 teams above me. 16 have him as captain.
    And none of those 16 have Sturridge.

    Crucial, oh so crucial.

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. +1 .Need Sturridge and Bale to outscore Suarez.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
    2. AJ.

      +21 Need a Sturridge and Bale(c) goal.

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  23. i reiterate, which teams have double gameweeks

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. All the one who didn't play in the PL this weekend. Plus maybe whoever Wigan, Man City and the winner of United/Chelsea play in GW 33.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  24. Guys, Is Townsend real good OR you think it was fluke & he'll go down eventually?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
    1. Go down where? All the pits have closed in the UK.

      • 1 year, 1 month ago
  25. tw

    LR + Berbilly, check your mails please

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
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  26. Taarabt or Puncheon OUT for Cazorla? thinkin Puncheon.. RVPless so dont really need the extra money

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
  27. fletcher,+lambert+mignolet>elliot anichebe rvp(C)+ 1.2 for -8 gives me two doublegameweekers + i get rvp. yay or nay.

    • 1 year, 1 month ago
  28. what's good places to go in Frankfurt and München?

    • 1 year, 1 month ago

Scout Picks

For Gameweek 35

  • Adrián
  • Zabaleta
  • Ivanovic
  • Skrtel
  • Salah
  • Gerrard
  • Mata
  • Eriksen
  • Suárez
  • Adebayor
  • Aguero
  • Caulker
  • Ramsey
  • Lambert

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