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The Digest – Gameweek 11

Our final glance at the Gameweek gone by hails the consistency of Southampton’s captain after another stand-out display. We also highlight Newcastle’s recent resolve and wonder whether a certain Uruguayan is the one premium forward we simply cannot afford to be without:

The Player

A brilliant solo goal against Hull continued Adam Lallana’s stunning start to the season. With an assist and a couple of bonus points also accrued against the Tigers, the Southampton skipper delivered his third set of double figures in the last five Gameweeks – elevating him to third in the midfielder standings, behind Aaron Ramsey and Yaya Toure, on 61 points.

Having drawn blanks in each of the first four fixtures, Lallana was far from Fantasy radars as we focussed on Mauricio Pochettino’s resolute defence as a source of points instead. The subsequent matches, however, have seen Lallana strike an impressive consistency with attacking returns in five of the Saints last seven – including goals at home to Swansea and away to United.

Indeed, the Gameweek 8 Old Trafford match could be key when assessing his potential. Certainly, his last-gasp equaliser sparked the bandwagon into life – prior to that match he was priced at 6.1 but has now risen to 6.8, with over 57,000 new owners already this week; far and away more than any other midfield option.

In a season where consistency has been a real rarity amongst midfield options, Lallana’s ability to produce looks crucial for Fantasy managers and Pochettino alike. As Southampton gear up for a run of matches against Arsenal, Chelsea, City and Spurs in the next six, their defensive potential may well be set to take a short-term dip but Lallana’s 10-point haul at the home of the champions indicates he’s certainly capable of delivering against the odds.

The Team

Having struggled in the opening few games, Alan Pardew’s side enter the international break on the back of successive wins over Chelsea and Tottenham. Granted, Tim Krul’s heroics at the Lane bordered on the superhuman and there’s no doubt the visitors were more than a little fortunate, but the Magpies did also keep out Jose Mourinho’s side with a resilient Gameweek 10 performance at St James’ Park, which harvested a 2-0 triumph.

Prior to the Blues match, Pardew’s side looked poor defensively and had conceded in their previous six but a move to 4-4-2 seems to have instilled a little more steel to the Newcastle set-up. With Loic Remy moved from the left of a 4-3-3 into a central position alongside Shola Ameobi, Pardew’s bold decision to drop fan favourites Hatem Ben Arfa and Papiss Cisse has proven a masterstroke, with the work-rate of French pair Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran out wide keeping compatriot Ben Arfa on the bench.

Both Mike Williamson and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa have started the last two in central defence and come in at 4.4 in Fantasy Premier League (FPL), though with Mathieu Debuchy suspended for the next league match, fit-again Fabricio Coloccini may return to the centre. That would see Yanga-Mbiwa shifted to right-back to cover for Debuchy, or left-back with Davide Santon switching flanks. It remains to be seen how Pardew approaches his centre-back pairing from there on in.

In addition to the new-found resilience, there are options on offer further up the pitch. Remy’s winner at the Lane taking his tally to seven for the season; with an assist also accrued, he’s played a part in eight of his side’s 15 goals and sits on 58 FPL points, just five behind Olivier Giroud in the forward standings. Yohan Cabaye also gives us an option in midfield, with a goal or assist in four of the last seven Gameweeks. As Pardew’s charges prepare for back-to-back home games with Norwich and West Brom, the duo – at 7.7 and 6.3 – have already picked up plenty new investors already this week as Fantasy managers look for a route into the resurgent Tyneside team.

The Talking Point

In a week where Arsenal and City – the league’s top scoring sides – failed to find the net, Luis Suarez surged up the Fantasy standings with yet another sublime display. Six games back from suspension and the Liverpool talisman is already joint-fourth in the FPL forward standings, serving up four sets of double figures in a series of incredible displays that have seen him average 10.7 points per game.

While Daniel Sturridge had initially kept pace upon his team-mate’s return to the fold, the England striker has offered little evidence of the Uruguayan’s explosive capacity for points. Sturridge may have scored in eight of his 11 appearances but he has managed double figures just once – Suarez, meanwhile, has delivered captaincy hauls of 26, 20, 34 and 32 points, helping save many a Gameweek and more than justifying the extra outlay at 11.9 to Sturridge’s 9.8.

Liverpool’s fixtures may continue to look promising but those Sturridge owners who have remained loyal due to his consistency have been punished severely in recent matches. With Hull, Norwich and West Ham in the next four, it’s no coincidence that Sturridge in the most sold frontman this week, while his strike-partner has received more transfers in than any other forward.

The captaincy issue may have dented Sturridge’s prospects but he’s not the only one to suffer in Suarez’ shadow. United duo Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie have risen up the rankings in recent weeks with some steady returns but, in terms of captaincy potential, have served up double figures only twice and three times in 10 appearances respectively.

Only Sergio Aguero has mirrored Suarez’ total of four but the City forward has played 10 times to the Liverpool forward’s six; his blank at Sunderland was the third time the Argentine has failed to produce points – perhaps no coincidence that on two of those occasions, David Silva has been missing from the XI. Indeed, with Silva likely to miss out again ahead of back-to-back home games with Spurs and Swansea, Aguero’s chances of more explosive returns may be a little less enticing.

Suarez may have a Goodison encounter with Everton up next but given his current form, the Toffees will do well to keep him at bay in the first Merseyside derby of the season. The only slight caveat could be fatigue, with Suarez set to return from his World Cup play-off with Uruguay against Jordan, a little over 48-hours prior to the Premier League outing.

Currently sitting in 27% of FPL teams, Suarez is now the highest owned of any premium-priced forward and despite the return to form of United’s duo and Aguero’s strike rate under Manuel Pellegrini, Suarez has quickly shown that, more than any frontman this season, he has the consistency to make or break a Gameweek – going without him over the next few fixtures may be an oversight many a Fantasy campaign could struggle to recover from.

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  1. DonTheSpecialOne
      2 years, 8 months ago

      http://fantasy.premierleague.com/ - "cannot find server"

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      1. Sporting ABG
          2 years, 8 months ago

          Working for me.

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          1. r0nh
              2 years, 8 months ago

              Me too

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              1. Christina.
                  2 years, 8 months ago

                  Me three

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              2. TM - LMS 18487-7273
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
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                2 years, 8 months ago

                +1

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              3. DonTheSpecialOne
                  2 years, 8 months ago

                  Hey, it's up again. Just needed some Sporting magic!

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                  1. Sporting ABG
                      2 years, 8 months ago

                      Well, I did rub myself up against the FPL homepage.

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                • SuperOsçarBaby
                    2 years, 8 months ago

                    I want to make my TRANSFERS!

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                    1. DonTheSpecialOne
                        2 years, 8 months ago

                        :(

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                  • r0nh
                      2 years, 8 months ago

                      Christmas in 6 weeks!

                      2014 is going to be my year!!!

                      I am determined to see a woman's boobies in real life!!

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                      1. DonTheSpecialOne
                          2 years, 8 months ago

                          😆

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                        • denial
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          2 years, 8 months ago

                          Is that what's on your Christmas list to Santa?

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                          1. r0nh
                              2 years, 8 months ago

                              Has been for 6 years now :(

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                            1. r0nh
                                2 years, 8 months ago

                                😆

                                Stop spying on me!!

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                                1. Christina.
                                    2 years, 8 months ago

                                    ...did your mom not warn you that you will grow hair on the palm of your hands?

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                                    1. r0nh
                                        2 years, 8 months ago

                                        Well, I always had hair there, & everywhere.

                                        I am a bear!

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                                        1. Christina.
                                            2 years, 8 months ago

                                            I always wondered...do bears get born with pubic hair?

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                                            1. r0nh
                                                2 years, 8 months ago

                                                We does, so we does.

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                                                1. Christina.
                                                    2 years, 8 months ago

                                                    Euuugh!

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                                      • Alton E.
                                          2 years, 8 months ago

                                          Tell her your rank and you might just see them. :)

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                                          1. r0nh
                                              2 years, 8 months ago

                                              Gotta be worth a try!

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                                        • denial
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                                          2 years, 8 months ago

                                          Morning all. Current squad after a -4 is:

                                          Migs / 4m

                                          Coleman Chico Clyne Baker Chester

                                          Ozil Ramsey Oscar Brady Ravel

                                          Rooney Aguero Suarez

                                          0.0 in bank.

                                          Defense is weak atm, but will be looking to downgrade perhaps Ozil > Walcott to free up funds. Baker is a risk, but short-term I think he'll be OK.

                                          Seem OK?

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                                        • Azerbaijan Shopping Centre
                                            2 years, 8 months ago

                                            Is the FPL page down ?

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                                            1. DonTheSpecialOne
                                                2 years, 8 months ago

                                                So it seems

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                                              • Sporting ABG
                                                  2 years, 8 months ago

                                                  Nope.

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                                                • Azerbaijan Shopping Centre
                                                    2 years, 8 months ago

                                                    and its back :)

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                                                  • SuperOsçarBaby
                                                      2 years, 8 months ago

                                                      oh it's back again :)

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                                                  • hagop
                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                    2 years, 8 months ago

                                                    Morning. What about Lallana? Sell for Sessegnon (for me only option) and collect 0.3 - 0.4 income or keep (and probably bench for two weeks)?

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                                                    1. denial
                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                      2 years, 8 months ago

                                                      If I had him (and bloody league leader has), I would keep. Form of his life and Southampton are defying fixtures.

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                                                      1. hagop
                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                        2 years, 8 months ago

                                                        thx, I needed this :) My guts tell me to keep him.

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                                                  • RECKLESS NOT ANYMORE 😉
                                                      2 years, 8 months ago

                                                      Sorry error in my RMT
                                                      Boruc/Harper
                                                      Williams,Terry,G.Johnson,Clyne,Rosenoir
                                                      Oscar,RamSEY,Yaya,R.morrison,Januzaj
                                                      Suarez,Rooney,Aguero..
                                                      0.1m in bank so what to do?change any of oscar/yaya/januzaj for sum1 like coutinho/snoddy/sess with my FT??
                                                      Please help feckin 320K rank :/
                                                      Flagjust now#REPLY

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                                                      1. denial
                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                        2 years, 8 months ago

                                                        Decent team I think. There's nothing urgent to change. Maybe Yaya to Walcott if he's fit to play?

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                                                      2. TM - LMS 18487-7273
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                                                        2 years, 8 months ago

                                                        You can't sell Jan for an upgrade.
                                                        You have a decent team tbh.
                                                        Perfect strikeforce, 2 mids & a good defence. Wait until next week to ask again as an injury may force your hand.

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                                                      3. RECKLESS NOT ANYMORE 😉
                                                          2 years, 8 months ago

                                                          THNKS for ur help

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                                                      4. Chris_White
                                                          2 years, 8 months ago

                                                          Ravel or Amalfitano?

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                                                          1. DonTheSpecialOne
                                                              2 years, 8 months ago

                                                              Ravel

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                                                            • The Shoonchy
                                                                2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                Ravel

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                                                              • Chris_White
                                                                  2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                  Cheers guys

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                                                              • The Shoonchy
                                                                  2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                  Is it time to ditch Benteke after a 2 week stay when I got him for 8.8?
                                                                  Got me 4 points
                                                                  But his fixtures still look great ahead and one would think to keep him
                                                                  But I wouldn't mind getting Rooney for him, as cannot afford RVP yet

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                                                                  1. Chris_White
                                                                      2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                      I would keep.

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                                                                      1. Better off with a pin and a…
                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                        2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                        +1 I'm hanging on to him for now, though having Rooney as captain this week is a temptation.

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                                                                    • Spencer
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                                                                      2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                      I'm keeping him. He's had a few chances and I have other worries in my team.

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                                                                    • The Shoonchy
                                                                        2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                        I also think I should keep him
                                                                        But that option of Transferring In and Captaining Rooney is so damn temptating

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                                                                      • Jesus of Navasareth
                                                                          2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                          I'm looking at bringing him in next week for the Sunderland game. He's nailed on going into the the fixture pile up as well so I think he'll be a must have in the weeks to come.

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                                                                      • r0nh
                                                                          2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                          Wont be long until Rooney drops back down into his comfort zone.

                                                                          Now that he has got over his wee tantrum about not feeling loved.

                                                                          Plus, he isnt wearing his receding hairline headband anymore, so his confidence will diminish.

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                                                                          1. SuperOsçarBaby
                                                                              2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                              BS he's a season keeper for me
                                                                              34 goals from a striker this season

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                                                                              1. r0nh
                                                                                  2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                  RVP has scored 2 more than him, despite playing less & being injured!

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                                                                                  1. SuperOsçarBaby
                                                                                      2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                      and rooney will keep assisting him.. 😉

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                                                                                      1. r0nh
                                                                                          2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                          Like last weekend?

                                                                                          RVP 9 points, Rooney 4.

                                                                                          Fine with me :)

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                                                                                • SuperOsçarBaby
                                                                                    2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                    if carrick is out for more than a month, who will play in double-pivot midfield? more game time for fellaini?

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                                                                                  • DonTheSpecialOne
                                                                                      2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                      My defense looks quite shite for next GW..
                                                                                      Boruc - Marshall
                                                                                      Chico Coleman Clyne Collins Ward

                                                                                      Should probably use my FT to get a defender in.. But CS are so hard to predict this season. What to do..

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                                                                                      1. The Shoonchy
                                                                                          2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                          Play Chico, Coleman and Collins if need be

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                                                                                        • MorenoNoMore
                                                                                            2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                            Most people have this problem so I wouldn't worry too much about it. Save it and have two frees next week.

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                                                                                          • HVT
                                                                                              2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                              Jevan , Ridgewell/McCauley , and colocinni (if fit) would be on my watchlist Don , but do ant work in for you ?

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                                                                                              1. DonTheSpecialOne
                                                                                                  2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                  Cheers guys. McAuley.. I really want to transfer him in but then I would have to drop Chico or Coleman. Will probably just save it and make two or three changes next week.

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                                                                                            • The Shoonchy
                                                                                                2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                Woah, Guzan and Myhill picking up light injuries.
                                                                                                Thus my GK situation can be resolved in itself.
                                                                                                Guzan out, my bench keeper Daniels might get a start if Myhill cannot start
                                                                                                Blessing in Disguise?

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                                                                                                1. Sporting ABG
                                                                                                    2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                    Myhill has Friendly-itis.

                                                                                                    WBA can't afford another keeper injury.

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                                                                                                2. Azerbaijan Shopping Centre
                                                                                                    2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                    Rooney (c), Aguero, Suarez

                                                                                                    Ozil, Ramsey, Lallana, Amalfitano, (Colback)

                                                                                                    Coleman, Clyne, Dawson, Williams (Turner)

                                                                                                    Mignolet, (K. Davies)

                                                                                                    I have 2 FTs any suggestions guys

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                                                                                                    1. danishdynamite
                                                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                      2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                      Any dosh in the kitty?

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                                                                                                      1. Azerbaijan Shopping Centre
                                                                                                          2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                          about 20p

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                                                                                                      2. denial
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                                                                                                        2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                        I ditched Dawson this week. I would look to sort defence out.

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                                                                                                        1. Azerbaijan Shopping Centre
                                                                                                            2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                            Tell me more ...

                                                                                                            I still like Coleman and Clyne.

                                                                                                            I got Williams in 2 weeks ago for good fixtures ... hasnt paid off yet

                                                                                                            Dawson was my spurs def coverage

                                                                                                            Turner ... yes I have been trying to shift on for some time

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                                                                                                          • HVT
                                                                                                              2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                              Whom for ?

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                                                                                                          • fuml_akimbo
                                                                                                              2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                              Mignolet might be a bit isolated playing as the lone striker.

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                                                                                                              1. Azerbaijan Shopping Centre
                                                                                                                  2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                                  +1 :)

                                                                                                                  I like my new format

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                                                                                                                  1. fuml_akimbo
                                                                                                                      2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                                      You maverick, you.

                                                                                                                      Dawson is the player I'd look to get rid of.

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                                                                                                                      1. HVT
                                                                                                                          2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                                          I see your gone yellow Fuml !
                                                                                                                          Pity really ... :-(

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                                                                                                                        • Azerbaijan Shopping Centre
                                                                                                                            2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                                            Why Dawson .... ?

                                                                                                                            Oh yeah ... just looked at the fixtures

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                                                                                                                        • Azerbaijan Shopping Centre
                                                                                                                            2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                                            plus if its good enough for Begovic

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                                                                                                                            1. HVT
                                                                                                                                2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                                                Dawson to Jevan / Mcauley / Colocinni (if fit) and save 1 ft ( Ozil > Wally + cool back out )

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                                                                                                                      2. Jinswick
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                                                                                                                        2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                                        Not entirely sure what all this means, but this site is quite good for statistical reviews of fpl if anyone is interested

                                                                                                                        http://premierleaguefantasy.blogspot.ae/

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                                                                                                                      3. GRIMANDI [formerly boring M…
                                                                                                                          2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                                          OOH whats this about Myhill being injured. Any more info. Is it likely to keep him out of action for any length of time?

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                                                                                                                          1. The Shoonchy
                                                                                                                              2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                                              If it does,
                                                                                                                              My bench keeper Daniels to step in to the limelight 😀

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                                                                                                                              1. Jesus of Navasareth
                                                                                                                                  2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                                                  I cleverly went for Lee Camp thinking he would be 3rd choice. He's at bournemouth on loan........

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                                                                                                                            • HVT
                                                                                                                                2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                                                Morning lads ,
                                                                                                                                anyone beat 6 greens on the bounce ?

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                                                                                                                                1. Jinswick
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                                                                                                                                  2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                                                  7 here 😉

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                                                                                                                                  1. HVT
                                                                                                                                      2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                                                      Nice Jin - fair play , I made 13 last year so I'm hoping to get close to that again tbh , it seems going green improves your rank !

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                                                                                                                                      1. Jinswick
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                                                                                                                                        2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                                                        it certainly does! :)

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                                                                                                                                        1. Azerbaijan Shopping Centre
                                                                                                                                            2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                                                            273k to 15k .... nice

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                                                                                                                                        2. Azerbaijan Shopping Centre
                                                                                                                                            2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                                                            Nice Grav HVT

                                                                                                                                            What has your rank improved from

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                                                                                                                                      2. r0nh
                                                                                                                                          2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                                                          I have 12!!

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                                                                                                                                          1. Azerbaijan Shopping Centre
                                                                                                                                              2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                                                              You're my hero RONH

                                                                                                                                              :p

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                                                                                                                                          2. DonTheSpecialOne
                                                                                                                                              2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                                                              Nice! 5 here

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                                                                                                                                            • Tangogooner
                                                                                                                                                2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                                                                I've had greens all season up until this weekend

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                                                                                                                                            • Scoredelario
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                                                                                                                                              2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                                                              Who would you captain of these two?

                                                                                                                                              A) Aguero v spurs (home)
                                                                                                                                              B) Suarez v Everton (away)

                                                                                                                                              Edging towards aguero but it is not easy because spurs will set up so tight.

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                                                                                                                                            • HVT
                                                                                                                                                2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                                                                New post lads.

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                                                                                                                                              • Tangogooner
                                                                                                                                                  2 years, 8 months ago

                                                                                                                                                  My mate has done 5 transfers this week already. Makes a total of 91 points behind me. He's got 8.9 million in the bank and his team is worth 100.1....... Is he a moron??

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