Suspension Tightrope – Sticky

Filed under: Suspensions - Posted by: Anorak

At this time of season, that familiar swaying sensation can usually be blamed on excess and inebriation. Our featured players only have indiscipline to blame, however, as they lose their balance and topple off the Suspension Tightrope ahead of the weekend’s fixtures:

With four red cards and 30 more yellows, this was one of the busiest Gameweeks of the season in the disciplinary office. We’ve almost mustered a full XI of banned players heading into the Gameweek 19 fixtures, affording an anti- ‘Scout Picks’ for the next round of games – 10 players crow-barred into a pretty irregular 4-5-0 formation.

In goal, we have Tim Howard. The Everton stopper has risen to the top of the Fantasy Premier League goalkeeper rankings over the last few weeks and has attracted a number of new Fantasy suitors due to a favourable run of games. However, in bringing down Ki Sung-Yeung in the first half at Goodison Park, and subsequently conceding the match-winning penalty, Howard will now serve a one-match ban and miss the weekend visit of Southampton.

Across the defence, Wes Brown already occupies one of the spots. Thanks to his red card last week, he serves the second of a three-game suspension as Sunderland travel to Cardiff. Brown is partnered at centre back by Norwich’s Michael Turner, after a fifth yellow card means Chris Hughton will be without his services for the trip to Old Trafford.

Flanking this pair, we have Kyle Walker on the right. Another victim of the Tightrope, Walker picked up his caution for a foul on Liam Ridgewell and will join the man filling our left back slot, Marc Wilson, in missing out when Stoke arrive at White Hart Lane. Wilson’s absence, is due not to a yellow, however, but to a red card earned by denying a clear goalscoring opportunity away to Newcastle. He’ll still only miss the one game, though, as his concession of the penalty that rebooted Newcastle’s fortunes and consigned Stoke to play the whole second half with nine men was not violent, unlike the thrashing that followed at the hands of the Toon.

Moving in to midfield, we are spoilt for choice, as another five names pop on to the radar. Anchoring the midfield, we have a triumvirate of ball winners in Gareth Barry, Morgan Schneiderlin and Glenn Whelan. The first two have been much-lauded this season, so it’s unfortunate that both will be missing from the game that would see them match up directly as Southampton travel to Everton. In both cases a fifth yellow card deprives us of that battle. Meanwhile, Whelan went one better, bagging a pair of yellows inside 40 minutes at St James’ Park for fouls on Mousa Sissoko and Yohan Cabaye – he’ll join Wilson and Walker in alliteratively missing the alliterative Spurs/Stoke scrimmage on Sunday.

Finally, onto the flanks, where Antonio Valencia and Ramires reside. The United wide-man earned his place at lunchtime when he picked up a fifth booking of the season, and then again as the first booking was joined by a second and converted to red. Valencia was banned for the weekend through either card, but perversely in picking up a second yellow he has kept his cumulative yellow count at four, and now sits six cautions from a Tightrope ban (instead of five, had he not seen red). The case for Ramires is a little simpler – previously sitting on four bookings, he clattered into Wilfried Bony as Chelsea hung on to their 1-0 lead and will therefore miss the visit of Liverpool.

Continuing the (increasingly forced) theme, we also have some names to sit on the bench, after picking up their fourth cautions of the season on Thursday. Maynor Figueroa, Pablo Zabaleta and Adnan Januzaj are therefore the newest names on the Tightrope widget and need to survive a single game untarnished before the threshold for a ban is increased to ten yellows on New Year’s Day.

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  1. Start 2 of Chester BTurner JWP?

    Any latest on Koscielny?

    1. First two.

    2. Chester, Burner.

    3. Thanks ^^

    4. Kos > Chester > Burner > JWP for me.

      1. Cheers Beavis. Hope Kosc is fit.

  2. Shameless repost...

    Is it worth getting Sterling in this GW just to have some proper bench cover (gonna bring him in next GW anyway)?

    Coleman, Chester, Kosc*
    Silva*, Hazard, Walcott, Janujaz*
    Rooney, Lukaku, Suarez

    Bench: Burner, Brown*, Ramsey*

    * = injured/doubtful/rotation risk

    1. If I had Silva I would (c) him

    2. Is it for a hit? If yes, no.

      If no, wait on it. Think you can get 11 out this week.

  3. This GW is a VERY difficult (C) choice.


    Leaning towards Rooney, but Wally or Silva could easily score big due to their fixtures...

    1. Rooney for me

    2. Roo is safest

    3. Rooney would be the best option. Newcastle is on a high and a very different proposition compared to the team that lost 7-3.

      Silva might not get a full game but he could rack up a huge score.

  4. Howard --->. Marshall.
    Ramsey ---> Cabaye. (-4)

    Yay or nay? :)

    1. If you can bench Howard, I would. Otherwise they are good transfers.

      1. Benching Howard means playing Speroni, who has Manchester City at the Etihad.

        Man City may well rest players, but they're still capable of giving Crystal Palace a thrashing.

  5. Should I play Chester (FUL) in a 4-3-3 or Whittingham (SUN) in a 3-4-3?

    1. SW6
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member


  6. New Article Posted
  7. shameless repost :lol:

    Chester, Mert, Coleman
    Wally, Silva, Haz, Sterling
    Rooney(c), Suarez, Negredo

    Lewis; Burner, Clyne, Ravel

    let's do this. bring on the weekend! :D

  8. choose one next 3gw's
    henderson sterling barkley januzaj kasmi or any other below 6.6

  9. Walcott rising again, Ozil -> Wally FT, just do it or what are your thoughts? Thanks

    1. i like this as frees up sum money too

  10. Agüero is down to a lovely 9.5% 12.0mil and with everyone opting for Walcott and Silva and Hazard....I think folks will struggle to get him back, or sacrifice a big hitting player, so if your team value is good, you might just be able to afford quite the differential.

  11. Negredo. Keep or ditch?

    1. keep i think

  12. What would be considered a good team value?

    Mine is 107.4m

    1. seems pretty good to me . 108.9 here

    2. 110.9..selling value 106.9

  13. Mannone and Bardsley or Mannone and Riether

    1. 2 Sunderland defensive players is a little over the top

  14. Will sterling rise in price before the next GW?

    1. he's rising tonight

      1. How do you know when the actual price rise happens?

        1. tells you who's rising and who's dropping each night

  15. Really indecisive with 2FT's in hand and 0.1 in the bank, help would appreciated!

    Krul (boruc)
    Coleman Baker Terry Chester (collins)
    Wallcott Coutinho Lallana (ramsey, kim)
    Lukaku Suarez Rooney

    Thanks in advance

    1. Emp

      ramsay to stirling , coutinho to silva

  16. Pl suggest whom to replace Ramsey... (-4) TC


  17. For a -4 hit (replacing ramsey with sterling) who should i get rid of for Kompany?

    Flanagan (sp 4.5) OR Vlaar

  18. I don't think that the yellow card suspension requirement should change to 10 cards after January. Just encourages more fouling.

    1. I don't think Valencia's 2 yellow cards should count as none just because they have been replaced by a red. A red card should still count as a yellow for tightrope purposes. If this topples the player off the tightrope by reaching 5 yellows, then he ought to be suspended for at least 2 matches (1 or more for the red, plus an additional 1 for the 5 yellows).

      I strongly suspect that Valencia deliberately got his 2nd yellow in the last minute under his manager's instructions. This would not happen at City, where the manager is not even aware of how many goals he needs to top his group!

  19. safest city defender to start tomorrow ??

      1. Is zaba certain not to start? keeping hearing mixed reports on that front...

  20. Emp

    Anyone know what the story with oscar is ? Is he still not 100% fit as he was taken off first yesterday and was on the bench for two games before that.

    1. I think you should just get rid of Oscar as quickly as possible

      1. Emp

        i was thinking ramsay and oscar to yaya and silva for -4 ?

        1. You really can't go wrong with that. Unless both Yaya and Silva trip and tear their ACLs coming out of the tunnel.

          1. Emp

            hahah ill take my chances :P not sure about silva starting but not sure about oscar starting either!

            1. I really think it's an ideal move. You get Silva on your team before another price rise. Plus, he will reward you enough in the near future, even if he doesn't play this weekend. I want him badly, but can't get him in this week just yet.

        2. Certainly an improvement -

          Oscar always has a question mark regarding rotation

  21. Who to get rid of. Vlaar or Flanagan?

    1. Emp

      vlaar unless enrique to return soon

  22. When will Enrique return? And will that relegate Flanagan to the bench?

  23. Who to play ?

    A- GJ v.s CHE (A)

    B- Burner v.s SUN (H)

    1. burner

  24. Pompey fans, any idea on Boruc's return date?

    I want to get a cheap GK in gazzaniga in WC but want to make sure he can play for a few weeks...

    1. In fact....


    2. Pompey fans? Southampton? what?

  25. Is this a good transfer (my only city player is yaya)

    Ramsey ---> Sterling
    Lukaku ---> Negredo

    Or should i concetrate on transferring out my 2 injured defenders (vlaar and flanagan)?

  26. is it worth getting marshall if i already have mannone. how important are rotating goalkeepers

  27. are southampton and sunderland a good rotating pair??

Scout Picks

For Gameweek 35

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



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Last updated: 15 Apr, 2014 5:24pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Hart MCI B, Vs
Up De Gea MUN C
No Change Cech CHE A, Vs
No Change Szczesny ARS B
No Change Mannone SUN B, £
Up Foster WBA B
No Change Guzan AVL B
Up Stockdale FUL B, £


Last updated: 15 Apr, 2014 7:35pm
Player Club Factors
Up Terry CHE A
No Change Zabaleta MCI B, Vs
Up Koscielny ARS B, Vs, Inj
Up Skrtel LIV A
Up Evra MUN B
Up Kaboul TOT B, Vs
No Change Alonso SUN C, OoP, £
Down Coleman EVE B, VsX
No Change Vlaar AVL C, Vs, £
Up Ridgewell WBA C, OoP, £
Up Caulker CAR A
Up Heitinga FUL B, £


Last updated: 19 Apr, 2014 9:44am
Player Club Factors
Up Eriksen TOT A, Vs
Up Mata MUN A
Up Gerrard LIV A
Down Silva MCI B, Vs, Inj
Up Lallana SOT B
Up Sterling LIV A, £
Up Ramsey ARS B, Vs
Down Hazard CHE C, Vs, Inj
No Change Johnson SUN C
Up Amalfitano WBA A, £


Last updated: 14 Apr, 2014 1:03pm
Player Club Factors
No Change Suárez LIV A
Up Aguero MCI C, Vs, Inj
Up Adebayor TOT B, Vs
No Change Dzeko MCI B, Vs, Rest, £
Down Lukaku EVE B, VsX
Up Giroud ARS C, Vs
No Change Lambert SOT B
Down Sturridge LIV B, Inj
No Change Rooney MUN A, Inj
Up Rodallega FUL A, £

Selection Factors

A, B, C Current Form
Vs Favourable Fixtures
VsX Unfavourable Fixtures
Rest Rotation Risk
Inj Injured/Returning from Injury
OoP Out of Position
£ Potential Bargain
Sus Suspended/Near Suspension

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