Preamble

The Pre-Match Preamble – Gameweek 32

So the gamble on the Wayne Rooney armband went slightly awry. Typically, Luis Suarez rained on my parade and punished my punt with another hat-trick on his way to a 25-point haul. To compound matters, Yaya Toure topped the Uruguayan, applying ample salt to my wounds as my rank drifted into further obscurity.

While this week’s ScoutCast was aptly titled – filled with moans and awkward attempts at justifying mistakes – I’ve only got myself to blame: dare to turn your back on this season’s limited number of true heavy-hitters and there’s every chance you’ll come out licking wounds. Quite simply, the supporting cast of Fantasy talent have failed to keep pace.

I’ve used this article before to focus on the midfield landscape and it’s pretty clear that this has hardly been resolved in recent weeks: Toure and Eden Hazard still dominate, with Adam Lallana occasionally flirting with double figures and Steven Gerrard exploiting set-pieces to join him.

Up front, however, the situation has become similarly settled – perhaps more so. The Liverpool strikers are currently monopolising our thinking and it’s likely that if you don’t own both Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, you’ve been forced to consider it very seriously or risk falling further adrift.

Again, the options are failing to run them close. Rooney, for all his efforts, is playing in a side devoid of confidence and lacking the fluidity to feed him the opportunity to rival the Merseyside hitmen. Romelu Lukaku, for his gradual grind towards a respectable goal tally, has lacked the potential to explode. Beyond that, we’re left looking at a cast of differentials, destined to fail in their attempts to outscore the Liverpool pair – Jay Rodriguez, Wilfried Bony, Olivier Giroud, Christian Benteke. I certainly hope that one of those names can emerge and genuinely turn in an end of season run. I won’t be alone.

Anyone looking above them in their mini-league will be wondering how they make up ground if, each time they differentiate their team from those above, they seem to slip further behind. From my experience last weekend, switching the captaincy from Suarez isn’t the answer.

So, inevitably, this can, again, come across as bitterness from a struggling Fantasy manager but my views on how the season has progressed are not totally tainted by my own plight. I had similar opinions on template teams last season on my way to a far more respectable rank.

For my money, it’s difficult to deny that injuries and United’s decline have exacerbated matters – we’ve been robbed of Theo Walcott, Michu, Robin van Persie and Sergio Aguero. Meanwhile Mesut Ozil has failed to live up to his billing and Santi Cazorla has struggled alongside him. This group of players could have been expected to offer viable alternatives to the current crop of names that dominate the ranks and offer mid-table Fantasy managers options. Without them, the season has settled into an all-too-familiar pattern of scoring, disrupted occasionally by the odd breakout performance from an unexpected source.

Regardless of rank and my ability to exploit how this season has developed, I’d be left hoping for a shake-up next term. Clearly the likes of Toure, Hazard and Liverpool’s “SAS” will enjoy price hikes going into the next campaign. Despite that, they’ll be established as hugely popular picks from the off. However, there will likely be another group of Fantasy managers who take a few risks – who back Van Persie, Walcott and Michu again in hope they can find the fitness and form to re-establish themselves as big factors in these games we play.

I really hope that the next campaign offers some reward for looking beyond this season’s big scorers. That’s not sour grapes, that’s just me craving more options when it comes to my Saturday morning decision-making.

Mark Mark created the beast. He's now looking to tame it.”

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  1. Simon1983
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 years, 1 month ago

    When i aguero likely to be fit?

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    1. super zlatan
        2 years, 1 month ago

        As soon as you get a grav

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        1. Simon1983
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 years, 1 month ago

          Lol, i can't be arsed to go to the grav website

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          1. super zlatan
              2 years, 1 month ago

              It will change your life.

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      • copps
          2 years, 1 month ago

          this moyes out plane flag flying over the stadium is so hilarious 😆 cant wait to see it!

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          1. Djerbil - Viva Portugal
              2 years, 1 month ago

              Is Fergie on board??

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          2. r0nh
              2 years, 1 month ago

              My team looks strong for next week 😎

              A bit worried about this week though.

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              1. La Roja
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                2 years, 1 month ago

                I'm 1 point ahead of you OR ranking, good luck mate

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                1. r0nh
                    2 years, 1 month ago

                    Cheers :)

                    I hope you get 2 points less than me 😆

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                    1. La Roja
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      2 years, 1 month ago

                      I'll take that as long as you get 98 this week :grin;

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                  • BigAndy+42...
                      2 years, 1 month ago

                      Mine, too. :)

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                  • Cevap
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    2 years, 1 month ago

                    i'm worries for both :)

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                    1. Cevap
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      2 years, 1 month ago

                      worried

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                2. Cevap
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  2 years, 1 month ago

                  2009/10 2312 15665
                  2010/11 2147 3951
                  2011/12 2148 17336
                  2012/13 2197 13591

                  points/rank for the last four years...fairly consistent on points the last 3! :)

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                3. Perchinho
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  2 years, 1 month ago

                  Anyone got a link to the suspension tightrope?
                  Are 9YC players like Gerrard on the brink of a 2 game ban for the rest of the season?

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                  1. Cevap
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    2 years, 1 month ago

                    yes, 2 game ban until April 13 i believe

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                    1. Perchinho
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      2 years, 1 month ago

                      So just the next 3 GWs, then the threat of a 2 game ban disappears?

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                      1. Spencer
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • Has Moderation Rights
                        2 years, 1 month ago

                        Yup. Needs to get past Man City.

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                      2. Cevap
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        2 years, 1 month ago

                        not sure what happens with it...think it increases

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                  2. Bootsy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    2 years, 1 month ago

                    look > way

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                    1. Perchinho
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      2 years, 1 month ago

                      Handy.

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                  3. Billy Gilmore
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    2 years, 1 month ago

                    It's right there >>>>

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                4. Grounderz
                    2 years, 1 month ago

                    What? Evra out? Why?!

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                    1. Djerbil - Viva Portugal
                        2 years, 1 month ago

                        Trying out the Buttner mask

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                        1. Grounderz
                            2 years, 1 month ago

                            So what happens if Buttner gets injured? And who's going to play left back against Bayern?

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                            1. BigAndy+42...
                                2 years, 1 month ago

                                Moyes himself.

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                              • r0nh
                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                  To be fair, it hardly matters...

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                                  1. Grounderz
                                      2 years, 1 month ago

                                      It matters as long as United is still in the UCL, regardless if our opponent is the best team in the world.

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                                    • Leeroy Jenkyns
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      2 years, 1 month ago

                                      He'll just make Raphi wear a Fabio jersey 😉

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                              • Bootsy
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                2 years, 1 month ago

                                C'mon guys seriously, Buttner was a sure thing - has to get match fit for Bayern

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                                1. Grounderz
                                    2 years, 1 month ago

                                    I don't agree. He had his full game against West Ham and this should be utilised tactically and not physically.

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                                  • Billy Gilmore
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    2 years, 1 month ago

                                    Nonsense. Stupid to risk him getting injured when he's the only available LB in the squad

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                                  • Manamongst
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    2 years, 1 month ago

                                    Never agreed with that theory.

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                                2. r0nh
                                    2 years, 1 month ago

                                    Evra is gone in the summer.

                                    Testing out Butt for next season.

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                                    1. Grounderz
                                        2 years, 1 month ago

                                        Knowing Moyes, he will be chasing after Baines again or maybe look into the market for a new left back.

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                                    2. 4-4-who?
                                        2 years, 1 month ago

                                        Motes WILL be sacked. Question is how soon...

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                                        1. Simon1983
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                          I actually don't think they will, with the caveat that they will if he loses 6 of the next 8 , otherwise he stays and gets the transfer window

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                                          1. 4-4-who?
                                              2 years, 1 month ago

                                              To be fair he is where he normally is with Everton. 7th is all United should have expected thus season.

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                                          2. Djerbil - Viva Portugal
                                              2 years, 1 month ago

                                              Motes 😆

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                                              1. 4-4-who?
                                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                                  iPad fail...

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                                            • Billy Gilmore
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              2 years, 1 month ago

                                              He's ruined Utd's season so now Moyes is trying to ruin a few peoples' FPL seasons too.

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                                              1. Grounderz
                                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                                  Goddammit Moyes.

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                                                • Manamongst
                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                                  Did we learn nothing about him from Barkley or even Royston Drenthe??

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                                              2. PKB
                                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                                  United testing their Butt out! 😀

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                                              3. 4-4-who?
                                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                                  Let us reflect.

                                                  Steven Gerard for 8.7M.

                                                  How good is that....

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                                                  1. BigAndy+42...
                                                      2 years, 1 month ago

                                                      Just my opinion, but I reckon his points tallies could well dry up. I am hoping so, anyway z;)

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                                                      1. 4-4-who?
                                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                                          157 points. He has already justified his price tag.

                                                          I think there is more to come from captain fantastic as Liverpool push for this title.

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                                                        • Say My Name
                                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                                            Thats what they said about yaya

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                                                            1. 4-4-who?
                                                                2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                To be fair he only scored 31 points last GW

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                                                          • Jax
                                                              2 years, 1 month ago

                                                              with 9 yellows pass.

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                                                              1. 4-4-who?
                                                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                  When does that risk go away?

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                                                            • Djerbil - Viva Portugal
                                                                2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                There's a Plane Coming

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                                                                1. BigAndy+42...
                                                                    2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                    Really?

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                                                                    1. Djerbil - Viva Portugal
                                                                        2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                        to Old Trafford

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                                                                    2. r0nh
                                                                        2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                        So am I

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                                                                      • FACUPARSE
                                                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                          20+ years of bragging, one bad season and start hiring planes to humiliate their manager.

                                                                          Pure class

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                                                                      • super zlatan
                                                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                          Dgw players for gw34

                                                                          I will have:

                                                                          3 x city
                                                                          3 x Everton
                                                                          2 x Sunderland
                                                                          1 x palace

                                                                          Seem ok?

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                                                                        • GlasgowFF
                                                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                            Which teams have a blank in GW34?

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                                                                            1. Billy Gilmore
                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                              2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                              Utd and Hull

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                                                                              1. GlasgowFF
                                                                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                  cheers.

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                                                                            2. Gaz Downright
                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                              • Has Moderation Rights
                                                                              2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                              Benteke taka... will destroy that CB pairing

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                                                                            3. CptCrunch11
                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                              2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                              Leicesters frenchy is a really good player

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                                                                              1. Gaz Downright
                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                • Has Moderation Rights
                                                                                2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                Lester Frenchy... I like it

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                                                                            4. jas5sk - Youtube channel
                                                                                2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                Everyone will just stop playing to admire the "Moyes Out" banner...

                                                                                Might have a natural, mid-game, moment of silence

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                                                                                1. 4-4-who?
                                                                                    2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                    The sacked one?

                                                                                    The second best one?

                                                                                    The clueless one?

                                                                                    Others...?

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                                                                                2. Billy Ketsu
                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                  Come on Villa!

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                                                                                3. r0nh
                                                                                    2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                    BET NOW!!!!

                                                                                    Give me your money!!

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                                                                                  • Vardy Gras PBFC
                                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                    2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                    So here's the A & B...

                                                                                    A) Boruc, Baines, Ivanovic, Mutch, Lukaku + 33pts
                                                                                    B) Adrian, Shaw, Cahill, Lallana, Dzeko

                                                                                    Any chance of A being toppled by B this GW?

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                                                                                    1. Whitman2013
                                                                                        2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                        highly unlikely

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                                                                                        1. Vardy Gras PBFC
                                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                          Trying to ride out the next couple of GWs with 4 expensive DFs until after the next DGW, weakens my midfield quite a bit.

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                                                                                      • LOLarov
                                                                                          2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                          Not a hope B will come close to A

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                                                                                        • BLACKSHEEP
                                                                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                            There will be about 33 Points separating it at the end.

                                                                                            Unless baines or Ivanovic scores, then it will be more.

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                                                                                        • Spud1
                                                                                            2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                            I have just come across this site, and have to say some great banter and comments about the game we love. Just listened to the southcast very surprised that some players still don't have Yaya etc etc. Lucky for me I have had yaya, hazard coleman ramsey and Lala from game week 1 SS bought in after ban and injuries.Had Aguero briefly also when he was fit these players provided huge points for us all during the 1st half of the season. probably stating the obvious but it is difficult to catch up but not impossible if you did not start with em. Anyway I hope you all have a good game week!
                                                                                            Current team Monno
                                                                                            Coleman Baines Terry
                                                                                            Yaya Haz Gerry Lala
                                                                                            SS and Willy Bony > (has been a good punt)
                                                                                            Bench Hart chester chambers mutch
                                                                                            2.3 in bank 2 trans for next week

                                                                                            How many points u looking for? id be happy with 80ish trying to break into top 1k very difficult tho.

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                                                                                            1. jas5sk - Youtube channel
                                                                                                2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                "southcast" Get out, sir! We do not suffer mistakes in spelling and grammar here

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                                                                                                1. Spud1
                                                                                                    2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                    Get out?? you own this do ya??? lol

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                                                                                              • megatronaldinho
                                                                                                  2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                  i've just come out the good side of a bad night where my own brother done called cops on my ass. explaining my shortcomings as being due to my insurmountable taste for tweed was not the best idea. but yo. shit worked. ish

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                                                                                                • Godfather Bandit 42
                                                                                                    2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                    oh dear....

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                                                                                                  • Barryyuen
                                                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                    2 years, 1 month ago

                                                                                                    Been hovering the rank of 70k - 100k! Frustrating!

                                                                                                    Mannone
                                                                                                    Ivanovic Cahill Chester
                                                                                                    Hazard Yaya Silva Gerrard
                                                                                                    Saurez Sturridge Lukaku

                                                                                                    Boruc Distin Ward-Powrse Koscienly

                                                                                                    1 FT 0.8 ITB. What do you guys think my next move should be?

                                                                                                    Cheers guys! :)

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