March
29

The Pre-Match Preamble – Gameweek 32

Filed under: The Preamble - Posted by: Mark

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.

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  1. When i aguero likely to be fit?

    • 7 months, 19 hours ago
    1. As soon as you get a grav

      • 7 months, 19 hours ago
      1. Lol, i can't be arsed to go to the grav website

        • 7 months, 19 hours ago
        1. It will change your life.

          • 7 months, 19 hours ago
  2. this moyes out plane flag flying over the stadium is so hilarious :lol: cant wait to see it!

    • 7 months, 19 hours ago
    1. Is Fergie on board??

      • 7 months, 19 hours ago
  3. My team looks strong for next week 8-)

    A bit worried about this week though.

    • 7 months, 19 hours ago
    1. I'm 1 point ahead of you OR ranking, good luck mate

      • 7 months, 19 hours ago
      1. Cheers :)

        I hope you get 2 points less than me :lol:

        • 7 months, 19 hours ago
        1. I'll take that as long as you get 98 this week :grin;

          • 7 months, 19 hours ago
      2. Mine, too. :)

        • 7 months, 19 hours ago
    2. i'm worries for both :)

      • 7 months, 19 hours ago
      1. worried

        • 7 months, 19 hours ago
  4. 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! :)

    • 7 months, 19 hours ago
  5. 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?

    • 7 months, 19 hours ago
    1. yes, 2 game ban until April 13 i believe

      • 7 months, 19 hours ago
      1. So just the next 3 GWs, then the threat of a 2 game ban disappears?

        • 7 months, 19 hours ago
        1. Yup. Needs to get past Man City.

          • 7 months, 19 hours ago
        2. not sure what happens with it...think it increases

          • 7 months, 19 hours ago
    2. look > way

      • 7 months, 19 hours ago
      1. Handy.

        • 7 months, 19 hours ago
    3. It's right there >>>>

      • 7 months, 19 hours ago
  6. What? Evra out? Why?!

    • 7 months, 19 hours ago
    1. Trying out the Buttner mask

      • 7 months, 19 hours ago
      1. So what happens if Buttner gets injured? And who's going to play left back against Bayern?

        • 7 months, 19 hours ago
        1. Moyes himself.

          • 7 months, 19 hours ago
        2. To be fair, it hardly matters...

          • 7 months, 19 hours ago
          1. It matters as long as United is still in the UCL, regardless if our opponent is the best team in the world.

            • 7 months, 19 hours ago
          2. He'll just make Raphi wear a Fabio jersey ;)

            • 7 months, 19 hours ago
    2. C'mon guys seriously, Buttner was a sure thing - has to get match fit for Bayern

      • 7 months, 19 hours ago
      1. I don't agree. He had his full game against West Ham and this should be utilised tactically and not physically.

        • 7 months, 19 hours ago
      2. Nonsense. Stupid to risk him getting injured when he's the only available LB in the squad

        • 7 months, 19 hours ago
      3. Never agreed with that theory.

        • 7 months, 19 hours ago
    3. Evra is gone in the summer.

      Testing out Butt for next season.

      • 7 months, 19 hours ago
      1. Knowing Moyes, he will be chasing after Baines again or maybe look into the market for a new left back.

        • 7 months, 19 hours ago
    4. Motes WILL be sacked. Question is how soon...

      • 7 months, 19 hours ago
      1. 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

        • 7 months, 19 hours ago
        1. To be fair he is where he normally is with Everton. 7th is all United should have expected thus season.

          • 7 months, 19 hours ago
        • 7 months, 19 hours ago
        1. iPad fail...

          • 7 months, 19 hours ago
    5. He's ruined Utd's season so now Moyes is trying to ruin a few peoples' FPL seasons too.

      • 7 months, 19 hours ago
      1. Goddammit Moyes.

        • 7 months, 19 hours ago
      2. Did we learn nothing about him from Barkley or even Royston Drenthe??

        • 7 months, 19 hours ago
    6. United testing their Butt out! :D

      • 7 months, 19 hours ago
  7. Let us reflect.

    Steven Gerard for 8.7M.

    How good is that....

    • 7 months, 19 hours ago
    1. Just my opinion, but I reckon his points tallies could well dry up. I am hoping so, anyway z;)

      • 7 months, 19 hours ago
      1. 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.

        • 7 months, 19 hours ago
      2. Thats what they said about yaya

        • 7 months, 19 hours ago
        1. To be fair he only scored 31 points last GW

          • 7 months, 19 hours ago
    2. with 9 yellows pass.

      • 7 months, 19 hours ago
      1. When does that risk go away?

        • 7 months, 19 hours ago
  8. There's a Plane Coming

    • 7 months, 19 hours ago
    1. Really?

      • 7 months, 19 hours ago
      1. to Old Trafford

        • 7 months, 19 hours ago
    2. So am I

      • 7 months, 19 hours ago
    3. 20+ years of bragging, one bad season and start hiring planes to humiliate their manager.

      Pure class

      • 7 months, 19 hours ago
  9. Dgw players for gw34

    I will have:

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

    Seem ok?

    • 7 months, 19 hours ago
  10. Which teams have a blank in GW34?

    • 7 months, 19 hours ago
      • 7 months, 19 hours ago
      1. cheers.

        • 7 months, 19 hours ago
  11. Benteke taka... will destroy that CB pairing

    • 7 months, 19 hours ago
  12. Leicesters frenchy is a really good player

    • 7 months, 19 hours ago
    1. Lester Frenchy... I like it

      • 7 months, 19 hours ago
  13. Everyone will just stop playing to admire the "Moyes Out" banner...

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

    • 7 months, 19 hours ago
    1. The sacked one?

      The second best one?

      The clueless one?

      Others...?

      • 7 months, 19 hours ago
  14. Come on Villa!

    • 7 months, 19 hours ago
  15. BET NOW!!!!

    Give me your money!!

    • 7 months, 19 hours ago
  16. 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?

    • 7 months, 19 hours ago
    1. highly unlikely

      • 7 months, 19 hours ago
      1. Trying to ride out the next couple of GWs with 4 expensive DFs until after the next DGW, weakens my midfield quite a bit.

        • 7 months, 19 hours ago
    2. Not a hope B will come close to A

      • 7 months, 19 hours ago
    3. There will be about 33 Points separating it at the end.

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

      • 7 months, 18 hours ago
  17. 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.

    • 7 months, 19 hours ago
    1. "southcast" Get out, sir! We do not suffer mistakes in spelling and grammar here

      • 7 months, 19 hours ago
      1. Get out?? you own this do ya??? lol

        • 7 months, 19 hours ago
  18. 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

    • 7 months, 19 hours ago
  19. oh dear....

    • 7 months, 19 hours ago
  20. 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! :)

    • 6 months, 28 days ago

Scout Picks

For Gameweek 9

  • Fabianski
  • Baines
  • Dawson
  • Bertrand
  • Sánchez
  • Sterling
  • Eriksen
  • Tadic
  • Pellè
  • Aguero
  • Berahino
  • Vlaar
  • Chadli
  • Lukaku

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Goalkeepers

Last updated: 22 Oct, 2014 8:17am
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Up Guzan AVL B
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No Change Ivanovic CHE B
Up Chambers ARS C, £
Up Kaboul TOT B, Vs
Up Vlaar AVL
Down Tomkins WHM B, Inj
Up Robertson HUL B, VsX
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Down Schlupp LEI B, Rest, OoP, £
Up Kompany MCI B
Up Dawson WBA B
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Last updated: 21 Oct, 2014 12:16pm
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No Change Tadic SOT A, Vs
No Change Di María MUN A, VsX
Up Sánchez ARS A, Vs, Rest
Down Sigurdsson SWA B, VsX
No Change Fábregas CHE A, VsX
Up Chadli TOT B, Inj
Up Downing WHM B, Vs, £
Up Eriksen TOT A, Vs
Up Hazard CHE B, VsX
Up Mane SOT B, Vs
Up Henderson LIV B, Vs
Down Silva MCI B
No Change Puncheon CPL B
No Change Milner MCI B, Rest, £

Forwards

Last updated: 25 Oct, 2014 2:01pm
Player Club Factors
Up Aguero MCI A, Vs
Up Pellè SOT A, Vs
Down Diego Costa CHE A, VsX, Inj
No Change Welbeck ARS A, Vs, Inj
Up Sakho WHM A, Vs, £
Up Falcao MUN B, VsX
Up Berahino WBA A, £
Down Ulloa LEI B, Vs, £
Up Naismith EVE B, Vs, £
No Change Bony SWA B, VsX
Up Cissé NEW A

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

The Suspension Tightrope

Player Team YC
Bardsley STO 4
Reid WHM 4
Diego Costa CHE 3
Fábregas CHE 3
Barry EVE 3
Naismith EVE 3
Robertson HUL 3
Moore LEI 3
Moreno LIV 3
Fernandinho MCI 3
Y Touré MCI 3
Dunne QPR 3
Henry QPR 3
Pellè SOT 3
Schneiderlin SOT 3
Mame Biram Diouf STO 3
Cattermole SUN 3
Dorrans WBA 3
Gardner WBA 3

“Last year was quite open for me, I was in good positions, but I was quite lucky because I was getting free kicks and some penalties as well.”

Yaya Toure Manchester City midfielder