April
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Our Saturday morning search for overlooked alternatives is served up once again today. All of our trio have benefitted from a change in manager and are bracing themselves for some kind remaining matches to boost their chances of picking up the points for the run-in:

Emmanuel Adebayor

Frozen out of the first-team by former manager Andre Villas-Boas, the forward made an immediate impact upon Tim Sherwood’s installation at the White Hart Lane helm. In his first 10 league starts for the new Tottenham boss, Adebayor racked up eight goals, four assists and 13 Fantasy Premier League (FPL) bonus points – picking up 77 points – before injuries started to hamper his performances.

Calf and hamstring problems plagued the Togo international’s displays and saw him muster just a single assist in his last four appearances before a heel injury – sustained in the Gameweek 30 loss to former club Arsenal – forced him onto the sidelines. Having missed the last couple of matches, Adebayor has been passed fit ahead of Monday’s home meeting with struggling Sunderland and, down to just 7.6 in FPL (7.6 in the Sky Sports game and 3.5 in the Sun Dream Team) and with an ownership under 5%, he’s back on our Fantasy radars ahead of a very favourable run-un.

With games against West Brom, Fulham, Stoke, West Ham and Villa following on from the Black Cats clash, Adebayor could well be set to continue a series of displays that have earned him 5.9 points per game in FPL – an average bettered only by Luis Suarez, Sergio Aguero, Daniel Sturridge and Wayne Rooney thus far.

Ashkan Dejagah

Five points from safety and with the games quickly running out, Fulham haven’t fully benefited from the arrival of Felix Magath. The German has delivered just four points from his six matches in charge of the Craven Cottage outfit, though his installation has, at least, reignited the Fantasy prospects of midfielder Ashkan Dejagah.

The Iran international seemed a peripheral figure under previous boss Rene Meulensteen but, having worked under the German at Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg, was immediately re-installed to the Fulham starting line-up for the Gameweek 27 trip to West Brom. Since then, Dejagah has notched three of Fulham’s five goals over his subsequent five appearances, returning from injury last weekend to fire a second-half strike against Everton.

Available for 4.9 in FPL (4.7 in the Sky Sports game and 1.5 in the Sun Dream Team), Dejagah travels to Aston Villa this weekend, with Paul Lambert’s side looking to improve their defensive displays after conceding four in each of their last two fixtures. With home matches against Norwich, Hull and Palace in the final five Gameweeks, Dejagah’s prospects of points remain positive as Magath attempts to valiantly conjure up the displays which would somewhat unexpectedly lift his side to safety.

Fraizer Campbell

The Cardiff striker started the season with a bang, racking up a 16-point return in his first home match in a shock 3-2 win over Man City. A single goal in his subsequent 16 appearances – against former club United – saw the bandwagon grind to a halt as Campbell struggled for any semblance of consistency.

Since then, Malky Mackay has departed and Campbell has struck just three more times, but with new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer going on the offensive over the last few matches, his prospects could be on the rise. With the Bluebirds looking incapable of keeping out opponents, the Norwegian’s somewhat gung-ho tactics have seen his side score three times in the last four league outings, and with some kind fixtures still remaining, more goals look on the menu.

First up is a home clash with fellow strugglers Palace later today before Solskjaer’s side square up to Stoke, Sunderland and Newcastle between now and Gameweek 37 – for those on the hunt for a cut-price forward, Campbell (6.3 in the Sky Sports game and 1.5 in the Sun Dream Team), may be worth a gamble.

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  1. Who to start?

    Ward (car)
    Coleman (ARS)
    Evra (new)

    • 10 months, 2 days ago
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      • 10 months, 2 days ago
  2. thanks!

    • 10 months, 2 days ago
  3. Lukaku to Dzeko?

    • 10 months, 2 days ago
    1. Nope. Most Rooney owners are going Lukaku or. Dzeko - so I wouldn't advise getting rid of one of them.

      • 10 months, 2 days ago
  4. Start Chester, Dann or Mutch?

    • 10 months, 2 days ago
    1. Definitely Mutch before the defenders.

      Who should I start - Mutch or Mirallas?

      • 10 months, 2 days ago
      1. Mirallas.

        • 10 months, 2 days ago
  5. Worth taking a hit to get rid of Rooney?

    • 10 months, 2 days ago
    1. Probably - considering 2 blanks on the way.

      • 10 months, 2 days ago
      1. The alternative is to use the ft next week.

        • 10 months, 2 days ago
        1. Depends a little on your Rooney sub, then. But get a GW34 doubler and you've 3 games instead of Rooney's 0. The 4 pt hit will probably pay itself off.

          • 10 months, 2 days ago
          1. Noone, Barkley, Bardsley. It is so even in my mini-league, top 4 within 9 points. Don't know if I can afford a hit. Especially when the player I would like t transfer in is rotation-risk-Dzeko. Maybe I'll just stick to SaS this week.

            • 10 months, 2 days ago
  6. Lads
    Play Curtis Davies or ward.

    • 10 months, 2 days ago
  7. Fellas

    Decided to bench to Mirallas and Burner .......Ok to go ?

    Mannone
    Baines, Cahill, Ward, Chester
    Yaya, Nasri, Sterling
    SAS , lukaku

    Subs: Davis, Burner, Mirallas, Gnabry

    • 10 months, 1 day ago
    1. Evs
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      Woah there, reverse that !!!!

      • 10 months, 1 day ago
  8. RATE MY TEAM MY BROTHERS:

    Speroni - Rosenoir, Zabaleta, Coleman - Yaya, Hazard, Lallana, Mutch - SAS, Lukaku

    Mannon, Bardsley, Sissoko, Shaw

    My transfers were Rooney > Suarez and Adrian > Speroni

    • 10 months, 1 day ago
  9. Mannone
    Cahill Coleman Ward (Baker)
    Lallana Hazard Sterling Snodgrass (Gnabry)
    Lukaku Dzeko Suarez

    What to do?

    • 10 months, 1 day ago
  10. I have a strange feelings of Liverpool not winning this GW..

    • 10 months, 1 day ago
  11. Why are the games earlier this week? Daylight savings?

    • 10 months, 1 day ago
    1. Yes, the clocks went forward last Sunday and we are now on British Summer Time.

      • 10 months, 1 day ago

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For Gameweek 23

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  • Koscielny
  • Bertrand
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  • Hazard
  • Sterling
  • Walters
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  • Defoe
  • Pellè
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Up Cazorla ARS A, Vs
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