Our early Saturday regular arrives once again as the minutes tick down on this morning’s deadline. This time around we focus on the midfield and offer up a trio of attack-minded prospects with plenty still to play for.

Samir Nasri

Whilst Yaya Toure has racked up the returns and David Silva has picked up in ownership after a series of impressive displays, their fellow City midfielder remains largely neglected. Having recovered from a knee injury in late February, however, Nasri has started to pick up the points and has proven to be a key member of Manuel Pellegrini’s title-challenging side.

The Frenchman has produced a goal and three assists in his last four appearances for City, with the maximum bonus points also thrown in for good measure in last weekend’s demolition of Southampton. Granted, he’s not quite at Toure’s level of consistency but for those eyeing up a double-up option into Pellegrini’s midfield, Nasri may well appeal as a cheaper alternative to Silva across the Fantasy games.

Nasri’s consistency of starts also strengthens his appeal ahead of City’s pair of fixtures against Liverpool and Sunderland. From Gameweek 4 onwards, he has been named in the first XI in 22 of the 24 league matches he has been available for, with only that aforementioned knee injury curtailing his game time. Available for 8.2 in Fantasy Premier League (FPL), 6.3 in the Sky Sports game and 4.0 in the Sun Dream Team, Nasri also has West Brom, Palace, a double against Everton and Villa, and West Ham still to follow as Pellegrini’s side go on the attack in their attempt to clinch the title.

Aaron Ramsey

With eight goals and six assists in the opening 18 Gameweeks, the Welshman was arguably the Fantasy success story in the opening few months of the season. Having found the net just once in 2012/13, it’s fair to say that little was expected from Ramsey but his rise to prominence found a place in many a Fantasy side, with his price rocketing from 5.5 to 7.6 by late December before a thigh injury against West Ham sidelined him for a number of months.

After a couple of setbacks, Ramsey has finally recovered from the problem and signalled his return with a brief substitute appearance in last Sunday’s defeat at Everton. With another week’s training behind him, though, Arsene Wenger has confirmed the midfielder will start this afternoon’s FA Cup semi-final against Wigan as the Gunners look to steer their season back on course after a recent run of poor performances.

Arsenal then have five very favourable remaining league matches which could help clinch another fourth-placed finish. Up next is a home game with the Hammers this Tuesday, and with trips to Hull and Norwich sandwiching back-to-back Emirates encounters with Newcastle and West Brom, the schedule suggests that Ramsey (now priced at 7.0 in FPL, 5.8 in the Sky Sports game and 2.5 in the Sun Dream Team) could well be poised to pick up where he left off and finish the campaign with a flourish.

Mohamed Salah

Handed his first league start in last weekend’s home game against Stoke, the young Egyptian’s man-of-the-match display highlighted just why Chelsea were so keen to acquire his services back in January. Salah served up a goal and assist in the 3-0 win, winning the maximum FPL bonus points along the way, earning him a 14-point return as Jose Mourinho’s side recovered from the previous weekend’s loss at Palace.

Impressive form aside, Salah’s claims for another start were strengthened by midweek events in the Champions League – a tournament the winger is ineligible to play in, having already featured for FC Basel earlier in the season. Eden Hazard’s early withdrawal in the win over PSG with a calf complaint, allied with the Blues’ progress to the final four, suggests the winter signing could retain his role on the right for Sunday’s trip to Swansea.

Mourinho’s decision to postpone yesterday’s press conference leaves Hazard’s owners guessing over his availability, though bearing in mind his team are still battling for silverware on two fronts, it seems likely the Chelsea manager won’t take any unnecessary risks with the Belgian. With a home clash against Sunderland on their agenda next week, the Stamford Bridge outfit certainly have the fixtures to flourish and Salah, priced at just 5.5 in FPL (7.1 in the Sky Sports game and 3.0 in the Sun Dream Team), may well be worth a flutter for those looking to free up cash to facilitate Sergio Aguero’s acquisition for City’s double.

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  1. Mannone
    Ward Kompany Azpi
    Silva Gerrard Eriksen Amalfitano
    SAS Lukaku(c)

    Adrian Olsson Hazard Chester

    Good to go?

    Olsson(ful) or Amalf(TOT) is my only dilemma.

    1. sell haz for lallana or yaya..could earn back a -4 easily

  2. Anyone brave enough to go Dzeko (c)?


    1. if i had him i wouldnt

    2. Strong diff

    3. What size for Aguero(c)?

      1. Pea sized :wink:

        1. Well, my peas are massive

  3. My 3 Choices for 1 remaining slot in starting 11.

    A) Snodgrass (Bench Terry)

    B) Terry (Bench Snoddy)

    C) Lallana for -4 (Sell Snoddy, Bench Terry)

    Please help this poor lad out of misery :neutral:

      1. I'm gonna sell Snoddy next GW anyway. Still same answer, Beric?

        1. Yep

    1. C) Eriksen or Cazorla

    2. Still A for me.

  4. what about Schurrle to Hazard?

    My team so far
    Cahill Ward Shaw
    Snoddgrass Lallana Eriksen Hazard??
    Lukaku Aguero Suarez

    Already change Mata for Lallana...which one is worth a -4pts?

  5. Help

    Who should i play
    Snodgrass FUL (A)
    A.Johnson man cify and everton

    1. AJ

    2. F5
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member


    3. AJ

  6. Morning,

    My team for the next two weeks.

    Azpiliceuta, Coleman, Zabaleta
    Yaya, Mirallas, Eriksen, Ledley
    Suarez, Lukaku, Dzeko

    Davies, Bardsley, Mata, Baker

    Good to go?

    1. I see you got deadly Ledley

      1. Thought I'd give him a go?

        What dya think?

  7. Aguero is the flare option

    As I was born in the seventies I love flares

    Peace out

    1. Flair option too ;)

    2. lol or as in he'll explode

    3. Bit of a bright spark, you, then? ;-)

  8. my guess is against pool regardless of formation dzeko will start...kun should be a sub but against sunderland kun will start with some1 but may not be dzeko..end up the dzeko n kun will play similar mins

  9. Morning FFS faithful. Good to go this week? Only question mark left for me is whether to play AJ or Eriksen. Currently like this:

    Baines - Coleman - Azpilicueta
    Yaya - Nasri - Puncheon - Eriksen
    Aguero - Suarez - Lukaku (C)

    Marshall - AJ - Williamson - Bruce

    1. Yeah good to go
      Play Eriksen

    2. Play Eriksen

  10. Bruce to Palace defender for -4 and bench Terry?

    1. I wouldn't do that for a hit plus Hull have DGW in GW37.

  11. Lost at the bottom of the last page :(

    Mannone (Adrian)
    Zabaleta Coleman Ward (Fonte Azpi)
    Yaya Nasri Gerrard Eriksen (Noone)
    Suarez Sturridge Lukaku

    1FT 3.9 ITB

    Nasri > Lallana
    Sturridge > Aguero

    Worth for -4 ? OR Good to go? Any other suggestion?

    1. I don't think that is worth a hit and I also think you should have planned your transfers better. I would do Sturridge to Adebayor, Giroud or Lambert.

  12. Start Chambers or Mutch?

    And why?

    1. Mutch because chambers is a defender

      1. would you play Mutch ahead of Azpi?

        1. Yeah

    2. Chambers, because Southampton are Mutch better

      1. yes, but Cardiff need to score, Southampton has nothing to play for

        it makes me nervous starting Chambers, also Clyne is back in training

  13. Good to go this week?

    Coleman, Azpilicueta, Dann
    Eriksen, Ramsey, Silva, Yaya(VC)
    Aguero, Lukaku(C), Suarez

    subs: Adrian, Gerrard, Flanagan, Chester.

    No FT, 1.8 ITB

    1. good to go - as it's moe or less the same team I'll be fielding!

    2. Good to go, consider Azpi to Baines for -4

    3. Gerrard over Ramsey?

  14. Which one to bench? Bardsley, Kaboul or Sterling.

  15. Left my satsuma in the bit of the fridge thats kinda frozen, hurt my teeth to eat it but it was delicious anyway

    1. Random!!!

    2. Read somewhere that frozen grapes are suppose to be something heavenly. Never had the guts to try it :D

  16. Crazy

  17. last thot on gk, still in doubt..about to go to bed.hungover.
    Boruc...Best option to deal w/ his risk? thnx

    was leaning speroni..but some here tend for manone

    1--keep boruc and hope for the best & risk no gk (no hit)
    2: -4 for Speroni + future fixtures
    3: -4 for Mannone (bet on numerous saves i gather...) + future fixtures
    4: -4 gazza

    1. Just get Mannone and stop worrying.

  18. New Article Posted
  19. SG1

    NASRI / YAYA / BARKLEY / Lallana
    LUKAKU (c), AGUERO / Suarez

    Good to go?

    1. Yes.
      That's almost perfect for this week.

  20. I currently have Lukaku(c), not once has that been successful this season. Considering Aguero!!

  21. Last tinkering with team:
    Chambers -> Stones and benching Ivanovich worth it for a -4 ??

    1. No stick with Chambers.

    Terry, WARD, Mertesacker, COLEMAN
    YAYA, SILVA, Lallana, Eriksesn
    Suarez, LUKAKU (c)
    (Marshall, Sturridge, Chambers, Mutch)
    3.5m in the bank

    So... Is it worth 4 points to bring in another dgw player?

    Basically, should I get Ageuro in for Sturridge for 4 points?

    Yay or nay?

  23. Struggling to decide whether to bench Lallana v Sunderland or eriksen v west brom... Team is:

    Howard (Mannone)

    Coleman Wilson Ward (Davies Rosenior)

    Yaya Silva Puncheon Lallana/Eriksen

    Kun Suarez Lukaku

    Any thoughts appreciated!

    1. Lallana is up against Cardiff......hard call.....i'm going with lallana but eriksen is coming in next week for spuds vs fulham.

      Eriksen probably edges it.

      1. Oops, meant Cardiff! Thanks.

  24. Guys, correct captain and bench for this team? 125k ranking and 40 behind ML leader....

    Ward, Coleman, Baines
    Yaya Silva Puncheon Lallana
    Dzeko Lukaku(C) Suarez

    Ivan, Cahill, Hazard

    1. 12.5k £12,500

  25. Adrian
    Coleman Zab Ward
    Lallana Silva YYT Mirallas
    Suarez Sturridge Lukaku (c)

    Marshall Shaw Flan Mutch

    Good to go?

  26. Quick one: start Barkley or Eriksen? It's driving me nuts!


  27. What to be done here

    Marshall / manonne

    Baines / ward / Chester / turner / iva

    Sterling / haz / yaya / lallana / mutch

    Lukaku / dzeko / Suarez
    With 2ft and 5in the bank

    Thinking of

    Haz -- schurelle
    Sterling -- mirallas

    Yay or nay

    1. Haz -> Silva
      Sterling -> Punch/Barkley

      1. Do you think barkley will play?

        1. He will get minutes, not full games I think.....hence Punch as an alternative.

  28. This should do it!

    Coleman - Baines - Ward
    Yaya -Silva - Erikson - Lallana
    Aguero - Suarez - Lukaku

    Bench: Marshall, Cahill, Azpi, Mutch

    1. If I could have any XI I wanted today that wouldn't be far of my perfect team.

      1. :-) Thanks!

    2. good team, who's your C?

  29. Sorry, had to repost

    A) Silva + Lambert
    B) Eriksen + Aguero (4pts)

    1. Difficult one. Short term A but long term B.......I would go B

  30. Barkley or Puncheon? Really cant decide.... :/

    1. Will Barkley play though? I'm in similar predicament...

      Eriksen or Barkley??? Driving me mental

    2. Puncheon as a signing though

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