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The Digest – Gameweek 35

Our final look back at Gameweek 35 shines the spotlight on Arsenal’s top performer from the first half of the season as he makes a late return onto Fantasy radars. The Black Cats’ resurgence is also acknowledged, whilst the current lack of form from many of the upcoming double Gameweek sides may potentially alter our Fantasy plans:

THE PLAYER

Aaron Ramsey is back. For the first half of the season, the Welshman defied his doubters by consistently scoring and assisting in both the domestic and European stages. Fantasy managers who acquired him early saw big gains in their team value and overall ranking as Ramsey propelled Arsenal to top spot at Christmas and looked a sure candidate for a Player of the Year nomination.

Injury on Boxing Day and a subsequent setback during his recovery kept him sidelined for over three months but, on his first league start since Gameweek 18 at the weekend, Ramsey’s class and importance to the Gunners midfield was telling. A 16-point return – his highest haul of the season – came courtesy of a goal, clean sheet, a pair of assists and two bonus points kept the Gunners in the driving seat to seal a seventeenth consecutive Champions League qualification and brings the Welshman back onto our radars as Arsenal look forward to three favourable fixtures to close out the campaign.

Ramsey has the potential to explode at the Emirates, in two consecutive home games against out-of-form Newcastle and West Brom before making a final away trip to Norwich. With concerns still hanging over premium-priced options such as Eden Hazard, David Silva and Yaya Toure, Ramsey, at just 7.2 in the Fantasy Premier League game, offers outstanding value as Fantasy managers consider their options and perhaps look to free up funds for a heavy hitting striker for the upcoming double Gameweek.

THE TEAM

Seven days ago, the prospects of Sunderland being chosen as ‘The Team’ by the Digest seemed laughable. Firmly bottom of the Premier League’s form table at the time, with seven defeats in eight games, Gus Poyet’s charges looked set for certain relegation and were adrift from their rivals at the foot of the table.

What a difference a week makes. Four unlikely points taken from title-chasing duo Manchester City and Chelsea is surely the stuff of miracles and the Wearsiders now have a fighting chance of staying up in the top flight following outstanding displays at the Etihad and Stamford Bridge, the latter ending Jose Mourinho’s 77-match unbeaten Premier League home record.

Sunderland have come through a horrific sequence of fixtures that saw them play five of the current top six in just six weeks and thankfully the opposition eases a little as they continue their battle for survival. Three of their remaining four games come at the Stadium of Light, and crucially these are all against relegation rivals. A massive ‘six pointer’ against Cardiff is next up for the Black Cats which is followed by a double Gameweek 37, where a trip to United precedes the visit of fellow-strugglers West Bromwich Albion. The final and possibly crucial fixture is also at home, against a Swansea side who may have secured their own safety by this time and could have their minds on the beach already.

Vito Mannone continues to offer outstanding value in goal at just 4.5, returning a remarkable 14 saves against Chelsea last weekend and a haul of six points despite the lack of a clean sheet. Phil Bardsley returns from a two-match ban this weekend to offer potential returns at either end of the pitch at just 4.3 in the FPL game. Further up the pitch, Adam Johnson will surely start the remaining matches and remains a tempting option at just 6.4, but it is Connor Wickham’s confidence that will be sky-high after scoring three times against City and Chelsea and, providing he shakes off a knock, at just 4.6 he offers a great differential and third striker option for Fantasy managers looking to move funds around and acquire premium priced players for the final run in.

THE TALKING POINT

With six teams set for a pair of fixtures in the penultimate Gameweek of the season, Fantasy managers are, as always, keen to restructure their squads to take advantage. Whilst double Gameweek 31 proved a major success, the recent disappointment brought about by double Gameweek 34 served a reminder that teams stocked full of players with a pair of fixtures apiece don’t come with success guaranteed.

As we assess the lay of the land, however, it’s fair to say that the majority of sides that are set to play twice are in poor form as we approach the double. Manchester United have been far from convincing in recent matches, though their decision to dismiss David Moyes earlier today may now persuade many to re-assess their options ahead of a trio of successive home games against Norwich, Sunderland and Hull. Sunday’s display at Goodison was dire but surely, you’d reckon, the Red Devils will be back on the attack for the last few matches – with Ryan Giggs handed the reins on a short-term basis, the likes of Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata could be set to flourish as the champions look to finish the season on a positive note.

While many already have a full quota of Man City options and Sunderland look full of fight and offer cut price options and home games aplenty, Hull, Villa and West Brom have done little to suggest that, even with an extra game apiece, they’ll bring home the Fantasy returns.

Arsenal’s recent resurgence and push for a fourth place finish highlights just how key form is at this time of year. As nerves become increasingly frayed and the finishing line edges within sight, those sides with momentum and plenty still to play for are equally, if not more, crucial to our planning. Ramsey and Lukas Podolski, for example, may have one match less than the likes of Hull but are more than capable of outscoring Steve Bruce’s charges – indeed, the German’s four goals in the last two matches mirrors the Tigers’ tally over their last six games altogether. Little wonder over 23,000 managers have already acquired Podolski ahead of Monday’s encounter with Newcastle.

Elsewhere in north London, Tottenham’s hopes of clinching a European slot may be slim but the recent displays of Christian Eriksen (55 points in the last five Gameweeks) and Harry Kane, who has now scored in each of his three starts for Tim Sherwood’s side, will also be on Fantasy managers’ minds as we map out our plans for the run-in. Liverpool and Everton also may have just three games left but, given how vital their remaining matches are to both sides’ ambitions, owners of the likes of Raheem Sterling, Steven Gerrard, Leighton Baines and Romelu Lukaku may choose to hold rather than gamble on a double Gameweek option with far less impressive form.

Typically, double Gameweeks fill Fantasy managers with hope and expectations of triple-figure hauls, the chance to take a punt or two and back the courage of our convictions. Whilst this one hands us a final throw of the dice before the campaign draws to a close, the real lack of genuine in-form contenders may persuade many to adopt a slightly more risk-free strategy over these last few rounds of matches instead.

Ricardo355 Far to many hours spent in FPL world..”

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  1. Disco Stu
      2 years, 3 months ago

      For UCL,

      A. Schurrle and Bale

      B. Mandzukic and Willian

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      1. Jimmers
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 years, 3 months ago

        A as Schurrle the greater goal threat over Willian

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        1. GreennRed
            2 years, 3 months ago

            And Bale more threat than any of them, though he's a doubt tomorrow.

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        2. pundit of punts
            2 years, 3 months ago

            A

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        3. Tmel
            2 years, 3 months ago

            Roo or Pod in for Lukaku?

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            1. Disco Stu
                2 years, 3 months ago

                Rooney

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              • Weasel Boy
                  2 years, 3 months ago

                  Rooney

                  Just cos of DGW

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              • pundit of punts
                  2 years, 3 months ago

                  UCL RMT. 😀

                  Courtois,3m
                  Juanfran,Miranda,Azpilicueta,Carvajal,3.5m
                  Bale,Rooben,Oscar,Raul Garcia,4m
                  Ronaldo,Costa,Muller

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                  1. Epic Fail 墅 ⚽
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    2 years, 3 months ago

                    😀

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                    1. pundit of punts
                        2 years, 3 months ago

                        I take that as a 10/10. 😀

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                    2. Disco Stu
                        2 years, 3 months ago

                        You like Muller over Mandzukic?

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                        1. pundit of punts
                            2 years, 3 months ago

                            Yes. Muller on pens.

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                      • GGMU
                          2 years, 3 months ago

                          Mannone
                          Coleman, Cahill, Ward
                          Silva, Mirallas, Eriksen, Mata
                          Suarez, Lukaku, Aguero
                          (Adrian, Mccartney, Chambers, Parker)

                          1 FT & 6m ITB

                          A) Mirallas, Silva & Lukaku -> Ramsey, Nasri & Rooney for -8
                          B) Mirallas & Silva -> Ramsey & Nasri (-4)
                          C) Mirallas/Silva & Lukaku -> Ramsey & Rooney

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                        • sinik #jose
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                          2 years, 3 months ago

                          atm it's looking like this will be my team for GW36:

                          ....................Speroni
                          ........Kosc - Chester - Baines
                          Nasri - Ramsey (c) - Eriksen - Mata
                          ......Rooney - Podolski - Aguero

                          Davis; Ivanovic, Cahill, Noone

                          feeling punty yet confident

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                          1. La Roja
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            2 years, 3 months ago

                            Solid team, any hits?

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                            1. sinik #jose
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              2 years, 3 months ago

                              😐 -12 😐

                              but I'm very confident that my replacements will outscore those out the door

                              alternatively could save Ward > Koscielny for a week and play Ivan who will be rested with no CL

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                          2. wherearemykeys
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            2 years, 3 months ago

                            Sinik, I am very similar
                            ...........Mannone
                            .....Coleman, Chester, Ivanovic
                            ... Nasri, Ramsey (C), Gerard, Eriksen
                            ... Suarez, Rooney, Ageuero

                            Mcgregor; Jedinak, Ward, Burner

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                        • bigdip
                            2 years, 3 months ago

                            Did Silva-> Ramsey and -4 hit Lukaku -> Rooney. My defence looks horrid. Who could I bring in? I'm 60 points away from leader in 2nd place. I need to take some big risks to pay off! Shall I make it a -8 hit for Mirallas to Eriksen, Ozil or Nasri?

                            Mannone (Adrian)
                            Coleman - Dummet - Zabaleta (Chester, Baker)
                            Gerrard - Mata - Ramsey -MIRALLAS (Ki)
                            Suarez - Rooney - Adebayor

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                            1. Specialist
                                2 years, 3 months ago

                                Wouldn't play Dummet this week.. And yeah might as well get Mirallas out. Prefer Nasri out of those 3

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                                1. bigdip
                                    2 years, 3 months ago

                                    Then who shall I play? Baker or Chester?

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                                    1. Specialist
                                        2 years, 3 months ago

                                        Tough. Probably Chester

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                                      • Jax
                                          2 years, 3 months ago

                                          Baker

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                                  • GGMU
                                      2 years, 3 months ago

                                      A) Mirallas, Silva & Lukaku -> Ramsey, Nasri & Rooney for -8
                                      B) Mirallas & Silva -> Ramsey & Nasri (-4)
                                      C) Mirallas/Silva & Lukaku -> Ramsey & Rooney (-4)

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                                      1. Specialist
                                          2 years, 3 months ago

                                          A for me

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                                      2. bigdip
                                          2 years, 3 months ago

                                          I've done Silva & Lukaku -> Ramsey & Rooney and looking to do Mirallas to Nasri, Eriksen or Ozil. Tough call but Nasri seems like a good shout

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                                        • GreenWindmill
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                                          • Has Moderation Rights
                                          2 years, 3 months ago

                                          Feck. Only just remembered I have a UFPL team - had a quick look and it's lying in ruins after a period of neglect.

                                          In its defence it was already lounging at an outrageous angle in a condemned building at the point I last actively managed it but it's still a sad sight :(

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                                          1. Doosra - ☭A Noble Captain…
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            2 years, 3 months ago

                                            I have always been a connoisseur of ruins ... 😀

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                                          2. FCK YOU / SELL OUTS MURDERE…
                                              2 years, 3 months ago

                                              :)

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                                              1. The Enlightener
                                                  2 years, 3 months ago

                                                  Hey Pinkfish. Heard this song the other day on my Golden Oldies TV channel. Thought you might dig.
                                                  As one reviewer on Youtube put it: this is a "super fun song."
                                                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6k3BEU1aQM&list=RDp6k3BEU1aQM

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                                                  1. FCK YOU / SELL OUTS MURDERE…
                                                      2 years, 3 months ago

                                                      I will dance to that later when inebriated as I will probably enjoy it a lot more then.

                                                      :): Tx for that, Kinda reminds me of the Teddy boy era kickin off.

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                                                      1. The Enlightener
                                                          2 years, 3 months ago

                                                          Yeah. A few adult beverages, and it should be even more fun.

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                                                • UnderstandablyDistraught
                                                    2 years, 3 months ago

                                                    On -4 for this

                                                    Mannone Adrian

                                                    Coleman, Cahill, Zab, Chester, Ward

                                                    Ramsey, Silva, Mata, Eriksen, Puncheon

                                                    Suarez, Rooney, Aguero

                                                    Take another hit to replace Silva or wing it for this week?

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                                                    1. Weasel Boy
                                                        2 years, 3 months ago

                                                        I would stick this week.

                                                        Punch could get something against City who's defence hasn't looked so solid lately.

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                                                        1. UnderstandablyDistraught
                                                            2 years, 3 months ago

                                                            thanks

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                                                      • fuml_akimbo
                                                          2 years, 3 months ago

                                                          3 weeks left to climb 6K and burst into the top 10K. Which is the best move this week?

                                                          A) Lallana > Ramsey

                                                          B) Lallana > Nasri

                                                          Cheers :)

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                                                          1. GreennRed
                                                              2 years, 3 months ago

                                                              A

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                                                            • Weasel Boy
                                                                2 years, 3 months ago

                                                                Defo A

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                                                            • Gimli son of Gloin
                                                                2 years, 3 months ago

                                                                Anybody else see the new GoT?
                                                                Episode by episode, it really manages to amaze me even more.
                                                                The production, the acting and the writing is astounding and as a reader of the books it hasn't drifted too far from the story.
                                                                Do non-readers also think it's the greatest TV series ever made?
                                                                It's not even half way through and I already thinks it's head and shoulders above the rest - and I've seen more or less everything but Prison Break (the little of which I saw, I hated.)

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                                                                1. GreennRed
                                                                    2 years, 3 months ago

                                                                    Never seen it not weird I promise.

                                                                    Do you rate Breaking Bad, Sopranos?

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                                                                  • Carrick Doesn't Deserv…
                                                                      2 years, 3 months ago

                                                                      have you seen the wire or the sopranos?

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                                                                    • Camp No No
                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                      2 years, 3 months ago

                                                                      Never seen, never read, never will.

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                                                                      1. Camp No No
                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                        2 years, 3 months ago

                                                                        Any of the stuff mentioned above, for that matter.

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                                                                    • Calvin Clyne
                                                                        2 years, 3 months ago

                                                                        Sorry, definitely not in the top 5 even.

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                                                                    • GreennRed
                                                                        2 years, 3 months ago

                                                                        12 possibles

                                                                        Courtois
                                                                        Alana, Caravajal, Miranda, Azpilicueta
                                                                        Bale, Schweinsteiger, Garcia, Oscar
                                                                        Ronaldo, Costa(c)

                                                                        Starke, Kroos, Eto'o, Kalas

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                                                                        1. UnderstandablyDistraught
                                                                            2 years, 3 months ago

                                                                            Petty and completely lacking in class imo. Rabble rabble

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                                                                          • Camp No No
                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                            2 years, 3 months ago

                                                                            Only funny part, and even that only moderately, here was Manchester United removing letters of David Moyes from its name.

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                                                                            1. Rasping Drive
                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                              2 years, 3 months ago

                                                                              You obviously have far more sophisticated and advanced sense of humors than me

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                                                                              1. Camp No No
                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                2 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                Or then I'm just less sensitive to fun.

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                                                                              2. Camp No No
                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                2 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                To me this was pretty cheap and incoherent ramble without a structure or clever punchlines. Seems to me that very little thought had been put to it.

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                                                                                1. Rasping Drive
                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                  2 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                  Next you'll be telling me Norman Wisdom isn't funny.

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                                                                                  1. Camp No No
                                                                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                    2 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                    who the f is Norman Wisdom?

                                                                                    Btw, that sounds like a fake name referring to the cleverness of the high class of England (after the conquest).

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                                                                                    1. Rasping Drive
                                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                      2 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                      Perhaps not as sophisticated as I first thought.

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                                                                                      1. Camp No No
                                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                        2 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                        Yeah, my knowledge of all that comedy stuff is actually rudimentary.

                                                                                        As said, I really do not know Norman Wisdom. And now feel very inclined not to google him/it.

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                                                                        2. CarsonYeung
                                                                            2 years, 3 months ago

                                                                            Mirallas to Ramsey for a -8? Already taken a hit for Rooney this GW but with Ramsey's fixtures he could easily pay back the hit in the first week...

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                                                                          • Tmel
                                                                              2 years, 3 months ago

                                                                              Mannone
                                                                              Baines Azpi Ivan
                                                                              Ramsey(c) Nasri Eriksen Lallana
                                                                              Rooney Suarez(vc) Kun
                                                                              (Davis Punch Olsson Bruce)

                                                                              Had to take a -4 to get this, worth taking another hit to sort out the defence (maybe Kos or Alonso) or should I stick?

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                                                                            • Calvin Clyne
                                                                                2 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                What do you all make of this team? It has 4 changes for a -8. They’d need to be done today as I’d literally be left with 0.0 itb.

                                                                                Szczesny (Adrian)
                                                                                Zabaleta, Coleman, Azpil (Chester, Ward)
                                                                                Mata, Eriksen, Nasri, Ramsey (3.9)
                                                                                Aguero, Rooney, Suarez

                                                                                Changes are Silva –> Nasri, Mirallas –> 3.9, Dzeko –> Aguero, Lukaku –> Rooney.

                                                                                Also considering Eriksen –> AJ (would also allow Amalfitano for his DGW instead of the 3.9).

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                                                                                1. UnderstandablyDistraught
                                                                                    2 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                    Who is this 3.9 bottom feeder?

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                                                                                    1. Calvin Clyne
                                                                                        2 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                        Any of them, he won't be seeing the light of day.

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                                                                                  • Spineless Weasel
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                                                                                    2 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                    why am I tempted by Torres over Diego Costa?

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                                                                                    1. Kostja
                                                                                        2 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                        done any heroin lately?

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                                                                                    2. Gaffers
                                                                                        2 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                        Trying to catch up in my ML - Should I do Coleman, Mirallas, Lukaku -> Smalling, Mata, Rooney for -8, and throw all my eggs in the DGW basket?

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                                                                                      • Cocky Spaniel Alves
                                                                                          2 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                          Any reason to wait a bit longer or should I just go for this right now?

                                                                                          Silva/Lukaku => Ramsey/Agüero
                                                                                          (-4)

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                                                                                        • justgiving.com/JonnyChard
                                                                                            2 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                            Begovic, Davis
                                                                                            Zaba, Azpi, Cahill, Stones, Chambers
                                                                                            Hazard, Lallana, Eriksen, Sterling, Silva,
                                                                                            Suarez, Lukaku, Sturridge

                                                                                            Hazard -> Ramsey or Mata? = 0pt hit
                                                                                            Hazard+Silva -> Ramsey+Mata = -4pt hit
                                                                                            Hazard+Silva+Sturridge -> Ramsey+Mata+Aguero = -8pt hit

                                                                                            Which seems the best? Thanks!

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                                                                                            1. justgiving.com/JonnyChard
                                                                                                2 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                or even Rooney involved somewhere?
                                                                                                Thoughts?

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                                                                                            2. Woy of the Wovers
                                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                              2 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                              What's the word on the street. Lukaku or Rodney?

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                                                                                            3. justgiving.com/JonnyChard
                                                                                                2 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                Begovic, Davis
                                                                                                Zaba, Azpi, Cahill, Stones, Chambers
                                                                                                Hazard, Lallana, Eriksen, Sterling, Silva,
                                                                                                Suarez, Lukaku, Sturridge

                                                                                                Hazard -> Ramsey or Mata? = 0pt hit
                                                                                                Hazard+Silva -> Ramsey+Mata = -4pt hit
                                                                                                Hazard+Silva+Sturridge -> Ramsey+Mata+Aguero/Rooney = -8pt hit

                                                                                                Which seems the best? Thanks!

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                                                                                              • justgiving.com/JonnyChard
                                                                                                  2 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                  Current:

                                                                                                  Begovic
                                                                                                  Zaba, Azpi, Cahill, Stones, Chambers
                                                                                                  Hazard, Lallana, Ramsey, Eriksen, Sterling
                                                                                                  Suarez, Lukaku, Sturridge

                                                                                                  Hazard + Sturridge --> Mata/Nasri + Rooney/Aguero? for a -8pt hit

                                                                                                  which option would be best? thoughts? any other ideas?

                                                                                                  Thanks :)

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                                                                                                • Neville's Advocate
                                                                                                    2 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                    Schwarzer bandwagon? 😉

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                                                                                                    1. nashy333
                                                                                                        2 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                        how does this look?

                                                                                                        Hart
                                                                                                        Sagna Zabaleta Koscielny
                                                                                                        Erik, Mata, Rambo, Sterl
                                                                                                        Kun, Roon, Suarez

                                                                                                        sub: colback, chester, ward

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                                                                                                        1. EasyRaider
                                                                                                            2 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                            Looks nice who would be your C

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                                                                                                            1. nashy333
                                                                                                                2 years, 3 months ago

                                                                                                                was thinking maybe Ramsey... think newc will be destroyed. thoughts?

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