Moving Target

Moving Target – Patrick Van Aanholt

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet finally ended the search for a new left-back last week by snapping up Patrick van Aanholt from Chelsea. The 23-year-old arrives at the Stadium of Light on a four-year contract and is the Black Cats’ fourth signing of the summer, following Jordi Gomez, Billy Jones and Costel Pantilimon to the club:

After completing his move to Wearside, the Dutchman revealed he rejected other suitors in order to stay in the English top-flight and was quick to talk up his attacking intentions for the season ahead:

“I had a couple of offers from different countries but the Barclays Premier League is where I want to be, I want to show everybody what kind of player I am and what I am capable of doing. I am a left-back who likes to go forward and I like to take people on. I will also try to get some assists but I will do my defending first because that is where my role starts, it is all about helping the team and I think I will do a good job.”

The History

After progressing through the Den Bosch and PSV Eindhoven youth systems over a period of four years, Van Aanholt was snapped up by Chelsea as a 17-year-old back in 2007. Despite a seven-year stay at Stamford Bridge, the Dutchman played just eight times for the Chelsea first-team (delivering a goal and assist) and was mainly farmed out on loan by the London club after failing to displace Ashley Cole in the starting XI.

Spells at Coventry (20 appearances, one assist), Newcastle (seven league outings), Leicester (12 games, one goal and one assist) and Wigan (four appearances) between 2009 and 2012 afforded Van Aanholt little opportunity to establish himself as a regular, though.

A temporary move to Vitesse Arnhem in January 2012 finally helped him settle down and, over the course of two-and-a-half seasons on loan at the Dutch club, he finally found his form. After serving up two goals and five assists in 46 appearances in his first 18 months, Van Aanholt’s attacking forays came to fruition last season, where he produced five goals and five assists in 38 matches over all competitions.

At international level, the raiding left-back has represented Holland at youth level on 26 occasions, scoring once, whilst he’s also turned out a couple of times for the senior side.

The Prospects

With the versatile Phil Bardsley and on-loan Marcos Alonso both departing the club over the summer, Van Aanholt looks set to be handed a regular role at left-back for the Black Cats in the season ahead.

Yet to be listed in the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) game, a price of 4.5 seems likely, whilst a cost of just 4.4 in the Sky Sports game makes Van Aanholt one of the cheapest first-choice defenders around.

Analysing his stats from last term, the Dutchman’s attacking displays bode well – a total of 52 shots over 29 appearances equates to 1.8 attempts per game, whilst in terms of creativity, he averaged one key pass per league match. Bearing in mind that Alonso registered 1.6 shots and created 1.1 chances per match during his loan stint, the Dutchman looks a like-for-like replacement for the Fiorentina man.

In terms of defensive prospects, Poyet’s arrival clearly made a significant difference to Sunderland’s resilience. After conceding in every match under Paolo di Canio, the Wearsiders managed 11 shut-outs in the remaining 31 league fixtures (six at home and five on their travels) and, with their backline options so kindly priced, many Fantasy managers are eyeing up the Black Cats ahead of a schedule which pits them against West Brom, QPR, Burnley, Swansea and Stoke in the opening seven Gameweeks.

With an average of 4.9 points per game under Poyet, though, it’s difficult to look beyond Vito Mannone as the best value route amongst Sunderland’s defensive options. The Italian’s heroics between the posts have already earned him over 13% ownership in FPL – the sixth most popular keeper – though if Poyet decides to alternate Mannone with Pantilimon as his number one as the season unfolds, Fantasy faith in Van Aanholt may take a turn for the better.

Further Reference

Patrick Van Aanholt Wikipedia

Patrick Van Aanholt Transfer Markt Page

2,581 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Giggs Boson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 years, 24 days ago

    The new bps scoring suits Clyne well. I think he could be good for a few CSs, baps & assists over his nice run of fixtures.

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    1. M_NUS United Force
        3 years, 24 days ago

        +1
        Can you show me your current team?

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        1. Giggs Boson
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          3 years, 24 days ago

          No where near finalised atm, sorry.

          A lot will depend on transfers and if there are nailed on cheapies.

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          1. RammyRhino
              3 years, 24 days ago

              Vermalen to Manu please make it happen 😀

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      • Casey Safe
          3 years, 24 days ago

          Is there anyone like me who thinks Steven Fletcher will be a superb punt this season?

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          1. Giggs Boson
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            3 years, 24 days ago

            Probably not, no.

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          2. Beavis
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            3 years, 24 days ago

            Yes he might be. Double digits in goals if he's a regular.

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            1. Casey Safe
                3 years, 24 days ago

                Being regular is the key. If he can have a better season injury-wise, I have no doubt of his ability to deliver double digits. People seem to have forgotten what he has to offer because of his injuries last season.

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            2. Debauchy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 years, 24 days ago

              You ?

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              1. Casey Safe
                  3 years, 24 days ago

                  Yes me 😉 I've got him on my team

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              2. Lebowski85
                  3 years, 24 days ago

                  Yes, i think he could be an absolute bargain. There isnt really anyone better unless you pay another 2 million. I'll take my chances

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              3. Spineløss Weasæ…
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                3 years, 24 days ago

                Interesting Sunderland team tonight

                Pretty much a first team with Panti in goal

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                1. Spineløss Weasæ…
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  3 years, 24 days ago

                  Sunderland AFC ‏@SunderlandAFC 2m
                  #SAFC: Pantilimon, Jones, van Aanholt, Brown, O'Shea (c), Cattermole, Gomez, Giaccherini, Johnson, Fletcher, Wickham.

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                  1. Giggs Boson
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                    3 years, 24 days ago

                    Reserve keepers always get games in pre-season 😉

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                  2. Beavis
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                    3 years, 24 days ago

                    4-4-2, nice team.

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                  3. disable
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                    3 years, 24 days ago

                    They will leak goals with that team. 4-4-2 with only 1 mid who will track back and a poor defence :/

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                    1. Spineløss Weasæ…
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      3 years, 24 days ago

                      my expectation is that one of Wickham or Fletcher will make way for Bridcutt, who is currently injured

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                  4. Let's talk about Cesc
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                    3 years, 24 days ago

                    Will be first choice keeper imo

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                  5. EdenoftheEast
                      3 years, 24 days ago

                      Strong team.

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                    • chrisjdgrady
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      3 years, 24 days ago

                      van Aanholt 2 assists lets go baby

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                  6. 50shades of o'shea
                      3 years, 24 days ago

                      Very much so..

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                  7. GreenPL
                      3 years, 24 days ago

                      Have to say that the 'scout scribbles friendly round-up' articles are an absolute life saver. It's Impossible to keep up with everything pre season and how that will effect your FF squad so really appreciate these summaries. Very nice!

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                      1. disable
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                        3 years, 24 days ago

                        Can adversely influence you though too! (Boselli)

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                      2. Lebowski85
                          3 years, 24 days ago

                          here here

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                      3. Ginkapo
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                        3 years, 24 days ago

                        How much do you reckon, difficulty wise, for a pencil dive of a 1m springboard?

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                        1. 50shades of o'shea
                            3 years, 24 days ago

                            I'm watching it as well. The commentators love it 😉

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                            1. Ginkapo
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                              3 years, 24 days ago

                              OVERROTATION!

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                              1. Ginkapo
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                3 years, 24 days ago

                                Silver shouldnt really be awarded. There should be a cut off when the gap is too great.

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                              2. 50shades of o'shea
                                  3 years, 24 days ago

                                  Surfs up 😀

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                            2. Debauchy
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                              3 years, 24 days ago

                              lol - not difficult when a hot teacher on display

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                          • Ricky - passed with flying …
                              3 years, 24 days ago

                              most nailed on stoke defender after shawcross?

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                              1. disable
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                                3 years, 24 days ago

                                Pieters

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                                1. Beavis
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                                  3 years, 24 days ago

                                  This.

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                              2. M_NUS United Force
                                  3 years, 24 days ago

                                  Cameroon, huth

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                              3. BenDavies
                                  3 years, 24 days ago

                                  Cameron or Colocinni?

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                                  1. EdenoftheEast
                                      3 years, 24 days ago

                                      Cameron if nailed.

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                                  2. pundit of punts
                                      3 years, 24 days ago

                                      Hazard returns to training today and RVP will return to training on Manday. So that's 4 days gap between those two and yet people say RVP won't be match fit and has Hazard in their teams. 😆

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                                      1. Spineløss Weasæ…
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        3 years, 24 days ago

                                        That is not why I don't have RvP

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                                        1. pundit of punts
                                            3 years, 24 days ago

                                            If it's the price difference then fair enough. But many have put forward that logic.

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                                            1. Spineløss Weasæ…
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              3 years, 24 days ago

                                              the price difference would be irrelevant if we were going 4-3-3 as it would cast dounts over Rooney. But with 2 up top I can't see RvP being worth the extra

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                                          • tw
                                              3 years, 24 days ago

                                              +1

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                                          • Wilshere Knowledge
                                              3 years, 24 days ago

                                              RvP is older, more injury prone, and played more at the world cup.

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                                              1. pundit of punts
                                                  3 years, 24 days ago

                                                  Playing more should help him get fit quicker.

                                                  Injuries are part of this game. You gotta take the points and value and ship when injured.

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                                                  1. GuyIncognito
                                                      3 years, 24 days ago

                                                      Get Aguero not RVP then.

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                                                    • Wilshere Knowledge
                                                        3 years, 24 days ago

                                                        Playing more would mean he is more tired. Otherwise why would Wenger be resting the Germans?

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                                                    • Debauchy
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                                                      3 years, 24 days ago

                                                      Yeah RVP been looking "stiff" for awhile - dont think he can come back. Last time I saw him fluent was in 2012/203

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                                                  2. The Missing Link
                                                      3 years, 24 days ago

                                                      Hope they both dont make it!

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                                                      1. pundit of punts
                                                          3 years, 24 days ago

                                                          Both will. No doubt.

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                                                      2. Bambi
                                                          3 years, 24 days ago

                                                          shh

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                                                      3. Let's talk about Cesc
                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                        3 years, 24 days ago

                                                        Vitesse finish the half with a chance. Great save cech off his line. Luis scrambled away Ashley Cole style. Looks a proper fullback him

                                                        Matic the best midfielder on the park.

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                                                        1. tw
                                                            3 years, 24 days ago

                                                            better than Cesc even?

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                                                          • GREENDREAMS11
                                                              3 years, 24 days ago

                                                              Matic is class

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                                                          • Mr Chadwick
                                                              3 years, 24 days ago

                                                              What is the Palace defence going to look like? Anyone in the know have an idea? I only have 4.5 to spend, want a Palace defender, but the general feeling on here is that Mariappa is not going to play. Why and who is going to?

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                                                              1. Bambi
                                                                  3 years, 24 days ago

                                                                  a palace defender is worth the 5.0 premium. trust

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                                                                • Maestro Arango
                                                                    3 years, 24 days ago

                                                                    He could play, but not certain to.

                                                                    Mariappa, Dann, Delaney, Ward
                                                                    Or...
                                                                    Ward, Dann, Delaney, Williams/Ledley

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                                                                • Thomass
                                                                    3 years, 24 days ago

                                                                    @pundits check mail thank you! Desperately needed

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                                                                    1. Thomass
                                                                        3 years, 24 days ago

                                                                        🙁 🙁

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                                                                    2. chrrizzy
                                                                        3 years, 24 days ago

                                                                        Which Midfield looks better?

                                                                        A) Hazard Mata Arnautovic Eriksen

                                                                        B) Hazard Mata Nasri Siggy

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                                                                        1. jackhiggo
                                                                            3 years, 24 days ago

                                                                            A

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                                                                        3. VougieDipond
                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                          3 years, 24 days ago

                                                                          Fabregas and Matic's range of passing has been superb.

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                                                                        4. 10cabee
                                                                            3 years, 24 days ago

                                                                            Who's the best midfielder to choose who is 9m or lower?

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                                                                            1. chrisjdgrady
                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                              3 years, 24 days ago

                                                                              Mata Ramsey Silva Fab Sterling Siggy

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                                                                              1. chrisjdgrady
                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                3 years, 24 days ago

                                                                                Wally when fit

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                                                                          • nibby
                                                                              3 years, 24 days ago

                                                                              Is Vermaelen gonna leave or what ?
                                                                              Any solid news ?

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                                                                            • spursjay96
                                                                                3 years, 24 days ago

                                                                                Alright boys having a nightmare here...

                                                                                The obvious Man United cover is De Gea, yes? Is there any nailed on defenders from Man Utd as I currently have Begovic and need Stoke cover. Who is the nailed on Stoke defenders also, Shawcross?

                                                                                Is Arsenal cover important? (defensively)

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                                                                                1. jackhiggo
                                                                                    3 years, 24 days ago

                                                                                    Man United defensive cover is the most important thing. I wouldn't go De Gea. Instead maybe go a Jones, Evans or Shaw. Up to you.

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                                                                                2. nibby
                                                                                    3 years, 24 days ago

                                                                                    Guyz RMT & thanks in advance.

                                                                                    Krul / Foster

                                                                                    Cameron / Bavis / Naylor / O'Shea / Target

                                                                                    Mata / Cesc / Siggy / Alexis / Wanyama

                                                                                    Costa / Rooney / Dzeko

                                                                                    Need i hav 2 make any changes..

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                                                                                    1. jackhiggo
                                                                                        3 years, 24 days ago

                                                                                        Looks good, but why Wanyama and Costa?

                                                                                        Costa especially could be a massive flop or be a god. If you're willing to take the punt then go for it but surely there's better value. Good team though 🙂

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                                                                                    2. Doogle__
                                                                                        3 years, 24 days ago

                                                                                        How do we feel about Nasri this season? Him over Eriksen?

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                                                                                        1. Lebowski85
                                                                                            3 years, 24 days ago

                                                                                            Over the season? Nah!

                                                                                            I fancy him to start strongly though. Could be an early differential

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                                                                                            1. lugalooch
                                                                                                3 years, 24 days ago

                                                                                                Wanted a Chelsea defender but have now just realized he's not nailed on, probs gonna upgrade to Cahill

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                                                                                          • lugalooch
                                                                                              3 years, 24 days ago

                                                                                              What do you guys think about my team still in the tinkering stage

                                                                                              DeGea (Myhill)

                                                                                              Ben Davies, Baines, Azpi (Curtis Davies, Mariappa)

                                                                                              Eriksen, Mata, Siggy, Sanchez (Albrighton)

                                                                                              Rooney, Dzecko, Long

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                                                                                              1. jackhiggo
                                                                                                  3 years, 24 days ago

                                                                                                  not a bad team but why Azpi? Just wanna see your reasoning behind the selection.

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                                                                                                  1. lugalooch
                                                                                                      3 years, 24 days ago

                                                                                                      Wanted a Chelsea defender but have now just realized he's not nailed on, probs gonna upgrade to Cahill

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                                                                                                • chudge
                                                                                                    3 years, 24 days ago

                                                                                                    hi guys, what do you think of this team? advice is appreciated.

                                                                                                    Krul/Mannone
                                                                                                    B.Davies, Shaw, Clyne, Debuchy, Wisdom
                                                                                                    Sanchez, Mata, Eriksen, Siggy, Ince
                                                                                                    Rooney, Dzeko, Remy

                                                                                                    thanks

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                                                                                                  • lugalooch
                                                                                                      3 years, 24 days ago

                                                                                                      mata, nasri or hazard?
                                                                                                      AND
                                                                                                      lukaku or dzecko?

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                                                                                                      1. Coaly
                                                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                        3 years, 23 days ago

                                                                                                        mata, then hazard, then nasri

                                                                                                        dzeko is better value

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                                                                                                    • soulsaver
                                                                                                        3 years, 24 days ago

                                                                                                        Good Evening.Thoughts?

                                                                                                        Schmeichel (Krul)

                                                                                                        B.Davies-Filipe Luis-Shaw (Vlaar-N.Taylor)

                                                                                                        Fábregas-Mata-Lamela-Snodgrass-Sigurdsson

                                                                                                        Rooney-Diego Costa (Ings)

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                                                                                                      • Radagast
                                                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                        3 years, 24 days ago

                                                                                                        Hello!

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                                                                                                      • jackhiggo
                                                                                                          3 years, 24 days ago

                                                                                                          Yaya Toure anyone? Or is there better options? Haven't seen him in any RMT's.

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                                                                                                          1. Blue Lion
                                                                                                              3 years, 23 days ago

                                                                                                              Most have gone for Sanchez instead who is .5 cheaper.

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                                                                                                          2. Williamnl
                                                                                                              3 years, 24 days ago

                                                                                                              Lads,

                                                                                                              Does anyone know how the player value is calculated in FPL?

                                                                                                              Example: sanchez is priced at 10.5 and is now owned by 30pct.

                                                                                                              Lets say, he does reasonable but he gets sold down massively to 10pct - will his value drop a lot?

                                                                                                              Alternatively, RVP valed at 12.5 but only 6pct ownership - does this mean there is little downside to his value?

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                                                                                                            • ktongue
                                                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                              3 years, 24 days ago

                                                                                                              Hi. I've been reading so many articles and comments I was wondering if anyone remembers seeing this one. It talks about projected team lineups. However I can't remember who posted it or how to view other teams. Let me know. Cheers.

                                                                                                              http://lineupbuilder.com/2014/custom/?sk=3w36

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                                                                                                            • avolaris
                                                                                                                3 years, 24 days ago

                                                                                                                Here is my team at the moment, can i have some opinions please.

                                                                                                                De gea, Myhill
                                                                                                                Shaw, Filipe Luis, Davis, Upson, Vlaar
                                                                                                                Silva, Hazard, Eriksen, Sigurdsson, Albrighton
                                                                                                                Rooney, Sturridge, Bojan

                                                                                                                I’ll be playing a 3-4-3 formation.

                                                                                                                I've been thinking of making some adjustments as i have 0.5mill remaining,
                                                                                                                Lamela for Eriksen (depending on who will being playing behind the striker)
                                                                                                                Silva for nasri (i will keep nasri if he gets game time)
                                                                                                                Bojan for another stirker around 5.5mill to 6.5mill.

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                                                                                                              • Chinchinnati
                                                                                                                  3 years, 23 days ago

                                                                                                                  Version 3.0 of RMT (how many versions are everyone else up to?) - any help please on the following?

                                                                                                                  Krul / Elliott

                                                                                                                  BDavies / Evans / Luis / Cameron / Wisdom

                                                                                                                  Mata / Eriksen / Ramsey / Siggy / Albrighton

                                                                                                                  Roonpig / Costa / Lukaku

                                                                                                                  Only 2 weeks until the action starts - who do people think will win / (be in);

                                                                                                                  (a) Premier League
                                                                                                                  (b) Golden Boot
                                                                                                                  (c) Team of the season?

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