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The Digest – Gameweek Nine

The other Dutchman delivers. City turn up the volume on their neighbours. United’s defence is the latest to capitulate. Our futile search for an assured clean sheet returns goes on. Here’s Gameweek nine broken down…

The Player

While City collectively hijacked the weekend headlines, from a Fantasy manager’s perspective, Rafael Van der Vaart’s brace at Blackburn raised the alarm. The Dutchman’s haul was signposted; his spot-kick conversion at Newcastle issued a reminder to his potential as controller of Tottenham’s set-pieces.

Van der Vaart was duly raised in our Watchlist rankings to our top five midfielders and Sunday saw him deliver on that promise with two goals, fetching maximum FPL bonus in the process. As mentioned in our Scout Notes earlier, it’s five goals in four games for the Dutchman.

The reaction has been immediate – Van der Vaart is already the most transferred in player so far this gameweek, as Fantasy managers desperately look to juggle resources to find a “route to recruit”.
Therein lies the problem. As David Silva continues to deliver and Nani prepares to enter a run of favourable fixtures, finding room and the finances in midfield areas is tough. Scrimping on the forward line is an option but surely a major risk. Some will cash in on the wasteful Luis Suarez ; others may even look to get rid or Wayne Rooney to free up funds.

Certainly, looking at the transfers out so far, the likes of Rooney, Ashley Young and Nani are being sacrificed – Suarez has also suffered heavy sales. While all those players face testing away games this weekend – they follow that with home fixtures against Sunderland and Swansea respectively.

Knees appear to have been jerking and there’s set to be thousands relying on returns when QPR pull up at White Hart Lane at the weekend.

The Team

We’ve had our fill today – the press have pulled apart Man City’s 6-1 thrashing of United with the same kind of precision demonstrated by Roberto Mancini’s ruthless attackers on Sunday. It’s a performance and a result that could well shape the season – the reactions of both teams now crucial, with United threatening a backlash, City promising more of the same.

For Fantasy managers the attacking returns were unanticipated – the emergence of Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko as mid-price options continues, as does the uncertainty surrounding their starting roles. Indeed, looking ahead, the anxiety surrounding the City teamsheet for the gameweek 10 clash with Wolves is already palpable. With a trip to Villarreal a week on Wednesday, Mancini will surely be weighing up his options for a home clash with a side who narrowly escaped a sixth successive defeat against Swansea on Saturday. Will he need Sergio Aguero and David Silva? Even Vincent Kompany’s owners will be fidgeting.

While it appears that few City players are safe from Mancini’s messing, Sunday’s showing demonstrated that Fantasy managers have to live with the uncertainty or risk missing out on an array of truly explosive attacking talent.

The Talking Point

The dismantling of the United defence exposed the weaknesses that we’ve been seeing with alarming regularity this season. While Nemanja Vidic’s absence is significant, even with the Serb installed, United have looked a fragile defensive force. Their demise at the back has already seen funds shifted to attacking areas of our Fantasy squads, with dirt-cheap defenders drafted in to fill the gaps. It’s a tactic encouraged by the fact that Ferguson’s men aren’t the only side who have failed to deliver – right now, Fantasy football is facing up to a defensive crisis.

Chelsea’s performance in the 1-0 defeat at Loftus Road was admirable but there’s no escaping the statistic that Andre Villas-Boas’ side have still kept just a single clean sheet this season. Jose Bosingwa will escape suspension against Arsenal in gameweek 10 due to Chelsea’s Carling Cup involvement, but patience is surely wearing thin with the Portuguese full-back and his defensive colleagues.

Bosingwa’s net transfers in the Fantasy Premier League game already show a deficit of 36K and it’s difficult to argue against that given the fact that Arsenal will draw up to Stamford Bridge next weekend. With Liverpool and Man City also at the Bridge in the next six, Bosingwa’s remaining owners may need to cling to the hope of clean sheets away from home or further attacking returns from the right-back – a far from ideal scenario when you consider the funds involved.

Newcastle have so far provided a course of some reliable low-to-mid price defensive talent but, when you scan their forthcoming fixture list (sto EVE mci mun CHE), it seems unlikely that they will continue to help compensate for the lack of clean sheets amongst the “ bigger” sides.

That leaves us relying on Stoke City to exploit their forthcoming run of three home games in four and, rather surprisingly, back at United’s door.

Will the 6-1 thrashing inspire new focus from Ferguson? With Vidic back in the defence, will the United boss look to build results from the back in the weeks to come?

With a fixture list that lends assistance, there’s little doubt that United’s defence still has the potential to deliver in the month ahead. The real question is, how many Fantasy managers will invest in that potential and dare to keep funds tied up at the back?

Mark Mark created the beast. He's now looking to tame it.

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  1. Gladde Aal
    • 14 Years
    12 years, 4 months ago

    RIGHT... Who's most likely to start for City this GW (front and midfield)???

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    1. Salah’s Sonnet
      • 12 Years
      12 years, 4 months ago

      i really dont know mate, its like guessing the lottery, all i know is nasri better play, otherwise he's out, cant stand all this city rotation lark.

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      1. Feanor
        • 14 Years
        12 years, 4 months ago

        We're just lucky Tevez committed football suicide.

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    2. Compulsive Transfer Policy
      • 12 Years
      12 years, 4 months ago

      I have no idea and its getting on my nerves! I'm getting rid of Silva for...

      A. Silva > Nani (same sh*t as Silva rotation risk)
      B. Silva > Lampard (expensive but has no competition + P, FK & C)

      Team:
      Vorm, Al-Habsi
      Kompany, Enrique, Shawcross, Warnock, Naylor
      VDV, Walters, Ramsey, Petrov, Silva
      Bendtner, RVP, Adebayor

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      1. Compulsive Transfer Policy
        • 12 Years
        12 years, 4 months ago

        Anyone?

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        1. jagshmash
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 13 Years
          12 years, 4 months ago

          please step away from your vehicle...

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    3. bdwhite91
      • 12 Years
      12 years, 4 months ago

      Check the Guardian before the match. I'm taking a bet on Balotelli, but he may play in the CL. He's way better than Dzeko and I hope the manager sees that as well and plays him every PL game 🙂

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  2. cozgrover
    • 12 Years
    12 years, 4 months ago

    Hey all need some help with my transfers this week:

    Given (Vorm)
    Dunne, Kompany, Bosingwa (Hall, Taylor)
    Sinclair, Nani, Ramsey, Walters (Moses)
    Bendtner, Adebayor, RVP

    I have 5.8 in the bank and was thinking

    Moses > Van der Vaart
    or
    Bendtner/Adebayor > Rooney

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    1. Compulsive Transfer Policy
      • 12 Years
      12 years, 4 months ago

      Moses - VDV most definitely.
      You have the same forwards as me and I think the future is bright.

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      1. cozgrover
        • 12 Years
        12 years, 4 months ago

        I could even go Silva over VDV.

        Just know that Rooney will explode again soon.

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        1. SOOnami
          • 12 Years
          12 years, 4 months ago

          get silva Coz, he is more consistant and less injury prone than VDV and Nani is enough coverage for ManU. Getting silva will give you ManC attack cover.

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    2. bestpay
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      12 years, 4 months ago

      Moses to Van Der Vaart looks good to me, i'd also make VDV your captain too for week 10!

      Make the transfer tonight as VDV will be £10.0M in the morning.

      Also just be aware that Nani is currently being released by a lot of managers and will drop 0.1 this week and maybe even 0.2

      If £cash/squad value is important to you, then you could even consider trading Nani for VDV and buying him back later and cheaper. It's another transfer I know, but something to think about?

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      1. cozgrover
        • 12 Years
        12 years, 4 months ago

        I dont understand why people are getting off Nani though? their next 6 games look very good and all winnable.

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      2. sachmo
        • 12 Years
        12 years, 4 months ago

        You really think Nani will drop? Only 3% there according to TotalFPL...

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        1. Compulsive Transfer Policy
          • 12 Years
          12 years, 4 months ago

          Don't know but he is on 18% as of right now. On fiso.co.uk it says:
          -18% Nani, Luis Man United 10.2 target: -31488 total transfers out: -5697 today: -8942

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  3. Kevtheotter
    • 12 Years
    12 years, 4 months ago

    Vorm Ruddy
    Warnock Simpson Bos Enrique DeLaet
    Silva Brunt Mata Ndyer Moses
    RVP Rooney Suarez

    really want VDV in but one have one trasnfer and .2 in the bank.
    Obviously im not shipping out silva so any suggestions or advice on whether a 4 pointer is justified? Im thinking because of spurs run of fixtures it just might be worth it?

    I'm sittin in 24,000 overall and either top of my leagues or within 10 points of top with some i have 50-100 leads. I hate taking 4 pointers but this is what im thinking

    Bosingwa and mata - VDV and 5.7 (walker or others?)
    Suarez and Mata - VDV and Ade Ba Agbon Dzeko?

    Ahhh i cant make my ,mind up any ideas

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    1. Ismail
      • 12 Years
      12 years, 4 months ago

      just take out mata for vdv,no hit

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  4. goooners
    • 13 Years
    12 years, 4 months ago

    do the player any prices rise/ fall tonight?

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  5. GazPage
    • 12 Years
    12 years, 4 months ago

    Will Bosignwa start on Saturday??? Need t know thoughts

    Also planning on a petrov for Walters swtich with stokes good run of games, Do you guys agree with that?

    Or should i put in a Chelsea midfielder for the arsenal game, i only have BOS , Persie and Ramsey in there, I think if anyone is going to win based on form it will be Arsenal

    Krul 0r Ruddy in goals???

    Bos, Enrique, Taylor (swansea)
    Silva, Ramsey, Modric, Petrov - hoping for walters
    Persie, Rooney, Ablonghor

    What do you guys think and who should be captain from this group, Dont say David Silva theres no way im risking him or even risking putting Aguero in

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    1. jamsiep
      • 14 Years
      12 years, 4 months ago

      "I think if anyone is going to win based on form it will be Arsenal"

      😕 😕 😕 😕 😕 😕 😕 😕 😕 😕

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      1. GazPage
        • 12 Years
        12 years, 4 months ago

        Arsnela have been playing very good football, Chelsea have just had an absolute howler at the weekend so based on that you have to consider arsenal to have a good chance of pulling out a win, Theres no way that Chelsea will thump arsenal, its going to go either way!

        Explain your muffled smileys then Gud?

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  6. Guinney
    • 12 Years
    12 years, 4 months ago

    Do people think getting in a player like VDV early in the week is a good move as his price is likely to rise? But there is always the risk something could go wrong during the week.

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    1. GazPage
      • 12 Years
      12 years, 4 months ago

      I think he will be 10.0 so probably yes!! Hes the absolute man, i want to get him over the enxt few gameweeks but going to try get alot of money out of a few other plays before it first! Modric will come good aswell, Go for the not so obvious picks, everyone goes for the same and not much point if you want to win your mini league

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      1. Scratch
        • 14 Years
        12 years, 4 months ago

        Spurs are out of the carling cup but I suppose there's a chance anyone could get injured in training

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      2. Guinney
        • 12 Years
        12 years, 4 months ago

        Do you think Bale will come good, have him in my team. Have the money to swap VDV for him (with a 4point hit though)

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        1. GazPage
          • 12 Years
          12 years, 4 months ago

          no keep van der vaart in, be crazy to put bale in, keep van der vaart for ever hes a midfielder that plays upfront , perfect, bale wont be good every game!!

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  7. zan
    • 12 Years
    12 years, 4 months ago

    who should I get in Williams or Ferdinand ? I have 4.6

    my team looks like now played Wildcard

    Krul / Vorm
    Simpson, Jose Enrique, Kompany, Barnett , ??????
    VDV, Mata, Silva, Dyer, Reo-Coker
    Rooney, Aguero, Agbonlahor

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    1. FF Dirtbag
      • 12 Years
      12 years, 4 months ago

      Wes Brown.

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  8. isacki: full casual
    • 12 Years
    12 years, 4 months ago

    Morning all. I must admit my faith in my FPL decisions is shaky right now, I've had a good number of GWs where my midfield has scored nothing despite looking okay, defence has been max 1 CS, and only 1/3 strikers managed to score. What am I missing? I always seem to be 1 GW behind and my gambles have mostly gone wrong.

    Vorm (Schwarzer)
    Kompany Enrique Bosingwa (R Taylor NTaylor)
    Mata Nani Silva MPetrov (Dyer)
    Agbonlahor Sturridge Suarez

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    1. McTown
      • 12 Years
      12 years, 4 months ago

      Consider getting another big hitter upfront. e.g RVP Maybe swap mata for VDV and petrov to ramsey or walters or someone.

      But seems like a team that could score well on its day

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  9. gunner1994
    • 12 Years
    12 years, 4 months ago

    Which team has the best set of games these next gameweeks?

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    1. McTown
      • 12 Years
      12 years, 4 months ago

      Look at the ticker

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  10. jacko87
    • 12 Years
    12 years, 4 months ago

    How are yas. New to this site but getting right into fantasy prem this year, wondering what thoughts are on sturridge playing v arsenal...

    This is my team atm...

    Krul STO (A)

    Jones EVE (A) Simpson STO (A) Kompany WOL (H) Jose Enrique WBA (A)

    Silva WOL (H) Mata ARS (H) Modric QPR (H) Van der Vaart QPR (H)(CAPTAIN)

    Sturridge ARS (H) Suarez WBA (A)

    I have faith in mata and just traded nasri for modric, which may well work out to be a mistake but cant afford to risk him being on the pine again. I have 3.9 in the bank, might take a 4point hit this week to bring Torres in for sSturridge or wait until after Arsenal... I have a feeling torres is going to take off especially with his stats over the last few games despite a red card and THAT miss. Scored a brace in the CL last week and looked lively

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    1. jacko87
      • 12 Years
      12 years, 4 months ago

      Oh and also bosingwa not sure who i will rotate as phil jones isnt guaranteed playing time....

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      1. McTown
        • 12 Years
        12 years, 4 months ago

        Very expensive defense imo maybe lose Jones or bos for someone cheaper

        Whos your 3rd forward?

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      2. Compulsive Transfer Policy
        • 12 Years
        12 years, 4 months ago

        I just got rid of Mata, I can't wait for his goals to come and his stats show that he does not take too many shots. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/player/_/id/103025/juan-mata?cc=3888 He's a very elegant player that will have assists and in most cases assist the assister like Modric. 9.6 is too much money to sit on a midfielder that will not score much. His only goal was a lucky one. Get rid of him and get Nani. Get rid of Modric and get Walters for Stoke coverage for the next 4 good games. Get Adebayor to complement Sturridge and Suarez. Get rid of Bosingwa and get Shawcross

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  11. McTown
    • 12 Years
    12 years, 4 months ago

    How do you link your team to your name?

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  12. KOKAK
    • 13 Years
    12 years, 4 months ago

    GazPage is confusing FPL managers to overlook VDV, and promoting Bale & Modric; both players who will never outscore VDV all season.

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  13. KOKAK
    • 13 Years
    12 years, 4 months ago

    GazPage, beware....you are being watched!

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  14. jacko87
    • 12 Years
    12 years, 4 months ago

    See I don't have a 3rd forward who will score I've been playing with Blake from Bolton and keeping him on the bench to free up funds he's 4.0. Yeah I will get rid of either bod or jones maybe next week. Also trying to play the market a bit, my total team value is 103.2 mil. What are your thoughts on torres, or maybe even bendtner as a third with suarez sturridge, I have faith in suarez....Hit the bar 3 times on the weekend just needs to be a bit more clinical. Like adebayor had him 3 weeks back but decided to go
    For sturridge the week he tweaked his hammy...

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  15. Matakuko
    • 12 Years
    12 years, 4 months ago

    Any Fulham fans about to answer why Bruan Ruiz isn't getting any real playtime? He seemed on fire for the 30mins he got last week!

    A better player to pair Zamora than Johnson or Dembele from what Ive seen.

    Is he likely to start anytime soon?

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    1. ash_24
      • 13 Years
      12 years, 4 months ago

      Ruiz has a great shot on him but his touch and passing outside the box still needs some work. Teams have pressured him off the ball whenever he drops into midfield.

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  16. WhinersBgon
    • 12 Years
    12 years, 4 months ago

    Helo Stoke fans. Does anyone know what's going on with Woodgate? Injured? Out of form? Not getting along with Pulis? Illness?

    I have him in my team & I hope he plays against Newcastle!

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  17. Tazza94
    • 12 Years
    12 years, 4 months ago

    Hey,
    Should I do
    1) Nani to VDV
    2) Suarez to balotelli

    Can't do both as I'm already taking a 4 pt hit

    Will balotelli start most of city games now ? Or should I wait a week and see

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    1. Guinney
      • 12 Years
      12 years, 4 months ago

      Would do move 1 but would maybe wait another week for move 2 as I don't think it's worth the 4point hit. Suarez has a good fixture this week so maybe move 2 is a sidewards move at the moment.

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  18. Barry Frys revenge
    • 12 Years
    12 years, 4 months ago

    ok lads, been thinking and now require your thoughts...

    my midfiled; Dyer, Silva, Nani, VDV, Jarvis. Want to move Jarvis on but want to run this by you all. Silva is my only City coverage and yet i can help but think that right now that is not enough coverage especially in attack.

    What would you all think about moving Jarvis on and bringing in Milner? Spread of points last GW excepted seems to compliment Silvas and although he is a rotation risk who isnt in their team?

    Have checked Milners ICT score on this site and he seems to have the game that attracts bonus points. Do we all need to have at least two attacking City coverage in our teams right now or am i talking bollocks..?

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    1. RainbowDissent
      • 12 Years
      12 years, 4 months ago

      I'm thinking of putting Balotelli in. He's a rotation risk as always but I'm hoping Mancini will rest Aguero a bit - he's certainly going to want him fresh for Villareal at least and their two easy fixtures are bracketing that game. Not that predicting what Mancini's gonna do ever seems to work.

      I'm going to switch Balotelli out for either Adebayor or Welbeck after a couple of weeks though, they've got NEW liv NOR che ARS STO after Wolves and QPR and there are teams with better attacking fixtures (Arsenal, Spurs, United, and Sunderland for a longer but cheaper shot). Silva will be enough for me then, although it's a gamble.

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  19. Guinney
    • 12 Years
    12 years, 4 months ago

    Just went against my my two main rules of fantasy football and made an early transfer and also took a 4point hit to get VDV in. VDV price is going to rise and rise and the players I wanted to get rid of price would more than likley drop.

    Given (Ruddy)
    Kompany - Enrique - Walker - (Simpson) - (Boyata)
    Silva - VDV - Ramsey - Walters - (Ferguson)
    Rooney - Adebayor - Suarez

    All I need now is RVP but can't see how I can afford him, because I'd have to make at least £2.6 if I was to swap him for Suerez. And RVP price will more than likely rise.

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  20. tosey
    • 14 Years
    12 years, 4 months ago

    was planning steven taylor out this week so news of an injury will make that decision easier

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  21. OPTA FPL
    • 12 Years
    12 years, 4 months ago

    1. Rooney + Suarez + Adebayor + Kompany
    2. Rooney + Suarez + Aguero + 4M Def
    3. Rooney + RVP + Adebayor + 4M Def

    Plz help me guys, it’s very tough decision

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    1. Fernando Torres
      • 12 Years
      12 years, 4 months ago

      i'd go 1

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    2. RainbowDissent
      • 12 Years
      12 years, 4 months ago

      I'm staying away from Aguero (and Man City forwards in general) because the rotation risk is very high and it's too hard to second-guess Mancini. I'm keeping Balotelli in for the next two games 'cos I'm pretty sure Aguero will be rested before and after Villareal, but after that he's out for RVP. That'll give me a front three of Suarez, RVP and Torres (it's his time!) and I'm going to chop and change Suarez with Adebayor depending on fixtures, then switch RVP for Rooney when Arsenal's games get tougher. Silva is my attacking City coverage and I'll put Richards back in when my cheap defensive rotation starts to break down.

      I like Suarez, RVP, Rooney, Adebayor and Torres more than the City front line because they're all going to score heavily over the season and they're all guaranteed more starts.

      Expensive defenders have been too much of a gamble this season. I'm playing the fixtures as much as possible with my back line.

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      1. RainbowDissent
        • 12 Years
        12 years, 4 months ago

        Um, so that is, Rooney + RVP + Adebayor with a 4M defender.

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  22. Fernando Torres
    • 12 Years
    12 years, 4 months ago

    Torres going to do well soon, EL NIINOOOO

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    1. Prestige Worldwide
      • 13 Years
      12 years, 4 months ago

      How bout Sturridge instead?

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      1. Fernando Torres
        • 12 Years
        12 years, 4 months ago

        sturridge is good, but torres is the main man

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  23. Prestige Worldwide
    • 13 Years
    12 years, 4 months ago

    Was thinking of doing

    De Laet > Wilkinson
    Sturridge > Balotelli

    Would give me

    Ruddy-Given
    Boswingwa-Jones-Simpson-Wilkinson-Enrique
    Silva-VDV-Brunt-Ramsey-M Petrov
    Rooney-Suarez-Balotelli

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    1. Prestige Worldwide
      • 13 Years
      12 years, 4 months ago

      4 pointer. Would leave me nothing in the bank

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      1. Fernando Torres
        • 12 Years
        12 years, 4 months ago

        great name

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