Scout Notes

Scout Notes – Gameweek 29 – Sunday

Luis Suarez and Gareth Bale both deliver the Fantasy points in a 3-2 thriller at Anfield as Tottenham’s unbeaten record comes to an end. Newcastle come from behind to see off Stoke and register a third straight win at St James’ Park, while United and Chelsea require an FA Cup Sixth Round replay, after a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford:

Suarez Produces One Again
Drafted in by over 125,00 Fantasy Premier League (FPL) managers ahead of the weekend deadline, the Uruguayan vindicated their decision by registering his third consecutive double figure points haul. A goal, assist and maximum bonus points helped end Tottenham’s 12 match unbeaten run and saw Suarez climb to 190 points – just two behind Robin Van Persie at the top of the FPL standings. Despite a move to a more withdrawn role as a result of Daniel Sturridge’s return yesterday, there’s clearly no stopping Suarez right now and with trips to three of the bottom five in the next four (sou, avl, rea) supplemented by a home clash with West Ham, he continues to grow in popularity and has already climbed 0.1 in price this weekend; with five goals, three assists and eight bonus points in his last three, it’s little wonder the bandwagon continues to pick up pace.

Post-match, his manager was unsurprisingly full of praise for his display:

“You saw today, it doesn’t matter where he plays, at times he was in the No.10 role, and then when I made the change to get the three midfielders on, he came in off the side and caused havoc. He’s an outstanding talent, a pleasure to work with, and he knows the trust I have in him, and that gives him the platform to go play and perform.”

Downing Stepping Up
While the recent displays of Philippe Coutinho had persuaded almost 53,000 FPL managers to snap him up last week, the former Middlesbrough man remained firmly under the radar – despite a cheaper price tag and security of game time that has seen him start every league match since Gameweek 16. As the season progresses, Downing is starting to pick up in performance, though; yesterday’s goal means he has now scored or assisted in each of his last three and priced at just 5.7, he could be a definite Liverpool midfield alternative to Coutinho and the costlier Steven Gerrard ahead of those aforementioned fixtures. Gerrard proved his worth once again yesterday – the late spot-kick winner took his tally to 158 points and moved the Reds skipper to fourth in the midfield rankings, just a point behind Michu.

Enrique’s Consistency
Although the Reds conceded twice, the raiding left-back was in the points once again. Enrique grabbed an assist, taking his tally to six for the season and, with a couple of goals also accrued, he continues to keep fellow full-back Glen Johnson in the shade. While the latter has a goal and five assists, he has played almost 1000 minutes more this season than the Spaniard and has offered far less consistency – indeed, Enrique has only produced blanks in five of his 16 starts this term; he has either scored, assisted, produced a clean sheet or bonus points in 11 of those matches.

Liverpool Injuries
Rodgers had to make do without Pepe Reina yesterday after the keeper was forced out with a calf problem. The Liverpool boss is optimistic the Spaniard will be able to return for next weekend’s trip to Southampton, though, with the problem deemed a minor one. The Reds’ boss also revealed Joe Allen requires surgery on a shoulder complaint that has plagued him since October. The former Swansea man climbed off the bench with half an hour left as the hosts moved back to 4-3-3 and, while it’s expected the operation may be held off until the summer, his game time is likely to be managed more efficiently by Rodgers. This means a 4-2-3-1 is perhaps set to continue as Rodgers’ starting formation, affording Steven Gerrard and Lucas the central midfield berths, with Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez up top.

Bale Creativity Comes to the Fore
His five-game scoring streak may have come to an end but the Welshman was amongst the points once more at Anfield. Bale has offered a consistent source of creativity this season but prior to yesterday’s match had picked up just four assists in FPL, with just one assist from Gameweek 7 onwards. Yesterday, he laid on both goals for Jan Vertonghen to return an eight point haul and justify the decision of over 131,000 managers to snap him up prior to Saturday’s deadline. Now up to 185 points in FPL, Bale is 22 points ahead of Juan Mata, the second placed midfielder, and has boosted his average to 7.4 points per game – better than any other player, with Van Persie and Suarez on 6.9 and 6.8 respectively.

Magpies Midfield Options
Alan Pardew’s side bounced back from last week’s loss at Swansea to produce a third straight home win against out of sorts Stoke – with the Magpies now nine points clear of the drop zone, it’s clear just how crucial both Moussa Sissoko and Yohan Cabaye are to their prospects. The former shook off the disappointment of his first blank Gameweek since joining the club last time round to provide an assist and keep his points ticking over; with attacking returns in five of his six appearances for the Tyneside team, his price has rocketed by 0.7 already. By comparison, Cabaye has failed to receive much interest despite a series of consistent displays. Although he sits in a more withdrawn role than his compatriot, Cabaye’s set-piece and spot-kick duties have considerably boosted his scores in recent matches –yesterday’s free-kick was the fourth time in the last seven he has found the net. With a superb run of fixtures to follow, he looks a decent differential alternative to Sissoko in the Newcastle midfield, with an ownership just over the 4% mark.

Cisse Also to Magpies
Recovered from the illness that sidelined him from Thursday’s goalless Europa League draw with Anzhi, Papiss Cisse proved instrumental in edging his side up the table. The Senegal striker grabbed a last-gasp winner to take his tally to four strikes in nine without Demba Ba – granted, it’s far from the rate he registered upon his arrival on Tyneside last winter but bearing in mind he had previously notched three in 18, he is clearly benefitting from his compatriot’s departure. While Sissoko and Cabaye’s cheaper prices are likely to deter many from investing, Cisse still has the fixtures to thrive; with a trip to Wigan and home games against Fulham and Sunderland in the following four, his owners will be happy to hold in the meantime.
Post-match, he admitted he was still a little sluggish after suffering from a virus for most of the week:

“The gaffer told me I was rubbish today. Yes, I was rubbish but we won so that is the most important thing! In the last week I have been ill and even today I didn’t feel too strong, but hopefully by next week I will be back to normal.”

FA Cup Sixth Round
Man United 2 Chelsea 2
Sir Alex Ferguson made four changes from the side that lost to Real Madrid. At the back, Jonny Evans replaced Nemanja Vidic, while further up the pitch, Robin Van Persie, Danny Welbeck and Ryan Giggs were replaced by Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Shinji Kagawa. Hernandez and Rooney had United two up with just 10 minutes gone – courtesy of Michael Carrick and Nani assists – though the Portuguese winger was replaced by Antonio Valencia at half-time after picking up a minor hamstring problem. . Van Persie’s owners will be pleased he was afforded just under half an hour ahead of next weekend’s home game with Reading, though Ferguson admitted he is a little concerned that fatigue is starting to affect his defence; perhaps a hint that rotation could be on the cards:

“We’re lucky to still be in the cup. We just ran out of legs and Chelsea were far the better team in the second half. But I can’t be critical of my side because the running they had to do on Tuesday night, against a really top side in Real Madrid, had its bearing on today’s result, no doubt about that. The two full-backs, Rafael and Patrice [Evra], are knackered and the two central midfielders tired badly. We kept giving the ball away and it made it a long day for us, going from one penalty box and back to our own.”

With both sides still waiting for their Gameweek 29 matches to be rescheduled, the fixture backlog is starting to build – frustrating for Fantasy managers looking to plan in advance. The FA is likely to wait on Chelsea’s Europa League result against Steaua Bucharest before making any decision on the date, with Ferguson going on to say:

“The replay is not a problem for us. We’ve got plenty of time for it as we have no European games. I don’t know when it’s going to be played mind you, probably May because we’ve got the international break coming up! But the only thing we can say is we’re still in the cup.”

Rafa Benitez made seven alterations from the side that lost to Steaua Bucharest in the Europa League. Only David Luiz and Petr Cech kept their places at the back, with Ashley Cole, Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta coming in for Ryan Bertrand, John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic. Ramires replaced John Obi Mikel in the double-pivot alongside Frank Lampard but the latter was afforded just 52 minutes before being hauled off for the Nigerian. Up top, only Oscar retained his place, with Juan Mata, Victor Moses and Demba Ba replacing Eden Hazard, Yossi Benayoun and Fernando Torres. Hazard’s introduction for Moses just after half-time proved crucial – the Belgian grabbed a goal after being set up by Mata, before Ramires notched the equaliser thanks to an Oscar assist.

After the game, Benitez was more than a little sceptical with regards to Ferguson’s fatigue comments and also elaborated on the decision-making behind his substitutions:

“‘They were playing at home and played on Tuesday. We played in Romania on Thursday. They had everything in their favour. We travelled from Romania, did a great game and I was pleased with my players…We had to pick a starting 11 with fresh legs but knew we would have to make substitutions and we did it. Obi had fresh legs. Frank gave 100 per cent, and you have to manage the squad. Obviously Hazard is a player with talent, he can make a difference any time. In the middle with Lampard and Rami, Rami has to stay, and in the second half with Mikel it was the opposite, and Ramires had to go and was good going forward.”

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  1. J0E
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    May be of use when considering transfers.

    We have 9 free transfers left this season (10 if you held one back)

    there are 8 teams with a double coming up....so it may be wise to ensure you draft in players from those teams from now on.

    The 8 teams and key capt choices are -

    Arsenal - Walcott/Santi
    Everton - Fellaini
    Man Utd - RVP/Rooney
    Man City - Silva/Tevez/Ageuro
    Chelsea - Mata/Haz/Lamp
    WHU - Nolan
    Fulham - Berb
    Wigan - Kone/Maloney

    obviously it is the first five where captains will realistically come from.

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    1. rvp786
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      good post mate. i might save mine this week in order to prepare for potential doubles

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      1. SuperDunny - Used to be goo…
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        Already have United attack?

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        1. rvp786
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          i have rvp mate.

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          1. SuperDunny - Used to be goo…
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            Fair enough. I'd love to be able to save a transfer this week but assuming that United game goes ahead i MUST get some sort of cover (basically Rooney or RVP)

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            1. J0E
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              well that's fine then....getting one of them also sets you up for the double. A wise transfer this week.

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            2. rvp786
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              whats your team like at the moment? your in the top 200 aint you? keep going mate. you probably need rvp this week as most will captain him. if he explodes it may ruin your rank

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              1. SuperDunny - Used to be goo…
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                Yeah, my team id is #7 if you are interested.

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    2. Christina.
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      Cue Felli picking up 2 match ban prior to EVE DGW

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      1. Christina.
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        What about Wigan/WBA/Swans/Citeh potential missing fixt in 33?

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        1. J0E
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          I'm assuming it'll happen unless I hear otherwise. If City and Wigan end up with two doubles that'll make them even more desirable when they are announced.

          First up I'm focusing on another Arsenal player and one of Rooney and RVp and play the rest by ear.

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      2. J0E
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        Realistically Walcott/Santi/a chelsea mid and a Man city player, in addition to RVP or Rooney are key over the next few weeks at some point. I may end up having a floating mid and floating attacker role for whoever has a double that week.

        Its these doubles that will determine our seasons.

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        1. rvp786
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          i have rvp,mata,walcott at the moment. need to add in a man city player like silva/ageuro

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    3. Corkyote FFS CWC Champion 2…
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      Good work Jonty 🙂

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    4. Get up ya bum
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      Well said jonty. Been thinking the same

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    5. Bedknobs and Boomsticks
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      I think a lot of those are kinda mutually exclusive though. I already have Mata, Walcott, RVP and Zab, so there's not really much scope for me to add any big name attackers to that list, whilst the options for the smaller teams are pretty skanky (apart from maybe Wigan, but then there are otehr options for that cheap attacking slot).

      I think the best approach may be to chop and change in the short term as the fixtures come up.

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      1. J0E
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        Yes, for example gwk 33 having Santi and Walcott could be great.....swap one out again the following week for say MAta/Haz and so on....play the double fixtures is the key.

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      2. Christina.
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        +1

        Like we have seen this week, don't be scared to sell the Rvp's of this world. TV means buggerall at the moment. Points are the name of the game.

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        1. rvp786
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          TV does matter though. getting all the big guns in for dgwk relies on having good TV

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          1. Christina.
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            Yeah, but my point is we are in gw 30, so you should have the TV by now or it's to late.

            I don't see a problem in losing the odd bit of TV here and there as I intend to play the fixtures and max DGW points.

            There are some nice differentials to be had.

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    6. Just Ruud
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      Nice one. 😉

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    7. thetinkerman
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      I'm strongly considering saving. No obvious moves this week and it gives me 2 next week when we'll hopefully have the DGWs confirmed and I can start planning.

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      1. J0E
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        I'm doing Lambert - Rooney (C) ...the time is right for a calculated risk.

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        1. SuperDunny - Used to be goo…
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          Can't afford RVP or just put off by his lack of goals recently?

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          1. J0E
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            I can't afford for a hit or dumping Suarez...also just trying out rooney for a week or two....I see regression with RVP's pts and having a look at rooney's scores...partic at home he has been very prolific. I'll see how it goes and may end up with both for their double...see how it goes.

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            1. rvp786
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              rooney is playing v poor too though.

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              1. J0E
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                Is he? Scored a great goal yesterday. 38 pts in last five matches, including 14 against Norwich on March 2. I'd love to own him when he's playing well if that's the form of a poor player.

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                1. rvp786
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                  yeh his overall play was shocking. his goal wasnt really great was it? it was a cross in all honesty and everyone missed it.

                  but your right, as long as he gets the points, doesnt really matter. but i wouldnt be surprised if he got a 2pter too.

                  he is not in great form at all

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      2. SuperDunny - Used to be goo…
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        Save it if at all possible i reckon. Will come in very handy down the road

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    8. GreenWindmill
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      Great post - worth some rep in the new system 🙂

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  2. HVT
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    @ Champ - good week to play opti , he's taking a hit to get Rvp in ,
    Don't tell him I told you 😉

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    1. Get up ya bum
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      Ha thanks for the heads up 😉 Our secret unless he reads this lol

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      1. HVT
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        Im playing him in a quarter final in the Tea -cup ,
        He has a very strong team tho tbh ,
        Take it easy on him his missus is due 😉

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        1. Get up ya bum
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          I'll try to put him down relatively painlessly then 🙂
          First kid for him?

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          1. HVT
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            3rd I believe , do his time on here/fpl next few weeks limited 😉

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            1. Get up ya bum
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              Nice. Got two myself. I'll have to remember to give my congrats. If I'm lucky he'll forget all about his team 😉

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  3. HelloSidney
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    Keep Sturridge and Suarez, there will be days when Sturridge outscores Suarez.

    Lambert to RVP for a hit = no brainer. Do it.

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    1. Dark Mata
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      Was this a reply to my question below 2 minutes into the future!!

      Have you a delorean or a Tardis?

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      1. HelloSidney
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        😉

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      2. Trent Robbo 66✅
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        It's mine

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  4. unitednations
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    For those holding sturridge, whats the consensus on whether to get suarez or to retain faith with sturridge....

    boils down to
    A: sturridge and mata
    B: sissoko and suarez

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    1. Dark Mata
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      B

      Suarez is a must have I'm afraid

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    2. thetinkerman
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      Forgetting the Sissoko vs. Mata factor, I think Sturridge is worth holding.

      I'm not wasting(?) a transfer on Sturridge > Suarez with all these doubles coming up.

      Granted, he has got 29 points to Sturridge's 2 over the last 2, but before that they scored pretty similarly.

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  5. Andrew
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    I didnt see much of the Everton match but were the Everton fans booing Fellaini or booing the decision to take him off, sorry if this has been mentioned already.

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    1. Dark Mata
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      Think they were booing him for lack of effort

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      1. Andrew
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        Ok thanks

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        1. Dark Mata
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          Watched bits of the game and Everton were really poor and at one point Fellaini wasn't bothered to chase any lose balls.

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          1. thetinkerman
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            Was Fellaini playing DM or AM?

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            1. HelloSidney
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              He played AM forst half, then dropped back after sub at HT when Neville was replaced by Anichebe

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              1. thetinkerman
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                Interesting, thanks. Glad I sold

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      2. thetinkerman
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        I see him dropping into the DM role and another booking in the next 3. I may go without Everton players for their double.

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    2. HelloSidney
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      Him, I think

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  6. Dark Mata
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    Has

    http://www.fiso.co.uk/crackthecode.php

    stopped updating / crashed?

    Oh and who would you sub out / transfer in:

    Lambert or Sturridge OUT for RVP or Rooney (£7 mill in back for this transfer)

    Thinking Sturridge for RVP, already have Suarez.....

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    1. AK ⭐
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      The server's down I think. You can check them at http://www.development.totalfpl.com too

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    2. HVT
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      Total fpl
      Rvp.

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    3. HelloSidney
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      I'd take out Lambert personally, as Liverpool are scoring loads of goals and you know Sturridge will be scoring them sooner or later

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      1. Dark Mata
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        Was hoping one of Sturridge or Lambert scored some decent points so the decision was easier, but def doing RVP and Liverpools next 4 fixtures are pretty decent. So probably keep Sturridge for next 4

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  7. AK ⭐
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    Kagawa, any takers?

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    1. HVT
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      Had him early season but rotation issues are just to complicated , I'm staying away

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    2. thetinkerman
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      I got him in GW3. 😎

      Sold him in GW4 😳

      Me and Granville are considering him for our doubles team!

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      1. AK ⭐
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        Not having either of Roo/RVP this week. Sweating over it tbh.

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        1. HVT
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          Ouch ... If I hadn't rvp I'd be worried.

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        2. thetinkerman
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          Kags is no substitute for RVP/Rooney!

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          1. AK ⭐
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            Well yeah, cue an 8-pointer now..

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  8. oxido_76
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    @TorresMagic :

    Hi Torres ! Can you change my fpl name (Most valuable player) by my FFS name : Oxido_76.

    I’m the “lucky” guy who has Forca as opponent

    Cheers

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    1. TorresMagic™
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      No problem, will do at next update.

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      1. oxido_76
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        thanks !

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  9. TorresMagic™
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    FPL Open Draw Updated

    http://www.tinyurl.com/7farkle

    58 WC teams out of 256.

    Any mistakes, please point them out.

    If you want your FFS name instead of team name please reply here.

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    1. oxido_76
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      see above 😀

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    2. AK ⭐
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      TM! Thanks a lot mate. You beat GreenWind and did me a huge favor. Cheers.

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      1. TorresMagic™
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        Well done, I didn't deserve to go through.

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      2. TorresMagic™
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        Happy with FPL Open team name or do you want AK?

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        1. AK ⭐
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          AK would do for me.

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      3. GreenWindmill
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        That Suarez assist killed me - would be in the next round otherwise, ah well, you'd better go on and win it now! 😀

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        1. AK ⭐
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          Cheers GWM. Our group was like the Group Of Death it seems.

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          1. GreenWindmill
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            I was lucky to get 2 wins - my team is in a bad way at the moment, has been for months in fact. I'm making a lot of poor choices this season (RVP->Lambert instead of Suarez two weeks ago was a classic!)

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    3. Bootsy: Snoddy's Reven…
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      Hi Torresmagic,
      I'm showing as a Wildcard....
      Seed 45, Booze Hounds, team linked. I go by Bootsy on this site.
      What does the wildcard status mean?

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      1. TorresMagic™
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        It just means you still have your WC.

        58 out of 256 still do which is surprising.

        If you use it against a higher seed it's -11.5. Against a lower seed nothing changes. If you both use it, all square.

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        1. Bootsy: Snoddy's Reven…
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          Ah excellent! Thanks, so obvious, stupid question!

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        2. HVT
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          Why are we penalised for keeping Wc TM ?

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          1. Get up ya bum
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            Think it's more about not penalizing the poor sap that plays you the week you use it

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            1. HVT
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              I think this rule is very unfair ,Sounds like your being handicapped for playing your wc just cause your opponent has played his it shouldn't be your problem
              in other cups your not deducted pts the week you play wc - so why here ?

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          2. Corkyote FFS CWC Champion 2…
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            Serves you right for having such a poor rank 😉

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          3. TorresMagic™
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            Give the higher seed a chance of winning. A wildcard is worth 20 in a DGW from what some people said here & anyone with a WC will use it in that week.

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            1. HVT
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              I didn't keep my wc for the sole purpose of the Fpl cup , I kept it as I wanted to , I don't really see why you should have points deducted ,
              I'm not aware of any other cups doing this .
              It's tough luck on your opponent and nothing else it seems to me your rewarding your opponent for playing his/hers.
              I genuinely feel this is a miscalculated oversight.

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              1. TorresMagic™
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                Chances are you'll play someone ranked lower than you so won't be an issue.

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              2. TorresMagic™
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                9 years, 3 months ago

                Imagine you were the 2nd or 3rd seed with a WC. They surely deserve more of an advantage than the rest.

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                1. HVT
                  • 11 Years
                  9 years, 3 months ago

                  I still don't see the fact you have kept your wc as an advantage,thats my choice and strategy its part and parcel of the Fpl game and as far as I can see other cups and H2Hs don't invoke that rule.
                  Your cup is based on the parameters of the Fpl rules and therefore these should be followed to a degree , I'm not just knocking for the sake of it and I see the very hard work and commitment gone in , it's just my pov and maybe something to consider going forward - thanks TM again

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  10. olidooley
    • 9 Years
    9 years, 3 months ago

    Anichebe nailed on for everton?

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    1. AGUEROOOOO!!!!!
      • 9 Years
      9 years, 3 months ago

      no

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  11. Trent Robbo 66✅
    • 10 Years
    9 years, 3 months ago

    Players for DGW, did you have a plan?

    Mine are

    Arsenal: Walcott, Santi, Giroud
    Everton: Piernaar. End
    United: DDG, Rafael (or Evra), RVP or Rooney
    City: Zabaletta, Silva
    WHU, Fulham, Wigan: No thanks

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    1. Trent Robbo 66✅
      • 10 Years
      9 years, 3 months ago

      And yours?

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      1. rvp786
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        9 years, 3 months ago

        id be tempted with a punt on Kone/berba as the third striker. hard to tell at the moment. it depends on money too, whether you can fit all the big guns in

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      2. Siva Mohan
        • 9 Years
        9 years, 3 months ago

        no plans so far..

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        1. Trent Robbo 66✅
          • 10 Years
          9 years, 3 months ago

          It's time to think about it I think. So many players to bring in/out so you must plan your transfers from now

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      3. Christina.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        9 years, 3 months ago

        Kone

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    2. Trent Robbo 66✅
      • 10 Years
      9 years, 3 months ago

      Didnt realize it's same as Johnty's post 😯

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    3. Butters
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 years, 3 months ago

      Girooooooooud is my only plan 🙂

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  12. HelloSidney
    • 10 Years
    9 years, 3 months ago

    Here's my team for this week:

    Mignolet
    Cameron, Debuchy, Davies
    Walcott, Mata, Bale (v), Sessegnon
    Suarez, RVP (c), Sturridge

    Steer, Sissoko, Clyne, Pearce

    Save the transfer or take the opportunity now to get rid of Cameron for Dawson?

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  13. Bedknobs and Boomsticks
    • 13 Years
    9 years, 3 months ago

    Quick sanity check please chaps:

    Lambert, Sturridge, Michu > Lukaku, Suarez, Townsend
    8pt hit

    Gives me:

    Bale, Mata, Walcott, Sissoko (Townsend)
    RVP, Suarez, Lukaku

    I know that its a big hit, but it will be my first since GW18
    I know Townsend won't get double figures ever again, but he fits my budget and is a good sub
    I know that Sturridge should theoretically score similar points to Suarez, but he hasn't been and if I don't do it this week price changes will screw me
    I know that its better to bring in DGW players, but I figure that Suarez will let me get Rooney / Aguero for their DGWs and I can swap Lukaku to Kone just as easily (and have you seen Lukakus stats!)

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    1. Butters
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 years, 3 months ago

      I would kinda just give sturridge a week or two more...

      And 8 point hits are underrated, I've made like 7 of those so far 🙂

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    2. thetinkerman
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      • 11 Years
      9 years, 3 months ago

      Na, don't do it.

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      1. thetinkerman
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        • 11 Years
        9 years, 3 months ago

        Reeks of chasing points.

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    3. Butters
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 years, 3 months ago

      I'd just do Lambert to Lukaku and Michu to Townsend... Give Sturridge a week

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      1. Bedknobs and Boomsticks
        • 13 Years
        9 years, 3 months ago

        I might go with that, gives me cash to upgrade Sissoko to the doubler of my choice further down the line. Thanks.

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  14. Butters
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    9 years, 3 months ago

    I have no idea what to do with my team... So many doubles/ blanks coming up!

    Is there anything possibly happening this GW? or are those fixtures pretty much sorted?

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    1. AK ⭐
      • 9 Years
      9 years, 3 months ago

      Lamps? Butters?

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      1. Butters
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        9 years, 3 months ago

        Feels like we discuss this everyday 🙂 I'm actually favouring Haz right now, gut pick!

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        1. AK ⭐
          • 9 Years
          9 years, 3 months ago

          Lamps is so much more cheap though, and is flourishing in the League. One of Hazard/Mata always gets rested it seems. They hardly start a match together now.

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          1. Butters
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            9 years, 3 months ago

            Haz got rested this week though, so fancy him for the next game or two... And doesn't he just look like a beast!

            It's either lamps/ Haz for me. Not buying Mata back

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  15. pressdpm
    • 9 Years
    9 years, 3 months ago

    Benteke or Lambert to get rid of? (To get RVP back in)

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    1. JELLYFISH
      • 10 Years
      9 years, 3 months ago

      Lambert

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    2. Andrew
      • 10 Years
      9 years, 3 months ago

      Lambert

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    3. Voodoo
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      • 10 Years
      9 years, 3 months ago

      Benteke.

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  16. HVT
    • 11 Years
    9 years, 3 months ago

    Hazard and Santi could be profitable going forward , good value and slightly different with Dgw to come.

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    1. Butters
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 years, 3 months ago

      Sup HVT 🙂 I think Haz is hitting form, he's been looking confident dribbling and firing in some cracking shots.

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      1. HVT
        • 11 Years
        9 years, 3 months ago

        Not sure I can get Hazza tbh unless wc allows me to Michu > Hazza would be nice.

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    2. Get up ya bum
      • 12 Years
      9 years, 3 months ago

      Eyeing them both up myself. Not this week though for me. Getting a striker or two

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  17. SPorting
    • 10 Years
    9 years, 3 months ago

    1) Mig, Bert, Studge

    2) Bunn, JEvans, RvP

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    1. Trent Robbo 66✅
      • 10 Years
      9 years, 3 months ago

      Bertrant?
      It's no brainer

      2

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      1. SPorting
        • 10 Years
        9 years, 3 months ago

        i know. he'll be gone before the end of the week.

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        1. Trent Robbo 66✅
          • 10 Years
          9 years, 3 months ago

          3 players in B are all better than A LOL

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  18. JELLYFISH
    • 10 Years
    9 years, 3 months ago

    What a carp gw

    Felaini>Nzog & Zaba>GJ = Massive fail

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    1. Andrew
      • 10 Years
      9 years, 3 months ago

      Better than a Pike game week 🙂

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    2. Trent Robbo 66✅
      • 10 Years
      9 years, 3 months ago

      I did Cuellar --> Wilson by 4p hit @@

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  19. Voodoo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    9 years, 3 months ago

    Does anyone know what the likelihood is of Taylor stealing back his place from Davies towards the end of the season? Thinking of getting rid for Vermaelen.

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  20. rvp786
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    9 years, 3 months ago

    following on from Jontys post:

    bunn bego
    GJ davies harte samba wilson
    mata michu bale sissoko walcott
    rvp suarez lambert

    save the transfer??

    also have a few benching problems lol

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    1. HelloSidney
      • 10 Years
      9 years, 3 months ago

      Bench Sissoko, save the transfer

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      1. rvp786
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        9 years, 3 months ago

        yeh sissoko is on the bench at the moment.

        if mata plays on thursday, iv got a feeling he might be benched for west ham game.

        what you think??

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        1. HelloSidney
          • 10 Years
          9 years, 3 months ago

          It's hard to say, yeah, maybe... Still, would you risk leaving him out? I wouldn't...

          Only other option is bench Lambert for me.

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          1. rvp786
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            9 years, 3 months ago

            yeh i am torn between lambert and sissoko. the fact lambert takes the pens,free kicks and lpool struggle against big strong strikers may mean i might have to bench sissoko.

            as for mata, your right i cant take the risk tbh

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    2. Just Ruud
      • 11 Years
      9 years, 3 months ago

      Save

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      1. rvp786
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        9 years, 3 months ago

        cheers JT - would you bench sissoko?

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        1. Just Ruud
          • 11 Years
          9 years, 3 months ago

          From that list, yes.

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    3. Plymouth
      • 9 Years
      9 years, 3 months ago

      Lambert -> Kone

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    4. Drip Doctor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      9 years, 3 months ago

      Although Jontys post is helpful it is missing out the point that teams still involved in the Cup will have more blanks and we won't know when so there is no real point in planning yet. Just play it week by week, if you feel you can improve your squad, do it.

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      1. rvp786
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        9 years, 3 months ago

        the thing is my squad looks pretty strong this week so no point just using a transfer for the sake of it. i have benching headaches as it is.

        perfect week to save one. i wanted DDG for bego but cant afford it as i got samba instead of hill.

        hows your team doing mate??

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      2. Pasqualinho
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 13 Years
        9 years, 3 months ago

        Not sure they'll have blanks. GW33 midweek is free, so those that have lost games due to the cup in all probability will have a game rescheduled here. Their opponents in the postponed games (Swansea/WBA at the moment) may still have a blank, however. Man Utd v Chelsea replay may put a spanner in the works also.

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  21. Voodoo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    9 years, 3 months ago

    Best defender from now til the end other than Baines?

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    1. Siva Mohan
      • 9 Years
      9 years, 3 months ago

      Zab

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    2. rvp786
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 years, 3 months ago

      zaba

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    3. Trent Robbo 66✅
      • 10 Years
      9 years, 3 months ago

      Rafael, Evra, Zabaletta, Enrique.

      First 3 have DGW

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    4. Butters
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 years, 3 months ago

      Zabaleta, Enrique, Evans are best mid-priced options.

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    5. Corkyote FFS CWC Champion 2…
      • 9 Years
      9 years, 3 months ago

      Zabaleta, Evra, Luiz, GJ/JE?

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    6. Jebiga
      • 10 Years
      9 years, 3 months ago

      jose enrique, nastasic

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    7. Voodoo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 years, 3 months ago

      Cheers all, and here I was thinking Vermaelen had the best chance of the most points...

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      1. Jebiga
        • 10 Years
        9 years, 3 months ago

        mertesacker !

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        1. Voodoo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          9 years, 3 months ago

          No I can't go for him, he's poo

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  22. alang
    • 12 Years
    9 years, 3 months ago

    All those who sold RVP regretting this week obviously

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    1. Christina.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 12 Years
      9 years, 3 months ago

      No why?

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      1. Bubbles
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 12 Years
        9 years, 3 months ago

        His 0 points hurt us pretty badly.

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        1. Christina.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 12 Years
          9 years, 3 months ago

          lol

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    2. Butters
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 years, 3 months ago

      not really... Easy enough to buy him back

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    3. Trent Robbo 66✅
      • 10 Years
      9 years, 3 months ago

      Did RVP --> Lambert 2 weeks ago
      RVP = 5p + blank
      Lambert = 2p + 2p = 4p

      Lost lots of money too, massive fail.

      The week I ditched RVP out for Lambert, I lost a H2H by 2p 😡 (RVP outscored Lambert by 3p)

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    4. Hank Scorpio
      • 10 Years
      9 years, 3 months ago

      No chance, yes I need to get him back in, but Suarez's 4 goals, 1 assist and 6 bonus points (outside of captaincy) have made the move more than worthwhile, even if I have to -4 hit to get him back.

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    5. AGUEROOOOO!!!!!
      • 9 Years
      9 years, 3 months ago

      i will get him back in. im not that confident though in him seems to be off the boil at the moment, he has to atleast get 20 points as captain really

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  23. The Mandalorian
    • 9 Years
    9 years, 3 months ago

    RVP, is he looking burnt out like some of the media are suggesting?

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    1. Andrew
      • 10 Years
      9 years, 3 months ago

      No I dont think so, I think cameo appearances etc are bound to break up any momentum you had

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    2. Hank Scorpio
      • 10 Years
      9 years, 3 months ago

      Nah, just needs a goal to re-stoke his fires though.

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    3. Just Ruud
      • 11 Years
      9 years, 3 months ago

      Read in a few articles that prior to last season he had only averaged 15 odd league games over the previous 10 seasons. Hope its not burn out. Still a class act and on pens, which sways it for me.

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    4. The Mandalorian
      • 9 Years
      9 years, 3 months ago

      Rooney looks the stronger of the two right now and having played less games this season could finish stronger. I'm undecided who to bring in.

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  24. SPorting
    • 10 Years
    9 years, 3 months ago

    right then, it's early doors in SABG's second-to-last-but-one-before-the-next-chance Saloon:

    Bunn
    JEvans, Dawson, Cam
    Sisso, Mata, Walcott, Bale
    RvP, Suarez, Benteke

    Cerny, Kebe, Davies, Pearce

    and all for a -8 hit, by golly.

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    1. Gigging Order
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      9 years, 3 months ago

      Hope you did the over 3.5 yesterday Sporting! 🙂

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      1. SPorting
        • 10 Years
        9 years, 3 months ago

        indeed i did GO.

        returned a tidy little profit. my Tekkers FGS added some shine to an otherwise dull weekend.

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        1. Gigging Order
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          9 years, 3 months ago

          Glad to hear it!

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  25. TorresMagic™
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    • 13 Years
    9 years, 3 months ago

    Elite 64 = 5th best league. FPL Open got booted. 😆

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    1. Corkyote FFS CWC Champion 2…
      • 9 Years
      9 years, 3 months ago

      Still time to get them both in top 5 🙂

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      1. TorresMagic™
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        • 13 Years
        9 years, 3 months ago

        No more entries for FPL Open so unlikely.

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        1. Corkyote FFS CWC Champion 2…
          • 9 Years
          9 years, 3 months ago

          Well Evs is going to win the overall league so that should help 😉

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          1. TorresMagic™
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 13 Years
            9 years, 3 months ago

            But if he gets knocked out of FPL Open I remove him. Lots of green arrows from now on.

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    2. Butters
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 years, 3 months ago

      I just want to win Millionaire Club 😛

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      1. TorresMagic™
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 13 Years
        9 years, 3 months ago

        I still have to update it. Doubt anyone gets knocked out though.

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    3. The Baines
      • 9 Years
      9 years, 3 months ago

      i am 42nd 50th in ur 2 leagues.. what next???

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      1. TorresMagic™
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        • 13 Years
        9 years, 3 months ago

        Click the link & find your team.

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    4. Bootsy: Snoddy's Reven…
      • 10 Years
      9 years, 3 months ago

      Hey thanks for organising these competitions!

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      1. Butters
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        9 years, 3 months ago

        yes thanks TM 🙂

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      2. TorresMagic™
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 13 Years
        9 years, 3 months ago

        No problem, hope you have a good run.

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  26. Hank Scorpio
    • 10 Years
    9 years, 3 months ago

    Morning All,

    My transfer plans this week boil down to something like the following options:

    A - Cisse ----> Rooney (free)

    B - Sturridge & Cisse ---> Remy & RVP (-4 hit)

    Basically, is RVP worth a hit over Rooney?

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    1. HelloSidney
      • 10 Years
      9 years, 3 months ago

      Possibly but not when it involves Sturridge to Remy also IMHO

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  27. JELLYFISH
    • 10 Years
    9 years, 3 months ago

    Team for GW30:

    DDG
    GJ Azpil Davies
    Mata Bale Walcott Sissoko
    RVP(c) Suarez Lambert

    (Bunn N'Zog Pearce Clyne)

    I had bought in N'Zog for REA/QPR games but after Saturday not prepared to risk him. Reckon I will save the FT for GW31. Look ok?

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    1. Trent Robbo 66✅
      • 10 Years
      9 years, 3 months ago

      Save or Lambert --> benteke

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      1. JELLYFISH
        • 10 Years
        9 years, 3 months ago

        Thinking of Lambert>Remy (or another cheaper forward) to fund upgrading N'Zog

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  28. thetinkerman
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    • 11 Years
    9 years, 3 months ago

    Just noticed Santi plays Reading next week....

    Walcott + Santi = win.

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    1. Get up ya bum
      • 12 Years
      9 years, 3 months ago

      Indeed

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    2. JELLYFISH
      • 10 Years
      9 years, 3 months ago

      I'm looking at doubling up with Wally/Santi too.

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  29. Gigging Order
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    9 years, 3 months ago

    Have I missed the boat in getting involved in the Doubles comp?

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    1. SPorting
      • 10 Years
      9 years, 3 months ago

      i don't think so. starts this weekend.

      get a partner, register and enter a new team in FPL.

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        1. Gigging Order
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          9 years, 3 months ago

          Thanks Sporting

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  30. AK ⭐
    • 9 Years
    9 years, 3 months ago

    How's this?

    Baines to Martin and Lukaku to Rooney for a hit?

    I don't like the Rooney call somehow, how about Baines to Evra and Sessegnon to Lampard for a hit? This would give em double United defense with JEvans. And double Chelsea with Lamps.

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    1. Butters
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 years, 3 months ago

      or Baines -> Rafael and Sess -> Haz 😛

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    2. Butters
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      9 years, 3 months ago

      Guess what, I just got a special edition champions league winners di matteo shirt today 🙂

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