Fantasy Football Blog

  • Matchday review: Gameweek 8

    In a week without too many high scorers, The Fantasist
    dropped a massive clanger by failing to sign Carlos Tevez.

    The Argentine's two goals at Blackpool
    were worth 22.5 points, making him the top scorer in the game.

    The Fantasist opted for Nicolas Anelka instead, and was
    rewarded with a lacklustre performance.

    Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul
    was cheap for a reason - who knew Wigan at
    home was such a difficult game?

    In defence, there was an interesting situation with Jerome
    Boateng. The German international played over 75 minutes, and was substituted
    when City had yet to concede.

    Surely worth a

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  • Euro update: Super Schweinsteiger

    With the third week of the Fantasy Europe Cup looming, we aim to show you how to find a bit of value.

    You have 200 million euros to spend to compete with Europe's best, choosing from all the squad players at the 32 clubs who have qualified for the group stages of the Champions League.

    With that much money to play with you can afford to splash out on a decent goalkeeper, and with AC Milan playing at home Christian Abbiati at 13 million euros might fit the bill.

    But Abbiati's side are up against in-form Real Madrid this week, so you may prefer to go elsewhere.

    Rangers keeper Allan McGregor is

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  • Friday Fantasy Football Chat

    Join the Fantasist for the weekly Fantasy Football chat!

    Injuries have made this a tough weekend for managers, with plenty of thorny selection dilemmas.

    Do you axe Didier Drogba? Do you put your faith in Rooney? What about Fabregas?

    The Fantasist will attempt to shed some light on the matter.

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  • Top 10 new players

    Player values are not arbitrarily decided by a person, but
    by a complex calculation based on previous performance.

    What this does mean, however, is that players who are new to
    the Premier League are given a nominal value that can often make them
    tremendous bargains.

    Let's take a look at the top 10 signings among this year's
    batch of newbies.

    10-Nikola Zigic (FW, Birmingham, 6.40)
    Standing a massive 6' 7 ½", Zigic is one of very few
    people who know what the top of Peter Crouch's head looks like. He's not the
    most prolific goalscorer but is a real nuisance up front and should get his
    fair share

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  • Fantasy injury report: Week eight

    Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves could finally be in the reckoning to return to the first team this weekend, according to his surgeon.

    The England utility man's first-team game-time over the past two years can be measured in seconds rather than minutes, but the specialist who has helped the 29-year-old through extensive knee problems believes that he could be in the squad to face West Brom on Saturday.

    Meanwhile, Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson just can't seem to get a break at the moment. No sooner is star striker Fernando Torres on the verge of returning from injury than Dutch forward

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  • Fantasy injury report: Week seven

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is sweating on the fitness of skipper Cesc Fabregas, who has a chance of making the crunch encounter with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

    The Spaniard remains a doubt as he looks to shake off his lingering ankle injury, and the Gunners will be desperate for their captain to make a late fitness test.

    Meanwhile, Wenger could be faced with a selection dilemma with underfire goalkeeper Manuel Almunia's fitness in the balance for the clash at Stamford Bridge.

    Lukasz Fabianski had a stormer against Partizan Belgrade in midweek and, after Almunia's horror show

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  • Matchday review: Rafael’s masterpiece

    Rafael van der Vaart's instant impact on the Premier League is mirrored in his performance in Fantasy Football.

    The Dutchman's match-winning brace against Aston Villa on Saturday benefited a third of players in the game to the tune of 30 points. He has now scored in each of his three matches at White Hart Lane, so if you also had him in your team for Fantasy Europe Cup then double kudos to you.

    In a rather London-centric attack for The Fantasist, only Didier Drogba delivered value for money with his goal against Arsenal helping to earn him 22 points. Florent Malouda, Samir Nasri and Marouane

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  • Friday Fantasy Football Chat

    Scroll down the transcript of Friday afternoon's regular Fantasy Football Chat.

    With six teams coming off midweek European games, selection promised to be
    trickier than ever this weekend.

    Would Fernando Torres finally hit his straps with Liverpool at home to
    Blackpool? Would there be any cheap points in Arsenal's clash with Chelsea at
    Stamford Bridge? And would West Brom's bargain side continue their fine form at
    home against Bolton?

    Read all about such matters by poring over the chat transcript.

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  • Friday Fantasy Football Chat

    Join the Fantasist to chat about the weekend's Fantasy Football action.

    With six teams coming off midweek European games, selection promises to be trickier than ever this weekend.

    Can Chelsea be relied upon to compile a cricket score at home to Blackpool? Will United make an effort against Liverpool? And can West Ham finally score their first point?

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  • Friday Fantasy Football Chat

    Scroll down for the transcript of Friday afternoon's regular Fantasy Football chat.

    Subjects on the agenda included free-scoring Chelsea facing their first proper test of the Premier League season with a visit to Manchester City, and the mentality of strikers Fernando Torres and Wayne Rooney.

    And would Roy Hodgson's Liverpool charges finally fire at home to Sunderland?

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