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  • Fantasy Football basics

    Fantasy Football 2011/12 is here, so let's start the countdown
    to the big kick-off with a recap of the basics to help you build a winning team.

    What is Fantasy Football?
    Really, you don't know? Well, OK, if you insist. It's a game
    that allows you to pick a fictional team made up of real players, who then
    score you points based on what they do on the pitch in actual Premier League
    games. The aim - it should be patently clear - is to score as many points as

    How do my players score points?
    The Yahoo! Eurosport
    game has a relatively sophisticated scoring system that we will explore in more

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  • Injury report: Gameweek 1

    Manchester United open the defence of their Premier League crown with a trip to West Brom on Sunday but they will be deprived of Mexico striker Javier Hernandez due to concussion.

    With Patrice Evra, Michael Carrick, Darren Fletcher, Antonio Valencia and Danny Welbeck also doubts, it gives Sir Alex Ferguson a minor selection headache ahead of the first weekend of the Premier League season.

    He is not alone. Predictably, Arsenal are also suffering. Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri may well have left the club prior to their match against Newcastle on Sunday, while Abou Diaby also continues his

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  • And the winner is…

    So, that's it. The season is finally over. No more Premier League until August, meaning that you will have to fill your summer with the Copa America, Women's World Cup and European U21s in order to get your football fix.

    It seems as though the end of the campaign couldn't come quick enough for some, as the bods in charge of updating the scores from the final round of Premier League fixtures clocked off for the season before that was done. The Fantasist can only apologise for the delay. Hey, it has a vested interest as well, you know.

    Anyway, the points have now fully updated and we have a

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  • Matchday review: Gameweek 37

    Wigan Athletic fans were not the only ones cheering the Latics' incredible comeback to win 3-2 against West Ham, sending the Hammers down in the process.

    Charles N'Zogbia's cracking brace sealed victory for Roberto Martinez's side, and in the process had The Fantasist whooping and hollering like a group of Americans outside the White House celebrating the demise of Osama Bin Laden.

    The Frenchman grabbed a bonus point for one goal being from a set piece and the other a match-winner to bring in 30 points for yours truly.

    Charlie Adam, Robin van Persie and Daniel Sturridge all pulled in

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  • Injury report: Gameweek 37

    Newcastle skipper Kevin Nolan will miss
    the final two games of the season after undergoing ankle surgery.

    The 28-year-old will have the operation
    later today, but is expected to be fit for the start of the new campaign.

    Darren Fletcher could play some part in Manchester United's attempts to secure a record 19th
    league title on Saturday after coming through a reserve-team outing against

    Fletcher's season has been scarred by a virus he
    picked up in March that laid him low for almost two months. The Scotland skipper
    is viewed as a likely starter in the Champions League final against

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  • Matchday review: Gameweek 36

    Manchester City's Champions League
    showdown with Tottenham on Tuesday meant they were the only two teams on a
    double-gamer last week, and The Fantasist got involved.

    Three City players and four from
    Spurs were deployed by yours truly to varying degrees of success although
    bizarrely, considering they took one point from the six available to them, it
    was the London quartet which came out best.

    Rafael van der Vaart led the way with 21.5 points, not
    bad considering he didn't score in either match, although it cost almost as
    much to sign him. Luka Modric brought in a reasonable 12, but Aaron

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  • Fantasy: Picking your formation

    We continue our guide to the Fantasy Premier League game by guiding you on
    how to choose your formation.

    Unlike football management simulation games, you are restricted in your
    choice of formation, so no bright sparks trying to cheat their way to victory by
    choosing seven goal-scoring attacking midfielders in a 3-5-3 formation.

    You can play 3-5-2, 4-4-2, 4-3-3 and 3-4-3 and you can change it at will.

    Of course 3-4-3 gives you the most attacking options but, with the advanced
    age of Fantasy sports, this does not guarantee maximum points on a weekly

    Points are given and taken for saves,

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  • Matchday review: Gameweek 35

    But for
    the hapless goalkeeping of Sunderland's Simon Mignolet, the Fantasist would have
    had a respectable week.

    let the side down in a massive way with his minus 11 score for the week and his
    aberration left the Fantasist reeling.

    The Black
    Cats keeper shipped in three goals against Fulham, and that's no good for
    anyone in the world of fantasy football.

    and Ahmed Elmohamady each ticked along with tidy 5.5 scores,
    representing Manchester City and Sunderland respectively, which was a fillip.

    is a consistent presence at the back for Chelsea, and he came

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  • Matchday review: Gameweek 34

    All hail King Kenny! No, The Fantasist doesn't mean Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish, whose midfielder Maxi Rodriguez was the weekend's top scorer with 40.5 points courtesy of his hat-trick against Birmingham, but Stoke's Kenwyne Jones.

    With a double gameweek for four of the Premier League's less fashionable sides, The Fantasist put faith in the Trinidadian striker and was repaid with goals against Aston Villa and Wolves for a tidy haul of 27 points.

    Jones's Potters team-mates in the Fantasist's XI had mixed fortunes with Robert Huth bagging 15 points over the two games but Matthew Etherington -

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  • Wigan and Villa fighting fit

    This weekend may be the time to pick some Wigan and Aston Villa players for your Fantasy team, as the relegation-battling duo find form and fitness when it counts.

    After dreadful seasons the pair have no injuries, with Wigan's only first-team absence the suspended Maynor Figueroa.

    Wigan were bottom at various spells but a 3-1 win at Blackpool has taken them out of the relegation zone - Hugo Rodallega and Charles N'Zogbia the key men for the Latics.

    They travel to Sunderland at the weekend, with the Black Cats having just lost keeper Craig Gordon for the season and without a win in nine games -

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