Fantasy Football Blog

  • Choose ‘em or lose ‘em

    You know the drill. Here's who's good and bad this game week.

    GOALKEEPERS

    Choose 'em: You won't get any easier a fixture than Burnley at home, so jump all over Boaz Myhill (3.36) in the net for Hull. If you really have to look elsewhere, Petr Cech (11.33) should get a win and a clean sheet at home to Bolton, so that will be nice.

    Lose 'em: Birmingham's on-loan keeper Joe Hart (9.45) is barred from facing parent club Manchester City (Maik Taylor deputises), while Marcus Hahnemann's (13.32) miraculous form has made him prohibitively pricey.

    DEFENDERS

    Choose 'em: You might not have noticed, but

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  • Movers and shakers: Begovic bounces back

    Our weekly look at the risers and fallers in Fantasy Football. 

    UP

    Asmir Begovic bounced back from shipping five goals at Chelsea with a well-earned clean sheet against Everton - well done to anyone who snapped him up for just 1.00 following the mauling at Stamford Bridge. Heurelho Gomes also starred in goal for Spurs.

    It will be cold comfort for Sunderland's David Meyler, but he is this week's big price mover despite being stretchered off against Manchester United with a knee injury after just 37 minutes.

    A first Wigan goal for Victor Moses sees his price shoot up, while Craig Bellamy,

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  • The Fantasist: Better than a monkey

    First off today, a quick reply to the poster who said yesterday:

    "You warned that Joe Cole might not start but still put him in choose 'em. How about your Carlos Tevez choice? Every week loads of players out score their value. A monkey throwing tipp-ex at the computer screen could do as well as you. (Message to yahoo: Get a new fantasist. He is miles from being a guru. I know that you are being light-hearted but this guy is rubbish)."

    Last weekend 266 players featured in the Premier League, of which 57 outscored their value - that's 21 per cent.

    Of the 13 players tipped in Friday's 'Choose

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  • Matchday review: Carroll in the points

    It proved to be a mixed weekend for the
    Fantasist, whose team dropped out of the top 10 in the combined Superleagues
    despite some big individual scoring.

    The biggest of all was Andy Carroll, who
    weighed in with a hat-trick and a huge 39.5 points to thoroughly vindicate the
    Fantasist's recommendation of the Newcastle striker. "I like him"
    were the exact words used in last Friday's selection blog.

    Unfortunately, Theo Walcott's similarly
    barnstorming performance (also 39.5) went unpredicted but at least Florent
    Malouda (14), Marouane Chamakh (19.5) and Didier Drogba 13) all contributed

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  • Injury report: Gameweek three

    Roy Hodgson is sweating over the fitness of Steven Gerrard, who missed out Liverpool's Europa League trip to play Trabzonspor on Thursday night.
     
    Fernando Torres should return after being rested for the trip to Turkey, but Gerrard's troublesome back makes him a doubt.
     
    Elsewhere, Mario Balotelli is unlikely to feature for Manchester City as he continues to recover from a knee injury.
     
    Join the Fantasist at 3pm UK time on Friday for a live chat about the weekend's action!

    Here are the injuries and suspensions for the second weekend of the season.

    Club Week 3 Status Player Injury
    Arsenal
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  • Fantasy Football Friday Chat

    If you missed Friday's live Fantasy Football chat, here's your recap of what went down.

    Included in the chat - Arsenal's defensive crisis, Marouane Chamakh's chances of a boatload of points and the merits or otherwise of Mario Balotelli.

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  • Fantasy Football basics

    Fantasy Football 2010/11 is here, so let's start the countdown
    to 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 painfully clear, is to score as many points as
    possible.

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

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  • How to score points

    A surprising amount of people pick their Fantasy team without having any
    real idea how the game works.

    It should hardly need saying that a player who is good in real life is not
    necessarily going to excel in Fantasy.

    So, without further ado, let's find out how your players actually get points
    on the board.

    A full list of scoring categories can be found here.

    ATTACKING: A goal might officially be worth seven points,
    but in reality you get more than that, as there is an additional three for a
    shot on target to make 10.

    Furthermore, you get two more if it is a match-winning goal - if a player

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  • Join our Fantasy Superleague!

    This season The Fantasist is pitting its wits
    against the people in its new Fantasy Superleague.

    SIGN UP FOR FANTASY FOOTBALL and join the league and play against the
    Fantasist and other posters on the blog:

    A massive 900 managers have already taken up the challenge, and just one league has places remaining: 

    Group ID:
    10555
    Password: football

    Please note: Due to the limit of five leagues per user, The Fantasist's team is not in Superleagues 6 to 10, but members of that group will be included in the overall competition - with an as-yet-undetermined prize for the winner!

    Here's The

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  • Friday Fantasy Football Chat

    Here is the transcript from The Fantasist's Friday afternoon Fantasy chat.

    Each week, the chat will look ahead to the weekend's action and offer advice on any tricky selection dilemmas.

    Ahead of the big kick-off, the debut edition looked at bargain signings new to the division, and just how many Wigan players to stuff into your starting line-up.

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