Fantasy Football Blog

  • 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.

    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 scores his team's second in a 3-1 win that is considered

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  • Injury report: Gameweek 34

    As the finish line approaches, Chelsea can seal the Premier League title on the final day with a win over Wigan at Stamford Bridge.

    However, they will have to do so without combative midfielder Jon Obi Mikel, after the Nigerian had minor knee surgery that also rules him out of the FA Cup final.

    The Blues' opponents for that match on May 15, Portsmouth, have an injury list that seems to be growing by the day. However, with nothing to play for in their final match in the Premier League, away to Everton, they are in no rush to get players back into the side before the Wembley showpiece.

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  • Injuries and Suspensions

    Here's a look at all your team news for the weekend. Of note is Drogba's ankle, Bosingwa now has a hamstring injury and not just a gash, Walcott and Fabregas return but RvP is out and Nasri is a doubt, and Neville and Bouma could make returns to their respective back lines.

    Looking for a forward? Don't look for BerbaKing, Rooney, RvP, Bellamy (even Robinho a doubt), RSC, Benni McC, Cousin, CCole, Zaki, Heskey, or Bent. Maybe Saha if Cahill is indeed out or Beattie if you think less of WBA than of Stoke's road record. It will likely be Tevez plus one (CRon?) up front for ManU.  Pavlyuchencko

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  • The Week Ahead

    So many topics to write about since I last blogged. 

    What to say about...

    1) ...the opening of the eagerly (but I'm not sure why) awaited opening of Messiah 2: Pay No Mind to the Lack of Experience or Personality in Newcastle.  Keegan may not have been the best manager ever but at least there was a solid reason behind the hysteria.  I know Shearer is a local icon and was one of the great strikers in the history of the Prem but if you substituted Maradona for Shearer and Argentina for NUFC you'd have (and in fact you did have) widespread laughter from the knowing throngs that could see the

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  • Spurs keen to strike Crouch deal

    for a little variety in your rumour diet 

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    Tottenham want to sign Liverpool's Peter Crouch - but will turn to James Beattie or Juan Pablo Angel if they fail to land the beanpole hitman.Crouch began his career as a trainee at White Hart Lane and The People claim Martin Jol wants to bring him back to the club.

    The gangly goalgetter has been struggling to claim a regular starting place at Anfield and Newcastle have already failed in a bid to land him.

    Spurs are desperate to bring in another forward before the transfer window closes on Wednesday - and Aston Villa star Angel is another

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  • Chelsea stars lead African exodus

    Twenty-one Premier League players have left their clubs for
    the 2010 African Cup of Nations in Angola.

    It represents a significant decline on the 34 who went to the 2008 tournament in Ghana.

    This can be partly explained by the failure to qualify of Senegal and South Africa, who between them
    supplied six Premier League players last time.

    Additionally, Reading and Newcastle had seven
    players away two years ago and have subsequently been relegated.

    It may also reflect managers'
    uncertainty about signing players who will disappear for a month every two
    seasons.

    Chelsea and Portsmouth are the

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  • Matchday Open Thread

    Was your guy rested? Benched? Injured? Did he fail a late fitness test? Did the manager confound you or confirm your suspicions?

    Have a gamble that paid off? Or a sure thing no longer certain.

    Good luck today (and tomorrow) and consider this your open thread.

  • Matchday Open Thread

    Jeremy is deserting us this weekend for a wedding in beautiful Plam Springs so we'll have to make due without him.  As the matches get ready to kick off, the big question that faces is us whether the usual balance of power will be in force with half of the Premier League out or diminished due to injury.  Chelsea, Liverpool, and Arsenal have the most to worry about but across the board there will be major questions of who can cope with adversity.

    Time to sit back and enjoy the drama.

    As always, we want to know what you're thinking as you watch the matches or keep up with them however you do so.

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  • Defoe on the bench!?!?

    Is Adams drinking again?  It's bad enough that Gordon is a big fat zero this week with an unannounced ankle injury... but this is ridiculous.

    Bah!

    Feel free to vent your frustrations as this is your official midweek matchday open thread (OMMDOT).

     

  • Monday Morning Manager

    In which your bloggers break down the weekend that was.

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    Session Start (Jeremy Spitzberg:Neal Thurman): Mon Dec 01 09:20:35 2008

    [09:20] Jeremy Spitzberg: what a weekend

    [09:20] Jeremy Spitzberg: what a mess

    [09:21] Neal Thurman: agreed - not much positive other than Arsenal beating Chelsea which only really applied to the real world

    [09:21] Neal Thurman: who would have guessed Bolton being the big studs of the weekend?

    [09:21] Jeremy Spitzberg: and that's not our purview

    [09:21] Neal Thurman: agreed

    [09:22] Neal Thurman: MTay is always potentially good but no one would have

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