Fantasy Football Blog

  • Movers and shakers

    During the season our regular feature will detail whose value is rising and falling.


    Francesc Fabregas  (MF, Arsenal, 20.98) +4.03
    One goal and four assists? That'll do nicely. The Arsenal skipper was simply sublime in the 6-2 win against Blackburn.

    Henrique Hilario 
    (pictured - GK, Chelsea, 7.15) +2.66
    The Portuguese picked up 16 points standing in for the suspended Petr Cech against Liverpool. Now lose him.

    Hassan Yebda 
    (MF, Portsmouth, 6.87) +2.53
    Scored Portsmouth's winner against Wolves, which is worth a hefty price hike in itself. Can he keep it up? It seems doubtful.

    Thomas Sorensen 

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  • Injuries & Suspensions

    Injuries, suspensions, transfers and arrests.  We've got it all this week, save for car crashes.

    Bit of an awkward week though as well as we're locking down Saturday but the league games won't be played until Tuesday and Wednesday.  So hit and hope.  But what do we know?  Well...

    1. FA Cup - Team news: Terry out for Chelsea
    2. Campbell missing for FA Cup clash
    3. Gerrard poised for FA Cup action
    4. Mido Makes Latics Loan Move
    5. Bullard is only absentee for Roy
    6. Yobo set for bench role at Anfield
    7. Santa Cruz in line for Rovers start
    8. Villa agree £3.5m Heskey fee
    9. Valencia confirm Cesar capture
    10. Pennant poised
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  • Blog Roundtable

    Your favorite irregular feature where we talk round and round the issues of the (fantasy) day. In this episode we give our live "commentary" on the matches (line-ups, goals, assists, shots and cards), transfers - real and imagined, and Arsenal's narrow midfield.  This is uncut, mostly unfiltered, and likely vertigo inducing.  So be warned.


    Session Start (Jeremy Spitzberg:Neal Thurman): Tue Jan 27 08:17:04 2009

    [08:17] Jeremy Spitzberg: it remains to be seen whether or not City target Shay Given is included in the squad

    [08:17] Jeremy Spitzberg: DNH?

    [08:17] Neal Thurman: would make me

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  • Injuries and Suspensions

    Updated below.

    The injury news seems to be late coming into the the major news outlets this morning so we'll be running a little late as well - my apologies. 

    Here is some initial information to get you going and we will update over the course of the day as the latest and greatest comes in from the clubs.

    Looks like Guthrie and Given are both going to be missing but the big news at NUFC is that they have landed Kevin Nolan.  Wasn't it just a few years ago when people were suggesting that he was going to be the next Paul Scholes at ManYoo?  How the mighty have fallen.  All of NUFC's strikers

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  • Friday’s Team News Today

    Where we bring you up to speed with what is going on around the Premier League and the news that will impact your decision making come the week's trading deadline.


    Arshavin aiming high with Gunners

    "Arshavin has returned home to await the formality of a work permit before returning to London. While Gunners fans are likely to have to be patient for the debut of the playmaker, given the Russian domestic season finished in November, Arshavin is in no doubt of the expectations which await him."

    [Wheels grind slowly in all UK bureaucracies, be they government or tech companies. 

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  • Defoe hit for three

    It is being reported that Defoe is out for at least three weeks after injuring his foot in training today.  Reports had him out for the season, but seemingly it is not that grave.

    This has been a public service announcement.  



  • Foreign view: French fancy

    The French season kicks off this weekend, and you have
    until lunchtime on Saturday to register your Fantasy Ligue 1 side for the first
    round of matches.

    Ligue 1 is considered the weakest of Europe's 'big
    five' national leagues, it has long
    been a magnificent supply line of talent.

    players such as Michel Platini, George
    Weah, Zinedine Zidane have been followed by the more recent likes of Thierry
    Henry, Patrick Vieira, Michael Essien and Franck Ribery, all of whom came to prominence in France.

    summer transfer of Karim Benzema from Lyon to Real Madrid for £35 million shows

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  • Movers and shakers: Ade gamble

    During the season our regular
    Wednesday feature will detail whose value is rising and falling, but prices are frozen until the big kick-off.

    This week
    we will comb through the summer's
    transfers looking for value. Having already looked at the Premier League's new arrivals, The Fantasist will now consider
    those players who have moved from one top-flight club to another.

    And the bad
    news is, there don't appear to be
    too many bargains on offer.

    Darren Bent
    (FW, 9.24) - Tottenham to Sunderland **** out of
    Fantasist expects big things from Bent under the guidance of Steve Bruce. Could score

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  • Week one match-ups

    Fantasy Football is all about picking the players with the best match-ups.

    You might not like the look of Ricardo Fuller away to Chelsea, but home to Hull City could be a different story altogether.

    As week one sees most teams play twice, the match-ups are particularly crucial. We have a look at which teams' players to go for, and whose to avoid.

    Arsenal - @ EVE
    Aston Villa - v WIG
    Birmingham - @ MU, v POR
    Blackburn - v MC
    Bolton - v SUN
    Burnley - @ STO, v MU
    Chelsea - v HUL, @ SUN
    Everton - v ARS
    Fulham - @ POR
    Hull City - @ CHE, v TOT
    Liverpool - @ TOT, v STO
    Manchester City - @ BLA

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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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