Fantasy Football Blog

  • Movers and shakers: Ed’s up

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

    UP

    Edwin van der Sar (GK, Manchester United, 17.91) +9.56

    The Dutchman returned after almost two months out to make four saves in the 3-0 home win over Burnley.

    Nicolas Anelka (FW, Chelsea, 23.14) +8.11

    A brace, an assist and shots galore in the 7-2 mauling of Sunderland.

    Gary Caldwell (DF, Wigan Athletic, 7.65) +7.65

    Almost as grateful for a clean sheet as Wigan fans were on his Premier League debut.

    Mame Biram Diouf (FW, Manchester United, 6.95) +6.95

    After scoring 16 goals in 29 games for Molde last season,

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  • Player distribution: Popularity contest

    Below is a table shows the top 25 most popular players currently in the game.

    That's right, Gael Givet really is one of the most sought after players in the Premier League.

    1

    Shay Given (Manchester City - G)

    33.67%

    2

    Didier Drogba (Chelsea - F)

    32.10%

    3

    Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal - D)

    31.09%

    4

    Carlos Tevez (Manchester City - F)

    26.93%

    5

    Wayne Rooney (Manchester United - F)

    26.10%

    6

    Fernando Torres (Liverpool - F)

    14.45%

    7

    John Terry (Chelsea - D)

    14.31%

    8

    Darren Bent (Sunderland - F)

    14.27%

    9

    Andrei Arshavin (Arsenal - M)

    12.77%

    10

    Hugo

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  • Foreign view: Delightful di Natale

    ITALY

    UP

    Antonio di Natale (FW, Udinese, 31.70) +6.17

    His hat-trick sealed a 3-1 win for the Zebrette against high-flying Napoli - their first win in eight games.

    Walter Samuel (DF, Internazionale, 10.63) +4.99

    A goal and a clean sheet against Cagliari for the veteran defender.

    Julio Sergio (GK, Roma, 18.22) +4.68

    The Brazilian keeper pulled off nine saves to frustrate Fiorentina and seal a fifth-straight win for Roma.

    Andrea Consigli (GK, Atalanta, 10.04) +4.11

    A rare clean sheet in the win over Bari, but Le Dea remain in the bottom three.

    Julio Cesar (GK, Internazionale, 23.52) +3.45

    A

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  • Injury report: Gameweek 22 update

    What with there being no Premier League games this weekend and the two matches next week are part of the current turn in the game, The Fantasist will just give you a quick update on any new injuries that have cropped up over the last couple of day's worth of matches.

    You can see last week's comprehensive list here.

    OUT

    Gary Cahill (Bolton) - Arm

    Christian Benitez (Birmingham) - Ankle

    Ashley Cole (Chelsea) - Ankle/Foot

    Ryan Giggs (Manchester United) - Arm

    QUESTIONABLE

    Andrei Arshavin (Arsenal) - Hamstring

    Samir Nasri (Arsenal) - Concussion

    Alex Song (Arsenal) - Knee

    Alex Song

    Stiliyan Petrov

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  • Movers and shakers: Clinical Phillips

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

    UP

    Kevin Phillips (FW, Birmingham City, 10.83) +6.32

    Came off the bench to score a tidy match-winning brace against Wolves.

    Danny Higginbotham (DF, Stoke City, 12.09) +3.96

    A goal and a clean sheet against Blackburn.

    Matthew Etherington (MF, Stoke City, 13.39) +3.96

    One goal, one assist and 25.5 points for the in-form winger.

    Didier Drogba (FW, Chelsea, 24.19) +3.96

    His two goals further damaged Arsenal's title credentials.

    Ilan (FW, West Ham, 8.74) +2.49

    Accelerated from 0 to 1 goal within four minutes of his

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  • Choose ‘em or lose ‘em: Defensive double-dip

    It's a two-match gameweek for Fulham, Chelsea, Hull and Portsmouth, a quartet that includes the two meanest home defences and the stingiest away back four, so selecting the correct stoppers is the name of the game this week.

    GOALKEEPERS

    Choose 'em: Fulham have the joint-meanest defence at home this season. With Fulham hosting a misfiring Villa and Portsmouth at Craven Cottage this week, there's clean sheet sin the offing for Mark Schwarzer (7.68).

    Birmingham are the other team who, along with Fulham, have conceded just six at home thus far, so Joe Hart (9.67) might be worth the investment

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  • Tactical non-review

    The Fantasist would love to review the weekend's action, but unfortunately it can't as points have not been updated.

    Hugely annoying as this obviously is, console yourselves with the knowledge that the points will be added eventually, and that this is just the start of a very long game week.

    Otherwise, there's really nothing to add.

  • Matchday Open thread

    Arsene Wenger knows Arsenal's hopes of staying in this season's Premier League title race will be as good as over if they lose at leaders Chelsea on Sunday.

    Much was made of his side's crushing 3-1 home defeat by Manchester United last week being the first English match screened in 3D but Wenger needs no special glasses to see the confidence draining out of his side.

    Arsenal's season appeared to be coming to the boil when they went top of the table in January but a miserable 11-day period in which they lost in the FA Cup at Stoke City, drew 0-0 at Aston Villa and were then outclassed by

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  • Choose ‘em or lose ‘em?

    It is a week to steer clear of the usual big names - Arsenal, Villa, Liverpool, Chelsea and Everton all have extremely tough games, mostly against each other.

    Four teams play three times this match week, and all of them have a pretty kind schedule.

    People will be jumping all over Manchester City, whose line-up of Hull away, Bolton at home and Stoke away holds few demons.

    Wigan's triple header of Sunderland away, Stoke home and Bolton home is even easier, but then they are Wigan...

    To make your life easier, here's a cheat sheet of each team's matches and their relative difficulty.

    GOOD

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  • Foreign view: Mancini master-stroke?

    ITALY

    Silvio Berlusconi may not like it, but if Mancini (4.56) can recapture the form that saw him star for Roma, rather than that which saw him sidelined at Internazionale, then Milan may have pulled off the move of the January transfer window in Italy. For that price, he could be worth sneaking into your team. Of course, Ronaldinho (21.41) is still very much the main man for Milan this season.

    Inter skipper Javier Zanetti (3.71) may be 63 years old, but he is cheap and starts every game, and should be in line for a win at home to Cagliari alongside more salubrious team-mates such as Goran

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