Fantasy Football Blog

  • West Ham Buy Every Premiership Player

    London -- After being linked with countless players this off-season, free-spending West Ham have decided that it was in the best interests of the club to buy every available Premiership player.  "After being in negotiations with Kieron Dyer and Alan Smith," said biscuit magnate and West Ham owner, Eggert Magnusson, "we as a board decided that it was simply more efficient to sign everyone all at once, rather than conduct each negotiation separately."

    "I guess it's my own fault," lamented Martin O'Neill.  "I had the money, and should have thought of this plan myself.  But it's a real opportunity

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  • Matchday Open Thread

    Watching the match? Following the Matchcast? Just back from the local and checking in on your fantasy team? Let's hear your thoughts on the weekend's action.

    Did you pick wisely? Were you ruined by a manager's game-day decisions (yes, we're looking at you, Avram)?

    Chime in below and let us know where you're at!

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  • Picking Up Steam (Finally)

    Well, we've been waiting all summer for some real movement and it finally looks like the "dominoes" that everyone was talking about are starting to fall. While it seems like the last gasp of Barry to Liverpool died earlier today (I'll believe it when the window closes), there has been some significant movement. Not exactly title-race-changing mind you, but significant. Here's the rundown...

    Bentley to Spurs

    Real Life Impact - Another nice move from Spurs in what appears to be a summer of marked improvement. Hard to say they didn't overpay but once you get past the money, lining up an

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  • Slowly but surely

    Yahoo! getting the player and team updates underway.  You can now find Larsson, Montella, Dempsey, and more posted.  Players like Lauren, and Bardsley (though not yet BFAY) are listed with their new clubs.

    Happy shopping.

  • Tuesday Round-Up

    A big day in the Premier League with everything happening but points on the board for fantasy managers. We had injuries, transfers, and Cup matches galore. Some of the "high" lights:

    Yakubu completes Everton move -- and even with their surprisingly emphatic win @Reading, Bolton should provide a welcome mat for the man who has scored more goals over the last four years than any striker save for that other French, former Arsenal striker.

    Knight Seals Villa Switch -- Presumably he comes straight into the squad to partner Laursen, moving Mellberg out to the right. I'm think Mellberg prefers the

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  • I’m not left-handed either

    I kept thinking of this line from The Princess Bride last night while watching ManU/Milan. I don't get why SAF played CRon on the left and Giggs on the right. I haven't read any of the match reaction, so maybe I'm missing the subtleties of the alignment. But I don't like it. I didn't like it last year when ManU did it for much of the season either. I just think that 1) the player have a harder time controlling balls played out from defence as they are often forced to use their weaker foot to trap the ball; 2) their first step if they do control the pass is outside, towards the by-line,

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  • Hammers job is real gamble – Curbs

    Alan Curbishley has told West Ham's players he has no intention of going from an England candidate to a Championship boss in just over a year.Curbishley was unveiled as Alan Pardew's successor on Wednesday after a self-imposed break from the game, and he admits accepting the job was a gamble given their position in the bottom three of the Premiership.

     

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    What's the gamble? 

    If they go down, it's Pardew's fault.  Or Tevez and Mascherano's.  Or the takeover saga. If they stay up it's all tribute to Curbishley's genius/motivation/tactics/leadership.

    Sounds like a safe bet to me. 

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  • McBride leaves Fulham


    Veteran USA striker and Fulham captain Brian McBride is set to return to his homeland after deciding to leave Craven Cottage.

    The 36-year-old former Everton,
    Preston, Wolfsburg and Chicago Fire hit-man was expected to leave the
    West London club after his contract expired at the end of the 2007/8
    season.

    And, despite helping the Cottagers avoid relegation on
    the last day of the campaign, McBride has called time on his
    four-and-a-half years at the club.

    "After much consideration
    with my family, we have decided to leave Fulham after four and a half
    fantastic years," McBride stated. "I have

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  • Monday Manager

    Sometimes the Manager's job just stops at the touchline.  Doesn't matter how good or bad your preparations were.  How insipiring your pre-game speech.  Or whether or not your tactics were spot on.  Sometimes it just comes down to great players playing out of their minds.   

    So kudos to Didier Drogba, and to Shevchenko as well, for pasting hapless Watford and for earning their fantasy managers 55pts between them.  Not sure where the rest of the Chelsea squad was on Saturday.  But I guess they're allowed a day off versus Watford.  When your 54million pound strike-force looks value for money. 

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  • Friday’s Team News Today

    Henry Hails 'Unique' Wenger's Legacy

    Henry is fit to return for Saturday's game at home to Sheffield United after missing two matches with a foot injury.

    The Arsenal skipper said: "It's better. I'm there to be picked.

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    Robin van Persie also returns to contention with Henry for the visit of the Blades.

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