Fantasy Football Blog

  • Matchday review: Gameweek 34

    All hail King Kenny! No, The Fantasist doesn't mean Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish, whose midfielder Maxi Rodriguez was the weekend's top scorer with 40.5 points courtesy of his hat-trick against Birmingham, but Stoke's Kenwyne Jones.

    With a double gameweek for four of the Premier League's less fashionable sides, The Fantasist put faith in the Trinidadian striker and was repaid with goals against Aston Villa and Wolves for a tidy haul of 27 points.

    Jones's Potters team-mates in the Fantasist's XI had mixed fortunes with Robert Huth bagging 15 points over the two games but Matthew Etherington -

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  • Friday Fantasy Football webchat

    It may be a Bank Holiday, but that didn't stop The Fantasist dropping in to give you the skinny on this weekend's Premier League fixtures.

    With four teams in action twice this gameweek your selections will be all the more crucial as we hurtle towards the end of the season.

    Check out the transcript of this afternoon's webchat below to see which Stoke, Bolton, Wolves and Fulham players you should load up on this weekend.

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  • Wigan and Villa fighting fit

    This weekend may be the time to pick some Wigan and Aston Villa players for your Fantasy team, as the relegation-battling duo find form and fitness when it counts.

    After dreadful seasons the pair have no injuries, with Wigan's only first-team absence the suspended Maynor Figueroa.

    Wigan were bottom at various spells but a 3-1 win at Blackpool has taken them out of the relegation zone - Hugo Rodallega and Charles N'Zogbia the key men for the Latics.

    They travel to Sunderland at the weekend, with the Black Cats having just lost keeper Craig Gordon for the season and without a win in nine games -

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  • Friday Fantasy Football chat

    It was time
    again for The Fantasist's Friday Fantasy Football webchat!

    After drawing yet another blank for Chelsea, would
    Fernando Torres finally be left to take Didier Drogba's spot on the
    substitutes' bench?

    Who would play between the posts for Arsenal against Liverpool looking to put pressure on Manchester United, who were busy along
    with rivals City on FA Cup duty?

    This was your chance to fire the questions at The
    Fantasist which consumed you this week, and to secure any last-minute help
    with picking your team.

    Take a look back over the transcript to recall the questions and answers

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  • Matchday review: Gameweek 33

    Thank goodness for Didier Drogba, that is what The Fantasist was thinking
    as it reflected upon an otherwise dismal week.

    The Drog racked up 17.50 points with a goal and an assist to haul the
    Fantasy XI out of the proverbial mire with a sparkling display against West

    There was very little else to celebrate this week as Roque Santa Cruz
    proved to be the worst acquisition since Afonso Alves and left his team-mates
    in the lurch with a quite appalling -0.50.

    Santa Cruz looked a snip at just £1.26 million, but that is because he
    has failed to fire all season and he was utterly useless against

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  • K2 to be rested?

    Keen eyed observers notice that Wenger's team sheets don't follow the usual positional groupings.  Rather he tips his hand and names a starting XI in his announcements.  This week he's hinted to the press that he might need to give K2 a rest and that's reflected in the team sheet:

    Gunners (from): Almunia, Eboue, Toure, Gallas, Clichy, Walcott,
    Fabregas, Flamini, Hleb, van Persie, Bendtner, Lehmann, Adebayor,
    Diaby, Senderos, Hoyte, Gilberto, Denilson.

    So Eboue drops into defence, Walcott comes in on the right, and Benchedtner starts up top.  For 3.68 it's hard to ignore the Dane.  It sure

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  • K2.6

    If my math is right, 2.6% of my season's points have come from Adebayor's six goals (and nine shots on target) against Derby.


  • Injury report: Gameweek 33

    Arsenal have been handed a major boost with the news that goalkeeper Wojciech Szczensy and defender Johan Djourou have returned to training.

    Szczesny has been out since dislocating his finger in the Champions League last-16 clash at Barcelona a month ago, but could return for Sunday's clash against Liverpool, meaning Jens Lehmann would drop to the bench unless Manuel Almunia recovers from his knee injury.

    Djourou had been out with a dislocated shoulder, but he too returned to training this week and could feature.

    Manchester City's hopes of reaching the FA Cup final and reaching the Champions

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  • Matchday review: Gameweek 32

    After just sneaking into The Fantasist's team ahead of the previous gameweek's deadline, Antonio Valencia again delivered the goods last weekend.

    The Ecuadorean's goal and string of successful crosses against Fulham led him to a highly commendable 18 points, more than double his price at the time.

    However, Valencia and his United team-mate Patrice Evra (12) were the only ones to do the business for yours truly, as the absence of Wayne Rooney hit hard - front duo Asamoah Gyan and Darren Bent scored 3.5 points between them.

    Charlie Adam managed to outscore both Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas with

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  • Friday Fantasy Football chat

    It's Friday, so as always it was time for The Fantasist's Friday Fantasy Football webchat!

    With European fixtures cropping up again next week will Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham rest players for their respective domestic meetings with  Fulham, Wigan and Stoke?

    Can Blackpool all but do for Arsenal's title bid at Bloomfield Road?

    Who will come out on top in Monday's clash between Manchester City and Liverpool?

    And will Joey Barton prove that he really is the best English midfielder in the Premier League?

    If you missed the live chat, read back the full transcript below for some

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