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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
    Brom.

    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.

     

  • 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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  • Matchday review: Gameweek 31

    The Fantasist played it fast and loose with the noon
    Saturday deadline to sneak in a couple of last-minute transfers at the weekend.

    Confirmation of the West Ham v Manchester United teams came
    at about five to, giving The Fantasist just enough time to bring in Fabio and
    Antonio Valencia, bringing its United quotient up to four.

    Although the reshuffle meant the last-minute removal of
    David Silva (a goalscorer for City on Sunday), the cheaper Valencia matched
    Silva's 11.5-point haul. Fabio, meanwhile, scored a disappointing three.

    Thank goodness for Wayne Rooney, who rewarded those who
    snapped

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  • Disaster

    For reasons it won't bore you with, The Fantasist has only gone and missed the selection deadline.

    And it's just about the worst week possible to drop such a clanger - this week's team features no fewer than SIX  non-playing, er, players. Over to you, DJ Campbell.

    And that, friends, is why it really is a very good idea to make your changes a day or two ahead of the deadline.

    The Fantasist will now ram a rusty screwdriver into its shins.

     

     

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  • Injury report: Matchday 31

    Good news for Arsenal fans and Fantasy owners on Thursday afternoon - Cesc Fabregas and Theo Walcott have been passed fit for the game against Blackburn on Saturday.

    With the club out of Europe and the FA Cup, you can expect Arsene Wenger to pick his strongest possible side for the rest of Arsenal's Premier League games.

    Cesc is obviously a strong Fantasy option when fit, and Walcott had been in excellent form before his injury. Expect both men to have a big impact over the rest of the season.

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  • Matchday review: Gameweek 30

    Another sorry week has left The Fastasist grateful for the respite
    of the international break.

    A spate of duff performances mean The Fantasist is now
    floundering outside the leading 4,000 - pretty sobering stuff considering it
    was bearing down on a top-1,500 position a few weeks back.

    Plenty of bosses jumped all over Arsenal's Manuel Almunia,
    then quickly wished they hadn't when he issued a chilling reminder of how he
    got dropped in the first place.

    His blunder for the second West Brom goal was classic Almunia,
    and contributed to a pitiful score of minus-five.

    Hardly any better were

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  • Matchday review: Gameweek 29

    Before we get to the weekly breakdown of how The Fantasist didn't take its own advice and paid the price with its weekend score, first some news on the members of the Fantasist Superleagues.

    Boss FC, who have been leading the combined standings here for a while, have risen up to fifth in the overall table for the entire game. They are still a little way behind leaders Chengcheng's (141 points, to be precise), but there is still enough time for a late surge to the top of the table.

    As well as that, second-placed Numero Uno have risen up to joint-28th overall, while Dragonbalz and Cincilatori

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  • Fantasy Football Friday chat

    Welcome to the Fantasy Football chat. After last week's nightmare, The Fantasist is back, chastened, and determined to actually pick a team this week.

    There are plenty of interesting selection issues, including Nemanja Vidic's suspension and injuries at Arsenal and Tottenham.

    The chat starts at 3pm UK time.

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