Fantasy Football Blog

  • Foreign View: Catch Chamakh

    ITALY

    Milan will be itching to get back on track after their defeat to Internazionale last week, and the visit of Livorno will provide the perfect opportunity to restore pride. Ronaldinho (21.52) will be most eager to put things right after he squandered a penalty in that match, and the Brazilian is well priced to add to his nine goals and eight assists this season.

    Livorno have scored a league low 16 goals this season, so you would be wise to employ the services of any Milan defenders, with Marek Jankulovski the best priced at 7.14. Luca Antonini's value has taken a slight dip following the

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  • Foreign view: Resurgent Ronaldinho

    ITALY

    Milan have scored 17 goals in their last six league matches as they marched up the Serie A table. Key to that form has been a resurgent Ronaldinho (27.41). His hat-trick against Siena means he has now scored nine and created eight goals this season, making him the most lethal player in the league. Will he bring that form into Sunday's derby against stuttering leaders Inter? With Pato (18.42) ruled out of that match, David Beckham (8.29) is set to keep his place.

    Joaquin Larrivey (9.30) more than doubled his price after scoring his second and third goals of the season against Livorno.

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  • Tactical review: Rooney tunes

    Just a mini blog today as there is only one game to look
    back on from the weekend.

    And it was obviously good news for Wayne Rooney (now a
    whopping 24.91) owners as the striker scored all four goals in Manchester
    United's thrashing of Hull, collecting a cool
    45.5 points in the process.

    He now has 19 goals for the season and his value has gone up
    by nine in just a few weeks.

    Rio Ferdinand duly returned from injury with a 13-point haul
    that saw his value shoot from 7.64 to 11.40. Let's
    hope you didn't miss the boat there.

    Nani (15.44) averages over 10 points per game, and picked up
    18.5 on

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  • Tactical review: Simply Fabulous

    The Fantasist feels as smug as Cristiano Ronaldo posing for an ill-judged photoshoot after a frankly epic week of recommendations.

    After the Shay Given-selection debacle before Christmas, it was about time a few selections came good from the names picked out of the proverbial hat.

    Manuel Almunia picked up 18.50 points, while the second shout Paul Robinson, priced at just 3.22, came up just short with a rollicking 18.

    It has to be said that Edwin van der Sar confounded the caution paid from these quarters as he displaced Tomasz Kuszczak to turn out a hefty 17.91. The Fantasist felt that the

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  • Foreign view: How do you say ‘Xerez’?

    With Ligue 1
    still on its winter break and Serie A in action as we write on Wednesday, we focus on La
    Liga.

    Basement
    dwellers Xerez don't score many. In
    fact, they usually don't score any.
    They have found the net in just four of their 16 Liga matches so far this term,
    and face Valencia
    this weekend.

    So it's a great time to stock up on bargain defenders for
    Los Che. Last weekend, they went with the quartet of Miguel (4.65), Alexis (2.33), Bruno (4.11) and David Navarro (1.54).

    It could be
    clean sheets ahoy for them, along with the slightly more expensive goalkeeper Cesar
    Sanchez
    (12.24).

    Real

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  • Movers and shakers: Tevez treble top

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

    UP

    Carlos Tevez (FW, Manchester City, 19.25) +4.75

    Even if we had been blessed with a full fixture list this weekend, it's hard to believe that anyone would have bettered Tevez's first Premier League hat-trick, bagging him 33 points.

    Leon Osman (MF, Everton, 11.25) +2.28

    Scored the opener against Arsenal and worked hard in midfield for his 17 points.

    Micah Richards (DF, Manchester City, 9.61) +2.18

    The City defender scored his second goal in a month against Blackburn.

    Tomas Rosicky (MF, Arsenal, 8.67) +2.12

    A

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  • Fantasy Football: The basics

    Fantasy Football 2009/10 is here,
    and with it comes a new-look blog to dispense insight, advice and pure
    guesswork throughout the season.

    In the build-up to the big kick-off, The Fantasist will give
    you all the help you need to build a winning team; starting with some Fantasy
    Football basics.

    What is
    Fantasy Football?
    Really, you
    don't know? Well, OK, if you insist. It's a game that allows you to pick a fictional
    team made up of real players, who then score you points based on what they do
    on the pitch in actual Premier League games. The aim, it should be painfully
    clear, is to score as many

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  • This week’s tip: pick Chelsea

    We all know it's a good idea to play the match-ups, but how far
    can you take the strategy?

    Next weekend's fixture list contains one absolute banker - Chelsea v Wolves - top
    against second bottom.

    What if you tried to cram as
    many Chelsea
    players as possible into your Fantasy side - would it pay off?

    If you had had every one
    of Chelsea's
    starting 11 for the 4-0 win at Bolton, you
    would have picked up 145 points.

    It wasn't even a particularly convincing win, it was away
    from home, and one of the goals was scored by a Bolton
    player.

    You can expect a similar
    team haul, if not higher, against

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  • International watch

    No main blog today, just a link to the mighty International Watch - a list of every Premier League player who was in action at the weekend, how long they played for and what they got up to.

    CLICK HERE FOR INTERNATIONAL WATCH

    It has been confirmed Didier Drogba will not feature at the weekend, scuppering The Fantasist's attempt at an all-Chelsea team (and yes, it was fanciful rather than a deadly-serious attempt to build a team - you can only say 'buy double-gamers' so many times).

    That is rotten news for his owners, especially those who got him dirt cheap at the start of the season.

    Do you

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  • Foreign view: Whizz kid Canales

    The workshy French and German leagues will resume this weekend following their winter breaks, so The Fantasist takes a look at Spain and Italy.

    SPAIN

    Racing Santander's new prospect Sergio Canales (14.13) has been causing quite a stir, especially since he scored the brace that downed Sevilla at the weekend. Racing host struggling Valladolid on Sunday, giving the 18-year-old the perfect chance to enhance his already glowing reputation. Should he return from injury, Racing keeper Antonio Tono (8.95) may also prove a good bet.

    With Gonzalo Higuain (27.40) out injured for a few weeks, Karim

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