Fantasy Football Blog

  • Let the games begin

    Fantasy Europe Cup is underway, and we give you some tips on where the value lies.

    You have 200 million euros to spend to compete with Europe's best, choosing from all the squad players at the 32 clubs who have qualified for the group stages of the Champions League.

    Whatever formation you select, you have to select a goalkeeper. The obvious names such as Iker Casillas, Edwin van der Sar, Julio Cesar and Petr Cech are obviously priced at 16-25m.

    But for good value look a little lower down the list, with Arsenal's Manuel Almunia a cut-price 9m and Hans-Joerg Butt of last year's finalists Bayern

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  • Injury report: Gameweek five

    A bad week for leg breaks saw Bobby Zamora and Antonio Valencia ruled out for most of the season with horrific injuries.

    Fulham and England striker Zamora suffered a nasty break just above his ankle in a challenge with Wolves' Karl Henry and is expected to be out for five months.

    As a result you should look to bring in team-mate Moussa Dembele, who has plenty of goals in him - hitting a winning brace after Zamora's injury. The Belgian will lead the line against Blackburn as Fulham seek to snap their away jinx.

    Manchester United's Ecuador winger Valencia suffered a sickening ankle fracture and

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  • Movers and shakers: Begovic bounces back

    Our weekly look at the risers and fallers in Fantasy Football. 

    UP

    Asmir Begovic bounced back from shipping five goals at Chelsea with a well-earned clean sheet against Everton - well done to anyone who snapped him up for just 1.00 following the mauling at Stamford Bridge. Heurelho Gomes also starred in goal for Spurs.

    It will be cold comfort for Sunderland's David Meyler, but he is this week's big price mover despite being stretchered off against Manchester United with a knee injury after just 37 minutes.

    A first Wigan goal for Victor Moses sees his price shoot up, while Craig Bellamy,

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  • Choose ‘em or lose ‘em

    You know the drill. Here's who's good and bad this game week.

    GOALKEEPERS

    Choose 'em: You won't get any easier a fixture than Burnley at home, so jump all over Boaz Myhill (3.36) in the net for Hull. If you really have to look elsewhere, Petr Cech (11.33) should get a win and a clean sheet at home to Bolton, so that will be nice.

    Lose 'em: Birmingham's on-loan keeper Joe Hart (9.45) is barred from facing parent club Manchester City (Maik Taylor deputises), while Marcus Hahnemann's (13.32) miraculous form has made him prohibitively pricey.

    DEFENDERS

    Choose 'em: You might not have noticed, but

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  • The Fantasist: Better than a monkey

    First off today, a quick reply to the poster who said yesterday:

    "You warned that Joe Cole might not start but still put him in choose 'em. How about your Carlos Tevez choice? Every week loads of players out score their value. A monkey throwing tipp-ex at the computer screen could do as well as you. (Message to yahoo: Get a new fantasist. He is miles from being a guru. I know that you are being light-hearted but this guy is rubbish)."

    Last weekend 266 players featured in the Premier League, of which 57 outscored their value - that's 21 per cent.

    Of the 13 players tipped in Friday's 'Choose

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  • Choose ‘em or lose ‘em: Final countdown

    Your weekly
    guide to the good and bad of Fantasy Football as the season draws to a close.

    GOALKEEPERS

    Choose
    'em
    : Dirt cheap Rob
    Green
    (3.15) may be a sound investment this week with West Ham's opponent's
    Manchester City having nothing left to play for. Lukasz Fabianski may be
    nicknamed Flappyhandski but surely he is worth a punt at a mere 5.36 with a
    home game against Fulham coming up.

    Lose 'em: Speaking of which, Mark
    Schwarzer
    (9.61) may be among the Fulham players rested for the upcoming
    Europa League final so best he is left well alone this week. Likewise any
    regular Fulham starter,

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  • Matchday review: Carroll in the points

    It proved to be a mixed weekend for the
    Fantasist, whose team dropped out of the top 10 in the combined Superleagues
    despite some big individual scoring.

    The biggest of all was Andy Carroll, who
    weighed in with a hat-trick and a huge 39.5 points to thoroughly vindicate the
    Fantasist's recommendation of the Newcastle striker. "I like him"
    were the exact words used in last Friday's selection blog.

    Unfortunately, Theo Walcott's similarly
    barnstorming performance (also 39.5) went unpredicted but at least Florent
    Malouda (14), Marouane Chamakh (19.5) and Didier Drogba 13) all contributed

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  • Injury report: Gameweek three

    Roy Hodgson is sweating over the fitness of Steven Gerrard, who missed out Liverpool's Europa League trip to play Trabzonspor on Thursday night.
     
    Fernando Torres should return after being rested for the trip to Turkey, but Gerrard's troublesome back makes him a doubt.
     
    Elsewhere, Mario Balotelli is unlikely to feature for Manchester City as he continues to recover from a knee injury.
     
    Join the Fantasist at 3pm UK time on Friday for a live chat about the weekend's action!

    Here are the injuries and suspensions for the second weekend of the season.

    Club Week 3 Status Player Injury
    Arsenal
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  • Join our Fantasy Superleague!

    This season The Fantasist is pitting its wits
    against the people in its new Fantasy Superleague.

    SIGN UP FOR FANTASY FOOTBALL and join the league and play against the
    Fantasist and other posters on the blog:

    A massive 900 managers have already taken up the challenge, and just one league has places remaining: 

    Group ID:
    10555
    Password: football

    Please note: Due to the limit of five leagues per user, The Fantasist's team is not in Superleagues 6 to 10, but members of that group will be included in the overall competition - with an as-yet-undetermined prize for the winner!

    Here's The

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  • Injury report: Gameweek two

    The 2010/11 season might be just one game old, but
    there are plenty of players who have already managed to put themselves
    out of action.

    On top of that, there are even a few fresh suspensions to take into account - with top prize going to Joe Cole who wins a three-match holiday thanks to that two-footed tackle on Laurent Koscielny... who later got himself dismissed for a second yellow card.

    Here are the injuries and suspensions for the second weekend of the season.

    Club Week 1 Status Player Injury
    Arsenal OUT Ramsey Leg
        Bendtner Groin
     
    Nasri Knee
        Djourou Hamstring
      QUESTIONABLE
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