Fantasy Football Blog

  • Movers and shakers: Bargain Hunt

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

    UP

    Stephen Hunt (MF, Hull, 13.15) +3.14
    Two goals and 40 points for the Hull winger over Christmas.

    Wayne Rooney (FW, Man Utd, 21.27) +2.91
    The biggest scorer in the game with a whacking 49.5-point haul.

    Pablo Zabaleta
    (DF, Man City, 7.69) +2.87
    Totted up 10 interceptions in two games. Fact.

    Craig Fagan
    (FW, Hull, 5.11) +2.81
    A goal and an assist made the Hull man a brilliant bargain buy.

    Darren Bent (FW, Sunderland, 13.76) +2.81
    Bent is back, scoring three goals to take his season tally to 14.

    Joe Hart (GK,

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  • Foreign View: Perfect Pedrito

    It is a week for enforced tinkering as the African Cup of Nations and a swarm of injuries take their hold of many key players in La Liga and Barcelona winger Pedrito is among those set to capitalise.

    Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi are both major doubts for Pep Guardiola's side, who are also without injured midfielders Jeffren and Seydou Keita, while the influential Yaya Toure is on international duty with Ivory Coast.

    The opportunist Fantasist would steal in to pick up Sergio Busquets at a paltry 3.97. But the major potential beneficiary of Barcelona's midfield absentees is Pedrito, and the

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  • Movers and Shakers: Christmas shopping

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

    And with the glut of Premier League fixtures over Christmas, it's more important than ever to pick up a bargain.

    UP

    Marcus  Hahnemann (Pictured, Wolves, 13.84) +6.39 

    Nadir Belhadj  (Portsmouth, 12.57) +4.77 

    Danny Murphy  (Fulham. 12.62) +3.89 

    Roque Santa Cruz  (Manchester City, 8.18) +3.63 

    Denilson  (Arsenal, 13.28) +3.27 

    Manuel Almunia  (Arsenal, 11.08)+3.04 

    Asmir Begovic  (Portsmouth, 9.04) +2.87 

    Heurelho Gomes  (Tottenham, 11.56) +2.73 

    Craig Bellamy  (Manchester City, 13.11) +2.63 

    Abou

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  • Foreign view: Fuss over Fuster

    The biggest mover of the week in La Liga was Villarreal's David Fuster (14.64). The forward made only his second start for the Yellow Submarine following his summer move from Elche, but his headed opener in the 2-1 win over Atletico Madrid was just reward for a truly eye-catching performance. Three other shots on target and a bruising number of fouls suffered saw his price almost treble.

    Racing Santander pulled themselves out of the bottom three with a 3-2 win over no-hopers Xerez. Crafty skipper Pedro Munitis (13.20) created all three goals.

    Sevilla goalkeeper Andre Palop (17.49) earned 14.5

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  • Tactical review: Boaz selecta

    First of all, an apology that points have not been added for the Chelsea-Liverpool game.

    Yahoo! is aware of the situation, and you will get your points.

    - - -

    Now let's take a look back at how The Fantasist's Choose 'em or Lose 'em selections got on, plus some more key performers from the weekend.

    Starting in nets, Boaz Myhill (9 pts) just missed out on a clean sheet but still brought home a win and a decent return on the paltry 1.00 investment.

    Hilario's performance against Liverpool won't have Petr Cech worried, but a win and a clean sheet was fine news for anyone who signed him for 4.49.

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  • Tactical review: Take Hart

    Blimey,
    what a weekend.

    On
    Friday, The Fantasist said the following: "As long as you pick players who feature in two home
    games this match week, you should be absolutely fine."

    In the next
    48 hours or so, only one out of 10 home teams managed to win. And it's unlikely you had a team packed with Birmingham players.

    Other than
    Joe Hart (18pts) and the ever-reliable Didier Drogba (26), The Fantasist had a
    nightmare weekend, and it suspects it wasn't
    the only one.

    Hands up
    anyone who thought Wolves would beat Spurs, Manchester United would fail to
    score, and Chelsea and Manchester
    City would

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  • Movers and shakers: Top Spurs

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

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    Jermain Defoe (FW, Tottenham 22.98) +9.95

    Well, that's what five goals, plus another two shots on target, will do for you. Now the most expensive in the game.

    Aaron Lennon (MF, Tottenham 18.84) +6.09

    Right on team-mate Defoe's coat-tails, the nippy winger celebrated returning after a month out with three great assists and a goal of his own.

    Florent Malouda (MF, Chelsea 15.36) +4.84

    There are no points for style, but the Frenchman's thunderbolt earned him extra 'match-winning goal' points in the 4-0

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  • Movers and shakers: Leighton buzzing

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

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    Leighton Baines (Everton, 14.51) +3.86: The week's
    top scorer contributed a goal, an assist, seven successful crosses and other
    sundries.

    Lee Bowyer (Birmingham
    City, 7.94) +2.90:
    A shame his fine performance against Spurs was
    overshadowed by Luka Modric's
    injury.

    Louis Saha (Everton, 9.53) +2.41: Back on form with a goal against Wigan following his
    penalty miss at Burnley.

    Robert Green (West Ham, 12.18) +2.16: Continued his fine season with six saves and a clean
    sheet against Blackburn.

    Aaron Lennon

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  • The pacesetters: Steve Bob FC

    Fantasy
    Football managers have the weekend off, so let us take stock of the season so far.

    And
    what better way to do it than by taking a look at the league leader - Steve Bob
    FC?

    The early pacesetters have accumulated 968.5 points from the first seven match days, and lead by seven points with just under a quarter of the season played.

    So how have they done it?

    1.
    Steve Bob FC's manager (let's call him Steve. No, Bob. No, Steve) has shown an
    uncanny ability to anticipate big performances.

    Remember
    Vito Mannone's 22-point debut against
    Wigan and Thomas Vermaelen's two goals in the same game?

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  • Tactical review: Given Hell

    The Fantasist has one word for you this week: 'Whoops'.

    "Shay Given could be in for a quiet day at the office," was the confident prediction on Friday, on the seemingly fairly solid ground that Sunderland had only scored once in their previous four matches.

    Needless to say the Black Cats trebled that tally in just over an hour to ensure that the Irish gloveman earned a grand total of minus four points - helped out by his booking during the match.

    Our second recommendation was for Everton's Tim Howard, who did slightly better in that he only conceded one goal for a minus-two point tally.

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