Fantasy Football Blog

  • Foreign view: Roma Empire

    Roma's astonishing unbeaten run in Serie A was extended to 18 matches last weekend with their 4-2 win over Udinese.

    Mirko Vucinic bagged a hat-trick in the win in the Eternal City, with wily French forward Jeremy Menez setting up two of Roma's goals, and the duo top the list of price-risers in Italy.

    Can the Giallorossi mount a late smash and grab for the title, or will they run out of steam?

    ITALY

    UP

    Mirko Vucinic (FW, Roma, 26.00) +10.09

    Jeremy Menez (FW, Roma, 11.94) +6.00

    Sergio Pellissier (FW, Chievo, 17.27) +4.93

    Stephan Lichtsteiner (DF, Lazio, 9.65) +4.18

    Maxi Lopez (FW, Catania,

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  • Movers and shakers: Artistry of Arteta

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

    UP

    Mikel Arteta (MF, Everton, 16.70) +7.65

    A virtuoso goalscoring
    performance from the Spanish midfielder against Bolton makes him top dog this
    week.

    Roman Pavlychenko (FW, Tottenham, 16.25) +5.49

    The Russian
    striker may not have been on the scoresheet against Stoke but his value soared
    nevertheless.

    Caleb Folan (FW, Hull City, 10.03) +4.21

    A brace for
    the Hull striker see him enter double figures in price.

    Tommy Smith (FW, Portsmouth, 8.87) +3.95

    Pompey's
    forgotten man jumped into the limelight with a goal

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  • Tactical review: Fired up Gunners

    Okay, so suggesting you pick several Arsenal players at home to Burnley was never going to be the most controversial call, but you certainly would have been rewarded.

    Andrei Arshavin (14.64, 11.5 pts) announced his return to action with a goal, while Samir Nasri (10.02, 16 pts) proved a decent value pick if you didn't already have Cesc Fabregas (21.29, 10.5 pts) in your team.

    Given his underwhelming performances of late, The Fantasist is sure it can be forgiven for excluding Theo Walcott (10.76, 25.50 pts) from its selection. The England winger's well-taken goal contributed to Brian Jensen's

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  • Fantasy: Choose ‘em or lose ‘em

    Aston Villa players look a good bet for this week's Fantasy game - games against Stoke and Wigan mean Martin O'Neill's men have double the occasion to score points.

    Less of a good bet are Fulham, West Ham and Hull City players with games against Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal respectively coming up.

    GOALKEEPERS

    Choose 'em: Look no further than Ross Turnbull (6.18) as your keeper this week -Chelsea's third string keeper will get a rare start thanks to injuries to Petr Cech and Hilario as the Blues welcome West Ham to Stamford Bridge. If you've got a bit of extra cash lying about,

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  • Movers and shakers:Villa villains

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

    Look away
    now if you took the Fantasist's advice and loaded up on Aston Villa players this
    week - they pack the 'down' section, although there is still time to rectify
    the situation with Tuesday's game against Wigan.

    UP

    Florent Malouda (MF, Chelsea, 16.41) +5.39

    Malouda was
    sensational against West Ham - one goal and two assists sees his value rocket.

    Fernando Torres (FW, Liverpool, 21.81) +5.18

    The
    Liverpool hitman is back in the goals - and assists. Two of each means a bumper
    week for the Spaniard.

    Alberto

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  • Foreign view: Colinas stands firm

    It's time for The Fantasist's weekly
    look at the biggest price movers around Europe, with Sporting Gijon goalkeeper Juan-Pablo-Colinas
    in defiant mood to keep Athletic Bilbao at bay.

    LA LIGA

    UP

    Juan Pablo
    Colinas (GK, Sporting Gijon, 12.89) +5.47

    Gonzalo
    Higuain (FW, Real Madrid, 32.73) +4.79

    David de
    Gea (GK, Atletico Madrid, 13.60) +4.70

    Nino (FW, Tenerife,
    17.71) +4.29

    Ricardo
    Perez Richi (MF, Tenerife, 7.09) +4.28

    DOWN

    Rafa Marquez (DF, Barcelona, 7.32) -3.72

    Gaizka
    Toquero (MF, Athletic Bilbao, 15.57) -3.57

    Jose Carlos de Araujo Nunes (DF, Real Mallorca, 4.84) -3.35

    Carlos Kameni (GK,

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  • Tactical review: Wait and see

    With the heavily tipped Aston Villa side yet to play their second match of the Gameweek, and Liverpool taking on Portsmouth tonight, it is hard to assess The Fantasist's performance this weekend.

    If anything, the weekend's action proved there is nothing wrong with being obvious.

    It doesn't take a genius to know that Wayne Rooney and Didier Drogba are good, but when they are weighing in with respective hauls of 31 and 29 points, just stop trying to be clever and pick them.

    Florent Malouda was the week's top scorer with 31.5, while Spurs striker Roman Pavlyuchenko is still only 10.76 despite

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  • Foreign view: Classy Carrasso

    It's time for The Fantasist's weekly look at the biggest price movers around Europe, as goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso was Bordeaux's hero courtesy of his two penalty saves against Montpellier.

    FRANCE

    UP

    Stephane Sessegnon (MF, Paris Saint-Germain, 16.40) +4.80

    Cedric Carrasso (GK, Bordeaux, 17.59) +4.21

    Carlos Bocanegra (DF, Rennes, 9.75) +3.90

    Emmanuel Riviere (FW, Saint Etienne, 12.19) +3.73

    Damien Perquis (DF, Saint Etienne, 11.71) +3.68

    DOWN

    Wendel (MF, Bordeaux, 16.10) -5.60

    Michael Ciani (DF, Bordeaux, 6.23) -4.68

    Kevin Gameiro (13.60) -2.97

    Matthieu Chalme (DF, Bordeaux, 7.50) -2.53

    Cesar

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  • Movers and shakers: Merseyside derby

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

    This week's charts see plenty of entrants from Merseyside. However, there is a pretty clear split between the blue and the red half of the city of Liverpool. 

    UP

    Theo Walcott (MF, Arsenal, 10.72) +4.59

    Rediscovered his form after a poor spell with a devilish performance against Burnley.

    Emmerson Boyce (DF, Wigan Athletic, 11.48) +3.72

    An assist and a clean sheet means big points for the defender

    Mikel Arteta (MF, Everton, 10.56) +2.57

    The Spaniard put his injury nightmare behind with a brace in the 5-1

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  • Tactical review: Spilt Claret

    The Fantasist learnt this weekend that, just as the eggheads at school were rarely much cop when it came to a game of 50-a-side at lunchtime, double-Countdown champion Clarke Carlisle (4.50, -9.00 points) can't be relied upon to use his brain on the field.

    The Burnley defender's hapless display against Portsmouth cost those who chose him dearly. Mind you, Brian Jensen (5.51, 8.00 pts) still managed to turn a profit by saving one of Pompey's two spot-kicks.

    There was abject failure between the sticks for Hilario (3.13, -9.50 pts), who shipped four against City and made Chelsea fans long for

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