Fantasy Football Blog

  • 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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  • Movers and shakers: Flash City boys

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

    This week's rundown is dominated by the fallout from Manchester City's extraordinary win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

    Sadly, there are no Fantasy points awarded for snubbing opposition handshakes.

    UP

    Craig Bellamy (FW, Manchester City, 15.35) +4.90

    Two goals against Chelsea by the Welshman helped boost City's top-four bid.

    Carlos Tevez (FW, Manchester City, 19.75) +3.25

    The wily Argentine also helped himself to a brace against the stuttering league leaders.

    Fernando Torres (FW, Liverpool, 19.02) +3.19

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  • Foreign view: Back with a bang

    It's time for The Fantasist's weekly look at the top price movers in Europe, as Bologna's veteran Brazilian forward Adailton ended his eight-game goal drought with a hat-trick at former club Genoa.

    ITALY

    UP

    Adailton (FW, Bologna, 20.21) +8.78

    Cristiano Lucarelli (FW, Livorno, 13.81) +6.08

    David Suazo (FW, Genoa, 12.32) +5.43

    Cristian Zaccardo (DF, Parma, 11.67) +5.25

    Julio Baptista (FW, Roma, 13.11) +4.46

    DOWN

    Doni (GK, Roma, 5.69) -6.36

    Marco Amelia (8.96) -4.24

    Abel Hernandez (FW, Palermo, 11.41) -4.17

    Philippe Mexes (DF, Roma, 2.06) -3.92

    Jean-Francois Gillet (GK, Bari, 6.28) -3.29

    SPAIN

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  • Tactical review: Gutted for Given

    Time for The Fantasist to trawl back through Friday's picks from Choose 'em or Lose 'em and see who came up with the goods.

    GOALKEEPERS

    Choose 'em: So, Burnley "simply do not score away from home", eh? Shay Given (7.84) had a rare bad week in goal for Manchester City as his side shipped three. A haul of -6 points and a massive price drop are surely a blip on an otherwise upward trajectory. Mind you, next up for City is a trip to Anfield. Talking of Liverpool, well, we can't, as they host Birmingham this evening, so no comment on Pepe Reina (9.79).

    Lose 'em: Burnley's Brian Jensen (7.35) also

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  • Foreign view: Dragu’s Den

    It's time for The Fantasist's weekly look at the top price movers in Europe, with Sevilla defender Ivica Dragutinovic riding high after scoring a thumping free-kick.

    SPAIN

    UP

    Ivica Dragutinovic (DF, Sevilla, 11.04) +5.96

    Luis Moran (FW, Sporting Gijon, 15.05) +5.88

    Gaizka Toquero (MF, Athletic Bilbao, 14.74) +5.73

    Diego Alves (GK, Almeria, 15.54) +5.40

    Rafael Marquez (DF, Barcelona, 9.25) +4.46

    DOWN

    Juanfran (MF, Osasuna, 8.28) -5.71

    Juan Pablo Carrizo (GK, Real Zaragoza, 5.05) -4.72

    Diego Lopez (GK, Villarreal, 6.98) -4.14

    Carlos Kameni (GK, Espanyol, 8.76) -3.28

    Jesus Gamez (DF, Malaga,

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  • Foreign view: Soldado stars

    Not all of
    The Fantasist's tips performed in
    the opening weekend of Liga action (that means you, Albiol) but if you followed
    the advice to select Getafe's Roberto
    Soldado
    you were laughing.

    The Getafe striker was the
    week's top performer, grabbed a
    hat-trick in a 4-1 win at Racing Santander - his haul was worth 31 points and
    saw his value rocket from 11.75 to 17.69. The Fantasist also bagged a bargain
    in midfielder Xavi Torres, who scored in Malaga's demolition of Atletico Madrid.

    There was a
    confident start from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, whose debut goal and five shots on
    target earned him 23.5

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  • Fantasy Europe Cup: Choose ‘em or lose ‘em?

    The Champions League is back, and so is Fantasy Europe Cup!

    Here's the Fantasist's rundown of who to pick in your team and who to kick to the kerb for the eight ties that make up the last 16.

    GOALKEEPERS

    Choose 'em:  Arsenal have travelled to Potugal without several key players, including Manuel Almunia (12m). He was a bit on the pricey side anyway, but if you still fancy the Gunners to beat the Dragons, then Lukasz Fabianski (4m) looks a steal.

    Bordeaux conceded just four goals in the group stage, the least of all the teams in the first half of the tournament. The French champions face

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  • Movers and shakers: Pav lover

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

    UP

    Roman Pavlyuchenko (FW, Tottenham, 11.14) +4.75

    The Russian
    bagged a brace from the bench to become this week's top dog.

    Stewart Downing (MF, Aston Villa, 13.49) +4.45

    The Villa
    wide man also netted two to help down Burnley.

    Nicky Shorey (DF, Fulham, 11.84) + 4.27

    Played well
    in front of Fabio Capello to see his price soar with his England chances.

    Landon Donovan (FW, Everton, 10.28) +3.78

    The
    American shone for Everton in their stunning victory over Manchester United.

    Valon Behrami (MF, West Ham, 9.40)

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