Fantasy Football Blog

  • 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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  • Tactical review: Downing on the up

    The
    Fantasist doesn't blow its own trumpet much, mainly because it generally has no
    cause to, but once in a while it comes up trumps, like this week in the
    goalkeeping department.

    Friday's
    Choose 'em or lose 'em was pretty much spot on between the sticks with
    Arsenal's Lucasz Fabianski (6.11, no points) dropped and Manuel
    Almunia (11.36, 16.5pts)
    coming back in to put in a decent performance in
    shutting out Sunderland.

    West Ham's Rob
    Green (9.83, 16.5pts)
    was an even better shout though in terms of value for
    money, the Hammers shot stopper keeping Hull City goalless, while the Fantasist was

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  • Fan groups: Fantasy reflects reality

    As the Premier League title race begins to take shape, so too does the table of Fantasy Football players representing each club.

    In a spooky coincidence, the highest scorers in each fan group reflect the real life Premier League. The top four teams in our league are not only the traditional top four clubs, but they're in the same order as the current table too. Below that... well, below that the similarity completely falls away, but it's still pretty weird, no?

    Topping the table, representing Chelsea, is Glory Glory ZiZo Kuwait, overall leader in the entire game. Their current team is:

    GK:

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  • Foreign view: Ronaldo rising

    Our weekly look at the values that have rocketed and sunk in the European leagues brings forth bad news: Cristiano Ronaldo is now even more expensive.

    SPAIN

    UP

    Cristiano Ronaldo (MF, Real Madrid, 38.68) +6.81

    Weligton (DF, Malaga, 9.38) +4.73

    Inaki Gabilondo (MF, Athletic Bilbao, 10.53) +4.46

    Eliseu (MF, Real Zaragoza, 12.34) +4.43

    Victor Obinna (FW, Malaga, 11.48) +4.12

    DOWN

    Fabio Coltorti (GK, Racing Santander, 9.73) -4.29

    Ricardo (GK, Osasuna, 9.92) -2.58

    Nacho Monreal (DF, Osasuna, 8.28) -2.58

    Victor Valdes (GK, Barcelona, 18.52) -2.51

    Carlos Puyol (DF, Barcelona, 7.35) -2.47

    - - - 

    ITALY

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  • Movers and shakers: Ed’s up

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

    UP

    Edwin van der Sar (GK, Manchester United, 17.91) +9.56

    The Dutchman returned after almost two months out to make four saves in the 3-0 home win over Burnley.

    Nicolas Anelka (FW, Chelsea, 23.14) +8.11

    A brace, an assist and shots galore in the 7-2 mauling of Sunderland.

    Gary Caldwell (DF, Wigan Athletic, 7.65) +7.65

    Almost as grateful for a clean sheet as Wigan fans were on his Premier League debut.

    Mame Biram Diouf (FW, Manchester United, 6.95) +6.95

    After scoring 16 goals in 29 games for Molde last season,

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  • Player distribution: Popularity contest

    Below is a table shows the top 25 most popular players currently in the game.

    That's right, Gael Givet really is one of the most sought after players in the Premier League.

    1

    Shay Given (Manchester City - G)

    33.67%

    2

    Didier Drogba (Chelsea - F)

    32.10%

    3

    Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal - D)

    31.09%

    4

    Carlos Tevez (Manchester City - F)

    26.93%

    5

    Wayne Rooney (Manchester United - F)

    26.10%

    6

    Fernando Torres (Liverpool - F)

    14.45%

    7

    John Terry (Chelsea - D)

    14.31%

    8

    Darren Bent (Sunderland - F)

    14.27%

    9

    Andrei Arshavin (Arsenal - M)

    12.77%

    10

    Hugo

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