Fantasy Football Blog

  • 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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  • Foreign view: Delightful di Natale

    ITALY

    UP

    Antonio di Natale (FW, Udinese, 31.70) +6.17

    His hat-trick sealed a 3-1 win for the Zebrette against high-flying Napoli - their first win in eight games.

    Walter Samuel (DF, Internazionale, 10.63) +4.99

    A goal and a clean sheet against Cagliari for the veteran defender.

    Julio Sergio (GK, Roma, 18.22) +4.68

    The Brazilian keeper pulled off nine saves to frustrate Fiorentina and seal a fifth-straight win for Roma.

    Andrea Consigli (GK, Atalanta, 10.04) +4.11

    A rare clean sheet in the win over Bari, but Le Dea remain in the bottom three.

    Julio Cesar (GK, Internazionale, 23.52) +3.45

    A

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  • Injury report: Gameweek 22 update

    What with there being no Premier League games this weekend and the two matches next week are part of the current turn in the game, The Fantasist will just give you a quick update on any new injuries that have cropped up over the last couple of day's worth of matches.

    You can see last week's comprehensive list here.

    OUT

    Gary Cahill (Bolton) - Arm

    Christian Benitez (Birmingham) - Ankle

    Ashley Cole (Chelsea) - Ankle/Foot

    Ryan Giggs (Manchester United) - Arm

    QUESTIONABLE

    Andrei Arshavin (Arsenal) - Hamstring

    Samir Nasri (Arsenal) - Concussion

    Alex Song (Arsenal) - Knee

    Alex Song

    Stiliyan Petrov

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  • Movers and shakers: Clinical Phillips

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

    UP

    Kevin Phillips (FW, Birmingham City, 10.83) +6.32

    Came off the bench to score a tidy match-winning brace against Wolves.

    Danny Higginbotham (DF, Stoke City, 12.09) +3.96

    A goal and a clean sheet against Blackburn.

    Matthew Etherington (MF, Stoke City, 13.39) +3.96

    One goal, one assist and 25.5 points for the in-form winger.

    Didier Drogba (FW, Chelsea, 24.19) +3.96

    His two goals further damaged Arsenal's title credentials.

    Ilan (FW, West Ham, 8.74) +2.49

    Accelerated from 0 to 1 goal within four minutes of his

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  • Choose ‘em or lose ‘em: Defensive double-dip

    It's a two-match gameweek for Fulham, Chelsea, Hull and Portsmouth, a quartet that includes the two meanest home defences and the stingiest away back four, so selecting the correct stoppers is the name of the game this week.

    GOALKEEPERS

    Choose 'em: Fulham have the joint-meanest defence at home this season. With Fulham hosting a misfiring Villa and Portsmouth at Craven Cottage this week, there's clean sheet sin the offing for Mark Schwarzer (7.68).

    Birmingham are the other team who, along with Fulham, have conceded just six at home thus far, so Joe Hart (9.67) might be worth the investment

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