Fantasy Football Blog

  • Tactical review: Same old, same old

    We had a peek at the new-look Manchester United and Chelsea teams in the Community Shield, and
    they look very much like the old-look editions.

    Not one new signing started at Wembley yesterday, and Yuri Zhirkov's (5.60) knee injury means he is highly unlikely to
    start - he has already pulled out of international duty.

    We do know that Carlo Ancelotti's
    diamond midfield formation suits Frank Lampard (pictured, 19.90) down to the ground.

    If the Fantasist had a gun to its head (and many readers would no doubt
    welcome such a scenario), it would pick Lampard to be this season's top points scorer.

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  • Movers and shakers: Black Cattermole

    During the season our regular midweek feature will detail whose value is rising and falling, but prices are frozen until the big kick-off.

    There have been several moves from one Premier League club to another in the past week, as well as a couple of players escaping the Championship, and there is potential for a bargain or two.

    Lee Cattermole (MF, 4.74) - Wigan Athletic to Sunderland***

    The tenacious midfielder was a good 'enabler' last season, a cheap signing who always started. A real favourite with Steve Bruce, he will be a regular for the Black Cats.

    Sebastien Bassong (DF, 5.51) -

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  • So, he’s off

     It was inevitable, but it is still shocking as it actually happens.

     "Manchester United have received a world-record, unconditional offer of
    80 million pounds for Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid
    ," the club

    "At Cristiano's request - who has again expressed his
    desire to leave - and after discussion with the player's
    representatives, United have agreed to give Real Madrid permission to
    talk to the player."

    Well, well, well.   This changes everything for next season.  No CRon.  Likely much more churn on the transfer front.  

    Full thoughts (and yours welcome) on Cristiano Ronaldo's

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  • L’il Mikey Owen – Great Move

    So, you're Sir Alex and you're just coming off of a season where you've lived through three (OK, four) strikers (you have to include CRon as a striker) complaining about playing time and generally making your life miserable.  Looking at their resumes, you can't really blame them.  The World Player of the Year.  The "Best English Striker of his Generation", The big summer acquisition, and the high profile South American with the big reputation.  Throw in some up-and-coming youngsters and you really have some selection headaches.

    Assuming you really didn't have a choice about CRon leaving - you

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  • I’d rather Jack

    Let us tell you something about The Fantasist - it watches a lot of football. And this weekend, we took in the pre-season games featuring Arsenal, Sunderland, Chelsea and Liverpool.

    And we learned one thing, that Jack Wilshere looks a bit of a player.

    The 17-year-old scored twice in the 3-0 win over Scottish champions Rangers which gave Arsenal the Emirates Cup and at 5.56, could he be the midfield bargain of the season.

    "I don't know how much he will play this season. It is very difficult to predict," said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger of the youth team star.

    Well let's read between the

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  • CRon Thoughts

    Just a few thoughts after a great trip to India and returning to the news that CRon will be leaving England for Spain.

    1) Even with Kaka and CRon, I'm still not sure Real is the best team in their own league.

    2) Let the battle commence for the title of Best Fantasy Player in the Prem, early favorites are Lamps, Gerrard, Arshavin, Robinho, Ashley Young, and, of course, one or more of the guys that ManYoo gets with their CRon money.

    3) I'm sure there will be some impressive talents who come in to replace CRon at Old Trafford.  Here is my bet as to what will play out...

    Wayne Rooney and Dimitar

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  • A Change of Pace

    I have to admit that there hasn't been a ton to blog about in the last few weeks.  I'm usually about as big a fan of transfer gossip as you'll find out there but I have to say that this summer has been incredibly dull thus far.  I am fully aware that your average gossip column is full of statements that would be flattered to be called half-truth.  Given that the lack of credibility in these stories/claims/blurbs means that the entire world of creativity is open to the writers, I'm shocked at the lack of inventiveness on display.  It's almost as if the writing equivalent of Big Sam Allardyce is

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  • The Week That Was

    Quite the week in the Premier League.  Schedules for next season announced; internationals left and right; some transfers being mooted and some being finalized... finally.  We're covering all the fun, in-depth, over at the summer home.

    • Vermaelen completes Arsenal deal

    • Martinez Makes Gomez His First Wigan Signing

    • Chelsea match Liverpool's £17.5m bid for Johnson

    • Round-up

    • Best and Worst of 2009: Chelsea

    • Wolves sign star midfielder

    See you there!


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  • Wrap-up and Breakdown

    So we come to the end of another season.  Thanks to Friend of the Blog MikeL, we have an quick breakdown of my season.  Or as I like to call it, "Still Life in Mediocrity".


    120 - The numbers of players used over the course of the season, composed of;
    15 goalkeepers
    28 defenders
    34 forwards
    43 midfielders

    Percentage of points by position
    Goalkeepers - 4.9%
    Defenders - 23.2%
    Middies - 42.4%
    Forwards - 29.5%

    Top ten players by points
    RONALDO, C      384.5
    BOSINGWA, J     208.5
    PAINTSIL, J     195
    ARSHAVIN, A     149
    ROBINHO         115
    GERRARD, S      112.5
    W-PHILLIPS, S   109.5
    ZAKI, A         99

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  • The (Last) Week Ahead

    So, here we are at the end of the season.  There are undoubtedly many battles left to be played out in private leagues across the Yahoo universe as well as jockeying for final position in the overall rankings.  For myself, I know I'm hoping for a strong finishing kick to keep in the top half of my private league - yes, I'm still suffering from the sins of my goalkeeping decisions from, well, the entire first half of the season. 

    The dismal nature of my final standings aside, there is a lot to think about as you assemble your line-up for this final weekend. 

    • Do you go with a combination of
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