Fantasy Football Blog

  • Tactical review: Rough diamond

    The Fantasist has just emerged, bleary-eyed and sweating,
    from its tactics truck, and has drawn the following conclusions from the
    weekend's Premier League action. 

    Chelsea
    boss Carlo Ancelotti continues to employ his diamond midfield formation. It
    ought to mean a points bonanza for Frank Lampard (20.75), but he has been oddly
    quiet so far this season.

    Full-backs Jose Bosingwa (10.00) and Mr Cheryl Cole (10.44)
    get plenty of licence to go forward, and will score consistently throughout the
    season on both attacking and defensive fronts.

    Manchester United's
    midfield
    is being rotated to the

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  • Movers and shakers: Cesc Appeal

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

    UP

    Cesc Fabregas (MF Arsenal) 19.55, +4.09: The Arsenal skipper proved to be the marquee player you should have plumped for in Gameweek One, courtesy of his two goals and two assists in the 6-1 drubbing of Everton.

    Shay Given (GK Manchester City) 9.13, +3.05: The Irish keeper is picking up for City where he left off last season, courtesy of his clean sheet at former club Blackburn.

    Didier Drogba (FW Chelsea) 13.20, +2.44: His match-wining brace against Hull are enough to see him rise in price despite

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  • Foreign view: Eurosceptics

    You lot, eh? Honestly, The Fantasist is a little disappointed in you.

    It tries to broaden your horizons by talking about Fantasy games from Europe's other top leagues, and all it gets is a load of
    abuse telling it to stop wasting everybody's
    time.

    Well, The Fantasist will not be deterred. Not this week anyway. Here is another
    update from across the channel.

    Yoann Gourcuff lived up to his billing as the best player in France, and the most popular in the Fantasy
    game, with a superb two-goal performance for Bordeaux against Lens worth 32.5 points.

    If you were not among the 51.12 per cent of

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  • Tactical review: Tevez torment

    The
    Fantasist looks back at the opening weekend of the Premier League season, analysing
    some of the key selection issues.

    Carlos Tevez (9.21) moved to Manchester City
    for more first-team football but ended up doing precisely what he did last
    season at United - coming on for 20 minutes at the end to kill the game.

    The
    Fantasist is prepared to put Mark Hughes's
    selection of Craig Bellamy (9.71) down
    to a dodgy Tevez heel, but much more of this and the Argentine will find
    himself in a box marked 'damaged
    goods'.

    Rafa Benitez
    opted for Ryan Babel (4.66) ahead of
    Yossi Benayoun (8.84) for Liverpool,

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  • Injury Report: Gameweek one (updated)

    We present below an updated version of the Premier League
    injury table, although there will no doubt be more to come during the midweek
    international games.

    The big addition to the list is Steven Gerrard (20.60), who has pulled
    out of England's pointless friendly in Holland with a recurrence of his groin
    twinge. It is not the first time he has missed an international with a
    troublesome groin.

    Far be it from The Fantasist to sound cynical, but it would
    be a major surprise if the Liverpool skipper is not 100 per cent fit to face
    Spurs on Sunday and Stoke on Wednesday.

    Unless you hear anything

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  • Selecting your newbies

    If you want to build a successful Fantasy team, you will
    need some newbies.

    These are players coming fresh into the Premier League who
    have no previous stats and are therefore given a default value.

    That means plenty of potential bargains, in the shape of
    players available for 5 or 6 who turn out to be worth two or three times worth
    that amount.

    Anyone who swooped for Jose Bosingwa last season or Fernando
    Torres the year before will tell you it can mean serious points for minimal
    outlay.

    It has been a quiet summer for new arrivals to the Premier
    League. Manchester City have done some huge

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  • 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
    said.

    "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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