After a rough mid week for most in the fantasy game it is time to turn our attention to the weekend fixtures in a bid to rise up the rankings. For those holding the ‘winter wildcard’ it is the last chance to use it.
Feel free to write in the comments anyone you think I have missed, why you consider them a fantasy asset or even if you think I have got it wrong, get the debate going.
Gibbs, Kieran: Is out injured for 2/3 weeks in my book (officially 4 to 6 so must of been pretty bad) with a thigh injury. I would plan to get him out of your squad as soon as possible.
Vermaelen, Thomas: Is a doubt for the game with an ankle knock. The quick turn around in games has him at 50-50 for this fixture. Owned by 7.5% interestingly enough so worth a mention on these pages (has not scored this season though).
Dunne, Richard: Vlaar has finally overcome his 3 month calf injury featuring on the bench last week. The other rock in the Aston Villa defence (well it is starting to feel like a former rock) is set for a return shortly. Dunne at 4.7 has returned to training but is lacking fitness expect a return in a few weeks (1-2) which will lift Villa’s defensive fortunes. Fun Fact: Has he most premier league own goals (will still lift Villa’s terrible form)
Luiz, David: Is out for this game has been announced in a press conference that he will not make the game (ankle injury should be bad next week).
The good news is that Mata & Cech have been announced fit. One would hope Mata is nailed on for 90 minutes week in week out after Chelsea threw away another game without him on the pitch.
Hibbert, Tony: Long serving left back is currently injured has seen Heitinga return to the fold with terrible results (see his terrible clearance during the week). Interestingly Everton have signed a young right back (Stones) who comes in at 4.5 could be a value pick to add to the watchlist.
TOPIC FOR DEBATE: Has Fellaini’s role changed?
Berbatov, Dimitar: Has been in pretty poor form along with the rest of Fulham so probably doesn’t deserve a highlight. He is classy though & relatively cheap if only Fulham could find some form. His hamstring has him out until the 9th of February but it could be longer considering how fickle hamstrings can be.
Kompany, Vincent: Has been through the wars this season & looks to face another 3 weeks on the sidelines (24th Feb) with the current injury. A regularly fit Kompany would surely see City closer in this title race. Is a key player & always increases the chance of clean sheets. Selected by 10.9% which is interesting considering his steep price of 7.1.
Evans, Jonny: Sadly is still struggling with a hamstring complaint. My feelings towards Evans have been noted in my form article. United will clean sheet much more regularly with a fit Evans & Vidic to lead the defence.
Newcastle with a French Flavour are now odds on to avoid relegation. They are playing the transfer market extremely well & will make money off of most of the players when they sell them on.
Ben Arfa, Hatem: Is rather injury prone was set to return this week but his hamstrings are proving troublesome. An outstanding talent at times could of been a real break out this season. Is one to put on the watchlist for next season with Newcastle going back to a 4-3-3 with so much French talent he could explode (at a lower price point).
Ruddy, John: Out with a long term injury is expected back in late March (17th), so Bunn at 4.1 is safe for now (looks ok at the moment).
Fonte, Jose: Is out with a knee injury, the 24th of February is the apparent return date.
Wilson, Mark: Is listed as a return on the 9th of February media quotes are lacking on this one (as a stoke left back is not the most popular figure in world football). He comes in at the bargain price of 4.0 so keep a keen eye on when he returns (Cameron is the next cheapest at 4.9 consider that).
Cuellar, Carlos: Is a 75% chance of starting has missed 3 games approaching 3 weeks. I doubt O’Neill will risk him with his poor record of injuries over his career.
Vorm, Michael: Has had an injury prone season this one (a knee knock) will see him out this week. Not much information known on this one injuries to do with the knee are not normally 1-2 weeks (more often 5-6).
Gallas, William: Is still struggling with a calf injury & will be for 2 weeks at least. He has had bad calves for about 3 years now. Dawson is presenting some value considering Spurs kept 4 clean sheets in the last 8 games (50%).
Collins, James: Unknown return date that is rather worrying. If it was not already obvious West Ham are struggling to keep the goals out this man’s absence is one of the reasons why.
@Liam – Go Victory! – Sorry for the late post hope it helps the regular / committed readers out –