Friday, 26 November 2010

Week 15 - Update

First things first - the UK is to be hit by the coldest of cold snaps over the weekend (and beyond) which will include heavy snow fall in the north in particular. When it snows in England there is always risk of postponements, if not for the pitch condition then for the roads/pathways around the ground being unsafe for supporters. Look at Week 18 from last year as an example!

Now those of you who have played YFF before know that if a fixture is postponed, the players you have in that game score ZERO and they also DO NOT get the points when the game is replayed in a later week. At this point I have to stress that there have been NO suggestions from any source that any fixtures are in danger of postponement, but I thought it would be worth adding a weather update to this post just so you're all aware that it's something that you may need to take in to consideration if things deteriorate overnight.

Looking at the fixtures from a geographical point of view, the game most likely to be affected by the weather would be Newcastle v Chelsea and a horse-racing meeting in the area has already been cancelled due to snow fall. I'll be keeping an eye out for any weather/fixture news tonight/tomorrow, so please ensure you check back tomorrow morning just in case there are any last minute announcements!

On to the injury news, and this is what we have at the moment....

-We don't yet know who's set to start upfront for Manchester United, but we do know that Darren Fletcher won't feature as he picked up an injury vs Rangers, and Paul Scholes is a doubt with a groin strain. Despite the lack of confirmation, I'd be very surprised if Wayne Rooney doesn't start.

-Blackburn have a number injury doubts ahead of their trip to Old Trafford with Morten Gamst Pedersen, Benjani, N'Zonzi & Emerton all facing late fitness tests.

-Cesc Fabregas is out for 2 weeks with another hamstring injury, but Andrei Arshavin & Robin Van Persie are back in the Arsenal squad after their midweek rests, and both have a great chance of starting at Aston Villa.

-John Carew is back in the Villa squad and will be involved tomorrow, but that shouldn't affect Gabby Agbonlahor's starting status  (see "Further Updates" section further down this post) . James Collins should also return.

-Van Der Vaart is rated by Harry Redknapp at less than 50-50 after his ankle problem, but there is a chance he'll be ready for Sunday's game vs Liverpool. Jermain Defoe is being tipped to start.

-Mancini has not revealed whether Balotelli, Jo or Adebayor will partner Tevez, but Zabaleta is suspended so he'll be replaced with either Micah Richards or Jerome Boateng.

-Andy Johnson is out for Fulham's home game against Birmingham, which is a shame because represented a great cheap option upfront. With Dembele also out a lot is resting on the shoulders of Clint Dempsey, although Kamara should come in to partner him.

-Mark Noble will be out for up to 6 weeks with a hip injury, which means Obinna should be back on set pieces for West Ham. Carlton Cole could find himself left out after he slagged off the team and the management to the press after last weekend's defeat at Liverpool.

-West Brom are still likely to be without Chris Brunt, which will be a huge blow for them and makes Everton players even more attractive picks.

-Hugo Rodallega and Antolin Alcaraz are suspended for Wigan's trip to Upton Park. Di Santo should come in  upfront.

-According to Ancelotti Lampard, Terry & Zhirkov remain out for Chelsea, Essien is suspended, Bosingwa should start.

-Coloccini, Williamson & Barton are suspended for Newcastle.

-Sunderland have a defensive crisis after Bramble & Michael Turner were ruled out with long term injuries Bruce has also indicated that he'll continue with Wellbeck upfront, so I expect Gyan will be back on the bench as I'm certain Darren Bent will keep his place.

I'll keep adding to this as the day goes on so please keep checking back.

-A few sites are suggesting Seamus Coleman's starting spot is under threat from Jack Rodwell, which is a worry as I currently have Coleman! We're unlikely to have any solid news before the deadline so it'll have to be a gut decision on whether you stick or twist on that one.

-Gabby Agbonlahor has picked up a virus and is now a major doubt for the Arsenal game, a huge blow to him & Villa.

I currently have: Green, Coleman, Kolarov, Bale, Adam, VDV, Cahill, Malouda, Nani, Elmander, Obinna

How's your team coming along?



Anonymous said...

yess im the first!!!

Anonymous said...

my current team is


im ready to go!!

Anonymous said...

AM, if there is nay news about Steinsson pls update. I'm actually very surprised that he was benched last week. Not sure for what reason.

I thought he played very well in all 12 EPL games he played.

Anonymous said...

AM, you mentioned with Noble out, Obinna would be in charge of set pieces.

Isn't Scott Parker back this weekend? Wouldn't he be the set pieces take instead?

Assistant Manager said...

Steinsson isn't certain to start as his replacement Ricketts has done a great job. I'd avoid him, there are plenty of other good options, and if you really want a Bolton defender because you think they'll keep a clean sheet then pick Paul Robinson.

Assistant Manager said...

Scott Parker doesn't take set pieces as far as I know. Look at the stats

Successful crosses by Obinna = 23

Successful crosses by Parker = 1

Anonymous said...

saha or yakubu set to start? anyone know?

Anonymous said...

@Saha or Yakubu.. those 2 also gives me headache. I would love to add Everton striker but not sure who will start. Gosh!

Anonymous said...

AM, regarding Bolton. Seems like now M.Taylor stealing set-pieces from Holden?

Am I right?

Anonymous said...

my team is shaping up nicely

bosingwa kolarov(at 4) salcido
VDV(at 5.51) silva pedersen(at 11) taylor
Torres RVP saha

Anonymous said...

Fellow Fantasy Managers,

I dont trust what Harry says anymore regarding the fitness of VDV! On 2 occasions earlier this season when the Spurs' boss has informed us all he would be unavailable due to injury, VDV has started and proceded to produce fantastic fantasy points. Unlike a lot of you (and AM for that matter), I only hold him at 4 million discount. This makes dropping the Dutchman more of a dilema for me this week, and not only that I have opposition managers hot on my tail in my private group.

What are other managers thinking of doing with VDV? I have no doubt if you hold him at 6.xx you will be happy to take a 0 this week, but what if you hold him at 10.xx?

I like Elmander this week. In my opinion Balotelli will start after his rest, so he's in, which leaves a choice between RVP and Defoe to fill the 3rd strikers spot!

Enjoy that cold weather in England, it's only 30 degrees tomorrow here in Oz ;)


Des Walker

Assistant Manager said...

I agree VDV could very well start, Harry spends most of his time talking rubbish!

Anonymous said...

will kalou play??

Anonymous said...

@des walker ....... i think VDV will start too.

my current team:

kolarov~ vidic~ salcido~ coleman
nani~ vdv~ holden
elmander~ chamakh~ obinna/sturridge

i think ancelotti might give a chance to sturridge after scoring in the CL but either him or obinna are my hunch this week. i might also revert to 4-4-2 by dropping obinna/sturridge and gong for malouda but i have been burnt couple of times for pickin malouda.

- Afrikan

Mike said...

my team is shaping up to be real nice, any feedback would be great!


Kolarov Kompany Coleman

Nasri Nani Song Malouda/Cahill Park

Elmander Obinna

I am debating on whether to get malouda or keep Cahill on discount.(10 mil) What do you guys think, worth getting Malouda over Cahill or should I keep cahill and upgrade elsewhere? Thanks!


Anonymous said...

I'd be surprised if they dropped Coleman for Rodwell. From what I've seen he's looked pretty good overall. I would have thought it'd make more sense to put rodwell, instead of heitinga, in the middle with arteta....

alas that's probably why i'm not a epl manager. don't really want to drop coleman at 5.xx though!


Anonymous said...





Anonymous said...

I think i'm downgrading to R.Green too, hope he knows this is best chance to keep a CS. Lol

Arsenal_Bergkamp said...

AM, Thanks for all the updates.

I am leaning to drop VDV($10) even though I think he will start. Do you think the damage of dropping VDV will be decrease if I replace him with Defoe?

I think Defoe should benefit part of VDV's performance(SC, Assists) if VDV start and perform well. Also, Defoe should be back on PK, which decrease VDV's value and VDV gave the PK to Pavlyuchenko last time.

Great Blog.

Assistant Manager said...

Hi Arsenal_Bergkamp...surely I should be asking you for advice mate, seeing you're top of the overall standings? :) Seriously, fantastic work, you're doing the blog proud!!! :)

At £10m dropping VDV is not such a problem, but anyone still holding him at 6 should continue to do so. As mentioned earlier in the comments section, I think he has a decent chance of starting as he has the extra day of rest (Sunday game).

As for Defoe, I think he'll do well, but he won't be on penalties, he's a useless penalty taker in my opinion, he's missed more than he's scored. I think VDV will continue to take them after he scored the ultimate pressure penalty at The Emirates last weekend.


Anonymous said...

Need some thoughts on this team

Kolorov Dann Bale at full
VDV Nani Holden Silva
EbanksBlake Elmander Defoe

3 Spurs players against my 'Pool.

Wolves at home to a decimated Sunderland defence I think you have to take a Wolves striker.

Birmingham defence although away against the Fulham attack also makes sense.

I'm unsure about Bale at full price but given his usual points return I have to do it. If Drogs was at 17.93 everyone would think he's a bargain. I could dump Bale, bring in Rooney up front in place of Ebanks and find a cheap defender.

Damn weather also throws a spanner in the works.


Anonymous said...

Defoe obinna Cahill, all sure to starts

Anonymous said...

Great Blog AM!

my team at the moment:

boateng(4.xx) kolarov jacobsen
vdv nani cahill(bd) malouda
davies(8.xx) tevez(bd) obinna

a lil bit uncertain with malouda with all the news bout the weather and all...0.17 left in the bank..hehe

any comments??


LC said...

Balotelli & Malouda


Dempsey & Milijas?


Anonymous said...

@Anon 3:30 PM: I don't think it's Rodwell who will contest the right wing role with Coleman. It's more likely Anichebe, who is fit again and will be in contention.

Arsenal_Bergkamp said...


"Balotelli set for bench"

LC said...

@ Arsenal_Bergkamp.

Ahh. Cheers mate.


Anonymous said...

i can't decide between cahill/Di Santo vs Odemwingie/Piquionne or even Elmander/Etuhu.

Please help i don't know what is the best choice.


Anonymous said...

My team for now:

Coleman Kolarov Evra
VDV Nani Nasri Larsson
Elmander Saha Obinna

Still got 1.94mil extra, but I can't figure out whom to drop. Iwon't drop VDV, but with Coleman and Saha both being doubted to start, it might be a good idea to drop at least one of them. Larsson or Nasri may also go as they both play away from home which decreases their value a bit, and their both above 10mil.
I decided not to BD Tevez last Sunday and I quite regret it now, because I don't have a premium striker at all, and my 3 stikers are sort of longshots. Having said that, I believe stikers haven't been the strongest link in this fantasy season so far, and although Tevez scored well last weekend, he's far from stable.

So my questions to Nik and fellow followers are:
Should I keep Larsson and Nasri?
What do you believe are Coleman's and Saha's chances of starting the match?
Where can I use my extra funds to upgrade (it looks like a pretty weak team to me...)?
Any other advices?


Martin said...

Thanks for the update on Gabby AM!

Brought in Obinna instead.

speed addict said...

fabianski or almunia start?? any opinian??

Anonymous said...

should i keep gyan @ 6pts?


enfer said...

looking to improve with 2 in the bank. i need to earn some funds to move boateng out if he's an unsure starter and to avoid the always bargain keeper. i'm hoping to earn something off a good game from a cheap striker/mid. right now i'm thinking saha/defoe and if RvP is fit (can anyone confirm?) and ready to start. suggestions are definitely appreciated and i'm willing to move the formation around.


Anonymous said...

Here we go :


Bale Kolarov Salcido

Nani VDV Holden ?(4,99)

Elmander Di Santo Defoe

Any recommendations for my 4,99 in midfield ?
Thanks for your help !

Anonymous said...

@NG, are you thinking of droping him due to injury? if so heres the lates news on him:

Brucey has mentioned he expects Gyan to play

also SFC official website have stated he is expected to play

John Mensah is expected to make the squad following a shoulder problem, while Asamoah Gyan is also available."

defenders Michael Turner and Titus Bramble (both knee). They join Fraizer Campbell (knee), Matt Kilgallon (back) and Trevor Carson (shoulder) on the injury list.

at 6 he's probably worth keeping.

Hope this helps??

Good luck!


Anonymous said...

@ Yanou
Maybe Bannon or Scholes.

Does anyone knew who's gonna start at right back for Man U?

Ossington Mental Youth said...

What do people thing about my line up, open to changes (especially Drogba/Hernandez, was thinking of dropping him but last time i dropped somebody for lack of performance, Chamakh, they went on to score 2)

VDV/Holden/Lee Chung-Yong/Nasri/Nani

Usually play 4-3-4 with top heavy teams, not interestest in making the back stronger, just the mid or strikers pls!

Ossington Mental Youth said...

sorry meant 3-4-3 HA!

joshtottenham said...

Any thoughts on Gyan? I'm guessing he's on the bench as the Wellbeck/Bent pairing has been so good, but if anyone has heard anything else I might keep him.

Anonymous said...

Smalling to start-- that would be news, he played CL this week. Same with Hernandez. I'd be careful with those two choices.

rwlwhite said...

My current team:

Kolarov - Coleman - Jacobsen
VDV - Nasri - Nani - Cahill - Silva
Elmander - Tevez

For once i'm pretty happy with my midfield, all players who are capable of scoring big (as long as the good silva turns up). i was wary of green and jacobsen in defence but they are cheap, and wigan are without some key attacking players and points/goal scorers, so they have a decent chance of a clean sheet. The rest speak for themselves I think

Ossington Mental Youth said...

Thanks Anonymous 635 -
I never put much money in defense as i rarely (outside of Bale and other rare examples) find they rack points, as a result ill usually grab dudes that dont play (no loss of points) or play for defense for teams that rarely lose (in comparison to others)

As for Hernandez, so tough to say whos playing as an effective striker these days for those guys, so frustrating.

Got rid of Hernandez and put in Gyan, also right of Lee and put in Silva

Anonymous said...

Boateng Kolarov Salcido
Nani VdV Dempsey v.Moses
Balotelli Davies Drogba

I want to press save, if you have any objections speak now or forever hold your peace. Hehehe

Anonymous said...

@anon 8:47

Salcido? Really? I thought he'd be good and had him for his first week but Fulham are terrible this season. Salcido only gets points when he gets assists and he's only had 2 in 10 games. If you can find someone else i'd change him. Someone mentioned Jacobsen, and I think thats a sound shout at home to a wigan team who are a pile of poo this season

Anonymous said...

Birmingham had 1 SOT against a weakened Chelsea defence, Alex was far from his best, No Essien or Zhirkov. I'm ready to gamble on Fulham keeping a CS.

kwyjibo said...

@joshtottenham - What worries me is that with Wellbeck/Bent fit, Gyan's likely not going to get regular starts. I'm still reluctant to lose the 5m discount, but he may have to go...



Thinking of:

I have both Elmander/Tevez at BD prices.

Which team do you like?

Anonymous said...

my team for this week
squillaci,ferdinad, hutton
nasri, dempsey, cahill, rodwell
defoe, van pers, berbatov

any feedback much appreciated

Ron Manager

p.s big thanks , as ever to AM for the effort he puts into the site. Well done mate

unHappy Horns said...

Best striker for under 11?
(Defoe, obinna, Carroll?)

extra cash from this pick will most likely be left over

Mell 10-11 said...

Defoe is good if he plays, Obinna had a lot of SOT but no goals, Carroll heads against anyone. Current form shows Carroll is the best man. I also think VDV should play after a midweek rest. Without Yayga, I fancy Nzog to cause havoc at West Ham. Same with Drogba, finger crosses

Anonymous said...

What are people planning on doing with Gyan? I currently have him at 6 even...a 5 point discount. Not sure to drop him or not...

Juelz said...

Salcido or Bosingwa hopefully the chelsea game doesnt get called i am definitely leaning toward bosi

Anonymous said...

comments from a poster on fantasy football scout:

Lads, posted this earlier, hope it helps;
November 26 at 9:26 pm
Texted my brother in law (Sales Rep in Newcastle). Asked him about state of roads/ accessibility to St. James’Park.
reply ;
“It’s always fine around there. Town is still accessible. St. James gets looked after. I would say unless there’s a huge blizzard Sat night/ Sun Morning it’ll be on. Forecast is for only light snow showers. Ice could be a problem but they’re salting the shit out of it already”.

I tend to think this is a real post because of the swearing in the last sentence.
Call me Arizona

Anonymous said...

guys sturridge or di santo guys..
please help me

Anonymous said...

Jugsy says...

Reasonably happy with my picks this week, tho the strikers are a bit of a worry...

Kolarov Coleman Bosingwa
VDV Nani Nasri T Cahill
Davies Hernandez Defoe

Steve Davis said...

Just to say, it's been snowing pretty heavily up here in Newcastle for the last few hours (it's 01.50 now) although seems to have stopped now. Even the A1 was 20mph max, although that could be the worst of it over, who knows. The town centre will get the most attention for clearing but I certainly wouldn't be 100% sure the match is on.
The fact that the match isn't until Sunday may play in its favour but as of right now it doesn't look great. I definitely wouldn't load up on Chelsea players that's for sure.

Especially as Newcastle will woop their asses anyway.

kwyjibo said...

Well, I did it...dropped Gyan and the 5m discount. Now watch him play and score 30 points...

In general, with Welbeck and Bent, the front line at Sunderland is pretty crowded. He's never really guaranteed to start, so that's why I made the decision.

VdV stays whether he plays or not...that 8m discount is far too valuable in his case, considering how well he scores. He only needs 6 points to make back his value.

P.O.N.G said...

cheers's my 1st time i'm posting here....lucky one of my fren told me about this site last week....

really need help for this week.....


4.36 available points left for MIDFIELD....

any good filler?????

FLScott said...

Going with Doyle up front... time for some CHANGE

Anonymous said...


Thanks for the update... hmm.. perhaps i may just stick with him... although i suspect he wont be as prolific since he would have to share the shots with bent and welbeck...

Anonymous said...

NIK - Is it a good idea to stick with 3 Man City defender? :: Kolarov, Boateng & Kompany::

Since I get all of this player in big discount.
And how was the weather over there? Is will effect BPL games for this week?


Anonymous said...

@PONG-check the comments section of the previous posts, you'll see a list of fillers, Etuhu is not listed but will start, can't say he'll score well though.

Anonymous said...

park in a 352 (also have nani)


Chamwow in a 343?

or instead of chamwow maybe defoe or k davies??

Anonymous said...

Is everton match a doubt due to weather? Can anyone confirm this?

I got 3 everton players in my team and I'm starting to worry.

Maxer said...

saved my team.. at last i'm too chicken to drop gyan@6.07.. and my big hunch carew and obinna didn't make it to my team either.. only one changes from my last week team that is Brown(of mutd) to Robinson(bolton).. anyway good luck everyone!.. cheersss..

bale, boateng, robinson
adam, vdv, nasri, nani, holden
drogba, gyan


Blues Schwaggler said...

Any updates on VDV playing?
NEED HELP!!! Malouda/Drogba could be on fire considering Newcastle's defensive situation...

Any thoughts on my team:

Kola/Robinson/???(I have no $ left...)

I really want to pick up Lou and DD, but have no idea about the weather and what is going to happen...not sure if it is worth the risk...HELP!!

Anonymous said...

Kolarov Robinson Jacobsen
Nani VdV Nasri Dempsey Holden
Elmander Rooney

Comments please

Anonymous said...

Jo or Di Santo? when balotelli set on bench can it be jo to perform?

Anonymous said...

In the end I'm going with:

Coleman Kolarov Evra
VDV Nani Nasri Dempsey
Obinna Saha Elmander

Elmander and Evra provided me with huge points last weekend, so I hope they continue their form. Evra doesn't score or assist a lot, so after he DID score it's hard to believe he'd do it today as well, but at least he has a good chance of a CS, even if ManU's defence haven't been at their best this season.
Kolarov and Nani shouldn't be explained, while VDV is kept hoping he at least returns next weekend. Jussi nearly always gets positive points, and is playing anyway against B'pool lacking Harewood, at home. Obinna shoots a lot and if he ever gets a goal, it should be home to wigan, while Nasri stays in my team until Fabregas returns, as he should take almost every set piece and is on a fantastic form overall.
Coleman, Saha and Dempsey are the picks that worry me. Coleman is cheap so I've decided to keep him until I'm sure he's not starting regularly. Every preview I read for the Everton v West Brom match suggets that Saha will start ahead of Yakubu and Beckford, and if he does I think he's the best value in his price range. Having said that, the doubt over his status concerns me deeply, so I won't be calm until I see his name on Everton's line-up (and will be very angry if I don't).
Dempsey was brought in this morning instead of Larsson. In the last few games He has been averaging more than Larsson, so I didn't see why I should keep the extra 2mil in my bank and go with the latter. What worries me is that Dempsey almost never scores as high as his price, and has to score a goal in order to do it. Brum has a leaky defence, but has shut out both Chelsea and ManCity the last couple of weeks, so it's a great concern.

Any advices?


Anonymous said...

coleman going to start?

Anonymous said...

Nik Argiropoulos, what is the latest update?
Where is the update from manager press conference?

Anonymous said...

which game will probably be suspended due to weather?

Anonymous said...

My Team;
Kolorov, Robinson, Stearman
VDV, Nani, Holden, Malouda, Arteta
Elmander, Piquionne

Thoughts Please???

Anonymous said...

kompany bosingwa coleman
malouda vdv nani adam
carroll rooney obinna

wot do you guys think?

Anonymous said...

10 minutes before week deadline & still no update from admin/Nik/AM...

Then later you'll post your team selection..What for we refer to this page if you cannot provide the full update until gameweek deadline..


Anonymous said...

even dont answer a lot of question from the reader's after you create the 'rumors' about bad weather, injury etc...


SfSS said...

@ Frust and other moaners

Come on, people have their lives, don't expect Nik to be here all day long just answering the questions, especially when there are no weather updates which relate to PL games so far. Just use your own head and internet to find some latest info and use this blog as only one of sources.

Anonymous said...

Deadline in 1 hour...

Anonymous said...

atleast put the update

Anonymous said...

agreed with SfSS... Frust...get a life..

Assistant Manager said...

Frust - Don't be so bloody rude.

I wrote in this post "please ensure you check back tomorrow morning just in case there are any last minute announcements"


Seriously, your comments have made me so angry I honestly don't know why I bother.

Juelz said...

AM cant be on here all day everyday much appreciation for the info he does provide. since i found this blog I continue to climb the charts and remain 1 in my private group since week 1. Do your own homework if your not happy with what he provides.

Anonymous said...

Some people are so thick, you'd be surprised to learn they're adults.

Anonymous said...


will boateng start??any news?

Anonymous said...

You should as well give Nik you address so he can come over and wipe your ass after you poo.

Anonymous said...



Gooner said...


Ignore the idiots. Those of us who appreciate your work far outnumber the likes of Frust. Thanks for all you do.

Anonymous said...

enough guys...let's talk about football

will boateng start?Defoe in good form?how about weather aver there?

Anonymous said...

Hey frust try going to and doing you're own research. But since you're a lazy shit here's the forecast I got from Michael Fish.

A lady rang into the BBC and told me a hurricane was to hit London at 1pm GMT.
Tsunami to affect games on the west coast.
Heavy snow from the midlands to up north.

Thank me after you haul in 159 points this week.


Anonymous said...


last minute question...

will boateng play??are you guys getting newcastle and chelsea players??

any advise guys??


Anonymous said...

kompany bosingwa coleman
malouda vdv nani adam
carroll rooney obinna

wot do you guys think?

appreciate all AM effort

Anonymous said...

stop asking about your team...
do your own research

Anonymous said...

good job AM...

Anonymous said...


SfSS said...

Boateng should start, as Zabaleta is banned and Richards doubtful, as for Che NCFC it is a wild guess, but i took a gamble and have Drogba+Kalou, though dropped Malouda for Nasri

SfSS said...

where does it say that? che nc i mean?

Anonymous said...

Where did you see chelsea vs newcaslte postponed? Post the link so we can all see it.

Anonymous said...

Wow, VDV value gone done by a point- a lot of people must have dropped him.

Maxer said...

damn.. 4 of my players got 0's (kirk, boateng, vdv and Holden).. robinson got me -1.. and Drogba and gyan didn't play to their average.. but i'm quite happy that i keep bale, nasri and nani.. overall 62.50 points for week 15..

anyway cheers AM and everyone else this monday morning.. :)


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