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Dimitar Berbatov made his first start since returning from a groin injury and scored what proved to be the winning goal for Fulham, who earn a vital three points in their 2-1 victory over West Ham United.

After conceding the opening goal to the Hammers, Steve Sidwell leveled the game in the 32nd minute and thanks to a cross sent into the box by Alex Kacaniklic, which Scott Parker got a touch on, Berbatov was able to camp out on the far post, and he tapped it in easily. Berbatov's best years are behind him but he still has a nose for the net. With a home game next against bottom of the table Sunderland, he is certainly worthy of consideration.
Jan 1 - 12:10 PM

Tottenham Hotspur welcome Greek side Asteras Tripolis to White Hart Lane on Thursday night in the Europa League and Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping his side can secure their first win in Group C at their third attempt.

Ahead of the game Pochettino confirmed the absence of full-backs Kyle Walker [pelvic] and Kyle Naughton [ankle] - both long term - although the pair are hoping to be back action by November after resuming light training. Algerian international Nabil Bentaleb has also been ruled out after missing Saturdays’ defeat to Manchester City because of an ankle problem which he suffered during the African Cup of Nations qualifier against Malawi. The full extent of the injury is not yet known although it is understood that the Tottenham midfielder could have a chance of returning on Sunday when Newcastle United arrive in London. Jan Vertonghen could be promoted from the substitutes bench after the Argentine manager denied any rift between the two while Aaron Lennon is expected to make the match-day squad.
Source: London 24
Oct 22 - 6:26 PM

Swansea midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng is quietly having a decent season, including a 13 point performance on Sunday.

Ki Sung-Yueng has been doing fine for Swansea this season but the problem with using him in fantasy is consistency and upside. When Ki has a good game by his standards, it's something like this weekend, 13 points. What you want in fantasy in Ki's price range is someone who almost guarantees you five points but can explode for 25 any given week. Avoid Ki unless you're in a really deep draft league.
Source: Sky Sports
Oct 22 - 7:34 PM

Mario Balotelli was subbed out at halftime during today's Champions League match between Liverpool and Real Madrid.

This is bad news for Balotelli, who is already having a bad season. The Italian striker has not meshed well in Liverpool's fast paced squad and has struggled to score. In fact, Super Mario has zero goals in six Premier League matches despite having 30 shots. Balotelli has done enough to keep himself fantasy relevant without scoring but he is far from a great fantasy option. He is a high risk, high reward player who can be used by adventurous fantasy managers.
Source: ESPN FC
Oct 22 - 7:39 PM

Michael Dawson contributed to a solid outing against Arsenal on Saturday but faces the possibility of time out with an injured ankle.

Apparently the North London rivalry didn't recede from Michael Dawson's consciousness despite his move to Hull City. In his first post-Spurs match against Arsenal he contributed four blocked shots, two tackles, two interceptions and even managed a shot on target for a massive 15 point performance in the Yahoo format. Enthusiasm will be slightly tempered though as he now faces questions over an ankle issue. Check back later in the week for a more definitive assessment of the injury and his status for Week 9 and beyond.
Source: Yahoo.com
Oct 22 - 1:31 PM

Craig Gardner isn't a big name but he continues to churn out extremely solid fantasy results as West Brom recover from their early season swoon.

If you had bet on Craig Gardner being among the Baggies' better fantasy midfielders at the beginning of the season you'd probably have been looked at like you were a bit mad. And rightly so. There was very little in his history to indicate that Gardner would start churning out high single digit and low double digit fantasy performances (in the Yahoo format) but that's exactly what he's been doing. Two blocked shots, four interceptions and three tackles were the formula this week and that isn't too much different that what he's generally been producing.
Source: Yahoo.com
Oct 22 - 1:42 PM

Danny Welbeck was at it again over the weekend scoring late to secure Arsenal a point in their 2-2 draw with Hull City.

The England striker hasn't quite lived up to the hopes of Arsenal supporters who thought he might turn out to be Daniel Sturridge 2.0 after his move from Manchester United. While Welbeck hasn't been quite as spectacular as Sturridge was upon his move to Liverpool he has been effective. Against Hull City he notched his second Premier League goal in five starts while pulling his overall total to five goals in seven starts across all competitions. It will be interesting to see if he can scale further heights if Arsenal ever get a healthy first choice eleven on the field at the same time.
Source: Yahoo.com
Oct 22 - 1:24 PM

Kieran Gibbs enjoyed another strong outing from a fantasy point of view even if the end result for Arsenal was far from satisfactory.

The big knock against Kieran Gibbs the real player and the fantasy player has been his propensity to be injured frequently. When he has played this season he has taken his game to a new level, especially at the attacking end of the pitch. Perhaps the presence of Alexis Sanchez in front of him is giving him more opportunity but whatever the reason, Gibbs has strung together a number of strong "phantom point" performances including this week's that included a shot on target, two successful crosses, a corner won, two interceptions and two tackles. If only Arsenal could keep a clean sheet.
Source: Yahoo.com
Oct 22 - 1:27 PM

Adnan Januzaj got a start in the match against West Brom but didn't contribute a great deal.

It was a bit of a shock to see Januzaj's name on the team sheet given that Ander Herrera was also back and there is generally a glut of attacking players available to Louis Van Gaal. The Belgium international didn't do a great deal to endear himself to his new manager during the 2-2 draw. With Rooney back from suspension after the Chelsea match and Falcao presumably recovered from his international duties, it seems unlikely that Januzaj will get another start in the league soon.
Oct 22 - 12:59 PM

Angel Di Maria continued his exceptional form on Monday despite United dropping two points to the Baggies at the Hawthorns.

Angel Di Maria continues to be one of THE signings of the summer. He didn't score a goal but he got an assist and generally filled the stat sheet with goodness. In addition to his assist on Marouane Fellaini's goal at the start of the second half the Argentine managed three shots on target, three successful crosses, and five corners won. On another day it would have been a huge day for him instead of just a very good one.
Source: Yahoo.com
Oct 22 - 1:02 PM

Daley Blind earned Manchester United a point with his goal to tie the score late in the match.

Before anyone gets too excited about Daley Blind's potential as a fantasy player, it is worth noting that he has no track record of scoring on a regular basis. Considering that his previous track record was established in Holland where everyone seems to score a ton of goals it is probably a pretty reasonable assumption that he won't transform into a goal-scorer anytime soon. It is also worth mentioning that in the Yahoo scoring system that a yellow card and a few fouls committed dropped his fantasy total under 10 despite a goal counting for 10 by itself (when the SOT is taken into account).
Source: Yahoo.com
Oct 22 - 1:06 PM

The good news is the Phil Jones returned to the starting line-up, the bad news is that the results weren't great.

The first goal that Manchester United allowed appeared to be more of a breakdown of the left side of the defense with Angel Di Maria and Luke Shaw both caught out of position. The second goal was mostly a result of Rafael not being on the same page with his central defenders and allowing Saido Berahino to run behind the center backs and still be onside for a breakaway. Neither would indicate that Jones was at fault for either goal per se but Louis Van Gaal will have hoped for a better overall showing from Jones and the defense in general as they come back to health.
Oct 22 - 1:10 PM




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