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Hugo Rodallega was rewarded with a start after scoring the game winner for Fulham last week, and the move paid off, as he scored the only goal of the match as the Cottagers win their second straight with a 1-0 win over Norwich and edge to within two points of the Canaries in the battle to avoid relegation.

A great battle between two clubs fighting to stay up at Craven Cottage today, but Fulham were the better side and the result was a fair one. Rodallega had a couple of chances in the opening half hour but could not finish. In the 40th minute, a Lewis Holtby corner made its way into the area, got a slight touch off of Steve Sidwell and then came to Rodallega who put the ball away on the half-volley. A superb save by David Stockdale of a Ricky van Wolfswinkel shot was the highlight for the Cottagers defense as they held on. Expect Rodallega to retain his spot in next weeks' XI as Fulham travel to White Hart Lane.
Apr 12 - 12:38 PM

Given the overall disaster that was Manchester United's opening match, it's hard to get a strong sense of how good Herrera can be in reality or in fantasy this season.

By all accounts, Ander Herrera is a very good player. By those same accounts, Manchester United were a rotten team on Saturday. By the numbers, Herrera's debut was a bomb with the player scoring a mere two points in both the Yahoo and PL.com formats. Watching him actually play the match the best thing you could say about his performance was that United's midfield conspired to get worse when he was substituted out in the second half. It is probably worth waiting to see what United's team looks like after the transfer window closes and injured players return before writing Herrera off as a fantasy player.
Source: Yahoo.com
Aug 20 - 10:17 AM

Despite a rotten showing from his team, Phil Jones managed to score well for fantasy managers without the benefit of a clean sheet, goal or assist.

There are certainly worries all over the pitch for Manchester United supporters and fantasy managers who own United players alike but Phil Jones wasn't one of them in Week 1. He managed to fill the stat sheet with interceptions (4) and tackles (4) as well as being fouled by Swansea players (4 times). In the Yahoo format that led to 11 points which is a very solid performance for a defender on a losing team. The only immediate concern is whether the arrival of Marcos Rojo and return of Jonny Evans to full health will impact Jones' playing time. For the record, I don't think either will have an impact but we don't know what Louis Van Gaal thinks of his central defenders yet since he hasn't had enough where he's been able to show a preference.
Source: Yahoo.com
Aug 20 - 10:23 AM

Jack Wilshere rose above his history as a mediocre fantasy player to score well in the Yahoo format in Arsenal's season debut.

Likely a temporary member of the starting line-up until Mesut Ozil is ready to return, Jack Wilshere put up 11 fantasy points in the Yahoo format despite Arsenal's muted display against Crystal Palace on Saturday. The one-time "future of England" wasn't as productive in the PL.com format with only two points but the Yahoo focus on stats like Fouls Won (6), Shots on Target, Passes Intercepted, Corners Won, and Tackles Won (all one each) worked in Wilshere's favor. Ozil's return seems imminent and the opposition is tougher this weekend with Everton coming to town. Seems likely this was a one week wonder for Arsenal's smoking central midfielder.
Source: Yahoo.com
Aug 20 - 10:28 AM

Alexis Sanchez's competitive debut for Arsenal was a mixed bag depending on whether you are looking at it in the short term or long term.

Alexis Sanchez scored 9 points in the Yahoo format and 5 points in the PL.com format which are both solid results in the short term. The worry, especially in formats that lean on a lot of secondary statistics like successful crosses, shots on target, etc, is that the big driver of Sanchez's solid fantasy outing was an assist. While he did OK with some of the "phantom point" categories, he also committed five fouls which erased any good from his positive phantom points. That he avoided a yellow card was a bit of a miracle after committing five fouls. Definitely something to keep an eye on in future weeks.
Source: Yahoo.com
Aug 20 - 11:34 AM

Steve Bruce has confirmed that new signing Robert Snodgrass is set to miss at least six months after a scan revealed the midfielder dislocated his knee and damaged ligaments during the win over QPR.

The news comes as a devastating blow for the Scottish international who was hopeful of a return within 2/3 months; but a second battery of tests indicated the damage was far worse than first feared after his initial scan proved inconclusive. The Hull City squad is already stretched having to fight on two separate footballing fronts - Premier and the Europe League - and this latest development could force the Tigers coach back into the transfer market with only ten days of the window remaining.
Aug 20 - 8:28 AM

La Gazetta dello Sport is reporting that Arsenal have beaten Juventus and Roma to the signing of Greek international center back Kostas Manolas.

With Per Mertesacker still recovering from his World Cup exertions over the summer and Laurent Koscielny playing despite a Achilles complaint, Arsenal's lack of depth at center back has been exposed early in the season. Calum Chambers has played well as Mertesacker's deputy but one more center back was pretty clearly needed to round out a solid squad at the Emirates after Thomas Vermaelen's departure. Reports from Italy indicate that Kostas Manolas will be that man. Well regarded after a strong World Cup for Greece, the 23-year-old has been linked to a variety of big European clubs all summer. If La Gazetta dello Sport is to be believed, the deal is done.
Aug 20 - 9:09 AM

After a protracted transfer saga Argentine international defender Marcos Rojo has joined Manchester United with Nani going the other way to join Sporting Lisbon.

The versatile defender may give us some insight into Louis Van Gaal's tactical intentions. Rojo is able to play the left-most of three center backs or left wing back in a 3-5-2 formation as well as left back in more conventional four-defender alignments but as not typically played as a center back in four-defender alignments. Given the huge investment in Luke Shaw earlier in the summer to play left back, the acquisition of Rojo seems to indicate that United intend to play a 3-5-2 more often than not with Shaw as the preferred wing back on the left and Rojo with Johnny Evans and (presumably) Phil Jones as the central trio. When Shaw is not available Rojo would slide to the left and play wing back with Chris Smalling slotting into his center back slot.
Aug 20 - 9:32 AM

Marouane Fellaini joins Manchester United’s ever growing list of injured players as the Belgium midfielder is spotted leaving Bridgewater Hospital in the North West of England on crutches with his foot in a protective cast.

The injury reportedly occurred during a training session at Carrington on Monday although the full extent of the problem hasn’t been established. Sources in Belgium claim the ankle is not broken although there may be ligament damage; Fellaini will need a scan to confirm. The removable brace doesn’t necessarily indicate a significant issue as quite often this type of plastic cast will be applied as precaution to avoid any further complications; however the injury is likely to mean the midfielder will not move within this transfer window – Napoli had been touted as potential suitors of a loan deal before the end of August.
Source: Daily Mail
Aug 20 - 8:13 AM

Aston Villa's Charles N'Zogbia was fairly average in his first match of the season but his fantasy upside remains high.

The Villa midfielder has missed a long time due to injury and this was his first competitive match in over a year. WIth that in mind, he was still able to put a shot on target, win two fouls, and complete a cross for a total of six fantasy points. That was with him only playing 70 minutes. This sort of production should be expected from N'Zogbia and a goal or an assist would have made this a great fantasy day. If he continues to play and take free kicks, N'Zogbia can provide a good fantasy floor with a huge upside.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 19 - 11:16 PM

Andre Schurrle started and played spectacularly in Chelsea's win over Burnley yesterday.

Schurrle had an amazing World Cup, winning the trophy with Germany, and has taken his form to the Premier League. Chelsea played really well with Cesc Fabregas organizing the attack from the middle and that allowed Eden Hazard and Andre Schurrle to make great runs down the flanks. One of those runs resulted in a brilliant goal for Schurrle. The German winger can score and create chances for his teammates and seems like the number one choice at right-wing this year. Willian will certainly get playing time but we'd feel safe about using Schurrle in fantasy.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 19 - 10:28 PM

Thibaut Courtois has won the goalkeeper battle at Chelsea and he played well in the Blues' first match of the season.

Courtois is a fantastic young goalkeeper who just beat Petr Cech to the starting job. The young Belgian keeper has called upon Cech to stay at Chelsea. Petr Cech is still of fantastic quality but it's unknown if he'll remain at the club as a backup, especially considering the fact that top European clubs will be after his services. Regardless of Cech's choice, Courtois seems to be booked on as the number one goalkeeper at Chelsea and should be great fantasy value playing behind the Premier League's best defense.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 19 - 10:39 PM




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