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Steve Clarke has his big name forward to replace Romelu Lukaku as WBA announces that they have made Nicholas Anelka their highest paid player.

Yes, Shane Long needs a partner. Yes, Peter Odemwingie is fading fast and all but out the door along with last season's leading scorer Lukaku. The question is whether bringing in an aging problem child as your top earner - even if the transfer is free - is a wise move. Anelka couldn't score in the Chinese league last season. There could be many causes for that but at 34 years-old one of those causes could be that he's past it. Mark this one under 'Big Risk'.
Source: The Sun
Fri, Jul 5, 2013 01:35:00 PM

Nemanja Matic has become an integral part to Chelsea's success in both the Premier League and Champions League.

Matic scored a goal to give Chelsea a 1-0 win over Sporting Lisbon to further prove his worth. The defensive midfielder is mostly known for his contributions on the defensive side of the pitch, but he also provides an important passing skill to the Chelsea attack. The problem with Matic comes in fantasy. He doesn't provide enough attacking stats to give fantasy managers enough production, only averaging six points per game. Avoid him in fantasy but enjoy his importance on Chelsea's squad.
Source: Sky Sports
Oct 1 - 9:05 PM

Rio Ferdinand has been on the field for all 13 goals QPR has conceded to start the season.

Ferdinand has had a few blunders this season already, including Hull City's winner on opening day and another on a giveaway against Southampton this past weekend. QPR have conceded four goals twice this season already and eight goals in its last three matches. It's not all Ferdinand's fault, but it doesn't look good on him at this point. He could find his way to the bench if the right player comes along. Until then, stay away from any QPR defenders, other than perhaps, Steven Caulker.
Oct 1 - 6:40 PM

Arsenal dominated Galatasaray 4-1 at the Emirates in Champions League action behind a Danny Welbeck hat trick.

Danny Welbeck announced his claim as Arsenal's first choice center forward with a Champions League hat trick at home against Galatasaray on Wednesday. With news of Olivier Giroud's contract extension coming yesterday questions about who the starter might be when both are healthy were raised. Welbeck provided his answer with a clinical hat trick. The frightening thing is that he could have had a couple more. He certainly looks like he could follow in the footsteps of Daniel Sturridge in finding a home after a transfer between big clubs. Alexis Sanchez also scored for Arsenal and Wojciech Szczesny was red carded.
Oct 1 - 4:43 PM

Ryan Shawcross has been a standout for Stoke City and fantasy managers alike and his excellence continued in the Week 6 clean sheet win over Newcastle.

Ryan Shawcross's name was linked with a return to the club he came up with, Manchester United, a number of years ago but since that infatuation faded (if it was ever there) he has faded from the collective consciousness somewhat. A pillar at Stoke City since 2008, it is easy to forget about him. With the advent of statistics that describe central defending play, Shawcross has started to re-emerge for fans and fantasy managers. In the Yahoo format he is averaging just over 10 points/match this season on performances like the one he put in on Monday. Three blocked shots, two interceptions and a tackle won leading to a clean sheet is a lot of fantasy goodness in almost any format. Expect his solidity to continue.
Source: Yahoo.com
Oct 1 - 5:23 PM

Nacer Chadli has four of Tottenham's eight goals (six games) to start the season.

Chadli's most important goal of his career to date was washed away when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain equalized for Arsenal in the North London Derby this past weekend. Nevertheless, Chadli has rightfully earned a spot in Mauricio Pochettino's starting XI. He's the leading scorer on a top 10 team who'll need continued production from him if the rest of his supporting cast keeps coming up dry. He's in form and looks to be progressing. Add him to your Yahoo Fantasy PL team while his price is still fairly reasonable.
Oct 1 - 5:32 PM

According to New York City FC head coach Jason Kreis, Lampard will not stay with Manchester City beyond their initial loan deal.

Lampard's stock has been on the rise since joining City on a six-month loan. So much so that multiple reports have suggested the EPL side would like to retain him longer than originally planned. However, NYCFC boss Jason Kreis has adamantly denied this claim, telling reporters "there is no truth to that rumor at all". Lampard will join the 21st club in Major League Soccer in January along with Spanish star David Villa for preseason. NYCFC will play at Yankee Stadium while it looks for a place to build its own stadium.
Oct 1 - 6:04 PM

Angel di Maria finally had a clunker of a match after three weeks of strong contributions after his arrival at Old Trafford.

Angel di Maria is human after all. His first three matches with the Red Devils had fantasy managers drooling but his fourth was a bit of a dud despite his club winning the match. He won two corners and intercepted a pass but that was about it which is a bit surprising for a player as talented as he is. Still, absolutely no reason to panic as he'll surely be back to his best sooner rather than later.
Source: Yahoo.com
Oct 1 - 2:58 PM

Marcos Rojo had a second solid fantasy return in three weeks in Manchester United's Week 6 win over West Ham United.

Despite not getting a clean sheet or any meaningful attacking points, the Argentine Center Back/Left Back returned a solid 10 points in the Yahoo format. He contributed two blocked shots, four interceptions and a tackle as he moved centrally in the absence of Phil Jones, Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling and Tyler Blackett. Given United's overall defensive issues, this was definitely a solid return.
Source: Yahoo.com
Oct 1 - 2:51 PM

We're still waiting on a huge break out performance from Falcao but he turned in his second solid outing in a row in the Week 6 win over West Ham.

Falcao arrived at Old Trafford with a massive amount of hype and a well-earned reputation as being among the best forwards in the world. As a result, anticipation has been high for some exceptional performances for the Red Devils. Thus far he has been good but certainly not great. Week 6 was another example of this as he got an assist and contributed better than average statistics for a forward but failed to score a goal or dominate the proceedings. Supporters and fantasy managers alike will be waiting for a Diego Costa-like outburst to trumpet Falcao's true arrival on the scene.
Source: Yahoo.com
Oct 1 - 2:38 PM

Robin van Persie scored again in Week 6 but continued to disappoint somewhat by not producing a more well-rounded effort for fantasy managers.

Supporters of Manchester United and Robin van Persie will point to two goals in two weeks as evidence of his return to form. Fantasy managers, however, may not be so convinced unless the league they are playing in weighs goals extremely heavily and doesn't really count other contributions. The Dutch forward's goal-scoring aside, he has been peripheral to the action. The only other evidence that he played was a single corner won. If he hadn't scored a goal, RvP would have been negative for the weekend in the Yahoo format. Quite a decline for a player who was dominant even when not scoring as recently as 2012-13.
Source: Yahoo.com
Oct 1 - 2:45 PM

Mohamed Diame gave us a better sense of how he is likely to perform for fantasy managers during weeks when he doesn't score a goal.

Diame, scorer of a goal in each of his first two Hull City starts, failed to get on the score sheet in HCFC's Week 6 loss to Manchester City and it showed in his fantasy performance. Granted, the Tigers were outclassed by City but it is worth noting the lack of non-goal-related contributions from Diame in a loss. The hallmark of a strong contributor is that he finds a way to make things happen even when he scores and it has been Diame's history that he doesn't do so.
Source: Yahoo.com
Oct 1 - 2:28 PM






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