Burnley

Burnley

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Michael Kightly, one of the few Burnley players with any top flight experience at the start of the season, looks to be a forgotten man at Turf Moor these days.

The Clarets do not have deep pockets to put it mildly, so even though Kightly isn't exactly All-World, when he was signed to a permanent deal from Stoke City after a successful loan spell saw him help Burnley gain promotion last season, it was for them, a major acquisition. However, the bigger impact signing has been George Boyd, who has nailed down a wide midfield position opposite Scott Arfield, and Sean Dyche has shown to keep the changes to his XI at a minimum. When Dean Marney went down injured, it could have opened the door for Kightly, but instead Ashley Barnes is out wide with Arfield tucked inside and Kightly hasn't so much as earned an appearance as a substitute for the past two matches. It wouldn't be surprising to see him request a transfer this summer.

Burnley enter the final eight gameweeks of the season still in the relegation zone but their pursuit of staying up should only help their overall fantasy output.

Of the three clubs currently in the danger zone, the Clarets have easily been the better performers of late, and with Sunderland only a point ahead, Sean Dyche and his men have reason to be confident. Typically, one or two clubs lingering near the bottom go on a run near season's end, creating fantasy production from a source that can go neglected by the typical manager. One only has to think back to last season when the Black Cats were left for dead to find an example of how you can cash in on a club fighting to stay up. An added incentive is the predictability of Dyche's team selection. So while a name like David Jones may not leap off the screen, he can be a budget option that at minimum can be relied upon to start.
Mar 25 - 7:17 PM

Danny Ings has been quiet lately, having gone without scoring in his last four games, but he should be monitored as he is due to rebound soon.

Ings is proving to be a streaky player indeed. Prior to this four game skid, he went a six game stretch where he scored in all but one, and before that, he went six matches without a goal. Working off of that model, he is due to be quiet for another match or two before going on another hot streak that should carry toward season's end. That would be wonderful news for the Clarets who are battling to stave off relegation. The best thing to do from a fantasy perspective is to monitor when his next goal comes and think about buying quickly thereafter for a possible hot streak.
Mar 18 - 9:58 PM

Michael Duff got the start for Bunley in their last match against Manchester City, and considering the positive result, he may have taken over for Michael Keane for the final stretch of the season.

Sean Dyche has certainly proved one thing, he does not make many changes to his XI. So the fact that he chose Duff over a healthy Keane and given the clean sheet they kept against the Sky Blues, one would have to feel comfortable betting that Duff will be back out there again this weekend when they travel to Southampton. Duff started the first twelve league matches with Keane then taking the next 17. Perhaps given Duff's veteran influence, it makes perfect sense to go with him for the final nine matches as they look to avoid the drop. Unfortunately, Duff is still more expensive than Keane in Yahoo, so the switch hasn't created any bargain opportunities.
Mar 17 - 7:45 PM

Burnley defeated Manchester City 1-0 at Turn Moor and provided a huge blow to Manchester's title chances.

A goal from George Boyd in the 61st minute was enough to beat Manchester City. Boyd scored with an impressive strike from outside of the box when the ball bounced to him after a corner. City controlled possession 70% of the time and had 21 shots, but only five of those were on target and it wasn't enough for a goal. The win is huge in both the title and relegation races, as Burnley are now just a point away from getting out of the relegation zone and Manchester remain five points behind league leaders Chelsea. The Blues also have a game extra to play.
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 14 - 3:25 PM

Burnley are still in the relegation zone with ten matches left in their season, raising the question of whether or not it is time for Sean Dyche to shake things up in his XI.

To be fair, Dyche has had his hands tied financially in the top flight and the squad has about as much depth as the kiddie pool at the local YMCA. However, there are some weapons who have yet to be given a proper test, most noticeably Vokes, who was instrumental in the Clarets promotion push last year. Danny Ings is currently carrying a knock, putting his availability into some doubt and Ashley Barnes is the other forward Vokes may supplant in the near future. Both Vokes and Lucas Jutkiewicz made appearances as substitutes in the loss at Anfield and will be pushing for more pitch time as the season nears its close.

Things will not get any easier for Burnley in their struggle to avoid relegation as they will host Manchester City in their next match.

Burnley unsurprisingly came away empty-handed at Anfield last time out, and in the loss, their star attacking threat Danny Ings picked up a knock. It is always a boost to return home and the Clarets did manage a draw against the Sky Blues earlier in the season, but investment in their options are limited. They do offer plenty of budget options who are nailed on to start, with Michael Keane being the cheapest way into defense at the moment.
Mar 9 - 2:13 PM

Kieran Trippier looked like a top play for the weekend in defense, but Burnley lost their clean sheet and Trippier was credited with an own goal in a instant, as the Clarets wound up losing to Swansea City, 0-1.

Trippier ended the day with seven fantasy points in the Yahoo game and much less in other formats thanks to the double whammy. The incident came in the 64th minute when Jack Cork rattled a shot off of the bar and the loose ball took a touch off of Trippier before settling into the net. Danny Ings was quiet. Burnley need to start getting some positive results soon if they want to avoid a one-year cameo in the top flight.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 28 - 12:25 PM

Scott Arfield isn't likely to be at or near the top scoring fantasy midfielders this weekend, but for his cost he is providing solid value.

Currently at 5m, Arfield will be at home against Swansea City on Saturday. That is a solid buy for a player who is all but guaranteed to start (Sean Dyche refused to tinker with his XI) , is at home, and not against one of the better defensive units in the league, though to be fair Swansea City should be feeling confident after their historic win over Manchester Untied. As clubs continue to focus more and more on containing Kieran Tripper and Danny Ings, where the majority of their scoring comes from, it should give guys like Arfield a little more space in which to do something.
Feb 25 - 2:57 PM

Burnley host Hull City this weekend, offering a chance to look at some of their defense options beyond Kieran Trippier for fantasy purposes.

Trippier is the top scoring defender in the Yahoo game by a considerable margin and of course makes for an extremely good play this weekend, but unlike earlier in the season, you will have to pay a premium for it. Their opponents, Hull, have begun to find some attacking form since the arrival of Dame N'Doye, but they still have just one goal to their credit on the road since Boxing Day. Jason Shackell is a solid alternative to Trippier if you are fishing for a clean sheet and Michael Keane is available for below 7m.
Feb 23 - 2:36 PM

The FA have confirmed no disciplinary action will be issued to Ashley Barnes for his challenge on Nemanja Matic Saturday.

Set your DVRs for Jose Mourinho's next press conference folks, it should be a doozy. In a moment that very likely cost Chelsea two points, Barnes clearly committed a foul worthy of a sending off, but instead it was Matic who was given the early shower for his reaction. At minimum, the match should have been 10 aside at that point, but Burnley's man advantage helped toward their grabbing a draw at Stamford Bridge. Instead, Manchester City move closer to the top, Matic is lost for the Capital One Cup final against Spurs, and to top it all off, Barnes gets off scot-free. Mourinho is furious, and in this case, rightfully so.
Feb 23 - 12:59 PM

Chelsea were in full control at Stamford Bridge today but a late Benjamin Mee goal shocked the Blues in what ended in a 1-1 draw.

Branislav Ivanovic opened up the scoring early on and the Blues were in control during the first half. Chelsea lost Nemanja Matic to a red card in the second half and Burnley were able to then equalize after a corner kick. Chelsea played far from their best, but they were doing enough to win before the red card. The Blues were also denied to clear penalties in the first half so it will be interesting to hear Jose Mourinho's comments after the match.
Feb 21 - 12:04 PM

Burnley's next match will take place on the road against league leaders Chelsea, making fantasy options among the Clarets virtually non-existent.

About the only positive aspect one can point to regarding Burnley investment this week is that at least Sean Dyche will not surprise you with changes to his XI. With Dean Marney out indefinitely, it gives Michael Kightly a run in the side but everyone else should keep their place. Among them is Scott Arfield, who while not a dependable source for big returns, is nailed on and costing just 4.04m in the Yahoo game. So if your current side has a player or two at risk of not playing and you don't want to sell, Arfield can be an emergency fifth midfielder who will at least give you a chance for something with minimal investment.
Feb 16 - 1:29 PM

Danny Ings got on the end of a beautiful header that leveled the match between Burnley and Manchester United in the game's opening quarter hour, but the Red Devils had too much attack to keep up with and the Clarets would lose 3-1 at Old Trafford.

United took the early lead in the 6th minute but it did not take long for Burnley to make a statement that they were not about to get pushed around. Angel Di Maria turned the ball over a few minutes later in midfield, Kieran Trippier sprinted with it down the right flank and crossed to the far edge of the box to Ings who left the ground and converted a flying header for his ninth league goal of the season. There was a scare later on when it appeared Ings may have had a hamstring issue, but he played through it and finished no worse for the wear. As if expecting a positive result at Old Trafford wasn't asking enough, Burnley's next contest takes place at Stamford Bridge. Yikes.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 11 - 5:00 PM

Dean Marney has been lost for the season due to a severe injury to a cruciate ligament injury

The injury is quite similar to that which teammate Sam Vokes suffered and missed virtually an entire calendar year so it is a major blow to the Clarets and their survival hopes this season. Sean Dyche has stuck with the same XI forever, but will now need to make a certain change. Dyche will likely push George Boyd to a more central role in midfield and hand starts to Michael Kightly out wide, who from a wages perspective is probably due for a run of starts.
Source: Daily Mail
Feb 10 - 12:13 PM



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