Who should be your third striker?

Most top managers will have Suarez and Aguero in their teams after the January wildcard. The question is who to choose as the 3rd striker. Daniel Sturridge used to be a shoe-in but at £9.3m he's perhaps not good enough value and Adebayor, Dzeko, Agbonlahor, Campbell, Welbeck and Rodriguez are all sub £8m and are looking very good value. We've a feeling that this choice of 3rd striker could make or break the eventual league winners. Watch this space.

In our league Sachin Ruparelia’s Fergie Forever has knocked Jay Egersdorff off his perch to claim number one spot after a dreadful week by the Dutchman. Sachin’s team, despite its name, has actually never contained a single ManYoo player all season. What does that tell us? Pari Passu’s Bernie Wilcox has moved up from 5th to 3rd whereas David Bloch who made a welcome return to the Top 10 over the Christmas period is demonstrating that it was no fluke and Eddie Dowling replaces Dan Ryan who has changed his team name to Fred West Ham. Dan, who’s new to the league this year probably doesn’t know that another manager played that joke all last season.

The top 10 are as follows:

Sachin Ruparelia

Jay Egersdorff

Bernie Wilcox, Pari Passu

Phu Ngoc

Lee Mitchell

Lawrence Chilver

Matt Beedle

David Bloch

Andrew Midgely

Eddie Dowling

Manager of the Week

Last season the manager to beat was Paul Harron but since he found a girlfriend in the summer, his interest in the Fantasy League diminished somewhat. The bad news for us is that it looks like she’s dumped him and he’s back with a vengeance scoring no less than 82 points this week with 37 points from his midfield alone of Yaya, Hazard, Cabaye and Gerrard. Paul’s at 23rd place at the moment but if he’s really serious again the Top10 had better watch out. Paul’s another one of those ManYoo fanatics who can’t find a place in his team for any of Moyes’ Boys.

Nice to have you back Paul.

Page 2 Pacesetter

At 76th place and an amazing 72 points we find a complete newcomer to these pages, Miles Anderson-Smith. There’s no great surprises in Miles’ team selection other than his choice of Yaya as captain giving him an amazing 15 points for the City Talisman alone and those additional 15 points have made him our Page 2 Pacesetter this week.

Great choice Miles.

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Alvaro “The Beast” Negredo

When Aguero went off injured against Arsenal in gameweek 16, many of us turned to his City strike partner, Negredo and to be fair, he did us a fine job right upto Boxing Day reflected in his price rise from £9.3m to £9.9m over that time. He’s a popular choice with 17% of managers selecting him. However, since Christmas, he’s only got one goal and one assist in 4 games averaging just over 2 points per game. £6.7m Edin Dzeko came in for Aguero as Negredo’s strike partner and he’s been on fire scoring 24 points in 4 games and actually working his socks off for the team for the first time ever. It may be telling that it was Negredo that made way for Aguero on Saturday and not Dzeko. City have a couple of cup games before the next EPL game against Spurs away at the end of the month by which time Aguero will be fully fit and reclaiming a starting spot. Our prediction is that Dzeko will be his chosen strike partner and even if Negredo gets it, he’s certainly going to be rotated a lot.

It’s certainly time to cash in on The Beast and take advantage of that price rise and the brave may even punt for selecting Dzeko ahead of Sturridge.

The Dream Team

The Dreamteam is the best combination of players that you can pick that week. It’s always a good clue to up and coming players that few managers have picked which is important for those of you not in the top ten because you’re never going to make it by picking the same players as the top managers. Looking for value in unpopular but high performing players is essential if you’re going to make progress.

Wow! Who is Ryan Bennett and which lucky managers managed to get him in their side by way of enforced subs? Santi Cazorla was in everyone’s team last season but this time out he’s only managed 2 decent scores and so we wouldn’t advise that you rush to select him. One swallow.…Adam Johnson, on the other hand has scored an amazing 35 points in the past 2 games. He always had the potential but never quite fulfilled it. At £6.5m who wouldn’t take a punt? Likewise with Adebayor. 51 points in 6 games at £7.8m seems too good to turn down but who to leave out? Maybe Sturridge’s £9.3m goes against him in this contest – and don’t forget Dzeko either. Samuel Eto’o however, whilst getting 27 points in 2 starts has a problem with just that – starting – and we wouldn’t advise that you have him anywhere near your precious frontline. Finally, Cardiff’s Craig Noone looked on fire against City over the weekend and at £4.3m looks to be a bit of a bargain.

 

Name

Team

Points

Times in the DT

Price

% of

Managers Chosen By

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ruddy

Norwich

8

2

£4.9

2%

Bennett

Norwich

15

1

£3.9

2%

Cahill

Chelsea

10

1

£5.7

5%

WBA

Lugano

10

1

£4.3

0%

Cazorla

Arsenal

16

2

£9.5

3%

Johnson

Sunderland

13

2

£6.5

4%

Cabaye

Newcastle

15

3

£7.2

17%

Yaya

City

13

3

£10.1

43%

Puncheon

Palace

11

2

£4.9

1%

Eto’o

Chelsea

17

1

£8.2

1%

Adebayor

Spurs

13

2

£7.8

7%

 

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