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Fantasy League and the punter

May 15, 2009

At this stage of the season, if its all about getting the most points out of your players, or getting the most bang for your buck, it is best to look at the teams who have something to fight for. That statement itself concludes that if you have players from either of Stoke City, Wigan and possibly Bolton and Blackburn, you should consider taking them out, as they might have been given an earlier leave of absence. Perhaps the only exception to that is where the player themselves are playing for a new contract. Antonio Valencia, on the other hand, according to Brucey, will no longer be a playing at the JJB next season, and his mind may already be Manchester, in either colours, if rumours are true.

The above category could also include Everton, Villa, Chelsea and Arsenal, who have their places for Europe cemented. The only exception is that the Toffees and Villans are not sure which place they will finish, either 5th or 6th, with about 1.5mil quid separating the 2 places. However, considering that Everton have a thin squad, endless injuries, and a FA Cup trophy to contend for, you can be sure that their players will not be putting too much effort in their remaining league fixtures.

Chelsea themselves have said that they will try to catch Liverpool for 2nd place should they slip, but considering the amount of continental players on their squad, they probably give diddly squat abt finishing 2nd and will rest up for the FA Cup final. Theirs is probably a good bet to buy fringe players such as Franco Santo, Alex and Mancienne for your fantasy league.

The battle for Europa League places is also tight, meaning any one of Fulham, Spurs, West Ham or Man City are a good bet. With City players not even being sure if they will be in the team in August considering the fantasy team they’re trying to build there, perhaps its best to avoid anyone from the Citizens.

Its down at the bottom thats most exciting. During moments like these, its best to look at teams and players in form to get your cash and points. That excludes Boro and Hull, so you’re only real bet is WBA, Newcastle (oh the shock!) and Blackburn. Chris Brunt, seems like a one man mission to perform the WBA Great Escape II, while Alan Shearer seems to have a preference for ex-Rangers man Peter Lovenkrands. Portsmouth players are playing for new contracts elsewhere, and could care less what happens to the team, while Hull seems intent of being in every position in the league in the space of a season from 1st to dead last.

Whatever happens, good luck for the remaining fixtures, and hope your team does well. If they don’t, there’s always “big club” Newcastle to laugh at (unless you’re a Geordie fan, in which case, I feel sorry for you!)

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