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Transfer Tuesday. Transfer Tuesday. So if you’re new to the Razzball Fantasy EPL party, well technically we all are, Tuesdays going forward will be commingled garbage day covering Transfers and the upcoming week’s schedule. That firstline is kinda ringing in my ear like I have Tinnitus.  So grab your portable device find your favorite porcelain seat, and enjoy the transfer targets for the upcoming Week 9 of fantasy EPL.  I am giving you all a look at who looks good, at the price they are, who is a bargain, and who is showing good form to grab on the cheap.  Pinching pennies is all the rave nowadays. My grandma has one, and she is about as hip as Huey Lewis and the News.  So enjoy my view from the weekly transfer window, or don’t.  Please don’t throw rocks though, they hurt more than Tinnitus.

Ross Barkley, EVE – (£6.7) – Back from injury and got 65 minutes in his year debut.  Will build on that and look to get involved with Naismith and Lukaku up front. An assist seems like a given and his value is as low as it’s going to be if he can stay fit.

Gabriel Obertan, NEW – (£4.4) – Bargain shopping in the French isle. Sacre bleu.  Seems to be finding a niche in the Newcastle attack. Back to Back 90 minute affairs and a mark in each of the last 2.  Things may be looking slightly up for the Magpies,  I mean they can’t get much lower. Buy cheap save your coupons.  A midfield of Fabergas, Tadic, Obertan, Sterling and Sigurdson only costs you £37.3.  Just saying.

Morgan Schneiderlin, SOU – (£5.9) – I am not going to lie I love gamers, gamers that play every single minute of every game so far this year. You hear that Morgan!  The Saints are flying way high right now and come off a dismantling off Sunderland that saw them bulge the net 8 times.  This week they get a mid-tabled Stoke at St. Mary’s where the Saints have only conceded one goal in 4 matches.

Steven Naismith, EVE – (£5.2) – Everton looks to get fat off a stumbling Burnley on the road  at Turf Moor.  Burnley has allowed 6 goals at home in 4 matches and is winless in the land of the Bee.  If Everton pairs Naismith with Lukaku that’s a fantastic thing for you as he attracts extra attention. Look for Naismith on the cheap to pair with a monster in Costa or Aguero.

Mohamed Diamé, HUL – (£5.4) – 35 points over his last 5 matches and while I don’t love the match-up at Liverpool this week, you have to surround your Dream Teamers with some value.  Diame raises hand says I am a value.  Teammates later explain that it’s not a good thing to be that.  That’s Mo just being Mo.

Cesc Fàbregas, CHE – (£9.6) – My best advice is he isn’t going to get any cheaper as he settles into Jose’s system.  I am not looking at the tough matchup vs. United this upcoming week, look beyond that.  I am a man of the people, so here to help you out.  Think Big brother/Big sisters but with boots and a stellar alternate kit.

Dušan Tadić, SOU – (£7.6) – Can’t afford the lad an inch and 7/8 above then look no further than the man in the middle for the Saints.  Tadic is tied for the lead in assists in the EPL with 7, with guess who, Cesc.  He is 2 pounds cheaper and has a better opponent for which to pad his stats.  Load up on Southampton and Everton this week.

Leighton Baines, EVE – (£7.1) – Only stat you need to know to convince you is that Baines plays Burnley, them and the 4 goals scored all week.  Expect a shutout and pout scream and blame rainbows if they don’t.   Rainbows!

Filipe Luís, CHE – (£5.4) –  In for the suspended Azpilicueta, who is looking at a 2 game minimum suspension, Is a decent value as a fill-in for the week, kinda like buying whatever toilet paper is on sale, because at the end of it all its still wiping your bum.

Brad Guzan, TOT – (£4.6) – He gets the cellar dwelling QPR who struggle to get goals and aren’t the fittest, and in some cases neither and you just get called “Three stones over-weight”.  Cheers Taarabt, that Cous Coush is a heavy heavy grain my man.  Turnoil and butting of heads never leads to goals.  Bet on the American to throw up a potential goose-egg.

  1. Jesmond Tutu says:
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    Re: the Felipe Luis blurb, Azpilicueta’s got a 3 game ban but will serve one of those in the League Cup next midweek, so will be eligible again for the Liverpool game on 8th Nov. I’d fully expect him to slot back in – he held off Ashley Cole last season against the pre-season expectations, and Mourinho’s shown surprisingly little faith in Felipe Luis to date despite splashing out the best part of £16m on him in the summer. His lackadaisical approach to defending, as shown with Palace’s late goal on Saturday, might have something to do with that.

    If you bring him in you’ll need to have your exit strategy lined up for 2 weeks’ time. Yes, you get the lovely QPR fixture at home, but next up they’re away to Man United and I think there are better short-term defenders in that bracket who are preferable in terms of form and fixtures – Clyne and Bertrand at Southampton (who have Stoke (H) and then Hull (A)) for two who are slightly cheaper, or Chambers, returning from suspension for Arsenal, who line up against Sunderland (A) and then Burnley (H) at only 4.6.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Jesmond Tutu: I agree with Smokey on this one. A player like Luis is a great two week fill in for Azpilicueta, because he’s in the same situation, talent not withstanding. I’ll always opt for a member of the Chelsea defense if I can.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Jesmond Tutu: As a 2 game fill in you could do worse then Filipe, I do like Bertrand’s value right now and is getting significant minutes and valuable points

      • Jesmond Tutu says:
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        @Smokey: You could definitely do worse, the only problem with a two game fill in is that it guarantees you burn one of your free transfers only 2 weeks down the line having brought him in, which means that any suspension or injury elsewhere in your team means you’re already taking a 4 point hit.

        For the time being I’d rather get a Saints defender in who’s likely to stick for 3/4 weeks in your lineup (until GW12) to provide that bit more flexibility in terms of when you move them on, especially as the first of those 2 weeks for Felipe Luis is an away fixture at Man United.

        • Smokey

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          @Jesmond Tutu: Well you should have an equally viable option to Azpilicueta on the bench who isn’t being used in more than 9% of leagues, just a change for a similar player on same team at a cheaper price is all. No one says you have to play 4 defenders that week either. Clyne and Bertrand should already be on your roster, with Baines and Ivanovic if you’re doing it right and got them when they were decent values. What has United done to warrant a quake from Chelsea?

  2. Jesmond Tutu says:
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    Also, I’m not sure I feel the love for Schneiderlin. Ok, Koeman’s got Southampton playing much better than anyone thought likely, particularly after the summer exodus, but I wouldn’t be expecting monster returns from Morgan any time soon. He typically offers little to no goal threat, so if you’ve missed the boat on his contributions so far I wouldn’t be rushing to jump onboard – he scored a whopping 7 goals over the past two seasons, so he’s already hit his season average. After Gameweek 12 Southampton’s fixtures turn really ugly, really quickly too (they face Man City, Arsenal, Man United, Chelsea, Everton, Arsenal and Man United in 7 of the next 9 weeks).

    If all you want is some bench fodder to come in for an injury, someone like George Boyd at Burnley is more than a million cheaper, freeing up funds for your starting XI. If you need a cheap midfielder who’ll provide a bit of points threat in an attacking sense, then there’s a bunch of options around that price who are more regular contributors – someone like Downing or Henderson will offer more over the course of the season and have reasonable fixtures in the short-term, or one of Swansea’s attacking midfielders (Dyer, Routledge) after their tough run in weeks 10-12.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Jesmond Tutu: I’m not a Boyd fan at all. You’re looking at similar production from a player on a much worse team. Schneiderlin has played every minute for a top 4 team, there’s value there.

      • Jesmond Tutu says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Schneiderlin’s not likely to be in your starting XI, though, is he? There are far better players with more attacking output in that price range, and for most people someone sub-£6m would be bench fodder for most people.

        In that instace, all you need is a reliable £4.5m or £5m player who’s going to get 2 points each week (with the occasional goal/assist bonus) to come in for any last minute drop-outs. Having more than that on the bench is no good when it could beef up your team elsewhere.

  3. dizzystpizzy says:
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    Psyched to see soccer coverage here! Thanks for the content. I agree with Tutu re: Felipe Luis. Mourinho doesn’t seem to rate him, though maybe now is his chance to shine. What are your thoughts on who Man City will throw up front? Seems like its been a revolving door since Champions League started up.

    PS- Guzan plays for Villa, not Spurs

    • Jesmond Tutu says:
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      @dizzystpizzy: Aguero, when fit, is the first name on the teamsheet, however keeping him fit has proved something of a problem since his move to the Etihad. Pellegrini has tended to favour 2 up top, so would expect Aguero with one of Jovetic/Dzeko for the majority of league games. That being said, playing 3 games every week is probably beyond his hamstring’s capabilities, so there will be a little bit of rest/rotation (but I’d imagine that’d take more of the form of him being hauled off after 60-70 minutes when they’re winning, rather than demoting him to the bench all that often).

      It was a bit of a surprise to see him shift to a 4-2-3-1 for the Spurs game and drop Yaya Touré, although it did allow Silva to sit in the hole behind Aguero and get a lot more involved. His success with it there might prompt him to use that system more in the Champions League where they’ll need greater numbers in midfield, and can use the likes of Milner on the flank for some more defensive protection while retaining some penetration up front, but that remains to be seen.

    • Smokey

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      @dizzystpizzy: Noted on Guzan, He was brought here because Jose wanted him here, Chelsea plays a litte different style than Athletico. Stick around for the content going to be a blast!

    • Smokey

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      @dizzystpizzy: Missed the City comment sorry, They are using a def rotation for Champions league play but not well, and got moscowed today with that horid PK call. Aguero is the guy and only one I say to roster right now in any format.

  4. Swfcdan says:
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    Still can’t get over seeing football (soccer just to not confuse people) fantasy coverage here, still pinching myself!

    Are we getting a league together for all razzfans? I’d be up for that.

    • Jesmond Tutu says:
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      @Swfcdan: Can easily set one up, either to start from Gameweek 9 (to allow new Razzballers in) or for anyone who’s got an existing team from the beginning and have scoring start from Gameweek 1.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Jesmond Tutu: That’s my plan I’ll update you very soon.

    • dizzystpizzy says:
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      @Swfcdan: I’m in. Already have a team on the EPL site (though it is not faring well…lesson: never bench Lloris, even when he plays Man City and allows 4 goals

      COYS

    • dizzystpizzy says:
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      @Swfcdan: I’m in. Already have a team on the EPL site (though it is not faring well…lesson: never bench Lloris, even when he plays Man City and allows 4 goals

      COYS

    • Smokey

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      @Swfcdan: Glad you like, we are starting a Razzball league on Premier league Fantasy starting week 12, trying to get on the ground running and drum up some interest.

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Smokey: Sign me up.

  5. Was just hoping to get your general thoughts on an ESPN league team. Not doing bad…but certainly not doing great. My team is:

    G: Forster (6), Fabianski (4)
    D: Baines (7.5), Konchesky (5.1), Fonte (6.2) Trippier (5), Duff (5.3)
    M: Sterling (7.6), Sigurdsson (6.7), Toure (9.3), Di Maria (8.5), Tadic (5.5)
    F: Lukaku (8.3), Costa (9.0), Ulloa (5.9)

    Appreciate any thoughts and advice on transfers. I have 11 left before the the teams reset,
    Turd

    • @Turd Ferguson: Also, I wanted to include that I want to ditch Toure and Ulloa and bring in Aguero and Erikson.

      • Jesmond Tutu says:
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        @Turd Ferguson: I’m not familiar with the scoring/rules for ESPN, but my comment above stands for this, too – Forster’s fixtures are about to get hellish in a couple of weeks, so I’d be looking to ship him out around the international break/Gameweek 12. Around that time Swansea’s fixtures start to look up (Palace, QPR, West Ham, Spurs, Hull, Villa are their next six), so they could provide a cheap defensive option after their run of tough games.

        Toure & Ulloa > Eriksen & Aguero seem like sensible moves to me, and the rest of midfield/forwards look solid enough. I’m assuming the pricing is similar to the PL.com game, in which case someone like Danny Rose or Ryan Bertrand could prove to be cheap defensive cover in the next few weeks as an upgrade for Trippier/Duff.

    • Smokey

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      @Turd Ferguson: Not feeling the love for Trippier or Duff. Siggy is going to be a sell off soon and the ship for value on Toure has sailed. He is going to drop, I would rather own a similarly valued Fabergas, Di Maria or Sterling right now.

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Smokey: Trippier’s an assists machine (well he was last year), so id keep him. Get rid of Duff though, that team concedes too many goals. Must be similar defenders on better teams you can find.

  6. Jesmond Tutu says:
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    For those who have an existing team (from Gameweek 1) in the fantasy.premierleague.com game you can join the Razzball Commenter League using code – 295100-701919

    • dizzystpizzy says:
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      @Jesmond Tutu: Thanks Garreth. Angry Crawdads are in!

      • Smokey

        Smokey says:
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        @Jesmond Tutu:@dizzystpizzy: Razzball league starting from scratch in week 12 on Premier league. Will be a prize attached to it if i can steal something good

        • Jesmond Tutu says:
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          @Smokey: Sweet

        • dizzystpizzy says:
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          @Smokey: Sick

        • millenball says:
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          @Smokey:

          Fantastic!

          never having played fantasy ‘football’ before, is there a certain strategy to be wary of?(something similar to sagnof, or avoid highly paid defenders/strikers, etc…)

          @dizzystpizzy, it’s always good to have company, COYS!

          • Jesmond Tutu says:
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            @millenball: There’s an awful lot of different tricks and strategies when constructing your squad and first XI – you’re right that avoiding overpaying for too many defenders and goalkeepers is one of them, and very similar to SAGNOF in that respect.

            If Razzball are going to start a league in Week 12 I’d imagine there’d be some introductory-type content planned leading up to that. I’d happily pitch in with some suggestions or an article or two introducing it to newer US-based players who perhaps aren’t so familiar with some of the concepts, if it were needed.

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