Panic on the streets of London

Cesc Fabregas’ midweek injury has seen almost a quarter of a million managers transfer the Arsenal star out of their fantasy football team. BFP’s Neil Sherwin is not one of them.

Ten days. That’s how long Arsenal believe that Cesc Fabregas will be out for following his early departure from Wednesday’s game with Burnley, yet thousands of mangers have taken the decision to dump him from their team.

While a sensible short term measure, Fabregas’ value has gone up so much that most would not be able to buy him back in a fortnight’s time, myself included. This is exactly the situation where substitutes become inportant in fantasy football.


The midweek games provided some solid points, justifying the decision to play the wildcard. New addition James Milner immediately proved his worth with 13 points thanks to a goal, an assist and three bonus points.

Despite going off early, Fabregas still managed to find the net, and Fernando Torres came off the bench to score for Liverpool.

Bolton’s Gary Cahill scored well yet again, bagging 11 points, while clean sheets from Patrice Evra and Stephen Warnock added to a healthy total of 62 points.

The team currently sits 22,999th in place out of a total of 2,196,036 teams.

The only transfer for this gameweek sees Roger Johnson sold and Wolves’ Jody Craddock come in. Craddock has proved this season that he knows where the goal is, and having had a game off thanks to Mick McCarthy’s much debated midweek team selection, he should be raring to go at home to Burnley tomorrow.

Didier Drogba has been declared fit for Chelsea, and his return is a massive boost. Torres should hopefully start against Portsmouth and Clint Dempsey returns after having a gameweek off.

James Milner is possibly the league’s most in-form player right now and has been given the captain’s armband for the home game against Stoke City. I can’t see a clean sheet for the Potters so Thomas Sorensen and Ryan Shawcross both drop to the bench for this one, alongside Sunderland’s Andy Reid.

Team for Gameweek 17 –


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Neil Sherwin
Neil Sherwin

Co-editor of Writes mostly on Premier League and A-League with contributions to other sites including TheFootballSack, InBedWithMaradona and Bloomberg's BSports. Has featured on The Guardian's Football Weekly.

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