Selection headache

A difficult week ahead once again for Fantasy Football managers with a number of teams not in action. Ruining Football has managed to field an eleven on paper, but whether they will all play is a different matter altogether.

Manchester City, Tottenham, Fulham, Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers all have the weekend off, again forcing managers to do more wheeling and dealing than Harry Redknapp during a transfer window.

Bolton and Burnley do place twice but that’s of no use to me seeing as there is a combined total of zero players from either club in the squad.

To make things worse, Wayne Rooney is now a major doubt for Manchester United’s trip to Wolves, while Matthew Etherington is touch and go.

If both of them make it then we will at least be fielding a full side, a luxury which is not very easy to come by this week.

Cesc Fabregas is the obvious choice to skipper the side with a game against Burnley at the Emirates which could turn into a bit of a rout.

Transfer wise, Branislav Ivanovic has been sold in favour of Everton’s Leighton Baines who is usually good for an assist or two from set pieces. I decided not to take a points hit this time after doing so far too much recently.

The toughest decision was deciding who to go for in goal but in the it came down to the fact that if Birmingham concede heavily and Hart, Johnson and Bowyer are all in the team then we’re fairly screwed. Clean sheets for both Stoke and Brum now please!

Last week’s total of 55 points was pretty good and resembled something like a return to form. Drogba as captain was an obvious let down, as was Ivanovic’s contribution of -1.

However, the decision to lump on Birmingham paid off massively with clean sheets all round and bonus points for Bowyer and Johnson.

Carlos Tevez and Fabregas both put in top drawer performances with goals, assists and bonus points all over the place, though Jamie O’Hara could have made things even better had he not missed a penalty for Portsmouth.

The team currently sits in 40,533rd place out of a total of 2,279,562 teams.

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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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