Fantasy Premier League – Gameweek 4

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Quick one this week as we preview gameweek 4 which comes before another lengthy international break. I’m beginning to be tempted by the wildcard but I think I’ll hold off until after the transfer window shuts and the league resumes in a couple of weeks. With the free transfer rollover, keeping the wildcard is less attractive and I think the time to use it will be sooner rather than later.

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Gameweek 3 Top Gun (aka Tom Cruise Approves) – Abou Diaby

Maverick liked Diaby's performance against Portsmouth.

Maverick liked Diaby's performance against Portsmouth.

I don’t think anyone was expecting Abou Diaby to walk off with the award despite Arsenal’s home game against Portsmouth. Two goals and three bonus saw him score 14 points, just edging out Wayne Rooney and Kenwyne Jones who both got 13.

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Three Captain picks:

1. Lampard/Chelsea – The Blues’ midfielder has been pretty quiet so far this season as Ancelotti has been shuffling his midfielders about. He started at the tip of  a diamond against Hull but was deeper against Sunderland. He faces Burnley at home this weekend and I imagine they will play quite deep, thus perhaps stifling Drogba and Anelka. This would leave it open for Fat Frank to score some good points. That’s my theory anyway.

2.Adebayor/Man City – Mark Hughes’ side are away from home but they play Portsmouth who have just sold their best centre back to Everton. This on paper would leave Adebayor with the perfect opportunity to add to his two goals already this season.

3. Rooney/Man Utd – Even though I think Arsenal will get a positive result against Man Utd, Rooney always seems to do well against them. He’s made an impressive start to the season too with three goals and six bonus points in three games.

Right pick

Gets a captain tick.

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Three to bring in:

1. Distin/Everton – David Moyes’ new signing will slot straight into Joleon Lescott’s position at the heart of the Everton defence. Even though they’ve lost both games so far, the upcoming fixtures are quite favourable for the Toffees and Distin is a bargain £4.9m.

2. Evans/Man Utd – Not as much of a bargain as last season but with Ferdinand out so often he’s always worth having on your shortlist. Rio is currently not due back for another three weeks so Evans might be a good short term measure, even with a international break coming up.

3. Warnock/Aston Villa – Someone to keep an eye on. Aston Villa have had issues at left back but Warnock is a very good player who should slot straight in. He also does a nice line in midfield play so could occasionally play further forward. Hold on until Villa’s form settles but at £4.9m he could potentially be a good buy.

Might be worth a pick.

Might be worth a pick.

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Three to avoid:

1. Lescott/Man City – £7.3m for someone who’s moved from Everton to an arguably less solid team in Man City? No thanks.

2. O’Shea/Man Utd – No longer going to play now that Wes Brown and Jonny Evans are fit again.

3. Wigan players – I have a couple in my team as they’re quite cheap but they are yet to produce consistently. The midweek Carling Cup defeat showed it might be a while before Roberto Martinez gets them playing like Swansea last season.

Are you taking the mick?

Are you taking the mick?

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