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Blog - Fantasy Picks

 By John Culea

Premier League Fantasy Preview: Week 23

ESPN FC's Mark Donaldson urges fantasy Premier League managers to search for bargain buys.

With the FA and League Cup breaks over, there are 10 Premier League games over two days in Week 23. Hull vs. Newcastle is the earliest match of the weekend so fantasy players can check lineups and make tweaks if necessary for that match before kickoff -- when ESPN's Premier Fantasy locks lineups. 

Saturday, Jan. 31

Hull  vs. Newcastle 

Hull have some of their walking wounded returning after a warm-weather camp in Portugal but face the cold reality of relegation danger.


ESPN FC  By Dale Johnson

Premier League fantasy - working injuries and suspensions

ESPN FC's Mark Donaldson urges fantasy Premier League managers to search for bargain buys.

With three rounds of fixtures to come in a week and half, many fantasy dreams are going to be made and broken in a short space of time.

But the loss of some of the game's top performers is going to hit hard.

Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson has been banned for three matches after his needless FA Cup red card at Blackburn Rovers, and Bojan Krkic, the Stoke midfielder who had found his form in the Premier League, has now been ruled out for the season with a cruciate knee injury.

And there was worse...

 By John Culea

Fantasy follow-up: Week 22

The ESPN FC team respond to your questions in regards to Manchester United's jumbled formation and Southampton's success in the Premier League and give their predictions for the Super Bowl.

Outstanding performances

Diego Costa, Chelsea (10.1)

The Blues' scoring machine had a brace and an assist in Saturday's demolition of Swansea. Costa has 17 goals in 19 games.

Oscar, Chelsea (7.5)

The Brazilian may now be fulfilling the hype that preceded him. His brace against Swansea gives him three goals and two assists in the last three games.

Santi Cazorla, Arsenal (7.4)

The Spaniard produced a man-of-the-match shift against Manchester City with a goal and an assist. He could not have orchestrated...

ESPN FC  By Dale Johnson

Premier League fantasy - review of early January transfers

Your Fantasy Premier League campaign may just come down to how well you choose your captain each week.

We're halfway through the transfer window and we've already seen plenty of deals to get fantasy managers thinking about their squads. But which of these movers and shakers actually has something to offer? We run through the possible fantasy worth for a selection of transfers.

Wilfried Bony, Manchester City
Price: £7.5m
Ownership: 5.2 percent

Bony was one of the fantasy stars of the first half of the season, and in fact the top goal scorer in the Premier League across the whole of 2014....

 By John Culea

Fantasy Preview: Week 22

Raheem Sterling is back from a two-week holiday and should start for Liverpool against Aston Villa on Saturday.

Ten games over three days make up Week 22. Here's all the best picks from around the grounds ...

Saturday, Jan. 17

Announced lineups can be checked on the first six games listed below before the week locks.

Aston Villa (5-7-9) vs. Liverpool (9-5-7)

Villa have the league's worst goal-scoring total (11). Ciaran Clark (4.7) is suspended, while injury-plagued Ron Vlaar (5.3) is sidelined again. Christian Benteke (6.7) has not scored in four games.

Daniel Sturridge (8.8) is a week away from playing....

 By John Culea

Fantasy follow-up: Week 21

Even Thiery Henry was seen smiling in the stands when Sanchez scored his second goal against Stoke on Sunday.

Outstanding performances

Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal (9.8)

The Chilean was brilliant against Stoke, with two goals and an assist. A bonus for fantasy managers is he was reclassified as a midfielder and posted 19 points for the day. He leads all players with 148 points.

Oscar, Chelsea (7.2)

The Brazilian midfielder scored his first goal since Nov. 1 and even added an assist in Chelsea's 2-0 home win over Newcastle.

Hot property

Diego Costa, Chelsea (9.9)

The Blues' muscle man scored his 15th goal...