We are closing in on the final weeks of the season and as pointed out by my NMA mate Sanitizer007 yesterday I got Yahooed last week. Due to some issue I ended up with a blank space on my bench and as a result a pointless side. The side I had picked had won 196 fantasy points and may have shot me nicely within the top 1000 or very near if not. The guys and girls at Yahoo are hopefully working on addressing this for me but it doesn't sound an easy process and I'm not sure I will ever see those points again. Should they correct my week 31 score I will be happy that they have been able/willing to do so and can continue on with the aim of as high a finish as possible. If not I may likely moan until the summer.
I love the Yahoo format of fantasy game. The ability to change your entire squad week to week, the points awarded to players for all aspects of the game and the sense of satisfaction of a corner won, all appeal. Looking ahead though, even my patience is struggling with the various glitches in the game. How do you the NMA members currently view the Yahoo variation of fantasy football?
On to week 32
Arsenal are sweating on the availability Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey. Gabriel Paulista and Per Mertesacker would be the starting pair at centre back while there are options galore further forward. Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta, Abou Diaby and Mathieu Debuchy all played for the reserves while Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcot could fill the wide roles. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remains injured. Burnley manager Sean Dyche has done a tremendous job with the limitations and once again has an unchanged squad to pick from.
Burnley have shown themselves stubborn at home against the big boys and could do so again if there is no early Gunners goal. Kieran Trippier is always an option for the home side. Form is with the away side and those of you holding Alexis Sanchez at 5 will love the news of DG week for him in the future and he is my top pick in this game. For an alternative Santi Cazora is due again.
Swansea v Everton
The Swans lost fantasy hotshot Kyle Naughton with ankle ligament damage that has ended his season. Previous fantasy hotshot RB Angel Rangel comes in at a tempting 7.54m. The toffees manager Roberto Martinez has said King troll Romelu Lukaku is just 50/50 to feature. Arouna Kone would be the expected cover if he doesn't make it. Kevin Mirallas continues to fall down the pecking order before a summer move but could start in place of Ross Barkley, Aaron Lennon or Leon Osman but you would expect them to stick to a side showing form for the first time this season.
Siggy played well last week without a goal. I like him to find the net this week.
Southampton v Hull
Hull have Gaston Ramirez unavailable to face his parent club. Andrew Robertson's return will put Robbie Brady's place under danger at left wing back. Tom Huddlestone has served his two match ban and would seem likely to come straight back into the side as could returning James Chester. With Fraser Forster out Davis will continue in goal. In midfield the Saints have nice options
although Filip Djuricic misses out due to injury. Saido Mane seems a certain starter with Shane Long, Dusan Tadic, James Ward-Prowse, Eljero Elia and Steven Davis fighting for the remaining spots behind long overdue front man Graziano Pelle.
The Saints are still hard to beat but the goals aren't flowing. I like Mane's paces against the slower Hull defence and the Saints shot stopper may be a must.
Sebastian Larsson ruled out of the next two matches through suspension after picking up his tenth booking of the season in what is expected to be the only change from the Sunderland side that won last week. Palace may name an unchanged side after their great win over Man City but as Joe Ledley is a doubt with a hip injury I expected club captain Mile Jedinak to return.
One day Bolasie will score for the eagles, maybe this is the day. If not lets go with phantom Jedi master to return with a double digit points haul.
Tottenham v Aston Villa
Spurs may face the fixture minus Hugo Lloris, Kyle Walker and Jan Vertonghen. Vertonghen is the most likely starter of the three. Ben Davies or Eric Dier will cover right back. Andros Townsend will be hoping to get a start and if so you can believe he will have the bit between his teeth with his running feud with Paul Merson. For Villa, Alan Hutton, Scott Sinclair and Ashley Westwood are likely to miss out. 1m man Jores Okore must be considered a doubt having missed out v QPR midweek.
Has to be the Hurrikane Harry Kane doesn't it. The Christian Eriksen goal is also heavily overdue now.
Ben Foster remains out for WBA along with Callum McManaman due to injury. Youssuf Mulumbu starts a 3 game ban but Craig Dawson returns from his. Matt Upson appears ready to return for the Foxes for those of you who kept him at 1m. The rest of the side are fit but you assume Leicester will stick with the side that won last time out.
I can't see WBA get blown apart by a second team in the drop zone. Pulis will have had them spending all week on their defensive shape. Keeper Myhill is a good option plus Berahino will enjoy the space given as he plays to impress for a summer move.
Andy Carroll and James Tomkins remains out for the hammers but Enner Valencia has trained all week and should start. Stokes stand out fantasy player Victor Moses will return while Charlie Adams late season form should see him start. Jon Walters may be ready to return and Marko Arnautovic, Stephen Ireland, Mame Biram Diouf and Peter Crouch will battle it out for the remaining spots.
Mid table battles at this stage of the season are often dull. With the sun out and 20 degrees this could fit that pattern. Stoke do concede much more under Hughes so let's take a gamble with Valencia
With Rio Ferdinand, Darnell Furlong, Leroy Fer, Alejandro Faurlin, Eduardo Vargas and Mauro Zårate out QPR may go into this one with the side that played Villa although three games in a week may be too much for Bobby Zamora. For Chelsea, Diego Costa has been ruled out for 4 weeks bringing Loic Remy into the starting side as the most likely replacement and that remains their only key injury.
Local derby and rangers on a high. They will have a go at a Chelsea side not quite in their flow. The best player on the pitch is Eden Hazard and I can't see QPR going 3 games without defeat.
Chris Smalling and Robin van Persie remain doubts but the only key doubts for Utd. You would expect the red devils to stick to the starting 11 that has done well in the last 3 games. However, Angel Di Maria is a threat to Ashley Young. City are missing Wilfried Bony, Stevan Jovetic and Vincent Kompany is a doubt as he faces the dreaded late fitness test. The champs will need to decide whether to continue with 2 up front or drop Edin Dzeko and move Yaya Toure into his best position (in my opinion). As normal city rotations are likely bar Joe Hart and Davis Silva.
I like Kun to break his run without scoring in hopefully a losing city effort. I also see no City clean sheet and Wayne Rooney is bang in form.
Daniel Sturridge will surely regain his starting spot in the pool attack in a must win game. Mamadou Sakho is out but Emre Can has served his ban and will replace. With Martin Skrtel and Steve Gerrard banned Kolo Toure and Lucas Leiva/ Jordan Henderson cover. Newcastles problems get worse with Daryl Janmaat now out injured. Papiss Cisse, Fabricio Coloccini (banned) Rolando Aarons, Paul Dummett, Massadio Haidara, Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote and Siem de Jong injued are all out.
Pool have lost the form of Feb/March but have the perfect opponents here. Newcastle could yet get caught in a relegation battle and need one more win from somewhere. I can see this being a big home win with pool taking their frustrations out on the magpies. Sturridge is the pick.
Update on Yahoo I currently cannot sell one of my defender fillers without the game wanting to take Cresswell out of my side. I'm going to leave it until later and hope I don't get glitched back to back weeks.
Who are you on this week? Any alternative picks to have a gamble with?