...for the late post. Another crazy week in paradise. No travel this time but a full week of work squeezed into three days before two full-day meetings. As a result, this will be brief.
The story of the week is the two gamers. West Ham United, Manchester United, Everton and Wigan get the double this weekend. Now, you have to take Wigan's two-gamer with a grain of salt since they'll be traveling to both Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge. Not good times for a team who will end up having the top five consecutively (Arsenal, Spurs, Liverpool, Man United, and Chelsea with the last three in a row all on the road). So, before you decide to pick up Henri Camara, you might want to think again.
Everton doesn't have quite as difficult a schedule for their two matches with West Ham and Manchester United but most of their good fantasy players (Cahill, Arteta, and van der Meyde) are hurt leaving only James McFadden and a lot of huge risks.
West Ham United have a nice schedule for their two matches facing strugglers Everton and Blackburn. Their defense is reasonably affordable (see, Anton Ferdinand and Danny Gabbidon) and Yousi Benayoun is a cheap 2-gamer who is worth picking up.
Manchester United must be hoping that it's their Premiership form and not their European form that comes through for their two games. Ruud van Nistelrooy is suspended for the Everton match so his value as a two-gamer is limited - look for Rooney to pick up the slack. Paul Scholes, on the other hand, has been playing better as has Ryan Giggs now that he's recovered from his cheekbone fracture. Their defenders are expensive but this is the week that they're worth buying along with van der Saar as long as you're not giving up Reina at a cheap price.
In the other matches Tottenham, Chelsea, Man Citeh, and Arsenal have good match-ups making Mido, Michael Carrick, Trevor Sinclair, Frank Lampard, and Arjen Robben nice choices for the weekend if you have any roster spots not taken up by two-gamers.
I'll be back next week with a full post again. Good luck to everyone with their shopping.