As we edge closer and closer to decision day, I am becoming increasingly frustrated with my line-up and frantic in my trade ideas. I think you'll see from the roundtable - after the jump - that I've come to a conclusion, but that Neal is sensibly (and probably in my best interests) trying to talk me back from it.
But before we get to that, just a few other items of note.
1. I want to remind everyone that I'm tagging what I read using the 'fantasyepl' tag on Delicious. You can see the latest on Delicious or down the center column. Mostly it's small injury and form related news that doesn't warrant a full post (and/or will likely be covered in TWA or I&S posts) but that could be relevant for your team selection. For example:
- Warnock doubt for Villa
- Everton FC left sweating on Louis Saha’s fitness
- Jensen doubt
- Fabianski out. Mannone/Almunia?
- "Bent should be alright for the weekend"
3. My basketball site, iHoops.com is coming out of the gate. Check it out if you are interested in youth basketball in the United States or are looking for tips/drills/advice on how to play the game and play the game better anywhere in the world.
Now, on with the fun...
[09:04] JSpitzberg: getting to a bad place
[09:05] JSpitzberg: to trade or not to trade...
[09:05] Neal J Thurman: uhoh
[09:05] JSpitzberg: 2 gamer or not
[09:05] JSpitzberg: enabler on D or M...
[09:05] Neal J Thurman: lol
[09:05] JSpitzberg: way overthinking everything
[09:11] JSpitzberg: bfdb comes in to replace lennon...
[09:11] JSpitzberg: steals pts from kranc
[09:11] JSpitzberg: beast out...
[09:11] JSpitzberg: mears not a great bet any more
[09:11] JSpitzberg: keep kpb?
[09:11] JSpitzberg: good middie at good price
[09:12] JSpitzberg: yebda a good bet there?
[09:12] Neal J Thurman: yebda?
[09:12] JSpitzberg: but are they splitting pts amongst kpb, yebda (attacking mid) and ohara?
[09:12] JSpitzberg: larsson? brm don't score and citeh don't conceed too many
[09:12] JSpitzberg: but he's returning nicely
[09:13] JSpitzberg: cuellar? sidwell? for 2 games
[09:13] JSpitzberg: ARGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
[09:13] Neal J Thurman: agreed but he seems like an up and down fantasy point producer and he's coming off of an up week and has a tough matchup
[09:13] Neal J Thurman: (or at least that's my logic)
[09:15] Neal J Thurman: KPB doesn't get most of his points on kicks - he's a no conscience shooter so they'll be SOTs and CWs so I'm not sure O'Hara and Yebda will have an impact
[09:15] Neal J Thurman: he's Mido playing in midfield
[09:15] Neal J Thurman: I'm sticking with him for the price
[09:16] JSpitzberg: ha
[09:22] JSpitzberg: think bfdb plays?
[09:22] JSpitzberg: or is that a red herring?
[09:22] JSpitzberg: jenas more likely to move right?
[09:24] Neal J Thurman: I'd suspect Jenas/Kranj/THud/Palacios arranged somehow in midfield and/or they'll find a way to deploy all of Keane/Crouch/Defoe (maybe with Keane taking the attacking M role)
[09:24] JSpitzberg: no defoe
[09:24] JSpitzberg: but i think you have the mid right
[09:24] Neal J Thurman: is he still suspended?
[09:25] JSpitzberg: 3 games
[09:25] JSpitzberg: so maybe this is the last one?
[09:26] Neal J Thurman: so last weekend, Carling Cup and this weekend?
[09:26] JSpitzberg: that would be my guess
[09:27] Neal J Thurman: yup - just verified on the FA web site - Suspension ends on Saturday (presumably after the match)
[12:11] JSpitzberg: kranc/sonk --> spet/cuellar the latest "master plan"
[12:24] JSpitzberg: maybe the whole 2 game thing isn't even worth it this week
[13:35] Neal J Thurman: that guy at TWA certainly isn't overwhelmed by the 2-gamers ;-)
[13:35] JSpitzberg: *sigh*
[13:47] JSpitzberg: but i'm not finding anyone that blows me away
[13:47] JSpitzberg: so that i don't think, "well, with 2 games maybe... "
[13:47] Neal J Thurman: yeah - not a week that is thrilling me too much
[13:48] JSpitzberg: kranc/sonk...
[13:48] JSpitzberg: what's a reasonable expectation...
[13:48] JSpitzberg: 10 pts?
[13:49] JSpitzberg: cuellar x2 should be 10pts
[13:49] JSpitzberg: then spet is bonus
[13:50] Neal J Thurman: seems like reasonable logic if you're buying Kranj at retail
[13:53] JSpitzberg: collison
[13:53] JSpitzberg: that's the ticket
[13:53] JSpitzberg: (kranc at 10.5)
[13:54] JSpitzberg: at least collison is an attacking player
[13:54] JSpitzberg: unlike spet
[13:56] Neal J Thurman: what role is Collison playing?
[13:56] Neal J Thurman: for an attacking player, he certainly doesn't get many fantasy points
[13:56] JSpitzberg: he's been injured
[13:56] JSpitzberg: total flier on my part
[13:57] JSpitzberg: typical out-smarting myself pick
[13:57] Neal J Thurman: he's played 7 matches - has he been coming off the bench?
[13:57] JSpitzberg: started the last 2 at right mid, seemingly
[13:58] JSpitzberg: The 21-year-old West Ham midfielder is still coming to terms with the untimely death of his father in August, but has shown commendable courage over recent weeks as he attempts to remain focused on his football.
[13:59] Neal J Thurman: he's averaged exactly 0 points over those two starts at right mid
[13:59] JSpitzberg: The Wales midfielder missed six weeks of West Ham's season after sustaining a calf injury, only making his return in Saturday's 2-1 Premier League defeat at Stoke.
But any injury problems were firmly overshadowed by the death of his father as he rode by motorbike to watch the 21-year-old play against Tottenham in August.
[13:59] JSpitzberg: WAY behind spet's 4 per
[13:59] Neal J Thurman: he had a decent start to the season (7, 7, 2.5 in the first 3 weeks) but nada since
[14:00] JSpitzberg: so that's 3 per match, right?
[14:00] Neal J Thurman: SPet's graph is MUCH more impressive
[14:00] JSpitzberg: no.. whu were 1 gamers ;-)
[14:01] Neal J Thurman: at least if you're comparing people at that end of the price spectrum
[14:04] JSpitzberg: goal wrongly disallowed v ars ;-)
[14:05] Neal J Thurman: which equals how many points again?
[14:05] JSpitzberg: grrr
[14:09] JSpitzberg: if only there were a larger forum in which to discuss these things...
[14:10] Neal J Thurman: lol - maybe we should start such a forum
[14:11] JSpitzberg: maybe we should utilize such a forum