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So, what to make of the return of David Bentley - will he finally fit into what Spurs do? Will he be the same unmitigated disaster that made him one of the worst transfer buys of the last 5 years? Will he even start? Or is 'arry just using this as a smoke screen while planning to start Jenas, Kranj, Palacios, and THud in some arrangement?
My guess is that he'll play but certainly not be up to the standards he set while at Rovers for fantasy performance (no guarantee he'll take kicks which Kranj has been doing). Overall analysis? He'll be OK but probably won't be worth the price which is still high (10.83). If you're into risk, there's definitely upside at that price but there's also a fair amount of downside.
Elsewhere in this match - Arsenal will likely recall Almunia as their keeper as Mannone has certainly not lived up to his first few performances. Walcott and Rosicky with definitely miss out with Nasri not likely to start twice in a row coming off of his long-term absence.
Elsewhere around the league - ManYoo has a bit of a crisis going at the back where it seems likely that at least one, if not both, of Vidic and Rio will be out. Evans becomes much more attractive in this case. Ordinarily, I'd wonder if their defence would hold but with H1N1-infested Rovers the opposition, I think things will be OK. Evans, Rafael, and O'Shea are all probably strong bets at a much more reasonable price than the average ManYoo defender in most weeks. Oh yeah, Fletch and Park are also both out and Giggs "has a knock" for whatever that's worth.
At Chelsea the big concern is over the health of Ivanovic who will undergo the dreaded "late fitness test" which is code for "make fantasy managers crazy" - I'd stay away from both he and his likely replacements as we have no idea what will come of this.
Another question mark, this one for Burnley is Jensen. If he starts at home against Hull both he and Mears are interesting plays. If not, neither of them are nearly as interesting. The problem? Jensen's status seems unclear. I'd stay away here too.
Seems like Jummy is still hurting as his body adjusts to playing footie again. He didn't train on Thursday and I'd be very careful about starting him. Probably best to wait until a) Hull are at home; and b) until he has a clean bill of health.
AJ and Gerrard will both miss LIV/FUL as will new boy Aquilani (virus) and Glen Johnson (calf). Not good news for Liverpool as this match has "trap" and/or "let down" written all over it. Don't say I didn't warn you.
Sorensen is likely to be back for Stoke after Simonsen deputized while Sorensen was out with the flu. More rumors of Tuncay "forcing his way into the starting line-up" but I'll believe it when I see it. Sorensen immediately becomes a strong option in net given the weak opposition.
DBent is a question mark for Sunderland and I'm pretty sure no fantasy manager feels badly for him after the stinker that he posted last weekend for lots of us who had him. The doubt reduces his value while at the same time not increasing that of Frazier Campbell enough to make him worthwhile.
Not too much else of note other than Scott Parker and Jermain Defoe's suspensions. Best of luck in your selections and I'll look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow for the Live Chat.