Speaking of baseball, I'm writing this during Game 1 of the World Series so you'll be getting sporadic updates from the game [Phillies loaded the bases with 2 outs in the first inning but couldn't get a run across - so far so good since the Yankees pitcher is supposed to be the second coming].
Hopefully, this week is off to a better start. Arsenal's reserves/youth team beat Liverpool's reserve/youth team in Carling Cup action. Not the biggest news ever but I'm hoping it means that things are about to turn around.
The obvious highlight of the upcoming week's schedule is the extra match for Aston Villa and West Ham. One note of caution before we jump all the way in on these two clubs - Villa - the better team of the two - have two away matches and the first one is against Everton who while not up to the standards of last season, isn't a pushover at home. The Hammers don't have an exceptionally easy road either with Villa coming to Upton Park and a trip to the Stadium of Light and Sunderland who aren't bad. This isn't to dissuade you from going after players from both teams but it IS to dissuade you from loading up on sub-par players from those teams (the Steve Sidwells of the world).
Outside of the two-match teams, ManYoo host Rovers and they should be mad; Burnley host Hull; and Stoke host Wolves. Road teams that have advantageous match-ups include Chelsea and Citeh.
[NOTE: I'm going lightning round again - my predictions were better and I'll have more time to focus on the game]
Gabby (best of the two-match strikers); Diamanti (two matches, takes kicks); CCole (two matches, two chances to score); Rooney (assuming he's healthy, he'll be looking to make up for last week's loss); Nando (will he keep up his form now that the profile of the match isn't as high? this is when he tends to fade a bit); Yayga (although his price is really high if you didn't get him on the BD last weekend); Drogs (he's been doing it all year); and Beattie (great match-up). My overall advice is to pick your favorite "Premium Striker" and match them with Gabby and whichever of Diamanti or CCole you like more.
If you want two guys to stay away from then I'd point out Carew (he's done almost nothing in 7 matches this season) and RvP (probably wise to stay away from hot-tempered players in derby matches).
Milner (despite his terrible match against Wolves); FBFAY (not the player he was but two matches at his current production rate make his cost worthwhile especially with double the chance he'll finally break out); MPet (I'm still wishing I'd picked him last weekend but he seems to be all the way back); Kranjcar (guys who take kicks against Arsenal seem to do pretty well); Chung-Yong (Chelsea aren't as frightening as they used to be and this guy is good); Eagles (just a hunch); and Jordi Gomez (assuming N'Zogbia is still playing left back).
If you want guys to stay away from here, I'm going with former Jeremy favorite Mark Noble (his value has plummeted since Diamanti arrived and started taking kicks); Joe Cole (he was supposedly "brilliant" in his return and it got him all of 0.50 points - this is the misery that is picking Joe Cole for your fantasy team); and Sidwell (somehow at 3.98 he STILL manages not to score enough fantasy points to justify his cost over two matches - only if you REALLY need the money elsewhere).
Cuellar (best combination of price and two matches); Dunne (better price/production combo than Collins); Mears (hard not to like Burnley's chances for a home clean sheet); Ivanovic (still a good price to likely value ratio despite having scored well last weekend - keep riding him); Richards (I don't believe in Citeh's defence but he's been scoring well for the price); and of course the usual suspects (Verm and Heitinga).
I'd avoid anyone from the ManYoo defence - the prices are high and the production has just not been there this season. The only one you might want to consider is Rafael with GNev suspended. His price isn't bad for the potential value.
Friedel (hard not to go with him if you have the cash); Given (he has to turn it around eventually and this isn't a bad weekend to bet on it); Kirkland (not a bad weekend to bet on him if you're inclined in that direction); Simonsen (if he's going to get his 2nd start for Stoke and why wouldn't he after last weekend?).
OK - going to the bottom of the 6th with the Phillies still up 2-0 and I'm going to lock in. Wish my guys luck and we'll be back on Friday with Injuries and Suspensions.