It's hard to come back from international break. But re-focus we must. So to get us all up to speed - and yes, there are games today so no due dilligence can start in earnest until tomorrow - let's look at my O'Hara issue. ;-)
I have O'Hara at 4.23 and he's averaging 5 points per match. However, he's ineligible to play against Spurs this weekend and he's being played in a more withdrawn role in the midfield. So naturally I'm desperate to sell. But 4.23 doesn't get you very far. Good news then that Rooney is a doubt for the Bolton match. Well, maybe not as he's expected to train with United this week. But still, the door is open! So between Rooney and O'Hara I have 22.77 to spend. What are my options?
- Keep the both. Maybe not the worst idea ever. Take the hit this week but know that points are coming.
- Keep Rooney and sell O'Hara for Kightly. I like this option because I feel like I would be buying low on Kightly. Surely his playing time will only increase and last week's -2 will be seen as an anomoly.
- Blow them both up and replace them with two mid-priced players with good match-ups this week. This is the fun option because of how wide open it is. Who might those options be? Let's take a look.
- Saha - home to a poor-traveling Wolves team.
- Diamanti - West Ham aren't in good form, but Diamanti is taking kicks and getting points regardless.
- Bellamy - Robinho not back yet, and Bellamy's form would probably keep him out of the side anyway. At up-and-down Wigan.
- Defoe - wait for word on his hand injury and thus his prospects to start, but playing at another of his old clubs he'll want to get on the scoresheet.
- A.Johnson - home to Hull. 'nuff said.
- Benayoun - If Gerrard is hurt, Benny is Liverpool's most creative player and even @Sunderland, there could be goals.
- Giggs - bit of a reach in price, but rested he should star against Bolton. Especially if Rooney is limited.
- Geovanni - much like last season, he's at the heart of whatever Hull do (and yes, that's damning with faint praise).
- Lennon - @Pompey
- Osman or Cahill - @Wolves
- Andy Reid - facing Liverpool, but taking kicks for Sunderland and averaging 10 points per match.
- Dunn - home to Burnley, though this is a local derby so it takes a bit of the shine off
- Gera or Duff - home to Hull. 'nuff said. Well one more thing, Dempsey is injured so they're more assured spots.