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Fantasy Premier League: Matchweek 7

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By AVI CREDITOR

Wayne Rooney, Cesc Fabregas, Frank Lampard.

If you had these three on your roster all of last season, you likely fared pretty well in your league table. If you've had all three on your roster this season, you're likely in the drop zone.

Injuries, a lack or form and perhaps a World Cup hangover have left these three perennial fantasy behemoths rather dormant through the season's opening stretch. If you've suffered because of them, you can't afford to wait until past form is reclaimed. Cut the cord and play the current hot hands to at least build your point total back up. Don't think that the powerful trio won't be heard from down the road, but for the time being, put those £s to better use. 

Here are a few more Fantasy Premier League notes along with our captain pick of the week and an SBI League standings update:

WE MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE

Defenders get the least credit/attention in Fantasy Premier League, but that doesn't mean they aren't crucial to your team's success. Finding a way to get 18-to-24 points from your backline (keeper not included) on a weekly basis is a surefire way of keeping yourself at the top of the table.

Defenders that score are great, but you can't count on that consistently; No defender has more than one goal so far this season. Instead, focus on the schedule and try and rotate between players who have realistic shots at clean sheets for two- or three-game stretches at a time. Who fits that bill currently?

Surprisingly, Wigan. Roberto Martinez' squad has a pretty friendly five-game slate coming up: Wolves, Newcastle, Bolton, Fulham, Blackburn. Paraguayan international Antolin Alcaraz and Honduran international Maynor Figueroa are ones to consider. Other defenses to take a look at over the next month are those of Fulham, Bolton, Manchester City and Manchester United.

AMERICAN WATCH

Tim Howard came through with his first clean sheet of the season last week, and he makes for a decent play this weekend at Birmingham, a club that has played scoreless draws in its last two home games.

Brad Friedel has his hands full at White Hart Lane, as he'll try to shut down a potent Tottenham side. It's tough to sit Friedel if he's on your roster, but the matchup is not in his favor. The same can't be said for Marcus Hahnemann, who could put up a decent fantasy line in Wolves' road match at Wigan.

In the midfield, Clint Dempsey and Stuart Holden both could be solid plays considering their matchups (Fulham at West Ham, Bolton at West Brom). Both Dempsey and Holden have favorable schedules over the next month, so feel free to deploy them as third or fourth midfield options. 

As for Jonathan Spector, Brad Guzan, Eric Lichaj and Eddie Johnson, they all might be suiting up for the United States in the upcoming friendlies against Poland and Colombia, but they all maintain little to no fantasy value.

INJURY QUICK HITS

As stated above, it hasn't been the smoothest start to the season for Manchester United's Wayne Rooney. Undoubtedly one of the more popular selections when managers draft their squads (and understandably so), Rooney has failed to deliver and is now reportedly out for about three weeks with an ankle injury…Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs are also out this weekend for the Red Devils…Arsenal keeper Manuel Almunia sat out the Gunners' mid-week Champions League match with an elbow injury. Make sure you have a reliable backup keeper in case Almunia can't go against Chelsea…Despite pledging to be back for the weekend's crucial match, Cesc Fabregas is likely to sit out the London derby with his hamstring injury…Among those still on the shelf: Thomas Vermaelen, Frank Lampard, Theo Walcott, Mario Balotelli and Nicklas Bendtner.  

LAST WEEK'S CAPTAIN PICK

Samir Nasri, Arsenal (12×2=24 points)

WHAT I REALLY MEANT TO SAY WAS…

Darren Bent, Sunderland (13×2=26 points)

THIS WEEK'S CAPTAIN PICK

Carlos Tevez, Manchester City, £10.5

Manchester City and Liverpool have the best matchups of the week, but the Reds have proven to be anything but stable in the early going.

Tevez, meanwhile, comes off a game-winning goal against Chelsea last weekend and could do some serious damage against Newcastle at the Eastlands. Tevez has goals in his last two matches, and he could be hitting his stride as he tries to replicate his 23-goal campaign from a year ago. He's no Samson – his strength (goal scoring) did not seem to disappear with the cutting of his hair.

Other options: Liverpool's Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres (vs. Blackpool); Manchester United's Nani and Dimitar Berbatov (at Sunderland); Chelsea's Didier Drogba and Florent Malouda (vs. Arsenal); Arsenal's Samir Nasri and Andrey Arshavin (at Chelsea); Tottenham's Gareth Bale and Rafael Van der Vaart (vs. Aston Villa); Wigan's Hugo Rodallega (vs. Wolves)

Soccer By Ives League Standings (Top 10)
1. typos by ives………………………..380 points
2. The 14ers FC………………………375
3. Theblues……………………………..374
4. Austin Killbotz!!……………………369
5. camp bergkamp…………………368
6. Ballin Inc……………………………..368
7. Sloppy and Careless………….367
8. Angel City Rovers………………..365
9. scoobys doos……………………..363
10. fighting relegation…………….363

LAST WEEK'S SBI LEAGUE TOP SCORER

Mike Z (TBD) (72 points)

————————–Almunia(5)————————-
–R. Johnson(8)—-Knight(7)—-Baines(6)—-Berra(1)–
—-Nani(12)————Kuyt(6)———-Albrighton(5)—-
—Tevez (C-18)———Berbatov(2)———–Doyle(2)—

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