Yahoo Fantasy Football picks 10-15-05

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With our Yahoo Premiership Fantasy Football team sitting comfortably in the top 1% of all participants (388th to be exact), we’re amongst other people with far too much spare time and will need to make some smart decisions, and luck, in order to keep moving up the charts.

We’ve gone for a 4-4-2 this week, the first time we’re using this formation but it’s a matter of getting a formation that fits the players – unlike some people we know.

Up front: Van Nistlerooy and Owen. No explanation needed. Both are in good form with United and Newcastle away to newly promoted teams, chances and goals are expected.

Jose Antonio Reyes: he’s playing well and often with Arsenal losing so many key attacking players to injury. Away to WBA isn’t the worst matchup either.
N’Zogbia: Newcastle’s midfield has been depleted by injury as well so this young man should get the start. Has an eye for goal and, while his form has dipped over the last 2 weeks, should put in a decent show against Wigan.
Jiri Jarosik: Returning from injury, bit of a gamble but I think he’ll play as Birmingham are short of options with Butt suspended. He’s played well this season, showing much more than he did at Chelsea and is good for the odd goal as well. Villa are struggling in midfield and at the back as well, so Jiri should be able to dominate.
Jermaine Pennant: Always good for plenty of running and crossing, also takes set pieces. Again, Villa are struggling and he should do well.

At the back:
Four defenders this time, mainly because we should be able to get more points here for the same money than in midfield or up front. No center backs as usual, just full backs who can get forward.
Gael Clichy: Cole is out for 2 months, this man is a perfect replacement. Gets forward and should be good for attacking and defensive point against WBA.
C. Powell: Underrated, is involved in plenty of Charlton attacks and – despite the setback against Spurs – they should do well at home to Fulham.
Del Horno: Great at set pieces, gets forward in open play, Chelsea don’t concede. Easy decision.
N. Reo-Coker: Plays in midfield for West Ham as well, so good for attacking points. The newly promoted side are also in good form and will be up against a Man City team who play pretty open football. Result is not important here, just the performance of wee Nigel.

So that’s it, a couple of new players we haven’t used before so with a little luck we should be moving up the charts again since we’ve managed to cut spending in midfield and at the back. Of course, it could easily go tits up.