Teams of the week
Blackburn vs Man Utd
I rarely recommend players on the road as time has told us that even the best are less productive away from home. However, I get the impression United are simmering right now and are ready to explode over the next few weeks. Rovers have conceded 5 in three home games, though did manage a clean sheet last time out against Fulham. Ronaldo is the obvious choice to capitalise here though I also like Berbatov this week after his brace against Aalborg in mid-week. Despite little fan fair, Berbatov has notched 2 assists and 3 bonus points in his 3 games for United and looks good ton continue this form this week.
Blackburn have aso scored just 2 in three home games which makes the United back line a good play. Van der Sar is decent value at 5.9 and I still like Evra at 6.5. The wild card pick could be O'Shea at 5.5, who could deputise in midfield due to injuries to Scholes, Carrick and Hargreaves.
I am hopeful that Anderson will break into the first team and feature regularly at some point but I'm afraid he, along with Giggs and Nani, are too prone to rotation to seriously consider.
Portsmouth v Stoke City
Its no secret that I hold Traore in high regard, going so far as to say he's possibly the best value player in all of fantasy league. Of the other defenders Johnson (5.4), who has already scored once and notched 3 bonus points, looks to be the best pick and is a good play this week. With the excellent Diarra suspended, and Kranjcar and Diop injured, the midfield options are pretty limited and so are probably not worth looking at. Defoe (8.3) and Crouch (7.8) are both decent picks and I wouldn't bet against either getting a goal or two this week.
Everton v Newcastle
Having conceded 8 in three home games I would still not back the Everton defense until they prove they can stop someone. The attacking options do look attractive though with the impressive Arteta (8.0) and Yakubu (8.1) being good selections. A budget, though temporary option, if you are in need in the middle of the park may be Leon Osman (5.9) who looks set to play a more involved role with the suspension of Cahill.