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The Bargain Hunter - Week 27

by Steve Rothgeb
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Oil and water.


That is about the only combination of two things that are worse at working together than Tim Howard and Yahoo's fantasy scoring system.


I apologize folks. I was adamant about Howard as a play last week, I played him myself, and he returned a -1 score. For the season, he now has started twenty games for a grand total of: 12 fantasy points.




To put that into perspective, Bafetimbi Gomis collected twelve points in a fraction of a second in his match last weekend, when Jonjo Shelvey blasted a shot from outside the box. The ball grazed Gomis' head as he was attempting to duck, and went in. For that moment in time, Gomis was awarded seven points for the goal, three points because it was a shot on target, and two more because it was the match winner. 


Yes, Tim Howard, your entire fantasy season's output has been matched by someone who ducked for a sec.


I just want to let that sink in folks, as I try to regain sanity after last week's calls. Moussa Dembele was poor as well, mustering only two points and being taken off at the half. Jermain Defoe did wind up starting as I felt he would, but his four points were "meh" at best. The only call I felt great about was Paul McShane, who delivered a solid seven points on the cheap. 


So, for now, in fantasy terms, as difficult as it is to admit, Tim Howard...you are fantasy poison. Nothing personal. It is just that survival instinct kicking in. You are still a USA legend. But business is business. So let's move on and take a look at what I am really "stoked" about - Week 27:




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Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) Begovic is one of a few keepers available this week with a cost below 5m (4.95m) and playing at home against a mid to lower tiered club. Though Hull might be attacking better recently, their road performances still need to show improvement. They have scored just once on their travels since Boxing Day. Even if they manage to score at the Britannia, my thoughts are that Stoke are in better shape to win the game outright, which is crucial for Yahoo's scoring system. That is why I prefer Begovic to Krul listed below or Tom Heaton, as Burnley will host Swansea City. Newcastle are licking their wounds from a 5-0 thrashing and have several injuries in the back that will present a patchwork defensive unit against Villa. If there is one fixture where a club may be able to get away with not having their best players available to defend, its home to Villa. And as for Burnley, while they may feel confident after earning a draw at Stamford Bridge, it pales in comparison to the natural high the Swans are on right now after taking the double from Manchester United. So I fee safest with Begovic.


Other Option for Goalkeeper 

Tim Krul (3.46m, home to Aston Villa)   






Ryan Taylor (Newcastle United) Opportunity is knocking for the veteran free kick specialist and it comes at a time when his price could not get much better. Taylor looks set to play some part in Newcastle United's XI this weekend as they host Aston Villa because of the rash of injuries they are currently dealing with. His versatility can see him play as a fullback or play somewhere in midfield. So in theory, for the mere price of 2.29m, you can purchase the services of someone who could potentially offer clean sheet points, dominate set piece work and play in an advanced position on the pitch. Where do I sign? Please keep in mind, there is no guarantee that a guy who has played 62 minutes all season will start. However, using a bit of logic, I have come to the conclusion that his chance of starting is extremely high, and for the price, assuming there is one bench player who is eligible to return something should Taylor not feature, then the risk is worth the potentially lucrative reward.


Other Options for Defense 

Phillip Wollschied (3.20m, home to Hull City)       Pape Souare (5.37m, away to West Ham)




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Stephen Ireland (Stoke City) Let me go ahead and spill the beans. There is a representative of Stoke at every position in this week's edition of the Bargain Hunter as I am clearly viewing their matchup with Hull in favor of the Potters. Ireland has been the architect since Bojan was lost for the season due to injury, and he was solid last week with a healthy 13 point score. The Yahoo gods have kept his price reasonable though, currently at 7.07m. He is looking to be a safe bet to at least return something if not a goal or an assist, as he is heavily involved in what they do with the ball in the final third. Hull have managed two clean sheets on the road this season, but neither have come since October, so expect Stoke to continue scoring goals. 


Other Options for Midfield 


Scott Arfield (5.00m, home to Swansea City)     Scott Sinclair (4.26m, away to Newcastle)





Mame Diouf (Stoke City) Yes, the ever-present Diouf makes another appearance in the Bargain Hunter, and he seems to come good more often than not when I back him. I have been pro-Diouf since his arrival and consider him to be vastly underrated both in fantasy and reality. He has a complete game, is capable of scoring in a variety of ways, and is coming off a productive outing in which he amassed 13 points. As mentioned in regards to Stephen Ireland above, they have an opponent in Hull that have a high probability of conceding, and a fair chance that they will let more than one past the keeper. A headed goal seems the likeliest scenario here, as Hull's central defensive unit isn't the strongest bunch, and I can picture Diouf winning the lion's share of aerial challenges in and around the box. Hopefully, if he cannot find paydirt, he will at least return something for a shot on target or two.


Other Option for Forward 


Ashley Barnes (7.71m, home to Swansea City)





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Steve Rothgeb
Steve Rothgeb is a contributor for Rotoworld.com and WorldSoccerTalk.com, a self-proclaimed fantasy sports oracle, and Tottenham Hotspur fanatic. He can be found on Twitter @FuzzyWarbles.