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Another weekend of English Premier League fixtures is complete, plus an extra re-scheduled clash to boot, and while we didn’t get the number of goals of last week there’s still plenty happening in the fantasy world.Van Persie is a must-have>

Star Players

Robin van PersieArsenal – striker – 21.3m; 11 points Arsenal’s Dutch striker has become Fantasy Premier League’s most in-form player over the past month, scoring nine goals including a double in the weekend’s 2-0 win over Wolverhampton. You’ve got to use your transfers wisely in Sports Pundit’s fantasy game but van Persie is worth bringing in at the moment.

NaniManchester United – midfielder – 17.8m; 9 points The Portuguese flyer is a popular man in the fantasy football world, with 14 per cent of SPFPL coaches owning his services. And Nani delivered for those coaches this weekend in Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Manchester City. He opened the scoring with a lovely goal, then got the assist (although it took a wicked deflection) for Wayne Rooney’s stunning winner.

Steve HarperNewcastle – goalkeeper – 5.1m; 12 points It always helps when a player gets two games over a matchday but when it’s a goalkeeper it comes with risk. But for Harper and the Magpies keeping two clean sheets boosts the scores. Harper is good value at 5.1m and Newcastle are looking solid under new boss Alan Pardew. You could do a lot worse than signing Harper.

Disappointments

Fernando TorresChelsea – striker – 21.8m; 3 points So far no good for Torres at Chelsea after another disappointing performance in blue for the Spaniard. Torres went goalless and spurned some good chances before being replaced in the second-half in a drab 0-0 draw with Fulham. He looks out of form and out of touch. Sell and get van Persie is my advice.Dempsey missed a decisive late penalty>

Clint DempseyFulham – midfielder – 14m; 3 points Perhaps this one’s a bit harsh but the American is a popular fantasy football player (owned by 5 per cent of SPFPL coaches). So therefore his late penalty miss in the 0-0 draw with Chelsea left a lot of coaches disappointed. Still a good player to have though.

Jamie CarragherLiverpool – manager – 7.1m; 0 points You may have noticed over the past few weeks in our Fantasy Round-up we’ve been talking up Liverpool’s defence under new boss Kenny Dalglish. Well this week was a tad disappointing as they drew 1-1 with Wigan. Okay, it’s only one goal conceded and it looked offside but for Carragher, who is fairly popular with fantasy coaches, add to that a yellow card and we’ve got some angry readers. Apologies.

Special mentions

Goalkeepers Jussi JaaskelainenBolton – 5.5m; 7 points (solid contributor, especially at that price) [[Arsenal:Wojciech Szczesny]] – Arsenal> – 8.1m; 7 points (doing well at the moment) Petr CechChelsea – 11m; 5 points (fine late penalty save) Defenders Gary CahillBolton – 4.9m; 11 points (goal and clean sheet, decent at his value) [[Newcastle:Mike Williamson]] – Newcastle> – 3.9m; 10 points (two clean sheets always help) Danny SimpsonNewcastle – 4.9m; 10 points (same as above) Midfielders Meireles is in superb fantasy form> Niko KranjcarTottenham – 17.2m; 9 points (proving his worth with a few goals of late) Craig GardnerBirmingham City – 12.6m; 7 points (? Raul MeirelesLiverpool – 17.3m; 6 points (one of the in-form players of fantasy football) Strikers Leon BestNewcastle – 12.5m; 11 points (it’s funny what a goal and a few clean sheets can do, very cheap) Daniel SturridgeBolton – 19.2m; 8 points (three goals in three games for new club Bolton) Demba Ba – [[West Ham]]> – 13m; 9 points (worth a punt after brace against West Brom) Coaches [[Newcastle:Alan Pardew]] – Newcastle> – 5m; 7 points (pretty good value for a club sitting ninth) [[Tottenham:Harry Redknapp]] – Tottenham> – 10m; 5 points (I’ll say it again, he’s good value)

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