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Fantasy Football Scout: Gameweek 26

Nick's disappeared so here's some even worse Fantasy Football advice than usual, courtesy of Simon Walsh.

Charlie Crowhurst

Last week in the feature Nick picked out Jack Colback as your one to watch from a Sunderland perspective, and whilst it wasn't an incredible pick, it would have bagged you two points from the game against Hull -- as much as any other Sunderland midfielder picked up on a dismal day.

Nick fared much better with his pick from the rest of the pack in pointing out that Eden Hazard was a good pick. The Belgian duly repaid Mr Holden's faith with a hatrick against Newcastle to pick up a mammoth 21 points from a midfield position.

The Sunderland player to avoid was Craig Gardner, who picked up one point for his substitute appearance. Let's be honest though, it was hardly putting his neck on the line.

We were also told to avoid Chico Flores of Swansea. Whilst of course that's a good idea in real life in case you accidentally breathe on him and get done for assault, he was probably worth picking up this week against struggling Cardiff. The Spaniard picked up a decent seven points, leading all Swansea defenders.

On to this week's picks though...

Sunderland Player To Watch: Vito Mannone

With Sunderland unlikely to do anything against Manchester City this midweek it's hard to really find value in any of our players.

That said, if we do happen to pull something out the bag then it's likely Vito Mannone will have a big hand in it. Hand.. 'keeper... ah forget it.

At the relatively small sum of £4.5m for a starting goalkeeper in good form, even if not for this week he's a good pick-up to have in general.

General Player To Watch: Tom Ince

I don't like Tony Pulis, you don't like Tony Pulis, that's all pretty straight-forward. It's with an incredibly begrudging way though I have to give him some praise for the way he's navigating Crystal Palace away from the drop zone.

Ince scored on his debut for the Eagles which is sure to keep him in the side, and also he appears to be much more advanced than your usual midfielders. This false positioning gives him a good chance of bagging goals and assists.

At £5m, and a midweek game away at Everton were even we won, I think he'll do you alright down the stretch.

Sunderland Player To Avoid: Nacho Scocco

Okay, so he hasn't even played a minute for us, so I'm not writing him off exactly but I don't fancy us to do anything at all really against Manchester City, and at £5.5m he's ludicrously over-priced given Altidore is the main man at the moment, and Connor Wickham not too far behind.

If and when he does something there's a chance to review the situation, but until then don't get caught up in the hype.

General Player To Avoid: Nemanja Vidic

Having announced he's going to leave the club, he doesn't look like he's really going to try and go out with a bang.

Against Fulham the Serbian was pretty rubbish and looked error prone at every turn. He's still going to start on a regular basis for the reigning champions, but if you're still holding on to him you can spend the best part of £6m elsewhere.

The Roker Report League

In our own league the leader is John Downing's "Shoe Army" followed by Tom Tit's Experiments and the rather puntasticly named Suarezident Evil.

From our little lot Craig Clark's "Forza Mackems" is the first I can find in position 86 of the leader board, followed closely in 95th by Luke Bowley's "AliadiereForceOne". The rest are probably all miles away as I can't be bothered to find them.

I languish just inside the top 300, so take all the above advice with a massive pinch of salt. Nick will be back next week as he's gone to London. Please don't tell him the Capital One Cup is in a few weeks, not this week. It will ruin the joke we're playing.