The beginning of Segment 2 probably caught many fantasy managers by surprise with late news that David Silva is injured and at first word was he could be out for several weeks.
Silva was hurt in the first half against Manchester United and was subbed out. The extent of his injury was not made known on Physio.com, Fantasy Football Scout, ESPN Soccernet, or most other web sites. Goal.com was the only one Sir John could find that reported the injury in time for managers to make roster adjustments before Week 21 began.
Later in the day, updates on Physio.com and Fantasy Football Scout listed Silva as a slight doubt and 50-50 for the game on Monday against Wigan. If the brilliant midfielder cannot make it back in the lineup this is a blow to fantasy managers who had pegged him for points against Wigan. It also would be, literally a double blow for managers who had designated him as the captain for the week.
Sir John caught the news and made a quick transfer, bringing in Gareth Bale for Silva to get the points from two games Bale is scheduled to play in Week 21 and giving the Welshman a captain’s arm band instead of designating Silva for double points. It was a toss-up between Bale and Van der Vaart. VdV got an assist, so the Dutchie got more fantasy points with the arm band.
If Silva recovers in time for the Wigan match, then all of Sir John's "sky-is-falling" scenario will be useless ruminating. If he can return for Week 22, it will cost a transfer to bring him back on rosters; however, the difference in fantasy competition is usually fortuitous adjustments and the Silva development may be one that proves important at the end of the fantasy competition. We wait to see what the lineup will be 30 minutes before kickoff on Monday.