Matchweek Four Rankings: Diego Costa Tops Striker Rankings Despite Injury

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Diego Costa should continue his dominance in week four

Diego Costa has been the talk of the Premier League for the last three weeks after arriving with a bang. This week should be no different, as I expect to see that form continue into Matchweek Four despite another week of injury concerns for fantasy owners. With four goals from three games Costa is the best striking option in the game right now and he is the main focus of a Chelsea team who have delighted fantasy owners in 2014 so far.

Away from the current league leaders, there is a lot of excitement in the fantasy football community this week but there’s also a lot of question marks with the arrival of new talents, creating doubts over how teams will line up this week. In leagues where automatic substitutions are an option that’s not a big issue because you can choose to start the likes of Falcao, Ben Arfa and Alderweireld safe in the knowledge that if they do not feature they will be replaced by safer options you have on your bench. However, in leagues where auto subs are not an option and line ups needing to be set well in advance of the official teams being announced fantasy owners face a weekend of headaches.

Something that fantasy owners must not do this week is panic because a bad week this week can be used as a fact finding mission for next week. This is especially the case in salary cap leagues which have the option of a wildcard allowing them an unlimited reshuffle of their team for free. This week should be about analysing how teams are going to use their new and shiny pieces and deciding how to use that sacred wildcard next week to create a well-researched team next week.

This week I have stuck with the tiers format and much to my surprise it has made ranking defenders and goalkeepers easier. But with the number of question marks currently surrounding the midfield and strikers they have been hard to place into tiers this week. So, much like fantasy owners choices getting easier next week with more information so will mine and that should relay into even better fantasy advice for you until we go through this transfer business again in four month’s time!

The injury advice in this article is aimed at draft leagues mainly, but for salary cap the general rule of thumb is own them the week they come back and not before. And, only take risks on starting 50/75% players who are absolute studs!

Goalkeepers

Elite:

Howard Everton West Brom 1
Mignolet Liverpool Aston Villa 10
Lloris Tottenham Sunderland 15

All three have really good match ups this week. Everton still have a solid defence but have had a couple of tough match ups to deal with so I expect Howard to bounce back against West Brom. Mignolet and Lloris have settling defences in front of them but neither Villa nor Sunderland have shown much teeth so far this season each scoring three goals in relatively easy match ups.

Must Starts:

Courtois Chelsea Swansea 11
Hart Man City Arsenal 11
De Gea Man Utd QPR 10
Begovic Stoke Leicester 10

 

Two top class goalkeepers here but they both have match ups that concern me enough to put them below the top three. Hart plays Arsenal and Courtois plays Swansea who are both teams that have scored in all three matches they have played. De Gea gets QPR and while I think a clean sheet is a pretty good chance until United’s defence settles fully, I will remain a little suspicious. Begovic is the surprise in this group but Stoke are always solid at the back and Leicester are not the scariest team going forward.

Decent Options:

McGregor Hull West Ham 17
Speroni Crystal Palace Burnley 5
Krul Newcastle Southampton 10
Forster Southampton Newcastle 10
Adrian West Ham Hull 8

 

West Ham have looked very hit and miss to start the season and Hull and McGregor will be grateful for the return of Chester. Burnley have failed to score in their last two, but Palace’s defensive frailty so far worries me with Speroni. Krul and Forster are quality goalkeepers and it wouldn’t surprise me if we have a low scoring or goal less game between Newcastle and Southampton given their relative struggles so far. Hull haven’t looked dynamite going forward and their new additions may take some time to tick meaning Adrian has clean sheet potential this week.

Getting Desperate:

Szczesny Arsenal Man City 4
Mannone Sunderland Tottenham 7
Heaton Burnley Crystal Palace 10

I moved Begovic down two weeks ago when he was playing City and he kept a clean sheet but if you have a decent back up in the tier above I do not see why you would risk Szczesny this week against one of the best attacks in the league. Sometimes you have to know when to sit the stud players and risk a backup. Whilst Tottenham have not been all guns blazing to Chelsea’s standards, they have been solid going forward and can blow teams away like they did to QPR. Personally I am not touching Heaton at all this season but if you’ve gone deep with your keeping it is a decent match up for Burnley.

Very Desperate:

Schmeichel Leicester Stoke 7
Green QPR Man Utd 12
Guzan Aston Villa Liverpool 14

 

Stoke aren’t great going forward but Leicester aren’t very good at the back either so why risk it with Schmeichel? Do you really want to start a keeper against a team containing Falcao, van Persie and Rooney as well as Mata and Di Maria? Yeah I thought not but the fact United look as tame as a kitten this season and may need time to click means Green doesn’t fall to the very bottom. Guzan gets the all guns blazing don’t look back Brendon Rodgers led Liverpool team which isn’t a match up I like.

Don’t Bother:

Fabianski Swansea Chelsea 15
Foster West Brom Everton 9

 

I’m probably not starting anyone against Chelsea this season and that includes Fabianski. Foster has injury worries and Everton are average 2+ a game so stay away from him.

Injuries:

Foster (West Brom) Hand (75%): Will probably play but is he really worth risking? I say not

Defense

The Elite:

Names Team Opponent YTD
Ivanovic Chelsea Swansea 29
Coleman Everton West Brom 8
Baines Everton West Brom 3

 

Feels like this list shrinks every week but I’m sure it will start to grow again soon. Ivanovic is a beast both for attacking and defending points and the two Everton boys can score an assist at will when they are on form.

Must Starts:

Azpilicueta Chelsea Swansea 11
Cahill Chelsea Swansea 9
Terry Chelsea Swansea 9
Distin Everton West Brom 4
Jagielka Everton West Brom 1
Moreno Liverpool Aston Villa 14
Lovren Liverpool Aston Villa 9
Manquillo Liverpool Aston Villa 6
Jones Man Utd QPR 15
Rojo Man Utd QPR 0
Dier Tottenham Sunderland 30
Kaboul Tottenham Sunderland 14
Vertonghen Tottenham Sunderland 7

 

I’m referring to this tier as the players on good teams I expect to play who have decent but not great match ups. Catchy, right? You can see why I just called it “Must Starts.”

Chelsea boys: Not been totally solid at the back but JT and Jose have had two whole weeks to plan for Swansea so I expect them to come back looking better. Everton Pair: A shaky start but they are a good group and this is a better match up. Liverpool group: Lovren seems to be the first name on the team sheet and Manquillo and Moreno seem locked in until Johnson/Flanagan can prove some fitness. United Pair: Jones is the rock for United this year *shudders* and LvG will be desperate to strengthen the group with Rojo in what I consider to be a decent match up against QPR. Tottenham contingent: Liverpool was a blip in what has so far been a very solid start and this is another match up I feel they can dominate. I expect these three on the field but I am not sure who joins them.

Solid Starts:

Chester Hull West Ham 13
Robertson Hull West Ham 9
Davies Hull West Ham 6
McShane Hull West Ham 5
Kompany Man City Arsenal 9
Clyne Southampton Newcastle 19
Fonte Southampton Newcastle 12
Bertrand Southampton Newcastle 9
Shawcross Stoke Leicester 20
Pieters Stoke Leicester 17
Bardsley Stoke Leicester 12
Wilson Stoke Leicester 12

 

Another catchy slogan for this tier: Players on OK teams who should play and have pretty good match ups (Oh and Kompany).

I’ll start with Kompany shall I? Arsenal isn’t a really tough match up given that they are still settling in but its bad enough for him to be here and not a tier or two above. He is the only City player here because I do not have a clue who else will play around him.

Hull: West Ham doesn’t scare me because of how hot and cold they blow and Hull looked good when this four were together for the first game and a little bit. Southampton: Newcastle have fired two blanks already this season and Southampton have looked fairly good at the back and I think strengthened on deadline day. Stoke: Leicester may have three goals this year but Stoke have a mean back four and could easily shut them down.

Safe Starts:

Duff Burnley Crystal Palace 10
Trippier Burnley Crystal Palace 9
Shackell Burnley Crystal Palace 9
Mee Burnley Crystal Palace 9
Hangeland Crystal Palace Burnley 8
Dann Crystal Palace Burnley 6
Ward Crystal Palace Burnley 3
Delaney Crystal Palace Burnley 3
Schlupp Leicester Stoke 7
Morgan Leicester Stoke 4
de Laet Leicester Stoke 4
Konchesky Leicester Stoke 4
Janmaat Newcastle Southampton 17
Williamson Newcastle Southampton 13
Coloccini Newcastle Southampton 11
Dummett Newcastle Southampton 8
O’Brien West Ham Hull 9
Creswell West Ham Hull 4
Reid West Ham Hull 4
Tomkins West Ham Hull 2

 

You can probably see where this is going by now but this is a group of OK to not good defensively teams who have borderline match ups. I’m not going through these teamsindividually but what I will say is that all of these should at least be guaranteed some form of positive points from their match ups but it is more likely to be 1 or 2 than it is 5 or 6. This is nosebleed level for the Burnley and Leicester guys and I’m fairly sure they won’t get much higher than this this season

Risk/Reward Starts:

Evans Man Utd QPR 8
Shaw Man Utd QPR 0
Sakho Liverpool Aston Villa 6
Skrtel Liverpool Aston Villa 5
Clichy Man City Arsenal 11
Kolarov Man City Arsenal 7
Zabaleta Man City Arsenal 0
Mangala Man City Arsenal 0
Sagna Man City Arsenal 0
Yoshida Southampton Newcastle 11
Alderweield Southampton Newcastle 0
Rose Tottenham Sunderland 16
Davies Tottenham Sunderland 1
Walker Tottenham Sunderland 0
Naughton Tottenham Sunderland -2

 

All of these plays would be in the top three tiers if I could be sure they will play. They all have the chance of returning a clean sheet but in leagues where you have no automatic substitutions you have to weigh the risk of putting up a zero when there are players above who should at least give you a point or two.

Desperation Starts:

Debuchy Arsenal Man City 8
Mertesacker Arsenal Man City 2
Vlaar Aston Villa Liverpool 16
Cissokho Aston Villa Liverpool 14
Senderos Aston Villa Liverpool 13
Hutton Aston Villa Liverpool 13
Ferdinand QPR Man Utd 9
Caulker QPR Man Utd 8
Isla QPR Man Utd 6
Hill QPR Man Utd 6
van Aanholt Sunderland Tottenham 8
Brown Sunderland Tottenham 5
O’Shea Sunderland Tottenham 5
Vergini Sunderland Tottenham 4
Williams Swansea Chelsea 18
Rangel Swansea Chelsea 14
Taylor Swansea Chelsea 14

 

All teams with brutal match ups that could easily give you negative points this week but I am at least sure they will play. For Arsenal explanation see Szczesny above.

Do Not Touch:

Koscielny Arsenal Man City 11
Monreal Arsenal Man City 9
Chambers Arsenal Man City 9
Gibbs Arsenal Man City 1
Amat Swansea Chelsea 14
Fernandez Swansea Chelsea 0
Wisdom West Brom Everton 10
Olsson West Brom Everton 7
Dawson West Brom Everton 7
Davidson West Brom Everton 2
Lescott West Brom Everton 0
Collins West Ham Hull -1

 

They all have really bad match ups and you cannot be sure they will play so just bench them or drop them this week depending on who it is.

Injuries

Dier (Tottenham) Knock (75%): I fully expect him this week and he is the current defensive fantasy leader with a decent match up, so owners will be hoping for him.

Vlaar (Aston Villa) Calf (75%): It isn’t a great match up this week so ideally you don’t want to play him but if you are desperate I am expecting him to play as of now.

Rose (Tottenham) Leg (75%): This worries me because they have the more than capable Ben Davies so I cannt see them risking him unless they really need to

Jones (Man United) Hamstring (75%): Main man in this defence and with new pieces needing bedding I expect him to play this week.

Koscielny (Arsenal) Head (75%): It is going to be a tough match up so it is easier to just leave him be this week.

Robertson (Hull) Calf (75%): I am expecting him this week.

O’Brien (West Ham) Knee (75%): I am expecting him this week

Skrtel (Liverpool) Knock (50%): This is a tough one because Sakho is more than capable so your probably looking to bench him if possible.

Johnson (Liverpool) Thigh (25%): With Manquillo and Moreno both healthy I cannot see them risking Johnson who isn’t even that big of an upgrade.

Pocognoli (West Brom) Thigh (75%): More than likely to be available but I am not sure you want to play him or own him anyway

Smalling (Man United) Groin (75%): I am just not sure what role he has this year so worth holding onto for now but he may be droppable soon

Gibbs (Arsenal) Hamstring (75%): It’s a really tough match up this week so bench him and do not even risk it

Zabaleta (Man City) Knock (75%): Likely that if he isn’t 100% they go with Sagna so I fear you may have to bench him again.

Shaw (Man United) Hamstring (75%): Left back has been an issue but with Rojo and Blind able to play there they won’t rush him. I’m probably benching him this week.

Mangala (Man City) LMF (This Weekend): I am just not sure and for that reason you probably have to bench him

Walker (Tottenham) Pelvic (This Weekend): I am dropping him because I just don’t want to deal with his injuries.

Collins (West Ham) Hamstring (This Weekend): Not worth owning even if he plays this week because there will be better options week to week.

Midfield

The Elite:

Player Team Opponent YTD
Ramsey Arsenal Man City 21
Sanchez Arsenal Man City 16
Fabregas Chelsea Swansea 21
Hazard Chelsea Swansea 16
Sterling Liverpool Aston Villa 22
Silva Man City Arsenal 14
Nasri Man City Arsenal 11

 

They all speak for themselves as superb attacking talent. Ramsey’s issue he had for Wales appears to be nothing worth worrying about.

Near Elite:

Mirallas Everton West Brom 10
Henderson Liverpool Aston Villa 14
Di Maria Man Utd QPR 3
Sigurdsson Swansea Chelsea 29
Gerrard Liverpool Aston Villa 17

 

I like all these guys enough I considered putting them all together in the top tier, but these guys just need to show me a fraction more. Sigurdsson is the only guy who I held back for his tough match up but I still think he could grab an assist this weekend.

Elite Upside:

Johnson Sunderland Tottenham 4
Puncheon Crystal Palace Burnley 12
Toure Man City Arsenal 5
Eriksen Tottenham Sunderland 7
Ozil Arsenal Man City 4
Lamela Tottenham Sunderland 14

 

Johnson hasn’t shown what he can do but there is real elite upside when he finds his form. Puncheon showed how useful he can be to fantasy owners last week after a nightmare start. Toure has had a slow start but he could explode at any point. Eriksen will grow into this team more and more as he settles under the new manager. Ozil seems to have the CAM position locked down for Arsenal and is capable of controlling the pitch. Lamela seems to be one of the first names on the team sheet and he is an exciting talent.

High Upside:

Schneiderlin Southampton Newcastle 19
Larsson Sunderland Tottenham 16
Chadli Tottenham Sunderland 17
Downing West Ham Hull 14
Noble West Ham Hull 14

In a week filled with uncertainty these guys are all expected to start and have a good upside but are more likely to just provide you the appearance points than the guys above

Decent Upside:

Zaha Crystal Palace Burnley 6
Huddlestone Hull West Ham 11
Quinn Hull West Ham 11
Livermore Hull West Ham 7
Fer QPR Man Utd 9
Barton QPR Man Utd 7
Arnautovic Stoke Leicester 3
Moses Stoke Leicester 3
Rodwell Sunderland Tottenham 12
Aarons Newcastle Southampton 9
Tadic Southampton Newcastle 10
Dyer Swansea Chelsea 27

 

A mixed bag here but all of these should be considered as flex starts.

Safe but Unexciting

Arfield Burnley Crystal Palace 12
Matic Chelsea Swansea 17
McGeady Everton West Brom 13
Barry Everton West Brom 8
McCarthy Everton West Brom 6
King Leicester Stoke 11
Cabella Newcastle Southampton 10
Gouffran Newcastle Southampton 7
Sissoko Newcastle Southampton 7
Routledge Swansea Chelsea 16
Bentaleb Tottenham Sunderland 5
Bolasie Crystal Palace Burnley 9
Jedinak Crystal Palace Burnley 8
Shelvey Swansea Chelsea 6
Ki Swansea Chelsea 13

 

All of these can have their good weeks as Ki did in Week One and Matic did in Week three, but they won’t be common. However, they will all provide appearance points this week.

Risks with Potential Big Reward:

Pienaar Everton West Brom 7
Valencia Man Utd QPR 10
Chamberlain Arsenal Man City 4
Boyd Burnley Crystal Palace 1
Coutinho Liverpool Aston Villa 3
Navas Man City Arsenal 5
Ward-Prowse Southampton Newcastle 10
Mane Southampton Newcastle 0
Lallana Liverpool Aston Villa 0
Mata Man Utd QPR 15
Cazorla Arsenal Man City 7
Ramires Chelsea Swansea 14
Schurrle Chelsea Swansea 11
Oscar Chelsea Swansea 5
Salah Chelsea Swansea 0
Elmohamady Hull West Ham 6
Ince Hull West Ham 5
Ben Arfa Hull West Ham 0
Markovic Liverpool Aston Villa 2
Young Man Utd QPR 5
Januzaj Man Utd QPR 4
de Jong Newcastle Southampton 3
Assaidi Stoke Leicester 0
Montero Swansea Chelsea 3
Townsend Tottenham Sunderland 2

 

A group that would all slide into various places in the top four tiers if you can assure me they will play, but I’d rather play someone who guarantee’s me a couple of points in my third midfield spot if I have two good options above them than risk putting in someone who returns me a one or a zero.

Risks with Limited Rewards Potential:

Allen Liverpool Aston Villa 8
Wilshere Arsenal Man City 3
Taylor Burnley Crystal Palace 10
Jones Burnley Crystal Palace 7
Marney Burnley Crystal Palace 6
Fletcher Man Utd QPR 6
Herrera Man Utd QPR 2
Blind Man Utd QPR 0
Kouyate West Ham Hull 8
Cleverly Aston Villa Liverpool 1
Sanchez Aston Villa Liverpool 0
Arteta Arsenal Man City 3
Flamini Arsenal Man City 3
Diame Hull West Ham 3
Fernando Man City Arsenal 5
Fernandinho Man City Arsenal 5
Colback Newcastle Southampton 7
Anita Newcastle Southampton 6
Sandro QPR Man Utd 0
Amalfitano West Ham Hull 0
Song West Ham Hull 0

 

Don’t see any of these guys particularly threatening the goal and with them not being guaranteed to start it is a brave fantasy owner who starts any of them. They should all be considered as safe options especially if you feel sure they will play.

Injuries

Hazard (Chelsea) Knock (75%): I fully expect him to play this week but keep an eye out for downgrades because they may save him for Champions League next week.

Colback (Newcastle) Knock (75%): I expect him to be available this week but they have options and he is nothing more than safe. I wouldn’t be opposed to dropping him.

Mulumbu (West Brom) Hamstring (75%): One of West Brom’s better players but that is not saying a lot. Tough to know what to do with him but you can probably find better options for this week.

Pienaar (Everton) Groin (13th Sep): May be introduced slowly so you probably cannot start him but I think he should be owned in all leagues.

Fernando (Man City) Groin (75%): As long as he keeps playing I see him as a safe option but Fernandinho is returning.

Dorrans (West Brom) Foot (75%): Not sure he is worth owning if I am honest.

Özil (Arsenal) Ankle (75%): Keep an eye on him because if Cazorla is healthy they may not risk him, but I do expect him to feature right now.

Arteta (Arsenal) Ankle (75%): They have options so I don’t see them risking him if he isn’t 100% and he is hardly an exciting option worth worrying about this week.

Odemwingie (Stoke) Knee (Unknown): Out for the foreseeable future so you can drop him

De Jong (Newcastle) Thigh (Unknown): I fear a Walker situation coming where he just cannot stay fit and that worries me.

Nolan (West Ham) Shoulder (04th October): If they get ticking without him he could struggle to get back in. For now hold but this might change.

Fellaini (Man United) Foot (This Weekend): I just cannot bring myself to recommend anyone consider starting this unexciting option especially when he has niggles.

Snodgrass (Hull) Knee (Unknown): Cannot be owned because he is out for a while and isn’t a must start when healthy.

Barkley (Everton) Knee (Unknown): Must be owned because he will be back before Christmas and someone will take the chance on him.

Carrick (Man United) Ankle (27th Sep): A safe option if he has a role when healthy but for now he is not worth owning.

Gnabry (Arsenal) Knock (Unknown): Not high end enough to own while he has no defined role.

Walcott (Arsenal) Knee (27th Sep): Must be owned because he will be a key part when he returns.

Assaidi (Stoke) LMF (50%): I’m interested to see how they use him but for this week I don’t see the need to own him.

Strikers

The Elite:

Players Team Opponent YTD
Agüero Man City Arsenal 14
Rooney Man Utd QPR 11
Dzeko Man City Arsenal 8
Costa Chelsea Swansea 24

 

Rooney feels like the one man out of the three United strikers who is guaranteed to play and that is why he is in my top tier. Agüero and Dzeko are both healthy and are both in decent form so I’m expecting good things. Costa’s injury feels like a smoke screen and he has been immense this season. I am expecting him to play and be dominant.

Must Starts:

Adebayor Tottenham Sunderland 16
Austin QPR Man Utd 9
Bony Swansea Chelsea 6
Welbeck Arsenal Man City 2
Naismith Everton West Brom 24
Balotelli Liverpool Aston Villa 2

 

Adebayor has been the Tottenham starter so far and I cannot see that changing in a decent match up. Austin should be the main man most weeks with Remy gone. Bony has started slow but he was immense last year. Welbeck is the only show in town for Arsenal until January and even with a tough match up I am expecting some decent results. Naismith has been gold so far and with a decent match up I think he could continue his good start. Balotelli should see plenty of time on the pitch for Liverpool and this may be a decent match up for him to open his Liverpool account

Solid Starts:

Jelavic Hull West Ham 15
Ulloa Leicester Stoke 15
Diouf Stoke Leicester 12
Pelle Southampton Newcastle 10
Riviere Newcastle Southampton 9
Ings Burnley Crystal Palace 6
Wickham Sunderland Tottenham 6
Campbell Crystal Palace Burnley 5

 

I’m expecting all of these guys to play this weekend and they all have a shot to grab a goal or two making them safe #2 strikers with upside in an uncertain week

Safe Starts:

Fletcher Sunderland Tottenham 6
Weimann Aston Villa Liverpool 22
Berahino West Brom Everton 17
Agbonlahor Aston Villa Liverpool 11
Zarate West Ham Hull 11
Cole West Ham Hull 10
Jutkiewicz Burnley Crystal Palace 6
Nugent Leicester Stoke 6

 

Again, I am expecting them all to play but I just don’t see the potential I see in the group above. In a more certain week a few of these would be nowhere near number two striker level.

Risks with huge upside:

A.Hernanez Hull West Ham 0
Jovetic Man City Arsenal 17
Sturridge Liverpool Aston Villa 10
Lukaku Everton West Brom 9
Remy Chelsea Swansea 4
v.Persie Man Utd QPR 4
Falcao Man Utd QPR 0

 

A star studded group and if you guarantee me they would all start then they would be in the top two tiers without fail. A combination of injury concerns (see below) and uncertainty about playing time is what holds them back from being nailed on starts.

Risks with Decent Upside:

Gayle Crystal Palace Burnley 8
Long Southampton Newcastle 4
Bojan Stoke Leicester 2
Eto’o Everton West Brom 5
Kane Tottenham Sunderland 5
Ideye West Brom Everton 3
Vargas QPR Man Utd 0
Valencia West Ham Hull 2

 

A slightly less glitzy group than above and these guys would slot in the third and fourth tiers if you guaranteed me they would start.

Potential is there but I’m unexcited

Lambert Liverpool Aston Villa 5
Vaz Te West Ham Hull 5
Ayoze Newcastle Southampton 3
Zamora QPR Man Utd 3
Altidore Sunderland Tottenham 3
Gomis Swansea Chelsea 3
Bent Aston Villa Liverpool 2
Campbell Arsenal Man City 1
Samaras West Brom Everton 0
Crouch Stoke Leicester 4

 

I expect the majority to feature at some point but you aren’t getting excited over any of them if you have to put them in your team.

Injuries

Diego Costa (Chelsea) Hamstring (75%): He strikes me as the kind of person always complaining about injuries but never wanting to be stopped because of them. How do I know this persona so well? Because I am that sort of person as well

Jovetic (Man City) Hamstring (75%): Probably won’t start if not 100% with Aguero and Dzeko both fit

Chamakh (Crystal Palace) Hamstring (11th October): You might as well drop him I feel because no one is rushing to grab him.

Sturridge (Liverpool) Thigh (50%): This is a tough one because he’s their main man, but they do have options in attack so maybe he sits this one out. You will need to watch his news.

Lukaku (Everton) Toe (50%): Against a former tea so he will be raring to play, but West Brom are not a tough match up so don’t be surprised if he sits.

Gayle (Crystal Palace) Ankle (75%): Looked good two weeks ago but even if healthy it is a guarantee he starts so it’s risky with a niggle. He is exciting though so if I own him I am holding onto him

Anichebe (West Brom) Knock (75%): A really unexciting option and I expect him to slide down the pecking order with Samaras being there.

Ings (Burnley) Illness (75%): You are going to have to monitor this but generally illness on Wednesday clears up by the weekend.

Giroud (Arsenal) Ankle (10th Jan): This sucks because he was the only show in town and if you want to keep him you’re going to have to use a bench spot on him, because chances are someone with a good team will be willing to use a spot to store him for his potential.

Soldado (Tottenham) Back (75%): Adebayor and Kane seem to be above him on the pecking order right now so he will have to prove himself before he is given the opportunity.

Rodriguez (Southampton) Knee (Unknown): Not entirely sure how much longer you will have to wait but he needs to be owned for his potential when he returns.

Cisse (Newcastle) Knee (This Weekend): Do not own until you see what his usage is going to be now he is healthy.

Vokes (Burnley) Knee (Unknown): On the borderline of ownable because h won’t be amazing when he returns and solid flex plays are available on the waiver wire week to week.

Samaras (West Brom) LMF (This Weekend): He intrigues and excites me so keep an eye out fo his usage.

Benteke (Aston Villa) Achilles (Unknown): The beast should be just that when he returns so he has to be owned in all leagues.

 

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