Fantasy Premier League – The Costa (ly) conundrum in week 23 rankings

Costa celebrating one of his three goals on Saturday against Swansea City

As a Chelsea fan I spent most of the game Tuesday night on the edge of my seat and that was just from watching Diego Costa, let alone the amazing game that was happening on the green turf of Stamford Bridge. Firstly, I just want to take a second to say; What. A. Game. Chelsea and Liverpool gave everything for a competition people claim no one cares about and the winners that night were us the fans. Maybe I would see this differently had it been a Skrtel winner and not an Ivanovic one but I enjoyed those 120 minutes more than I have enjoyed a Chelsea game all season!

Now onto the issue that arose. As a Chelsea fan, and an owner of him in fantasy leagues, I love Costa with a passion but as the week has worn on I have started to detest him just a little bit. His aggressiveness has been so key for Chelsea this year but a few times it has got out of control as it did Tuesday with his nasty stamp on Emre Can. Right now we are awaiting news of Costa’s appeal against his charge for the said stamp but I would bet he is facing at least a three game ban and maybe as much as five.

Whether that ban starts on Saturday is the issue for fantasy owners right now. Fortunately, we should hear about that tomorrow so at least you should be able to replace him. But looking forward, if he is suspended for a few games, he will get dropped in salary cap leagues and his price will fall affecting his sale value. In draft league now may be a good time to start lining up trade offers ready for when news of his ban breaks. It is safe to say that Diego Costa has had me on the edge of my seat not just for 120 minutes that night but for the next two days – and probably for at least one more.

On the topic of stupidity, lets briefly touch on Gylfi Sigurdsson; a rash challenge in the dying minutes of an FA cup they were on the way to losing has led to a three game ban meaning he misses the first half of February. While he hasn’t been as prolific as Costa he has been a stud in the midfield at a relatively cheap price and his absence hurts the midfield talent for many teams.

Now onto the rankings: The Costa news over the next two days majorly affects the rankings of the Man City players as well as Remy or Drogba who could get a rare PL start.

In other news this week is a weird one for goalkeepers and defenders with a lot of match ups that leave players in an almost inbetween zone where they aren’t great choices but they aren’t must avoids either. On the striking front there feels like a real lack of sure things and losing Costa this week will make that even worse. It feels like the midfield pool is where many people will be padding their utility spots in draft leagues.

Goalkeepers

Elite

Surname Team Opponent YTD FPR
Ospina Arsenal Aston Villa 13 2.00
De Gea Man Utd Leicester 89 1.36

 

Near Elite

Forster Southampton Swansea 89 1.27
Lloris Tottenham West Brom 82 1.18

 

Must Starts

Courtois Chelsea Man City 68 1.21
Robles Everton Crystal Palace 13 0.60
Krul Newcastle Hull 48 0.93
Adrian West Ham Liverpool 72 1.23

 

The Costa Factor (If Costa plays he drops below strong starts if he is banned he is a must start)

Hart Man City Chelsea 76 1.30

 

The Strong Starts

Pantilimon Sunderland Burnley 62 1.46
McGregor Hull Newcastle 60 0.71
Mignolet Liverpool West Ham 71 1.25

 

The Back Ups

Green QPR Stoke 70 0.90
Begovic Stoke QPR 68 0.91
Guzan Aston Villa Arsenal 79 1.14

 

If You’re Desperate

Heaton Burnley Sunderland 78 1.05
Speroni Crystal Palace Everton 70 0.82
Fabianski Swansea Southampton 80 1.33
Foster West Brom Tottenham 75 1.14

 

AVOID AVOID AVOID

Hamer Leicester Man Utd 31 1.00

 

If He Plays I Would LOVE Him

Cech Chelsea Man City 25 2.00

 

Defenders

The Elite

Surname Team Opponent YTD FPR
Ivanovic Chelsea Man City 112 1.55
Baines Everton Crystal Palace 93 1.14
Bertrand Southampton Swansea 103 1.52
Clyne Southampton Swansea 94 1.55

 

The Must Starts

Mertesacker Arsenal Aston Villa 68 1.10
Koscielny Arsenal Aston Villa 55 1.25
Monreal Arsenal Aston Villa 54 1.07
Terry Chelsea Man City 108 1.55
Jones Man Utd Leicester 44 1.64
Rojo Man Utd Leicester 27 1.09
Janmaat Newcastle Hull 74 1.14
Fonte Southampton Swansea 89 1.43
Gardos Southampton Swansea 18 1.14

 

The Good Starts

Bellerin Arsenal Aston Villa 17 1.17
Coleman Everton Crystal Palace 69 1.05
Skrtel Liverpool West Ham 71 1.05
Moreno Liverpool West Ham 59 1.06
Coloccini Newcastle Hull 53 0.72
Williamson Newcastle Hull 30 0.71
Shawcross Stoke QPR 64 0.95
Muniesa Stoke QPR 40 1.00
Rose Tottenham West Brom 48 1.00
Vertonghen Tottenham West Brom 54 0.89
Walker Tottenham West Brom 8 0.67

 

The Decent Options

Creswell West Ham Liverpool 79 1.29
Tomkins West Ham Liverpool 59 1.13
Reid West Ham Liverpool 53 0.90
Jenkinson West Ham Liverpool 55 1.18
Azpilicueta Chelsea Man City 72 1.35
Jagielka Everton Crystal Palace 71 0.90
Stones Everton Crystal Palace 24 1.00
Davies Hull Newcastle 46 1.00
Dawson Hull Newcastle 21 0.75
Schlupp Leicester Man Utd 54 1.06

 

The Costa Effect

Clichy Man City Chelsea 78 1.24
Zabaleta Man City Chelsea 56 1.06
Demichellis Man City Chelsea 48 1.00
Kompany Man City Chelsea 44 1.21

 

Flex Potential

O’Shea Sunderland Burnley 63 1.09
Vergini Sunderland Burnley 58 1.05
van Aanholt Sunderland Burnley 27 1.08
Wisdom West Brom Tottenham 72 0.95
Lescott West Brom Tottenham 66 1.06
McAuley West Brom Tottenham 30 1.13
Baird West Brom Tottenham 20 0.83
Dann Crystal Palace Everton 63 1.10
Ward Crystal Palace Everton 51 0.81
Kelly Crystal Palace Everton 41 0.89
Delaney Crystal Palace Everton 31 0.80

 

Getting Deep

Cissokho Aston Villa Arsenal 68 1.14
Hutton Aston Villa Arsenal 61 1.22
Okore Aston Villa Arsenal 27 0.73
Trippier Burnley Sunderland 64 0.95
Shackell Burnley Sunderland 52 0.82
Mee Burnley Sunderland 46 0.94
Keane Burnley Sunderland 24 0.69
Konchesky Leicester Man Utd 53 0.85
Morgan Leicester Man Utd 43 0.81
Simpson Leicester Man Utd 21 1.00
Caulker QPR Stoke 50 0.81
Isla QPR Stoke 48 0.81
Hill QPR Stoke 20 1.00
Williams Swansea Southampton 73 1.14
Taylor Swansea Southampton 63 1.19
Fernandez Swansea Southampton 41 1.33

 

Question Marks with Massive Upside

Shaw Man Utd Leicester 29 1.10
Rafael Man Utd Leicester 20 0.88

 

Question Marks

Gibbs Arsenal Aston Villa 47 0.83
Clark Aston Villa Arsenal 42 1.00
Baker Aston Villa Arsenal 20 0.88
Cahill Chelsea Man City 79 1.43
Zouma Chelsea Man City 9 0.50
Hangeland Crystal Palace Everton 30 0.91
Mariappa Crystal Palace Everton 24 1.13
Rosenior Hull Newcastle 24 0.91
McShane Hull Newcastle 9 0.80
Figueroa Hull Newcastle 2 1.00
Johnson Liverpool West Ham 37 1.09
Sakho Liverpool West Ham 38 1.20
Lovren Liverpool West Ham 30 0.87
Enrique Liverpool West Ham 9 1.00
Kolarov Man City Chelsea 31 1.00
Sagna Man City Chelsea 13 1.00
Haidara Newcastle Hull 23 0.89
Ferdinand QPR Stoke 12 0.86
Onuoha QPR Stoke 11 0.38
Targett Southampton Swansea 5 0.50
Wilson Stoke QPR 38 1.06
Bardsley Stoke QPR 38 1.00
Cameron Stoke QPR 28 0.80
Brown Sunderland Burnley 51 1.00
Reveillere Sunderland Burnley 27 1.29
Jones Sunderland Burnley 15 1.64
Rangel Swansea Southampton 51 1.16
Amat Swansea Southampton 14 1.50
Naughton Swansea Southampton 1 0.75
Dier Tottenham West Brom 43 0.85
Kaboul Tottenham West Brom 28 1.00
Davies Tottenham West Brom 26 1.00
Fazio Tottenham West Brom 24 0.83
Chiriches Tottenham West Brom 12 0.83
O’Brien West Ham Liverpool 12 0.60

 

Midfielders

Elite

Surname Team Opponent YTD FPR
Sanchez Arsenal Aston Villa 144 1.62
Hazard Chelsea Man City 131 1.77
Fabregas Chelsea Man City 120 1.86
Oscar Chelsea Man City 105 1.67
Sterling Liverpool West Ham 97 1.52

 

Must Starts

Cazorla Arsenal Aston Villa 92 1.38
Barkley Everton Crystal Palace 42 1.13
Henderson Liverpool West Ham 88 1.50
Silva Man City Chelsea 90 1.56
Mata Man Utd Leicester 82 1.42
Di Maria Man Utd Leicester 70 1.43
Tadic Southampton Swansea 95 1.55
Eriksen Tottenham West Brom 111 1.41
Downing West Ham Liverpool 116 1.62

 

Good Starts

Boyd Burnley Sunderland 65 1.20
Matic Chelsea Man City 60 1.38
Puncheon Crystal Palace Everton 68 1.00
Gerrard Liverpool West Ham 78 1.20
Coutinho Liverpool West Ham 61 1.26
Colback Newcastle Hull 66 1.19
Fer QPR Stoke 76 1.29
Ward-Prowse Southampton Swansea 48 1.58
Moses Stoke QPR 40 1.55
Johnson Sunderland Burnley 71 1.47
Larsson Sunderland Burnley 77 1.41

 

Awesome Flex Options (Midfield is amazingly deep right now!)

Ramsey Arsenal Aston Villa 53 1.07
Arfield Burnley Sunderland 57 1.10
Willian Chelsea Man City 60 1.24
Ledley Crystal Palace Everton 48 1.28
McArthur Crystal Palace Everton 48 1.35
Zaha Crystal Palace Everton 39 1.27
Elmohamady Hull Newcastle 67 1.27
Valencia Man Utd Leicester 56 1.24
Fellaini Man Utd Leicester 45 1.15
Sissoko Newcastle Hull 58 1.20
Davis Southampton Swansea 51 1.10
Walters Stoke QPR 67 1.18
N’Zonzi Stoke QPR 58 1.23
Dyer Swansea Southampton 62 1.05
Lamela Tottenham West Brom 53 1.05

 

Space Fillers

Flamini Arsenal Aston Villa 40 1.18
Westwood Aston Villa Arsenal 37 1.25
Sanchez Aston Villa Arsenal 34 1.62
Jones Burnley Sunderland 45 1.25
McGeady Everton Crystal Palace 36 1.08
Livermore Hull Newcastle 49 1.10
Cambiasso Leicester Man Utd 39 1.00
Navas Man City Chelsea 61 1.19
Carrick Man Utd Leicester 36 1.38
Blind Man Utd Leicester 28 1.20
Townsend Tottenham West Brom 22 0.78
Brunt West Brom Tottenham 56 1.21
Morrison West Brom Tottenham 53 1.24
Amalfitano West Ham Liverpool 43 0.94
Noble West Ham Liverpool 38 1.08

 

Getting Desperate

Cleverley Aston Villa Arsenal 37 0.95
Marney Burnley Sunderland 35 0.94
Huddlestone Hull Newcastle 35 1.00
Can Liverpool West Ham 29 1.20
Leiva Liverpool West Ham 24 1.00
Fernandinho Man City Chelsea 52 0.84
Fernando Man City Chelsea 35 0.94
Gouffran Newcastle Hull 47 0.85
Henry QPR Stoke 33 0.83
Barton QPR Stoke 30 0.80
Cork Southampton Swansea 30 0.67
Arnautovic Stoke QPR 33 0.82
Gomez Sunderland Burnley 47 0.94
Montero Swansea Southampton 40 0.88
Shelvey Swansea Southampton 33 0.93
Mason Tottenham West Brom 33 0.93
Sessegnon West Brom Tottenham 58 1.05
Dorrans West Brom Tottenham 56 1.17
Gardner West Brom Tottenham 49 1.10
Song West Ham Liverpool 33 1.00

 

Unexciting Options

Coquelin Arsenal Aston Villa 10 0.67
N’Zogbia Aston Villa Arsenal 33 0.82
Richardson Aston Villa Arsenal 26 0.80
Barry Everton Crystal Palace 38 0.80
Quinn Hull Newcastle 28 0.73
Meyler Hull Newcastle 25 0.53
Drinkwater Leicester Man Utd 27 0.69
King Leicester Man Utd 26 0.57
James Leicester Man Utd 24 0.71
Knockaert Leicester Man Utd 13 0.44
Herrera Man Utd Leicester 39 0.75
Cabella Newcastle Hull 38 0.75
Anita Newcastle Hull 15 0.67
Adel Taarabt QPR Stoke 5 0.25
Reed Southampton Swansea 8 0.60
Whelan Stoke QPR 28 0.93
Buckley Sunderland Burnley 35 0.78
Carroll Swansea Southampton 15 0.36
Capoue Tottenham West Brom 23 0.92
Dembele Tottenham West Brom 19 0.46
Nolan West Ham Liverpool 40 0.76

 

Exciting Question Marks

Ozil Arsenal Aston Villa 26 1.14
Walcott Arsenal Aston Villa 4 0.00
Gil Aston Villa Arsenal 1 0.00
Taylor Burnley Sunderland 10 1.67
Mirallas Everton Crystal Palace 52 0.94
McCarthy Everton Crystal Palace 27 1.08
Lallana Liverpool West Ham 58 1.36
Markovic Liverpool West Ham 28 0.67
Milner Man City Chelsea 54 1.00
Lampard Man City Chelsea 47 0.75
Young Man Utd Leicester 30 1.08
Januzaj Man Utd Leicester 16 0.45
Ameobi Newcastle Hull 40 1.14
Abeid Newcastle Hull 8 1.67
Chadli Tottenham West Brom 102 1.47
Lennon Tottenham West Brom 17 0.75

 

Strikers

Elite

Surname Team Opponent YTD FPR
Costa Chelsea Man City 119 1.53
Aguero Man City Chelsea 107 1.41

 

Near Elite

Rooney Man Utd Leicester 83 1.44
Austin QPR Stoke 109 1.45
Kane Tottenham West Brom 90 1.28

 

Must Starts

Giroud Arsenal Aston Villa 42 1.18
Ings Burnley Sunderland 81 1.37
Lukaku Everton Crystal Palace 75 1.18
van Persie Man Utd Leicester 84 1.25
Pelle Southampton Swansea 97 1.36
Defoe Sunderland Burnley 5 2.00

 

Low End #2/ Flex Options (Ugh Striker is not a deep position)

Benteke Aston Villa Arsenal 36 1.08
Sanogo Crystal Palace Everton 9 0.75
Naismith Everton Crystal Palace 69 1.00
Ulloa Leicester Man Utd 78 1.05
Gomis Swansea Southampton 33 0.50
Berahino West Brom Tottenham 88 1.14
Carroll West Ham Liverpool 54 1.17

 

Shoot for the Moon

Barnes Burnley Sunderland 55 0.84
Gayle Crystal Palace Everton 54 0.60
Perez Newcastle Hull 62 0.86
Vargas QPR Stoke 47 1.00
Crouch Stoke QPR 64 0.80

 

Shoot for the Basement?

Weimann Aston Villa Arsenal 56 0.76
Sagbo Hull Newcastle 3 0.00
Vardy Leicester Man Utd 53 0.72
Nugent Leicester Man Utd 41 0.84
Falcao Man Utd Leicester 46 1.00
Riviere Newcastle Hull 21 0.46
Zamora QPR Stoke 40 0.68

 

The Costa Zone

Drogba Chelsea Man City 38 0.38
Remy Chelsea Man City 22 0.64

 

Question Marks with Massive Upside

Sturridge Liverpool West Ham 10 1.33
Jovetic Man City Chelsea 55 0.92
Dzeko Man City Chelsea 31 0.58
Sakho West Ham Liverpool 72 1.50
Valencia West Ham Liverpool 64 0.89

 

Question Marks with Upside

Agbonlahor Aston Villa Arsenal 51 0.80
Vokes Burnley Sunderland 3 0.00
Jelavic Hull Newcastle 58 1.18
Hernandez Hull Newcastle 38 1.00

 

Question Marks with Limited Upside

Fletcher Sunderland Burnley 52 0.76
Wickham Sunderland Burnley 48 0.81
Campbell Arsenal Aston Villa 4 0.00
Akpom Arsenal Aston Villa 1 0.00
Campbell Crystal Palace Everton 42 0.00
Lambert Liverpool West Ham 35 0.61
Balotelli Liverpool West Ham 22 0.67
Borini Liverpool West Ham 17 0.50
Wilson Man Utd Leicester 14 0.71
Zarate QPR Stoke 25 1.29
Oliveira Swansea Southampton 3 0.50
Adebayor Tottenham West Brom 38 0.91
Anichebe West Brom Tottenham 33 0.83
Krameric West Ham Liverpool 1 0.00

 

As always good luck this week and hit me up on the twitter link below with any questions!

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