Fantasy Premier League: Kane Klimbs in Week 25 Rankings

Harry Kane

Harry Kane put on a clinic of centre forward play in the North London Derby on Saturday lunchtime to help Tottenham put Arsenal to the sword. The young Englishman scored two goals, one a poachers effort, and another a sublime header, and left many people comparing him to the legendary Alan Shearer and wondering if he is one of the elite striking options in the Premier League right now.

So where does he fall in my rankings? For me he’s very close but isn’t quite into the “out-of-this-world group” occupied by Aguero and Costa (when he isn’t suspended). Instead, he falls in between them and a group of four strikers just below with three other Englishmen; Rooney, Sturridge, Ings, and Graziano Pelle. So while he isn’t quite in Aguero’s company, this week with another good game against a decent Liverpool defence could see him join them next week.

Going around the positions, De Gea, Hart and Ospina sit atop the goalkeeper rankings with them both having favourable match ups in Burnley, Stoke and Leicester respectively. Just below them sit Forster and Courtois who have slightly tougher match ups in West Ham and Everton. However, perhaps the headline for goalkeepers this year should be Costel Pantilimon who has racked up 72 points in 14 weeks with a Fake premier league performance rating of 1.53, the highest in the league of goalies with 10+ starts.

In defence the Arsenal defence sits high this week with their Leicester match up given the Foxes struggles lately. Man City and Man United players should be high but their defences are so fluid it is hard to know which way their managers will go.

In midfield a return for Fabregas will see him return as an elite option. The midfield pool is bolstered over the next couple of weeks with the return of the players from AFCON and Asia cup and their return to match fitness.

I think I’ve fairly well covered the top end of the striker position but I should add that Remy did not start for Chelsea at the weekend but I expect him to this week. However, Mourinho loves and trust Drogba so don’t be surprised to see Remy on the bench again, frustrating owners.

Goalkeepers

Elite

Surname Team Opponent YTD FPR
Hart Man City Stoke 80 1.27
De Gea Man Utd Burnley 94 1.38
Ospina Arsenal Leicester 22 2.00

 

Near Elite

Courtois Chelsea Everton 73 1.24
Forster Southampton West Ham 97 1.29

 

Must-Starts

McGregor Hull Aston Villa 64 0.74
Mignolet Liverpool Tottenham 83 1.32
Krul Newcastle Crystal Palace 59 1.00
Pantilimon Sunderland QPR 72 1.53
Fabianski Swansea West Brom 91 1.35

 

Decent Back Up Options

Guzan Aston Villa Hull 82 1.08
Speroni Crystal Palace Newcastle 81 0.88
Lloris Tottenham Liverpool 91 1.21
Foster West Brom Swansea 77 1.04
Adrian West Ham Southampton 76 1.21

 

Walk Away Slowly

Hamer Leicester Arsenal 31 1.00
Green QPR Sunderland 74 0.91

 

Run Away Screaming

Heaton Burnley Man Utd 80 0.96
Robles Everton Chelsea 26 1.00
Begovic Stoke Man City 73 0.96

 

Defenders

Elite

Surname Team Opponent YTD FPR
Ivanovic Chelsea Everton 122 1.57
Terry Chelsea Everton 112 1.52
Clyne Southampton West Ham 104 1.52

 

Near Elite

Mertesacker Arsenal Leicester 75 1.05
Koscielny Arsenal Leicester 61 1.15
Monreal Arsenal Leicester 60 1.00
Bellerin Arsenal Leicester 30 1.00
Clichy Man City Stoke 84 1.28
Jones Man Utd Burnley 48 1.67
Rojo Man Utd Burnley 30 1.00

 

Must-Starts

Janmaat Newcastle Crystal Palace 82 1.13
Azpilicueta Chelsea Everton 82 1.44
Cahill Chelsea Everton 82 1.41
Coleman Everton Chelsea 84 1.15
Kompany Man City Stoke 48 1.20
Fonte Southampton West Ham 97 1.41
Williams Swansea West Brom 82 1.17
Taylor Swansea West Brom 70 1.23
Fernandez Swansea West Brom 49 1.38
Naughton Swansea West Brom 13 1.00
Walker Tottenham Liverpool 20 0.71

 

#3/Flex

Creswell West Ham Southampton 82 1.32
Jenkinson West Ham Southampton 57 1.22
Hutton Aston Villa Hull 62 1.16
Cissokho Aston Villa Hull 69 1.09
Dawson Hull Aston Villa 23 0.62
Robertson Hull Aston Villa 32 0.41
Coloccini Newcastle Crystal Palace 61 0.74
Williamson Newcastle Crystal Palace 38 0.67
Gardos Southampton West Ham 25 1.13
Yoshida Southampton West Ham 46 0.75
O’Shea Sunderland QPR 72 1.09
Vergini Sunderland QPR 66 1.05
van Aanholt Sunderland QPR 41 1.08
Reveillere Sunderland QPR 40 1.25

 

Flex Options

Skrtel Liverpool Tottenham 84 1.10
Moreno Liverpool Tottenham 74 1.12
Sakho Liverpool Tottenham 52 1.27
Rose Tottenham Liverpool 56 1.00
Vertonghen Tottenham Liverpool 62 0.95
Ward Crystal Palace Newcastle 59 0.91
Kelly Crystal Palace Newcastle 49 0.95
Delaney Crystal Palace Newcastle 40 0.88
Hangeland Crystal Palace Newcastle 34 1.00

 

Getting Desperate

Okore Aston Villa Hull 34 0.92
Clark Aston Villa Hull 42 0.93
Isla QPR Sunderland 49 0.82
Hill QPR Sunderland 22 1.00
Onuoha QPR Sunderland 14 0.33
Caulker QPR Sunderland 52 0.86
Lescott West Brom Swansea 68 1.00
McAuley West Brom Swansea 32 1.00
Baird West Brom Swansea 19 0.71

 

Desperate

Trippier Burnley Man Utd 66 0.91
Shackell Burnley Man Utd 54 0.83
Mee Burnley Man Utd 48 0.89
Keane Burnley Man Utd 26 0.64
Jagielka Everton Chelsea 88 1.00
Stones Everton Chelsea 37 1.22
Schlupp Leicester Arsenal 56 0.95
Simpson Leicester Arsenal 23 0.80
Wasilewski Leicester Arsenal 38 0.75
Konchesky Leicester Arsenal 54 0.76
Morgan Leicester Arsenal 44 0.77
Muniesa Stoke Man City 42 1.00
Bardsley Stoke Man City 42 1.00
Wollscheid Stoke Man City 10 1.50
Cameron Stoke Man City 32 0.81

 

Question Marks with Upside

Vlaar Aston Villa Hull 39 1.08
Zouma Chelsea Everton 11 0.50
Baines Everton Chelsea 98 1.14
Oviedo Everton Chelsea 7 1.00
Zabaleta Man City Stoke 58 1.06
Kolarov Man City Stoke 31 1.09
Sagna Man City Stoke 15 1.00
Evans Man Utd Burnley 35 1.40
Smalling Man Utd Burnley 30 0.77
McNair Man Utd Burnley 26 1.00
Gibbs Arsenal Leicester 47 0.78

 

Midfielders

Elite

Surname Team Opponent YTD FPR
Cazorla Arsenal Leicester 111 1.39
Hazard Chelsea Everton 149 1.79
Fabregas Chelsea Everton 120 1.86
Sterling Liverpool Tottenham 110 1.57

 

Near Elite

Oscar Chelsea Everton 109 1.60
Silva Man City Stoke 99 1.56
Di Maria Man Utd Burnley 77 1.44
Eriksen Tottenham Liverpool 123 1.42
Downing West Ham Southampton 120 1.57

 

Must-Starts

Ozil Arsenal Leicester 49 1.33
Willian Chelsea Everton 67 1.26
Henderson Liverpool Tottenham 93 1.50
Mata Man Utd Burnley 83 1.35
Tadic Southampton West Ham 98 1.45
Larsson Sunderland QPR 80 1.33
Johnson Sunderland QPR 74 1.38
Chadli Tottenham Liverpool 104 1.33

 

Good Starting Options

Boyd Burnley Man Utd 72 1.23
Matic Chelsea Everton 64 1.35
Ledley Crystal Palace Newcastle 61 1.30
Gerrard Liverpool Tottenham 81 1.24
Navas Man City Stoke 66 1.17
Colback Newcastle Crystal Palace 81 1.26
Sissoko Newcastle Crystal Palace 68 1.27
Fer QPR Sunderland 80 1.26
Mane Southampton West Ham 70 1.19
Elia Southampton West Ham 23 1.75
Moses Stoke Man City 42 1.31
Ki Swansea West Brom 80 1.33
Brunt West Brom Swansea 71 1.24

 

Flex Options

Zaha Crystal Palace Newcastle 43 1.24
Barkley Everton Chelsea 43 1.06
Ramsey Arsenal Leicester 57 1.06
Arfield Burnley Man Utd 61 1.09
Jones Burnley Man Utd 49 1.23
Puncheon Crystal Palace Newcastle 73 1.04
McArthur Crystal Palace Newcastle 53 1.37
Elmohamady Hull Aston Villa 69 1.17
Mahrez Leicester Arsenal 61 1.18
Coutinho Liverpool Tottenham 72 1.24
Valencia Man Utd Burnley 61 1.26
Ameobi Newcastle Crystal Palace 50 1.19
Ward-Prowse Southampton West Ham 53 1.57
Davis Southampton West Ham 56 1.13
Wanyama Southampton West Ham 63 1.05
Walters Stoke Man City 88 1.21
Dyer Swansea West Brom 66 1.05
Lamela Tottenham Liverpool 57 1.05

 

Potential Flex Options

Sanchez Aston Villa Hull 36 1.00
Westwood Aston Villa Hull 39 1.11
Delph Aston Villa Hull 29 1.14
Mutch Crystal Palace Newcastle 22 0.90
Mirallas Everton Chelsea 56 0.94
Barry Everton Chelsea 44 0.91
Livermore Hull Aston Villa 51 1.00
Can Liverpool Tottenham 35 1.33
Allen Liverpool Tottenham 26 1.00
Blind Man Utd Burnley 49 1.33
Cabella Newcastle Crystal Palace 52 0.86
N’Zonzi Stoke Man City 62 1.21
Gomez Sunderland QPR 51 0.95
Shelvey Swansea West Brom 46 1.00
Morrison West Brom Swansea 56 1.16
McManaman West Brom Swansea 6 1.00
Noble West Ham Southampton 45 1.07
Kouyate West Ham Southampton 54 1.18

 

Question Marks with Upside

Walcott Arsenal Leicester 13 0.33
Gil Aston Villa Hull 9 0.67
Cuadrado Chelsea Everton 1 0.00
Lennon Everton Chelsea 18 0.67
Huddlestone Hull Aston Villa 38 0.95
Lallana Liverpool Tottenham 61 1.40
Markovic Liverpool Tottenham 31 0.77
Milner Man City Stoke 63 1.05
Nasri Man City Stoke 47 1.24
Fellaini Man Utd Burnley 46 1.07
Flamini Arsenal Leicester 41 1.11

 

Strikers

Out of This World

Surname Team Opponent YTD FPR
Aguero Man City Stoke 117 1.47

 

Elite Option

Kane Tottenham Liverpool 115 1.35

 

Near Elite

Ings Burnley Man Utd 94 1.38
Sturridge Liverpool Tottenham 16 1.20
Rooney Man Utd Burnley 86 1.35
Pelle Southampton West Ham 101 1.33

 

Must-Starts

Giroud Arsenal Leicester 56 1.31
Remy Chelsea Everton 30 0.69
Lukaku Everton Chelsea 84 1.21
van Persie Man Utd Burnley 93 1.27
Defoe Sunderland QPR 18 2.00

 

#2 Options

Welbeck Arsenal Leicester 69 1.05
Benteke Aston Villa Hull 39 1.00
Ulloa Leicester Arsenal 81 1.00
Cisse Newcastle Crystal Palace 72 0.93
Gomis Swansea West Brom 37 0.55
Berahino West Brom Swansea 91 1.08
Sakho West Ham Southampton 74 1.47

 

Flex Options

Barnes Burnley Man Utd 64 0.90
Sanogo Crystal Palace Newcastle 12 0.67
Gayle Crystal Palace Newcastle 58 0.65
Naismith Everton Chelsea 75 1.00
Falcao Man Utd Burnley 56 1.07
Perez Newcastle Crystal Palace 66 0.87
Vargas QPR Sunderland 50 0.95
Zarate QPR Sunderland 26 1.13
Valencia West Ham Southampton 68 0.90

 

Low End Flex Options

Weimann Aston Villa Hull 60 0.78
Agbonlahor Aston Villa Hull 54 0.77
Vardy Leicester Arsenal 55 0.65
Graham Sunderland QPR 5 0.25

 

Question Marks with Upside

Drogba Chelsea Everton 41 0.39
N’Doye Hull Aston Villa 1 0.00
Jelavic Hull Aston Villa 60 1.17
Hernandez Hull Aston Villa 40 1.00
Jovetic Man City Stoke 57 0.80
Dzeko Man City Stoke 34 0.57
Zamora QPR Sunderland 41 0.65
Carroll West Ham Southampton 55 1.08

 

Question Marks with Limited Upside

Akpom Arsenal Leicester 6 0.67
Vokes Burnley Man Utd 4 0.00
Jutkiewicz Burnley Man Utd 35 0.78
Campbell Crystal Palace Newcastle 42 0.88
Murray Crystal Palace Newcastle 5 0.25
Krameric Leicester Arsenal 4 0.33
Nugent Leicester Arsenal 44 0.81
Borini Liverpool Tottenham 17 0.50
Lambert Liverpool Tottenham 36 0.58
Riviere Newcastle Crystal Palace 21 0.46
Crouch Stoke Man City 72 0.82
Diouf Stoke Man City 64 0.95
Fletcher Sunderland QPR 53 0.72
Ideye West Brom Swansea 27 0.71
Cole West Ham Southampton 23 0.46

 

Question Marks with Very Little Upside

Ameobi Crystal Palace Newcastle 0
Seager Southampton West Ham 1 0.00
Oliveira Swansea West Brom 4 0.33
Barrow Swansea West Brom 13
Soldado Tottenham Liverpool 27 0.57
Adebayor Tottenham Liverpool 38 0.91

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