Week 31 was arguably one of the best weeks of the premier league season so far. It may not have had the twists and turns at the top that some other weeks have but it had a fantastic number or goals and we all know that goals = fantasy points so for fantasy owners it was probably a high scoring week. Of course 15 games in a game week always mean inflated fantasy points and this week we are back down to 10 with everyone playing once.
Before we get into the teams here are this week’s fixtures:
- Man United vs Aston Villa 29.03.14 @ 8.45am ET (12.45pm GMT)
- Crystal Palace vs Chelsea 29.03.14 @ 11.00am ET (15.00pm GMT)
- Southampton vs Newcastle 29.03.14 @ 11.00am ET (15.00pm GMT)
- Stoke City vs Hull City 29.03.14 @ 11.00am ET (15.00pm GMT)
- Swansea vs Norwich 29.03.14 @ 11.00am ET (15.00pm GMT)
- West Brom vs Cardiff City 29.03.14 @ 11.00am ET (15.00pm GMT)
- Arsenal vs Man City 29.03.14 @ 1.45pm ET (17.30pm GMT)
- Fulham vs Everton 30.03.14 @ 9.30am ET (13.30pm GMT)
- Liverpool vs Tottenham 30.03.14 @ 12.00pm ET (16.00pm GMT)
- Sunderland vs West Ham 31.03.14 @ 16.00am ET (20.00pm GMT)#
Update 29.03.14 @ 7pm ET: Arsenal, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Hull City, Man City, Newcastle, Norwich, Southampton, Stoke City, Tottenham, West Brom, West Ham.
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Arsenal Injuries vs Man City
Koscielny (Calf) Return unknown: Looks unlikely to play. Drop
Monreal (Ankle) 05.04.14: Not worth owning even if healthy
Özil (Hamstring) 26.04.14: Drop until he’s returning
Ramsey (Thigh) 12.04.14: They were expecting him back so this will be a blow. Drop.
Wilshere (Foot) 19.04.14: Same as Ozil. Drop.
Walcott (Knee) Return unknown, Diaby (Knee) Return unknown: Out for the season. You shouldn’t own either.
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Aston Villa Injuries @ Man United
Okore (Knee) Return unknown, N’Zogbia (Achilles) Return unknown, Kozak (Broken Leg), Return unknown: You’re not owning any of these three.
El Ahmadi (Thigh) 75% chance of playing: A very cheap option in an intriguing matchup. No further update.
Herd (Personal) Return unknown: Barely been fantasy relevant when available anyway.
Weimann (Leg) Fully Available: Tempting at the price against a leaky United. Likely to start in a front three.
Cardiff City Injuries @ West Brom
Taylor (Knock) 75% chance of playing: Cheap option with a nice match up. No update as of Friday and I would rather have a couple of his team mates who are cheaper.
Hudson (Hamstring) Return unknown: Won’t play this week.
Noone (Muscle) 75% chance of playing: Another cheap option but he is an inconsistent scorer in fantasy. No further update.
Chelsea Injuries @ Crystal Palace
Cole (Knock) 29.03.14: Should be available this week but is unlikely to be starting. Don’t own him.
Ramires (Suspended) 13.04.14: Drop for this week
Van Ginkel (Knee) Return unknown: Not returning anytime soon
Eto’o (Hamstring) 05.04.14: Out for this week. Drop.
Crystal Palace vs Chelsea
Chamakh (Hamstring) 05.04.14: Downgraded to out for this week.
Gayle (Ankle) 05.04.14: Another downgraded guy.
Everton Injuries @ Fulham
Pienaar (Knee) 12.04.14: Better scoring options for cheaper so cutting ties with him injured should be easy.
Oviedo (Broken Leg) Return unknown, Gibson (Knee) Return unknown, Kone (Knee) Return unknown, Traore (Hamstring) Return unknown: None of these are really worth worrying about this week.
Fulham Injuries vs Everton
Amorebieta (Suspended) 05.04.14: Out this week for sure so drop.
Parker (Knee) 05.04.14: Downgraded to out.
Karagounis (Knock) 75% chance of playing: Not good enough to warrant risking him. Don’ own
Dejagah (Leg) Fully Available: Tough one this but he hasn’t scored consistently for his price. Replace him if you have the transfer available.
Duff (Knee) Return unknown: Drop.
Hull City Injuries @ Stoke City
Davies (Knock) Fully Available: Good to go!
Figueroa (Knock) 75% chance of playing: Good but not great match up. Not worth holding IMO if you have the transfer to use.
McShane (Ankle) Return unknown, Dudgeon (Knee) Return unknown, Brady (Groin) Return unknown: You don’t want to own any of these guys this week.
Boyd (Suspended) 05.04.14: I doubt you own him anyway, but if you do, drop him.
Long (Knee) Fully Available: A really cheap option that scores decent points and is now a go for this week.
Liverpool Injuries vs Tottenham
Enrique (Knee) Return unknown, Coates (Knee) Return unknown: Again you don’t want to own either of these this week.
Man City Injuries @ Arsenal
Nastasic (Knee) 05.04.14: Struggling to return from injury. If you haven’t cut ties already you should now.
Richards (Knock) 05.04.14: Do not own.
Aguero (Muscle) 05.04.14: Downgraded to out. Hold off owning him for one more week.
Man United Injuries vs Aston Villa
Smalling (Hamstring) 75% chance of playing: No further update. Unlikely to feature with Vidic back
Evans (Calf) 50% chance of playing: Same as with Smalling.
Van Persie (Knee) 26.04.14: Drop him and get Suarez.
Newcastle Injuries @ Southampton
Krul (Knee) 12.04.14: Drop him for a keeper with a good couple of weeks coming up.
Debuchy (Groin) 05.04.14: Missing this week. Drop him
Santon (Illness) 75% chance of playing: No further update. Not good enough for the risk, if you have a transfer available then use it.
Ryan Taylor (Knee) Return unknown, Obertan (Knee) Return unknown: Neither are playing soon so drop them.
Remy (Calf) 05.04.14: Hold off one more week at least.
Sammy Ameobi (Ankle) 05.04.14: Don’t own him.
Norwich Injuries @ Swansea
Turner (Fitness) Fully available: They kept a clean sheet last week so I’m not sure he changes the back four even with Turner fit.
Fer (Hamstring) Return unknown, Elliott Bennett (Knee) Return unknown: You’re not owning either of these three this week.
Southampton Injuries vs Newcastle
Kelvin Davis (Knock) Return unknown: Wouldn’t play even if healthy. One of the great mysteries to me is why 12% of teams own him!
Clyne (Groin) 05.04.14: Downgraded to out. Drop.
Schneiderlin (Knock) 75% chance of playing: A decent opton but not great considering his price. Check back.
Wanyama (Knock) 75% chance of playing: Cheap option but doesn’t score that well. Drop.
Rodriguez (Knee) 75% chance of playing: This is a blow. I’d bench him rather than drop.
Stoke City Injuries vs Hull City
Pieters (Muscle) 75% chance of playing: Decent chance of a clean sheet this week. No further update so hard to know what to do. Not worth risking IMO.
Huth (Knee) Return unknown: Don’t own him for now.
Walters (Suspended) 05.04.14: Don’t either until he returns.
Assaidi (Knee) 25% chance of playing: Big downgrade. I’m not owning him.
Sunderland Injuries vs West Ham
Fletcher (Ankle) 29.03.14: Reasonably expensive option that has not been that impressive. Drop even if healthy.
Swansea Injuries vs Norwich
Nothing to report here.
Tottenham Injuries @ Liverpool
Walker (Groin) 05.04.14: Has missed a few weeks now and has been downgraded AGAIN. Drop.
Chiriches (Fitness) 05.04.14: Don’t own this week.
Lamela (Thigh) Return unknown: Don’t own.
Capoue (Ankle) 30.03.14: Should return but who knows if he plays. This team has been so unsettled.
Adebayor (Hamstring) 75% chance of playing: Had been playing well but there was no further update as of Friday.
West Brom Injuries vs Cardiff City
McAuley (Ankle) Fully available: Really nice matchup.
Olsson (Suspended) 05.04.14, Lugano (Knee) 05.04.14, Brunt (Knee) 26.04.14: You don’t want to own any of these guys this week.
Jones (Hamstring) 29.03.14: Another decent match up for the defence here however, this defence is in tatters and needs every man they can find. No further update as of Friday.
Popov (Neck) 29.02.14: Same as above except he is a cheaper option.
Brunt (Knee) 26.04.14: Drop and keep an eye out for when he is back.
Yacob (Hamstring) 05.04.14: Don’t own.
Anichebe (Hamstring) 75% chance of playing: Hasn’t really set the fantasy scoreboard alight. Don’t own him.
West Ham Injuries @ Sunderland
Collins (Knock) 75% chance of playing: Tough decision with a nice match up. Start him and then if he doesn’t play he will be replaced by a bench guy.
O’Brien (Shoulder Dislocation) Return unknown: Out for a while. Don’t own.
Jarvis (Thigh) 75% chance of playing: There are better options if you have a transfer spare.
Borriello (Hamstring) Return unknown: Not worth owning.
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