Fantasy Premier League: On Form Robin van Persie Back Where He Belongs In Week Seven Rankings

After goals in back to back matches, Robin van Persie finds himself soaring up the rankings.

After goals in back to back matches, Robin van Persie finds himself soaring up the rankings. Photo: Daily Mail

Injuries and world cup recovery slowed the start to the season for Robin van Persie, but two goals in two weeks have seen him heading back to the man fantasy owners know and love. This week his Manchester United team play host to Everton who have leaked goals at the back, in what should be an absolute firecracker of a match between two good attacks against shaky defences. Add in that Wayne Rooney removed himself from the equation last week and those question marks about strikers for United have gone away leaving van Persie and Falcao sure fire options upfront this week.

A few weeks ago I lectured on not taking one/two week performances too seriously; James Chester and Eric Dier have been perfect examples with Chester scoring 15 points in week one and -2 points over the next 5. Dier scored 30 points in the first two weeks and hasn’t added 10 since. Meanwhile, those players you dropped to pick them up have likely remained solid and cashed in on that preseason value. The point I’m making here? Keep being patient. 30-plus game weeks is a long time and chasing one week wonders will just get you in trouble in the long run as the overall quality of your squad depletes and the rest of your league feasts on your cast offs.

Week seven is a horrible week for defensive match ups with Chelsea facing Arsenal, removing two solid defences from the likely clean sheet equation. Manchester United playing Everton and Tottenham playing Southampton as well means that there are a lot of very unpredictable match ups between middling teams. This makes selecting goalkeepers and defensive players this week extremely tough. Therefore, I suggest that you don’t invest too heavily in defence this week and use your flex spots for midfielders and forwards who could reap big rewards and have a lower risk of returning a negative.

As always, the injury advice in this article is aimed at draft leagues mainly and for salary cap leagues the general rule is not to carry a player who is out for two weeks or more. For those who play in weekly fantasy premier leagues these rankings and the injury news should give you a baseline to work off when try to set the best team possible



Must Starts

Names Team Opponent YTD
Mignolet Liverpool West Brom 17
Courtois Chelsea Arsenal 21


Quality Starts

Fabianski Swansea Newcastle 26


Good Starts

Speroni Crystal Palace Hull 27
McGregor Hull Crystal Palace 21
Schmeichel Leicester Burnley 10
Forster Southampton Tottenham 25
Begovic Stoke Sunderland 21
Mannone Sunderland Stoke 25


The potentially high scoring game

Howard Everton Man Utd 12
De Gea Man Utd Everton 19


Risky Starts

Krul Newcastle Swansea 14
Green QPR West Ham 17
Lloris Tottenham Southampton 22
Foster West Brom Liverpool 21
Adrian West Ham QPR 12
Heaton Burnley Leicester 25


Back-up Zone

Harper Hull Crystal Palace 0


The Frustration Zone

Hart Man City Aston Villa 15
Caballero Man City Aston Villa 2


Avoid This Week

Szczesny Arsenal Chelsea 16
Guzan Aston Villa Man City 24



McGregor (Hull) Shoulder (22nd November): Scored 14 points in week one, but has then scored just seven in the next five games making him the worst ranked keeper to have played three or more games over that five game period. Palace have only failed to score once this year and Hull have only kept the one clean sheet, meaning that McGregor was – at best – in the 10-15 range this week, so his loss isn’t huge to your fantasy team. Long term, you should probably consider looking at secondary options with nice match ups for the next month and half.


Quality with Great Match-Up

Names Team Opponent YTD
Kompany Man City Aston Villa 13
Zabaleta Man City Aston Villa 7


Shaky but with Good Match-Up

Moreno Liverpool West Brom 17
Lovren Liverpool West Brom 14
Skrtel Liverpool West Brom 8
Manquillo Liverpool West Brom 11


Mid-Level Defences with Decent Match-Ups and Chelsea’s Defenders

Ivanovic Chelsea Arsenal 37
Azpilicueta Chelsea Arsenal 25
Cahill Chelsea Arsenal 17
Terry Chelsea Arsenal 16
Morgan Leicester Burnley 12
de Laet Leicester Burnley 14
Konchesky Leicester Burnley 17
Moore Leicester Burnley 10
Clyne Southampton Tottenham 34
Fonte Southampton Tottenham 27
Bertrand Southampton Tottenham 34
Alderweield Southampton Tottenham 8
Shawcross Stoke Sunderland 29
Bardsley Stoke Sunderland 23
Wilson Stoke Sunderland 22
Williams Swansea Newcastle 25
Taylor Swansea Newcastle 24
Fernandez Swansea Newcastle 9
Creswell West Ham QPR 8
Tomkins West Ham QPR 9
Demel West Ham QPR 5
Reid West Ham QPR 12
Jenkinson West Ham QPR 2


Small Chance of a Clean Sheet

Duff Burnley Leicester 24
Trippier Burnley Leicester 23
Shackell Burnley Leicester 23
Mee Burnley Leicester 20
Baines Everton Man Utd 27
Jagielka Everton Man Utd 20
Stones Everton Man Utd 12
Robertson Hull Crystal Palace 10
Davies Hull Crystal Palace 6
Dawson Hull Crystal Palace 3
Rosenior Hull Crystal Palace 3
Rojo Man Utd Everton 8
Rafael Man Utd Everton 14
Shaw Man Utd Everton 2
Janmaat Newcastle Swansea 20
Williamson Newcastle Swansea 16
Coloccini Newcastle Swansea 13
Dummett Newcastle Swansea 11
van Aanholt Sunderland Stoke 20
O’Shea Sunderland Stoke 19
Vergini Sunderland Stoke 19
Dier Tottenham Southampton 33
Kaboul Tottenham Southampton 19
Rose Tottenham Southampton 19
Vertonghen Tottenham Southampton 9


Do Not Starts

Mertesacker Arsenal Chelsea 11
Koscielny Arsenal Chelsea 20
Chambers Arsenal Chelsea 16
Gibbs Arsenal Chelsea 13
Dann Crystal Palace Hull 25
Delaney Crystal Palace Hull 17
Ward Crystal Palace Hull 16
Ferdinand QPR West Ham 11
Caulker QPR West Ham 18
Isla QPR West Ham 8


Good Options if They Start

Monreal Arsenal Chelsea 9
Coleman Everton Man Utd 14
Sakho Liverpool West Brom 10
Clichy Man City Aston Villa 12
Kolarov Man City Aston Villa 13
Mangala Man City Aston Villa 0
Demichellis Man City Aston Villa 16


OK Options if They Start

Hangeland Crystal Palace Hull 8
Mariappa Crystal Palace Hull 6
Kelly Crystal Palace Hull 12
Distin Everton Man Utd 5
Hibbert Everton Man Utd 2
Browning Everton Man Utd 1
Evans Man Utd Everton 15
Smalling Man Utd Everton 2
Blackett Man Utd Everton 12
Jones Man Utd Everton 15
Thorpe Man Utd Everton 1
McNair Man Utd Everton 2
Pieters Stoke Sunderland 18
Muniesa Stoke Sunderland 8
Brown Sunderland Stoke 14
Jones Sunderland Stoke 5


Potential Negatives

Cissokho Aston Villa Man City 20
Senderos Aston Villa Man City 20
Hutton Aston Villa Man City 20
Baker Aston Villa Man City 10
Dawson West Brom Liverpool 27
Pocognoli West Brom Liverpool 16
Lescott West Brom Liverpool 13
Gamboa West Brom Liverpool 6



Wisdom (West Brom) Parent Club (20th October): This isn’t a bad week forWisdom to miss as it could be an extremely negative experience for fantasy owners if Liverpool can finally click.

Rose (Tottenham) Knock (75%): I am expecting him this week.

Rangel (Swansea) Suspended (19th October): A tempting stash for a week considering how Swansea have played so far.

Pocognoli (West Brom) Knock (75%): You’re probably not using him whatever so this doesn’t matter.

Vlaar (Aston Villa) Calf (25%): Another guy who is missing a tough week if he doesn’t come back and with it likely they will lose anyway I don’t see them rushing him back.

Jones (Man U) Hamstring (75%): United could potentially have a relative wealth of option compared to last week, so they won’t rush Jones back.

Evans (Man U) Ankle (This Weekend): I wouldn’t want to commit to any of these United central defenders considering their defensive issues.

Amat (Swansea) Knee (25th October): A tempting stash but if Fernandez keeps performing well he may not have a place to return to.

Brown (Sunderland) Calf (75%): A decent match up against a Stoke team not known for being prolific in front of goal but it isn’t so good it is worth risking him this week.

Coleman (Everton) Knock (75%): A really tough match-up for defenders against the top loaded United but there might be a fair few chances for assists/goals. I’m not sure they rush him back so it’s really hard to risk a really good player.

Yoshida (Southampton) Knock (75%): I’m not expecting him because they have plenty of cover.

Debuchy (Arsenal) Ankle (27th December): He is worth stashing if you have the space but defenders aren’t so hard to find week to week that he HAS to be stashed if you are short on space.

Sakho (Liverpool) Thigh (18th October): Liverpool are constantly struggling to decide between Skrtel and Sakho and that almost makes them unusable week to week. Therefore this week Skrtel is a safe play and Sakho is droppable.

Monreal (Arsenal) Back (5th October): The fact he is even debatable makes Gibbs a safer play but you aren’t starting any Arsenal defenders if you can avoid it against the on fire Chelsea.

Walker (Tottenham) Pelvic (Unknown): I’ve cut ties and so should you!



Elite Options:

Player Team Opponent YTD
Fabregas Chelsea Arsenal 35
Hazard Chelsea Arsenal 28
Sterling Liverpool West Brom 35
Silva Man City Aston Villa 25
Di Maria Man Utd Everton 30


Near Elite:

Ozil Arsenal Chelsea 23
Gerrard Liverpool West Brom 30
Schneiderlin Southampton Tottenham 32
Johnson Sunderland Stoke 18
Sigurdsson Swansea Newcastle 36
Chadli Tottenham Southampton 36


Must Start:

Puncheon Crystal Palace Hull 24
Diame Hull Crystal Palace 21
Henderson Liverpool West Brom 21
Tadic Southampton Tottenham 24
Larsson Sunderland Stoke 27
Dyer Swansea Newcastle 33
Eriksen Tottenham Southampton 22
Lamela Tottenham Southampton 22
Downing West Ham QPR 29


Solid #3 Options

Jedinak Crystal Palace Hull 28
Bolasie Crystal Palace Hull 20
Elmohamady Hull Crystal Palace 19
Kranjcar QPR West Ham 13
Moses Stoke Sunderland 16
Routledge Swansea Newcastle 23


Safe Options with Upside

Matic Chelsea Arsenal 24
Barry Everton Man Utd 14
McCarthy Everton Man Utd 15
McGeady Everton Man Utd 18
Cambiasso Leicester Burnley 10
Toure Man City Aston Villa 8
Blind Man Utd Everton 7
Gouffran Newcastle Swansea 18
Cabella Newcastle Swansea 15
Fer QPR West Ham 14
Ki Swansea Newcastle 20
Shelvey Swansea Newcastle 18
Brunt West Brom Liverpool 22
Wilshere Arsenal Chelsea 17


Safe Options with Reduced Upside

Cleverly Aston Villa Man City 7
Richardson Aston Villa Man City 18
Delph Aston Villa Man City 15
Westwood Aston Villa Man City 12
Huddlestone Hull Crystal Palace 16
Livermore Hull Crystal Palace 12
Hammond Leicester Burnley 10
Drinkwater Leicester Burnley 7
Mahrez Leicester Burnley 8
Fernandinho Man City Aston Villa 6
Milner Man City Aston Villa 13
Sissoko Newcastle Swansea 12
Colback Newcastle Swansea 11
Sandro QPR West Ham 3
Davis Southampton Tottenham 12
Wanyama Southampton Tottenham 17
N’Zonzi Stoke Sunderland 14
Whelan Stoke Sunderland 11
Adam Stoke Sunderland 8
Arnautovic Stoke Sunderland 7
Rodwell Sunderland Stoke 17
Cattermole Sunderland Stoke 18
Capoue Tottenham Southampton 14
Gardner West Brom Liverpool 16
Dorrans West Brom Liverpool 25
Sessegnon West Brom Liverpool 6
Song West Ham QPR 4
Amalfitano West Ham QPR 9


Big Risks with Big Potential

Sanchez Arsenal Chelsea 23
Chamberlain Arsenal Chelsea 17
Cazorla Arsenal Chelsea 11
Schurrle Chelsea Arsenal 19
Oscar Chelsea Arsenal 19
Willian Chelsea Arsenal 21
Coutinho Liverpool West Brom 6
Lallana Liverpool West Brom 4
Markovic Liverpool West Brom 5
Navas Man City Aston Villa 14
Lampard Man City Aston Villa 12
Mata Man Utd Everton 24
Januzaj Man Utd Everton 6
Valencia Man Utd Everton 12
Noble West Ham QPR 22
Nolan West Ham QPR 3


Big Risks with Some Upside

McArthur Crystal Palace Hull 11
Pienaar Everton Man Utd 7
Atsu Everton Man Utd 3
Quinn Hull Crystal Palace 17
Ince Hull Crystal Palace 5
Ben Arfa Hull Crystal Palace 2
Mane Southampton Tottenham 4
Assaidi Stoke Sunderland 2
Walters Stoke Sunderland 3
Jordi Gomez Sunderland Stoke 4
Giaccherini Sunderland Stoke 4
Montero Swansea Newcastle 6
Townsend Tottenham Southampton 2
Lennon Tottenham Southampton 5



Ramsey (Arsenal) Hamstring (1st November): Massive blow for fantasy owners, as he is one sure fire name on fantasy team sheets. You have to stash him.

Herrera (Man U) Rib (Unknown): Another big blow, but his performance the last couple of weeks means you need to stash him.

Sanchez (Arsenal) Ankle (75%): With Ramsey out they will want all there playmakers for a huge game against Chelsea, so I expect him this week.

Noble (West Ham) Calf (75%): I’m not sure I would risk him this week because West Ham seem to be flush with options especially with Nolan returning.

Mirallas (Everton) Hamstring (Unknown): Another significant loss for fantasy owners but he is someone you have to stash for his potential points in the future.

Ramires (Chelsea) Knee (18th October): Obviously not a feature this week and is potentially woth stashing to see if he slots back into the midfield with a view to dropping if he becomes a bench player.

Ward-Prowse (Southampton) Foot (29th November): More of a loss for Southampton than your fantasy team. I wouldn’t stash.

Moses (Stoke) Thigh (75%): I expect him this week and he has been hot lately. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him floating plenty of balls in for Crouch this year.

McCarthy (Everton) Knock (75%): A safe midfield option at best so hardly worth risking for me..

Capoue (Tottenham) Knock (75%): A safe 2 points every week but nothing worth clinging too and risking this week

Jones (Burnley) Thigh (18th October): I am stone cold on Burnley with their inability to score and therefore want nothing to do with their midfield.

Nasri (Man C) Groin (2nd November): Another huge blow for Nasri owners who will need to stash him

Kouyate (West Ham) Groin (1st November): Only worth a stash if you have a perfect roster with no injuries and no needs.

Marney (Burnley) Knock (This Weekend): See Jones

Mutch (QPR) Hamstring (This Weekend): QPR is an ugly situation and he is a safe play at best. I’m not risking it.

Taylor (Burnley) Achilles (4th November): See Jones

Aarons (Newcastle) Hamstring (1st November): He was on form before the injury but he isn’t worth holding onto.

Allen (Liverpool) Knee (Unknown): Not got enough ceiling for me to hold onto him.

Barton (QPR) Hamstring (This Weekend): Creates chances but no one is finishing them so he is tough to start.

Arteta (Arsenal) Calf (1st November): Safe option at best. Do not Stash.

Fernando (Man C) Groin (This Weekend): Another safe at best option who isn’t consistent enough to be rostered.

de Jong (Newcastle) Thigh (Unknown): Interesting potential makes him stashable if you can spare the spot.

Odemwingie (Stoke) Knee (Unknown): Not worth stashing because he will be a while.

Can (Liverpool) Ankle (25th October): An intriguing prospect over time but for now he is likely useless this year and isn’t worth the stash.

Snodgrass (Hull) Knee (Unknown): The injury is seriousand it could be a while so stashing him is tough.

Carrick (Man U) Ankle (This Weekend): May be returning just in time with Herrera out but he isn’t forward going enough to be worth rostering.

Barkley (Everton) Knee (Unknown): You have to keep stashing him for his potential.

Walcott (Arsenal) Knee (18th October): The excitement should be building because he could be a monster when he returns



Simply The Best

Players Team Opponent YTD
Costa Chelsea Arsenal 48


Proven Track Record

Aguero Man City Aston Villa 30
Dzeko Man City Aston Villa 24
van Persie Man Utd Everton 19


Top 10 options

Pelle Southampton Tottenham 39
Welbeck Arsenal Chelsea 18
Lukaku Everton Man Utd 25
Ulloa Leicester Burnley 38


Must Starts

Naismith Everton Man Utd 27
Jelavic Hull Crystal Palace 25
A.Hernanez Hull Crystal Palace 14
Balotelli Liverpool West Brom 13
Falcao Man Utd Everton 11
Adebayor Tottenham Southampton 24
Valencia West Ham QPR 17
Sakho West Ham QPR 21


#2 and Flex Options

Weimann Aston Villa Man City 27
Agbonlahor Aston Villa Man City 24
Campbell Crystal Palace Hull 21
Nugent Leicester Burnley 16
Vardy Leicester Burnley 24
Riviere Newcastle Swansea 14
Austin QPR West Ham 18
Crouch Stoke Sunderland 26
Berahino West Brom Liverpool 33


Flex Options

Cisse Newcastle Swansea 12
Vargas QPR West Ham 8
Wickham Sunderland Stoke 11


Intriguing Options

Benteke Aston Villa Man City 0
Remy Chelsea Arsenal 10
Sturridge Liverpool West Brom 10
Jovetic Man City Aston Villa 17
Gomis Swansea Newcastle 7
Bony Swansea Newcastle 9


Question Marks

Jutkiewicz Burnley Leicester 12
Barnes Burnley Leicester 5
Sordell Burnley Leicester 4
Gayle Crystal Palace Hull 10
Chamakh Crystal Palace Hull 13
Eto’o Everton Man Utd 7
Lambert Liverpool West Brom 8
Ayoze Newcastle Swansea 5
Zamora QPR West Ham 5
Long Southampton Tottenham 8
Bojan Stoke Sunderland 4
Fletcher Sunderland Stoke 7
Kane Tottenham Southampton 4
Soldado Tottenham Southampton 1
Samaras West Brom Liverpool 3
Podolski Arsenal Chelsea 2
Bent Aston Villa Man City 4
Doyle Crystal Palace Hull 2
Altidore Sunderland Stoke 4



Rooney (Man U) Suspended (2nd November): A moment of madness could prove extremely costly for Rooney and his fantasy owners. With no League Cup he must serve all three suspensions in the Premier League and that gives the likes of Juan Mata, Falcao, van Persie and Di Maria the chance to shine and make it hard for Rooney to return. You have no choice but to hold him, and he will probably come straight back, but be prepared for potential disappointment.

Diouf (Stoke) Hamstring (19th October): Diouf has been a bit hit and miss for fantasy owners this year so his loss wont devastate your line up. However, you should still hold onto him and if you have Peter Crouch he has a real opportunity to grasp the starting striker position so get him in your line up.

Jutkiewicz (Burnley) Knock (75%): He is averaging 2 points a week and has yet to show signs that he will improve on that. However, there aren’t many options that are sure to start up front though so if you own him hold onto him because he has been a sure 2 points each week. One issue is that when Vokes returns he may struggle to hold down his place so there are big question marks here. If he is out then Barnes or Sordell become potential striking options at the flex position.

Sturridge (Liverpool) Thigh (25%): Not having Sturridge hurts fantasy owners massively and they will be desperate to see him return. However, a return too early could be extremely detrimental if he then ends up missing more time. There is no question of dropping him and if you really have no other option up front then you may as well stick him in and see if you catch a lightening bolt.

Anichebe (West Brom) Groin (20th October): This is not a huge loss because he has scored just two points in the last 5 weeks. Drop him if you own him.

Sanogo (Arsenal) Hamstring (18th October): Hasn’t featured for three weeks and with Welbeck on top form I cannot see him being a big feature any time soon so feel free to drop.

Giroud (Arsenal) Ankle (10th January): If you have the bench space then you have to hold onto him because he will see time and he can be effective.

Ideye (West Brom) Ankle (20th October): Another underwhelming West Brom option upfront. No need to hold onto him. The winner from this? Samaras

Drogba (Chelsea) Ankle (18th October): Isn’t the first substitute option since the arrival of Remy so he is essentially unusable for fantasy until an injury to one of the two guys ahead of him.

Rodriguez (Southampton) Knee (Unknown): You are still holding him and the return is getting closer!

Vokes (Burnley) Knee (Unknown): I expect you will be able to pick him up closer to his return so is not worth stashing for now.

Carroll (West Ham) Ankle (Unknown): With the way the strikers are performing for West Ham I cannot see him walking back into the team so he isn’t a stash for me right now.



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