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
The potentially high scoring game
|De Gea||Man Utd||Everton||19|
The Frustration Zone
|Hart||Man City||Aston Villa||15|
|Caballero||Man City||Aston Villa||2|
Avoid This Week
|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
|Kompany||Man City||Aston Villa||13|
|Zabaleta||Man City||Aston Villa||7|
Shaky but with Good Match-Up
Mid-Level Defences with Decent Match-Ups and Chelsea’s Defenders
Small Chance of a Clean Sheet
Do Not Starts
Good Options if They Start
|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
|Cissokho||Aston Villa||Man City||20|
|Senderos||Aston Villa||Man City||20|
|Hutton||Aston Villa||Man City||20|
|Baker||Aston Villa||Man City||10|
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!
|Silva||Man City||Aston Villa||25|
|Di Maria||Man Utd||Everton||30|
Solid #3 Options
Safe Options with Upside
|Toure||Man City||Aston Villa||8|
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|
|Fernandinho||Man City||Aston Villa||6|
|Milner||Man City||Aston Villa||13|
Big Risks with Big Potential
|Navas||Man City||Aston Villa||14|
|Lampard||Man City||Aston Villa||12|
Big Risks with Some Upside
|Ben Arfa||Hull||Crystal Palace||2|
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
Proven Track Record
|Aguero||Man City||Aston Villa||30|
|Dzeko||Man City||Aston Villa||24|
|van Persie||Man Utd||Everton||19|
Top 10 options
#2 and Flex Options
|Weimann||Aston Villa||Man City||27|
|Agbonlahor||Aston Villa||Man City||24|
|Benteke||Aston Villa||Man City||0|
|Jovetic||Man City||Aston Villa||17|
|Bent||Aston Villa||Man City||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.