Tim Howard Finally Returns To Elite Level In The Gameweek 9 Rankings

After a dreadful start things may be turning around for Tim Howard. A second clean sheet of the season against Aston Villa last week, has the potential this week to turn into a third against Burnley. Howard has been behind an unsettled defence but they finally got a couple of nice match ups, and, most importantly, got Seamus Coleman back and they seem to be gelling which should spell success for Howard.

Coleman and his running mate, Leighton Baines, top the options in defence this week but they have been joined by another surprisingly full back combination in Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne and Ryan Bertrand. Southampton kept another clean sheet last week while their attack walloped a struggling Sunderland group meaning their main three defenders all rank in the top 10 this year.

In Midfield, David Silva and Aaron Ramsey have slipped out of the elite options after a few barren weeks but they are still must starts in the top 20. They are joined by Ross Barkley who returned from injury last week with a clean sheet and an assist. Southampton’s Dusan Tadic put up 23 points last week and that has catapulted him up the rankings because he showed he could take solid performances and deliver amazing potential. Angel Di Maria is the big worry among midfielders after leaving during Monday’s game with a slight strain and you will see my opinions on him below.

Up top, Sergio Agüero is flying high alone in the top tier with the question marks over Diego Costa seeing him slide out of the top tier. Confirmation of his availability would see him slip in just below Agüero alongside the top five options, but we’re unlikely to get that out of Jose. Graziano Pelle has put together a great set of performance and he sits in that top five group with Danny Welbeck and Romelu Lukaku, who should deliver this week.

After my rankings for each position is the latest injury news on the players I judge to be fantasy worthy. If your player isn’t listed here but is injured it means I don’t think he is worth owning and you should drop him immediately for a streaming option.



Names Team Opponent YTD
Howard Everton Burnley 18


Must Starts

Lloris Tottenham Newcastle 39
Hart Man City West Ham 30
Forster Southampton Stoke 33
Courtois Chelsea Man Utd 25
Mignolet Liverpool Hull 22
Szczesny Arsenal Sunderland 18


Good Starts

Fabianski Swansea Leicester 28
Guzan Aston Villa QPR 28


Risky Starts

Green QPR Aston Villa 18
Foster West Brom Crystal Palace 23
Begovic Stoke Southampton 25
De Gea Man Utd Chelsea 28
Krul Newcastle Tottenham 22
Speroni Crystal Palace West Brom 29


Desperate Starts

Mannone Sunderland Arsenal 27
Heaton Burnley Everton 28
Schmeichel Leicester Swansea 14
Jakupovic Hull Liverpool 2


Avoid at all Costs

Adrian West Ham Man City 21



McGregor (Hull) Shoulder (22nd November): As I’ve said before the length of time he is out is too much to hold onto but with only 20 legitimate options weekly there isn’t a lot of match up plays out there. If you have him and you trust your current #1 then hold onto him and hope he comes back strong.

Green (QPR) Illness (75%): He missed last week but I am expecting him to return this week. Only start him if your other goalkeeper is ranked lower than him. Goalkeepers in the same tier should be picked over him this week.

Harper (Hull) Arm (Unknown): He had the potential to be useful for you for a few weeks but now that goes to Jakupovic.

Ospina (Arsenal) Thigh (75%): Not fantasy relevant but there are so few goalkeepers I thought I’d list him.



Names Team Opponent YTD
Baines Everton Burnley 44
Coleman Everton Burnley 27
Clyne Southampton Stoke 42
Bertrand Southampton Stoke 43


Near Elite

Ivanovic Chelsea Man Utd 46
Jagielka Everton Burnley 35
Kompany Man City West Ham 23
Mangala Man City West Ham 6
Fonte Southampton Stoke 35
Alderweield Southampton Stoke 16


Must Starts

Mertesacker Arsenal Sunderland 18
Gibbs Arsenal Sunderland 15
Koscielny Arsenal Sunderland 20
Chambers Arsenal Sunderland 16
Kaboul Tottenham Newcastle 25
Rose Tottenham Newcastle 25
Vertonghen Tottenham Newcastle 16


Solid Match ups

Cissokho Aston Villa QPR 22
Hutton Aston Villa QPR 22
Vlaar Aston Villa QPR 17
Cahill Chelsea Man Utd 24
Terry Chelsea Man Utd 24
Luis Chelsea Man Utd 2
Ward Crystal Palace West Brom 18
Kelly Crystal Palace West Brom 14
Caulker QPR Aston Villa 18
Shawcross Stoke Southampton 31
Bardsley Stoke Southampton 24
Wilson Stoke Southampton 25
Pieters Stoke Southampton 20
Williams Swansea Leicester 27
Rangel Swansea Leicester 20
Taylor Swansea Leicester 26


Tough Match ups

Robertson Hull Liverpool 23
Davies Hull Liverpool 14
Johnson Liverpool Hull 7
Rojo Man Utd Chelsea 10
Rafael Man Utd Chelsea 17
Shaw Man Utd Chelsea 5
Jones Man Utd Chelsea 16
Wisdom West Brom Crystal Palace 27
Dawson West Brom Crystal Palace 28
Pocognoli West Brom Crystal Palace 18
Lescott West Brom Crystal Palace 14


Question Marks

Monreal Arsenal Sunderland 10
Senderos Aston Villa QPR 21
Baker Aston Villa QPR 12
Clark Aston Villa QPR 1
Zouma Chelsea Man Utd 0
Hangeland Crystal Palace West Brom 9
Mariappa Crystal Palace West Brom 7
Fryers Crystal Palace West Brom 1
Dann Crystal Palace West Brom 26
Distin Everton Burnley 5
Alcaraz Everton Burnley 6
Rosenior Hull Liverpool 7
Chester Hull Liverpool 19
Bruce Hull Liverpool 2
Moreno Liverpool Hull 19
Skrtel Liverpool Hull 9
Lovren Liverpool Hull 17
Manquillo Liverpool Hull 13
Sakho Liverpool Hull 10
Toure Liverpool Hull 1
Jose Enrigue Liverpool Hull 2
Zabaleta Man City West Ham 13
Clichy Man City West Ham 14
Kolarov Man City West Ham 18
Demichellis Man City West Ham 17
Sagna Man City West Ham 5
Ferdinand QPR Aston Villa 12
Isla QPR Aston Villa 9
Hill QPR Aston Villa 6
Dunne QPR Aston Villa -1
Yun QPR Aston Villa 1
van Aanholt Sunderland Arsenal 19
O’Shea Sunderland Arsenal 19
Vergini Sunderland Arsenal 17
Jones Sunderland Arsenal 6
Brown Sunderland Arsenal 14
Coates Sunderland Arsenal 0
Fernandez Swansea Leicester 11
Tiendalli Swansea Leicester 2
Richards Swansea Leicester 2
Amat Swansea Leicester 14
Dier Tottenham Newcastle 33
Davies Tottenham Newcastle 1
Naughton Tottenham Newcastle 1



Azpilicueta (Chelsea) Suspended (8th November): It sucks to be without him and fantasy owner should be worried. If Luis steps in and does well then Azpilicueta could find his place under threat going forward. You have to hold him because of his quality but keep an eye out for possibly waiver wire pick-ups that could be replacements if he loses his job

Dann (Crystal Palace) Knee (50%): Has surprised fantasy owners this year ranking high in total points and FPR but he is no sure thing so if you need the space then drop him.

Bardsley (Stoke) Back (75%): As always Stoke are good at the back and their defenders are assets to fantasy teams. I expect him this week so I would risk him.

Senderos (Aston Villa) Thigh (50%): I am not expecting him this week and he isn’t worth holding onto for me.

Koscielny (Arsenal) Achilles (This Weekend): Should slot right back in replacing Monreal who filled in last week. A solid match up should see him starting to live up to his fantasy potential this year.

Williamson (Newcastle) Knock (75%): Newcastle’s defence has barely been good enough to start anyone so far this year but last week may be a turning point. However, I am not risking Williamson until I see more from Newcastle.

Delaney (Crystal Palace) Suspended (3rd November): Has been solid this year but his suspension doesn’t hurt you really. If you need a player this week then feel free to drop him to stream a player from free agency.

Evans (Man United) Ankle (This Weekend): I am not expecting him to come back into the team this week with Rojo and Jones in possession of the centre back jobs and unlikely to be moving any time soon.

Amat (Swansea) Knee (This Weekend): Swansea haven’t been as good lately as they were at the start of the season so Fernandez is at risk of losing his spot to Amat. Neither is worth starting this week until we see who Monk prefers at the back.

Stones (Everton) Ankle (Unknown): Unfortunately he is likely out until deep into 2015 so he isn’t worth holding onto for me.

Baker (Aston Villa) Hamstring (75%): I expect him this week but I don’t expect anything good enough from him to consider starting him. Not worth owning in my opinion with Senderos returning and Vlaar back.

Dawson (Hull) Ankle (29th November): Not high end enough to stash for me so feel free to drop him.

Debuchy (Arsenal) Ankle (27th December): If you have the space you may as well keep stashing him but if you need to stream a player this week then you can drop him.

Sakho (Liverpool) Thigh (This Weekend): Not sure how Rodgers is going to play it this week with all three main CB’s fit so I may steer clear of them all.

Oviedo (Everton) Knock (75%): Just an interesting guy if he finds a role so he is included here as one to watch.

Fazio (Tottenham) Suspended (2nd November): A disastrous debut may have cost him his opportunity for a while. Not worth stashing.




Player Team Opponent YTD
Sanchez Arsenal Sunderland 38
Fabregas Chelsea Man Utd 49
Hazard Chelsea Man Utd 42
Sterling Liverpool Hull 47
Di Maria Man Utd Chelsea 48


Top 20 Options

Silva Man City West Ham 30
Ramsey Arsenal Sunderland 30
Oscar Chelsea Man Utd 34
Barkley Everton Burnley 6
Gerrard Liverpool Hull 38
Henderson Liverpool Hull 36
Mata Man Utd Chelsea 31
Tadic Southampton Stoke 48
Sigurdsson Swansea Leicester 46
Chadli Tottenham Newcastle 44
Eriksen Tottenham Newcastle 42
Downing West Ham Man City 39


High End #3 Options

Cazorla Arsenal Sunderland 14
Willian Chelsea Man Utd 27
Puncheon Crystal Palace West Brom 28
Schneiderlin Southampton Stoke 39
Larsson Sunderland Arsenal 30
Routledge Swansea Leicester 31
Matic Chelsea Man Utd 29


Low End #3 Options

Boyd Burnley Everton 18
Jedinak Crystal Palace West Brom 32
Diame Hull Liverpool 38
Lallana Liverpool Hull 16
Mane Southampton Stoke 12
Moses Stoke Southampton 25
A.Johnson Sunderland Arsenal 20
Dyer Swansea Leicester 35
Lamela Tottenham Newcastle 25


Potential Flex Options

Richardson Aston Villa QPR 22
Arfield Burnley Everton 26
Jones Burnley Everton 15
McArthur Crystal Palace West Brom 15
McCarthy Everton Burnley 18
McGeady Everton Burnley 20
Elmohamady Hull Liverpool 24
Huddlestone Hull Liverpool 23
Toure Man City West Ham 20
Milner Man City West Ham 22
Blind Man Utd Chelsea 17
Kranjcar QPR Aston Villa 15
Fer QPR Aston Villa 21
Wanyama Southampton Stoke 25
Brunt West Brom Crystal Palace 29
Dorrans West Brom Crystal Palace 29
Sessegnon West Brom Crystal Palace 17
Amalfitano West Ham Man City 14


Solid Options with Limited Upside

Westwood Aston Villa QPR 16
N’Zogbia Aston Villa QPR 16
Bolasie Crystal Palace West Brom 24
Barry Everton Burnley 18
Livermore Hull Liverpool 19
Gouffran Newcastle Tottenham 22
Cabella Newcastle Tottenham 16
Sissoko Newcastle Tottenham 16
Colback Newcastle Tottenham 16
N’Zonzi Stoke Southampton 17
Rodwell Sunderland Arsenal 19
Cattermole Sunderland Arsenal 21
Ki Swansea Leicester 22
Shelvey Swansea Leicester 19
Capoue Tottenham Newcastle 18
Song West Ham Man City 9


Question Marks with Top 15 Upside

Chamberlain Arsenal Sunderland 20
Walcott Arsenal Sunderland 0
Schurrle Chelsea Man Utd 21
Zaha Crystal Palace West Brom 13
Coutinho Liverpool Hull 13
Lampard Man City West Ham 20
Navas Man City West Ham 16
Januzaj Man Utd Chelsea 8
Herrera Man Utd Chelsea 24


Question Marks with Flex Upside

Sanchez Aston Villa QPR 4
Wallace Burnley Everton 10
Pienaar Everton Burnley 9
Atsu Everton Burnley 3
Quinn Hull Liverpool 17
Ben Arfa Hull Liverpool 4
Fernando Man City West Ham 11
Valencia Man Utd Chelsea 13
Fellaini Man Utd Chelsea 10
Obertan Newcastle Tottenham 18
Cork Southampton Stoke 22
Davis Southampton Stoke 20
C.Gardner West Brom Crystal Palace 20
Morrison West Brom Crystal Palace 20
Noble West Ham Man City 24
Markovic Liverpool Hull 5
Adam Stoke Southampton 26
Walters Stoke Southampton 11
Montero Swansea Leicester 7




Di Maria (Man United) Thigh (75%): Against the best team in the league there is little chance he doesn’t play. You have to just go with it and start him because he is one of the best midfield options in the league this year so far.

Ozil (Arsenal) Knee (Unknown): Was just starting to come around when he went down with injury. Stash him and hope he can re find early 2013 form.

Herrera (Man United) Rib (75%): He has been a really solid option and I expect that to continue. I can see him playing this week but in a defensive role with Chelsea’s attacking talent.

Schurrle (Chelsea) Illness (75%): They won’t push him into the line-up if he isn’t ready with the way Willian and Oscar are playing so you probably have to sit him. If he doesn’t get regular time soon you may have to consider ditching him!

Ramires (Chelsea) Knee (75%): They don’t have a need to rush him back this week so no need to risk him but I do expect him to have a role when he is back so he is worth storing.

Wilshere (Arsenal) Suspended (1st November): Has been a totally inconsistent option this year due to his more naturally defensive role. This will shock you but I cannot see an advantage to stashing him!

Mirallas (Everton) Hamstring (Unknown): One of the main men in the Everton team and he is definitely worth stashing until we hear he is out longer than January.

Ward-Prowse (Southampton) Foot (29th November): Not high scoring enough to stash

Delph (Aston Villa) Shoulder Dislocation (Unknown): As above

McArthur (Crystal Palace) Muscle (50%): Not worth the risk for what he returns this week

Whelan (Stoke) Leg (6th December): Not worth stashing even with the surprisingly good start.

Valencia (Man United) Hamstring (This Weekend): Cannot see him walking back into the team and that means he is unusable this week. However, there is potential for a role going forward so it’s worth holding to see.

Nasri (Man City) Groin (2nd November): You HAVE to stash him for his stunning potential as a top 5 midfielder going forward the rest of the year.

Aarons (Newcastle) Hamstring (1st November): Flashed genius before getting injured so he is worth picking up if you have the space to see what he brings to the table.

Odemwingie (Stoke) Knee (Unknown): Sadly he is out so long he isn’t worth stashing

de Jong (Newcastle) Thigh (Unknown): Starting to worry he isn’t coming back anytime soon! If we do not get a date soon then he is droppable for me.

Snodgrass (Hull) Knee (Unknown): You all know I love Robert but this is his last appearance in the article until he is closer to return. He is completely droppable.

Walcott (Arsenal) LMF (This Weekend): This could be the week we see him return even only in a limited form as a substitute. This is what you have stashed him for but just give it one more week until it is more likely he starts.


Out of This World

Players Team Opponent YTD
Aguero Man City West Ham 56


Top 5 Options

Welbeck Arsenal Sunderland 26
Lukaku Everton Burnley 33
Pelle Southampton Stoke 54


Top 10 Options

Jelavic Hull Liverpool 31
Dzeko Man City West Ham 26
v.Persie Man Utd Chelsea 22
Sakho West Ham Man City 41


Must Starts

Benteke Aston Villa QPR 3
Campbell Crystal Palace West Brom 28
Naismith Everton Burnley 36
A.Hernanez Hull Liverpool 22
Balotelli Liverpool Hull 16
Falcao Man Utd Chelsea 19
Cisse Newcastle Tottenham 30
Bony Swansea Leicester 22
Berahino West Brom Crystal Palace 45
Ulloa Leicester Swansea 41
Valencia West Ham Man City 25
Adebayor Tottenham Newcastle 26



Flex Options

Agbonlahor Aston Villa QPR 25
Jutkiewicz Burnley Everton 19
Ings Burnley Everton 8
Austin QPR Aston Villa 25
Vargas QPR Aston Villa 20
Crouch Stoke Southampton 30


Deeper Flex Option

Weimann Aston Villa QPR 30
Vardy Leicester Swansea 30
Nugent Leicester Swansea 17
Diouf Stoke Southampton 20
Wickham Sunderland Arsenal 23
Fletcher Sunderland Arsenal 24


Question Marks with Top 5 Upside

Costa Chelsea Man Utd 54
Jovetic Man City West Ham 18


Question Marks with Top 20 Upside

Remy Chelsea Man Utd 12
Solanke Chelsea Man Utd 0
Drogba Chelsea Man Utd 5
Gayle Crystal Palace West Brom 11
Chamakh Crystal Palace West Brom 14
Eto’o Everton Burnley 8
Lambert Liverpool Hull 10
Riviere Newcastle Tottenham 15
Gomis Swansea Leicester 8
Kane Tottenham Newcastle 5
Soldado Tottenham Newcastle 4
Zarate West Ham Man City 15
Cole West Ham Man City 16


Questions Marks with Low Ceiling

Ayoze Newcastle Tottenham 7
Zamora QPR Aston Villa 8
Long Southampton Stoke 11
Mayuka Southampton Stoke 1
Emnes Swansea Leicester 3
Samaras West Brom Crystal Palace 3
Anichebe West Brom Crystal Palace 7
Ideye West Brom Crystal Palace 5
Vaz Te West Ham Man City 5
Barnes Burnley Everton 8
Sordell Burnley Everton 6




Diego Costa (Chelsea) Hamstring (50%): Every game without Costa will hurt fantasy owners deeply but there isn’t anything you can do but sit wait and hope.

Jelavic (Hull) Knee (This Weekend): Should come back this week after tweaking his knee in warm ups last week. Has been on fire this year so I expect him to get at least half an hour.

Rooney (Man United) Suspended (2nd November): Not much you can do but wait and hope Mata keeps failing to dominate so he doesn’t keep the space.

Riviere (Newcastle) Knock (This Weekend): Cisse has been on fire lately meaning I expect nothing more than a bench spot for Riviere and therefore is not worth starting.

Zarate (West Ham) Knock (75%): Stunningly West Ham have a number of options so I am expecting him to sit on the bench making him tough to start this week.

Remy (Chelsea) Muscle (50%): Tweaked his groin mid-week and for fantasy owners that is a massive disaster. With Costa potentially out Remy would be a must start but with this doubt it leaves no Chelsea striker a must start and that is a massive shame!

Sturridge (Liverpool) Calf (1st November): This is starting to get messy for Liverpool and they need him back. Fantasy owners will hope he is back next week but I cannot see Rodgers rushing him back so it may be a couple of weeks until he is usable.

Giroud (Arsenal) Ankle (10th January): I still expect him to have plenty of value when he returns so hold onto him because if he is a free agent then someone will be willing to stash him.

Rodriguez (Southampton) Knee (6th December): You have held him this long so you just need to wait six more weeks! One small issue is that Pelle has been amazing and if that continues then Southampton have no reason to rush Rodriguez back which will hurt fantasy owners who have used that space to store him. That said he is too good to drop!

Week 9 is sure to be exciting kicking off on Saturday with Man City visiting Upton Park and reaching a crescendo with the massive matchup between Chelsea and Man United at Old Trafford. If you have any questions about line-ups or injury developments then leave a comment below or contact me on twitter.


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