Gameweek 10 Rankings: Caution Advised Over Walcott Return

If you own Theo Walcott then this is the great news you have been waiting for, but unfortunately this still isn’t the week to throw him into your starting lineup. Arsene Wenger knows just how important his English dynamo is and therefore he will not rush Walcott back into the starting XI. You should follow his lead and just be patient for one more week because chances are Walcott is going to deliver a week where he scores one or zero points and you can find better than that on the waiver wire to start this week.

On the goalkeeper front, seeing Courtois and Szczesny in the elite tier will surprise no one but there may be plenty of questions why Lloris and Forster don’t deserve more respect this week. I struggle to trust that Tottenham defence right now and Southampton still hold a little fear for me as Hull have scored a few goals this year.

Chelsea and Southampton have the best defensive match ups this week but as usual the attacking threats of Seamus Coleman and Leighton Baines keep them in the top tier.

The Elite tier of the midfield group is fast shrinking as it now down to only four sure things. Silva, Ramsey and Toure have all struggled this year and Sterling’s apparent frailty worry me enough to not have him top tier. That all said, three of them are still top 20 options for me and you will have to see who that is below.

Diego Costa’s expected return sees him join Sergio Agüero in the top tier with Romelu Lukaku and Graziano Pelle right behind them. Diafra Sakho leaps up to the third tier even though he has a slight injury concern, with Radamel Falcao and Wayne Rooney expected to play this week, given it’s the Manchester Derby.

As always, I have touched on some injuries I feel are important at each position with advice on how you should treat them going forward.



Names Team Opponent YTD
Szczesny Arsenal Burnley 25
Courtois Chelsea QPR 29


Must Start

Mignolet Liverpool Newcastle 29
Forster Southampton Hull 39
Lloris Tottenham Aston Villa 40
Hart Man City Man Utd 31


Strong Match Ups

Fabianski Swansea Everton 35
Foster West Brom Leicester 25
Adrian West Ham Stoke 24


Decent Match Ups

Begovic Stoke West Ham 27
Guzan Aston Villa Tottenham 29
Speroni Crystal Palace Sunderland 30
Howard Everton Swansea 20
Jakupovic Hull Southampton 9
Krul Newcastle Liverpool 23
Mannone Sunderland Crystal Palace 29


Bad Match Ups

Heaton Burnley Arsenal 30
Schmeichel Leicester West Brom 15
De Gea Man Utd Man City 31


Horrific Match Up and A Potential Deep Shot

Green QPR Chelsea 27
Hennessey Crystal Palace Sunderland 0



Speroni (Crystal Palace) Head (75%): You can never be too careful with head injuries so while it is a semi-decent match up if you have another option I would go with him.

McGregor (Hull) Shoulder (22nd Nov): Droppable in all leagues

Harper (Hull) Arm (Unknown): Definitely should not be owned.




Names Team Opponent YTD
Ivanovic Chelsea QPR 45
Baines Everton Swansea 51
Coleman Everton Swansea 29
Clyne Southampton Hull 49
Bertrand Southampton Hull 49


Near Elite

Cahill Chelsea QPR 26
Terry Chelsea QPR 26
Luis Chelsea QPR 4
Fonte Southampton Hull 43
Alderweield Southampton Hull 22


Must Start Options

Mertesacker Arsenal Burnley 24
Gibbs Arsenal Burnley 20
Chambers Arsenal Burnley 23
Jagielka Everton Swansea 37


Solid Match Up

Moreno Liverpool Newcastle 27
Skrtel Liverpool Newcastle 18
Lovren Liverpool Newcastle 24
Manquillo Liverpool Newcastle 19
Kompany Man City Man Utd 23
Mangala Man City Man Utd 7
Williams Swansea Everton 34
Rangel Swansea Everton 26
Taylor Swansea Everton 32
Wisdom West Brom Leicester 28
Dawson West Brom Leicester 29
Pocognoli West Brom Leicester 19
Lescott West Brom Leicester 15
Creswell West Ham Stoke 25
Reid West Ham Stoke 23
Jenkinson West Ham Stoke 15
Collins West Ham Stoke 4


Decent Match Up

Alcaraz Everton Swansea 8
Shawcross Stoke West Ham 32
Wilson Stoke West Ham 26
Pieters Stoke West Ham 22
J.Ward Crystal Palace Sunderland 19
Kelly Crystal Palace Sunderland 15
Janmaat Newcastle Liverpool 27
Coloccini Newcastle Liverpool 22
Dummett Newcastle Liverpool 22


Question Marks with High Upside

Monreal Arsenal Burnley 18
Zabaleta Man City Man Utd 14
Clichy Man City Man Utd 15
Kolarov Man City Man Utd 19
Demichellis Man City Man Utd 19
Sagna Man City Man Utd 5
Kaboul Tottenham Aston Villa 26
Rose Tottenham Aston Villa 25
Vertonghen Tottenham Aston Villa 17
Dier Tottenham Aston Villa 34
Davies Tottenham Aston Villa 1
Naughton Tottenham Aston Villa 1
Fazio Tottenham Aston Villa -3



Azpilicueta  (Chelsea) Suspended (8th Nov): You have to hold onto him but be worried because Luis has done nothing wrong and Azpilicueta may struggle to get his spot back.

Dann (Crystal Palace) Knee (50%): A semi-decent match up against Sunderland but right now it doesn’t look like they will risk him.

Bardsley (Stoke) Suspended (9th Nov): Worth holding onto as Stoke have been the third best defence so far this year.

Robertson (Hull) Knee (50%): In a game against Southampton he isn’t worth the risk frankly

Hutton (Aston Villa) Ankle (75%): I expect him this week but I don’t like the match up

Senderos (Aston Villa) Thigh (50%): I don’t expect him this week

Koscielny (Arsenal) Achilles (22nd Nov): A top end option that I think you have to hold onto. There are rumors he may be replaced in January so when he comes back may be a good time to sell.

Gibbs (Arsenal) Hip (75%): I expect him this week and it is a good match up so go ahead and start him

Tomkins (West Ham) Thigh (75%): A decent match up against low scoring Stoke but after their recent form I don’t see him walking back into the team.

Fernandez (Swansea) Suspended (29th Nov): Real bad timing with Amat returning. By the time he is available Amat may have that position next to Williams solidified.

Williamson (Newcastle) Knock (75%): With Taylor struggling this week Williamson has a chance to return. However, the matchup isn’t great so I would stay away.

Jones (Man U) Shin (75%): A real up and down season injury wise. You don’t want to risk him with Man City this week.

Evans (Man U) Ankle (This Weekend): See above

Amat (Swansea) Knee (This Weekend): With Fernandez suspended he can walk back into the team this weekend. Not a great matchup though so do not put too much stock into him.

Stones (Everton) Ankle (Unknown): Out until 2015 and that makes him droppable to me

Baker (Aston Villa) Hamstring (75%): You aren’t starting him with the run Villa are on and you shouldn’t really own him.

Dawson (Hull) Ankle (29th Nov): Droppable

Sakho (Liverpool) Thigh (This Weekend): Not sure he displaces Lovren or Skrtel so I wouldn’t gamble on him this week.

Debuchy (Arsenal) Ankle (27th December): Arsenal’s defence doesn’t look great so I am downgrading him to droppable if you need to make a move.

S.Taylor (Newcastle) Knock (75%): Has formed a good partnership with Coloccini the last two weeks and would be odds on to start. However, I am not keen on this match up so I would sit him if I can get a replacement.

Tiendalli (Swansea) Groin (This Weekend): With Amat returning and Fernandez suspended there may be some reshuffling across that line. Even so I cannot see him being leaned on here.




Player Team Opponent YTD
Sanchez Arsenal Burnley 54
Fabregas Chelsea QPR 55
Hazard Chelsea QPR 44
Di Maria Man Utd Man City 50


Near Elite

Oscar Chelsea QPR 36
Sterling Liverpool Newcastle 49
Gerrard Liverpool Newcastle 41
Sigurdsson Swansea Everton 52
Chadli Tottenham Aston Villa 46


#2 Starter

Ramsey Arsenal Burnley 31
Cazorla Arsenal Burnley 17
Willian Chelsea QPR 30
Barkley Everton Swansea 7
Henderson Liverpool Newcastle 36
A.Johnson Sunderland Crystal Palace 22
Routledge Swansea Everton 36
Eriksen Tottenham Aston Villa 44
Downing West Ham Stoke 41


Solid #3’s

Puncheon Crystal Palace Sunderland 29
Jedinak Crystal Palace Sunderland 38
Diame Hull Southampton 41
Lallana Liverpool Newcastle 19
Tadic Southampton Hull 51
Moses Stoke West Ham 27
Larsson Sunderland Crystal Palace 31
Dyer Swansea Everton 38
Lamela Tottenham Aston Villa 27
Brunt West Brom Leicester 37


Top End Flex Options

Chamberlain Arsenal Burnley 23
Boyd Burnley Arsenal 19
Arfield Burnley Arsenal 27
Matic Chelsea QPR 30
Bolasie Crystal Palace Sunderland 29
Pienaar Everton Swansea 13
Schneiderlin Southampton Hull 42
Herrera Man Utd Man City 24


Low End Flex Option

Jones Burnley Arsenal 17
Elmohamady Hull Southampton 27
Huddlestone Hull Southampton 25
Livermore Hull Southampton 22
Toure Man City Man Utd 22
Blind Man Utd Man City 19
Fellaini Man Utd Man City 14
Gouffran Newcastle Liverpool 23
Colback Newcastle Liverpool 20
Kranjcar QPR Chelsea 16
Fer QPR Chelsea 24
Wanyama Southampton Hull 26
Cork Southampton Hull 25
Davis Southampton Hull 23
N’Zonzi Stoke West Ham 19
Ki Swansea Everton 27
Shelvey Swansea Everton 22
Dorrans West Brom Leicester 31
Amalfitano West Ham Stoke 21
Noble West Ham Stoke 26


Question Marks with High Upside

Walcott Arsenal Burnley 0
Schurrle Chelsea QPR 22
Ramires Chelsea QPR 20
Ben Arfa Hull Southampton 6
Coutinho Liverpool Newcastle 14
Can Liverpool Newcastle 7
Milner Man City Man Utd 23
Lampard Man City Man Utd 20
Navas Man City Man Utd 22
Nasri Man City Man Utd 12
Mata Man Utd Man City 33
Januzaj Man Utd Man City 10
Aarons Newcastle Liverpool 9
Mane Southampton Hull 23
Adam Stoke West Ham 27
Montero Swansea Everton 14



Silva (Man City) Knee (75%): It appears Silva has been ruled out this week and should be benched across all leagues

Ozil (Arsenal) Knee (Unknown): You have to hold him for his potential when he returns

Mane (Southampton) Ankle (75%): Has been hot lately so I would start him looking for the high upside.

Toure (Man City) Knock (75%): Chances he may get rested this week looking forward for City. However, I am losing faith in him rapidly here as his role is changing.

Ramires (Chelsea) Knee (75%): I expect him to be available but Willian has done such a good job I don’t see him walking back into the team.

Mirallas (Everton) Hamstring (22nd Nov): Mirallas is a really good player and well worth waiting for him to return.

Delph (Aston Villa) Shoulder Dislocation (Unknown): Not explosive enough to stash.

Ward-Prowse (Southampton) Foot (29th Nov): In this Southampton team he has real potential. I wouldn’t pick him up yet but he may be worth a speculative pick up in a couple of weeks.

McArthur (Crystal Palace) Muscle (50%): Not sure I see him being risked this week and even so he isn’t explosive enough to start.

Valencia (Man United) Hamstring (This Weekend): Not sure where his role is so he is pretty much unownable until a role forms.

Tiote (Newcastle) Knock (75%): There is a lot of competition with Aarons returning this week so he is another person who we need to see his role first.

Barton (QPR) Hamstring (This Weekend): He creates chances but QPR aren’t built to take those chances. If Austin or Vargas show some ability to finish consistently then Barton could because a solid week to week player.

de Jong (Newcastle) Thigh (Unknown): This absence is really killing my excitement for de Jong this year. I think he is droppable with their being no return date.



Out of This World

Players Team Opponent YTD
Costa Chelsea QPR 54
Aguero Man City Man Utd 58


Near Elite

Lukaku Everton Swansea 39
Pelle Southampton Hull 59


#1 Starters

Dzeko Man City Man Utd 27
v.Persie Man Utd Man City 28
Bony Swansea Everton 35
Adebayor Tottenham Aston Villa 35
Berahino West Brom Leicester 52
Sakho West Ham Stoke 49


#2 Options

Welbeck Arsenal Burnley 27
Benteke Aston Villa Tottenham 5
A.Hernanez Hull Southampton 24
Ulloa Leicester West Brom 43
Balotelli Liverpool Newcastle 17
Rooney Man Utd Man City 27
Cisse Newcastle Liverpool 30
Valencia West Ham Stoke 30


Low End #2/High End Flex Options

Agbonlahor Aston Villa Tottenham 27
Jutkiewicz Burnley Arsenal 24
Ings Burnley Arsenal 15
Campbell Crystal Palace Sunderland 30
Naismith Everton Swansea 37
Jovetic Man City Man Utd 19
Austin QPR Chelsea 38
Diouf Stoke West Ham 21


Low End Flex Options

Weimann Aston Villa Tottenham 31
Eto’o Everton Swansea 21
Vardy Leicester West Brom 32
Nugent Leicester West Brom 19
Vargas QPR Chelsea 25
Zamora QPR Chelsea 13
Wickham Sunderland Crystal Palace 23
Fletcher Sunderland Crystal Palace 25
Anichebe West Brom Leicester 18


Question Marks with Upside

Drogba Chelsea QPR 13
Gayle Crystal Palace Sunderland 11
Chamakh Crystal Palace Sunderland 16
Sturridge Liverpool Newcastle 10
Riviere Newcastle Liverpool 15
Kane Tottenham Aston Villa 6
Zarate West Ham Stoke 15
Carroll West Ham Stoke 0


Question Marks with Limited Upside

Bent Aston Villa Tottenham 5
Barnes Burnley Arsenal 8
Sordell Burnley Arsenal 7
Solanke Chelsea QPR 0
Lambert Liverpool Newcastle 11
Ayoze Newcastle Liverpool 15
Long Southampton Hull 11
Mayuka Southampton Hull 1
Altidore Sunderland Crystal Palace 5
Gomis Swansea Everton 9
Soldado Tottenham Aston Villa 5
Samaras West Brom Leicester 3
Cole West Ham Stoke 17



Costa (Chelsea) Hamstring (75%): I am expecting him this week and I LOVE the match up!

Sakho (West Ham) Shoulder (50%): He has been the most in form striker lately and I think with just a shoulder injury they risk him so I would start him.

Crouch (Stoke) Suspended (9th Nov): His job isn’t really at risk so other than the one week inconvenience there is no move to make here

Jelavic (Hull) Knee (29th Nov): This is immensely frustrating but at least we know he is definitely out for a few week so you can bench him without worrying.

Cisse (Newcastle) Knee (75%): His form pre injury was very good and I expect them to put him back in.

Rooney (Man United) Foot (75%): As their captain I would be stunned if he doesn’t walk back in but this foot injury may be their way around returning him. You should be nervous but ultimately in a really big game he will have a role and he usually makes some impact.

Fletcher (Sunderland) Knock (75%): Has been a consistent feature but hasn’t lit up the world. Probably worth leaving alone this week.

Falcao (Man United) Knock (75%): Has been ruled out so go ahead and bench him

Zarate (West Ham) Knock (75%): They have clicked the last couple of weeks so he may feature of the bench rather than start meaning he isn’t a top option.

Riviere (Newcastle) Knock (50%): Unlikely he plays if Cisse is healthier

Remy (Chelsea) Muscle (8th Nov): It’s a shame given the opportunity he had with Costa not fully fit and Drogba being old now

Sturridge (Man United) Calf (1st Nov): My god they need him badly so I expect a big role for him.

Giroud (Arsenal) Ankle (10th Jan): Until Welbeck lights the world on fire Giroud has a solid role when he returns making him worth the stash.

Rodriguez (Southampton) Knee (6th Dec): People will be looking into him soon so it might be worth picking him up or trying to trade for him.

Carroll (West Ham) Ankle (75%): Can see him featuring off the bench but nothing more initially because they have been doing so well lately.

As always, if there is anything specific you would like answered then hit me up on twitter and I will try to help you win this week!



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