Tuesday August 18
Today's headlines include Jordan Henderson's injury status, West Ham's appeal of Adrian's red card, transfer updates on Pedro, Kevin de Bruyne, Saido Berahino, and more after the jump!
Monday August 17
Liverpool comes into this match with the same lineup as last week. Mings and Distin are on the bench to start the match for Bournemouth.
Liverpool: Mignolet, Gomez, Skrtel, Lovren, Clyne, Henderson, Milner, Lallana, Coutinho, Ibe, Benteke
Subs: Toure, Can, Origi, Bogdan, Moreno, Firmino, Ings
Bournemouth: Boruc, Francis, Elphick, Cook, Daniels, Ritchie, O'Kane, Surman, Gradel, King, Wilson
Subs: Federici, Smith, Distin, Mings, Gosling, Pugh, Tomlin
Sunday August 16
Alexis starts for Arsenal, although he will likely not play the full 90. Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain both listed as subs.
Crystal Palace: McCarthy, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare, Zaha, Cabaye, McArthur, Puncheon, Bolasie, Wickham
Subs: Hennessey, Mariappa, Jedinak, Mutch, Lee, Bamford, Murray
Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Ramsey, Cazorla, Ozil, Alexis, Giroud.
Subs: Ospina, Debuchy, Gibbs, Gabriel, Arteta, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain
Sergio Aguero gets the start today, although his fitness is still a question, may see Bony on for him in the second half. Navas also starting over Nasri today
Manchester City: Hart, Sagna, Kompany (C), Mangala, Kolarov, Yaya Toure, Fernandinho, Navas, Silva, Sterling, Aguero
Subs: Caballero, Zabaleta, Clichy, Nasri, Demichelis, Bony, Iheanacho
Chelsea: Begovic; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Hazard; Diego Costa
Subs: Blackman, Zouma, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Cuadrado, Falcao, Remy
Saturday August 15
Southampton: Only one change for Southampton this week: Shane Long starts at left wing, with Jay Rodriguez listed as a sub.
Everton: Arouna Kone gets the start on left wing for Kevin Mirallas, who took a knock in the Watford match. 19-year-old Brendan Galloway is in the starting XI at left back today. Tom Cleverley moves up to the right wing, with Barry and McCarthy as holding midfielders.
Southampton: Stekelenburg; Cedric, Yoshida, Fonte, Targett; Davis, Wanyama, Long, Mane, Tadic; Pelle
Subs: Gazzaniga, Rodriguez, Romeu, Martina, Ward-Prowse, Reed, Juanmi
Everton: Howard; Coleman, Stones, Jagielka, Galloway; Barry, McCarthy, Cleverley, Barkley, Kone; Lukaku
Subs: Robles, Mirallas, Naismith, Besic, Deulofeu, Osman, Browning
Tottenham: Hugo Lloris is back for Spurs this week. Dembele getting the start over Lamela for the second consecutive week.
Stoke: Charlie Adam listed as a sub today after earning the start last week.
Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier, Mason; Chadli, Dembele, Eriksen; Kane
Subs: Vorm, Rose, Trippier, Alli, Bentaleb, Carroll, Lamela
Stoke: Butland; Johnson, Cameron, Muniesa, Pieters; Whelan, van Ginkel; Walters, Afellay, Arnautovic; Diouf
Subs: Given, Ireland, Joselu, Adam, Sidwell, Crouch, Wollscheid
Sunderland: No Adam Johnson this week after a shoulder injury suffered in training will keep him out for several weeks.
Norwich: Jerome and Redmond amongst the Starting XI today as Norwich shuffle their lineup in GW2.
Sunderland: Pantilimon, Jones, Kaboul, Coates, van Aanholt, Cattermole, Larsson, M’Vila, Defoe, Lens, Fletcher.
Subs: Mannone, Bridcutt, Rodwell, Watmore, Matthews, O'Shea, Graham
Norwich: Ruddy; Whittaker, Martin, Bassong, Brady; Redmond, Tettey, Dorrans, Howson; Hoolahan; Jerome.
Subs: Rudd, Wisdom, Johnson, Grabban, Hooper, R Bennett, O'Neil
Swansea: Jack Cork starting with Ki Sung Yueng ruled out due to last week's injury
Newcastle: Steve McClaren going with the same lineup that earned a 2-2 draw last week against Southampton
Swansea: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Cork, Shelvey, Sigurdsson, Ayew, Montero, Gomis.
Subs: Nordfeldt, Rangel, Bartley, Britton, Routledge, Dyer, Eder.
Newcastle: Krul; Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Haidara; Anita, Colback, Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Obertan; Cisse.
Subs: Darlow, Williamson, Taylor, Tiote, Perez, Aarons, Mitrovic
Watford: Odion Ighalo getting the start today after being held out of the first XI last week due to injury
West Brom: Rickie Lambert and Saido Berahino both listed as forwards in today's match
Watford: Gomes; Nyom, Cathcart, Prödl, Anya; Behrami, Capoue; Ighalo, Jurado, Layun; Deeney
Subs: Gilmartin, Angella, Holebas, Watson, Berghuis, Abdi, Vydra
West Brom: Myhill, Dawson, McAuley, Olsson, Brunt, Gardner, Fletcher, Yacob, Morrison, Berahino, Lambert.
Subs: Rose, Chester, Lescott, McClean, McManaman, Anichebe, Rondon
West Ham: Jenkinson replaces Tomkins in the XI today, no other changes to the Hammers lineup
Leicester: Vardy gets the nod ahead of Ulloa to spearhead the potent Leicester attack
West Ham: Adrian, Jenkinson, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Oxford, Kouyate, Noble, Payet, Sakho, Zarate
Subs: Randolph, Nolan, Tomkins, Jarvis, Obiang, Maiga, Lanzini
Leicester: Schmeichel, de Laet, Drinkwater, Morgan, Huth, Vardy, King, Albrighton, Schlupp, Okazaki, Mahrez
Subs: Hammond, Kante, Kramaric, Ulloa, Fuchs, Benalouane, Maddison
Friday August 14
Aston Villa: Tim Sherwood using the same lineup and formation as last match - likely to see last week's winning goal scorer Rudy Gestede off the bench in the second half.
Manchester United: Sergio Romero starts at goalkeeper again this week, Adnan Januzaj replaces Ashley along the left wing. Rest of the lineup remains the same as last week, looks to be a 4-2-3-1 again.
Aston Villa: Guzan; Bacuna, Richards, Clark, Amavi; Veretout, Gueye, Westwood, Ayew, Sinclair; Agbonlahor
Subs: Bunn, Baker, Hutton, Sanchez, Kozak, Gestede, Richardson
Manchester United: Romero; Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Shaw; Carrick, Schneiderlin, Memphis, Mata, Januzaj; Rooney
Subs: Johnstone, Valencia, McNair, Schweinsteiger, Herrera, Young, Chicharito
Friday August 14
Lastly, here are our GW2 Forward picks. This will be slightly abbreviated, given that the first match of the week begins a day early at 19:45 GMT+1.
The below rankings take into account several factors, including GW2 matchups, form, value (relative to their price), fitness levels and their upcoming fixtures from now until the end of September.
Thursday August 13
Now that we've ranked our top goalkeepers & defenders, it's time to move on to the midfielders, who had a rough go of it in Gameweek 1. Of the twenty most-owned midfielders, only four of them scored more than 3 fantasy points in GW1. Now that number may seem surprising considering many fantasy experts had pegged this season to be a strong one for midfielders in terms of fantasy production; however, managers would do well to remember that often times goals/assists from midfielders will come from the run of play. At the start of the season, teams are still very rusty and familiarizing themselves with their own roles and that of their teammates, so it makes sense that midfielders numbers would lag behind a bit early on in the season.
With the above in mind, it's important to note that there are still some very favorable matchups for midfielders over the next several weeks and should garner quite a few points for fantasy managers, regardless of how early in the campaign we are. Below are our up-to-date rankings for fantasy midfielders, which not only take into account their GW2 matchups, but also their value (relative to their price), fitness levels and their upcoming fixtures from now until the end of September.
Wednesday August 12
With Gameweek 2 coming up in a couple of days, it's time to revisit those goalkeepers and defenders. As we mentioned in our Gameweek In Review piece, we certainly don't want to go crazy and completely and overhaul our our entire rosters; however, should one of your players have unexpectedly come into the season as a substitute (David De Gea) or in a role that is different than anticipated and would reduce their fantasy value, swapping them out should be a priority in the next week or two before they experience significant price drops. So without further ado, allow me to present you with our Top Goalkeeper & Defender picks for this gameweek... and if you have some players in mind that you think should be on the list, shout them out in the comments section below!
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