I will be working on bringing a new segment each week focusing on Premier League Fantasy tips. This will include some players, teams, and matchups to look at as well as some of the key players that will be suspended or injured for each week.
There are many different fantasy leagues out there for fans of the EPL. Some of these include ESPN’s Premier Fantasy, the official Premier League.com’s fantasy league, and the Daily Mail fantasy league. These are all available for Premier League fans around the world.
Many of these leagues have differing rules and the values of players does fluctuate depending on which fantasy league that you are playing in. There are also various rules about how many transfers you can make and whether or not making a transfer has any additional penalty to it. For the purpose of this post I will be using ESPN’s Premier Fantasy league as a guide point. I will also be making the assumption that your league either has no penalty, or you are not so concerned with making transfers and changes to your team.
For the second week of the season there are some good matchups out there for the weekend as outlined in my Premier League Previews. Some teams to look at for possible defensive additions include Manchester City, Stoke City, Everton and Norwich City. These are teams that I have predicted wins for this weekend and should be the best bets for clean sheets.
For goalkeepers look to Joe Hart or Asmir Begovic to be able to keep clean sheets and do well. Defensively there are several good buys out there including Jan Vertonghen with Tottenham who is both a solid defender and a threat to score. In that same vein are Everton’s Leighton Baines and Manchester City’s Pablo Zabaleta.
For some solid defending you can look to Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross, who would also be a bargain buy in most leagues. Norwich City’s Michael Turner is a quality budget buy as well.
Some of the teams to look at for goals include Liverpool, Aston Villa, Southampton, Everton, and Manchester City. In midfield some good players to look at would be Manchester City’s David Silva who had a good first week and is always in and around the goals. Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho could have a break out week along with Everton’s Kevin Mirallas and Norwich’s Nathan Redmond.
Up front there are several quality strikers to look at especially the two with Aston Villa; Christian Benteke and Andreas Weimann. Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero is always a world class choice. Rickie Lambert could be one of the best budge purchases in this season and could also have a very good weekend against Sunderland.
For this weekend I would not recommend picking up players from Manchester United or Chelsea since that is a match that won’t have a whole lot of goals in it. The same could be said for Tottenham v Swansea while Fulham v Arsenal is one of those matches that could go either way.
Injuries and Suspensions:
For week 2 there are several players that are out through injury or suspension and several more that are questionable.
Arsenal: Koscielny: 1 match ban for his 2 yellow cards
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: out for 6-12 weeks
Mikel Arteta: out till late September
Thomas Vermaelen: out till late September
Diaby: out indefinitely
Aston Villa: Nathan Baker: questionable; ankle injury
Ciaran Clark: questionable; head injury
Chris Herd: questionable; calf injury
Charles N’Zogbia: out indefinitely following surgery
Chelsea: David Luiz: questionable; hamstring injury
Crystal Palace: Yannick Bolasie: out indefinitely: hamstring
Glenn Murray: out till October/November; knee
Jonathan Parr: questionable; match fitness
Jerome Thomas: out till September; ankle injury
Everton: Antolin Alcaraz: out till September; hamstring
Sylvain Distin: questionable; knock
Darron Gibson: questionable; knee
Tony Hibber: questionable; knock
Fulham: Fernando Amorebieta: out till end of August; knock
Kieran Richardson: out till late September; hamstring
Maartin Stekelenburg: out till end of August; shoulder
Hull City: Faye: out till end of August; calf
Stephen Quinn: out till end of August/early September; hamstring
Liverpool: Sebastian Coates: out indefinitely with ACL knee surgery
Martin Skrtel: questionable; knee
Luis Suarez: serving 10 match ban; tentative return on 9/21
Manchester City: Stevan Jovetic: questionable; match fitness
Vincent Kompany: out at least a month; groin
Matija Nastasic: out till end of August/early September; ankle
Micah Richards: out till September; hamstring
Manchester United: Darren Fletcher: out indefinitely; illness
Javier Hernandez: out till September; thigh
Nani: out till September; knock
Nick Powell: out till September; leg
Rafael: out till mid-September; hamstring
Ashley Young: out till end of August/early September; knock
Newcastle United: Jonas Gutierrez: questionable; hamstring
Ryan Taylor: out indefinitely; knee
Loic Remy: out till end of August/early September; calf
Steven Taylor: out till 9/14 serving 3 match ban for red card
Davide Santon: questionable; hip
Michael Williamson: out till end of August/early September; knock
Norwich City: Elliott Bennett: out for several months; knee
Gary Hooper: out till end of August/early September; shin
Stoke City: Wilson Palacios: out till end of August/early September; illness
Brek Shea: out for several weeks; leg
Sunderland: Phillip Bardsley: out indefinitely; broken foot
Wes Brown: out till end of August/early September; knee
Lee Cattermole: questionable; knee
Steven Fletcher: questionable; ankle
Swansea City: Nathan Dyer: questionable; hamstring
Tottenham Hotspur: Gareth Bale: out till end of August/early September; foot
Lewis Holtby: out till end of August/early September; knee
West Bromwich Albion: Nicolas Anelka: out till September; compassionate leave
Zoltan Gera: out for the season; knee
Steven Reid: out till September; knock
George Thorne: out for up to 8 months; knee
West Ham United: Andy Carroll: out till mid-September; foot
George McCartney: questionable; knee
Put in your comments below if you have a great fantasy tip for the Premier League. Do you agree with my tips or have some injury updates to add? Feel free to leave your tips here.