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Winston Reid's ankle injury is more serious than first thought and the influential defender may well be out until next year.

West Ham may well have missed Reid in the 3-1 defeat at Norwich, but they will certainly miss him going forward. The Hammers were fortunate that James Collins returned from his own injury when he did.
Source: SkySports
Tue, Nov 12, 2013 04:34:00 PM

Alan Pardew indicated via Newcastle's Twitter feed that attacking midfielder Siem De Jong has been training all week and will be in the squad to face Aston Villa on Saturday.

Perhaps Pardew's most dynamic signing this summer, De Jong appears set to debut for his new club. Fantasy managers may want to see a start from the Dutchman before considering investment as being guaranteed by a manager to be "in the squad" doesn't necessarily mean he will start. Still, his presence should give a boost to Newcastle's attacking weapons going forward and the test against Villa should be monitored for potential Magpie prospects.
Aug 21 - 10:28 AM

Swansea's newest signing, Federico Fernandez, is a doubt to make his debut against Burnley this weekend, as he continues to wait for international clearance.

The old "international clearance" hurdle claims another potential victim. Fernandez will likely not feature this weekend, and considering the Swans got a positive result at Old Trafford last weekend, it may be in Garry Monk's best interests to reward Jordi Amat another start before Fernandez inevitably takes over.
Aug 21 - 10:44 AM

Mikel Arteta is awaiting the results of his scan after the Arsenal midfielder suffered an ankle injury during Tuesday night’s UEFA Champions League qualifying game against Besiktas.

Post-match Arsene Wenger revealed the player had "turned his ankle" and as the Spaniard hobbled through the press zone wearing a protective cast clearly in pain the initial prognosis did not look good. On Wednesday Arteta went for a scan to confirm the severity of the problem and dependent upon the results of those assessments the Arsenal coach could be forced to step-up his search for a replacement defensive midfielder. Recently linked to Cheick Tiote, Newcastle United have confirmed their Ivorian holding player is available having reportedly turned down an $12 million bid from Lokomotiv Moscow; although the transfer fee could prove to be a huge stumbling block with the Magpies holding out for around $20 million.
Aug 21 - 7:11 AM

Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko has signed a new four-year deal with the defending Premier League champions.

Dzeko was very nearly on his way out of the Etihad door towards the end of Roberto's Mancini's reign, but the striker has enjoyed working under Manuel Pellegrini and should play a key role for Manchester City as they look to defend their Premier League title. The 28-year-old joins Sergio Aguero, Samir Nasri, Aleksandar Kolarov, Vincent Kompany and David Silva in committing their futures to the club.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 21 - 7:58 AM

Newcastle United had a quiet fantasy day as expected in their loss to reigning champions Manchester City, but Remy Cabella was particularly disappointing given his over 15m price tag.

Committing two fouls and not registering a single shot on target is not conducive to the kind of fantasy production you would expect from a midfielder at Cabella's price. The weekend trip to Aston Villa should provide a kinder climate for Cabella to show us what he can do but for the money it takes to own him, he needs to show us something first.
Source: Yahoo Sports
Aug 20 - 8:53 PM

Queens Park Rangers continue to add Premier League experienced players to their promoted side, now having signed Leroy Fer from Norwich City for three years at a reported £8m.

The move is a good one for QPR and Fer alike. Fer is too talented to spend a year in the Championship and Rangers were in need of an upgrade in central midfield. The addition spells the end for Alejandro Faurlin as a regular with Fer slotting straight in to partner the enigmatic Joey Barton in the middle. Fer has goals in him, he scored one for the Dutch as a substitute in his very limited pitch time at World Cup 2014.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 20 - 1:40 PM

Given the overall disaster that was Manchester United's opening match, it's hard to get a strong sense of how good Herrera can be in reality or in fantasy this season.

By all accounts, Ander Herrera is a very good player. By those same accounts, Manchester United were a rotten team on Saturday. By the numbers, Herrera's debut was a bomb with the player scoring a mere two points in both the Yahoo and PL.com formats. Watching him actually play the match the best thing you could say about his performance was that United's midfield conspired to get worse when he was substituted out in the second half. It is probably worth waiting to see what United's team looks like after the transfer window closes and injured players return before writing Herrera off as a fantasy player.
Source: Yahoo.com
Aug 20 - 10:17 AM

Despite a rotten showing from his team, Phil Jones managed to score well for fantasy managers without the benefit of a clean sheet, goal or assist.

There are certainly worries all over the pitch for Manchester United supporters and fantasy managers who own United players alike but Phil Jones wasn't one of them in Week 1. He managed to fill the stat sheet with interceptions (4) and tackles (4) as well as being fouled by Swansea players (4 times). In the Yahoo format that led to 11 points which is a very solid performance for a defender on a losing team. The only immediate concern is whether the arrival of Marcos Rojo and return of Jonny Evans to full health will impact Jones' playing time. For the record, I don't think either will have an impact but we don't know what Louis Van Gaal thinks of his central defenders yet since he hasn't had enough where he's been able to show a preference.
Source: Yahoo.com
Aug 20 - 10:23 AM

Jack Wilshere rose above his history as a mediocre fantasy player to score well in the Yahoo format in Arsenal's season debut.

Likely a temporary member of the starting line-up until Mesut Ozil is ready to return, Jack Wilshere put up 11 fantasy points in the Yahoo format despite Arsenal's muted display against Crystal Palace on Saturday. The one-time "future of England" wasn't as productive in the PL.com format with only two points but the Yahoo focus on stats like Fouls Won (6), Shots on Target, Passes Intercepted, Corners Won, and Tackles Won (all one each) worked in Wilshere's favor. Ozil's return seems imminent and the opposition is tougher this weekend with Everton coming to town. Seems likely this was a one week wonder for Arsenal's smoking central midfielder.
Source: Yahoo.com
Aug 20 - 10:28 AM

Alexis Sanchez's competitive debut for Arsenal was a mixed bag depending on whether you are looking at it in the short term or long term.

Alexis Sanchez scored 9 points in the Yahoo format and 5 points in the PL.com format which are both solid results in the short term. The worry, especially in formats that lean on a lot of secondary statistics like successful crosses, shots on target, etc, is that the big driver of Sanchez's solid fantasy outing was an assist. While he did OK with some of the "phantom point" categories, he also committed five fouls which erased any good from his positive phantom points. That he avoided a yellow card was a bit of a miracle after committing five fouls. Definitely something to keep an eye on in future weeks.
Source: Yahoo.com
Aug 20 - 11:34 AM

Hull City left back Andrew Robertson continued his rocket ride up from the Scottish third division with a great fantasy debut in Week 1.

I'm pretty sure the Scottish third division is just a touch more competitive than most pub leagues but Andrew Robertson has risen quickly from those origins to being a first choice starter for Hull City in their Premier League season opener. The young left back picked up 14 points in the Yahoo format and 7 in the PL.com format on the strength of a blocked shot, 2 passes intercepted, 3 tackles won, and a successful cross. Hull aren't likely to pile up the clean sheets but the "phantom" stats and his low price in both formats as an unheralded new entrant to the league mean he will have some serious value potential for at least the next few weeks, longer in the PL.com format.
Source: Yahoo.com
Aug 20 - 11:58 AM




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