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Southampton have signed Romanian defender Florin Gardos as a replacement for Dejan Lovren.

Gardos has joined Southampton on a four-year deal. The 25 year old is an experienced defender who can provide an immediate replacement for Lovren. Southampton's squad has definitely lost an edge from last season but the new signings they've brought in should keep the club competitive for another top ten finish. Gardos possesses a lot of quality and could be a great fantasy choice if he's prized well in the Yahoo! game. Maya Yoshida is the one likely to lose his starting spot.
Source: Sky Sports
Thu, Aug 14, 2014 04:45:00 PM

Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner revealed striker Nahki Wells is expected to miss five to seven weeks following an ankle operation.

Wells was not expected to feature against Newcastle United, as the former club record £1.3m signing underwent surgery early this month to have a screw removed from his ankle. Speaking on Wells' status ahead of Sunday's clash at the John Smiths' Stadium, Wagner confirmed the striker had his stitches out on Thursday and won't likely be ready until sometime around the second international break (October 2-10). With first-choice striker Steve Mounie coming off a brace against Crystal Palace and Collin Quaner having faired well off the substitute's bench, the absence of the Bermuda international is nothing more than a slight knock to the frontline depth. When Wells does return, he will face big competition from Quaner and Laurent Depoitre for a place in the first team.
Aug 18 - 12:17 PM

Huddersfield Town defender Martin Cranie has been ruled out of Sunday's match with Newcastle and isn't expected to return until after the international break.

The 30-year-old was held out of the season opener against Crystal Palace last weekend with a hip flexor, which manager David Wagner says will force him to miss another four weeks. While Cranie was not expected to challenge for a place in the starting XI, his extended absence leaves the Terriers thin for depth at right-back. This means the backup right-back role will now be held by midfielder Danny Williams, who featured off the bench in relief of captain Tommy Smith in the 3-0 victory at Selhurst Park.
Aug 18 - 12:37 PM

Pedro remains in doubt for Sunday's match with Tottenham after he reported pain in his ankle during training on Friday.

The Spanish attacker missed out on the 3-2 defeat by Burnley last weekend with an ankle knock and had hoped to make his season debut at Wembley this Sunday. However, the 30-year-old will likely miss out again having experienced discomfort in his ankle when he trained on Friday. Pedro's absence should see Willian retain his place in the starting XI alongside either Michy Batshuayi or Jeremie Boga. Meanwhile, Alvaro Morata is expected to make his first Premier League start.
Aug 18 - 1:25 PM

With Daryl Janmaat out 2-3 weeks with a groin injury, Kiko will likely be thrust into the starting role after deputizing in Week 1 after the Dutch international's injury.

I wouldn't expect a great deal fantasy-wise from Kiko but he is a starter who is likely available in almost all draft leagues. The opposition for the Hornets in Week 2, Bournemouth, isn't a walk-over by any means but if you believe that Marco Silva will get better results than his predecessors then a road win against a Cherries side that didn't look great in Week 1 against West Brom isn't out of the realm of possibility.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 18 - 1:34 PM

After bringing in former big name prospect Jese from PSG, Mark Hughes will have to decide if he will feature from the bench or get a start in his first week with the team.

Given the lack of production that Stoke City got from their forwards last weekend, it wouldn't be surprising to see Hughes role the dice and start the former Real Madrid trainee against the Gunners. It certainly isn't a great idea to count on Jese to start or be productive given the lack of chances created by the rest of Potters last weekend against the Toffees but if you need a forward in a draft format then he's worth a punt.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 18 - 1:37 PM

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has revealed that Tiemoue Bakayoko could be available for Chelsea's match against Tottenham at Wembley.

Bakayoko has not featured for the senior side since joining from Monaco this summer due to a knee operation, but could be rushed into action this weekend with Cesc Fabregas suspended. The absence of Fabregas leaves just one natural option in central midfielder, N'Golo Kante, which Conte admitted could force him to include Bakayoko in his matchday squad: "The only worry is when you try to put players in very soon, the risk to have another injury is high, this is my worry. But we have to face this situation and we have to take some risks." Though the French international isn't fully fit, he could potentially feature as a sub or in the starting XI. Should Conte opt against risking his £40m signing, David Luiz or Andreas Christensen could start alongside Kante.
Aug 18 - 1:40 PM

Jonny Evans is suffering from a hamstring issue and will likely miss Albion's trip to Turf Moor in Week 2.

With Evans likely out and Gareth McAuley still recovering as well, Ahmed Hegazi will almost certainly join Craig Dawson in the center of defense for Tony Pulis' side at Turf Moor in Week 2. If the rumors of Evans' move to the Etihad come to fruition then both players, Evans and Hegazi, could see their fantasy value rise with Hegazi potentially graduating to presumed starter while Evans would be likely to see more clean sheets at the Etihad than at the Hawthorns.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 18 - 1:42 PM

With Jonny Evans and Gareth McAuley both ailing and doubtful for Week 2, Ahmed Hegazi is a solid bet as a fill-in for Week 2 but if the transfer rumors are to be believed, he could be more than that.

It is hardly a sure thing but Week 1's surprise scorer for West Brom could be set to see his value rise significantly. With rumors circling around a second Manchester City bid for Jonny Evans after a first was rejected and Gareth McAuley starting the season gimpy and 37-years-old, Ahmed Hegazi could move quickly from unknown to Premier League starter. He isn't likely to be a regular scorer but he could be in the middle of a significant number of clean sheets and his peripheral stats (10 clearances, 4 Aerial Duels Won, 2 Shots on Target, and a Chance Created) speak to a great all-around Premier League debut rather than just a fluky goal. One to watch for sure if he hasn't already been snapped up in your league.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 18 - 1:46 PM

Gareth Barry is eligible to play for Tony Pulis this weekend and is likely to be given his first action as either a starter or a substitute.

Tony Pulis loves a veteran Premier League campaigner and that's exactly what he has in Gareth Barry. With a Darren Fletcher-sized hole at the base of his midfield, there is certainly room for Barry to step in and partner Jake Livermore in providing a wall in front of the defense as well as initiating the attack. Don't expect Barry to provide much in the way of points in the Premier League's scoring format but he could be more interesting in a format that rewards peripheral contributions more directly.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 18 - 1:49 PM

Eden Hazard played in a match against QPR at Chelsea's training ground on Thursday, but manager Antonio Conte isn't expected to risk the playmaker against Tottenham on Sunday.

While Tiemoue Bakayoko could be in the mix this weekend, Conte appears set to take a difference stance with Hazard. The Belgian international just recently returned to full training in his bid to recover from an ankle fracture and, though he wasn't technically ruled out of the Week 2 affair at Wembley, doesn't appear to be in Conte's game plan. This means Alvaro Morata will lead the attack, with Willian and Michy Batshuayi most likely in support against Spurs. Conte added: "Hazard is improving but to be fully fit he needs time. We must have patience with him and try to do the best for him."
Aug 18 - 2:05 PM

Danny Drinkwater (thigh) and Vicente Iborra (groin) have been ruled out for Saturday's match against Brighton and Hove Albion.

Drinkwater and Iborra will both miss their second successive match after being held out of Leicester's Premier League opener against Arsenal last week. Foxes manager Craig Shakespeare told the media on Friday that Drinkwater trained today but hasn't made enough progress to be included in the squad, while Iborra is expected to return to training next week and could be available to face Manchester United (Week 3). Matty James will be in contention to make his second straight start alongside Wilfred Ndidi in central midfield, while Daniel Amartey and Andy King could see minutes off the bench. Fantasy-wise, Ndidi and James offer sleeper value as differential plays.
Aug 18 - 2:25 PM





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