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After a humdrum opening half hour, Abel Hernandez made a splash in his debut scoring the opening goal for Hull City, but the Tigers would squander two leads and ended up settling for a 2-2 draw with West Ham United.

Steve Bruce handed Hernandez an immediate start and the debutant rewarded the manager in the 39th minute when he headed home a cross from Ahmed Elmohamady. Shortly thereafter, Hernandez nearly bagged a brace when he rattled an effort off the bar. From that point on, the match opened up and became an entertaining exchange between the sides. After West Ham equalized, their former asset from just a couple of weeks ago, Mohamed Diame, would put the Tigers ahead again. Unfortunately for them, a Diafra Sakho shot squirted past the keeper and off Curtis Davies for an own goal that would settle the eventual draw. Pablo Hernandez and Hatem Ben Arfa were both given their debuts in the second half off the bench, but Abel looks an intriguing fantasy option after showing a consistent, quality display of attacking.

Enner Valencia scored his first Premier League goal with a stunning strike from deep range and the Hammers erased two deficits to grab a point on the road in a 2-2 draw with Hull City.

After impressing on a global stage in this summer's World Cup, Valencia showed today just how dangerous and special he is. Down 1-0 in the 50th minute, he took a nonchalant pass from Stewart Downing, dribbled methodically to his right, then fired a 25 yard cannon into the top corner which could not have been struck any harder. An own goal by Hull's Curtis Davies would give the Hammers it's second equalizer as the two sides played to an exciting draw. It's pretty clear the path to scoring for West Ham right now is the link between Downing and Valencia. Both are viable fantasy options in plus matchups right now.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 15 - 5:00 PM

Allan McGregor made a spectacular save in the 35th minute against West Ham United to deny Enner Valencia a sure goal.

Enner Valencia had Allan McGregor dead to rights in a scramble in front of the goal. With McGregor moving from his left to his right, the Scottish goalkeeper was able to stick out a hand and poke Valencia's attempt away from danger. Given the angles involved it was a great bit of work to get enough power on the save to put it clear of danger but that's exactly what McGregor did.
Sep 15 - 3:48 PM

It was an ugly fantasy week for West Brom but the best of the bunch was Craig Gardner who has put together a surprisingly strong fantasy season so far.

Gardner managed to eek his way into the Week 4 Joel Ward All-stars team on the back of three passes intercepted and four tackles won. His total would have been higher had he not been shown a yellow card which dragged him down out of double digits. The real note here is that West Brom are close to being entirely fantasy irrelevant right now with Saido Berahino and Yousouf Mulumbu having put up the only two really remarkable weekly performances for the team thus far with neither having repeated their excellence in any of the Baggies' other matches.
Source: Yahoo.com
Sep 15 - 3:41 PM

Victor Moses gave one of the all-time performances for a fantasy player whose team neither scored a goal nor kept a clean sheet in Week 4.

Victor Moses was a fantasy stud on a day when Stoke City were shut out by visiting Leicester City. The Chelsea loanee was rampant from the wing with coming up with nine (9!) successful crosses, four corners won, five fouls won, three tackles won, and a pass intercepted. He scored 22 points in the Yahoo format without registering so much as a shot on target. Just a great effort at doing the little things that add up in fantasy on a day when there were no big chunks of points to be had.
Source: Yahoo.com
Sep 15 - 3:36 PM

Laurent Koscielny took the top spot on this week's Joel Ward All-stars with a stout defensive performance despite Arsenal giving up two goals to Manchester City.

The Arsenal central defender led the Premier League in Week 4 with a combination of nine passes intercepted and three tackles won. The performance certainly does credit to the French international's effort but also raises concerns about Arsenal's midfield that allowed enough to make it through to the defense that Koscielny could be that active. It is worth noting that Koscielny has consistently outperformed his central defensive partner Per Mertesacker in the sorts of secondary statistics like interceptions and tackles that count for fantasy purposes.
Source: Yahoo.com
Sep 15 - 3:29 PM

Aaron Ramsey continued to delivery great all-around performances for Arsenal with 16 point performance in the Yahoo format in Week 4.

It isn't hard for a midfielder to get an assist and still not come close to breaking double digit fantasy points in the Yahoo format. Ramsey didn't just get to double digits, he used a strong all-around performance with three passes intercepted and four tackles won in addition to a shot on target and an assist. There aren't many players who are going to get you two-way fantasy production these days.
Source: Yahoo.com
Sep 15 - 3:24 PM

Alexis Sanchez continued his strong start to his Arsenal career with his third goal in his last four matches across all competitions for Arsenal.

The Chilean attacker has been exactly what Arsene Wenger hoped he would be. He has brought pace, technique, tenacity, and goals to Arsenal's cause already in this young season. His spectacular volley for Arsenal's second goal was the biggest highlight of his Week 4 performance but his tracking back also saw him will a couple of tackles while also winning four fouls and getting a couple of shots on target. A strong all-around performance in fantasy and reality against top competition.
Source: Yahoo.com
Sep 15 - 3:20 PM

Daley Blind played to far better reviews in the real world than he did for his fantasy managers in Week 4.

Blind, playing in a holding midfield role in United's surprise 4-4-2 alignment, did a nice job of shielding the defense and initiating the attack but it certainly wasn't a performance filled with fantasy-relevant statistics. Unless your league tracks accurate passes (Blind had over 100) then there wasn't a great deal there. Blind will have more opportunities to make tackles and intercept passes when facing teams who attack more regularly than QPR did this week.
Source: Yahoo.com
Sep 15 - 3:13 PM

Marcos Rojo debuted for Manchester United playing at left back in a 4-4-2 and played his part in a clean sheet 4-0 win.

But for the presence of the clean sheet points, it wouldn't have been a scintillating debut from a fantasy point of view. With Angel di Maria in front of him taking on most of the attacking/crossing duties from the left and QPR attacking through the middle on the rare occasions they attacked there wasn't a great deal for Rojo to do. His fantasy potential will be greater if United revert to a 3-5-2 where he will have more chances to break up play.
Source: Yahoo.com
Sep 15 - 3:06 PM

Juan Mata didn't contribute much beyond his goal in Manchester United's 4-0 win in Week 4 which doesn't bode well for the midfielder as his playing time comes into question.

Juan Mata got a start in Louis Van Gaal's surprise 4-4-2 alignment on Sunday but with Daley Blind, Ander Herrera, and Angel di Maria all giving superior performances it is reasonable to wonder if Mata will be the man dropped to the bench if/when LVG goes back to his preferred 3-5-2. The Spaniard did contribute in an obvious way with a goal but fantasy managers and United supporters will be worried that he managed only a single shot on target and a single successful cross in a match where United were THAT dominant.
Source: Yahoo.com
Sep 15 - 3:01 PM

Jonny Evans was part of United's clean sheet victory and drove his point total in Week 4 up with three blocked shots against Harry Redknapp's Queens Park Rangers.

It seems likely that Jonny Evans and Phil Jones will feature regularly in Manchester United's central defense either as part of a 4-4-2 as was shown on Sunday or with Marcos Rojo in a 3-5-2 as has been Louis Van Gaal's stated intention. In either case, Evans continued his return to form after starting the season off injured. He had three blocked shots and two intercepted passes on his way to a clean sheet.
Source: Yahoo.com
Sep 15 - 2:57 PM

Wayne Rooney netted a goal and helped on another as Manchester United routed QPR at Old Trafford in Week 4 action.

Despite the strong statistics, Rooney's week isn't necessarily one that will make fantasy managers stand up and shout. Given United's dominance, the fact that the vast majority of Rooney's points came from the goal and the assist leaves one wondering how often double digit outputs will be replicated when the opposition is stronger. With Radamel Falcao getting acclimated, there is also the ever-present chance that Rooney will be rotated more frequently than he has been in the past.
Source: Yahoo.com
Sep 15 - 2:53 PM

Angel di Maria likely got most of the press and deservedly so but Ander Herrera returned to the line-up with a great performance against QPR including his first United goal.

Whether he is a regular starter for Louis Van Gaal or not remains to be seen as does his ability to replicate this level of performance against higher quality opposition. However, where Herrera looked lightweight in his United debut against Swansea, he looked assured against the Rs on Sunday. That he scored a goal was nice but aside from that he was involved in just about everything United did. That performance was good for 21 points in the Yahoo format and 13 in the PL.com format.
Source: Yahoo.com
Sep 15 - 2:25 PM

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has resumed full training but Brendan Rodgers confirmed during today’s press conference that the player will be unavailable for Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League match against Ludogorets.

Skrtel was one of three players to leave the Etihad injured almost a month ago after a disappointing loss to City with the defender damaging his knee during the final moments of the defeat - Glen Johnson (thigh) and Alberto Moreno (ankle) were the others – but despite initial concerns that he suffered a serious problem the Slovakian has returned to full training and should be back in game week five to face West Ham United. The news will come as a welcome boost to Coach Rodgers as Liverpool's ever growing list of injured players threatens to derail their Premier League title challenge before it’s begun. Emre Can (ankle), Joe Allen (knee) and Daniel Sturridge (thigh) all experienced injury problems during the last international break.
Sep 15 - 10:38 AM



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