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Dean Hammond made a bench appearance for Leicester City but doesn't seem like a promising fantasy prospect.

Dean Hammond has finally found a home in the Premier League after years in the Championship but he seems limited to a bench role. The midfielder is behind the pecking order at Leicester and doesn't seem like he'd feature for an extended period this season. Avoid him in all fantasy formats.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 19 - 11:33 PM

Aston Villa's Charles N'Zogbia was fairly average in his first match of the season but his fantasy upside remains high.

The Villa midfielder has missed a long time due to injury and this was his first competitive match in over a year. WIth that in mind, he was still able to put a shot on target, win two fouls, and complete a cross for a total of six fantasy points. That was with him only playing 70 minutes. This sort of production should be expected from N'Zogbia and a goal or an assist would have made this a great fantasy day. If he continues to play and take free kicks, N'Zogbia can provide a good fantasy floor with a huge upside.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 19 - 11:16 PM

Alan Hutton made his "second" debut for Aston Villa after being loaned out for the past two years.

Hutton was having trouble making it into Villa's squad in the recent past but has recently returned and been one of Villa's best players in the pre-season. That form continued during the Premier League season as Hutton helped Villa to a clean sheet to start off the season. The 29-year-old says he feels great and is happy to be back in the first team. His 10 fantasy points are on the high end of expectations but we won't be surprised to see him average around 6-8 fantasy points this season.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 19 - 10:45 PM

Thibaut Courtois has won the goalkeeper battle at Chelsea and he played well in the Blues' first match of the season.

Courtois is a fantastic young goalkeeper who just beat Petr Cech to the starting job. The young Belgian keeper has called upon Cech to stay at Chelsea. Petr Cech is still of fantastic quality but it's unknown if he'll remain at the club as a backup, especially considering the fact that top European clubs will be after his services. Regardless of Cech's choice, Courtois seems to be booked on as the number one goalkeeper at Chelsea and should be great fantasy value playing behind the Premier League's best defense.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 19 - 10:39 PM

Andre Schurrle started and played spectacularly in Chelsea's win over Burnley yesterday.

Schurrle had an amazing World Cup, winning the trophy with Germany, and has taken his form to the Premier League. Chelsea played really well with Cesc Fabregas organizing the attack from the middle and that allowed Eden Hazard and Andre Schurrle to make great runs down the flanks. One of those runs resulted in a brilliant goal for Schurrle. The German winger can score and create chances for his teammates and seems like the number one choice at right-wing this year. Willian will certainly get playing time but we'd feel safe about using Schurrle in fantasy.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 19 - 10:28 PM

Calum Chambers has played in two official matches plus the Community Shield and has looked very much the part of a strong buy.

Still a few months short of his 20th birthday, Calum Chambers has looked every bit the rising star that Arsenal paid Southampton for. Per Mertesacker's extended summer break has given the versatile Chambers a chance to start earlier than expected in his Arsenal career. So far the evidence is strong that this is a good buy even if he gets fewer minutes as the season goes on.
Aug 19 - 9:05 PM

Aaron Ramsey will miss the second leg of Arsenal's UCL group stage qualifying tie with Besiktas in North London after being shown two yellow cards in Istanbul.

Arsenal will have to hope they have Mesut Ozil back and better form from Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla who were both off the mark. They will definitely be missing Aaron Ramsey who will be suspended for the match at the Emirates. Arsenal return home needing a win in the return fixture after the first leg ended nil-nil despite multiple good chances for both sides.
Aug 19 - 4:39 PM

After a month on the side-lines Michael Carrick is closing in on a return following ankle surgery back in July.

The Manchester United midfielder suffered an injury during training just as Louis van Gaal took charge and only days before the clubs pre-season tour of America. The Dutchman is said to be a big admirer of the exiled Geordie prompting sections of the media to speculate that the 33 year-old would be the next United captain although a place in the starting eleven is by no means guaranteed following the summer arrival of Ander Herrera. Carrick is due to have his protective cast removed within the next two weeks and will target Everton who visit Old Trafford on October 5th for a return to action.
Source: ESPN
Aug 19 - 4:27 PM

Uncertain with an ongoing Achilles complaint, Laurent Koscielny has come to the rescue of a thin Arsenal defense missing Kieran Gibbs and Per Mertesacker.

With Arsene Wenger's preference being to rest Per Mertesacker until the weekend, Arsenal have been buoyed by Laurent Koscielny's ability to play through his minor complaint. Fellow France international Olivier Giroud also stepped up his return from the World Cup to return to his usual starting spot in place of Yaya Sanogo. The issues underline Arsenal's ongoing need for another central defender and another center forward.
Aug 19 - 3:11 PM

Bookmakers have suspended betting on Malky Mackay becoming the next Crystal Palace manager.

The majority of the UK sports media are reporting this as pretty much done, with Palace chairman Steve Parish set to appoint ex-Cardiff manager Malky Mackay to replace Tony Pulis. If confirmed, Mackay would join up with Cardiff's former head of recruitment Iain Moody at Selhurst Park, with the task of keeping the Eagles in the Premier League.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 19 - 11:09 AM

Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Julio Cesar has flown to Portugal for talks with Benfica.

34-year-old Cesar was Brazil's number one at the World Cup, but he's being kept out of the QPR side by Rob Green, having not played a game for Rangers since April 2013. Reports suggest the keeper's wages are astronomically high and the hierarchy are keen to off-load him as quickly as possible to free up some salary funds for new acquisitions.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 19 - 10:58 AM

Emanuele Giaccherini will return to first team duties after the international break as Sunderland take no risks in his recovery from a muscular injury.

Sunderland coach Gus Poyet confirmed the Italian international will be back to face Tottenham Hotspur on September 13th as the winger continues his recovery from a groin problem. Giaccherini sustained the injury during the clubs final pre-season match against Udinese and Poyet is being particularly cautious about rushing the player back. Typically a grade one tear can side-line a player for between 2/3 weeks but the Blacks Cats manager is not prepared to risk a potential return prior to ensure Giaccherini has fully recovered. Billy Jones is back in full training after missing Saturdays draw at The Hawthorns.
Aug 19 - 7:45 AM

Defenders Matija Nastasic and Micah Richards, midfielder Scott Sinclair and striker John Guidetti look to be heading out of Manchester City.

While the departures of Richards, Sinclair and Guidetti are to be expected given their injuries / lack of impact over the past two seasons, the decision to allow Nastasic to leave is slightly surprising. The Serbian defender was first choice partner to Vincent Kompany for much of last season before injury let in Martin Demichelis and with Joleon Lescott leaving he could still have the chance to play an important squad role, despite Eliaquim Mangala's arrival. However, Manuel Pellegrini has stated he needs to trim his squad and wants to give Nastasic the chance to play football. "He is an important player, but he has offers and I think the best thing for him is to play. We will see what happens, but we have until the end of August to see what kind of offers we get."
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 19 - 4:41 AM

Branislav Ivanovic was as solid as ever in Chelsea's 3-1 win over Burnley today.

Ivanovic topped his performance with a goal when he finished a Cesc Fabregas corner with ease. He was also solid on defense, as Chelsea only allowed one goal on a John Terry mistake early in the first half. The Blues did look a little suspect on defense at times but Mourinho has proven his ability to organize a defense well and all major pieces from the Premier League's best defensive unit are still at Stamford Bridge. Ivanovic looks like a solid fantasy choice once again this year.
Aug 18 - 11:27 PM

Burnley's Premier League return could not have started much better as they took a 1-0 lead over powerhouse Chelsea in the opening quarter-hour, but the Blues took it to Clarets quickly and often to ruin the host's opener in a 1-3 final.

Scott Arfield get the honor of scoring Burnley's first goal in their return to the top flight, as the Clarets took advantage of some poor Chelsea defending during a corner kick. Matthew Taylor picked out the open Arfield and the Scot stung it past Thibaut Courtois. The celebration was short lived however as Chelsea would equalize just 90 seconds later, then take the lead for good a few minutes after that. Burnley now head to Wales next weekend to take on a Swansea side who are likely brimming with confidence after their upset win at Old Trafford.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 18 - 5:07 PM



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