Jose Mourinho confirmed the initial report that Fernando Torres will miss a couple of weeks with his groin injury.
Mourinho also added that the next couple of games will be a choice between Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba. With the way Eto'o has been playing, I would expect him to start Chelsea's next game, with Ba possibly coming off the bench again. Chelsea forwards have been rotated a lot this season and all make for a fairly poor fantasy choice. Midfielder Eden Hazard, who is classified as a forward in the Yahoo game, is the only one guaranteed to start and produce fantasy value.
Frank Lampard started his 400th Premier League game for Chelsea over the weekend.
Lampard moved above David James as the second all-time record appearance maker in the Premier League. This was his 573rd game in England's top flight. Despite starting the game, Lampard registered a poor fantasy output with negative 2 points. He only played the first half and it seems he has been relegated to second on the pecking order at Chelsea. Nemanja Matic is almost guaranteed to start every game and Ramires is getting more playing time, presumably due to fitness and age. Lampard is on the wrong side of 35 and is not getting enough time on the pitch to be premium fantasy option like in seasons past.
Manchester City's potential quadruple went from unlikely to impossible on Sunday with Wigan getting the better of them in the FA Cup for the second year in a row.
Last year's Wigan upset of Manchester City was on neutral ground with European football beckoning for the soon-to-be-relegated club. This season, Wigan upped the ante with a win at the Etihad to knock Manchester City out of the FA Cup at the quarter final stage. James Perch beat Gael Clichy to a ball Clichy should have cleared and scored it early in the second half to give Wigan a 2-0 lead. The underdogs then clung on through a Samir Nasri goal and furious late pressure from City. The big win earns Wigan a semi-final date with Arsenal at Wembley. If only Wigan could play like this against everyone else maybe someone would show up at their matches.
Christian Benteke used the old "it bobbled" excuse for his horrible miss in Belgium's friendly in midweek.
Benteke has been struggling to score this year and missed a empty goal sitter in Belgium's friendly on Wednesday. Despite the miss, Benteke could be on an upswing. The forward scored two goals in his last Premier League game and has overall looked decent in recent weeks. He is active and has been getting chances from Villa's midfielders. Continue to follow Benteke's situation and feel free to use him in fantasy if he gets any sort of goal streak going.
Joseph Yobo started and ended up playing the entire match against Stoke City on Saturday.
Yobo was questionable to play against Stoke because he pulled out of international duty in midweek but it seems the move was just a precaution and he looked just fine against Stoke. Yobo has found himself a consistent role in Norwich's back line and has averaged 6.4 points per game in his five games. At £8.67M, I would consider playing him, especially when the matchup is right.
Harry Redknapp has praised young midfielder Ravel Morrison, who is on loan to Queens Park Rangers.
Morrison was having some trouble with Sam Allardyce and was sent on loan to QPR. He has been impressive there and continues to show promise. He is young, quick, talented, and has a bright future ahead of him. If Morrison lands on a good attacking squad in the Premier League next season, he can be a useful fantasy asset. Make sure to keep your eye out for him.
Matthew Taylor has been enjoying his new role as a central midfielder in West Ham's rotation.
Taylor usually plays left-back or left-mid but has been recently been playing in the central part of midfield and is enjoying his new role. His fantasy production has been mediocre at best, so I would avoid him until something changes. West Ham have four wins and a draw in their last six games and have separated themselves from the relegation zone.
Joe Allen recently returned from injury and started Liverpool's last game against Southampton in place of Raheem Sterling.
Allen came off the bench in Liverpool's game against Swansea the week before and his play was good enough to earn him a start. The move may have been tactical, in an attempt to contain Southampton's midfield, so it's not necessarily certain that he'll keep starting. Avoid both Allen and Sterling until the situation settles.