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Abel Hernandez will miss Hull City's matches in Week 13 and 14 as he attends to the birth of his child in Uruguay.

Hull City will be without Gaston Ramirez due to suspension and Abel Hernandez due to the birth of a child in Uruguay. The forward will miss out on the trip to Old Trafford on Saturday and then the mid-week match as well. Nikica Jelavic is probably the preferred starter now that he is healthy again but he is certainly going to start for the next two matches.
Nov 28 - 9:42 PM

Radamel Falcao and Marcos Rojo may both be available to Louis Van Gaal for the Week 13 match-up with Hull City.

It is highly unlikely that either Rojo or Falcao will be available to start but it is progress that he may at least be ready to make it to the squad. With a bunch of matches coming up LVG will be happy to have some depth at both forward and central defense.
Nov 28 - 9:37 PM

An illness has spread quickly throughout the Stoke City camp and has forced Asmir Begovic, Phil Bardsley and Geoff Cameron out of the Week 13 match at Anfield.

The Stoke City trio will miss out on the trip to Anfield unexpectedly due to an illness that has decimated the Stoke City locker room. The hope is that by sending the three home that it will not spread further during a week when the club will have three Premier League matches in the span of a week.
Nov 28 - 9:32 PM

Laurent Koscielny will be available to Arsene Wenger for Arsenal's Week 13 match at the Hawthorns.

The France international has been out for almost six weeks. He was on the bench for the 2-0 win over Dortmund mid-week but did not make it on to the pitch. Given the timelines that Arsene Wenger has indicated previously, it is hard to imagine that Koscielny will be ready to start on Saturday against the Baggies. Most likely he will be on the bench for Week 13 and possibly the mid-week match as well.
Nov 28 - 9:29 PM

West Brom midfielder James Morrison is doubtful for the early Saturday clash with Arsenal at the Hawthorns.

Unless you are in a league that allows you to wait until the last minute to make changes then the uncertainty should keep you away from Morrison for Week 13. The match-up probably means that he isn't a great pick regardless.
Nov 28 - 9:24 PM

Tim Krul picked up a knock in training this week and remains a doubt for Newcastle's trip to West Ham United tomorrow.

Krul's status is considered "touch and go" but if you have a deadline before the Magpies team news comes out, you cannot trust Krul to start and unless you have a viable backup, you are taking a major chance in playing him. Rob Elliot would deputize should Krul sit tomorrow's match out.
Nov 28 - 6:28 PM

Roberto Martinez has confirmed that Everton left back Leighton Baines is "in contention" for Sunday's match with Spurs, along with several other players carrying doubts.

While the news is promising on Baines as compared to earlier in the week, Martinez is by no means making it easier on fantasy managers with that statement. He has had a reputation of deeming a player available and said player not so much as making the squad, with Ross Barkley being a prime example over the past few seasons. The other players on the list of being "in contention" include Gareth Barry, Steven Pienaar, and Steven Naismith. None of these players can be recommended for fantasy this week as a result, but if you have been holding onto Baines, you will just need a viable backup option and cross your fingers.

Andy Carroll is ready to make a difference at West Ham United as he has now returned to full fitness.

The oft-injured striker played the full 90 minutes last time out and despite not registering a good fantasy output, was impressive in real life considering it was only his second match of the season. Carroll will likely improve and he can be considered in fantasy leagues as he comes at a low price tag.
Nov 28 - 4:36 PM

Enner Valencia is still dealing with a minor knock and will likely miss this weekend's match against Newcastle.

In Valencia's absence, Andy Carroll will likely draw another start as he successfully played 90 minutes last time out. Carroll is very injury prone but he may be worth a look in some leagues as he comes with a very low price tag. Valencia's injury shouldn't keep him out long and we can see him back on the pitch as soon as next week.
Nov 28 - 4:09 PM

Winston Reid will serve a one-match ban in gameweek 13 for accumulating five yellow cards.

Reid is a major part of West Ham's success on the defensive side and will be missed against Newcastle. James Collins and James Tomkins are expected to start and both make decent options in fantasy leagues. Despite that, our West Ham defender of choice remains Aaron Cresswell.
Nov 28 - 3:44 PM

Stewart Downing & Cheikhou Kouyate both returned to training on Thursday and are expected to be available for the weekend.

Downing has been stellar this season and his involvement will be key in West Ham's match against Newcastle. Kouyate has missed extended time this season with injuries but has also shown he can make a difference when on the pitch. We would recommend Downing for fantasy teams this week but would be more cautious with Kouyate.
Nov 28 - 3:38 PM

Leicester midfielder Dean Hammond has been ruled out for the weekend match against QPR.

Hammond is dealing with a calf strain and couldn't get fit for this weekend, although he may be returning soon. He only has 22 fantasy points on the season so he shouldn't be considered in any format despite his health.
Nov 28 - 3:09 PM

Ron Vlaar is missing GW13 with a calf issue as he is still dealing with rumors about a transfer.

The rumors about Ron Vlaar are getting stronger and stronger and we may be seeing the defender move to a big club in January. That should make Villa cautious to make sure he doesn't suffer an injury beforehand so we don't expect to see Vlaar out there unless he is at 100%. His value would increase significantly at a bigger club.
Nov 28 - 3:03 PM

Philippe Senderos has been ruled out for GW13 due to a calf problem.

Senderos has been dealing with the problem for a few weeks now and will miss the weekend's match against Burnley. Senderos is only 29 years old but has been quite injury prone in recent years, making him into a risky player to own in fantasy leagues. With Jores Okore and Ciaran Clark impressing last weekend, we are not sure if Senderos will have a starting spot even when he returns. He will likely be used to provide experience late in games.
Nov 28 - 3:00 PM

Aston Villa defender Nathan Baker has been ruled out for gameweek 13 with a knee injury.

Villa are also missing Ron Vlaar and Philippe Senderos on the defensive side and that leaves them extremely thin at the position. They were able to scrape by last weekend with Ciaran Clark and Jores Okore starting at center-back, but the duo is not as experienced as Vlaar and Senderos and could prove troublesome this weekend. Aston Villa have an easy matchup against Burnley this week but their defenders are only for the adventurous fantasy manager - consider them high risk, high reward options.

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