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Stoke's best summer signing looks like he will shake off the hip injury that caused him to be withdrawn early from the 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace.

Bojan trained all week according to reports and should continue to be a guaranteed starter. With Chelsea the opposition, there is a reasonable case for rotating Bojan out of your personal fantasy line-up regardless of his health.
Source: espnfc.com
Dec 19 - 12:02 PM

Theo Walcott, out with a groin injury since early November, faces a late fitness test in his efforts to return to the line-up for the second time this season.

It seems unlikely with Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez available that Walcott would be risked as anything more than a late-match change/infusion of pace substitute. It is more likely that he will return to the line-up in a lower pressure match like the Boxing Day visit of Queens Park Rangers.
Source: espnfc.com
Dec 19 - 11:59 AM

Chris Brunt is back to full health for West Brom's critical trip to Loftus Road, expect him to start.

After two weeks out of the line-up with a hamstring injury, Chris Brunt returns to action for what will be an important match-up at the bottom of the table. West Brom have risen above the group at the very bottom of the table but things are still packed tightly enough that the Rs could draw even with the Baggies with a win. Alan Irvine will be happy to have his captain back for the occasion.
Source: espnfc.com
Dec 19 - 11:55 AM

Radamel Falcao is reportedly nearing full fitness for the first time since arriving at Old Trafford.

Falcao was surprisingly left on the bench last weekend with James Wilson getting the start opposite Robin van Persie. It's hard to imagine that Falcao won't get at least a couple of starts over the next eleven days given the tight grouping of fixtures coming up. With United playing one of the tea time fixtures in Week 17 we won't get to see their starting line-up before Yahoo and PL.com lock down transfers so you'll be taking a risk having Falcao in your starting line-up for sure.
Source: espnfc.com
Dec 19 - 11:50 AM

Manchester United's season-long defensive injury crisis continues with Marcos Rojo and Chris Smalling replacing Phil Jones and Jonny Evans on the injured list.

Manchester United will likely line up Phil Jones and Jonny Evans as their center backs for the Week 17 trip to the Midlands. Louis Van Gaal hasn't yet had his full compliment of central defenders available so we don't really know who his first choice defenders would be at any position.
Source: espnfc.com
Dec 19 - 11:42 AM

Angel Di Maria could be set to return for Manchester United's Week 17 match against Aston Villa after the better part of a month out with a hamstring injury.

Given the quality (or lack thereof) of the opposition, it seems likely that Di Maria will return to the squad as a reserve unless he is 100% fit. The fact that his status is "could feature" leads me to believe he isn't 100% fit. I know I won't be starting him in any of my leagues but I will be watching closely to see how he does in advance of United's upcoming matches.
Source: espnfc.com
Dec 19 - 11:37 AM

Marouane Fellaini will miss Manchester United's trip to Aston Villa due to an illness.

There weren't a lot of details given about the severity of Fellaini's illness in Manchester United's press conference but he is definitely out for Week 17 and may or may not be ready for United's Boxing Day match with Newcastle or the trip to Spurs on the 28th. Not the ideal time to pick up an illness or minor knock that would ordinarily only cause you to miss a single match. In the blink of an eye each team will have four matches between the 20th of December and the 1st of January.
Source: espnfc.com
Dec 19 - 11:29 AM

It's no surprise to see Aaron Cresswell at the top of the defensive recommendations for Week 17.

The easiest recommendation of the weekend would be West Ham’s Aaron Cresswell, who has starred as one of the most productive defensive players in the Yahoo fantasy game this season. Cresswell provides a well-priced opportunity to cover the likely Hammers clean sheet for the match against Leicester, while offering the added bonus of an attacking threat down the left flank.
Dec 19 - 4:28 AM

QPR's Charlie Austin is tipped to shine against West Brom in Week 17.

QPR’s talisman Charlie Austin was sorely missed for the Everton clash in Week Sixteen but the striker has now completed his suspension and will be looking to fire his side to another vital home win as fellow strugglers West Brom visit Loftus Road. Austin has eight goals for the season already and it is important to remember that he is the club’s designated penalty taker - always factor to consider when selecting your fantasy forward-line.
Dec 19 - 4:26 AM

Tottenham's Christian Eriksen is one of the top midfield picks for Week 17 as he comes up against Burnley.

Christian Eriksen is Tottenham’s star man right now, with the Danish international producing numerous match-winning moments of quality that have been the difference in tight matches. Eriksen is taking corners and free-kicks and is the top scoring Premier League midfielder in 2014 with six goals for the season alone, a terrific return for a wide player. Along with Harry Kane he has been keeping Spurs in the hunt for a Champions League spot and we’re tipping him to inspire his side to a rare White Hart Lane victory as Burnley come to town.
Dec 19 - 4:23 AM

West Ham's Diafra Sakho comes highly recommended for Week 17.

West Ham have the pick of the Week Seventeen fixtures as they face rock-bottom Leicester City at Upton Park, so we are recommending striker Diafra Sakho - back to full fitness - as one of the top fantasy picks for Week Seventeen. Sakho is in the running for transfer bargain of the season having hit six goals in nine starts since his £4million move from Ligue 2 side Metz, and the Senegalese star has already built up a good understanding with Andy Carroll to form what could prove a devastating striker partnership as the campaign progresses.
Source: R
Dec 19 - 4:22 AM

Mario Balotelli has been suspended for GW17 for posting an abusive Instagram photo.

Balotelli will miss Liverpool's match against Arsenal this weekend and will have to pay a $40,000 fine. The striker has had a rough season as he has yet to score in the Premier League and hasn't been able to replace any of the production lost through the departure of Luis Suarez and the injury to Daniel Sturridge. He is not a great fantasy option as of now but it's worth noting Balotelli can be streaky and can quickly become an option if he finds the back of the net soon.
Dec 18 - 2:32 PM

Adam Lallana continued to disappoint fantasy managers in Liveprool's 3-0 loss to Manchester United.

Lallana has dropped off significantly from last season and Liverpool's lack of success hasn't helped. They are clearly missing the spark that Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge provided last season and their whole team is struggling as a result. Lallana's fantasy value might go up with Sturridge returning from injury but we wouldn't bet on him to be a good fantasy option this season.
Dec 18 - 2:25 PM

Stephen Ireland is expected to recover from a "bang on the knee" in time to face Chelsea at the Britannia Stadium on Monday night.

Mark Hughes will need to check on a number of first team players ahead of game week 17 as Stoke head into the Festive period hoping to secure the points their recent performances have deserved. Bojan Krkic [hip] has returned to training while Glenn Whelan [hamstring] was back ahead of schedule last weekend - Victor Moses [thigh] is targeting early January. Robert Huth and Marc Wilson are both fit again and vying for a place in the heart of defence while Jon Walters has been in excellent form recently although with an ongoing knee issue the Irish international will need to be checked throughout this busy fixture period.
Dec 18 - 2:24 PM

Kieran Trippier continued his hot streak this weekend with 13 fantasy points against Southampton.

Trippier helped Burnley keep a clean sheet against a hurt Southampton squad and that lead him to a 13 fantasy point outing. Trippier is tied with Ryan Bertrand for first amongst fantasy defenders with 156 points on the season. Both players have shown an ability to provide fantasy points even without clean sheets and both players remain top options going forward.
Dec 18 - 2:14 PM


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