Newcastle enforcer Cheick Tiote has been ruled out of the clash at Old Trafford on Boxing Day against Manchester United because of suspension.
Jak Alnwick got through 89 minutes and change with a clean sheet still intact in the always volatile Tyne-Wear derby, but Sunderland's Costel Pantilimon was in fine form until the final whistle as Sunderland sneaked a 0-1 win at Newcastle.
Newcastle midfielder Jack Colback finished week 16 with double digit fantasy points.
Disaster has been averted for Newcastle United as third choice goalkeeper Jak Alnwick was passed fit today after picking up a shoulder injury during the Capital One Cup defeat to Tottenham on Wednesday night.
Daryl Janmaat had a poor week in fantasy but remains a top five scoring defender on the season and looks to be the only Magpie to trust in the upcoming Tyne-Wear Derby.
Newcastle United were pushed around by Arsenal from beginning to end and were thoroughly beaten 4-1, but Ayoze Perez did manage to grab a consolation goal to add to his account.
Newcastle may be forced to bring in an emergency loan goalkeeper following the news that second choice stopper Rob Elliot suffered a recurrence of a thigh injury which could rule him out until the New Year.
Newcastle midfielder Jack Colback provided 14 fantasy points for managers this week in the club's win over Chelsea.
Newcastle United continued their remarkable season by handing Chelsea their first defeat of the season as Papiss Cisse would score twice from the bench and the Magpies would hold onto win 2-1.
Newcastle United allowed Burnley to find the net first but were able to equalize with a goal from Papiss Cisse as the two sides played to a deserved 1-1 result.
Moussa Sissoko was sent off for Newcastle as they lost to West Ham at Upton Park.
Tim Krul picked up a knock in training this week and remains a doubt for Newcastle's trip to West Ham United tomorrow.
Massadio Haidara has been solid contributor for Newcastle United as Alan Pardew has managed to do well with a stretched defensive unit.
Newcastle were hoping to make it five Premier League wins on the spin as Queens Park Rangers came to St James’ Park having failed to take a single point on the road this season. However the home were missing a number of key players as Alan Pardew was forced to reshuffle his side.
Newcastle United continued their sizzling form by winning their fifth consecutive league match and sixth overall as Moussa Sissoko unlocked a goalless affair late on as the Magpies defeat QPR 1-0.