West Ham United

West Ham United

Player News - West Ham United

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Stewart Downing has slowed down in recent weeks after a hot start to the season.

The West Ham midfielder has not been horrific but also hasn't shown the form he was displaying early in the season. He's averaged just 6.5 fantasy points over the last four weeks in the Yahoo! game and at this point, there are better players in his price range that you should be considering. Take him out of your Yahoo! lineup while he regains form, but keep him in draft leagues.
Mar 1 - 3:01 PM

West Ham United watched an even match turn one-sided as Crystal Palace would score three goals in the span of 22 minutes and the Hammers could only counter with a goal from Enner Valencia in a 1-3 loss.

West Ham are usually a tough nut to crack at Upton Park, especially from clubs in the lower half of the table, but Palace really had them disorganized for a large chunk of the match, scoring three times in a 22 minute stretch. The lone goal came too late from Valencia, who was fed by Stewart Downing just outside the box and he blasted one past Julian Speroni. The score saved fantasy days for these two and Aaron Cresswell was lucky to avoid an own goal, but otherwise a disappointing outcome for them here.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 28 - 10:13 AM

With Andy Carroll and Carlton Cole both absent, Nene will likely be involved in West Ham's match with Crystal Palace at Upton Park on Saturday.

The former PSG man arrived as a free agent after the transfer window closed due to West Ham's injury crisis at the forward position. It is likely that Sam Alardyce will start Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia against the Eagles leaving Nene on the bench. If a substitute at forward is in the cards, Nene will almost certainly be the first man off the bench. If he does get in the match it will be instructive to see what sort of impact he can have before making any decisions to bring him into a fantasy team regardless of format.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 27 - 3:38 PM

Newly signed West Ham forward Nene is set to make his debut for the Hammers against Crystal Palace this weekend.

Nene missed out last time out due to not being fully fit yet but he has had another week of training now so Sam Allardyce expects him to be involved this weekend. West Ham are down to just two strikers in Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia, so Nene could feature at the striker position off the bench or on the wing to start the match. We don't expect him to play a full 90 minutes this week so he shouldn't be used in fantasy just yet. Keep an eye out to see if he ever gets a consistent role at West Ham, but at the moment he should only be owned in the deepest of leagues.
Source: Sky Sports
Feb 26 - 9:09 AM

Mark Noble has signed a deal with West Ham United that sees him signed through the summer of 2020.

Noble seems like he has been at West Ham forever but the midfielder is only 27 years old and has more years of football ahead of him. The Hammers vice-captain has played over 300 games for the club and joined as a 13-year-old, so this is just as much of a feel-good story as it is a good deal for the Hammers. Noble has been a solid fantasy choice this season, averaging seven Yahoo! fantasy points per match. He is a bit expensive in the Yahoo! game for our liking but should be owned in almost all draft-leagues.
Source: Sky Sports
Feb 26 - 8:54 AM

New signing Nene will be working double training sessions this week in an effort to get himself fit after West Ham lost Carlton Cole to a hamstring injury during the closing moments of Sundays' game at White Hart Lane.

Cole will have a scan on Monday but Sam Allardyce is expecting the striker to be out for at least 2/3 weeks and with Andy Carroll now ruled out for the season the Hammers are looking a little lightweight up front. With only Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho fit West Ham need back-up during this crucial period especially since the latter has been struggling with an ongoing back complaint. However the arrival of Nene could help to ease the pressure having joined on Wednesday – the Brazilian was a free agent following his release from Qatari club AL Gharafa SC but is lacking match-fitness as his last competitive match was back in December.
Source: Daily Mail
Feb 22 - 4:34 PM

West Ham United dropped two points they were seconds away from securing by allowing Tottenham to score twice in the final ten minutes, including the equalizer in the final seconds, and the Hammers would come away with just a point in the London derby, 2-2.

Things looked good for the first eighty minutes for the Hammers. They got the opening goal in the opening half hour as Cheikhou Kouyate headed in an Aaron Cresswell cross. Then shortly after the hour mark, they appeared to have the game in hand when Diafra Sakho scored. Mark Noble lifted a cross toward the far post that Enner Valencia leaped up to head but the ball cleared him and found Sakho instead, who was bombing forward while the ball was in flight and he gave it a proper poke to score his eighth goal of the season. Once they conceded the first goal to Spurs in the 82nd minute though, they began playing "not to lose" and it allowed Spurs an opening through which they were able to squeak through. Had Sam Allardyce known before the match began that it was to be a draw, he would probably take it, but he will not be happy with how this result was reached.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 22 - 9:23 AM

Guy Demel should be close to full fitness by now but is not a regular starter due to depth at the position.

The Hammers have a lot of depth at center-back and it seems Carl Jenkinson is the preferred choice at right-back, meaning Demel will be on the bench most weeks. It's safe to drop Demel in almost all formats, although with the amount of injuries in West Ham's defense, he can be a nice backup at any time.
Source: Sky Sports
Feb 20 - 7:03 PM

Winston Reid has returned from a thigh injury and will be available for selection against Spurs this weekend.

Reid has missed a few weeks now so it's unsure if he can go a full 90 minutes. Don't be surprised if he comes off the bench, or plays 60 minutes before he gets replaced. Due to the uncertainty, we'd recommend avoiding Reid in fantasy this weekend. In formats where you can make changes up until kickoff, use him with confidence if he starts. James Collins and Alex Song are also expected to return this weekend.
Feb 20 - 6:59 PM

New West Ham signing Nene is not physically ready for game action as he just started training with the club.

The free agent acquisition won't be ready for another 10-14 days so Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia are expected to start against Tottenham this weekend. It's a fairly tough match for the Hammers, so it's hard to recommend anyone from their ranks. We would avoid them this weekend, although if you really wanted someone from West Ham's attack, we would recommend Sakho.
Feb 20 - 6:49 PM

West Ham have signed striker Nene to relieve some of the production they lost to Andy Carroll's season ending injury.

Nene arrived to West Ham on a free transfer and isn't likely to be a regular starter. The Hammers will likely choose to go with Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho up top, with Nene coming off the bench. It's also worth noting Nene enjoys playing on the wing and acting as a creator, but it's unknown if Sam Allardyce will play him there. The Brazilian striker is 33 years old and should be not much more than a backup. He should only be owned in deep leagues unless he emerges as a starter.
Source: Sky Sports
Feb 19 - 4:43 PM

West Ham have been boosted by the return of four players ahead of this weekends’ derby at White Hart Lane while Cheikhou Kouyate has been given the all-clear after the midfielder fell awkwardly on his arm in training and was rushed to hospital.

James Collins, Winston Reid, Matt Jarvis and Diego Poyet all returned to full training today easing any injury concerns before Sundays’ big match. With Sam Allardyce confirming Diafra Sakho [back] and Alex Song [fatigue] were withdrawn during the FA Cup loss to West Brom with a view to GW26 the Hammers treatment room is finally beginning to empty. Andy Carroll is the only definite absentee after he successfully underwent knee surgery on Tuesday – no return date – although Morgan Amalfitano will serve a three game suspension following his sending off at the Hawthorns.
Feb 17 - 11:42 AM

Aaron Cresswell has returned to his early-season form in the past few weeks of Premier League action.

Cresswell hasn't put up flashy numbers but he has been more than solid in recent weeks. His past four weeks have featured scores of 13, 7, 6, and 6 for an average of 8, which matches his season average. Cresswell has a great floor, which makes him a safe bet to play weekly. He doesn't need a clean sheet to make something of every week due to his crossing tendencies. His 37.23% ownership is concerning, but if you have him at a discount, it's hard not to play him every week. We advice you hold on to him to allow yourself to spend elsewhere.
Feb 15 - 1:30 PM

Adrian was sent off during the Hammer's 0-0 draw against Southampton in mid-week for illegally handling the ball outside of the box but has appealed the decision and won.

West Ham appealed the red card immediately, citing that Sadio Mane fouled Adrian before he handled the ball. They won the appeal and Adrian will not serve a ban. West Ham have had a solid season once again and their defense is reliable against lesser oppositions. Adrian should be owned in all draft-leagues and is an option in the Yahoo! game in weeks where the schedule is favorable.
Source: Sky Sports
Feb 15 - 1:06 PM

West Ham were dumped unceremoniously out of the FA Cup in a heavy loss to West Brom while Morgan Amalfitano became the second Hammers player within the last four days to receive his marching orders.

Arguably the West Ham midfielder could’ve received a straight red for his kick out at Chris Brunt just ten minutes after his introduction but the referee was left no option when Amalfitano followed up by pushing the Baggies player in the face. The sending-off capped a dismal afternoon which saw West Brom advance to the quarter-finals of the while Sam Allardyce admitted the fixture congestion of recent weeks finally caught with up his side. In truth West Ham were never in the game although they were boosted by the return of Mark Noble and Kevin Nolan prior to kick-off but Andy Carroll was not involved after a specialist confirmed on Friday that the striker would require surgery on the knee injury he picked up against Southampton.
Feb 14 - 1:08 PM


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