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West Ham's Diafra Sakho scored in in his fifth consecutive match, becoming only the second West Ham player to score in five consecutive matches.

The other player to do so is Carlton Cole, who also scored today. Sakho has been on fire lately and is the beneficiary of Stewart Downing and Enner Valencia's hard work. Despite the five goals, our own analyst Galin Dragiev is still not convinced Sakho is an every week option. We would be weary of playing Sakho against Manchester City's good defense next week, but feel free to employ him against Stoke City and Aston Villa in the following weeks.

West Ham's wing-backs, Carl Jenkinson and Aaron Cresswell, were impressive once again and continue to be good fantasy choices.

Jenkinson and Cresswell both walked away with nine fantasy points in the Yahoo Fantasy game despite not getting clean sheets, largely in part to the assists they both registered. Jenkinson and Cresswell enjoy going forward and have been a big part of West Ham's revamped attack. At the same time, the Hammers have conceded a few unfortunate goals to rob them of clean sheets this season and we'd expect these two to be even better going forward. Use with confidence.
Source: Sky Sports
Oct 18 - 1:36 PM

Stewart Downing was named Man of the Match in another West Ham United win, this time by a score of 3-1 over Burnley.

Downing has been fantastic this season and is showing form we didn't even know he had. The midfielder is creating chances left and right and was in the middle of the away win for the Hammers. The goals came from red hot Diafra Sakho and strikers Enner Valencia and Carlton Cole. West Ham United are now fourth in the table, three points behind third place Southampton. This is no fluke either, as the Hammers have looked impressive this season after strengthening the attack over the summer through a series of key signings. Burnley, on the other hand, are struggling and find themselves in 19th place. At least they scored, right?
Source: Sky Sports
Oct 18 - 1:32 PM

Aaron Cresswell remains an excellent bargain option in the Yahoo fantasy game as West Ham face a winnable match at Burnley.

Cresswell was one of the players available for £1million at the start of the season and he has proved a valuable asset as a bench back-up by averaging seven points per game, but with a trip to Burnley in Week 8 he should be promoted to your starting XI.
Oct 17 - 7:32 AM

Andy Carroll has insisted that he'll fight for a first team spot at West Ham once he returns from injury.

We've heard this one over and over again. Carroll hasn't been able to stay healthy for more than a couple matches at a time over the past two seasons and we wouldn't bank on it until we see it. With West Ham enjoying a somewhat revamped attack with Mauro Zarate, Diafra Sakho, and Enner Valencia, we wouldn't buy into Carroll in any fantasy formats.
Source: Sky Sports
Oct 15 - 7:55 PM

West Ham face Burnley at Turf Moor in game week eight with the Hammers sitting pretty in seventh place knowing that an away win could potentially catapult Sam Allardyces’ men into a Champions League spot.

With three wins and a draw from their opening matches West Ham have proved this year’s surprise package with summer signings Diafra Sakho [4] and Enner Valencia [1] settling quickly to address last season’s striking problems with five goals between them – add the form of [the rejuvenated] Stewart Downing & consider the options of Morgan Amalfitano / Zarate from the bench – and its clear to see why the current side have already beaten Liverpool and were unlucky to leave Old Trafford empty handed. This weekend could also mark the return of influential vice-captain Mark Noble [calf] while defenders James Collins [groin] and Guy Demel [thigh] should be included to add experience although Carl Jenkinson [hamstring] may have to wait until the visit of Manchester City.
Oct 14 - 5:44 PM

West Ham's Diafra Sakho was named man of the match in the Hammers' 2-0 win over QPR.

The Hammers took the lead through a Nedum Onuoha own goal early on and were the better team during the remainder of the match. Diafra Sakho scored the second for West Ham and sealed the match in the 59th minute. The Hammers are looking better and better each week and now have an actual attack that's been rejuvenated by the arrivals of Sakho and Enner Valencia. Stewart Downing has also impressed this season and continued being a big part of their success.
Source: Sky Sports
Oct 5 - 1:16 PM

Joey O'Brien will miss West Ham's match against QPR tomorrow due to a knee problem.

O'Brien has been ruled out for the match with a knee issue and we don't have a recovery timetable for him. With O'Brien out, you can expect Aaron Cresswell to continue starting at left-back while Carl Jenkinson and Guy Demel will likely battle for the right-back spot. Demel is dealing with an injury himself, so Jenkinson will likely be the beneficiary of all of these injuries.
Source: ITV
Oct 4 - 8:40 PM

West Ham's Aaron Cresswell could prove a cheap and effective option for your Week 7 defence.

Quietly impressive since signing from Ipswich in the summer, Cresswell has been stuck on fantasy benches around the globe for most of the season despite his productivity in the Yahoo fantasy game, but he deserves a chance in your starting XI as West Ham host QPR. If you don't already own the full-back, he is available at just £3million in the Yahoo fantasy game.
Oct 3 - 4:25 AM

Stewart Downing is being tipped for a big fantasy score in Week 7 as West Ham host QPR.

Heavily tipped in last week's column, Downing put up another 13 points against Manchester United (on the losing side without a goal or assist) to keep his average points per game at the 12 point mark, and he can top those figures in a West Ham win against QPR this weekend.
Oct 3 - 4:17 AM

James Tomkins was fined for assaulting a police officer and being drunk and disorderly in public.

Tomkins was fined £3,500 but has escaped without further punishment. He is also expected to be punished by West Ham and that penalty will also likely be financial. We don't expect to see Tomkins miss time due to the incident and he should be able to continue featuring in West Ham's starting XI.
Source: West Ham
Sep 29 - 11:30 PM

West Ham United chairman David Gold confirmed late on Monday night that Cheikhou Kouyate could be sidelined for around six weeks after a scan confirmed the defensive midfielder suffered a muscular tear during Saturday’s win over Liverpool.

Kouyate pulled up during the game with a slight grimace and appeared to be in pain but the West Ham player quickly allayed fears saying he was "ok, I’m fine [to continue]" and completed the full 90 minutes. Post-match the club confirmed Cheikhou would be sent for a [precautionary] scan which revealed the adductor tear was much worse than anyone had considered. However having amassed quality over the summer Sam Allardyce now has the strength and depth within his Hammers squad to draft in a number of worthy replacements - Matthew Jarvis ready to return following a thigh problem, goal scoring substitute Amalfitano is waiting in the wings and loanee Alex Song nearing full fitness.
Source: Club Call
Sep 23 - 10:51 AM

West Ham stunned Liverpool by scoring twice inside the first seven minutes of the match and it would prove to be enough as they went on to win 3-1.

As is often the case, Sam Allardyce entered today's match needing a positive result and this win over the Reds will certainly go far in the hearts and minds of Hammers supporters. As he was in the draw this past Monday against Hull, Stewart Downing was instrumental once again in spearheading the attack, whipping in one cross after the next. He showed some set piece magic by teeing up Winston Reid for a header that put the Hammers ahead for good just two minutes into the contest. Downing was an assist machine going back to his days at Aston Villa and may have found that form once again this season, making him a viable fantasy prospect most weeks.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 20 - 2:40 PM

Enner Valencia scored his first Premier League goal with a stunning strike from deep range and the Hammers erased two deficits to grab a point on the road in a 2-2 draw with Hull City.

After impressing on a global stage in this summer's World Cup, Valencia showed today just how dangerous and special he is. Down 1-0 in the 50th minute, he took a nonchalant pass from Stewart Downing, dribbled methodically to his right, then fired a 25 yard cannon into the top corner which could not have been struck any harder. An own goal by Hull's Curtis Davies would give the Hammers it's second equalizer as the two sides played to an exciting draw. It's pretty clear the path to scoring for West Ham right now is the link between Downing and Valencia. Both are viable fantasy options in plus matchups right now.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 15 - 5:00 PM

Morgan Amalfitano and Alex Song have both integrated well into the West Ham but they lack match fitness and aren't likely to start.

Sam Allardyce confirmed both new signings have integrated well into the squad and have had time to get up to speed. But he also mentioned how Song is short of match fitness and Amalfitano didn't train for 14 days prior to moving to London. With that said, both are likely going to start on the bench against Hull City this weekend.
Sep 12 - 11:44 PM


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