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Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy has returned to training and should be available for selection against Chelsea tomorrow.

Vardy missed the Everton match through a thigh injury but has returned to training already and is expected to be back tomorrow. Vardy can provide a spark for Leicester, who impressed in their first match and will be looking to earn another point against a very quality opponent tomorrow. We don't yet know if Vardy will be fit enough to start so we'd avoid him for fantasy purposes.
Aug 22 - 8:17 PM

Marc Albrighton has returned to training after missing week one and will likely be available for the match against Chelsea tomorrow.

Albrighton missed week one with a groin injury but has made a quick return to training and will give Leicester a boost after their promising week one result. Albrighton has a fantastic combination of speed and skill and will likely be one of Leicester's best players. We don't recommend him for tomorrow's tough match but if he plays well, we'd suggest you barn-door him during tomorrow's match.
Aug 22 - 7:34 PM

Chelsea midfielder Ramires will return from a suspension and be available for selection for Chelsea's match against Leicester tomorrow.

Ramires returns from his suspension, which started at the end of last season, but isn't likely to start. Chelsea have brought in Cesc Fabregas to play Ramires' role from last season and Fabregas was fantastic in Chelsea's first match. Ramires will be used off the bench this year so it's unlikely he turns into a good fantasy option in any format.
Aug 22 - 7:28 PM

Brendan Rodgers is set to have another weapon from his summer shopping spree available to him this weekend as Lazar Markovic has been deemed fit and will be in the squad Monday night when the Reds battle Manchester City.

Much like the departure of Gareth Bale from Tottenham last summer, the apparent strategy is to scoop up as many players as possible in the hopes to somehow fill the void left behind by Luis Suarez. Truth be told, all the quantity in the world cannot compensate for the level of quality special players like Bale and Suarez deliver. Markovic will have to earn his way into regular playing time and with the apparent arrival of Mario Balotelli imminent, it only complicates matter for fantasy managers in attempting to determine which players will be dependable regular starters. Jon Flanagan, incidentally, has been ruled out of this weekend's clash.
Aug 22 - 5:48 PM

Blackburn Rovers are holding out for the entire fee Hull City received for Shane Long or maybe even more if they are to part with prolific hitman Jordan Rhodes.

Hull City looked like savvy players in the transfer market when they more than doubled their money on Shane Long in approximately six months (half of which were vacation months). That windfall may quickly head back out the door if reports are to be believed that Hull City want Jordan Rhodes and Blackburn want the entire £12million for the man who has scored 53 goals for them in 99 Championship appearances. It seems likely Rhodes will want to make the move but will the clubs come to an agreement?
Source: ESPNFC.com
Aug 22 - 5:25 PM

There appear to be only the details standing between Mario Balotelli and a move to Liverpool.

Reports have the transfer costing Liverpool £16million in addition to £120,000 a week in wages which isn't a huge price if you consider Balotelli a premium forward. The question is whether Balotelli is a premium forward. The physical talent appears to be there but it's hard to see him fitting into a Liverpool attack that is based on rapid-strike counterattacks. "Quick on the counterattack" is not a phrase typically used to describe the mercurial Italian leaving us to wonder how he'll fit in and, if he isn't a regular starter, how that will go down in the locker room. Here's a question for you to ponder...who makes way for Balotelli? Sturridge? Sterling? Coutinho? Henderson? Gerrard? A holding midfielder?
Source: bbc.com
Aug 22 - 1:05 PM

West Brom's defensive issues may be resolved soon with news that Gareth McAuley could feature as soon as this weekend.

Alan Irvine's team notes are hardly definitive but whether it is this weekend or next, McAuley's return will be welcome as the Baggies try to piece together a new defense with the returning McAuley anchoring newcomers Sebastien Pocognoli, Joleon Lescott and Cristian Gamboa. Lescott and Gamboa joined McAuley on the sidelines last weekend and are likely to remain there again this weekend. Week 3 should see all three eligible to return.
Source: bbc.com
Aug 22 - 11:06 AM

Louis Van Gaal's team notes feature fantasy managers' least favorite term - could return - in relation to Robin van Persie.

There was a great deal of excitement about the potential partnership between RvP and his international manager when the hiring of Van Gaal was announced. Van Persie's success at the World Cup (at least in the group stage) just built the anticipation. With the Dutch forward held out to recover from his World Cup exertions uncertainty has been introduced to the equation. Today's United team notes indicate that van Persie could return this weekend against Sunderland but that doesn't seem like enough to commit a starting spot and the requisite budget necessary to have him in your fantasy team. Probably best to wait a week and see how things progress.
Source: bbc.com
Aug 22 - 11:00 AM

Arsene Wenger has indicated that Ozil will be included in the squad for Week 2 at Everton but he is more likely to be on the bench than start.

Arsenal have been very careful with the returns of Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski after their World Cup-winning summers. Wenger has indicated that his Germans are ready to be involved on Saturday but the implication in his statement is that they are most likely to be on the bench for Week 2. In fantasy formats where you have to make a decision before line-ups are announced then the prudent move will be to wait until Week 3 to include either Mertesacker or Ozil.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Aug 22 - 10:50 AM

Kieran Gibbs hamstring injury will keep him out of Arsenal's Week 2 match with Everton leaving Nacho Monreal a clear path to a start.

Arsenal have not released a timeline for Gibbs' return to action but he will definitely be out for the Week 2 trip to Everton after missing Arsenal's mid-week Champions League qualifier in Turkey as well. Nacho Monreal will be the starter until Gibbs is back but @EVE is a tough match to bring him in despite a relatively reasonable 7.15 price in the Yahoo format.
Aug 22 - 10:44 AM

Chelsea captain John Terry is our top defensive pick for Week 2 of the Yahoo Fantasy Premier League game.

He wasn't on the score-sheet at Burnley - that was left to Branislav Ivanovic - but Terry is our preference from the Chelsea defence for the Leicester match. Picking him up won't come cheap, but it could prove a worthwhile acquisition when you consider the high probability of a clean sheet against Leicester, and the chance of a goal from a set piece.
Aug 22 - 4:40 AM

Crystal Palace's Martin Kelly is the bargain of Week 2, available at just £1million in the Yahoo Fantasy Premier League game.

Kelly was recently signed from Liverpool, is set to start on the right of the defence, has a good chance of helping Crystal Palace keep a clean sheet against West Ham and costs just £1million in the Yahoo game. What more do you need to know? He should be in your squad and on the bench at the very least.
Aug 22 - 4:36 AM

Swansea's Wilfried Bony could open his 2014/15 goalscoring account against Burnley this weekend.

Swansea have done well to hold on to Bony over the summer and assuming they can keep him past 31st August (transfer deadline day) the striker will be key to ensuring Garry Monk's side avoid any sort of relegation battle. He put in a slightly disappointing display against Manchester United but we're tipping him to have a much bigger impact at home to Burnley.
Aug 22 - 4:33 AM

Ryan Bertrand could be a wise addition to your Yahoo fantasy defence as Southampton face West Brom in Week 2.

A promising debut from Bertrand for Southampton at Anfield suggests the left-back is ready to come out of the shadows and nail down a permanent first-team spot for the first time in his career. The Saints have a cracking fixture with a potential clean sheet opportunity, so Bertrand is an absolute steal priced below £5million.
Aug 22 - 4:31 AM

Gylfi Sigurdsson is well worth considering for Week 2 given his opening weekend performance, and his fixture against Burnley.

Boss Garry Monk allowed Sigurdsson the freedom to roam just behind Wilfried Bony and this led to him causing the Manchester United defence all sorts of problems, as he grabbed an assist, a match-winning goal and a whole load of Yahoo fantasy points. That was at Old Trafford, so you have to wonder what the set piece specialist may be capable of at home to Burnley in Week Two.
Aug 22 - 4:29 AM


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