Abbreviated Week 16 Injuries, Suspensions & Players To Watch

Robert Cianflone

Hello everyone! It's been an exceptionally busy week for me as I've taken on some new responsibilities at my day job, so this will be a lightning round edition of all the injury and suspension news you need to know to finalize your team for Week 16.

I'm going to try a new format for this post, so let me know if you're a fan or if you prefer the more detailed write-ups I've been providing. Here's how the new system will look:

Out: Fantasy-relevant players who have been confirmed out for the week, either through injury or suspension

Doubt: Players facing the dreaded late fitness test, rotation concerns and those who are out of form/favor

In: The likeliest replacements for the Outs & Doubts

Win: Fantasy player to watch / my hunch pick of the week

Hopefully this makes enough sense to get started, so here we go!


Out: Lukas Podolski

Doubt: Bacary Sagna, Carl Jenkinson (rotation), Santi Cazorla (rotation)

In: Theo Walcott

Win: Aaron Ramsey


Aston Villa

Out: Fabian Delph (suspended)

Doubt: Ron Vlaar, Antonio Luna, Libor Kozak

In: Chris Herd, Yacouba Sylla

Win: Christian Benteke


Cardiff City

Out: N/A

Doubt: Don Cowie (rotation), Peter Odemwingie (rotation)

In: Craig Bellamy, Andreas Cornelius

Win: David Marshall



Out: Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole

Doubt: Frank Lampard (rotation), Demba Ba (rotation)

In: David Luiz, Cesar Azpilicueta

Win: Oscar, David Luiz (hunch)


Crystal Palace

Out: Adlene Guedioura, Jerome Thomas

Doubt: Dean Moxey, Yannick Bolasie (form)

In: Adrian Mariappa

Win: Barry Bannan



Out: James McCarthy, Leighton Baines, Arouna Kone, Darron Gibson

Doubt: Kevin Mirallas (rotation)

In: Leon Osman, Bryan Oviedo

Win: Romelu LukakuGerard Deulofeu (hunch)



Out: Brede Hangeland

Doubt: Fernando Amorebieta, Adel Taarabt (form)

In: N/A (Should be unchanged)

Win: Scott Parker (H/T Prof. M)


Hull City

Out: Sone Aluko

Doubt: Paul McShane, Robbie Brady (form)

In: Alex Bruce, David Meyler

Win: Curtis Davies, Tom Huddlestone (hunch)



Out: Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge, Jose Enrique

Doubt: Liverpool defenders (rotation)

In: Joe Allen

Win: Luis Suarez


Manchester City

Out: Matija Nastasic, Micah Richards

Doubt: Jesus Navas (rotation), Aleksandar Kolarov (rotation)

In: David Silva

Win: Sergio Aguero


Manchester United

Out: Robin van Persie, Michael Carrick

Doubt: Smalling, Vidic, Evra, Fellaini (form), United wingers (rotation)

In: Shinji Kagawa, Alexander Buttner (possibly)

Win: Wayne Rooney



Out: Yohan Cabaye (suspended)

Doubt: Shola Ameobi (rotation)

In: Hatem Ben Arfa (possibly)

Win: Loic Remy


Norwich City

Out: Robert Snodgrass, Anthony Pilkington

Doubt: Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Wes Hoolahan (rotation)

In: Nathan Redmond, Johnny Howson

Win: Leroy Fer



Out: Artur Boruc, Nathaniel Clyne, Victor Wanyama

Doubt: Morgan Schneiderlin, Steven Davis (rotation), Rickie Lambert (rotation)

In: Callum Chambers, James Ward-Prowse

Win: Adam Lallana


Stoke City

Out: Jonathan Walters (suspended), Robert Huth

Doubt: Asmir Begovic, Eric Pieters, Charlie Adam, Marc Muniesa (rotation)

In: Tomas Sorensen, Marc Wilson, Oussama Assaidi, Stephen Ireland

Win: Marko Arnautovic



Out: Carlos Cuellar, Kieran Westwood

Doubt: Sunderland wingers (rotation), Ondrej Celustka (rotation)

In: Andrea Dossena (possibly)

Win: Phil Bardsley


Swansea City

Out: Chico Flores (suspended), Michel Vorm, Alvaro Vazquez

Doubt: Angel Rangel, Dwight Tiendalli (rotation), Wilfried Bony (fitness)

In: Jordi Amat, Gerhard Tremmel, Michu

Win: Michu, Pablo Hernandez (hunch)


Tottenham Hotspur

Out: Jan Vertonghen, Younes Kaboul

Doubt: Vlad Chiriches, Tottenham midfielders (rotation), Kyle Naughton (rotation)

In: Danny Rose

Win: Gylfi Sigurdsson


West Bromwich Albion

Out: Ben Foster

Doubt: Victor Anichebe, Diego Lugano (rotation)

In: Jonas Olsson, Shane Long

Win: Gareth McAuley


West Ham United

Out: Kevin Nolan (suspended), Winston Reid, Stewart Downing

Doubt: James Collins, Guy Demel, Razvan Rat, James Tomkins

In: Ravel Morrison, Joe Cole, George McCartney

Win: James Collins, Joe Cole (hunch)


With the news that RVP is out, I'm now seriously considering bringing Wayne Rooney into my team for this week, though I'm not sure I want to stray too far away from the team I had earlier this week. Who are you considering for your team this weekend? Does RVP's absence change your thinking at all? What other players are on your mind?

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