Sometimes events conspire to make things easy for us as fantasy managers. This doesn't happen a lot but it happens occasionally and today is one of those days. You can get the full summary of Team News here, but we've broken down the key items for you with their impact on your fantasy team selections:
Everton - Victor Anichebe has a chest infection and Nikica Jelavic is ready to play. Seems pretty clear that Jelly is a great option that no longer comes with even a slight cloud of a potential selection issue based on Anichebe's strong performance as deputy. Tim Howard, Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka, Steven Pienaar, Marouane Fellaini, Kevin Mirallas, and Jelavic are all reasonable choices for this weekend's match.
Newcastle - Fabricio Coloccini, Tim Krul, Yohan Cabaye and Danny Simpson are all out for the Magpies and with the exception of Cabaye who has no obvious like-for-like replacement from a fantasy production standpoint, the replacements are all solid plays this weekend at Reading.
Fulham - Word is out that fantasy revelation (or is that re-revelation?) Dimitar Bervatov is out for two weeks after suffering a thigh injury in training on Thursday. With difficult opposition, it's hard to get too excited about Miralem Petric who will presumably deputize. He could produce solid results against a struggling City defense but it seems like a hard thing to bet on.
Swansea - Chico is back and it will be interesting to see if his return helps solidify a Swansea defense that was good enough for the first two weeks but has been pretty rotten since he and Taylor went out. Stoke isn't the most imposing attacking force so this could represent a chance for a revival at the back for the Swans.
Chelsea - John Terry is fit and likely to be eligible but for those who recall watching Arsenal making him look silly last season, I'm not sure that would make any difference in how I selected my fantasy team for this week. Otherwise, there isn't much relevant news from Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal - Getting close to full fitness but there are LOTS of numbers that make for selection questions in the front 3 and central defense. Regardless, vs. Chelsea isn't the time to be buying.
Manchester City - Not much that's particularly useful here other than the fact that Samir Nasri is back in the line-up. City haven't been nearly as prolific as they were early last season which limits the value of any but their most productive attacking players, especially on the road.
Liverpool - Daniel Agger somehow has a chance to play which is pretty shocking after the way he went off last weekend. Otherwise, you're probably looking at the same line-up minus the suspended Jonjo Shelvey.
Manchester United - Finally, United have a lot of defensive injury issues that leave Jonny Evans and Rio Ferdinand as the only two options at CB. The big question here is how United line up at the front with Rooney back. They have been playing 4-2-3-1 with Shinji Kagawa playing just off of RvP. If Rooney comes in to partner RvP, do they revert to a 4-4-2? Does Kagawa take a seat? Should be interesting but definitely makes you worry about some expensive fantasy players.