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Week 12: Outs, Doubts, Ins and Wins

With the International break finally over we can now turn our focus soley upon the upcoming Premier League fixtures for Week 12. We have a mighty list of injuries to asses and the dreaded ¨late fitness test¨looming from a fair number of key players. With out further adu, let´s jump right in!

Daniel Sturridge has been ruled out a further 6 wks, what are they feeding the players at Anfield?
Daniel Sturridge has been ruled out a further 6 wks, what are they feeding the players at Anfield?
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It´s starting to sound like a broken record I know, but International Breaks always result in key players getting injured or returning to their respecitve clubs facing the dreaded ¨late fitness test¨. This International Break certainly lived up to the billing with frustrating consistency. With the amount of doubts surrounding a fair few players, I suggest having a stronger bench than usual to cover those players that may indeed be forced to drop out. Luckily there are a number of bargain players to be had this gameweek, allowing for bench coverage and the funds for the more premium picks (I´m looking at you Eden Hazard!)


Let´s take a quick look at our Injuries and Suspension Post breakdown:

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



Out: Mesut Ozil, Laurent Koscielny, Mathieu Debuchy

Doubt: Theo Walcott (fitness), Danny Welbeck (knock), Olivier Giroud (fitness)

In: Oxlade-Chamberlain

Win: Alexis Sanchez


Aston Villa

Out: Christian Benteke (suspended), Fabian Delph, Senderos

Doubt: Baker, Ron Vlaar

In: Charles N´Zogbia, Ciaran Clark, Alan Hutton

Win: Andres Weimann



Out: Matthew Taylor, Sam Vokes

Doubt: Arfield (knock), Nathaniel Chalobah

In: Michael Knightly (maybe)

Win: Kieran Trippier




Doubt: Cesc Fabregas, Andre Schurrle

In: Cesar Azpilicueta, Ramires (maybe)

Win: Diego Costa


Crystal Palace

Out: McCarthy, Dobbie, Hunt,, Murray, Williams

Doubt: McArthur

In: Joe Ledley (maybe)

Win: Zaha



Out: Antolin Alcaraz, John Stones, Kone

Doubt: Gareth Barry, Leighton Baines, Sheamus Coleman, Kevin Mirallas, Darren Gibson, Pienaar

In: Sylvain Distin, Samuel Eto'o (maybe)

Win: Lukaku


Hull City

Out: Alex Bruce, Maynor Figueroa, Allan McGregor, Steve Harper, Robert Snodgrass

Doubt: Davies

In: Andrew Robertson (maybe)

Win: Robbie Brady


Leicester City

Out: Hammond

Doubt:  N/A

In: N/A

Win: Ulloa



Out:  Mamadou Sakho, Daniel Sturridge, Jon Flanagan, Suso

Doubt: Mario Balotelli, Jose Enrique, Jordan Henderson

In: Philippe Coutinho, Emir Can

Win: Raheem Sterling


Manchester City

Out: David Silva, Aleksandr Kolarov

Doubt: Dzeko, Vincent Kompany

In: Samir Nasri (maybe)

Win: Sergio Aguero


Manchester United

Out: Chris Smalling (suspended), Radamel Falcao, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blin, da Silva

Doubt: Michael Carrick, Phin Jones, Luke Shaw, Ashley Young, Jonny Evans

In: Pady McNair, Adan Januzaj

Win: Wayne Rooney



Out: Gabriel Obertan, Siem De Jong, Cheikh Tiote, Davide Santon, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Santon, Coloccini

Doubt: Abeid, Taylor

In: Remy Cabella, Ayoze Perez

Win: Ayoze Perez


Queens Park Rangers

Out: Rio Ferdinand (suspended), Alex McCarthy, Alejandro Faurlin, Adel Taarabt

Doubt: Cordiero

In: Charlie Austin

Win: Charlie Austin



Out: James Ward-Prowse, Jay Rodriguez, Artur Boruc, Jos Hooiveld

Doubt: Dustin Tadic, Schneiderlin, Davis

In: Jack Cork

Win: Graziano Pelle


Stoke City

Out: Robert Huth, Peter Odemwingie, Andy Wilkinson

Doubt: Wilson, Phil Bardsley

In: Muniesa, Bojan Krkic

Win: Bojan Krkic



Out: Lee Cattermole (suspended), Patrick Van Aanholt, Billy Jones, Ricky Alvarez, Emmanuele Giaccherini


In: Lee Cattermole (returning from suspension)

Win: Steven Fletcher


Swansea City

Out: Richards, Tate, Donnelly


In: Jonjo Shelvey, Montero

Win: Gylfi Sigurdsson


Tottenham Hotspur

Out: Nabil Bentaleb, Holtby

Doubt: Kyle Walker, Andros Townsend

In: Harry Kane, Erik Lamela (maybe)

Win: Harry Kane


West Bromwich Albion

Out:  Jonas Olsson


In: Craig Gardner (returning from suspension)

Win: Saido Berahino


West Ham United

Out: Guy Demel, Ravel Morrison, Modibo Maiga

Doubt: Downing (knock), Sahko

In: Kouyate

Win: Enner Valencia


There we have it, another Injury Round Up completed. How have the doubts surrounding Tadic and Fabregas alter your strategy for Week 12? Who are you looking at for bench cover?

My current squad looks like this: Courtois, Ivanovic, Trippier, Bertrand, Hazard, Di Maria, Tadic, Fabregas, Sanchez, Bojan, Costa w/ N'Zogbia, Kelly, Moore, and Gazz for the bench. Not much room to make changes unless I down grade Hazard, but he has performed well for me this season and with Chelsea having the best match up on paper, seemed the right buy. Plus if Fabregas is out, expect Hazard to take over more set pieces. N´Zogbia is a bit of a gamble as a bench option, but all indications say he will likely play and he is dirt cheap allowing me the funds for Hazard. I am still up in the air on Bojan. I have 2 options if I trade, swap him directly for Moses and opt for a 3-5-2 and rely on Kelly and Moore to be my bench options. Or drop Bojan/N´Zogbia for Pelle/Lamela, but I fear Pelle will suffer without the service of Tadic if he is indeed ruled out come kick off.

Well I hope is thes has helped solidify your team! As always good luck!