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Week 22: Outs, Doubts, Ins, Wins

There are too many options this Game Week. We all know the "players" that will be in everyone's team but will they shine as expected or fade away and get outscored by their teammates ...

A lot of managers have high hopes that Kevin Mirallas will repeat his FA Cup performance on Monday against West Bromwich Albion...
A lot of managers have high hopes that Kevin Mirallas will repeat his FA Cup performance on Monday against West Bromwich Albion...
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Below is a breakdown of what each of the categories means:

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: Mathieu Debuchy, Jack Wilshire, Mikel Arteta, Danny Welbeck

Doubt: Kieran Gibbs, Wojciech Szczesny (out of favor)

In: Hector Belerin, David Ospina (maybe)

Win: Aaron Ramsey

While Alexis Sanchez dazzled with two brilliant goals against Stoke, Aaron Ramsey should get a start and I expect him to do well against Manchester City.


Aston Villa

Out: Ciaran Clark (suspension), Ron Vlaar

Doubt: N/A

In: Jores Okore, Nathan Baker

Win: Jores Okore

The Danish player scored 14 points with a yellow card and without a clean sheet against Leicester City. I would not hesitate to start him at home against Liverpool.



Out: Matthew Taylor, Stephen Ward

Doubt: Jason Shackell, Kieran Trippier

In: Ben Mee

Win: Danny Ings

Ings has averaged slightly more than 11 points in Burnley's last few games and home to Crystal Palace is a great opportunity to add to the point tally.



Out: Cesar Azpilicueta

Doubt: Thibaut Courtois

In: Peter Cech, Filipe Luis

Win: Eden Hazard

We all know that Hazard's away form has not been the best, but the midfielder will test Swansea's defense and  I expect him to get on a scoresheet against the Swans.


Crystal Palace

Out: Yannick Bolasie, Mile Jedinak

Doubt: Marouane Chamakh

In: Glenn Murray

Win: Glenn Murray

There is nothing more meaningful to a player than having the manager's support. Murray, who just came back from an injury started in Alan Pardew's first game as a manager and was denied a goal only by a miraculous bounce off Hugo Lloris. Priced at £2.54, he should, at the very least, be on your bench.



Out: Leon Osman, Tim Howard, James McCarthy, Steven Pienaar

Doubt: Tony Hibbert, Sylvain Distin

In: Joel Robles, John Stones

Win: Kevin Mirallas

With a beautiful set piece goal, an assist and a shutout penalty kick converted, the Belgian international is a no brainer pick for Monday's game against West Browmich Albion.


Hull City

Out: Nikica Jelavic, Abel Hernandez, Mohamed Diame, Robert Snodgrass, Andrew Robertson, Liam Rosenior

Doubt: Sone Aluko, Gaston Ramirez

In: Stephen Quinn

Win: N/A

I don't like Hull's chances away to West Ham. As a result, I am not able to recommend any player from the Hull side knowing that no fantasy manager will pick them.


Leicester City

Out: Kasper Schmeichel, Matthew Upson, Riyad Mahrez, Jeffrey Schlupp, Matty James (suspension)

Doubt: Esteban Cambiasso, Dean Hammond

In: Ben Hamer, David Nugent, Anthony Knockaert, Marc Albrighton, Andrej Kramaric (maybe)

Win: Anthony Knockaert

This is the player that many had high hopes for before the season started but injuries and other players' form has prevented the French footballer from showing his best. Riyad Mahrez's departure to the African Nations Cup has allowed Knockaert his first start since the opening week and a decent fantasy score (8 points). Priced at £4.10, you could do much worse than having him on your bench, or if feeling lucky putting him in your starting 11 home to Stoke.



Out: Jon Flanagan, Daniel Sturridge, Kolo Toure, Joe Allen, Brad Jones

Doubt: Glen Johnson, Steven Gerrard, Adam Lallana

In: Lazar Markovic, Raheem Sterling, Fabio Borini (maybe)

Win: Raheem Sterling

Back from a short vacation to Jamaica, Sterling should slot right into the starting 11 and is Liverpool's biggest threat away to Aston Villa.


Manchester City

Out: Samir Nasri, Yaya Toure

Doubt: Edin Dzeko

In: Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany

Win: Sergio Aguero

Home to an Arsenal team with depleted defense presents a perfect game for Kun Aguero to return after the injury with a bang. Priced at a very affordable £15.07 but with the upcoming Week 23 fixture against Chelsea, let's see how many fantasy managers play the Argentine in both fixtures.


Manchester United

Out: Ashley Young, Robin Van Persie

Doubt: Marcos Rojo

In: Radomel Falcao, Luke Shaw

Win: Radomel Falcao

Omitted from the squad sheet altogether last week, the Colombian striker should get a start here and this could be a perfect game for those fantasy managers looking to gain ground to go outside the box and start him against Queens Park Rangers.


Newcastle United

Out: Rolando Aarons, Gabriel Obertan, Ryan Taylor, Pappis Cisse, Cheick Tioté, Sammy Ameobi, Davide Santon

Doubt: Adam Armstrong

In: Remy Cabella, Vurnon Anita

Win: Tim Krul

After the Chelsea defeat, the Dutch keeper's price went down to £4.50. Yes he is a risky pick, but home to an injury plagued Southampton team that has not been scoring well away from St. Mary's, he is a differential that could pay off big.


Queens Park Rangers

Out: Alejandro Faurlin, Yun Suk-Young

Doubt: Rio Ferdinand

In: Mauro Zarate (maybe and priced at £5.06)

Win: Charlie Austin

He back to scoring goals and home to Manchester United team that will try to attack after the dismal performance against Southampton should allow QPR chances at quick counter attacks and even a penalty.



Out: Toby Alderweireled, Jay Rodriguez, Sadio Mane, Morgan Schneiderlin, Maya Yoshida

Doubt: Victor Wanyama, Dusan Tadic

In: Florin Gardos, Jack Corck, Eljero Elia (maybe)

Win: Ryan Bertrand

Some managers had a bit of a shocker when Bertrand scored just 2 points last week after securing a clean sheet against Manchester United. Consider it an "off week" and have plenty of faith that Bertrand will be in double digits after the Newcastle game.


Stoke City

Out: Peter Odemwingie, Andy Wilkinson, Mame Biram Diouf

Doubt: Steven N'Zonzi, Erik Pieters, Marc Wilson

In: Victor Moses

Win: Victor Moses

We all remember the type of fantasy tear Victor Moses was on before the injury. Well, he is back and priced at £7.88, he should slot right into the Stoke starting 11 and will present plenty of problems to Leicester City defenders.



Out: Jack Rodwell, Liam Bridcutt

Doubt: Lee Cattermole, Vito Mannone

In: Jermain Defoe, Emanuele Giaccherini

Win: Adam Johnson

With 19 and 12 points scored against Manchester City and Liverpool, respectively, there is no reason why AJ should not continue his good form against Tottenham. Furthermore, he is back on PK duties which adds another dimension to his fantasy scoring abilities.


Swansea City

Out: Wilfried Bony, Ki Sung-Yueng, Jefferson Montero, Jonjo Shelvey (suspension)

Doubt: N/A

In: Bafétimbi Gomis, Tom Carroll

Win: Gylfi Sigurdsson

The Iceland international loves scoring against big clubs and will be looking forward to proving his form when Chelsea comes to South Wales.



Out: Erik Lamela, Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb

Doubt: N/A

In: Benjamin Stambouli, Moussa Dembele

Win: Christian Eriksen

While all the talk is about the young Harry Kane, the Denmark international has had a few quite games. I see him as a real differential pick this game week and expect him to do really well.


West Bromwich Albion

Out: Jonas Olsson, Youssuf Mulumbu

Doubt: N/A

In: Chris Brunt

Win: Saido Berahino

So last week I recommended Stephane Sessegnon thinking he would do great but it was Berahino who stole his thunder and had an excellent fantasy week. While I do not really like West Bromwich Albion's chances against an Everton who will be looking to rebound after a tough FA Cup loss to West Ham United, Berahino remains the offensive player to own from West Bromwich.


West Ham United

Out: Modibo Maiga, Cheikh Kouyate

Doubt: N/A

In: Alex Song, Enner Valencia

Win: Stewart Downing / Andy Carroll

I know most fantasy managers think that Stewart Downing is indispensable this Game Week but I also think that also having Andy Carroll is a good idea as I expect a convincing win against Hull City.


So here it is. My team thus far is: Robles, Baines, Cresswell, Shaw, Downing, Eriksen, Di Maria, Fabregas, Mirallas, Sanchez, Kane with Hamer, Kelly, Okore and Murray on the bench. I may drop Shaw and bring in Aguero. In that case, Kane will likely make way.

What are your teams looking like?