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Week 34 EPL Injuries and Suspensions

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The four-team double week means heavy investment in players from Chelsea, Liverpool, Hull and Leicester this week, but injury concerns abound for each squad, so let's take a look at the injury news to determine who you should invest in.

Will either Chelsea striker see pitch time in both matches this week? Even one?
Will either Chelsea striker see pitch time in both matches this week? Even one?
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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

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Arsenal

Out: Mikel Arteta, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Doubt: Per Mertesacker, Kieran Gibbs (rotation), Mathieu Debuchy (match fitness)

In: Gabriel Paulisita, Nacho Monreal

Win: Mesut Ozil (hunch)

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Aston Villa

Out: Nathan Baker, Ciaran Clark, Scott Sinclair (ineligible)

Doubt: Alan Hutton, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Philippe Senderos

In: Jores Okore, Charles N'Zogbia (maybe)

Win: Christian Benteke

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Burnley

Out: Ashley Barnes (suspended)

Doubt: Steven Reid (match fitness)

In: Michael Kightly

Win: George Boyd

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Chelsea

Out: N/A

Doubt: Diego Costa, Loic Remy, Kurt Zouma (rotation), Oscar (rotation)

In: Didier Drogba, Ramires (maybe), Willian (maybe)

Win: Eden Hazard

The news that Diego Costa is back under consideration for the Arsenal game is a huge surprise. I can't imagine Mourinho risking bringing him back into the lineup again so soon after the last 10-minute appearance, but Jose is Jose, so who knows. I'm still of the opinion that Didier Drogba, in all his Arsenal-destroying glory, will get the start against the Gunners.

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Crystal Palace

Out: Frazier Campbell, Marouane Chamakh, Barry Bannan

Doubt: Martin Kelly (selection), Joe Ledley (rotation)

In: Pape Souare (maybe)

Win: Glenn Murray

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Everton

Out: Darron Gibson, Bryan Oviedo

Doubt: James McCarthy, Stephen Pienaar, Leon Osman

In: Kevin Mirallas, Mohamed Besic (maybe)

Win: Romelu Lukaku

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Hull City

Out: Curtis Davies, Andrew Robertson, David Meyler (suspended)

Doubt: Gaston Ramirez, James Chester (rotation), Steve Harper (rotation)

In: Allan McGregor, Robbie Brady

Win: Dame N'Doye

Even though they're in a relegation scrap, Hull aren't playing anything like Leicester at the moment, so there's not a ton to love here. N'Doye is a good combination of value and guaranteed minutes, so if you are going to invest from the Tigers he's probably your man.

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Leicester City

Out: Chris Wood

Doubt: David Nugent, Marcin Wasilewski

In: Leonardo Ulloa, Matthew Upson (maybe)

Win: Jeffrey Schlupp

Doubts at the forward position seem to be a running theme this week, and it's no different with the Foxes. Between Nugent, Ulloa, Kramaric and Vardy, someone is going to be missing out on game time. Schlupp has been a consistent performer and should return more than his value this week despite his steep price tag.

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Liverpool

Out: Daniel Sturridge, Lucas Leiva, Mamadou Sakho

Doubt: Jon Flanagan, Adam Lallana (match fitness), Joe Allen (rotation)

In: Jordon Ibe, Steven Gerrard (maybe)

Win: Philippe Coutinho

With Daniel Sturridge definitely out of the first match and Mario Balotelli a permanent fixture on the bench, Liverpool's attacking midfielders are the pick of the bunch this week. Coutinho has been in dazzling form in 2015, and there's no reason to think that will come to an end against either opponent this week.

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Manchester City

Out: Gael Clichy, Samir Nasri, Vincent Kompany, Stevan Jovetic

Doubt: Wilfried Bony

In: Aleksandar Kolarov, Eliaquim Mangala

Win: Sergio Aguero

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Manchester United

Out: Rafael da Silva

Doubt: Adnan Januzaj, Phil Jones, Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo, Michael Carrick

In: Radamel Falcao (maybe), Luke Shaw (maybe)

Win: Wayne Rooney

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Newcastle

Out: Papiss Cisse, Moussa Sissoko (both suspended), Cheikh Tiote, Massadio Haidara

Doubt: Paul Dummett

In: Vurnon Anita (maybe)

Win: Ryan Taylor

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Queens Park Rangers

Out: Eduardo Vargas, Rio Ferdinand

Doubt: Adel Taarabt, Darnell Furlong

In: Niko Kranjcar

Win: Charlie Austin

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Southampton

Out: Fraser Forster, Filip Djuricic

Doubt: Toby Alderweireld, Shane Long (selection)

In: James Ward-Prowse, Maya Yoshida

Win: Nathaniel Clyne (hunch)

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Stoke City

Out: Victor Moses, Bojan Krkic, Marc Muniesa

Doubt: Stephen Ireland

In: Charlie Adam (maybe)

Win: Phillip Wollscheid

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Sunderland

Out: Sebastian Larsson (suspended), Ricky Alvarez, Steven Fletcher

Doubt: Liam Bridcutt (rotation)

In: Lee Cattermole. Jack Rodwell (maybe)

Win: Patrick van Aanholt

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Swansea City

Out: Neil Taylor (suspended), Bafetimbi Gomis, Kyle Naughton

Doubt: Jonjo Shelvey (rotation)

In: Jordi Amat, Jefferson Montero (maybe)

Win: Ki Sung-Yueng (hunch)

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Tottenham Hotspur

Out: Kyle Walker

Doubt: Michel Vorm (rotation), Ben Davies (rotation)

In: Hugo Lloris (maybe), Danny Rose (maybe)

Win: Harry Kane

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West Bromwich Albion

Out: Youssouf Mulumbu (suspended), Graham Dorrans, Andre Wisdom (ineligible)

Doubt: Craig Dawson

In: Chris Baird

Win: Saido Berahino

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West Ham United

Out: Andy Carroll, Guy Demel, Diafra Sakho, James Tomkins

Doubt: N/A

In: N/A

Win: Stewart Downing

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After tinkering for quite a while last night, I've currently got the following team saved:

Schmeichel
Cresswell, Ivanovic, Schlupp
Sterling, Hazard, Matic, Coutinho
N'Doye, Drogba, Kane

I'm still wavering back and forth on dropping Kane at 9.42 for Vardy. With no real chance of me competing for any sort of honors this season, I'm thinking I might as well maximize the possibilities for number of games played, but it sure is difficult to drop the Spurs forward.

How has this news impacted your team selection, and where do things currently stand?