Out: Fantasy-relevant players who have been confirmed out for the week, either through injury or suspension
Doubt: Players facing the dreaded fitness test, rotation concerns and those who are out of form/favor
In: The likeliest replacements for the Outs & Doubts or those returning from injury
Win: Fantasy player to watch / my hunch pick of the week
Out: Santi Cazorla, Tomas Rosicky, Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere
Doubt: Mathieu Flamini (rotation)
In: Francis Coquelin
Win: Mesut Ozil
It's hard to envision a repeat of the goalfest from the reverse fixture, but clean sheets seem unlikely even with Francis Coquelin returning from injury to displace Flamini. Unless you have a hunch about Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey or Alexis Sanchez, you have to go with maestro Mesut Ozil, don't you?
Out: Jordan Amavi, Jordan Ayew (suspension), Jack Grealish, Carlos Sanchez, Adama Traore
Doubt: Rudy Gestede
Win: Leandro Bacuna
Simon Mignolet looks shaky against set pieces, so Leandro Bacuna could take advantage. Villa's defense has looked surprisingly stout recently and a home fixture against Liverpool offers a shot at a clean sheet, but I think the likely return of Philippe Coutinho will make the visitors too much to handle in that regard.
Out: Max Gradel, Tyrone Mings, Callum Wilson
Win: Charlie Daniels
Stoke is also struggling defensively, but the Potters have scored the second fewest goals in the league and is on the road, so a clean sheet is a better possibility for Bournemouth than an offensive explosion. Daniels will look to be involved on both ends.
Out: Radamel Falcao, Matt Miazga (fitness), Alexandre Pato (fitness), Loic Remy, Kurt Zouma
Doubt: Diego Costa
In: Gary Cahill
Win: Branislav Ivanovic
Diego Costa will probably be o.k. to play with a broken nose, albeit with a mask which could limit his effectiveness. Kurt Zouma is out with injury, but Gary Cahill is not too shabby as far as replacements go. With the favorable home match-up against Newcastle, Ivanovic should be able continue his string of wonderful returns.
Out: Yannick Bolasie, Joe Ledley, James McArthur, Jason Puncheon, Bakary Sako
Doubt: Dwight Gayle
In: Connor Wickham
Win: Scott Dann
Between recent transfer addition Emmanuel Adebayor, injury doubt Dwight Gayle and suspension returnee Connor Wickham, Alan Pardew has some choices to make from an offensive standpoint. Given the continued absence of Bolasie amidst Palace's struggles, defender Scott Dann remains the safest choice from a fantasy perspective, offering a good chance of returns on both ends of the pitch as defensive-minded Watford coming to town.
Out: Muhamed Besic, Tyias Browning, Tony Hibbert, James McCarthy
Doubt: Tim Howard, Oumar Niasse (fitness), John Stones
Win: Bryan Oviedo
Tim Howard and John Stones could return to the starting line-up if they are judged fit to play, but Everton's been on a roll and the Toffees have a favorable match-up with West Brom coming to Goodison, so if it's not broke, why fix it, right? Oviedo has been delivering big time in place of Leighton Baines at an even cheaper price, so instead of bemoaning Baines' absence, why not embrace Oviedo's newfound fortune?
Out: Daniel Amartay (fitness), Matty James, Jeffrey Schlupp
Win: Christian Fuchs
Leicester City at Arsenal is the game of the week, and the usual suspects (Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy) will be fun to watch, but as the Tigers have turned from offensive juggernaut to defensive machine, Christian Fuchs has been adept on both ends as the Foxes' fantasy machine of late.
Out: Joe Allen, Joe Gomez, Danny Ings, Dejan Lovren, Divock Origi, Martin Skrtel
Doubt: Daniel Sturridge
In: Philippe Coutinho, Kolo Toure
Win: Roberto Firmino
Coutinho should be ready to start following injury, which is fortunate timing given Allen's injury. Daniel Sturridge will probably also return to the pitch, but more likely as a sub off the bench. Kolo Toure likely will get the call in place of Lovren, who went out with injury against Sunderland. Aston Villa is no defensive pushover, but Firmino has been largely unstoppable of late and will love having Coutinho back to give the offense even more explosiveness.
Out: Wilfried Bony, Kevin De Bruyne, Fabian Delph, Eliaquim Mangala, Samir Nasri, Jesus Navas
Doubt: Martin Demichelis (rotation)
In: Fernando, Vincent Kompany
Win: Sergio Aguero
Manchester City's squad depth will certainly be tested with a glut of injuries, but Vincent Kompany's return will be welcomed with tough Tottenham coming to the Etihad; recent fill-in Martin Demichelis should make way. In midfield, Fernando should replace the injured Fabian Delph. This expects to be much more low-scoring than the usual Manchester City home game, but it is impossible to pick against Kun who has scored in four straight games with six goals in that period.
Out: Phil Jones, Adnan Januzaj, Marcos Rojo, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia, Guillermo Varela, Ashley Young
Win: Wayne Rooney
Phil Jones will have to wait another week before returning to the starting line-up, which would likely leave things unchanged for the visit to Sunderland. The world is a better place when Wayne Rooney is delivering for fantasy owners and the Black Cats should accommodate that continuance.
Out: Vernon Anita, Papiss Cisse, Paul Dummett, Massadio Haidara, Tim Krul, Chancel Mbemba, Gabriel Obertan
Doubt: Siem De Jong
Win: Steven Taylor
Newcastle has plenty of players still on the shelf, but that's one reason why the team brought in so many transfers and Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend should continue to start. Jack Colback and Emmanuel Riviere are fit to feature, but their appearances will likely come via the bench. The match-up at Chelsea will be difficult, so I'll turn to Steven Taylor who has a knack for grabbing phantom points.
Out: Alex Tettey (suspension), Andre Wisdom
Doubt: Dieumerci Mbokani and/or Gary O'Neill (rotation)
In: Patrick Bamford, Graham Dorrans
Win: Robert Brady
Graham Dorrans returns to midfield after illness, likely replacing O'Neill in the starting line-up. Chelsea loanee Patrick Bamford could earn his first start, with Dieumerci Mbokani making way if that is the case. With West Ham coming to town and Norwich struggling, you're probably not banking on much here, but consistent Robbie Brady seems like the way to go.
Out: Florin Gardos, Jay Rodriguez, Victor Wanyama (suspended)
Doubt: Graziano Pelle and/or Maya Yoshida (rotation)
In: Charlie Austin, Matt Targett
Win: Fraser Forster
Charlie Austin and Matt Targett will look to push into the starting line-up following return from injury, with Maya Yoshida and/or Graziano Pelle possibly making way. Steven Davis offers another option after getting over his injury, but is probably more likely to feature from the bench. A sixth straight clean sheet, this time at Swansea, would be hard to bet against for Forster and company.
Out: Charlie Adam, Geoff Cameron, Ryan Shawcross, Marc Wilson
Doubt: Ibrahim Afellay (rotation), Jonathan Walters (illness)
In: Bojan Krkic
Win: Marco Arnautovic
Stoke City has been unable to come up with a cohesive plan on either side of the pitch, but the addition of Giannelli Imbula leaves Afellay's starting spot in jeopardy, with Marc Hughes possibly pushing Bojan back into the mix after another poor result last week. Jonathan Walters should be available following illness, but is far from an automatic choice by any means. The Cherries will be difficult to handle for a Shawcross-less defense, leaving the need for Arnautovic to go after Bournemouth on the other end.
Out: Adam Johson (released), Younes Kaboul, Sebastian Larsson, Jeremain Lens, Duncan Watmore
Doubt: Billy Jones
In: Fabrio Borini, DeAndre Yedlin
Win: Wahbi Khazri
Fabio Borini should fill in for the injured Duncan Watmore, with DeAndre Yedlin doing likewise for Billy Jones if he is unable to pass the fitness test. Sunderland will have plenty of confidence following the spirited comeback draw against Liverpool and will need Khazri to have another nice game with David De Gea a tougher nut to crack than Simon Mignolet.
Doubt: Wayne Routledge (rotation)
In: Ki Sung-Yeung
Win: Gylfi Sigurdsson
Ki has passed clear following a concussion and is expected to slot in for Routledge. Swansea should have difficulty scoring against stout Southampton, but if anybody's going to do it, Siggy's been absolutely on fire.
Out: Clinton N'Jie, Jan Vertonghen
Doubt: Nacer Chadli or Erik Lamela (rotation)
In: Dele Alli
Win: Christian Eriksen
After a couple of appearances from the bench due to illness, Dele Alli should return to the starting line-up with Erik Lamela or Nacer Chadli making way. You're probably not loading up on Spurs as much as usual given the tough locale, so you've really got to pick between the usual stars Alli, Eriksen and Kane.
Out: Joel Ekstrand, Tommy Hoban
Doubt: Miguel Britos
In: Sebastian Prodl
Win: Odion Ighalo
Miguel Britos is a doubt, with Sebastian Prodl waiting in the wings if necessary. Watford has lost a bit of its shine, but Crystal Palace has dulled even more, so going offense and/or defense could pay off handsomely. Let's look for Odion Ighalo to break out of his slump.
Out: Gareth McAuley, Callum McManaman, James Morrison
Doubt: Chris Brunt, Craig Dawson, Jonny Evans
In: Sebastian Pocognoli
Win: Salomon Rondon
With Gareth McAuley, Chris Brunt and Jonny Evans likely all missing from the back line, Sebastian Pocognoli may sneak into the starting line-up. Especially given Albion's injuries, Everton should prove a more formidable opponent than midweek's Petersborough, so you're probably not looking for much winning in this side, but you could always get lucky with someone like Rondon.
Out: Cheikhou Kouyate, Manuael Lanzini, Joey O'Brien, Winston Reid, Diafra Sakho, James Tomkins
Doubt: Victor Moses (rotation)
In: Sam Byram, Angelo Ogbonna, Alex Song
Win: Dimitri Payet
With O'Brien, Reid and Tomkins out injured, Byram and Ogbonna should start in the back line, while Alex Song has recovered from injury and could slot in for Victor Moses if Slaven Bilic opts to shore up the defense. It's not exactly going out on a limb to pick Dimitri Payet to return value at Norwich.
My fantasy teams (named Stallone Wall) at the moment:
Forster / Bellerin, Fuchs, Targett / Alli, Mahrez, Ozil, Payet (V) / Aguero (C), Kane, Vardy / Bench: A Ayew, Alderweireld, G Johnson, Fabianski [Official BPL]
Forster / Ivanovic, Oviedo, S Taylor / Eriksen, Khazri, Mahrez, Payet / Aguero, Firmino, Kane [Fantrax]
Forster / Coleman, Fuchs, Ivanovic, Soares / Eriksen, Mahrez, Ozil, Payet / Firmino, Lukaku [Togga Perfect XI]
How are your squads coming together?