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Week 29 Premier League Injuries & Suspensions

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With many teams facing their third match in less than nine days, injuries and rotations will be critical to lineup selection. We are here for you to break down.

Sorry Shane, we won't be picking you this weekend.
Sorry Shane, we won't be picking you this weekend.
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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, Petr Cech, Carl Jenkinson, Laurent Koscielny, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Thomas Rosicky

Doubt: Jack Wilshere

In: David Ospina

Win: Olivier Giroud

Since losing Vertonghen, the once-dominant Spurs defense has been looking very shaky. Giroud should be able to get some chances in a very contentious North London derby.


Aston Villa

Out: Jordan Amavi, Jack Grealish, Carlos Sanchez, Adama Traore

Doubt: Libor Kozak

In: N/A

Win: Jordan Ayew

Back and healthy again, he should be able to cause City's defense problems. While Kompany is back and healthy, this Citizen defense is still trying to figure out what is wrong, and Ayew won't get them many chances to relax.


AFC Bournemouth

Out: Tyrone Mings, Junior Stanislas, Callum Wilson

Doubt: Harry Arter, Joshua King

In: Max Gradel

Win: Matt Ritchie

No team has had a lower amount of passes in the opposition half (54%) than Newcastle. This means Bournemouth's active winger should get plenty of possession in Newcastle's end of the pitch, plenty of corner kicks, and a few chances to connected with Benik Afobe for a goal.



Out: Radamel Falcao, Kurt Zouma, John Terry, Pedro

Doubt: Alexandre Pato (fitness), Kenedy

In: Baba Rahman, Willian, John Obi Mikel

Win: Willian

Do you really need to be told why Willian is the best play here? I didn't think so. You're a savvy manager. The man does it all. Takes corners. Wins free kicks. Scores on free kicks. Finds Diego Costa's forehead and feet. Play him.


Crystal Palace

Out: James McArthur, Jason Puncheon

Doubt: Wayne Hennessey, Connor Wickham, Martin Kelly (rotation)

In: Pape Souare, Julian Speroni, Emmanuel Adebayor (maybe)

Win: Yannick Bolasie

This Palace team is so much different with him in the lineup. Even Jurgen Klopp said he is their biggest worry heading into this match. He also has been terrific in his last two matches against Liverpool, with the technical ability to hurt them in defense.



Out: Tyias Browning

Doubt: Bryan Oviedo, Muhamed Besic, Tom Cleverley, Darron Gibson, Ramiro Funes Mori (rotation)

In: Leighton Baines (maybe), John Stones (maybe)

Win: Romelu Lukaku

With an injury-hit Hammers back line to play against, the Belgian striker will have plenty of opportunities to try to chase down Vardy for the leading scorer title. If you can manage to fit him in with Kun Aguero, you'll be in good shape this week. Unless he trolls us.


Leicester City

Out: Ritchie De Laet, Matty James, Andrej Kramaric

Doubt: Andy King (rotation)

In: N'Golo Kante

Win: Marc Albrighton

Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez continue to disappoint based on the insanely high standards they set for themselves earlier in the season, but Albrighton has been picking up the slack with some excellent performances lately. His crossing ability makes him worthwhile in formats that reward accuracy, while he could always pop up with a goal or assist.



Out: Lucas Leiva, Danny Ings, Joe Gomez

Doubt: Mamadou Sakho, Divock Origi (rotation), James Milner (rotation), Alberto Moreno (selection)

In: Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho, Martin Skrtel (maybe)

Win: Daniel Sturridge

After spending much of the season on the sidelines, Sturridge has shown flashes of his best form. Likely to earn a start this weekend, he'll link up with Roberto Firmino and Coutinho in the hopes of breaking the hoodoo against Palace.


Manchester City

Out: Kevin De Bruyne, Fabian Delph, Samir Nasri

Doubt: Fernando, Gael Clichy, Jesus Navas (all rotation)

In: David Silva, Yaya Toure, Aleksandar Kolarov

Win: Sergio Aguero

There's not really much explanation needed here. When fit, Aguero's the best striker in the league. Taking on bottom-of-the-table Villa is just icing on the cake.


Manchester United

Out: Wayne Rooney, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Ashley Young, Antonio Valencia

Doubt: Chris Smalling, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Phil Jones, Marouane Fellaini, Memphis Depay (rotation), Guillermo Varela (rotation)

In: Matteo Darmian (maybe), Anthony Martial, Michael Carrick

Win: Anthony Martial

The youngster should return, either at left wing or striker, though given the form of Marcus Rashford it seems likelier Martial will replace Memphis Depay. Either way, the Frenchman is another player who immediately improves United's chances for attacking contributions, and should have plenty of chances against West Brom.



Out: Fabricio Coloccini, Chancel Mbemba, Tim Krul

Doubt: Papiss Cisse, Yoan Gouffran

In: Andros Townsend (maybe), Ayoze Perez (maybe)

Win: Georginio Wijnaldum

Wijnaldum's record at home speaks for itself at this point in the season. The Dutchman loves playing in front of his fans, and could add to his tally against the Cherries.


Norwich City

Out: Alexander Tettey, Andre Wisdom

Doubt: Sebastian Bassong, Wes Hoolahan (rotation), Cameron Jerome (rotation)

In: Gary O'Neil, Steven Naismith, Diumerci M'bokani

Win: Nathan Redmond

With some slight doubts over Robbie Brady, who should start but who chipped two teeth midweek, Redmond is the midfielder of choice. His goal against Chelsea should see him keep his place in the starting lineup, and he'll be eager to show why he deserves to be the starter.



Out: Victor Wanyama (susp), Charlie Austin, Shane Long


In: Graziano Pelle, Sadio Mane, Dusan Tadic (maybe), Jordy Clasie (maybe)

Win: Virgil van Dijk

Ronald Koeman continues to confound fantasy managers with his constant tinkering, but VVD has been a consistent starter at the center back position. His goal threat adds to his appeal as the Saints attempt to rediscover their defensive dominance at home.


Stoke City

Out: Phil Bardsley, Glen Johnson, Charlie Adam

Doubt: Ryan Shawcross

In: Geoff Cameron

Win: Xherdan Shaqiri

The Swiss midfielder has shown his best form over the last two matches and will likely line up against Baba Rahman this weekend. Nothing against the Chelsea left back, but you have to like Shaqiri's chances to make it a hat-trick of strong performances.



Out: Lee Cattermole, Jeremain Lens, Duncan Watmore

Doubt: Jan Kirchhoff, John O'Shea

In: Younes Kaboul (maybe)

Win: Jermain Defoe

The veteran striker is one of those ever-reliable players for a team verging on relegation, and this is the time of year he turns it on. Sunderland may be facing the Saints at the right time after they've conceded multiple goals lately.


Swansea City

Out: N/A

Doubt: Leroy Fer, Kyle Naughton, Jordi Amat, Stephen Kingsley, Ki Sung-yueng (all rotation)

In: Alberto Paloschi, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Leon Britton, Angel Rangel, Neil Taylor, Federico Fernandez

Win: Gylfi Sigurdsson

The Icelandic midfielder will return to the starting lineup and will resume set piece duty against a piecemeal Norwich side. He played a major role in the victory over Arsenal and will be high on confidence against a weaker team.


Tottenham Hotspur

Out: Jan Vertonghen, Clinton N'Jie

Doubt: Ben Davies, Kieran Trippier, Ryan Mason (all rotation)

In: Dele Alli, Danny Rose, Kyle Walker, Mousa Dembele (maybe)

Win: Harry Kane

This will be a huge match for the title challengers, and Kane will fancy his chances against David Ospina. Expect plenty of shots from the England international.


Watford FC

Out: N/A

Doubt: Craig Cathcart, Jurado, Valon Behrami (rotation), Almen Abdi (rotation)

In: Nordin Amrabat, Nathan Ake, Mario Suarez (maybe)

Win: Heurelho Gomes

The former Spurs goalkeeper has been one of the most consistent keepers in the BPL this season and has racked up big save points on numerous occasions. Leicester are fighting for the title, but the Hornets are solid at home, particularly defensively, and Gomes will be a key man in this test.


West Bromwich Albion

Out: Chris Brunt, Jonny Evans, James Morrison, Callum McManaman

Doubt: N/A

In: James Chester

Win: Craig Gardner

Gardner has been in excellent form since being restored to the starting lineup, and has taken up set piece duty with Chris Brunt ruled out. Expect him to have a positive impact on the game for the Baggies, regardless of result.


West Ham United

Out: Sam Byram (susp), Winston Reid, James Collins, Joey O'Brien, James Tomkins, Victor Moses, Enner Valencia

Doubt: Pedro Obiang (rotation), Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho

In: Reece Oxford, Alex Song (maybe)

Win: Manuel Lanzini

With so many defensive worries, it's tough to bet on the Hammers defenders this week. Additionally, Michail Antonio and Dimitry Payet will be playing out of position, so Lanzini seems like a good bet to rediscover some of his early-season form as a nice differential pick-up.