We don't have an early Friday night game this week. Heck, we don't have a Monday fixture either. How simple, a return to old-fashioned Saturday and Sunday games! You know what that means? Less chance of late injury news making a mess of your squad (or at least, certainly my squad) as with a certain Mr. Payet last weekend.
This is a rundown of current injury and suspension news:
Tottenham v. Liverpool
Hugo Lloris remains out with his hamstring injury and Moussa Dembele is still in the midst of his long suspension for the home side. Son Heung-Min should be able to feature for the first time this season following a spell of rest, but that will likely come as a substitute. Dele Alli is back to full health following the illness that kept him out of the starting line-up last week and he should displace Vincent Janssen.
For the visitors, Philippe Coutinho is a doubt with a gimpy hammy and Emre Can is questionable after a mid-week ankle injury, while the oft-injured Lucas (hamstring) has gotten closer to fitness but remains a doubt. In better news, Divock Origi's injury (mid-week cramp) does not seem as severe as the others, while Sadio Mane should return to the starting line-up after missing out last week through injury. On the defensive side, Joseph Gomez and Mamadou Sakho are unlikely to be healthy enough to be able to come in and help Liverpool's beleaguered back line.
Watford v. Arsenal
Watford have made a trio of recent signings in the form of Daryl Janmaat, Younes Kaboul and Roberto Pereyra, but Walter Mazzari is not expected to shake-up the starting 11 as soon as this weekend.
Meanwhile, the Gunners have gotten off to a slow start with a slew of injuries and international players resting for their opening pair of games. Really, you don't say? Oh wait, that only happens every season! Mesut Ozil should make his first start and Olivier Giroud and Jack Wilshere will also push for inclusion after the trio featured from the bench last week, but otherwise the squad's its usual collection of walking wounded with the likes of Gabriel Paulista, Alex Iwobi, Per Mertesacker, Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck continuing their spells on the sidelines.
Chelsea v. Burnley
In an alternate universe -- that is, one where referees actually have a pair of eyes along with a pair of, well, something considerably lower -- Diego Costa would be on a double yellow card suspension earned in game two or returning from a double yellow suspension from the opener. But elsewhere, in the real world, Kurt Zouma remains out, while Willian is hopeful to be fit enough to feature after missing out last week against Watford with a calf strain, but the bench would seem more likely than a start. After strong performances off the bench, Cesc Fabregas and Michy Batshuayi offer starting options, leaving worry for Pedro and Oscar.
Chelsea's Patrick Bamford has gone over to Burnley on loan. Obviously he can't play against his parent team this weekend, but he may be able to crack the starting line-up in short order if Andre Gray is suspended. Ashley Barnes remains injured.
Crystal Palace v. Bournemouth
Defender Damien Delaney, Wayne Hennessey and Joe Ledley are all injury doubts. Otherwise, Frazier Campbell and Bakary Sako remain on the sidelines, while Christian Benteke lacks match fitness and is expected to come on as a sub. There could be up to four new starters, with defender James Tomkins and keeper Steve Mandanda in line to join fully rested midfielders Yohan Cabaye and James McArthur, possibly displacing some combination among Delaney, Hennessey, Lee Chung-Yong, Ledley and/or Wilfried Zaha. After a pair of 1-0 losses, changes should certainly be welcome.
Bournemouth, also reeling after two straight losses, should keep its same starting 11 as Tyrone Mings and Junior Stanislas remain sidelined due to injury.
Tom Cleverly, Darron Gibson and James McCarthy are expected to be able to shake off injury worries, while Muhamed Besic, Ty Browning and Seamus Coleman remain sidelined. After coming on as a sub last weekend, Romelu Lukaku should crack the starting line-up and Yannick Bolasie could do likewise, likely displacing some combination of McCarthy, Gerard Deulofeu and/or Kevin Mirallas. Otherwise, after also featuring from the bench last week, defender Ashley Williams is expected to start, pairing with Phil Jagielka or alternately Ramiro Funes Mori.
Xherdan Shaqiri and his gimpy calf are still a doubt for the Potters, so an appearance as a sub is likely the best he can hope for. Otherwise, Jack Butland, Glen Johnson and Ibrahim Afellay remain unable to contribute.
Jeffrey Schlupp remains out for the Tigers while Nampalys Mendy's injury against Arsenal will keep him on the sidelines for several weeks, leaving Ahmed Musa and Andy King pushing for a start.
Neil Taylor remains short of fitness for the Swans yet again, leaving Steven Kingsley at wing back in the favored 11 as they battle Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy and company.
Ryan Bertand is pushing for a return, while Florin Gardos is less likely to feature in the back, with Matt Targett's starting spot possibly in jeopardy as it appears that Oriol Romeu has quickly recovered from his setback early in loss against Manchester United.
Things are more dire for the Black Cats with striker Fabio Borini, defenders Lamine Kone and John O'Shea and midfielders Jeremain Lens and Steven Pienaar all doubtful amidst the continuing absences of Lee Cattermole, Billy Jones, Jan Kirchhoff and Sebastian Larsson. Keeper Vito Mannone is confirmed out with a long-term injury suffered recently in training, as Jordan Pickford should be the replacement choice. Donald Love and Javier Manquillo will look to take O'Shea's spot while Papy Djiloboji would likely continue if Kone remains out, with Wahbi Khazri pushing for a starting spot in attacking midfield.
Hull City v. Manchester United
The overachieving underdog darling of the young season, Hull City continues with its ramshackle squad due to injuries to Alex Bruce, Michael Dawson, Allen McGregor and Moses Odubaju. However, Harry Maguire has recovered from injury and could start in defense, pushing Jake Livermore into midfield as David Meyler perhaps steps aside.
The surging, new-look Red Devils, on the other hand, have an abundance of riches as Henrick Mkhitaryan and Chris Smalling would love to crack the starting line-up, with Juan Mata and Daley Blind respectively likely giving way in that scenario. Given the unblemished start, Jose Mourinho may prefer to keep things staid for the seemingly mismatched battle of teams atop the table.
West Brom v. Middlesbrough
Jonny Evans remains a slight doubt from injury but there could be an additional reason to rest him depending on the situation regarding Arsenal transfer rumors, with Brendan Galloway an option to step in. Alternately, Claudio Yacob could hop back a few paces on the pitch, leaving James McClean angling for a start in midfield. Chris Brunt remains out with injury.
As for the visitors, Victor Valdes remains an injury doubt, but it is uncertain who would start if he were passed fit. After Valdes did nothing to impress in the opening draw with Stoke City, Brad Guzan delivered a solid performance in the win over Sunderland followed by a disappointing effort in a midweek League Cup loss to Fulham. Defender George Friend, who has gotten plenty of fantasy love, picked up a midweek knock and his status is up in the air, likely coming down to the dreaded game time decision. Emilio Nsue would be his probable stand-in.
Manchester City v. West Ham
Bacary Sagna's injury should allow fantasy favorite Aleksandar Kolarov a starting spot in back. After his brace as a substitute, Nolito will push to recover his favored position over Jesus Navas. Otherwise, the Citizens line-up likely will not have much turnover in their push to remain atop the table, with Vincent Kompany still on the shelf. Leroy Sane is nearing full fitness, but a bench appearance seems more likely than a start. While Claudio Bravo has finally secured a long-rumored move, Willy Caballero should be afforded another appearance between the posts.
For the visiting Hammers, Dimitri Payet and Mark Noble are hopeful to pass fit while Manuel Lanzini looks to be more of a coin toss, whereas Havard Nordtveit seems unlikely to feature. Meanwhile, Andy Carroll, Aaron Cresswell and Sofiane Feghouli remain sidelined. The fitness tests regarding the aforementioned midfielders should impact how far up (or back) the pitch Michail Antonio plays and thus if Sam Byram will feature again in the starting line-up.
As news comes in ahead of the deadline, please share in the comments to help your fellow fantasy managers. As always, don't forget to save your teams! Good luck!