Note the giant dent in the ranks this week as West Ham and Tottenham are left off, but receive a double game week in GW22 for their troubles. Make your waiver moves carefully and accordingly! [Editor’s note: here is more information on Waivers and DGW]

If you look through these ranks and think, “Why in the creamy $%#@ is he ranking so many tall, ugly centre halves so highly?!” Chances are you don’t play Togga much. Until or unless aerial duel points are nerfed, it’s never worth being too precious about defenders because you can always stream a big dumb elephant whose primary role is to deflect footballs off his dome. And the population of this species of footballer is large indeed. I recently cited the example on Twitter of Mr. Ryan “Leg Destroyer” Shawcross. He had a nightmare performance against West Ham in GW18 and still managed 7.25 points. Why? Because on 10 separate occasions, he jumped 3.75 inches into the air and allowed a football to pelt his forehead. What I’m trying to say is: scoring from aerial duels needs to be looked at. /rant

For the reason belabored above, I rather like the artwork I selected this week. Shane Duffy gets his face smashed in by a well-inflated Nike Ordem and Zanka eagerly signals to the spectators at home: “He scored one point for that!”

Let’s get started.

  • Postscript from GW20: Let’s just say, that was a weird one. Depoitre and Antonio were both benched, but Pope and Fabianski, ranked #2 and #3 overall among keepers, both had stinkers. So, I’m practically clairvoyant.
  • Studs: Salah and Sterling still the very best bet for GW21, quelle surprise. I particularly like all the neanderthal center halves this week, notably in the Schindler/Zanka and Mee/Tarkowski matchup, but I think Lascelles/Mbemba and Dunk/Duffy will serve up plenty of aerial duels. If either or both of those fixtures ends 0-0, we could see 15-20 point output from many defenders.
  • Duds: Converse to the above and despite a seemingly friendly matchup at Old Trafford, good luck in A. predicting the starting 11 or B. having confidence in any United defenders. That team is playing with so little confidence or joy at the moment. Fortunately for Paulo Dybala, Juventus have turned down a £70 million + Mkhitaryan to bring the Argentinian under the toxic spell of Mourinho. What’s the worst that could happen? Maybe Dybala could call any one of the following players for a clue: Salah, Hazard, De Bruyne, oh and uhhh Mkhitaryan himself.
1David De GeaMarcos AlonsoKevin De BruyneMohamed Salah
2Nick PopeSead KolasinacPhilippe CoutinhoRaheem Sterling
3Lukasz FabianskiCesar AzpilicuetaEden HazardAlexis Sanchez
4Petr CechKyle WalkerLeroy SaneRomelu Lukaku
5EdersonNicolas OtamendiMesut OzilRoberto Firmino
6Jordan PickfordHector BellerinSadio ManeGabriel Jesus
7Thibaut CourtoisJoseph GomezCesc FabregasSergio Aguero
8Mat RyanVictor MosesJuan MataAlvaro Morata
9Jonas LosslBen MeePaul PogbaRicharlison
10Simon MignoletPhil JonesDavid SilvaAlexander Lacazette
11Rob ElliotShkodran MustafiWillianWayne Rooney
12Asmir BegovicShane DuffyGylfi SigurdssonMarcus Rashford
13Heurelho GomesAndrew RobertsonRiyad MahrezJoshua King
14Kasper SchmeichelJonjoe KennyJesse LingardJamie Vardy
15Fraser ForsterAndreas ChristensenJ. Berg GudmundssonLaurent Depoitre
16Jack ButlandLaurent KoscielnyPascal GrossAshley Barnes
17Julian SperoniJoel MatipAaron MooyDominic Calvert-Lewin
18Ben FosterAntonio RudigerMatt RitchiePeter Crouch
19Christopher SchindlerAshley YoungDwight Gayle
20Kevin LongAbdoulaye DoucoureTammy Abraham
21Daryl JanmaatN'Golo KanteAndre Gray
22Callum ChambersWilfried ZahaJoselu
23Victor LindelofFernandinhoGlenn Murray
24Michael KeaneChoupo-MotingHal Robson-Kanu
25Kyle NaughtonEmre CanChristian Benteke
26Ashley WilliamsMarc Albrighton
27Jamaal LascellesRuben Loftus-Cheek
28Harry MaguireGranit Xhaka
29Cuco MartinaDusan Tadic
30ZankaTom Cleverley
31Chancl MbembaTom Ince
32Simon FrancisAndros Townsend
33Nathan AkeDavy Propper
34Lewis DunkAnthony Knockaert
35Marvin ZeegelaarSteven Defour
36Craig DawsonAndrew Surman
37Martin OlssonNathan Redmond
38Christian KabaseleMatthew Phillips
39Deandre YedlinTom Carroll
40Ahmed HegaziNemanja Matic

This season, our weekly fantasy Premier League ranks are a one-man affair, with Benji Wade taking over the mantle. You can find him on Twitter: .