If we’re going by the sheer intensity of soap opera narratives, by the time Alexis Sanchez and Henrink Mkhitaryan swap places, the January 2018 transfer window will prove to be the most memorable in recent memory. In the meantime, players like Georges Kevin Nkoudou, Terence Kongolo, Moritz Bauer, and last but not least, Alex Pritchard, may have the biggest impact to their respective clubs because of overwhelming need.

Let’s get started.

  • Postscript from GW23: Luke Shaw has continued his stable climb toward the top of the left fullback pecking order and with Ashley Young returning from suspension, all eyes are on Mourinho. Otamendi didn’t cover himself in glory against Liverpool, but the Argentinian defender’s contract was extended through 2022. And he was certainly better than John Stones.
  • Studs: 116 points in his last 5 games from 5 goals, 3 assists, 12 key passes, and 15 successful dribbles. TAKE A BOW, MARKO ARNAUTOVIC! Great matchup in GW24 and as such, Sharko has earned his first top 10 rank of the season.
  • Duds: I simply can’t recall the last time I saw Alvaro Morata look confident with the ball at his feet. The truth is, you can’t either. Start him and pray that he stops sucking or that Cesar delivers a cross directly to his dome. That’s all you can do at this point.

Editor’s note: Morata was suspended after these ranks were drafted. The enmity remains, but you can safely put him on your bench now.

 GoalkeepersDefendersMidfieldersForwards
1David De GeaMarcos AlonsoKevin De BruyneSergio Aguero
2EdersonCesar AzpilicuetaChristian EriksenHarry Kane
3Jordan PickfordNicolas OtamendiPaul PogbaMohamed Salah
4Jonas LosslAntonio ValenciaEden HazardRaheem Sterling
5Kasper SchmeichelKyle WalkerRiyad MahrezRoberto Firmino
6Hugo LlorisBen DaviesLeroy SaneRomelu Lukaku
7Petr CechVirgil Van DijkHeung-Min SonAlexander Lacazette
8Thibaut CourtoisHarry MaguireSadio ManeMarko Arnautovic
9Loris KariusKieran TrippierMesut OzilJamie Vardy
10Nick PopeHector BellerinWilfried ZahaCenk Tosun
11Lukasz FabianskiJoseph GomezManuel LanziniCallum Wilson
12Jack ButlandJan VertonghenWillianWayne Rooney
13AdrianShkodran MustafiDele AlliChristian Benteke
14Heurelho GomesVictor MosesDavid SilvaRicharlison
15Alex McCarthyPhil JonesCesc FabregasMichy Batshuayi
16Wayne HennesseyDaniloJesse LingardJay Rodriguez
17Mat RyanSead KolasinacGylfi SigurdssonAnthony Martial
18Asmir BegovicAaron CresswellXherdan ShaqiriAndre Gray
19Ben FosterJohn StonesAlex Oxlade-ChamberlainDanny Welbeck
20Karl DarlowJonjoe KennyAaron MooyLaurent Depoitre
21Simon FrancisMarc AlbrightonJordan Ayew
22Davinson SanchezChoupo-MotingPeter Crouch
23Christopher SchindlerJack WilshereAyoze Perez
24Luke ShawAbdoulaye DoucoureAshley Barnes
25Andrew RobertsonJ. Berg GudmundssonShinji Okazaki
26Arthur MasuakuN'Golo Kante
27Cuco MartinaPascal Gross
28Joel MatipFernandinho
29Christian FuchsAlex Iwobi
30Shane DuffyDusan Tadic
31Ben MeeMatt Ritchie
32Antonio RudigerRyan Fraser
33Kurt ZoumaEmre Can
34ZankaGranit Xhaka
35James TarkowskiJordon Ibe
36Craig DawsonSteven Defour
37Andreas ChristensenWilfried Ndidi
38Steve CookNemanja Matic
39Angelo OgbonnaJames Ward-Prowse
40Patrick Van AanholtEric Dier

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: .