GW25 made fools of many, but there was justice in the end for anybody who bothered to listen to my suggestions as my week ended in ignominious defeat. I started Zappacosta over Trippier, Barkley over Stanislas, Robertson over Milner, but it was a saved penalty and a key pass (are you #$%@ing kidding me?) from Nick Pope that finished me off. Of course, Chelsea, Arsenal, and United all shitting the bed didn’t help.
I didn’t own Phil Jones, but I deserved to.
I know I wasn’t alone, so let’s all have a nice group hug and get started.
- Studs: I’m done disparaging Callum Wilson. With Stanislas as provider, being a true #10, Wilson’s nose for goal is unquestionable. You may confidently start either of them against Stoke at the Vitality. Be aware that King could start and not once have King / Stanislas started together. Eddie Howe has no easy task in choosing between Stanislas, Ibe, and King. We all know it should be the ones not named Josh King, hopefully Howe sees that, too.
- More Studs: Mesut Ozil and Andros Townsend have put in two of the quietest but nonetheless highly productive years in fantasy. Armed with a new contract that pays £350,000 per week and two new former BVB playmates in Aubaumeyang and Mkhitaryan has caused my crystal ball to explode. Townsend, meanwhile, is top 10 in chances created, #3 in successful dribbles, and tied for #12 in assists among midfielders.
- Duds: Ross effing Barkley. I warned myself, I warned others, and I let one moment of excitability with Chuck convince me to start him against Bournemouth. Simply put, he does not get a rank until he proves, in successive contests, that he’s back to being useful at football. He was subbed off in the 58th minute for Fabregas, who should have rightfully felt slighted not to get the start.
|1||David De Gea||Marcos Alonso||Kevin De Bruyne||Sergio Aguero|
|2||Ederson||Antonio Valencia||Christian Eriksen||Harry Kane|
|3||Mat Ryan||Cesar Azpilicueta||Eden Hazard||Mohamed Salah|
|4||Thibaut Courtois||Nacho Monreal||Mesut Ozil||Romelu Lukaku|
|5||Kasper Schmeichel||Kyle Walker||Sadio Mane||Roberto Firmino|
|6||Lukasz Fabianski||Chris Smalling||Heung-Min Son||Raheem Sterling|
|7||Petr Cech||Nicolas Otamendi||Paul Pogba||Alexis Sanchez|
|8||Jack Butland||Victor Moses||Riyad Mahrez||Alexander Lacazette|
|9||Hugo Lloris||Aymeric Laporte||Wilfried Zaha||Callum Wilson|
|10||Adrian||Harry Maguire||Andros Townsend||Jamie Vardy|
|11||Jordan Pickford||Phil Jones||Xherdan Shaqiri||Christian Benteke|
|12||Ben Foster||Ben Davies||Bernardo Silva||Anthony Martial|
|13||Wayne Hennessey||Shkodran Mustafi||Junior Stanislas||Theo Walcott|
|14||Alex McCarthy||Shane Duffy||Henrikh Mkhitaryan||Chicharito|
|15||Heurelho Gomes||Kieran Trippier||Dele Alli||Richarlison|
|16||Loris Karius||Kurt Zouma||Oxlade-Chamberlain||Jordan Ayew|
|17||Asmir Begovic||Hector Bellerin||Jesse Lingard||Jay Rodriguez|
|18||Nick Pope||Andrew Robertson||Marc Albrighton||Troy Deeney|
|19||Karl Darlow||Aaron Cresswell||Pascal Gross||Cenk Tosun|
|20||Jonas Lossl||Simon Francis||Aaron Ramsey||Mame Diouf|
|21||Jan Vertonghen||Jordon Ibe||Olivier Giroud|
|22||Antonio Rudiger||N'Golo Kante||Glenn Murray|
|23||Charlie Daniels||Mousa Dembele||Daniel Sturridge|
|24||Ryan Shawcross||Ilkay Gundoggan||Gerard Deulofeu|
|25||Nathan Ake||Emre Can||Joselu|
|27||Moritz Bauer||Gylfi Sigurdsson|
|29||Gary Cahill||Abdoulaye Doucoure|
|30||Craig Dawson||James Warde-Prowse|
|31||Patrick Van Aanholt||Yohan Cabaye|
|32||Virgil Van Dijk||Joao Mario|
|33||Steve Cook||J. Berg Gudmundsson|
|34||Pablo Zabaleta||Ryan Fraser|
|35||Jamaal Lascelles||Dusan Tadic|
|36||Mamadou Sakho||Wilfried Ndidi|
|37||Ahmed Hegazi||Mark Noble|
|38||Christian Fuchs||Cheikh Kouyate|
|39||Alfie Mawson||Luka Milivojevic|
|40||Timothy Fosu-Mensah||Joe Allen|
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: Follow @benjiwade.