Regardless of which camp one belongs to with #WengerOUT and moaning about Arsenal, there is not one player on that team that can be trusted in fantasy at the moment. Before the back-to-back hidings by City, Arsenal had recently lost to Ostersunds, Swansea, Bournemouth, Forest, and drawn with West Brom. We can count on Arsenal to casually dispatch Brighton or Watford or Stoke in at least one of their upcoming fixtures, but the obvious question is, “Which one?” I still have to rank them, without bias, while my intuition screams at me that things will get worse for the Little Wenger Urban Underachievers before they get better.
Let’s get started.
- Postscript for GW28: In the 2-1 loss to United, Willian had another outstanding performance (23.5 points), providing Chelsea with their only goal along with 8 successful dribbles. Arsenal defenders, on the other hand, combined for -3.75 points. But hey, only Bellerin had a score of more than…zero.
- Studs: He may not even start, but I’m going to rank him anyway because since late November, Jesse Lingard has been scoring goals for fun (8 of them to be precise). He’s even scoring the odd poacher’s goal, like the winner against Chelsea last Sunday where he took advantage of a befuddled Andreas Christensen to head home a beautifully placed cross from Lukaku. GW29 should also mark the return of the Burnley back four that kept 8 clean sheets together, including Tarkowski back from injury and a fit Stephen Ward. In a favorable matchup against the pitiful Everton, whose away record is rated the worst in the EPL according to Whoscored (just 9 goals scored outside of Goodison Park), it’ll be difficult to find a safer set of defenders to choose from.
- Duds: Everton. Yep, all of ’em. The Toffees were already nearly bereft of a genuinely fantasy-relevant player, but given their terrible away form, I don’t recommend starting any of them unless you have no other alternatives. Big Sam has apparently called it quits, too, taking every opportunity to slate his players while showing zero accountability for his ability to correct the ship. And before you say, “But Gylfi…” NO. JUST STOP IT!
|1||Nick Pope||Ben Davies||Kevin De Bruyne||Harry Kane|
|2||David De Gea||Andrew Robertson||Christian Eriksen||Mohamed Salah|
|3||Hugo Lloris||Antonio Valencia||Sadio Mane||Sergio Aguero|
|4||Lukasz Fabianski||Harry Maguire||Eden Hazard||Roberto Firmino|
|5||Petr Cech||Jan Vertonghen||Riyad Mahrez||Romelu Lukaku|
|6||Kasper Schmeichel||Virgil Van Dijk||Willian||Alexis Sanchez|
|7||Orestis Karnezis||Kyle Walker||Leroy Sane||P.E. Aubameyang|
|8||Jack Butland||James Milner||Mesut Ozil||Marko Arnautovic|
|9||Adrian||Serge Aurier||Xherdan Shaqiri||Jamie Vardy|
|10||Loris Karius||T. Alexander-Arnold||Heung-Min Son||Alvaro Morata|
|11||Ederson||Eric Bailly||Paul Pogba||Troy Deeney|
|12||Jordan Pickford||Sead Kolasinac||Aaron Ramsey||Callum Wilson|
|13||Alex McCarthy||Aaron Cresswell||Manuel Lanzini||Glenn Murray|
|14||Thibaut Courtois||Stephen Ward||Jesse Lingard||Jordan Ayew|
|15||Jonas Lossl||Hector Bellerin||Dele Alli||Anthony Martial|
|16||Mat Ryan||Davinson Sanchez||Henrikh Mkhitaryan||Christian Benteke|
|17||Wayne Hennessey||Nicolas Otamendi||J. Berg Gudmundsson||Chicharito|
|18||Martin Dubravka||Chris Smalling||James Ward-Prowse||Ashley Barnes|
|19||Ben Foster||James Tarkowski||Marc Albrighton||Guido Carrillo|
|20||Asmir Begovic||Ben Mee||Abdoulaye Doucoure||Joshua King|
|21||Marcos Alonso||Junior Stanislas||Richarlison|
|22||Shkodran Mustafi||Michail Antonio||Steve Mounie|
|23||Joel Matip||Emre Can||Oumar Niasse|
|24||Cesar Azpilicueta||Pascal Gross||José Izquierdo|
|25||Kurt Zouma||Bernardo Silva||Mame Diouf|
|26||Matthew Lowton||Andros Townsend|
|27||Jose Holebas||Nathan Redmond|
|28||Jamaal Lascelles||N'Golo Kante|
|29||Moritz Bauer||Mohamed Diame|
|30||Laurent Koscielny||Joao Mario|
|32||Alfie Mawson||Gylfi Sigurdsson|
|33||Daryl Janmaat||Dusan Tadic|
|34||Jack Stephens||Ryan Fraser|
|35||Nathan Ake||Mario Lemina|
|36||Cuco Martina||Ki Sung-yueng|
|37||Ben Chilwell||Wilfried Ndidi|
|38||Kyle Naughton||Matt Ritchie|
|39||Ryan Bertrand||Roberto Pereyra|
|40||Angelo Ogbonna||Granit Xhaka|
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.