Having seen so many screenshots recently of various league tables throughout Toggaland, one thing is clear: it’s squeaky bum times for managers and point differential will be a factor for plenty of league champions. No pressure for your friendly ranker! Injuries, fatigue, context, and derbies have rendered this a particularly tricky week for setting ranks. To wit, I did not rank Salah because I find it incredibly unlikely that he’ll be risked against Everton even if his groin / butt cheek / thigh are generally intact. Additionally, I’ve ranked both Liverpool and City as though Klopp and Guardiola respectively will play their best available players. The reality, however, is that neither will do that. Guardiola, in particular, has literally nothing to gain from this fixture except an opportunity to rub Mourinho’s face in feces. But bear in mind, Pep’s ego can never be underestimated and with Mourinho being involved, could you blame him for going medieval?
Let’s get started.
- Postscript from GW32: I kinda nailed it with predictions for Aubameyang, Wilson, King, Defoe, and Zouma. I missed on Mkhitaryan.
- Studs: It feels equal parts overdue and gratifying to recognize the consistent run of form from Sadio Mane in 2018. 162 points in his last 12 starts, 13.5 PPM. Now think of his GW33 opposition. Poor, poor, Everton Football Club, the slowest gaggle of dullards in the premiership. To make matters worse for the Toffees, team selection and instructions are being issued by an enormous pile of mediocrity masquerading as a football manager. Good luck to Schneiderlin, Rooney, Baines, et al.
- Duds: With a heavy heart, I have to jump from the Shaqiri Train with Spurs rolling into town this week. He’s only managed double digits against a Top 6 side twice, both times against Manchester United. Chances are, you don’t have better options available, but if you do, consider using them.
|1||Petr Cech||Ben Davies||Kevin De Bruyne||Harry Kane|
|2||Nick Pope||Marcos Alonso||Heung-Min Son||P.E. Aubameyang|
|3||Lukasz Fabianski||Serge Aurier||Sadio Mane||Roberto Firmino|
|4||Hugo Lloris||Nacho Monreal||Christian Eriksen||Alvaro Morata|
|5||Thibaut Courtois||Andrew Robertson||Riyad Mahrez||Jamie Vardy|
|6||Loris Karius||Cesar Azpilicueta||Willian||Alexis Sanchez|
|7||Martin Dubravka||Trent Alexander-Arnold||Mesut Ozil||Gabriel Jesus|
|8||Kasper Schmeichel||Jan Vertonghen||Eden Hazard||Romelu Lukaku|
|9||Wayne Hennessey||Shkodran Mustafi||Dele Alli||Joshua King|
|10||David De Gea||James Milner||David Silva||Raheem Sterling|
|11||Mat Ryan||Harry Maguire||Wilfried Zaha||Marko Arnautovic|
|12||Ederson||Kyle Walker||Oxlade-Chamberlain||Glenn Murray|
|13||Ben Foster||Victor Moses||Leroy Sane||Ashley Barnes|
|14||Jack Butland||Hector Bellerin||Andros Townsend||Troy Deeney|
|15||Orestis Karnezis||Jose Holebas||Paul Pogba||Salomon Rondon|
|16||Jonas Lossl||Stephen Ward||Aaron Ramsey||Chris Wood|
|17||Asmir Begovic||Ben Chilwell||Cesc Fabregas||Dwight Gayle|
|18||Jordan Pickford||Virgil Van Dijk||Pascal Gross||Steve Mounie|
|19||Alex McCarthy||James Tarkowski||Matt Ritchie||Tammy Abraham|
|20||Joe Hart||Antonio Valencia||Abdoulaye Doucoure||Jay Rodriguez|
|21||Nicolas Otamendi||N'Golo Kante||Olivier Giroud|
|22||Patrick Van Aanholt||Marc Albrighton||Callum Wilson|
|23||Christopher Schindler||Jordon Ibe||Cenk Tosun|
|24||Matthew Lowton||Will Hughes||Kenedy|
|25||Laurent Koscielny||Aaron Mooy||Richarlison|
|26||Shane Duffy||Luka Milivojevic|
|27||Jamaal Lascelles||Vicente Iborra|
|28||Charlie Daniels||Xherdan Shaqiri|
|30||Christopher Smalling||Jesse Lingard|
|31||Steve Cook||Ryan Fraser|
|32||Nathan Ake||Chris Brunt|
|33||Mamadou Sakho||Granit Xhaka|
|34||Jonny Evans||Yohan Cabaye|
|35||Kyle Naughton||Joao Mario|
|36||Davinson Sanchez||Aaron Lennon|
|37||Antonio Rudiger||Mathew Phillips|
|38||Kiko Femenia||Ki Sung-yueng|
|39||DeAndre Yedlin||Lewis Cook|
|40||Mike Van der Hoorn||Aaron Wan-Bissaka|
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.