—Last updated: 09/29/17 – 3:25 PDT—
DFS, FPL, and Togga managers unite in hair-pulling at the most anticipated fixture from GW7. A blockbuster for the neutrals, Manchester City travels to Stamford Bridge, pitting last year’s champs against 2018’s (marginal) favorites to succeed them. Pep is likely wary of Conte’s brilliance when it comes to de-fanging possession-dominant attacking sides, e.g. Spain 0 – 2 Italy at Euro 2016. I expect an impeccably organized Chelsea trying to nick a goal while City rely on their overabundance of talent. For fantasy zealots, it’s tempting to stay away from defenders but with so much at stake, I think 1-1 is far more likely than 3-2.
Elsewhere, selection decisions ease up when Liverpool PLUS Mane travel to Tyneside and United host Roy Hodgson’s Palace MINUS any striker whatsoever. Hurry back, Connor Wickham? Dire.
Let’s get started.
- Postscript from last week: Arsenal’s three defenders + two wingbacks combined for over 70 points of production and will look to do more of the same against Brighton & Hove Albion. Gylfi still didn’t look right. Instead, it was substitutes Tom Davies and Oumar Niasse who linked up twice to spare Koeman his blushes. We’re meant to forget that perhaps they shouldn’t have been subs in the first place? Chicharito was the beneficiary of Serge Aurier’s latest lapse of discipline. Chicharito & Carroll is dead. Long live Chicharito &…Fonte?! And finally, be sure to pour one out for Mendy. No matter your feelings about City, he is a pure joy to watch. Like Joel Embiid before him, we now look exclusively to Twitter for our “Menjy” fix.
- Studs: Joselu’s exceptional gift for narrowly missing is a worry and a fully pissed off Liverpool will bring Mane and Coutinho together into the side to make Newcastle their plaything. I can’t believe I have to shout out a keeper but I will for my man Lukasz Fabianski. He’s the odds-on favorite to be this year’s Tom Heaton. Swansea are absolute crap in possession, but just organized enough to give the athletic Pole plenty of chances to encounter savable shots when Chicharito & Fonte (!) start firing from London Stadium.
- Duds: It’s time for a theme, one that will brighten Fantasy Gaffer‘s Sunday morning. I still don’t trust Liverpool defenders. Matt Ritchie will look to use Lascelles and Co. to batter Pool’s miserable zonal defense on set pieces. Weird thing about zonal marking is that it only works if you have players that, you know, mark zonally? Science. Conversely, I expect Rafa’s Magpies to stay compact and give up very little against Liverpool’s fullbacks. The inevitable damage and 3-1 or 4-2 score will come from Liverpool’s front three + Coutinho.
|1||Lukasz Fabianski||Sead Kolasinac||Sadio Mane||Alexis Sanchez|
|2||David De Gea||Kyle Walker||Phillipe Coutinho||Harry Kane|
|3||Petr Cech||Ben Davies||David Silva||Romelu Lukaku|
|4||Hugo Lloris||Nacho Monreal||Christian Eriksen||Alvaro Morata|
|5||Nick Pope||Antonio Valencia||Kevin De Bruyne||Alexander Lacazette|
|6||Ben Foster||Kieran Trippier||Delle Ali||Roberto Firmino|
|7||Fraser Forster||Marcos Alonso||Henrikh Mkhitaryan||Gabriel Jesus|
|8||Jordan Pickford||Eric Bailly||Xherdan Shaqiri||Mohamed Salah|
|9||Jack Butland||Hector Bellerin||Eden Hazard||Jamie Vardy|
|10||Thibaut Courtois||César Azpilicueta||Riyad Mahrez||Marcus Rashford|
|11||Ederson||Harry Maguire||N'Golo Kante||Chicharito|
|12||Simon Mignolet||Kyle Naughton||Juan Mata||Pedro|
|13||Asmir Begovic||Leighton Baines||Aaron Ramsey||Chris Wood|
|14||Rob Elliot||Aaron Cresswell||Nathan Redmond||Joshua King|
|15||Jonas Lossl||Victor Moses||Pascal Gross||Jay Rodriguez|
|16||Heurelho Gomes||Danilo||Aaron Mooy||Joselu|
|17||Kasper Schmeichel||Ryan Bertrand||Gylfi Sigurdsson||Oumar Niasse|
|18||Wayne Hennessey||Cedric Soares||Choupo-Moting||Wilfried Bony|
|19||Mat Ryan||Christopher Schindler||Alex Iwobi||Richarlison|
|20||Joe Hart||Charlie Daniels||Emre Can||Jermain Defoe|
|21||Shane Duffy||Andros Townsend||Sam Vokes|
|22||Shkodran Mustafi||Granit Xhaka||Jesé|
|23||Alberto Moreno||Matt Phillips||Manolo Gabbiadini|
|24||Davinson Sanchez||Cesc Fabregas||Andre Gray|
|25||Jamaal Lascelles||Robbie Brady||Daniel Sturridge|
|26||Nicolas Otamendi||Leroy Sane|
|27||Laurent Koscielny||Matt Ritchie|
|28||Kiko Femenia||Tiemoué Bakayoko|
|29||Kieran Gibbs||Jordan Henderson|
|30||Jose Fonte||Marouane Fellaini|
|31||Jan Vertonghen||Dusan Tadic|
|32||Craig Dawson||Steven Davis|
|34||Ben Mee||Tom Carroll|
|35||James Tarkowski||Christian Atsu|
|36||Stephen Ward||Mike Merino|
|37||Matthew Lowton||Andrew Surman|
|38||Chancel Mbemba||Oriol Romeu|
|39||John Stones||Anthony Knockaert|
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.