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.
1Lukasz FabianskiSead KolasinacSadio ManeAlexis Sanchez
2David De GeaKyle WalkerPhillipe CoutinhoHarry Kane
3Petr CechBen DaviesDavid SilvaRomelu Lukaku
4Hugo LlorisNacho MonrealChristian EriksenAlvaro Morata
5Nick PopeAntonio ValenciaKevin De BruyneAlexander Lacazette
6Ben FosterKieran TrippierDelle AliRoberto Firmino
7Fraser ForsterMarcos AlonsoHenrikh MkhitaryanGabriel Jesus
8Jordan PickfordEric BaillyXherdan ShaqiriMohamed Salah
9Jack ButlandHector BellerinEden HazardJamie Vardy
10Thibaut CourtoisCésar AzpilicuetaRiyad MahrezMarcus Rashford
11EdersonHarry MaguireN'Golo KanteChicharito
12Simon MignoletKyle NaughtonJuan MataPedro
13Asmir BegovicLeighton BainesAaron RamseyChris Wood
14Rob ElliotAaron CresswellNathan RedmondJoshua King
15Jonas LosslVictor MosesPascal GrossJay Rodriguez
16Heurelho GomesDaniloAaron MooyJoselu
17Kasper SchmeichelRyan BertrandGylfi SigurdssonOumar Niasse
18Wayne HennesseyCedric SoaresChoupo-MotingWilfried Bony
19Mat RyanChristopher SchindlerAlex IwobiRicharlison
20Joe HartCharlie DanielsEmre CanJermain Defoe
21Shane DuffyAndros TownsendSam Vokes
22Shkodran MustafiGranit XhakaJesé
23Alberto MorenoMatt PhillipsManolo Gabbiadini
24Davinson SanchezCesc FabregasAndre Gray
25Jamaal LascellesRobbie BradyDaniel Sturridge
26Nicolas OtamendiLeroy Sane
27Laurent KoscielnyMatt Ritchie
28Kiko FemeniaTiemoué Bakayoko
29Kieran GibbsJordan Henderson
30Jose FonteMarouane Fellaini
31Jan VertonghenDusan Tadic
32Craig DawsonSteven Davis
33Jose HolebasFernandinho
34Ben MeeTom Carroll
35James TarkowskiChristian Atsu
36Stephen WardMike Merino
37Matthew LowtonAndrew Surman
38Chancel MbembaOriol Romeu
39John StonesAnthony Knockaert
40ZankaRenato Sanches

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: .