The large gap between game weeks comes as a relief to fantasy managers but sadly not the players who have had to back up league performances with the domestic cup competitions.
Feel free to write in the comments anyone you think I have missed, why you consider them a fantasy asset or even if you think I have got it wrong, get the debate going.
Diaby, Vassiriki: He showed glimpses of being a midfield enforcer with great attacking potential earlier in the season. Although he is more of a link man & a slightly overpriced (6.1) one at that. Is a 50-50 chance to appear in the next game (should appear off the bench).
Giroud, Olivier: Is rated as a 50-50 chance with a knee injury. Is facing a late fitness test. This is all good news for Theo Walcott owners.
Vlaar, Ron: I seriously have no idea what has happened to this guy. A two month calf injury is quite diabolical & would suggest something is seriously wrong. A real worry for Villa as they try to avoid the drop. They need experienced heads on their way to safety.
Cech, Petr: Rafa has stated that he could be in line for a return for the Stoke clash pending a late fitness test. Either way he is not far away, bad news for Turnbull owners.
Terry, John: He’s missed 9 games (plus cup games) and his return is still doubtful with a continuing knee issue. Hopefully for those holding fellow Chelsea defenders his return is not over the double gameweek. I can see him making an appearance off the bench in the next 3 games. When exactly I’m not sure.
Mikel, John-Obi: Is a 75% chance of playing having picked up a knee injury. Is off to the African cup soon regardless so look towards the OOP Luiz as the defender of choice in the Chelsea unit, he should lock down that midfield role for now.
Schwartzer, Mark: Has had a neck injury and has missed the last few games. Apparently it is not too bad so the homegrown goalkeeper should appear in the next game (75%).
Riise, John-Arne: Besides making a sandwich John is currently suffering from a shin injury. Apparently he had already been dropped for Matthew Briggs (3.9) a young up and coming star. Fulham have not been great at the back this season anyway.
Enquire, Jose: The 11th of February is the planned return date. We will have to wait and see if they can speed up the process due to the magic of regular therapy. I think Liverpool will be rather careful though looking after their long term prospects.
Aguero, Sergio: The main man leading the City line is down with a hamstring injury. It is rather disappointing because Aguero was just finding some form with back to back double figure scores. (keeping RVP owners honest) Aguero won’t make the Arsenal game and would be a serious doubt for the 19th (50-50).
Rooney, Wayne: Knee injury, apparently a knock behind the knee that just won’t go away. Is likely (75%) to return on the 20th of January therefore missing GW22.
Looking at Newcastle’s assets leaves us with a traffic light situation (all flashing red in my eyes). With Ba out of the picture it is safe to say Newcastle are firmly in the relegation battle.
Taylor, Steven: Pardew say already come out and said he won’t be risked. They need an extended run from the quality but injury prone centre back.
Cabaye, Yohan: Is starting to recover but his lack of match fitness would be obvious. Is probably another 2-3 games away from starting.
Ben Arfa, Hatem: Expected back this week. That still seems doubtful with no major news out of the club. My sources tell me February 2nd is the expected return date.
Ruddy, John: Out with a long term injury is expected back in late February, so Bunn at 4.1 is safe for now (although not a great keeper).
Whittaker, Steven: Has been very good at right back for a minimal 4.1 but has picked up a strain. Is rated as injured for the next game. I would expect Russell Martin to continue at right back having re-established himself in the side.
Holt, Grant: Personally I think they dealt with his hamstring injury quite poorly in playing the ageing star against Chelsea. Could have problems for the rest of the season. This gives Jackson (4.8) a chance with Morison also injured.
Lallana, Adam: A return date is unknown, another 4+ weeks could be expected. The bad news is it dints the potential of Southampton as the captain was quite vital going forward earlier in the season.
Fonte, Jose: Is out with a knee injury, the length of time is not known at this stage.
Wilson, Mark: A few weeks away from returning to training. At the bargain price of 4.0 keep an eye on this guy as he returns well underpriced.
Cuellar, Carlos: Suffered a hamstring injury in the recent FA Cup game. Carlos has been quite an injury prone player in recent seasons. Regardless of that fact a hamstring injury is normally 2-3 weeks. The game lists him as 50% although I feel it is more a 25% chance.
Gallas, William: Is currently in France getting treatment will not play this gameweek. My tottenham underpriced favourite -Dawson- is shaping up as an option now.
WBA have Olsson (centre back) with a 50% chance to play. The holding midfielder Yacob is also a 50% chance
McCartney (3.9) has an MCL Knee injury. Typically this kind of injury is anywhere from 2-6 weeks. West Ham are also looking at Olsson from Blackburn as a replacement. That option will shake up the job security of Demel & O’Brien so lets hope that transfer doesn’t go through.
Diame, Mohammed: Is closing in on a return. The game lists his return as the 16th of January which rules him out this week.
Plenty of niggles expected at this time of year that are not listed (especially people pulling out with illness), expect last minute changes and rotation so ensure you have a strong squad to fill in any blanks.