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Fantasy Premier League 2013 Week 7: Predicting Impact for Top Stars

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 01:  Mesut Oezil (C)of Arsenal is congratulated by teammates Aaron Ramsey (L) and Olivier Giroud (R) after scoring the opening goal during UEFA Champions League Group F match between Arsenal FC and SSC Napoli at Emirates Stadium on October 1, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistOctober 5, 2013

Wondering how to set your Premier League fantasy lineup this week? Wondering which stars are worth starting and primed for a big week?

You've come to the right place, my friends. Let's get to it.

In the midfield, Chelsea players outside of Eden Hazard seem to be a tough call, as it's hard to predict whom Jose Mourinho will play week to week. Oscar has been Chelsea's best midfielder for fantasy purposes thus far, but Juan Mata's reintegration into Mourinho's favor continues to makes a complex midfield situation even more muddled. 

I'm waiting to see how Mourinho's favorite 11 shakes out before trusting Mata or Oscar on a weekly basis.

At Manchester City, it's safe to get David Silva back in lineups, though both he and Yaya Toure have tough matchups against Everton, which will limit their productivity. If you have Toure, don't drop him, but three or four points seems to be in his future. 

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19:  Christian Eriksen of Spurs celebrates scoring their third goal with Kyle Naughton of Spurs during the UEFA Europa League Group K match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Tromso IL at White Hart Lane on September 19, 2013 in
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I love Christian Eriksen this week and think he'll chip in two assists for Tottenham against West Ham. 

At Arsenal, Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil should be owned across the board. While Ramsey's goal-scoring rate probably isn't sustainable—he has four goals in six Premier League matches—you'll want to own him while he's as hot as he's been lately.

As for Ozil, it's clear he'll be a consistent accumulator of assists, with three in his three Premier League games. He comes at a high cost, but given his level of consistency, he'll make up for the downgrade you have to take at a different position. 

Ozil is almost assured to notch an assist, while Ramsey's goal-scoring rate makes him a bit more of a boom-or-bust play. Let's be optimistic and say he notches another score. 

We move to forward but stay with Arsenal.

Olivier Giroud has been excellent this year, with either a goal or assist in five of six games. West Brom have been stingy this year—five goals allowed in six games—but Arsenal has scored at least two goals in eight of 10 games this season across all competitions. Expect Giroud, Ramsey and Ozil to continue to produce.

Wayne Rooney is a great play at forward this week. He's scored in three consecutive Premier League games and faces Sunderland this weekend, which has allowed 14 goals in the season, most in the Premier League.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 01: Wayne Rooney (R) and Robin van Persie of Manchester United talk during a training session ahead of their Champions League Group A match against Shakhtar Donetsk at their Carrington Training Complex on October 01, 2013 in
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Go ahead and get Robin van Persie in those lineups as well. It would be surprising if both Rooney and van Persie failed to score.

Finally, we close up shop on the forwards with the Liverpool pair of Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez. Both seem like smart starts against the abysmal Crystal Palace, which have let in 10 goals. I recommend you select two forwards from the five I just listed this week.

If you want to save a few bucks at the position, Romelu Lukaku is the best alternative. The City defense hasn't exactly been stout of late, and Lukaku has scored three goals and added an assist in two Premier League games for Everton. He'll get on the board this weekend. 

Defensively, Leighton Baines remains a steady producer, and while it's unlikely Everton will keep a clean sheet against Everton, his ability to swing in a cross or take aim on a free-kick means he'll chip in with either an assist or goal against the Citizens. 

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 30:  Leighton Baines of Everton shoots during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Newcastle United at Goodison Park on September 30, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Any Manchester United or Liverpool players are excellent starts against Sunderland and Crystal Palace, while Pablo Zabaleta and Branislav Ivanovic are safe, consistent performers worth rostering. 

At keeper, I expect Simon Mignolet, Hugo Lloris and Asmir Begovic to keep clean sheets this week, so having one of those three would be ideal. 

If you have a smattering of the players listed above in your lineup for this week, you'll be good to go. Good luck!

 

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