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Fantasy Premier League Rankings: Gameweek 23

Andrew M. Laird

Andrew M. Laird

Andrew M. Laird is the Senior Soccer Editor for RotoWire, as well as a fantasy football and college basketball contributor.

Chris Mosinski

Chris Mosinski

Fantasy sports connoisseur and expert soccer prognosticator.

We often look for lopsided matchups before we do our rankings, looking for top-of-the-table teams that can punish some lower-level clubs and rack up the fantasy points. However, two matches this week that could provide some fireworks feature clubs in the top-eight: Everton at Liverpool on Tuesday and Manchester City at Tottenham on Wednesday. With so many solid fantasy producers among those four teams, it's no wonder we've got a bunch of them in our rankings below.

As a reminder, Chris and I will be drafting against each other to formulate the rankings. A starting XI, plus seven bench spots (two strikers, two midfielders, two defenders, one goalkeeper). Chris had the first pick this week, I had two and three, he took four, and then we alternated after that. The overall rankings below will show how the draft played out, and then we break down each position, in case you're looking for that too.

If you have any feedback, whether on the format of the rankings, where certain players are ranked, or if you think we left someone out who should be on there, please feel free to post that in the comments section below.

Overall Rankings for Gameweek 23

1. Luis Suarez vs Everton
2. Sergio Aguero at Tottenham
3. Christian Benteke vs. West Brom
4. Eden Hazard vs. West Ham
5. Daniel Sturridge vs. Everton
6. Wayne Rooney vs. Cardiff City
7. Yaya Toure at Tottenham
8. Emmanuel Adebayor vs. Manchester City
9. Aaron Ramsey at Southampton
10. Adam Johnson vs. Stoke City
11. Mesut Ozil at Southampton
12. Patrice Evra vs. Cardiff City
13. Yohan Cabaye at Norwich City
14. Wilfried Bony vs. Fulham
15. Olivier Giroud at Southampton
16. David Silva at Tottenham
17. David Luiz vs. West Ham
18. Branislav Ivanovic vs. West Ham
19. Petr Cech vs. West Ham
20. Loic Remy at Norwich City
21. Per Mertesacker at Southampton
22. Christian Eriksen vs. Manchester City
23. Alvaro Negredo at Tottenham
24. David de Gea vs. Cardiff City
25. Kevin Mirallas at Liverpool
26. Phil Jones vs. Cardiff City
27. Leighton Baines at Liverpool
28. Steven Gerrard vs. Everton
29. Oscar vs. West Ham
30. Santi Cazorla at Southampton
31. John Terry vs. West Ham
32. Chico Flores vs. Fulham
33. Phillip Bardsley vs. Stoke City
34. Damien Delaney vs. Hull City
35. Vito Mannone vs. Stoke City
36. Brad Guzan vs. West Brom

How come the huge jump for Christian Benteke?
Laird: Benteke is a striker that scores in bunches. With goals in back-to-back matches, he seems ready to really break out.
Mosinski: Love the Benteke pick this week, have to play the hot hand. He's at home, against a team that ranks statistically worse than average in the major defensive categories.

Wayne Rooney listed again?
Mosinski: I think he plays. The team needs something to boost them, and it's clearly not coming from anyone out there right now. I think he plays Tuesday.

On Adam Johnson in the Top-10 this week
Mosinski: At some point we have to recognize what he's doing, and he's home against Stoke City (bottom five in GA and SOG allowed - on the road)

Why is Alvaro Negredo so low?
Laird: Negredo was seen wearing a sling for an injured shoulder he suffered during Tuesday's match. City claim he'll be okay, but with the way Aguero and Dzeko have individually been playing, it's not crazy to think Negredo could get a rest.

And no Romelu Lukaku at all?
Mosinski: Lukaku has scored once in his last nine matches. All the strikers picked above have been more consistent lately.
Laird: Except for Rooney, of course. Although the upside for Rooney is there playing Cardiff at home.

Strikers
1. Luis Suarez vs Everton
2. Sergio Aguero at Tottenham
3. Christian Benteke vs. West Brom
4. Daniel Sturridge vs. Everton
5. Wayne Rooney vs. Cardiff City
6. Emmanuel Adebayor vs. Manchester City
7. Wilfried Bony vs. Fulham
8. Olivier Giroud at Southampton
9. Loic Remy at Norwich City
10. Alvaro Negredo at Tottenham

Midfielders
1. Eden Hazard vs. West Ham
2. Yaya Toure at Tottenham
3. Aaron Ramsey at Southampton
4. Adam Johnson vs. Stoke City
5. Mesut Ozil at Southampton
6. Yohan Cabaye at Norwich City
7. David Silva at Tottenham
8. Christian Eriksen vs. Manchester City
9. Kevin Mirallas at Liverpool
10. Steven Gerrard vs. Everton
11. Oscar vs. West Ham
12. Santi Cazorla at Southampton

Defenders
1. Patrice Evra vs. Cardiff City
2. David Luiz vs. West Ham
3. Branislav Ivanovic vs. West Ham
4. Per Mertesacker at Southampton
5. Phil Jones vs. Cardiff City
6. Leighton Baines at Liverpool
7. John Terry vs. West Ham
8. Chico Flores vs. Fulham
9. Phillip Bardsley vs. Stoke City
10. Damien Delaney vs. Hull City

Goalkeepers
1. Petr Cech vs. West Ham
2. David de Gea vs. Cardiff City
3. Vito Mannone vs. Stoke City
4. Brad Guzan vs. West Brom

And if you're curious how our teams line up against each other, here you go:

POS Mosinski Laird
GK David de Gea Petr Cech
D Patrice Evra David Luiz
D Branislav Ivanovic Per Mertesacker
D Phil Jones Leighton Baines
M Eden Hazard Yaya Tourel
M Adam Johnson Aaron Ramsey
M David Silva Mesut Ozil
M Christian Eriksen Yohan Cabaye
F Luis Suarez Sergio Aguero
F Wayne Rooney Christian Benteke
F Emmanuel Adebayor Daniel Sturridge
BG Brad Guzan Vito Mannone
BD Chico Flores John Terry
BD Damien Delaney Phillip Bardsley
BM Steven Gerrard Kevin Mirallas
BM Santi Cazorla Oscar
BF Wilfried Bony Olivier Giroud
BF Loic Remy Alvaro Negredo