This article is part of our Fantasy Premier League Rankings series.
International breaks always throw a number of wrenches at our fantasy teams, whether it's players who drop out of competing for their countries because of small niggling issues or others who actually suffer injuries while playing in these international matches. For example, Anthony Martial pulled out of the France squad despite going a full 90 minutes in last weekend's Manchester derby, while Alexandre Lacazette did the same after going the distance against Wolves (ironically, he was the injury replacement for Martial!). Then there were players who suffered injuries last weekend like Gylfi Sigurdsson, who came off after 76 minutes at Stamford Bridge because of an ankle injury, and fellow countryman Johann Berg Gudmundsson, who was removed after 65 because of a calf injuries.
The severity of the injuries is usually pretty cloudy, so it's difficult to know whether all of these issues are bad enough to hold players out in Gameweek 13. We do know that Manchester City's Benjamin Mendy will be out for up to two months after undergoing surgery for a torn meniscus in his left knee, while Harry Maguire will also miss out due to a muscular strain. Additionally, players like Ryan Bertrand and Robert Snodgrass are suspended due to yellow card accumulation, further decreasing the available player pool.
Because these rankings are coming out while international matches are still being played, I am mostly erring on the side of optimism about players returning from their injuries, but I will adjust if news comes out that they'll miss out.
A lot of the big clubs are playing away, including Manchester City at West Ham, Liverpool at Watford and Arsenal at Bournemouth, plus the big one of Chelsea playing Tottenham at Wembley. The former three are matches I'd happily still play the big hitters in, but the latter is a tricky one that may not have a plethora of goals. Surely both of those teams can score, but they also like to get tighter defensively against other top sides. The Chelsea situation is easy because it always starts with Eden Hazard, and while Tottenham exposure probably starts with Harry Kane, the midfield is a bit tough because Christian Eriksen is just not the same fantasy player he was last year, making Dele Alli the one with more upside because he's playing closer to goal. You could probably make the argument that Son Heung-Min or Lucas Moura deserve looks, but let's not get carried away against Chelsea.
You'll also notice I'm pretty high on Everton this week, which is both a reflection on how well they've been attacking (other than last weekend's scoreless draw at Chelsea) and defending (including last weekend's scoreless draw at Chelsea!). There is, of course, some sprinkling in the fact that Cardiff have scored two goals and conceded 11 in five away matches this season, which is why I'm not only high on Sigurdsson, if he starts, but also Richarlison, Lucas Digne and Jordan Pickford, among others. It's not that I'm a home drone, but only three of the eight teams ahead of Everton in the table are at home in Gameweek 13, and they host Liverpool (Watford), Chelsea (Tottenham), and Arsenal (Bournemouth).
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Legend: OPP = opponent, H/A = home/away, MIN = minutes, G = goals per 90 minutes, S = shots per 90 minutes, SOG = shots on goal per 90 minutes, A = assists per 90 minutes (including from open play, forcing an own goal and winning a penalty), CC = chances created per 90 minutes, WIN% = expected win percentage based on bookmaker odds, CS% = expected clean sheet percentage based on bookmaker odds, CS = clean sheets, GC = goals conceded per 90 minutes, SV = saves per 90 minutes, PKF = penalty kicks faced, PKSV = penalty kicks saved