first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Son fires four past Southampton Tottenham sign £25m Sergio Reguilon Tottenham re-signs Bale on loan Olivier Giroud and Marcos Alonso marked rare starts for Chelsea by scoring in a 2-1 win over Tottenham on Saturday, keeping their team in the Premier League’s top four and ensuring another disappointing return to Stamford Bridge for Jose Mourinho. Selected in the starting XI for only the third time in the league this season, Giroud lashed home the opener inside the near post in the 15th minute after Ross Barkley had struck the goal frame. Alonso was playing for the first time since December 22 – that was also against Tottenham – and for only the second time in four months. The left wing back also got on the scoresheet when he drove in a low shot from 25 metres in the 48th. Tottenham pulled a goal back in the 89th when Erik Lamela’s shot deflected in off Antonio Rudiger for an own-goal but Chelsea held on and moved four points clear of its fifth-placed opponent. It was a spiky encounter on and off the field, with Tottenham midfielder Giovani Lo Celso fortunate to avoid a red card after planting his studs on the leg of Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta. VAR ruled it was not serious foul play, but the Premier League later said it should have been a red card. “I hate to call for red cards but that is a leg breaker,” Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said. “VAR is here to clear things up and it is not good enough.” In the stands, Tottenham fans jeered every touch by Rudiger, who complained he was subjected to monkey chants in the first match between the two teams at Tottenham, which was stopped for anti-racism warnings over the stadium speakers. Tottenham and police were unable to find any evidence to corroborate or contradict Rudiger’s report of racism. In the top four since October 19, Chelsea had picked up just 15 points from its previous 14 games and was in danger of being overtaken by Tottenham – led by a coach in Mourinho who was once revered at Stamford Bridge after his two separate title-winning spells there. But without injured attackers Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, and playing less than 72 hours since the 1-0 loss to Leipzig in the Champions League, Tottenham was unable to maintain its impressive recent form in the league since Mourinho took over in late-November. “Very happy with the players,” Mourinho said. “The players, they give what they have and what they don’t have. The majority of the players, especially the attacking ones, go to the limits of their strength.” It was his first return to Chelsea as Tottenham manager for Mourinho. He also lost three times at the home of his former club when in charge of Manchester United – twice in the league and once in the FA Cup. Lampard completed the league double over Mourinho, under whose guidance he became one of the world’s top midfielders in the first decade of this century. And Lampard might also have to change his mind on Giroud and Alonso, two experienced players he has mostly overlooked this season while preferring to go with youth in his first year at Chelsea. With Tammy Abraham only just back from injury and Michy Batshuayi playing poorly in the 2-0 loss to Manchester United on Monday, Giroud – who is still a first-choice pick for world champion France – was handed a start against Tottenham and led the line superbly. He was given a strong ovation when he was replaced by Abraham in the 71st minute and might have lifted himself above Batshuayi in the pecking order for the remainder of the season, especially having scored his first goal in the league. Alonso, meanwhile, has lost his place following the emergence of another full back, Reece James, but nearly finished the game with two goals to his name – like he had when Chelsea beat Tottenham 2-1 in August 2017. Tottenham fans still boo him over that double. Alonso struck the crossbar with a free kick in the 82nd. Tottenham is still in a good position to qualify for the Champions League, with fifth place currently in line to get into Europe’s top competition after second-place Manchester City was handed a two-year ban from Europe for breaching financial regulations. City is set to launch an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.Tags: Erik LamelaJose MourinhoMarcos AlonsoOlivier Giroudlast_img read more

first_imgWEEK 14 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerIdeally, it won’t get to that point and the questionable players will make it onto the field (unless you’re playing against them — then you’re working your voodoo dolls to keep them out of your opponent’s lineup). But hey, that’s what these top-120 FLEX rankings are here for — to help you decide, even after actives and inactives come out, how best to shape your lineup to survive and advance.WEEK 14 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endIf you have any specific Sunday morning questions, be sure to hit us up on Twitter @SN_Fantasy. Week 14 fantasy FLEX rankings are extra important with the fantasy playoffs getting underway in the majority of leagues this week. The last start-or-sit decisions you make — whether it’s choosing a running back, wide receiver or tight end — could be the difference between playing for a fantasy football title in a couple weeks or kicking yourself all offseason for picking a bust.If you made the playoffs, you probably have a lot of good players. It’s also been a relatively forgiving time of year with injuries, although WR has a bunch of top options that might be out and force you into playing lesser guys. If you’re an owner of Julio Jones (shoulder), T.Y. Hilton (calf), or Adam Thielen (hamstring), it would be very easy to see it get to Sunday and you being forced to shift a different option into your starting lineup. Maybe that’s when you’ll dip in to guys like Russell Gage or Jamaal Williams for your FLEX spot. WEEK 14 DFS LINEUPS:DK Cash | DK GPP | FD Cash | FD GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPPWeek 14 Fantasy Football Rankings: FLEXMORE WEEK 14 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup BuilderThese rankings are for standard, non-PPR leagues.RankPlayer1Christian McCaffrey, RB, Panthers @ Falcons2Dalvin Cook, RB, Vikings vs. Lions 3Derrick Henry, RB, Titans @ Raiders4Nick Chubb, RB, Browns vs. Bengals5Josh Jacobs, RB, Raiders vs. Titans6Julio Jones, WR, Falcons vs. Panthers7Davante Adams, WR, Packers vs. Redskins8Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Cowboys @ Bears9Saquon Barkley, RB, Giants @ Eagles10Leonard Fournette, RB, Jaguars vs. Chargers11Michael Thomas, WR, Saints vs. 49ers12D.J. Moore, WR, Panthers @ Falcons13Melvin Gordon, RB, Chargers @ Jaguars14Todd Gurley, RB, Rams vs. Seahawks15Aaron Jones, RB, Packers vs. Redskins16Courtland Sutton, WR, Broncos @ Texans17Stefon Diggs, WR, Vikings vs. Lions18George Kittle, TE, 49ers @ Saints19Joe Mixon, RB, Bengals @ Browns20Devonta Freeman, RB, Falcons vs. Panthers21Tyreek Hill, WR, Chiefs @ Patriots22Mark Ingram, RB, Ravens @ Bills23Miles Sanders, RB, Eagles vs. Giants24Alvin Kamara, RB, Saints vs. 49ers25Adam Thielen, WR, Vikings vs. Lions26Devin Singletary, RB, Bills vs. Ravens27Alshon Jeffery, WR, Eagles vs. Giants28Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots vs. Chiefs29Chris Godwin, WR, Buccaneers vs. Colts30DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans vs. Broncos31DeVante Parker, WR, Dolphins @ Jets32Mike Evans, WR, Buccaneers vs. Colts33Jarvis Landry, WR, Browns vs. Bengals34Benny Snell Jr., RB, Steelers @ Cardinals35Bilal Powell, RB, Jets vs. Dolphins36Derrius Guice, RB, Redskins @ Packers37Emmanuel Sanders, WR, 49ers @ Saints38Cooper Kupp, WR, Rams vs. Seahawks39Kenny Golladay, WR, Lions @ Vikings40Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Browns vs. Bengals41DJ Chark, WR, Jaguars vs. Chargers42Keenan Allen, WR, Chargers @ Jaguars43Calvin Ridley, WR, Falcons vs. Panthers44Tyler Lockett, WR, Seahawks @ Rams45Amari Cooper, WR, Cowboys @ Bears46Chris Carson, RB, Seahawks @ Rams47Phillip Lindsay, RB, Broncos @ Texans48Sony Michel, RB, Patriots vs. Chiefs49Golden Tate, WR, Giants @ Eagles50John Brown, WR, Bills vs. Ravens51Deebo Samuel, WR, 49ers @ Saints52Zach Ertz, TE, Eagles vs. Giants53Kareem Hunt, RB, Browns vs. Bengals54Jack Doyle, TE, Colts @ Buccaneers55Hunter Henry, TE, Chargers @ Jaguars56James Washington, WR, Steelers @ Cardinals57Robert Woods, WR, Rams vs. Seahawks58Allen Robinson, WR, Bears vs. Cowboys59Tyler Boyd, WR, Bengals @ Browns60Jamison Crowder, WR, Jets vs. Dolphins61Austin Ekeler, RB, Chargers @ Jaguars62James White, RB, Patriots vs. Chiefs63Curtis Samuel, WR, Panthers @ Falcons64Marvin Jones, WR, Lions @ Vikings65A.J. Brown, WR, Titans @ Raiders66Robby Anderson, WR, Jets vs. Dolphins67Will Fuller V, WR, Texans vs. Broncos68Austin Hooper, TE, Falcons vs. Panthers69Travis Kelce, TE, Patriots vs. Chiefs70Darren Waller, TE, Raiders vs. Titans71DK Metcalf, WR, Seahawks @ Rams72Zach Pascal, WR, Colts @ Buccaneers73Carlos Hyde, RB, Texans vs. Broncos74David Montgomery, RB, Bears vs. Cowboys75Bo Scarbrough, RB, Lions @ Vikings76Vance McDonald, TE, Steelers @ Cardinals77Sterling Shepard, WR, Giants @ Eagles78Mike Williams, WR, Chargers @ Jaguars79Corey Davis, WR, Titans @ Raiders80Brandin Cooks, WR, Rams vs. Seahawks81Tyrell Williams, WR, Raiders vs. Titans82Terry McLaurin, WR, Redskins @ Packers83Marquise Brown, WR, Ravens @ Bills84Jonnu Smith, TE, Titans @ Raiders85Marcus Johnson, WR, Colts @ Buccaneers86Adrian Peterson, RB, Redskins @ Packers87Cole Beasley, WR, Bills vs. Ravens88Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals vs. Steelers89Michael Gallup, WR, Cowboys @ Bears90Marlon Mack, RB, Colts @ Buccaneers91Tyler Higbee, TE, Rams vs. Seahawks92Mark Andrews, TE, Ravens @ Bills93Darius Slayton, WR, Giants @ Eagles94Russell Gage, WR, Falcons vs. Panthers95John Ross, WR, Bengals @ Browns96Kenyan Drake, RB, Cardinals vs. Steelers97Jamaal Williams, RB, Pakcers vs. Redskins98LeSean McCoy, RB, Chiefs @ Patriots99Tim Patrick, WR, Broncos @ Texans100Parris Campbell, WR, Colts @ Buccaneers101Ryan Griffin, TE, Jets vs. Dolphins102Jacob Hollister, TE, Seahawks @ Rams103Ian Thomas, TE, Panthers @ Falcons104Dallas Goedert, TE, Eagles vs. Giants105Mohamed Sanu, WR, Patriots vs. Chiefs106Nelson Agholor, WR, Eagles vs. Giants107Anthony Miller, WR, Bears vs. Cowboys108Dede Westbrook, WR, Jaguars vs. Chargers109Christian Kirk, WR, Cardinals vs. Steelers110Sammy Watkins, WR, Chiefs @ Patriots111Allen Hurns, WR, Dolphins @ Jets112Allen Lazard, WR, Packers vs. Redskins113Phillip Dorsett, WR, Patriots vs. Chiefs114Demaryius Thomas, WR, Jets vs. Dolphins115Danny Amendola, WR, Lions @ Vikings116Zay Jones, WR, Raiders vs. Titans117Geronimo Allison, WR, Packers vs. Redskins118Randall Cobb, WR, Cowboys @ Bears119Diontae Johnson, WR, Steelers @ Cardinals120Peyton Barber, RB, Buccaneers vs. Coltslast_img read more