Our Sky Sports Fantasy Football guru looks for ways to cope with the depleted Premier League line-up.
By Tim Clement - @SkyFantasyFooty
Last Updated: 08/03/13 5:51pm
It is a case of slim pickings for Sky Sports Fantasy Football bosses this weekend, with only one of the Premier League's top six in action due to the FA Cup.
Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez are the obvious options as the two highest-scoring players in 2013, but there are plenty of other interesting prospects from those in league action.
Romelu Lukaku (£6.2m) is the most obvious choice as he returns to the West Brom side after being ineligible to face his parent club Chelsea.
The Belgian international has racked up 12 goals this season, more than any other teenager in Europe's 'top five' leagues, with six of those coming since the turn of the year.
The Baggies' backline also appeals as they host a Swansea side who have failed to score in six of their last seven games on the road in the Premier League.
Liam Ridgewell offers the value from Steve Clarke's backline at £5.2m, while Gareth McAuley is slightly more expensive at £6m but has chipped in with a couple of goals.
Newcastle's back-up goalkeeper Robert Elliot (£3.7m) may not be a household name, but looks another good bet to keep a clean sheet this weekend, with Stoke failing to score in five of their last six away games.
The Magpies also have Hatem Ben Arfa (£6.2m) back in action, with the attacking midfielder appealing having netted three times before his injury-enforced lay-off.
Of those scrapping against relegation, Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke is the stand-out performer with five goals from his last six Premier League appearances.
Loic Remy (£8m) is the only player who offers any sort of appeal from QPR's toothless attack, with two goals from his three appearances, while visitors Sunderland have Stephane Sessegnon (7.7m) back in form, having scored two in two.
The clash between Norwich and Southampton presents Rickie Lambert (£6.8m) with the chance to continue his remarkable record on the road, having netted in six of his last seven games away from St Mary's.
The Canaries struggle to offer any real appeal, having failed to net in five of their last seven league games.
A word of warning against making a raft of changes - the limit of five transfers per month means that a major overhaul needs to be well thought out.