We are now back on a normal schedule and saw some great football this weekend. Lets take a look at the biggest fantasy stars of the weekend and what it means going forward. I won’t cover every single fantasy contributor and will try to focus on the ones I think will keep up the production.
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Hull City 0 – 2 Chelsea
Eden Hazard – The Belgian was spectacular once again, scoring a goal and threating the entire time. He has turned into an elite forward and should be considered week in and week out.
David Luiz – started in midfield and finished with 16 points. Luiz is a great option when he plays in midfield, but how often that happens will be anyone’s guess.
Petr Cech – Cech is now Chelsea’s all time goalkeeping leader in clean sheets. People were questioning Chelsea’s defense at the beginning of the season but they have now kept a clean sheet in four of their last five Premier League games and are second in goals conceded (19) behind Arsenal (18).
Tom Huddlestone – Huddlestone wasn’t too spectacular, but he finished with six points and hasn’t had an output lower than four since week 12. He can be trusted to give you something every week.
Cardiff 0 – 2 West Ham
Adrian – The Hammers’ goalkeeper had conceded 11 goals in his past two games but came up with 7 saves, a clean sheet, and three fouls won in this one (a total of 27 fantasy points). At the rate West Ham have been conceding goals, I’m not sure I’d trust him just yet, but the seven saves were definitely a step in the right direction.
Mark Noble – Noble scored and was solid in midfield. He can sometimes get on fire, and with the return of Andy Carroll he will have more opportunities to assist and score. Keep an eye out for him.
Peter Whittingham – 9 points earned from three different categories. Whittingham is one of the few Cardiff players that I would trust.
Everton 2 – 0 Norwich
Leighton Baines – Baines was spectacular again. He had 18 points without getting a goal or an assist, cementing his spot at the number one defender. The problem with Baines is always the extremely high price, but when he is in form, which is often, you are paying for consistency at a position where it is hard to find.
Seamus Coleman – No goals or assists but finished with 11 points. He has established himself as a top option.
Gareth Barry – A goal for the midfielder this time out but he doesn’t have enough consistency for me.
Fulham 1 – 4 Sunderland
Steve Sidwell – 10 points this weekend with an average of 10.9 over his last seven games, Sidwell is one of the few Fulham players you can trust.
Adam Johnson – 38 points this game, only one other double digit return this season, 67 points in his other 18 games. Just including him here to point out he is not likely to return the same kind of production again.
Ki Sung-Yueng – 49 points over his last four games but it comes with a standard deviation of 8.06. He can get points, but there is quite a bit of fluctuation there and you have to hit the right games.
Southampton 1 – 0 West Brom
Adam Lallana – 18 points, his fifth highest output of the season. Premium option.
Boruc – Back from injury and the defense looks healthy. The clean sheet and the win were enough for Boruc to get 14 points and his £10.79M price tag is acceptable. Faces Sunderland next.
Jose Fonte – Lovren was the better fantasy choice at the beginning of the season but Fonte has been much better over the last four weeks.
Tottenham 2 – 0 Crystal Palace
Christian Eriksen – 17.75 fantasy points with a standard deviation of just 4.03 over his last four games. Eriksen is excelling at the moment and has found a consistent role in new manager Tim Sherwood's system. It will be hard to keep him out of your squad in the coming weeks.
Hugo Lloris – Tottenham are playing better and Lloris is the benefactor. His last three weeks’ scores: 12, 12, 14. Can’t blame you if you play him.
Manchester United 2 – 0 Swansea
Danny Welbeck – six goals in six games. He is on fire right now and should keep a spot in the rotation even when Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie return from injuries.
Rafael – 15 points in this one but he still hasn’t earned a consistent role in the rotation. I would not recommend him at the moment.
David De Gea – 14 points here but goalkeepers are very reliable on opposition. Manchester United play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge next and Eden Hazard will be causing trouble.
Newcastle United 0 – 2 Manchester City
Yohan Cabaye – He is in form again and contributes in multiple categories. He faces West Ham next, who have conceded 22 goals in their last seven despite keeping a clean sheet this week.
Joe Hart – His 20 points came from 5 saves, a clean sheet, and a win. Manchester face Cardiff at home next. Another premium option.
Alvaro Negredo – His 21 points were impressive but his value decreases slightly with the probable return of Sergio Aguero next week.
There were many more good fantasy performers here and there are many, many great picks from both of these sides going ahead. Manchester City are first in goal scoring this season having scored eight more goals than second place Liverpool and 19 more than third place Chelsea so you can see there is plenty of value to be had.
Stoke City 3 – 5 Liverpool
Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho – When Liverpool are in form, they can score as much as they want on almost everyone. Sturridge is back and that seems to help everyone else’s value as well. They are listed in the order of my preference above, but you just can’t go wrong here.
Marko Arnautovic – Arnautovic played well and his two assists only account for a little more than half of his points. He can be an interesting option if he earns a consistent role.
Peter Crouch – the big man gets a goal here but is not consistent enough for me to consider for fantasy purposes.
I hope you had a good week in fantasy and don’t forget there is another game left today at 3 PM (on the US East Coast).