We had a fairly low scoring fantasy week as a lot of the stars underperformed but it was still an exciting weekend of soccer that allowed some adventurous fantasy managers to move up the rankings. For me, it was Southampton that saved my team from a disaster as Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana scored half of my points. Lets take a look at who else did well.
Newcastle United 0 – 3 Sunderland
Vito Mannone – 28 points for a keeper is incredibly impressive. Sunderland have been playing much better as of late and Mannone has two straight games over 20 points. In the two games before that, he had 7 and 9, still fairly good for a keeper. Sunderland face Hull City next, so Mannone is a good choice if you already have him. If you don’t own him, it’s hard to justify spending £19.15M on Sunderland’s goalkeeper.
Adam Johnson – I told you to avoid Johnson like the plague after he had his 38 point game in week 21 but it seems I was wrong. Johnson has gone on to score and get at least 14 points in each game since then. I won’t necessarily recommend him as the scoring has to stop sometime, but he’s certainly fantasy relevant.
West Ham 2 – 0 Swansea City
Kevin Nolan – Just an incredible performance by Nolan. 2 goals, 32 fantasy points, and a win. Andy Carroll’s return has been a positive for West Ham and he assisted on both goals but was later sent off and the Hammers will miss him. Bump everyone else down while Carroll is missing.
James Collins – West Ham are tied in first for clean sheets and it’s showing on the fantasy sheet for their defenders. Play them with confidence.
Cardiff City 2 – 1 Norwich City
Wilfried Zaha – only seven points for Zaha but he played better than that. He assisted on one of Cardiff’s goals and was a threat to Norwich. At £ 5.47M, he is an interesting fantasy option.
Robert Snodgrass – Snodgrass has been fairly disappointing this season but he’s provided three solid performances in a row and has the ability to be a consistent fantasy performer. It would take a couple more good performances for me to trust him.
Everton 2 – 1 Aston Villa
Kevin Mirallas – Mirallas’s spectacular free kick won it for Everton and the 2% of fantasy owners who have him on their side must have been delighted. He still lacks consistency so I would avoid for now.
Leandro Bacuna – Bacuna has scored in both of his last two games and seems to be benefitting from Benteke’s return to form. As with Mirallas, I would avoid for lack of consistency.
Fulham 0 – 3 Southampton
Rickie Lambert – I could have put just about any of the Saints here. Clean sheet, three different goal scorers and a lot of defensive stats all contributed to a lot of great scores. Lambert had probably the best performance of the bunch as he had a goal and two assists and was involved in everything the Saints did. Southampton have been getting back to great form and with Dani Osvaldo leaving for Italy, the striker spot belongs to Lambert. He can be a good out of the ordinary option in the next few weeks. Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez are also great picks.
Hull City 1 – 1 Tottenham
Paulinho – Paulinho returned from injury and scored Spurs’ only goal. He is someone to follow and I’m interested to see how well he’ll fit into Tim Sherwood’s system.
Curtis Davies – Davies has been fantastic this season and here he showed that he can be a fantastic performer even without a clean sheet. He is matchup proof and always a great option.
Stoke City 2 – 1 Manchester United
Charlie Adam – Adam single handedly beat Manchester with two goals and finished with 36 points. He has had weeks like that all season but there are also many weeks where he’ll end up with less than five points, making him very hard to own.
Juan Mata – Mata hasn’t been spectacular for United but he’s been solid. He’s had an assist in both of his games with his new club and had 8 and 10 points respectively. At his current price, he’s a decent option.
West Brom 1 – 1 Liverpool
Daniel Sturridge – Sturridge has been spectacular this season and has 14 goals and 3 assists in 16 games. He is worth his price. Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard both received a yellow card and that hurt their scores, making Sturridge stand out this week. All three are fantastic options.
Victor Anichebe - A lot had to go right for Anichebe for him to have a good week and I don't see it repeating.
Arsenal 2 – 0 Crystal Palace
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – The Ox was fantastic in the second half and scored both Arsenal goals. He performed well in his new role in the middle of the field and that’s an encouraging sign in terms of how much playing time he can carve out. He has not been a fantastic fantasy performer in the past but if he can earn a consistent role, he can be dangerous.