Gameweek 10: Fantasy Review

Posted by John Culea

Steven Caulker scored Cardiff's winner against Swansea.PA PhotosSteven Caulker scored Cardiff's winner against Swansea.

The marquee game of the week was Arsenal-Liverpool, and the Gunners came away with an impressive 2-0 result. Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey continued his torrid pace with a goal that gives him six in seven games and keeps him the top fantasy point producer with 76. However, the hottest player in the Premier League is Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero. He has now moved to the third-highest fantasy forward and has seven goals in five games played.

Stars in other games:

Loic Remy, Newcastle: The hot forward has six goals in six games.
Robin van Persie, Manchester United: Three goals and two assists in last three matches.
Wayne Rooney, Manchester United: The other punch in the one-two attack has two goals and an assist in his last two games.
David Silva, Manchester City: Two goals and two assists in his last four games.
Jay Rodriguez, Southampton: The forward has three goals and an assist in four games.
Yaya Toure, Manchester City: Another goal moves the Ivorian midfielder into the runner-up fantasy position with 67 points.

The what-a-story game:

Steven Caulker, Cardiff: The defender was on loan from Spurs to Swansea in 2011-12, played with Tottenham for 17 matches in 2012-13, and then was sold to Cardiff in August. On Sunday he scored the winning goal against Swansea and for good measure headed the ball over Chico Flores, the player Swansea signed instead of Caulker. Oh, by the way, Flores was yelling “Cardiff” at his Swansea teammates all week to get them in the derby mood. It doesn’t get much sweeter than that.

The I-can’t-believe-I-saw-that moment:

Asmir Begovic, Stoke goalkeeper: Scored the fourth fastest goal in Premier League history in 16 seconds, and caught Artur Boruc off guard. The goal was only the fourth surrendered this season by Southampton. Boruc leads all goalkeepers with 59 points.

Red card and red embarrassment weekend:

Michel Vorm, Swansea: The goalkeeper made a silly challenge up field and was rightly kicked out of the game.
Sunderland’s Lee Cattermole and Andrea Dossena: Both were given red cards and Black Cats’ defender Carlos Cuellar scored an own goal in the 1-0 loss at Hull. The Tigers took 25 shots, but only two were on target. Cuellar got his in the onion bag.

Hot players held in check:

Luis Suarez, Liverpool: After six goals and one assist in four games, he took only three shots with none on goal against Arsenal.
Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool: The forward could not get service and had his string of four straight games with a goal stopped.

Where have you been all season?

Santi Cazorla, Arsenal: The midfielder and big fantasy guy last season got his first goal of the campaign.
Antonio Valencia, Manchester United: He registered his first goal in the win at Fulham.
Gareth McAuley, WBA: Notched his first goal of the season.

The slumps:

Simon Mignolet, Liverpool: After three clean sheets to start the season, the Belgian has gone seven games without one.
Petr Cech, Chelsea: Five games without a clean sheet.
Christian Benteke, Aston Villa: The forward’s last goal was Sept. 14 and he took only two shots on Saturday.
Juan Mata, Chelsea: The fantasy favorite from last season finally got a start, but was pulled after an ineffective 62 minutes.
Marouane Fellani, Manchester United: Came in off the bench, did nothing and in eight games played has no goals or assists.
Michu, Swansea: The Spaniard who had 18 goals last season has gone five games without a goal or an assist and is now out injured.

From up to down

John Ruddy, Norwich: The goalkeeper was riddled with seven goals after having a clean sheet the week before.

Worst fantasy player in the league:

Dean Moxey, Crystal Palace: The defender has played every minute of all 00 matches and has 19 miserable fantasy points. Pee-uuuu!

Outrage of the week:

Sascha Riether, Fulham: The punk needs a retrospective ban by the FA for stamping on Manchester United midfielder Adnan Januzaj, a cowardly act not seen by the referee or his assistants.

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