Gameweek 15: Fantasy Review

Posted by John Culea

Sergio AgueroPA PhotosManchester City's Sergio Aguero celebrates opening the scoring.

The “big” marquee match of the week between Arsenal and Everton turned out to be less than scintillating. For fantasy managers, many of their players this week recorded “dreaded 3’s” (a start, 60+ minutes, and nothing more). The exceptions:

STILL HOT

Sergio Aguero, Manchester City
The Argentine scored against Southampton, his 12th goal of the season, to retain his top spot among fantasy forwards with 95 points. His 9.6 fantasy value is a relative bargain.

Luis Suarez, Liverpool
Another game, another goal. In 10 matches, Suarez has 14 goals and 92 fantasy points. The forward’s fantasy value is now up to 10.8, highest in the league.

Romelu Lukaku, Everton
Another assist gives the forward three goals and two assists in his last four matches.

Mesut Ozil, Arsenal
Two goals and two assists in the last three matches for Ozil, whose value is 10.5, tops among midfielders.

Gerard Deulofeu, Everton
The midfielder who does not have a regular starting role has two goals and an assist in the last three matches.

Jonjo Shelvey, Swansea
The midfielder's assist against Hull Monday gives him two goals and two assists in his last five matches.

WHERE DID THAT COME FROM?

Andre Schurrle, Chelsea
After spotty playing time since October, the midfielder’s brace in the Blues' 3-2 loss to Stoe brought his season goal tally to three. His first goal Saturday was individual brilliance after he weaved his way through the defense to score.

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Pablo Osvaldo, Southampton
The forward’s goal against Manchester City, his second in as many games, was perfection.

BREAKING THE STREAK

Paulinho, Tottenham: The midfielder’s goal was his first in the last nine games.

GOOD SERVICE

Steven Gerrard, Liverpool: His assist Saturday was the midfielder’s fourth in five games. However, he was injured and may be out several weeks.

Stephen Ireland, Stoke: The Aston Villa loanee midfielder had an assist and a goal in the Potters' win over Chelsea.

Theo Walcott, Arsenal: Two assists in three games in substitute minutes for the midfielder.

FIRST GOALS OF THE SEASON

Mamadou Sakho, Liverpool: The towering defender scored against West Ham.
Oussama Assaidi, Stoke: The on-loan midfielder from Liverpool scored a rocket-like goal in the upset of Chelsea.
Adam Johnson, Sunderland: A fantasy dud, the midfielder managed a goal in the loss to Spurs.
Cameron Jerome, Crystal Palace: Checked out of the Stoke library, the forward is helping Palace escape the drop zone.
Chico, Swansea: His goal saved his sleeping team and rescued the point at home against Hull. Unfortunately, the defender picked up a yellow card, his fifth of the season, and will be suspended next weekend.

CLEANING UP EARLY SEASON MESS
Julian Speroni, Crystal Palace goalkeeper and fellow Eagle defenders: After being bombarded to the PL cellar and hemorrhaging gallons of goals, Palace have a shocking four clean sheets in five matches.

SAVED THE DAY

John Ruddy, Norwich: After conceding five goals on Wednesday, the box-of-chocolates Canary defense was sensational Saturday. Ruddy had a clean sheet and 10 saves.

FANTASY ROT CONTINUES

Christian Benteke, Aston Villa: The forward has not scored since Sept. 14.

FANTASY ROT IS OVER

Danny Graham, Swansea: The forward had gone 27 hours and 20 minutes without a goal. The drought ended against his former team.

OWN GOAL OOPS!

Guy Demel and Joey O’Brien, West Ham: The ugly Hammers season is getting uglier.
Martin Skrtel, Liverpool
John O’Shea, Sunderland: The game-winning goal unfortunately was his own.

UGLY MOMENT OF GAMEWEEK 15

Kevin Nolan, West Ham: A straight red card to Nolan for a vicious, late, cheap-shot challenge on Jordan Henderson.

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