Gameweek 20: Fantasy Review

Posted by John Culea

Michael Regan/Getty ImagesTottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor continued his resurgence with another goal before sustaining an injury.

The final week in Segment 1 came to a limping, drenching close with several key players either sidelined with injuries or rotated out because of the December schedule crunch. The wisdom of saving transfers for the final week was seen as many fantasy managers were stuck with big names that did not play.

Notable performances on New Year's Day:

Not quite enough

Wilfried Bony, Swansea
The Swansea midfielder's brace, giving him six goals for the season, was not enough as the Swans continue to drop points. Their last win was December 4.

Danny Welbeck, Manchester United
The forward's goal in the 2-1 loss to Tottenham was his fifth goal in six games.

Jussi Jaaskelainen, West Ham
The goalkeeper had an assist and nine saves, but let in two goals as the Hammers slip further into relegation muck.

Bench bonuses

Oscar, Chelsea
A second half sub, Oscar scored a goal and had an assist (and a yellow card for a blatant dive) in Chelsea's 3-0 win at Southampton.

Willian, Chelsea
Brought on at the same time with Oscar, he scored his first Premier League goal since October.

I-told-you-so moments

Emmanuel Adebayor, Tottenham
The former Andre Villas-Boas cast-off scored the first goal against Manchester United, his third goal plus an assist since returning to the starting lineup four games ago. His second half knee injury dampened Spurs' soggy win.

Christian Eriksen, Tottenham
Another Tim Sherwood reclamation project, the midfielder's goal and assist give him two goals and an assist in the last four starts.

Hot boots

Gabriel Agbonlahor, Aston Villa
His second goal in as many games was the only score in Villa's home result. They have been in major need of goals with expensive signing Christian Benteke still goalless since September 14.

Theo Walcott, Arsenal
His goal gives him five scores and one assist in his last five games played.

Yaya Toure, Manchester City
A brilliant strike was his fifth goal in the last six games played.

Luis Suarez, Liverpool
A delicious bending free kick goal was his 20th goal to go along with three assists in his 12-game season.

Dimitar Berbatov, Fulham
Another goal gives the Bulgarian three goals and an assist in his last four games which have helped Fulham climb out of the drop zone and restore a semblance of order after their 6-0 thrashing at Hull.

Fernandinho, Manchester City
His opening goal was the third in his last five games.

Eden Hazard, Chelsea
An assist gives him two goals and one assist in the last three games.

Oussama Assidi, Stoke
Three goals in his last six games have given the Potters much-needed offense.

Saido Berahino, WBA
His penalty goal was his second score in two games to give the Baggies a much-needed result over Newcastle.

Welcome back

Leighton Baines, Everton
Scored in stoppage time from the spot, his first goal since September 21.

Jason Puncheon, Crystal Palace
His penalty goal was the first of the season for the Palace midfielder.

Cooled off

Wayne Rooney, Manchester United
A yellow card was symbolic of his frustrations. In his last five games, Rooney has had just one assist.

Southampton defense
The Saints have had only one clean sheet in the last eleven games.

Housekeeping kudos

Chelsea and Arsenal defenses
The Blues and Gunners have three clean sheets in the last four games.

Seeing red again

Kevin Nolan, West Ham
The midfielder was given a straight red card, his second red in the last four games.

Whatever happened?

Juan Mata, Chelsea
Last season's fifth highest fantasy midfielder on points continues an anonymous campaign. Mata was clearly irked on New Year's Day when he was subbed off after 52 minutes. He has wavered from "Unused substitute" to "Off x-minutes" and has no goals and two assists in 13 games.

Segment 2 begins on January 11. Once player values are evaluated and re-set and the fantasy game is launched, managers must pick 15 new players within the 100 pound million budget.

I will have a piece on recommendations and then a preview of Gameweek 21 on January 10. Good luck to all. Sir John can't do much worse than he did in Segment 1: 1,224 points and a dismal 3,335th, 96.6 percentile position in the world.

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