Gameweek 23: Fantasy Review

Posted by John Culea

AllsportManchester United's Robin van Persie scored in his return from injury

The triumphant return of a superstar and mixed reviews for Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge were among the Gameweek 23 talking points.

Robin van Persie, Manchester United
Back from a long injury layoff, the forward neatly headed in the opening goal, his first since his winner against Arsenal in November.

Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool
The forward’s brace against Everton gives him four goals in three games but a hat-trick was lost when his penalty kick landed somewhere close to Goodison Park. Minutes later, he did not pass to a wide-open Luis Suarez and was promptly substituted by Brendan Rodgers.

Still hot

Luis Suarez, Liverpool
The leading fantasy points producer -- 161 -- scored his fourth goal in four games. After he did not score in his last game, his value dropped 0.1 to a fantasy high 10.8.

Christian Benteke, Aston Villa
Back on the beam with another goal and an assist, the Belgian now three goals in three games.

Adam Johnson, Sunderland
The midfielder’s game-winning goal mans he has five goals and two assists in his last three games.

Andreas Weimann, Aston Villa
Two goals in two games for the Austrian forward after he previously went scoreless for 14 matches.

Sergio Aguero, Manchester City
The Argentine has two goals in two games since returning from injury, but he left early vs. Spurs with another knock, possibly to his hamstring.

Edin Dzeko, Manchester City
Mentioned often in transfer talks, he has four goals in five games and, given the injury to Aguero and doubts about Alvaro Negredo’s fitness, the Bosnian is suddenly more valuable.

Jason Puncheon, Crystal Palace
A laughing stock punch line less than a month ago following his penalty howler, the midfielder has responded with two goals in two games.

Yaya Toure, Manchester City
A penalty at Spurs gives him three goals and one assist in the last four games and the highest points -- 155 -- among midfielders.

Steven Gerrard, Liverpool
Since being deployed in a deeper role, the Reds' captain has three goals in three matches.

Oliver Giroud, Arsenal
Two goals in three matches for the French forward, whose latest strike came at Southampton.

Santi Cazorla, Arsenal
Three goals in two games means the Spaniard is back in good fantasy form.

Adam Lallana, Southampton
Two goals in three games make the England man one of few consistent offensive threats for the Saints.

New kit, old self

Juan Mata, Manchester United
Immediately in the mix with an assist (his first since December 1) as he gets to know his new team.

Best housekeeping

Adrian, West Ham
The Hammers' goalkeeper must have thought he was on a target range with Chelsea taking an astounding 39 shots. Nine were on goal and the Spaniard saved them all to earn a clean sheet and ten fantasy points.

Vito Mannone, Sunderland
While Stoke only had 13 shots, Mannone made six saves to go with his shutout which rewarded his fantasy managers with nine points.

Petr Cech, Chelsea
The Blues’ goalkeeper now has five clean sheets in his last seven games.

Uh oh

Romelu Lukaku, Everton
The on-loan striker’s serious-looking ankle injury will send many fantasy managers into the transfer market.

Danny Welbeck, Manchester United
After three goals in four games, his omission from the team against Cardiff will unnerve those fantasy managers who have him.

Clint Dempsey, Fulham
The American has had zero impact from a fantasy point of view in three games since he arrived on loan.

Alan McGregor, Hull
The Tigers' goalkeeper self-destructed and got a red card for his role in a stoppage time altercation.

From uh oh to oh yes!

Fabian Delph, Aston Villa
After putting through his own goal, the midfielder then scored one at the right end in a home win over West Brom.

Lone highlight

Etienne Capoue, Tottenham
The French midfielder’s goal was his first for Tottenham and the only positive in a 5-1 drubbing by Manchester City.

Comeback story of the week

Stevan Jovetic, Manchester City
His first Premier League goal for the Citizens will be a huge confidence boost following a string of injury problems.

Red handbags

Loic Remy, Newcastle and Bradley Johnson, Norwich
Both were ejected for “fighting” after a confrontation that was more na-na-na-na-na than anything else.

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