Who's hot and who's not?

Posted by John Culea

John Powell/Liverpool FC/Getty ImagesSteven Gerrard's recent good form is making his fantasy owners happy.

Finding in-form players and getting rid of those who are stuck in a negative rut are keys to fantasy success. While player roles may restrict their opportunities to put the ball in the onion bag or assist others in doing the same, the fact remains, you need players who are consistent scorers/distributors or defenders who occasionally score and get clean sheets and goalkeepers who can deliver clean sheets and accumulate save points.

The list below, for the most part, covers the past 13 Premier League games the players have appeared in with noteworthy recent streaks. With the exception of Adam Le Fondre, they are regulars in their lineups.

HOT FORWARDS

PlayerGoalsGames
Robin van Persie, Manchester United1012
Luis Suarez, Liverpool78
Adam Le Fondre, Reading44
Edin Dzeko, Manchester City57
Pavel Pogrebnyak, Reading36
Christian Benteke, Aston Villa
(also had 1 assist)
55
Wayne Rooney, Manchester United32

COLD FORWARDS


Consecutive recent games without goals
PlayerGames
Steven Naismith, Everton11
Carlos Tevez, Manchester City9
Nikica Jelavic, Everton9
Fernando Torres, Chelsea8
Carlton Cole, West Ham7
Jermain Defoe, Tottenham6
Grant Holt, Norwich6
Jonathan Walters, Stoke6
Danny Welbeck,
Manchester United
5

HOT MIDFIELDERS

PlayerGlsAst.Gms
Frank Lampard, Chelsea
(How can Chelsea let Lamps leave?)
709
Juan Mata, Chelsea325
Moussale Sissoko, Newcastle
*-1st 2 matches since joining Magpies
212*
Jimmy Kebe, Reading314
Steven Gerrard, Liverpool5710

COLD MIDFIELDERS


No goals or assists unless noted
PlayerGmsGoals / assists
Steven N’Zonzi, Stoke13
Jack Cork, Sunderland13
Matthew Etherington, Stoke13
Morgan Schneiderlin, Southampton131 goal
Moussa Dembele, Tottenham131 assist
Glen Whelan, Stoke131 assist
Sebastian Larsson, Sunderland131 goal
Leon Osman, Everton131 goal, 1 assist
Jack Colback, Sunderland12
Matthew Jarvis, West Ham12
Alex Tettey, Norwich City12
Joey O'Brien, West Ham121 goal, 1 assist,
1 own goal
James Morrison, WBA122 assists
Bradley Johnson, Norwich122 assists
Raheem Sterling, Liverpool111 goal, 1 assist
Jack Wilshere, Arsenal123 assists
Kevin Nolan, West Ham121 goal
Michael Carrick, Manchester United123 assists
Stewart Downing, Liverpool121 goal, 2 assits
Joe Allen, Liverpool11
Lucas Leiva, Liverpool111 assist
James Mackie, QPR9
Stephane Sessegnon, Sunderland92 assists
Oscar, Chelsea7
Steven Pienaar, Everton7
Robert Snodgrass, Norwich7
Michu, Swansea6
Shinji Kagawa, Manchester United51 assist

HOT DEFENDERS


Fantasy points for goals, assists, clean sheets and conceded goals
PlayerPointsGames
Patrice Evra, Manchester United558
Leighton Baines, Everton465
Pedro Zabaleta, Manchester City335
Russell Martin, Norwich City436
Fabio da Silva, QPR275
Ben Davies, Swansea City264
Nathaniel Clyne, Southampton225

COLD DEFENDERS

PlayerPointsGames
Branislav Ivanovic, Chelsea74
Robert Huth, Stoke116
Geoff Cameron, Stoke105
Matthew Lowton, Aston Villa149
Liam Ridgewell, WBA106

HOT GOALKEEPERS

GoalkeeperOf note
Joe Hart, Manchester City4 clean sheets last 5 matches
Julio Cesar, QPR4 clean sheets last 5 matches

COLD GOALKEEPERS


Consecutive games without a clean sheet
GoalkeeperGames
Mark Schwarzer, Fulham9
Brad Guzan, Aston Villa9
Ben Foster, WBA8
Asmir Begovic, Stoke7
Ali Al Habsi, Wigan
(only 1 CS last 13 matches)
5

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