It was feast or famine week in the EPL. We had some guys put up huge scores this week and if you missed out on them it was very tough to win. The difference between some of the top scorers on the day and some of the other guys was a very wide moat of 15+ points at some positions. It was the mid range value guys for the most part that got it done as well, so stacking a few of those guys together was a big plus to your rosters. Let’s take a look at who where the top performers.
Before we get into the top performers, let’s see why having one of them was key this weekend. If you look at the largest field $2 Nutmeg GPP from this weekend you will see we had quite a few really bad performances from GK this weekend. Thibaut Courtois was 10% owned and had -4 DK points. Adrian was 20% owned and had 4. Brad Guzan was around 9% and had 5. Simon Mignolet was 8% and had -2, Jak Alnwick was 6% and had -2 as well. Willy Cabellero was also 9% and finished with 5. That means that roughly two thirds of all keepers used scored one time their salary or worse. A quarter of those guys even finished negative on the day. In fact only two keepers in the top 10 of that same largest field GPP were over 10 points and combined they were owned less than 10%. Lukasz Fabianski of Swansea was 8% owned roughly and finished with 10.75 points. He was on one top 10 roster in the Nutmeg and was probably the most likely double digit scorer anyone rostered. He had a decent game, but disappointed as he missed out on a win bonus most expected of him. The best keeper on the day far and away was Sothampton’s Fraser Forster. Most did not give him much chance to have a good game against the vaunted Arsenal attack. He was owned around 1% in all formats, yet put up 22 points on the back of his clean sheet win.Southampton has one of the top 2 defenses in the EPL this year and they were playing at home, so all the metrics pointed in his direction. This is what I was talking about with the large difference between the top scorer and most of the field. 70% of the people playing were 15 or more points behind the 1% who used Forster just at the GK position alone on Thursday.
We had a good amount of useful options this week that feel in the 10-20 point range. Chief amongst them was Man City’s Gael Clichy. He had two assists on Thursday to lead him to a 19 point DK performance and was the top Defender seen on top 10 rosters across the board. He was really the one guy who stood out, but we had a load of the usual suspects who also made for good plays. John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic finished with 12.75 and 11.75 respectively. A solid showing from the Chelsea pair. They gave up 5 goals so the Defense was lax, but Terry found the back of the net and Ivanovic had an assist and a normal stuffed stat sheet to make it all work out. Villa’s Alan Hutton has been a crossing machine lately and added another 7 to his total. When you factored in the CS bonus he was able to get 11 points which was almost 3 times value for him and made it a good play. NCU’s Daryl Janmaat continued his strong play as well. He is a guy I said always gets his through crosses and fouls drawn, but his real value pays off when he gets goals, assists, or clean sheets. Since the goals and the CS are few and far between, the games where one of those crosses finds a teammate like it did on Thursday for a goal is what makes him an elite option to consider weekly. Those that did were handsomely rewarded. Villa other outside back Aly Cissohko also had a double digit scoring effort. Like Hutton his teammate, it was on the back of a clean sheet bonus and a ton of crosses. West Ham’s Karl Jenkinson also added 9 DK points to round out the group of top scoring defenders we saw last week.
We had so many solid mid field performances this week that I am only going to mention about a half dozen of these guys in passing who would be top performances most other weeks. The reason for this is we saw quite a few guys crack through the 20 point mark this week and were somewhat well owned throughout. the three I will mention here also all sat between $5000 and $6500, so you could easily have used one or all of them. The top performer was Nacer Chadli who we mentioned last week. He was great early in the season than hit a lull due to some minor injuries that affected his play. He has since put up 4 straight game of double digit points when he played a full 90 minutes and you should be looking at him weekly now to be a staple in your line ups. He finished with 27.25 on the back of a goal and an assist. He has reclaimed his spot as a top man on the Tottenham attack. Following him closely was a two goal effort by Steven Gerrard. Gerrard came through in a big way for a Liverpool team that struggles to score and the old man proved his game still has a lot left in it. His 26.75 score put him just a tick behind Chadli and due to a $300 discount, he was probably the better play. Gerard was 10% owned and Chadli was 3-5% across the different buy in levels, so rostering them really boosted you up. The third guy who went off on Thursday was Jack Colback of NCU who deserves your attention. He now has 53 points in his last 4 games and twice reached 15 or more. His price is up to $5K and if it stays there he is very cheap. His production has come against a few very solid teams as well, so you can not say it will not continue against lesser opponents. He was only 1 % owned and put up 22 points. Definitely the best value on the day at the position. We had other solid games from familiar faces like Eden Hazard and Yaya Toure who each put up 19 DK points which would be a top score most weeks. Riyad Mahrez continued his strong play with another 16 point performance. He now has 57 point in his last three games and should warrant consideration going forward. Cesc Fabregas also added 16 DK points to his totals and was a useful player. Moussa Sissohko had 19 DK points as well at a fair price and was worthy of note.
We had 8 goals in the TOT/CHE game and 5 more in MCY/SUN one, so you know we had a few high scoring forwards this week. Tottenham striker Harry Kane was the gem. He had 17 or more points in 3 of his last 4 and doubled that floor with a whopping 34.25 DK points on the back of his brace and an assist. He was fantasy gold this weekend and at 4-6% owned was a must to make the top. Stefan Jovetic of Man City was probably the second best guy with 26 DK points. He has taken advantage of the injuries suffered and the former Serie A stud is proving he can play in this league. Diego Costa had 22 DK points on the weekend and was again a top scorer, although he was not great value at his sky high price in a GPP. Nikica Jelavic had another solid game putting up almost 19 points here. Wilfred Bony had 16, Jelavic’s teammate Abel Hernandez had 19, Diafra Sahko had 14.75, Charlie Austin had 11, and Burnley’s Danny Ings continued to provide value with another 16 point performance. He has double digits in 6 of his lat 9 and is averaging over 12 DK points per game. As you can see there were a lot of options here at Forward who helped your scores.