This was a fantastic weekend of football and there were a ton of great performances this week. Santi Cazorla was clinical and scored both of Arsenal's goals while Samuel Eto'o was responsible for three goals when Chelsea beat Manchester United 3-1. Let’s find out who did well and whether or not they’re likely to keep it up.
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Sunderland 2 – 2 Southampton
Jay Rodriguez – the Southampton forward returned to form after three poor performances. A goal and 20 fantasy points will certainly make fantasy managers happy but it’ll be hard to play him next week against Arsenal.
Dejan Lovren – Lovren was the other scorer for the Saints. What concerns me is that without the goal, Lovren would have ended with zero points. His form has definitely declined and it will be tough to play him against Arsenal as well. Jose Fonte and Luke Shaw have been better as of late. Something else to note is that Lovren left the game with an injury that looked bad and that’s something you need to follow up on before you play him.
Adam Johnson – A goal and an assist for the Sunderland midfielder. He is the most in form player in the league right now and presents an interesting option for next week. With that being said, I don’t trust him. I need to see more than two good games to play somebody.
Arsenal 2 – 0 Fulham
Santi Cazorla – Cazorla scored both Arsenal goals and is in great form right now. His last five games: 12, 7, 10, 11, 30. If you don’t think he can keep it up, check out his results from last year.
Bacary Sagna – The entire defense did well because of the clean sheet but Sagna had a few shots on target as well and really stood out. Wojciech Szczesny also scored well with the clean sheet and the win.
Jack Wilshire – Wilshire picked up an assist and ended up with 11 points on the day. His role might change slightly with Aaron Ramsey so it’s worth seeing how he keeps up his recent success. I think it will decline slightly.
Crystal Palace 1 – 0 Stoke City
Jason Puncheon – made up for his embarrassing penalty miss last week with a game winning goal. Not consistent enough for me to play.
Joel Ward – ten points but would have been four without the clean sheet. His form has declined with his slightly different role in recent weeks. I would avoid him until further notice.
Manchester City 4 – 2 Cardiff City
Sergio Aguero – He’s back. Two games off the bench have resulted in two goals and an assist. Aguero can be trusted to be in your team as he is the best Premier League striker behind Luis Suarez.
Yaya Toure – Also scored and assisted, enough for a solid 18 points. Toure doesn’t get too many points outside of goals and assists but he has 11 goals and 4 assists on the season – enough for me to own him.
Aleksandar Kolarov – only 9 points tonight but Kolarov is averaging 11.4 points in his last five games. With only 17 games to his name, he is City’s fifth best fantasy scorer on the season and he only has three clean sheets, so he certainly gets points even without a clean sheet. I trust him fully going forward.
Jordon Mutch – Mutch returned from injury and impressed against City. He didn’t score but still ended up with a double-digit return. I feel good using him when he’s not playing against a top team.
Norwich City 1 – 0 Hull City
Ryan Bennett – Over a third of his points on the season came today. Not a fantasy option going ahead.
Robert Snodgrass – 21 points on the day that included the game winning assist. He has had a rough time after returning from injury and there are much better options out there.
Curtis Davies – Very few defenders produce the kind of consistency Davies gives you. 21 games, 169 points. Third highest scoring defender. I feel comfortable playing him in any matchup.
West Ham 1 – 3 Newcastle United
Yohan Cabaye – Two goals for the midfielder today left him with 34 points. Cabaye is the second highest scoring midfielder in the Yahoo! game. His price is at £22.31M but he is worth every penny.
Loic Remy – Remy hadn’t scored since week 18 but his goal today was enough to give him 17 points. I like Remy but it’s hard to play him in fantasy with the kind of inconsistency that he brings to the table. In the three games before this one, he combined for 4 points.
Liverpool 1 – 2 Aston Villa
Daniel Sturridge – Sturridge’s return from injury has been flawless as the striker has scored in both games after his return. He is the second best option on the league’s second best scoring team.
Steven Gerrard – Gerrard’s points came from a penalty but he always finds a way to get his production. He only has three games in which he has scored less than eight points this year and is one of the most consistent fantasy scorers.
Christian Benteke – It seems like he is finally out of his slump. Benteke has scored in his last two games and next week he faces a West Brom side that concedes a lot of goals.
Swansea 1 – 3 Tottenham
Wilfried Bony – Bony’s goal today gave him a solid 11 points. He now has three goals in his last three games and faces Fulham at home next. He is my out of the ordinary striker choice for next week.
Emmanuel Adebayor – Adebayor was spectacular today with two goals and 24 points. He has had a great comeback under new coach Tim Sherwood and has five goals and two assists in his last seven games. He is a bit inconsistent, but if you can get over that and play him every week, he seems like a good fantasy option at the moment.
Christian Eriksen – Another double digit return for the youngster who has also improved drastically under Sherwood. This makes it five straight double-digit scores and his play on the field is even more impressive. It’s not just goals and assists for him though. In his last five games he has 3 goals, 2 assists, 10 successful crosses, 9 passes intercepted, 6 tackles won. The production is here to stay.
Chelsea 3 – 1 Manchester United
Samuel Eto’o – Eto’o scored a hat-trick and was simply spectacular in this one. He was in the right place at the right time but also created some chances and positioned himself well. We just learned that Fernando Torres has suffered a knee injury and will be out for at least a month. That raises the value of Eto’o drastically.
Gary Cahill – Cahill has been playing well lately and ended up with an assist in this one. Chelsea have been picking up clean sheets left and right and that raises his value in the coming weeks.