Week 27 FPL Round Up
Week 27 round up
While there's still two games to go in week 27, and notably Sergio Aguero still has a game to go while Costa plays tonight, it's not too early to take a look at all the games that have been and round up the fantasy performances.
Without further ado, let's get onto the round up of the fantasy week:
Manchester United 1 - Bournemouth 1
This game did not turn into the easy home victory that many had predicted, and Bournemouth kept up their fantastic form despite a first half red card. You can guess by the scoreline that it was not particularly fruitful for the top fantasy players in the game, with popular player Ibrahimovic scoring -1 points and getting lucky to stay on the pitch at all. In fact the only Man Utd players to really do anything of fantasy value were defenders Rojo and Valencia with 8 and 6 points respectively. Bournemouth on the other hand, had a few more fantasy relevant performances with their keeper Boruc in particular having an excellent game and 12 fantasy points. Bournemouth's more well owned players, defenders Daniels and Smith, did nothing too special.
Leicester City 3-1 Hull City
Another 3-1 win for Leicester, who really do appear to be benefiting the new manager bump - even before they have a permanent manager. As we predicted, this was the game where Mahrez finally put in a decent fantasy shift, taking 10 points, which included a goal - shame he was only selected by 8% of teams. Popular(ish) defender Fuchs was second best with 9 points, while Vardy failed to get on the scoresheet but did chip in with a valuable assist. On the Hull City end, unfortunately for fantasy players, the two stand out players were less than 1% selected, midfielders Clucas and Grosicki with 9 and 5 points respectively. Popular keeper Jakupovic got two points.
Stoke 2-0 Middlesbrough
Stoke kept up the momentum with another impressive home win, while Middlesbrough failed in an important game, and sink deeper into relegation trouble. There were loads of good fantasy performance from across the Stoke team, with an amazing 9 players scoring 5 points or more. The standout, with 16 points (including 2 goals) was midfielder Arnautovic, who was pretty seldom selected. Popular keeper Grant was more than decent with 7 points while Midfielder Allen, Stokes most popular player, was one of the few to disappoint.
Swansea 3-2 Burnley
A cracking game in Swansea and an absolutely crucial three points for the Welsh side as they seek to avoid relegation, as well as a scoreline that means lots of fantasy points on offer. Llorente, who's a pretty popular striker option was best with 13 points including a brace. Sigurdsson is Swansea's most popular fantasy player, and gave an ample 5 points. While there weren't as many fantasy points available from Burnley, their most selected outfield player, Andre Gray, was also their best with an excellent 12 points including both of Burnley's goals.
Watford 3-4 Southhampton
It might have been a mid-table clash between two teams looking pretty safe, but it turned into a thrilling goal fest, and rewarded some owners of players on both sides. Surprisingly considering their 3 goals, no Watford player managed over 6 points, and their top scorer Docoure is owned by almost zero fantasy players. Disappointingly, Watford's most relevant fantasy player Capoue only brought in 2 points. If you were one of few fantasy players on Saints midfielders Tadic or Redmond then bravo - they 16 and 14 points respectively and got 3 goals and 2 assists between them. Other players to impress somewhat were Gabbiadini (5) and Boufal (4).
West Brom 0-2 Crystal Palace
Whereas West Brom could afford this loss, it was an absolutely massive win for Palace who hover one spot above the relegation zone. Not much to report on WBA, with no fantasy players scoring over two points. Palace on the other hand, ha great fantasy performances all over the place, which makes it a shame few of their players were selected. Andros Townsend's goal helped propel him to the game leader with 11 points and unpopular fantasy defenders Ward and Sakho both got excellent 9s.
Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal
Sanchez owners were left fuming as Sanchez started on the bench, while Liverpool came out top in this massive clash between the Champion's League contenders. As we've often noted, one of the difficulties with Liverpool is how evenly their three excellent midfielders share points and true to form even in this convincing win one had to lose out - today that was Coutinho who only mustered two points. Mane and Firminho on the other hand were wonderful with each grabbing a goal and an assist. The unpopular Welbeck was Arsenal's best player while Sanchez did actually manage to rescue 4 points for those that started him, with his assist.
Tottenham 3-2 Everton
What else is there to say about Harry Kane? If Aguero didn't have two games he'd have been our absolute shoe-in for captain and he was sensational once more. 'Just' 2 goals and 13 fantasy points to follow his hat-trick from last week. Kane wasn't the only bright spot in a gutsy Spurs performance as Alli was great once more with a goal and an assist. Eriksen and Walker, both very popular fantasy options, were not among the major point scorers. On the Everton side, points were very widely shared, with no one player doing any special from a fantasy perspective. Lukaku - the goal machine that he is - got one once more but was limited to 6 fantasy points. Midfielder Barkley was also good, but Everton's popular defenders Baines and Coleman struggled with 2 and 1 points respectively.
Sunderland 0-2 Man City
Sunderland actually put up a decent fight, but a City goal right before half time really knocked the wind out of them. Lots of City players racked up impressive fantasy scores, with Sane leading the pack with 10. Aguero put in an acceptable shift of 7 points (1 goal) and with a home fixture still to come in this weeks fantasy score his owners will be satisfied. Stones and Sterling, City's 2nd and 3rd most selected players each got 6 fantasy points. No Sunderland player got over two points, including Defoe, who did have his chances.