ABCDE FC Beerbelly went top of the Fantasy League for the first time this season as they scored 57 points and leapfrogged The Rock Ridge Raiders and Pear Tree Productions. This was largely down to David Silva who was the main orchestrator of Manchester City’s 6-1 annihilation of Manchester United at Old Trafford
Pear Tree Productions move up to second as they scored 41 points. Despite having two Manchester United defenders, the Manchester City contingent of James Milner and Edin Dzeko cancelled out their -9 points.
Escape from Victory were team of the week for the second week running as they scored 60 points. Five goals were scored by Escape from Victory with Robin van Persis (2), Peter Crouch, Yohan Cabaye and Mauro Formica all finding the net.
David Silva is quickly staking a claim to be the best player in the Premier League this season after another star performance against Manchester United. A goal, a win bonus and two assists saw Silva score 22 points and contributed to 39% of ABCDE FC Beerbelly’s weekly points total
RAFAEL VAN DER VAART
Two more goals from Van der Vaart means he’s scored five in his last four games now. Spurs’ poor start to the campaign is a distant memory and with five wins in six, they’ll go into this weekend’s home game with QPR as huge favourites. It’s clear that if Harry Redknapp continues to play him in the hole behind Emmanuel Adebayor, Van der Vaart looks capable of racking up the Fantasy points time after time and with a strong run of fixtures ahead, looks set for a big return for Team Skin.
A first start for the Dutchman saw him produce the goods as Everton ended Fulham’s unbeaten home league record. Drenthe has been used sparingly since his loan move but has presented a strong case for a continued role in David Moyes’ first XI following his display at the Cottage. A goal and 2 assists helped him to the maximum bonus points and he is now Everton’s top scoring Fantasy player with 36 points, despite limited game time. He is likely to spark interest as from Gameweek 12 onwards, as Everton’s fixtures improve considerably.
The crazy Italian’s consistency has taken a dramatic upturn over the last few fixtures. Having played just twenty minutes in the first five games of the season, Balotelli’s brace at Old Trafford means he has now found the net in each of City’s last four league games and is looking a great addition to El Tel’s team. Indeed if it wasn’t for Balotelli, El Tel would have scored only five points this week. While he claims there’s a new-found maturity to his game, there are a couple of other factors to his recent run in the first-team. Edin Dzeko’s tantrum at Bayern coupled with Sergio Aguero’s groin injury afforded Balotelli virtually a full game at Blackburn, while his European suspension helped him to more league time, with the aforementioned pair rested for Champions League action. With his suspension now over, he could be more prone to league rotation.
ROBIN VAN PERSIE
When the team sheets were announced, the Escape from Victory Manager’s heart must have sank with the news that the Dutchman was benched for the visit of Stoke. While Gervinho ultimately outscored his skipper Fantasy-wise, with a goal, 2 assist s and 3 win points, Van Persie-once again- produced the goods for Arsene Wenger’s side, despite just twenty-five minutes game time. Although the Gunners away form has been woeful, with one point from four games, they have now won four in a row at the Emirates and Van Persie has ran riot in recent weeks- he has now scored twice in each of his last three home games.
At last, the influential Wolves midfielder returned some Fantasy points with a second-half strike that earned Mick McCarthy’s side an unlikely point against Swansea. O’Hara has been very influential for Wolves this season and anything that is good, tends to go via O’Hara. Saturday’s goal was, however, his first tangible Fantasy points in what has been a frustrating season. Should Wolves enjoy a positive spell of results, there’s no doubt that O’Hara could come to the fore.
After failing to live up to his potential following a superb pre-season and with early promise shown in terms of goal threat, Sessegnon suddenly exploded in the 2-0 win at Bolton. Significantly his performance coincided with a change of formation from Steve Bruce with Connor Wickham brought in to the lead the line alongside Nicklas Bendtner. The Dane, along with Sessegnon, seemed to drift behind Wickham and offer support on either flank and had a hugely effective game as a result. With three strong home fixtures to come in the next four and, with Sunderland showing positive form, Sessegnon, along with Bendtner, could now start attracting interest once again.