Premier League Gameweek 11: Champs and Chumps

Roberto Firmino of Liverpool in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield on March 2, 2016 in Liverpool, England.

We analyse the very best and worst of the Premier League’s fantasy performers for Gameweek 11.

 

Champs

Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)

PlayON Price: £12.3m

PlayON Points: 3,450

He may have been Brendan Rodgers signing, but Roberto Firmino is without doubt, a Jurgen Klopp player.

The Brazilian had possibly his standout game in a Liverpool shirt, playing the key role in their 6-1 demolition of Watford. If we were to be hypercritical of Firmino we could point out his profligacy in front of goal – just one goal from five attempts on goal in Gameweek 10 – but to do so would be to overlook the high points of his game.

Not only did the converted wideman lead the line with relentless energy, he likewise teed up his teammates on two occasions to round out Gameweek 11 as the top ranking player in PlayON Daily Fantasy Football.

 

Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

PlayON Price: £12.8m

PlayON Points: 3,265

This was arguably the best performance we’ve seen from the Belgian so far this season.

In their comprehensive 5-0 victory over Everton, Conte’s Chelsea were as scintillating as they were disciplined and Hazard rose to the occasion as man of the match.

Hazard is incomparable to the player that struggled to make any recognizable imprint on the Premier League last season and his two goal showing in Gamweek 11 was the latest testimony to that drastic upturn in performance. At this point last season, the wideman had managed just one goal and two assists. This time, by comparison, he boasts seven league goals and a single assist. Provided that the international break hasn’t spoiled the Chelsea momentum, the Belgian could run riot against a relative soft target in Middlesbrough this weekend.

 

Marcos Alonso (Chelsea)

PlayON Price: £7m

PlayON Points: 2,595

Another Chelsea man who’s queitly covered himself in glory this season has been Marcos Alonso. The left-back/left-midfielder arrived at Stamford Bridge without much fanfare during the summer but has rapidly become a key compenent in this exciting Chelsea set-up.

The 25 year old Spaniard – whose Premier League experience includes unheralded stints at Bolton and Sunderland – was the top defensive player on the Gameweek in PlayON terms bagging an impressive 2,595 points in their 5-0 demolition on Everton -largely thanks to his goal and his key part in the Blues’ fifth consecutive clean sheet.

 

Chumps

Jose Holebas (Watford)

PlayON Price: £6.1m

PlayON Points: -825

The Watford man was gaining a reputation as a canny defensive fantasy acquisition, but against Liverpool in Gameweek 11 the levee well and truly broke.

After an three game run of clean sheets, Watford shipped an onslaught of six goals away at Anfield. Holebas was one player in particular who looked at pains to deal with the pace and incision players such as Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino. As a result, the Greek international finished the weekend as the worst PlayON fantasy performer of the week.

A paltry total of -825 PlayON points will attest to that.

 

Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea)

PlayON Price: £7.1m

PlayON Points: -300

Swansea’s overall showing in Gameweek 11 was described as one of the very worst of the season so far by some commentators – and to be perfectly honest, relegation could be a very real prospect for the Swans. Although he was by no means their worst offender, Lukasz Fabianski again performed some way below the standard we’ve seen from him over the past two seasons.

The Polish international made zero saves as Manchester United recorded a comfortable 3-1 victory, a trend which has seen him rank as one of the worst Premier League keepers across the last four league games – conceding nine and saving just seven shots in such a timeframe. This is a big departure from the player who ranks in the top brass for saves in recent seasons. While he’s not entirely to blame – the insipid performances further up the field take their portion too – it bodes badly for Swansea if this key player is struggling for form.

 

Romelu Lukaku (Everton)

PlayON Price: £12.7m

PlayON Points: 525

Among a starting first XI of poor and lacklustre performances, Romelu Lukaku’s ranked as probably the worst on show.
The Belgian international was the polar opposite of his compatriot, Eden Hazard in that regard, and was unable to make any sort of impact against his former employers. One attempt on goal and one touch in the box were the sum of the striker’s contributions.
The consistency of Lukaku is one of the biggest gripes of his fantasy investors – he had come into this game in red hot form, but simply didn’t show up at the Bridge. Against Swansea in Gameweek 12, his selectors – and Ronal Koeman – will be looking for a far more accomplished showing.
To add Firmino, Hazard or Alonso to your line-up for Premier League Gameweek 12, go to PlayON.co
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