PlayON and Daily Fantasy Focus analyse the big hitters and wide misses of the weekend’s Premier League action.
Andre Ayew (Swansea)
PlayON Price: 9m
GW 10 Points: 2,175
Andre Ayew was one of the success stories in the early part of the season along with fellow francophone attacking talents Dimitri Payet and Riyad Mahrez. However his form trickled off somewhat, as Swansea City weathered a downturn – ahead of Gameweek 10, Garry Monk’s men hadn’t won a match since their impressive dismantling of Manchester United at the end of August.
They set that right at the weekend, with a 2-1 victory over struggling Aston Villa. It was no surprise that Swansea’s win directly correlated to the performance of the Ghanaian international.
Scoring in each of Swansea’s three wins this season, Ayew is arguably superseding the likes of Sigurdsson and Williams to become the Swans’ key player. Crucialy, the ex-Marseille man was on hand to convert the late winner and cancel out his brother’s – Jordan Ayew – opener for Villa.
With a a goal every two games from midfield, it’s little wonder he’s risen to become a marquee fantasy player this season.
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)
PlayON Price: 11.2m
GW 10 Points: 4,650
The Hurri-Kane has stormed back into life – and a day out at Premier League whipping boys Bournemouth, was all that was needed to restore him to his old powers.
The Englishman had toiled, scrapped and battled away for nine games with only one league goal to show for it. Going into this Gameweek 10 clash, Kane had recorded 32 attempts on goal – fourth behind Vardy, Pelle and Aguero – with a conversion rate of 3.1%. Hardly a fair representation of the clinical striker of 2014/15 and certainly not a promising reading in fantasy football terms.
It was becoming more than just a difficult second season for Kane, as the critics looked for the deeper meaning in his shortcomings. Was he a flash in the pan? Did he get too lucky last season? If these thoughts were troubling the minds of fantasy managers, Kane went some way to dispel those fears here.
Netting a true centre-forward’s hat-trick – a penalty and two poacher-like finishes – he looked his old self.
Now over his early goalscoring slump, we could see a continuation of this performance against a manager-less Villa in Gameweek 11.
Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland)
PlayON Price: 7.3m
GW 10 Points: 2,370
Sunderland may have enjoyed a vastly improved attacking performance in Gameweek 10, but their 3-0 win provided their defence – which had been floundering of late – with not only a clean sheet, but also a much needed confidence boost.
Is this the immediate impact of Big Sam Allardyce? It’s hard to tell, but it’s clear that when Costel Pantilimon is on song, Sunderland are a vastly more secure side.
The Romanian international scored the third highest points tally in PlayON daily fantasy football at the weekend with a very impressive 2,370 points.
Pantilimon came to Sunderland’s rescue on no less than eight occasions, adding to a saves tally that now ranks him as the top shot-stopper in the Premier League – 42 – across the first ten games of the season.
Against a Newcastle side that had put six past Bournemouth in Gameweek 9, this was no mean feat. Deservedly man of the match.
Nemanja Matic (Chelsea)
PlayON Price: 8.2m
GW 10 Points: -50
Much like the NBA players who were sapped of their powers in Space Jam, a similar fate must have befallen this Chelsea squad because they are a haphazard shadow of their former selves – and on the face of it, Nemanja Matic appears to be the most extreme case.
The Serbian midfielder was booked twice before halftime in a 2-1 defeat to West Ham, for two clumsy challenges and duly received his marching orders. What ensued was yet more madness, as his manager saw it fit to pick a half-time argument with the referee and was likewise dismissed.
In PlayON terms, Matic hasn’t completely fallen off the wagon – clocking 16 interceptions and winning 60% of his tackles in eight starts – he actually outperforms himself defensively at this same point last season.
On the pitch however, he looks a visibly reduced presence.
Rob Elliot (Newcastle)
PlayON Price: 5.6m
GW 10 Points: –300
The polar opposite of Costel Pantilimon in Gameweek 10, Newcastle’s deputy keeper Rob Elliot was on the receiving end of a goalkeeping lesson from his rival goalkeeper.
With Tim Krul out for the foreseeable future, Elliot must man the fort until January at least.
He wasn’t dealt a kind hand on Sunday – with Coloccini dismissed early on, the Magpies were significantly weakened, while Sunderland managed to run out as victors despite their relative economy of attacking effort.
Elliot didn’t make a single save in 90 minutes and the Black Cats hit the net from their only three attempts on target. Fortune or efficiency?
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
PlayON Price: 13.8m
GW 10 Points: 525
Pressure is continuing to mount on Wayne Rooney and having turned the big 3-0 on Saturday, it seems that fingers will inevitably point to a terminal decline in his ability as a player.
If the naked eye failed to tell the story, the statistics certainly did – some of the more common figures bandied about were as follows: 55% pass accuracy – the worst such percentage on the pitch.
No chances created and no shots on target – although the entire team struggled in this regard.
Perhaps most damning, the record England goalscorer lost the ball over 28 times, despite touching the ball on just 50 occasions – ranking as the least involved Manchester United outfield player.
It was a performance to forget certainly, but will it be enough for Louis Van Gaal to finally drop his captain?