PlayON and Daily Fantasy Focus analyse the big hitters and wide misses of the weekend’s Premier League action.
Arouna Kone (Everton)
PlayON Price: 8.1m
GW 11 Points: 4,900
Arouna Kone’s revival for Everton has been the feel-good hit of the 2015-16 season.
The ex-Wigan striker endured a nightmarish 18 month spell on the sidelines at Everton, but has roared back into both public and fantasy consciousness with a string of classy performances – the latest and most accomplished of which came at Goodison Park on Sunday.
Kone made it five goals and three assists for the season, all from only six starts and he did so in clinical style in Gameweek 11, putting Sunderland to the sword and scoring his three goals from four attempts in total.
Overall this season, his conversion ratio stands at 36%, putting him behind teammate Steven Naismith – an definite outlier in this regard – but ahead of Anthony Martial (33%) Jamie Vardy (24%) and Odion Ighalo (20%).
Priced at just 8.1m, Kone is a tempting mid-range acquisition and will probably still go into Gameweek 12 as a differential pick – despite his hat-trick heroics. With Everton taking on a mercurial West Ham, expect the wider daily fantasy manager pool to opt for the in-form Romelu Lukaku – if any Everton forward.
Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)
PlayON Price: 8.4m
GW 11 Points: 3,225
The daily fantasy sensation of the season, Riyad Mahrez, had endured a couple of uncharacteristically quiet weeks of late.
Between fitness concerns and what was for him, a dry goalless run – 4 games – Mahrez wasn’t quite the daily fantasy points bolster that he had sensationally been in the early stages of the season.
He rekindled that spark in Gameweek 11, putting in a man of the match display, scoring two goals and claiming 3,225 PlayON points overall.
The Mahrez-Vardy success story has been commented on extensively this season but it is fascinating just how dominant the duo have been. Scoring 78% of Leicester’s goals between them this season, and so interdependent, you’d worry for the fantasy prospects of either should one sustain a bad injury.
Mahrez now has seven goals from nine starts – outstripping Sanchez (6), Wijnaldum (6) and Payet (5) among goalscoring midfielders this season. His chances created to assist conversion is likewise very strong with five of his 23 chances created going on to set up a goal.
His star continues to rise.
Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)
PlayON Price: 8.6m
GW 11 Points: 2,720
With a goal, a victory and a clean sheet, Laurent Koscielny rounded out an excellent Gameweek 11 in style. Of late, the Frenchman is getting plaudits from all corners, with some now ranking him as the best defender in the English top flight.
While this may seem a little premature, Koscielny has had an excellent domestic season to date.
In his last three appearances, the France international has scored two goals and kept two clean sheets. His knack for interceptions has been a key aspect of his play throughout this career, but it’s beginning to lend itself to points value in daily fantasy football.
Across those past three games, Koscielny has claimed 15 interceptions – 500 PlayON points a game – a statistic topped among Premier League defenders by his teammate Nacho Monreal with 21 in total.
A North London derby with a robust Spurs beckons this weekend.
Wilfried Bony (Manchester City)
PlayON Price: 11m
GW 11 Points: 800
The sheriff is incapacitated and the deputy isn’t up to the job.
Just as any team would, City are badly missing the cutting edge and overall creative utility of Sergio Aguero.
Coming off the back of a dominant 5-1 cup display against Crystal Palace, fantasy managers bet heavy on Wilfried Bony to likewise put a struggling Norwich to the sword and reap big rewards as a result.
The ex-Swansea forward didn’t do the business against Norwich and it nearly cost his side dearly.
It took a last minute Yaya Toure penalty to snatch all three points for City in a laboured 2-1 home victory. Bony was far and away the most wasteful striker of the entire Gameweek.
The Ivorian had more attempts on goal than any other player – 9 – yet only managed to get one of those on target.
Meanwhile, two goal hero and Watford success story Odion Ighalo was the only player to have more touches in the penalty area – 13 – than Bony, with 12 in total. Not a good day at the office.
Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
PlayON Price: 14.4m
GW 11 Points: 345
Eden Hazard’s drastic dip in form this season has in some circles been put down to a possible breakdown in his relationship with Jose Mourinho. This is an entirely plausible scenario given the Portuguese’s recent ramblings and generally unhinged behaviour, but more than any other player on this Chelsea team, Hazard illustrates their inexplicable drop-off this season.
In Chelsea’s 3-1 home defeat to Liverpool, the Belgian was at his lowest ebb yet – and the statistics were damning.
Hazard failed to muster a single shot, cross, successful dribble or even manufacture a goalscoring chance for his teammates. He was hooked by the Chelsea boss after just 58 minutes.
Every week we anticipate his re-arrival and every week he flatters to deceive. At 14.4m with PlayON, he’s been a daily fantasy blackhole.
Wes Brown (Sunderland)
PlayON Price: 6.5m
GW 11 Points: -725
Sunderland reverted to type at Goodison Park. Following a fortunate, but comprehensive 3-0 derby day victory over Newcastle in Gameweek 10, the Black Cats certainly looked a sturdier prospect under Big Sam.
Inexplicably, they went against better judgement and flirted with a risky and largely untested formation – three at the back – leaking six goals in the process. One man who was clearly not able for such a rough ride was Wes Brown.
In his first game this season, the ex-Manchester United man looked every inch of his 36 years.
The Sunderland backline were at pains to deal with the onslaught of Deulofeu, Kone and Lukaku and each of the above got in on the act as Everton sailed to a stylish 6-2 victory.
Brown, on the receiving end, rounded off the Gameweeek in the red-zone, with a total of -725 PlayON points – a tally only beaten by teammate Billy Jones’ -775.