Premier League Gameweek 12: Champs and Chumps

A dejected Yaya Toure of Manchester City reacts during the FA Cup Third Round match between Manchester City and Sheffield Wednesday at Etihad Stadium on January 4, 2015 in Manchester, England.

We analyse the very best and worst of the Premier League’s fantasy performers for Gameweek 12.

Champs

Yaya Toure (Manchester City)

PlayON Price: £10.8m

PlayON Points: 2,950

Few could have foreseen such an outcome, but Manchester City had an unlikely saviour in their 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace.

It’s odd to write this about a player who has arguably been their most important over the past half-decade, but Yaya Toure’s return to first team duties had previously appeared slim to nil in the Pep Guardiola era. In Gameweek 12 however, Toure took his chance and roared back into the Premier League consciousness with two well taken goals.

While Toure is unlikely to ever recapture his box-to-box, midfield dictating best, he showed that he still has the goalscoring and playmaking nous to make a telling contribution in to City’s campaign. Keep tabs on him as a fantasy option.

 

Victor Anichebe (Sunderland)

PlayON Price: £7.2m

PlayON Points: 3,050

Not a prolific goalscorer by traditional standards, in his past seven seasons as a Premier League player, Victor Anichebe had scored just 18 goals prior to 2016/17. Now in his past two starts, the Nigerian international has three to his name. Is this a player now cashing in on his long held potential? The short answer is, probably not.

Beating Hull City 3-0, Anichebe ran out as man of the match, scoring a brace for his industrious efforts. However, Hull’s diabolical defending was arguably the biggest factor in the striker’s performance. The 28 year old is unlikely to become sudden goalmachine, but his partnership with Jermain Defoe is a ray of light in Sunderland’s otherwise miserable season. Defoe, with a goal and assist in Gameweek 12, could be the most likely benficiary of Anichebe’s upturn in form.

 

Matt Phillips (West Brom)

PlayON Price: £7.9m

PlayON Points: 2,225

The ex-QPR man has taken a while to fully find his feet again in the Premier League but he’s now starting to make a serious impact on West Brom’s league campaign.

Deployed on the left wing, the Scotland international was the most menacing player on the pitch as the home side cruised to a 4-0 thrashing of Burnley. Phillips slotted away his second goal in two games and likewise laid on his second assist in that time period and now boasts some serious fantasy potential. Facing weaker opposition in Hull next weekend, now could be the prime time to draft the in-form 25 year old to your fantasy line-up.

Certainly, alongside teammate Nacer Chadli, Phillips poses a budget but potentially rewarding midfield option for Gameweek 13.

 

Chumps

Winston Reid (West Ham)

PlayON Price: £7.3m

PlayON Points: 895

Although the West Ham centre-half teed up Michail Antonio for the opening goal of the Gameweek 12 London derby, he along with Angelo Ogbonna and Darren Randolph were complicit in West Ham’s eventual defeat.

The New Zealand international and the West Ham defence presided over three conceded goals as Spurs fought back to win the game 3-2 at the death. To make matters worse, before the final whistle sounded, Reid received a red card and will now miss Gameweek 13.

With West Ham second only to Hull in terms of goals conceded – 23 so far – Reid’s absence will be keenly felt.

 

Tom Heaton (Burnley)

PlayON Price: £6.1m

PlayON Points: -125

So often Burnley’s star man in recent weeks, the Clarets’ stopper had an off day in Gameweek 12. The England international and his Burnley backline were found wonting as West Brom cruised to a 4-0 victory at the Hawthorns.

Sean Dyche’s defence wasn’t its usual compact unit and they were punished by a surprisingly enterprising West Brom. Heaton and co will need to straighten the organisational side before Manchester City roll into town in Gameweek 13.

 

Vincent Janssen (Tottenham Hotspur)

PlayON Price: £10.8m

PlayON Points: 590

Nothing seems to click for the Dutchman at White Hart Lane. Since his arrival to North London, the 22 year old has mustered just one goals and one assist in his eleven Premier League appearances prior to Gameweek 12.
He didn’t fare much better against West Ham as he struggled to gel with strike partner Harry Kane and likewise failed to capitalise on his goalscoring opportunities. To top it all off, it was Janssen who conceded the penalty that allowed West Ham a wayback to reclaim a lead. The striker was unceremoniously hooked for Dele Alli and the Dutchman’s chances of proving himself at Spurs look a hard sell at this point in time.
To add Toure, Phillips or Anichebe to your line-up for Premier League Gameweek 13, go to PlayON.co
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