We analyse the very best and worst of the Premier League’s fantasy performers for Gameweek 13.
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
PlayON Price: £14.8m
PlayON Points: 3250
Averaging just 1.59 points per game since 1996, November is statistically the cruelest month for Arsenal in era of Arsene Wenger. This year at the very least, Alexis Sanchez finished the Gunners’ 2016 iteration with a victory.
The Chilean is arguably playing the best football of his career, and this has coincided with his move toward a truer centre-forward role. If the position is traditional, Sanchez’s version of it us not, frequently dropping deep to pick the ball up to race at opposition defenders. His brace in a 3-1 victory over Bournemouth however, did display some more orthodox goalpoaching abilities; pouncing on a poor defensive backpass for his opener, while converting from the six yard box for his finisher.
With four in his last four Premier League matches, the Chilean is starting to win over fantasy admirers in bulk. Facing a consistently leaky West Ham this coming weekend, he could very well add to his impressive recent tally.
Leroy Fer (Swansea)
PlayON Price: £7.7m
PlayON Points: 3125
The Dutchman was off to an absolute flyer in the early stages of the season, nailing four goals in the Swans’ first seven games. This goal haul soon dried up as both Swansea and Leroy Fer lost their lustre. In a truly ridiculous 5-4 slugfest however, Fer rose up as man of the match and delivered a brace – his first such contributions since the first day of October – to lead his side to Gameweek 13 victory.
Swansea under Bob Bradley have been woefully subpar since the ex-US national team coach took the reins and in truth, their win was earned only because an even more uninspiring side took the field with them. With Sunderland and West Brom among the more straightforward fixtures for the Swans in the coming weeks, talismen such as Fer and Sigurdsson still represent discount fantasy value.
Gareth McAuley (West Brom)
PlayON Price: £7m
PlayON Points: 1900
At a ripe 36 years of age, Gareth McAuley is both oldest outfield player in the Premier League and for Gameweek 13, the highest scoring defender in PlayON Daily Fantasy Football.
The Northern Ireland international may rank as one of the elder statesmen of the game at this stage, but he is arguably playing the football of his career in recent months. Certainly where goalscoring is concerned. The centre-half gave the Baggies a 1-0 lead over Hull with his third goal of the season but was denied his clean sheet as his counterpart Michael Dawson equalised in similar fashion from a set-piece. A relatively cheap fantasy option, McAuley has been a fantasy asset both for his goal contribution and his role in a sturdy West Brom backline in 2016/17.
Joel Ward (Crystal Palace)
PlayON Price: £6.5m
PlayON Points: -650
If the aforementioned McAuley was the top performing defender of the weekend in PlayON terms, then Joel Ward was the worst. Starting at right-back, Ward finished the game with a subterranean level -650 points, but in truth he was no more out of his depth on the day than any of the other lacklustre defenders on the field – all of whom shipped a whopping nine goals between them. The pressure is on now for Alan Pardew and the Eagles seriously need to put a win up on the board having gone on run of six straight defeats. Facing the combative and watertight Saints in Gameweek 14, that’s easier said than done and the likes of Ward could be first to get cut from the starting XI.
Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea)
PlayON Price: £7m
PlayON Points: -350
Again either one of Lukasz Fabianski or Wayne Hennessy could have been gifted this inglorious position on the Chumps list but given the latter’s position as Palace deputy, the former is perhaps more deserving.
The ex-Arsenal stopper was statistically ranking as one of the best goalkeepers in the league at this point last season, but through managerial upheaval and the declining form of his teammates, Fabianski has been far from his peak in 2016/17. The Swansea number one saw four goals put past him Gameweek 13 to make it 26 for the season. Only bottom placed, Hull City have conceded more than the Swans and this is due in large part to their inability to replace the totemic Ashley Williams. Spurs are on the horizon next and the task of keeping a resurgent Harry Kane at bay is no mean feat.
Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)
PlayON Price: £12.7m
PlayON Points: 125