Every week we review three studs and three duds from the previous round of Premier League action. Which players shone for your fantasy football team? Who let the side down?
Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)
PlayON Price: £8.8m
GW 14 Points: 1,800
On a day when Vardy broke Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record for most consecutive games (11) with a Premier League goal, it would be ridiculous to leave him off this list. Not only did the striker net his fourteenth of the season, he did it against the top defence in the Premier League.
His spectacular run of form has made him a must own player in all forms of fantasy football and more importantly, have dragged his side to the summit of the top flight. For that alone, Vardy deserves a spot on this list.
Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace)
PlayON Price: £8.7m
GW 14 Points: 3,350
Bolasie was highly touted last weekend, but put up a dud against lowly Sunderland, which likely led to many fantasy owners dropping him in fits of righteous indignation. Those of us who stuck with the electric but inconsistent winger were rewarded with his best display of the season against a Newcastle defence that manages to find new and creative ways to display the depths of their ineptitude seemingly every week.
Bolasie – who had managed just two goals through the first thirteen weeks of the season – doubled that tally in one afternoon against the Magpies, once again proving how valuable he can be in the daily fantasy format. He can be somewhat maddening for owners searching for consistency, but a huge performance like this is always a possibility – particularly against weaker opposition.
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
PlayON Price: £12.9m
GW 14 Points: 3,500
He may have cost City in excess of £50 million but Kevin De Bruyne was nonetheless one of the buys of the summer. The former Chelsea reject (even now, he probably wouldn’t get a game for Jose Mourinho’s side) has been nothing short of spectacular since his move from Wolfsburg, and delivered another goal and two assists against Southampton at the weekend.
Since his debut in Gameweek 5, De Bruyne is second among midfielders in chances created (33), fourth in assists (6) and tied for third in terms of goals (4).
Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City)
PlayON Price: £7.2m
GW 14 Points: 60
With Stoke City having picked up five clean sheets in their last six weeks, a match up against Sunderland seemed like the perfect time to stack them in your fantasy line ups for Gameweek 14. Everything was going according to plan until their captain Ryan Shawcross was sent off early in the second half.
Shawcross’s dismissal changed the course of the game as Sunderland took advantage of his absence to claim a 2-0 victory. Not only did Shawcross sending off impact his side, but fantasy owners who had brought in Butland, Wollscheild et al were also let down by it.
Chancel Mbemba (Newcastle United)
PlayON Price: £6.4m
GW 14 Points: -625
The Newcastle defender produced the lowest points total of the week on a day when his side shipped five to Crystal Palace. In addition to the goals conceded, Mbemba picked up a booking on a day to forget for the Magpies. Fortunately, Newcastle’s ugly record meant that he was 0% owned at the weekend and didn’t cost anyone.
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
PlayON Price: £7.2m
GW 14 Points: 60
The performance of Jamie Vardy served to highlight just how far Wayne Rooney’s stock has fallen this season. Despite Leicester City seeing precious little of the ball, their main striker caused problems for United’s back four all night, turning his limited opportunities into a goal and nearly adding a second.
At the other end Rooney, still one of the most expensive players in fantasy football and one of the Premier League’s highest earners, laboured in front of goal. United’s captain looked bereft of ideas, missed a glorious opportunity to play in Juan Mata for a goal, and generally looked sluggish before being removed with 25 minutes to go. His performance was so wretched that Martin Tyler asked Gary Neville if it reminded him of the final matches of his own career that famously convinced Neville his time at United was over.