We analyse the very best and worst of the Premier League’s fantasy performers for Gameweek 21.
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)
PlayON Price: £14.3m
PlayON Points: 5220
Over Gameweek 21, Spurs put in what is not only widely held to be the best first half performance of the season, but possibly the North Londoners’ best domestic showing in decades. With a four goal blitz against the normally formidable West Brom, it’s easy to see why.
Harry Kane was the man of the moment again, claiming a hat-trick from 11 attempts on goal to make it 4-0. No forward tested the opposition on more occasions over the weekend and only Peter Crouch amassed more touches in the box – 16 – than Kane’s nine. Preserving Kane’s fitness will be paramount to both Mauricio Pochettino and the aspirations of Kane’s fantasy investors.
Michail Antonio (West Ham United)
PlayON Price: £10.1m
PlayON Points: 2570
Amid the mess and fallout of Dmitri Payet’s acrimonious transfer push, West Ham fans can at least be comforted by the efforts of their remaining star players.
One of those is Andy Carroll – who scored possibly the goal of his career against Crystal Palace – and the other is without doubt, Michail Antonio. Signed from Nottingham Forest this time last year, the utility man has been one of the outstanding players of the calendar year and bagged all three assists in the Hammers’ 3-0 victory.
Facing Middlesbrough in Gameweek 22, you wouldn’t bet against Antonio adding to his considerable tally of eight goals and now three assists this term.
Marcos Alonso (Chelsea)
PlayON Price: £7.4m
PlayON Points: 3520
With Diego Costa left out of Chelsea’s first team plans over the weekend, it was up to his remaining teammates to lead the charge against Leicester and consolidate the Blues’ lead in the Premier League. Somewhat unexpectedly, it wasn’t the likes of Hazard or Pedro who took up the baton, but the ever impressive left wing-back, Marcos Alonso.
The ex-Fiorentina man guided his side to both a clean sheet and likewise struck twice to seal their 3-0 win and all three points. Among defenders this season, Alonso has been a veritable superstar, not only enabling Hazard to attack without defensive hesitancy, but acting as a key attacking player in his own right.
Claudio Bravo (Manchester City)
PlayON Price: £7.5m
PlayON Points: -525
It equaled his manager’s worst ever league defeat as a manager and Claudio Bravo was very much a guilty party in their embarrassing downfall. Everton’s 4-0 victory ensures that City now hold the worst defensive record of any club in the top seven and Bravo compounded that misery by failing to save a single shot in Gameweek 21.
City are currently a fantasy no-go zone, having lost two of their last three games. With Spurs and West Ham next on the fixture list, now is not the best time to invest heavily in Guardiola’s men – least of all, their flaky defensive unit.
Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion)
PlayON Price: £6.8m
PlayON Points: -400
Normally a totemic presence for Tony Pulis and West Brom, the Northern Ireland international has been a fantasy bargain this season. No defender has scored more than the 37 year old but against Chelsea in Gameweek 21 he didn’t catch a break at either end. The centre-half put a goal in his own net a presided over three more conceded goals before full-time. Not a match to remember for McAuley or his fantasy selectors, but upcoming games with Sunderland and Middlesbrough may prove more kind.
Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace)
PlayON Price: £10.5m
PlayON Points: 775
Since the appointment of Sam Allardyce, Palace have struggled to make any real progress up the league table. One player who had been touted as a potential beneficiary of the managerial appointment and his direct style was one Christian Benteke.
Things haven’t panned out quite so simply and the Belgian striker has endured a goal-drought spanning over six Premier League games, in which time he has averaged just one attempt per game. In defeat to West Ham he fared even worse – failing to test Darren Randolph on a single occasion, as West Ham triumphed 3-0.