Some regulars came up trumps in Gameweek 31 of the Premier League. Find out who in this week’s Champs and Chumps.
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)
PlayON Price: £12.1m
PlayON Points: 3,625
For the second week in a row, Harry Kane rounded off a Gameweek as the highest scoring player in PlayON Daily Fantasy Football.
He says he wants Alan Shearer’s Premier League record of 34 goals in a single season, which would require him to hammer home 13 more goals over the course of the next seven league games. A tall order, but maybe not impossible for this budding Spurs icon.
Kane has become a fantasy must-have in recent weeks, with five goals in his last three appearances. Against Bournemouth on Sunday, the 22 year old got himself two and teed Christian Eriksen up for the other. It was a commanding performance in centre-forward play, as has been the case all season with the England international eschewing the more creative aspects of his game – one assist – for cold hard goals. Who can complain? It’s what the fans and more importantly, the fantasy managers want.
Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea)
PlayON Price: £10.8m
PlayON Points: 3,325
The way some critics were talking about Cesc Fabregas this season, you’d swear the Spain international was a step away from retirement. At 28 years of age, the ex-Barca man has plenty left on the clock and showed his capabilities with a commanding performance against fellow Londoners West Ham.
The maestro twice equalised for the Blues to make it honours even at Stamford Bridge. Four chances created, five efforts on goal and seven touches in the opposition box ranked Fabregas as the outstanding midfield player of the Gameweek and showed exactly what he can offer on his day.
Robbie Brady (Norwich City)
PlayON Price: £7.3m
PlayON Points: 2,241
Poor old Robbie Brady has become to used to relegation scraps. Last season, he was part of the Hull side that bit the Championship bullet, but he’s doing all he can to make sure the Canaries don’t suffer the same fate.
In fantasy terms, the Irishman was the top scoring defender – although he technically played as a midfielder on the day – in the last round of Premier League action. The 24 year old’s winning goal against West Brom, coupled with his side’s clean sheet seeing him to a superb total of 2,241 points.
With Brady and Matt Jarvis pulling strings from the wings, Norwich City have every chance of coming out with a result from the next two fixtures, with Newcastle and Palace on the horizon.
Martin Skrtel (Liverpool)
PlayON Price: £7.8m
PlayON Points: -600
At half-time, things were rosy. In fact, they couldn’t be going any better. Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool were 2-0 up and dominating Southampton on their own stomping ground. If they’d been a little more efficient in front of goal this could have been a five goal deficit.
Enter Martin Skrtel.
Within a few minutes, the Slovakian centre-half was culpable – although not alone – in his side’s dismemberment, allowing fellow substitute Sadio Mane to put Liverpool to the sword with two goals either side of Graziano Pelle’s pile-driver. Skrtel garnered the worst points tally in PlayON in Gameweek 31 with -600 to his name and although he wasn’t the worst performer of the match – Jon Flanagan and Simon Mignolet could contest that – he takes home the wooden spoon.
Martin Demichelis (Manchester City)
PlayON Price: £7.9m
PlayON Points: 715
If Martin Skrtel has seen better days, Martin Demichelis’ best is almost certainly behind him, and this Manchester derby confirmed it on the biggest stage.
Manchester City’s centre-back positions have been shaky at best this season with Demichelis, Otamendi and Mangala unable to fully convince in the regular absence of captain Vincent Kompany.
The 35 year old Argentine looked at great pains to deal with the pace of young Marcus Rashford. Not only was he caught out for Rashford’s winning goal, he diced with death as he gave away a penalty – in the eyes of everyone but the referee – and to top it all, he sent a hospital pass to Joe Hart, who was stretchered off the field as a result
Artur Boruc (Bournemouth)
PlayON Price: £6.3m
PlayON Points: 500
Following the Cherries’ mini-revival, reality came thick and fast in Gameweek 31.
Artur Boruc was on hand to receive this strong dose of Premier League cruelty as Spurs rifled three past him. The Polish stopper didn’t have much of a chance as the league’s leading goalscorer, Harry Kane, came to town but a personal error ensured that some of the blame was laid at his feet. That said, if it wasn’t for his four saves on the day, the scoreline could have been a hell of a lot worse.
Bournemouth are safe for now, but fantasy managers may be deterred from using the previously in-form backline after this showing.