Every week, the PlayON Analyst takes a look at the best and worst of the previous round of Premier League action. Here are the stars and slouches from Gameweek 34.
GW 34 PTS: 3300
With teams around them beginning to pick up points Hull City were in desperate need of a win last weekend. They got one thanks to January signing Dame N’Doye. The Senegalese striker scored the only goals in their victory over Crystal Palace – their first away win since December.
N’Doye has now scored five times in ten appearances – a record that rivals more expensive fantasy favourites, such as Wayne Rooney or Charlie Austin. Despite playing for a struggling side, his ability to get in position to score goal is one of the best in the league ( averages a shot on goal every 24.7 minutes). If Hull survive, N’Doye will be one of the main reasons.
GW34 PTS: 2895
West Ham’s Adrian has quietly enjoyed one of the better seasons among the Premier League goalkeeping contingent. The Spaniard trails only QPR’s Rob Green in terms of total saves this season, but has conceded fourteen fewer goals than the Englishman.
Neither man conceded when the two sides met at the weekend, but it was Adrian who produced the bigger performance from an fpl perspective. He made a total of seven saves – including one from the penalty spot – to keep his side in a game they could easily have lost. It was his eight clean sheet of the season, and one of the more impressive goal keeping displays we’ve seen in recent weeks.
It was a long time coming, but Graziano Pelle’s return to form has been worth waiting for. Discarded to the scrap heap by all but his own manager, Ronald Koeman, Pelle has now found the net three times in his last three games.
A few fantasy football managers brought the striker back in to their line ups after he broke his lengthy drought in Gameweek 32. If you did, the Italian rewarded you with a huge performance against Spurs, scoring twice and finishing as our third highest point scorer.
Southampton’s relatively easy run of fixtures means that Pelle will be a popular man for the rest of the season. If he can finish how he started, his first season in the Premier League will have been a huge success.
GW34 PTS: -100
Some poor officiating prevented Villa from getting anything out of their trip to Manchester City, but goalkeeper Brad Guzan didn’t help matters.
The American’s dreadful miss-kick allowed Sergio Aguero a simple tap in for the first City goal. While he wasn’t necessarily at fault for the other two goals, he also didn’t have a ton to do in this game, making just one save in total. The result was a PlayON points total of -100; the worst of any ‘keeper in Gameweek 34.
GW34 PTS: 200 pts
A rejuvenated Fellaini had put together some decent fantasy outings in previous weeks, but his return to Goodison Park was nothing short of a nightmare. The Belgian was booked early on, committed his usual litany of fouls, missed a glorious chance to score and was finally hauled off at half-time with his side trailing 2-0.
Marouane has proved his talent this season, but this just wasn’t his day. Now we wait to see whether he’ll keep his place this week.
GW34 PTS: 250
250 points is a paltry return for one of fantasy football’s most expensive assets. Silva, possibly still shaken from his trip to hospital last week, did absolutely nothing in this game, other than getting booked.
The Spaniard managed no shots on target, created no chances for team-mates and was generally less threatening than a sedated cocker spaniel. Owners will be hoping for much more from him this weekend. If they don’t get it, it may be time to move on.