With Gameweek 15 finally over, it’s time to take stock of the results and see what we can take into a busy month of fantasy football! On Saturday evening we were treated to the most extraordinary half of football we’ve seen all season with 7 goals shared between Reading and Man United. Whilst those captaining Van Persie may have been a little disappointed that he only had a hand in one of United’s 4 goals, his main rival Wayne Rooney picked up 2 goals and an assist to remind us of his potential.
The shock of the weekend went to Swansea’s commanding performance against Arsenal, which saw them leave the Emirates with all 3 points in the 2-0 victory. Elsewhere, Everton held Man City to a 1-1 draw at the Etihad with Fellaini once again finding the back of the net this season. Whilst Suarez finally picked up his 5th yellow card of the season with his questionable morals earning him a one-match ban. However, there were some impressive team performances, so without further ado here is the Fantasy Premier League Dream Team in a valid formation:
DREAM TEAM ANALYSIS
Stoke defied their recent away form to secure a shock victory at the Hawthorns to stop the Baggies in their tracks. Begovic (5.4m) was an assured character between the sticks, making 6 saves to keep West Brom at bay for an additional 2 points. The Stoke goalie was also rewarded with an additional bonus point to rack up 9 points in total, making him the highest scoring goalie for the gameweek.
Agger (6.4m) continued his decent form of late by getting the all important goal in the 1-0 victory over Southampton. The Liverpool defender was rewarded with 3 bonus points in the shutout against Swansea in Gameweek 13, and that feat was repeated this gameweek as Agger accrued a massive 15-point haul in total.
Alongside Agger, we have his fellow team mate Glen Johnson (6.3m) who provided the assist for him. With Lucas back in action and sitting deep to protect Liverpool, Johnson and Enrique were allowed to bomb forward in support. The return of Lucas could signal the start of a very different and more attacking Liverpool side with Gerrard and Allen free to attack knowing that the Brazilian is behind them to cover.
Bassong (4.7m) made it 2 goals in his last 3 matches when he found the back of the net in the 2-1 victory for Norwich over Sunderland. Norwich are now 12th in the table and is amazing how well drilled Chris Hughton has got them after a tough start to life in the Premier League. They face Swansea next and Bassong will have to keep a close eye on the following Dream Team player.
With Routledge taking the plaudits in the last gameweek, we have another Swansea player who is the joint top scorer for Gameweek 15. Bought for a mere £2m, Michu (7.7m) has made a mockery of his pricetag after notching another 2 goals for the season in the victory over Arsenal. Currently, joint top goalscorer for the Premier League, it comes as no surprise that swarms of fantasy premier league managers are transferring the Spaniard into their squads as his price is set to rise again tonight.
Next up we have a second Norwich player in the form of Anthony Pilkington (5.7m) who found the back of the net against Sunderland to make it 2 goals in his last 4 matches. Pilkington was rewarded with the maximum 3 bonus points to reach double figures for Gameweek 15.
Next in midfield, we have Sandro (4.8m) who slotted home from distance with a low drilled effort for Spurs. Despite his cheap price, this is a rare performance with attacking returns and those looking to free up money should look elsewhere for better value and attacking potential.
To round off our midfield, we have a third Norwich player with Bradley Johnson (4.7m) picking up 10 points for assisting both of his fellow team mates. Once again, this is an unlikely attacking return and despite his budget price, better value can be found in defence for those looking to free up funds.
With a few gameweeks of different formations, we are back to the 3-4-3 with Rooney (11.7m) kicking things off up front. With Rooney on penalties, he was able to open the scoring for United before collecting a further goal and assist to outscore his fellow United striker Van Persie. With Hernandez and Welbeck given a rest, Rooney was able to show fantasy football managers that he still offers a cheaper differential for those looking to catch rivals relying on the Dutchman.
Demba Ba (8.2m) bagged 2 goals in Monday night’s win over Wigan to take his tally for the season to 10, making him joint top scorer for the Premier League. This result must have taken a weight off Pardew’s shoulders with Newcastle losing their last 4 games. With important players like Cabaye and Ben Arfa out, they will need to build on this performance to prevent their season from derailing.
Another striker who has been in cracking form this season is Jermain Defoe (8.2m) who also added 2 goals to his tally and is only behind the top scorers for the season by a single goal. Defoe was convinced by AVB to stay over the season and is clearly relishing being given a second chance at Spurs to impress. He is full of confidence at the moment and at 8.2m, he offers excellent value for those looking for Spurs coverage.
That concludes our round-up of the top performers from this fantasy football gameweek, how many of these players were present in your squad? Did any of you fantasy football addicts bring in one of these players at the last minute only to be rewarded with a strong points haul? Feel free to get involved by commenting in the boxes below or joining the conversation on Twitter with @FFAddicted. Also, don’t forget to like us on the Fantasy Football Addict Facebook page for your chance to win a detailed analysis of your fantasy premier league squad!
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