This Fantasy Premier League gameweek saw Chelsea suffer their first defeat of the season to Tottenham, while both Manchester City and Liverpool recorded comfortable wins.
Meanwhile at the bottom of the table Fulham kickstart their tenure under Ranieri with a win, and Huddersfield Town moved out of the drop zone with an impressive win away at Wolves.
There were a number of clean sheets and bundles of goals as we draw closer to the busy Christmas period. Here’s this week’s Fantasy Premier League Team of the Week:
GK – Wayne Hennessey (£4.5m): Crystal Palace’s defence held strong at Old Trafford, fending off the Manchester United attack and holding Mourinho’s side to a 0-0 stalemate. Hennessey pulled off a couple of important saves to deny United a breakthrough and earned a valuable point and clean sheet (Palace’s first in last 7 games) away from home for his side.
DF – Trent Alexander-Arnold (£5.2m): The Liverpool youngster was an outstanding performer this week, scoring his first league goal of the season and helping The Reds to another clean sheet (their seventh of the season) against Watford. We’ve seen Alexander-Arnold come close to scoring on a few occasions from free-kicks this season, and he finally bagged one with a sublime finish to open the scoring against Watford.
DF – Erik Durm (£4.4m): Erik Durm played a vital role in helping Huddersfield Town to their second win of the season against a tough Wolves outfit. Durm was solid at the back and also set up teammate Aaron Mooy for a sublime finish to break the deadlock.
DF – Sead Kolasinac (£4.9m): Kolasinac has featured in just the last three of Arsenal’s Premier League games, but was the catalyst for Arsenal’s narrow 2-1 away to Bournemouth. He earned two assists from an almost identical position on the left flank and played his first 90 minutes of the season. Kolasinac is available for just £4.9m at the moment and is a worthwhile investment for a cut-price defender.
MF – Leroy Sane (£9.3m): Leroy Sane was back to his best, giving the West Ham defence nightmares with his pace and dribbling ability all game. He bagged two goals and secured an assist and clean sheet to earn a whopping 19 points in a man of the match performance for Man City.
MF – Aaron Mooy (£5.1m): Mooy waited until Huddersfield’s 13th game of the season to get off the mark, but he managed to score a brace against Wolves to earn his side their second win of the campaign. His first was a delicate first-time shot placed into the corner, and capped a fine performance off with a clever free-kick to secure a vital 2-0 win.
MF – Raheem Sterling (£11.3m): Sterling bagged a goal and two assists in City’s 4-0 rout over struggling West Ham. He is now on seven goals and seven assists for the season. He’ll be hoping to add to his tally in the coming weeks with Bournemouth at home and Watford away, before Guardiola’s team travel to Stamford Bride to take on Sarri’s Chelsea.
MF – Stuart Armstrong (£5.1m): Armstrong has been in and out of the Southampton side all season, but has staked his claim for a permanent place after two fantastic goals at Craven Cottage on Saturday. Unfortunately his brace wasn’t enough to earn Southampton any points as a revitalised Fulham clinched a narrow 3-2 win in Ranieri’s first game in charge.
MF – Dele Ali (£8.9m): Dele Alli hasn’t been on the scoresheet since Spurs’ first game of the season, but delivered an impressive performance against Chelsea, opening the deadlock with a fine glancing header and teeing up Harry Kane for the second goal of the game. Alli is only selected by 2.8% of Fantasy Premier League managers, which shows you his dwindling recent form, but if he can replicate his performance against Chelsea, we are sure to see that figure rise dramatically.
FW – Aleksandar Mitovic (£6.6m): Despite Fulham’s poor start to the season, Mitrovic has been scoring goals, and this week was no different. The Serbian striker scored a great header to open the scoring for Fulham and sealed three points with a beautiful right-footed volley into the corner to secure his seventh goal of the season. At only £6.6m Mitrovic is a bargain buy, and will be sure to grab some more crucial goals for Fulham under Ranieri’s management.
FW – Roberto Firmino (£9.2m): Firmino was back on the Liverpool scoresheet after eight Premier League games without a goal, and he also added an assist to his points tally. That’s three goals and three assists for the season, but Firmino is slightly overpriced at £9.2m, although it didn’t prevent 17.3% of fantasy managers selecting him. They benefited this gameweek as Firmino earned a solid 12 points – his highest return of the season so far.
Here’s a look at my fantasy team’s points this weekend. Earned 78 points, despite Pogba and Richarlison only picking up three points each, and Alonso (usually a banker) only earning one. Got lucky picking some goalscorers and sticking with Mitrovic up top during a key period in Fulham’s season. How did your Fantasy Premier League team fare this week?