So as the big hitters continued to struggle, it was the unlikely figure of Kurt Zouma who came up with the goods this week. Manchester City’s streak also came to an end as they lost 2-1 to a West Ham side that seem to be producing away from home against the top teams so far this season. This fantasy football season seems to get harder to predict by the week as shown by this week’s top scorers.
- Kurt Zouma (Chelsea) 15 points– After last season’s performance many will have backed John Terry to be the consistent member of Chelsea’s back four. His poor performances have left him on a negative point score for the season and Zouma is increasingly showing his potential. This week the defender was able to not only keep a clean-sheet against a strong Arsenal side (mainly due to the Costa effect) but also popped up with a goal. Due to the inconsistency with Chelsea’s defence (a statement I never thought I would say this season) I would not rely on him to deliver weekly but he has shown he has the potential to score a goal.
- Graziano Pelle (Southampton) 13 points– It was a goal-fest in Southampton’s game against Manchester United. Pelle’s brace took his total goal tally to four so far this season and he will be hoping to increase that tally further against Swansea next week. In a season where the big names are currently under-performing, Pelle seems to be growing into the season nicely.
- Odion Ighalo (Watford) 13 points– After his winning goal against Swansea, Ighalo is another that seems to be coming into his own. This week he also managed a brace against a poor-performing Newcastle side. Having backed Ighalo from the beginning, it is wonderful to see him achieving what I hoped for and it’s nice (but also annoying) to see others now seeing this potential.
- Anthony Martial (Manchester United) 12 points– Manchester United have struggled in front of goal so far this season and Rooney is amongst the under-performers. The signing of Anthony Martial was sold in the press as an extortionate waste of money for an unproven youngster at the Premiership level. At his age Van Gaal probably would not want to throw him into the action but based on his recent form I don’t think he has a choice. Martial scored a brace in their game against Southampton and looks set to continue even at this early stage in his United career.
- Riyad Mahrez (Leicester) 11 points– The Mahrez bandwagon continues at full speed for another week. This week in their game against Stoke, the midfielder scored a goal and got an assist to give him another points score over ten. People continuously say that he can’t keep this up but I hate to think how many points it has cost them if they have not hopped on board until now.
In terms of my own team, captaincy once again cost me a fair few points. My first-choice captain was initially Odion Ighalo who ultimately would have been a great person to pick. Pressured by a bulk of people who opted with Sergio Aguero, however, I too was optimistic that he would finally make a breakthrough this week. Once again he failed to find the net and I paid the price for my indecisiveness. This being said, I once again finished above average so it’s not all bad.
Simon Mignolet (Liverpool) 2 points– Playing against Norwich, I felt that Mignolet would be able to keep a clean sheet. Once again, however, Liverpool put in a poor performance and could not even stop Norwich scoring against them at Anfield. Somewhat of a concern.
Matteo Darmian (Manchester United) 1 point– Ideally I wouldn’t have had him in my starting line-up as I knew Southampton were always going to score but defensively I had very few options. My hope was that he may have been able to contribute offensively but having been taken off at half-time he wasn’t given much opportunity.
Aaron Cresswell (West Ham) 2 points– Cresswell was another who ideally I wouldn’t have had in my starting team but again I was hoping he would pop up with a goal against Manchester City (no big ask). City scored and Cresswell was not involved in either of West Ham’s goals so the point score was somewhat limited.
Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) 1 point– After Chelsea’s poor start to the season I was optimistic of Arsenal winning and keeping a clean sheet in the process. Due to Costa’s antics, however, that became extremely difficult and Bellerin didn’t really stand a chance of scoring many points. Ending on one was probably better than I was expecting by the end of the game.
Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) 11 points– As previously mentioned Mahrez has started exceptionally well and this continued against Stoke. Mahrez is the gift that keeps on giving and if he can come up with some magic against Arsenal next week you feel as if he has the potential to score against anyone.
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) 2 points– Sanchez’s disappointing start to the season continued, but against Chelsea this gameweek was always going to be difficult. He is amongst a select group of world-class players who are yet to set the world alight and it is beginning to become a concern. Next week they play Leicester and you feel that this is his opportunity to get some form back.
Dimitri Payet (West Ham) 5 points– I was optimistic that Payet could score against Manchester City this week. While this did not happen, his assist was a positive addition to my team. People are increasingly realising Payet’s potential and rightfully so. With Norwich up next, I am fully confident of him making an impact once again.
Bakary Sako (Crystal Palace) 2 points– Despite playing Tottenham away, I thought that Crystal Palace had a goal in them. Sako in particular has had a decent start to the season but was not able to contribute this week.
Cameron Jerome (Norwich) 2 points– Despite opening his tally this season last week, Jerome was unable to extend his run this week against Liverpool. This was somewhat expected and, unlike Ighalo, he is not offering great value for his small price-tag.
Odion Ighalo (Watford) 13 points– Speak of the devil. Ighalo is a player that I am incredibly happy I have stuck with since the beginning and he is coming into his own. For the amount of my budget that he took up, he is offering great value and will hopefully continue his scoring run.
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) (C) 10 points– I, like many, were optimistic of this week being Aguero’s week. Once again, however, he fired a blank. As controversial as it sounds, Aguero is currently not worth the amount of money he costs and I am reconsidering his place in my team. When I take him out, however, cue the Aguero scoring run.
- Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester) 1 point
- David Silva (Manchester City) 0 points
- Cedric Soares (Southampton) 0 points
- Vincent Kompany (Manchester City) 0 points