The only place to start this week's round-up is with Manchester City, who tore Tottenham to shreds in one of the most unexpectedly one-sided Premier League matches in recent memory.
Almost all of Manuel Pellegrini's side showered themselves in points on Sunday but the standout was Jesus Navas (8). The Spanish winger put in one of the highest-scoring performances of the season so far as he plundered a goal at either end of the game, plus an assist and a clean sheet to go with it. A colossal 16 points makes him the star of Gameweek 12.
Not far behind was Chelsea veteran Frank Lampard (7.5). The ageing midfielder may not be at his best every week any more but 10.8 per cent of players have been banking on him and he came good once again against West Ham, netting twice for a haul of 13.
Rounding out the midfield heroes is the less likely figure of Steven N'Zonzi (5). The Stoke City midfielder scored just under a third of his entire season's tally with a goal and an assist in his side's victory over Sunderland, rewarding the miniscule 0.26% who picked him up as a bargain option.
There were some familiar faces making a difference up front this week but Romelu Lukaku (7.5) continues to stand out as a fantasy football hero – the Belgian didn't put in his best ever performance for Everton but still snagged two goals. Cheaper than the likes of Sergio Aguero (10.5) but scoring the same points, the loanee is doing a fine job.
A more unexpected forward star was Shane Long (6). Nearly sold to Hull City late in the summer transfer window, he got his chance against Aston Villa and struck in fine fashion twice in the first half for a handy 10 points.
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We did warn managers to consider dropping Michael Dawson (5.5) after some shaky form for Tottenham but nobody expected that. A 6-0 drubbing by City meant disastrous points totals all round for Spurs and their captain proved no exception.
Even worse, however, was colleague Jan Vertonghen (6.5). After last year's fine Premier League debut, the Belgian has been selected by a whopping 26.45% of all fantasy teams this term but his yellow card at the Etihad Stadium dropped him to a dreadful -2 for the gameweek.
There was another defensive disappointment at the Emirates Stadium as Southampton, the league's best team for value picks thus far, came undone at the hands of Arsenal. Dejan Lovren (4) was ill and unavailable while the likes of Jose Fonte (4) had their bargain status undermined by a comfortable defeat and -1 points for their troubles.
No-one could accuse Simon Mignolet (5) of being an outsider selection - a gigantic 32.79% of fantasy managers have him between the sticks - but a thrilling game at Goodison Park did not make for kind figures. Three goals conceded saw the Liverpool keeper scratch just one point.
Bad news for left-back aficionados as two of the division's best were forced off early during this weekend's round of matches. Fantasy football staple Leighton Baines (7) has been justifying his 35.5% selection rate this season but could not scrape a single point on the day before coming off in the Merseyside derby.
It has since been confirmed that the England star will be out until the New Year, leaving those hordes of managers with some thinking to do. They will be watching out for the status of Luke Shaw (4.5), who suffered an impact injury in Southampton's defeat and is being monitored.
Sunderland's Wes Brown (4) earned himself a selection from many fantasy bosses before the international break as he shut down Manchester City but his fortunes turned with a seemingly unjust red card against Stoke. The defender has appealed the decision, so keep an eye on his availability.
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