He may have been Newcastle's only significant signing this summer but Loic Remy (7.5) is looking more and more like a must-buy for fantasy teams. The Frenchman's double overturned Cardiff City on Saturday, continuing a hot streak of form for the QPR loanee.
Remy's 10 points this week take him to 32 for the season already, having not even been fit for the opening games, and add much-needed points to the Magpies squad.
The standout performance of the weekend, however, was at White Hart Lane, where West Ham defender Winston Reid (4) was outstanding in his side's shock 3-0 win over Tottenham. The New Zealand international scored a goal, kept a clean sheet and never put a foot wrong, a reminder of the bargains that can be found in defence.
Further forward, Ravel Morrison (4) caught the eye and is beginning to stand out as a must-buy, given his price. Overcoming his previous behavioural issues, the former Manchester United youngster is coming good and won players eight points this week after his sensational solo goal.
Southampton's defence continued to excel as they overcame Swansea City 2-0 on Sunday but it could have been quite difference but for Artur Boruc (4.5) in goal. The Pole made some key saves and is now four points clear as the season’s highest-scoring keeper so far.
While Eden Hazard (9.5) finally got a much-needed goal to provide some much-needed return from his price, those who already lost patience and swapped him out for one of his team-mates continue to profit from Oscar (8), who scored the same number of points as the Belgian this week and has a better record overall.
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Those looking for bargain buys with cheap but regular starters at the promoted clubs will be regretting it if they opted for Crystal Palace players. It was another tough week for the Eagles as they lost 3-1 to Liverpool and goalkeeper Julian Speroni (4) again suffered, with just one point.
Worse, however, was defender Dean Moxey (4), who conceded his second penalty of the season already and endured a no-points gameweek for the third time.
You could have been forgiven for picking players from the league's only unbeaten record coming into this weekend but it backfired if you plumped for Everton players, the previously impressive Seamus Coleman (4.5) suffering with -1 points after conceding a penalty and picking up a yellow card.
His misery was shared by Sylvain Distin (4.5), a value option at centre-back but who found it tough as Manchester City turned it around to win 3-1. The Frenchman scored nothing despite playing 90 minutes.
As for the top-line buys who let players down, it was a bad week if you had bought into the Wayne Rooney (8.5) revival of late. As Manchester United were bailed out by Adnan Januzaj, the England international's part in a stuttering forward display earned him only one point.
The other big-price striker who let down fantasy players was Spurs' Roberto Soldado (8). Surprisingly left out of the starting line-up by Andre Villas-Boas, the Spaniard only came on as a late sub and did not have time to turn the game around.
Thankfully not too many injuries or suspensions came out of this week's matches – but, of course, the dreaded international break could wreak havoc on Gameweek 8.
Gameweek 7 was not without its scares, though, and two oft-selected players may cause headaches. Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole (6), for one, was unable to see out the match against Norwich City but manager Jose Mourinho is optimistic that he will be able to feature for England, so a return in time for the next Premier League game is likely.
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany (6.5), however, may yet prove more of a problem, after suffering a groin injury during his side's victory on Saturday, with the full extent of the problem yet to be revealed.
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