There were huge numbers of high-scorers in Gameweek 16 as the Premier League saw 30 goals in 10 games – albeit nine of them coming in the first of the weekend. Unsurprisingly, there were fantasy points galore to be found in Manchester City 6-3 Arsenal but the picks of the bunch were the most prolific pair.
Theo Walcott (9) returned to first-team action with a fine double in a losing cause, justifying the 18.08 per cent of managers who have stuck with him, while Fernandinho (6.5) broke through as a bargain scorer with his first two for City. Both took home 12 points from an incredible match.
No doubts who the single outstanding player of the weekend was, however, as Luis Suarez (10) became the first man to break the 100-point barrier for 2013-14. His latest two goals, allied to two assists, gave him 16 for the week as Liverpool obliterated Tottenham 5-0 at White Hart Lane. His rapid rise up the leaderboard is even more astonishing considering his late start – if he isn't in your team, sort it out.
There was also a chance for one of his less celebrated Reds colleagues to shine – John Flanagan (4) popped up with an unlikely goal which, coupled with a clean sheet, gave the youngster 12 points. Being trusted more and more often by Brendan Rodgers, it could be the first big return of many.
Still streaking ahead as the competition's best defender, however, is Everton right-back Seamus Coleman (4.5). Magnificent value for his price, the Irishman bombed forward to nab his third goal of the season – he is now the fifth-highest points-earner around.
Finally, there was vindication for Danny Welbeck (6.5). The young Manchester United forward has his critics but notched twice as his side emphatically saw off Aston Villa and could be getting more regular game time with Robin van Persie out for another spell.
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It will come as no shock to anyone that Wojciech Szczesny (5) finished bottom of the week's points tally. Conceding six, giving away a penalty and being booked combined for a disastrous -3 for the Arsenal goalkeeper.
Things went only a little better for team-mate Olivier Giroud (7.5). The forward's magnificent form so far this season meant that 29.08% of managers kept faith with him this week but he found it hard going against City and was withdrawn after 76 minutes without troubling the scoresheet.
The Gunners' north London rivals, Tottenham, were similarly embarrassed in Gameweek 16 as Liverpool eviscerated their back line. We warned you in Friday's preview to drop Kyle Walker (5.5) and the 15.36% of fantasy bosses who didn't take our advice were slapped with -1 points as he and his fellow defenders were made to suffer.
In the North East, neither Newcastle nor Southampton had a nightmare week but there was disappointment for strikers at each end of the pitch.
Loic Remy (7.5) was the league's hotshot only a few weeks ago but, on Saturday, he returned just two points for the third gameweek in a row. Meanwhile, many might have hoped that a wondergoal against Manchester City would propel Dani Osvaldo (7.5) towards the apex of his potential but the Italy international was ineffective and substituted at half-time by Mauricio Pochettino.
This week saw some serious casualties in all three positions for fantasy bosses. There was just one sending-off but it means changes for 19.04% of teams as Paulinho (7) saw red for Tottenham. For that price, there will be serious decisions to make in the next round as to a quality replacement, as the Brazilian has a respectable 48 points to his name.
Only two behind him is Laurent Koscielny (5). The Frenchman may be relieved not to have had to play the full 90 minutes against a rampant City but a "deep laceration" to his knee could cause headaches for managers - at time of writing, it is not yet clear for how long he will be out.
Another player awaiting a prognosis is City star Sergio Aguero (10.5). This one could be the most damaging of the bunch - at 8 points, the Argentine is third in the individual standings and his value will need to be redistributed carefully. Tough luck if you are one of the 17.77% of players with him leading your line.
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