It was a good week for some of the more unexpected figures to bring home the points as the rotations and fatigue of the busy festive period started to affect form and team selection.
Undoubtedly the biggest winners of the weekend, though, were Hull City, who thrashed Fulham 6-0 after a vicious second half. Robert Koren (4.5) walked away with the week's heftiest haul as his two goals and one assist raked in a mammoth 13 points, and all for great value.
Not far behind him was West Ham captain Kevin Nolan (6). The midfielder has not had his scoring boots on much this season without his old pal Andy Carroll in front of him, but he netted against West Brom and laid on two assists, his only fault a booking. His 12 points came as a very welcome bonus for 10.58 per cent of fantasy managers.
Also up at the top table was Nicolas Anelka (5.5). The striker courted some controversy on the way – more on that later – but his double in that same match did the business for West Brom on his return to the starting line-up.
It was an improved week for Tottenham forward Roberto Soldado (8), who is still struggling to convert from open play but buried another penalty to set his side on their way to a comfortable win over Stoke City.
Meanwhile, the increasingly unstoppable machine that is Seamus Coleman (4.5) had another great outing. The Everton right-back's fine individual effort to open the scoring against Southampton saw him move joint-third in our points-scoring leaderboard this season – he has now netted more goals this year (five) than in his last four campaigns combined.
Finally, the end result proved heartbreaking but it was a good individual week for Cardiff City midfielder Jordon Mutch (4). The 22-year-old scored his fourth goal of the season against Sunderland and is proving a very useful bargain-basement option.
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It will come as no shock to learn that it was a bad week to have Fulham defenders in your team. Flattened by Hull's second-half barrage, their entire back line – including Aaron Hughes (4), the highest-scoring of the bunch thus far with just 19 for the season – earned -1 points.
That unfortunate tally was matched at White Hart Lane by Stoke centre-back Ryan Shawcross (5). The Potters skipper is a relatively popular choice this year, included in 9.19% of Goal fantasy teams, but gave away a penalty, picked up a yellow card and conceded three times to also wind up with -1 to his name.
There was also some defensive disappointment at Stamford Bridge, where 7.97% of players were let down by Liverpool's Glen Johnson (5.5). Against his former club, Chelsea, the right-back was booked as his side shipped two goals and ended with no points at all for the week.
Further up the field, some high earners had tough times over this weekend. Blues veteran Frank Lampard (7.5) struggled to make an impact against Brendan Rodgers' side and was withdrawn at half-time with just one point, inching up to 59 for the year.
Meanwhile, it was a frustrating Sunday for Southampton's Rickie Lambert (7). The England international has excelled in 2013-14, with 72 points already, but was booked during a testing afternoon against Everton and scraped only one point.
As mentioned earlier, West Brom attacker Anelka is in hot water after his controversial "quenelle" goal celebration and faces a suspension of up to five games if the FA rules against him. Despite a good week, this may be the time for those whose teams he resides in to look elsewhere.
For a shorter-term problem, 19.54% of players will be frustrated to learn of David Silva (9) incurring a one-match suspension. The Manchester City picked up his fifth yellow card of the season right at the end of their 1-0 win over Crystal Palace and will be unavailable against Swansea City.
There were also minor injury concerns for West Ham defender James Tomkins (4.5), withdrawn early on against West Brom with a groin complaint, and Sunderland forward Fabio Borini (6), who was taken to hospital after being withdrawn at half-time due to illness.
The latter is said by the club to be feeling better but is naturally a doubt for New Year's Day; consider a change if either is in your team.
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