No doubt as to who was the standout individual in fantasy football this gameweek as Sunderland winger Adam Johnson (6.5) dug out a quite fabulous performance to almost single-handedly defeat Fulham 4-1.
The England hopeful bagged a hat-trick as well as an assist to take home an astonishing 19 points, nearly a third of his entire season's total - and the man he set up, Ki Sung-Yueng (4.5) had a fine time himself, with 10 to his own total in a convincing win for Gus Poyet's men.
The South Korean's haul for Gameweek 21 was matched by that of - who else? - Liverpool hotshot Luis Suarez (10).
The Reds forward is now opening up a gap on his competition as the highest scorer in this season's game and, reunited with strike partner Daniel Sturridge, put two goals past Stoke City in a frenetic match on Sunday afternoon. That takes him to 133 for the season – and still only 10.53 per cent of players have him signed up!
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere (6.5) has been in and out of the team at times in 2013-14 but continued his fine recent form with a thrilling minute's action that saw him first score then make an assist to ultimately see off Aston Villa. A solid nine points marked an excellent Monday evening’s work.
It was also a particulary good week for the left-back position as three high-profile defenders enjoyed good performances. Patrice Evra (6.5), Ashley Cole (6) and Aleksandar Kolarov (5.5) each registered an assist and a clean sheet as the Premier League's big guns all won.
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Undoubtedly the most comically bad moment of the weekend was Jason Puncheon (5)'s missed penalty as Crystal Palace blew the chance for an early advantage against Tottenham. The winger's embarrassing effort dragged his points down for the week to the point that he was left with exactly zero.
However, the Southampton loanee was not the only man to underperform at White Hart Lane. Roberto Soldado (8) opened his Spurs account against the Eagles at the start of the season but was poor again on Saturday and hauled off by Tim Sherwood before the hour mark with just one point earned.
Meanwhile, if you were hoping for Wilfried Bony (7.5) to repeat his FA Cup heroics by overturning Manchester United at Old Trafford, then Saturday was a disappointment. The Ivorian's only notable contribution, fantasy football-wise, was to pick up a booking as David Moyes's men finally won at home.
As usual, the league saw its fair share of defensive disasters and there was none worse than at the Britannia Stadium. Stoke City conceded five against Liverpool and captain Ryan Shawcross (5), often so sturdy, was among those to register -1 points in a torrid match.
The Potters were not alone on that negative front, however, as Fulham's four let in counted against the likes of John Arne Riise (4.5). The left-back was booked on his way to a -1 that leaves him on just 10 for the whole season.
There was all kinds of carnage across the Premier League as several players were injured to various degrees during Gameweek 21. The likes of Nathan Baker and Jose Canas were among those substituted for such reasons, while Arsenal stars Tomas Rosicky and Nacho Monreal are waiting on Tuesday scans, but some names stick out as more damaging than others.
Samir Nasri (7.5)'s form has tailed off somewhat in recent games but the midfielder has been Manchester City’'s fourth-highest points-scorer this season. The Frenchman is set for eight weeks out, however, which will mean some changing of plans for nearly 5% of fantasy bosses.
At the bottom of the table, an injury to Guy Demel (4.5) has West Ham fans worried. The Ivorian has been the Hammers' most effective defender this term, with 49 points, and his exit, combined with the red card shown to James Tomkins (4.5) in the same game, only exacerbates the personnel crisis at Upton Park. As a result, it may be wise to avoid Hammers players altogether until the back line is restored.
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