Swansea City have not had a lot of results to shout about in Garry Monk's short reign so far but they provided one on Saturday as they got one over relegation rivals Norwich City, with Jonathan De Guzman (5.5) at the heart of it. The Dutch midfielder scored two fine goals and kept a clean sheet as the Swans took what should be a decisive step away from serious danger, raking in 13 points to be the gameweek's top scorer.
That status was run close on Monday night, when a match-winning contribution from Andy Carroll (7) saw West Ham through to an away victory at Sunderland. The target man scored one goal and played a key role in another as he galloped to 12 points for the week.
There was carnage on the south coast as Southampton put Newcastle to the sword, with Adam Lallana (6) chief among the perpetrators. The England hopeful starred with an assist and the thumping third goal in a 4-0 victory, his clean sheet point from midfield coming in handy to bring him to a total of 134 for the season so far.
He was closely followed by partners in crime Jay Rodriguez (5.5), who scored twice and could easily have had more, and Rickie Lambert (7), who registered a goal and an assist.
Another double was bagged by Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney (8.5), who got the comeback going after David Moyes's men went behind early on against Aston Villa. His two goals were pivotal in beating Aston Villa in a solid 10-point gameweek for the England man.
The star of Liverpool's commanding win over Tottenham – in fantasy terms, at least – was defender Jon Flanagan (4). The youngster continued a brilliant run of form with an excellent assist as well as a solid clean sheet, with a very respectable nine points from the back.
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Conceding four goals is never a good way to avoid the losers' couch and the likes of Ryan Bertrand (4.5) of Aston Villa and Younes Kaboul (4.5) of Tottenham are among the hapless few to lose points this week for their roles in defensive debacles. The Frenchman, of course, nudged in the own goal that started his side's calamitous defeat at Anfield.
Also in the negatives this week was Stoke City midfielder Wilson Palacios (4). It was a blink-and-you'd-miss-it cameo from the Honduran but he still found time after coming off the bench to pick up a needless yellow card.
There were also, however, some more celebrated names – particular in terms of fantasy football success this season – who had nearly as poor a time.
Yaya Toure (9) has been in dominating form of late for Manchester City but had one of his quieter days against Arsenal on Saturday and got booked in the process, taking home only one point after the 166 that had come earlier this season.
There was similar disappointment at the back. Seamus Coleman (4.5) has been such an irresistible bargain option all season that 26.68 per cent of managers had him in their teams but the Everton man's only notable contribution against Fulham was a yellow card, while Chelsea captain John Terry (5.5) has been a reliable buy this term but got booked and, of course, was responsible for the decisive own goal against Crystal Palace.
Up front, though his team-mates were rolling in points, it was a less spectacular gameweek than usual for Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge (8.5), who picked up credit only for playing 90 minutes.
No serious news on either the suspension or injury fronts this week, with no red cards in any of the 10 Premier League games and only some knocks needing to be monitored.
Among the most notable of the fresh doubts are Spurs duo Roberto Soldado (8) and Jan Vertonghen (6.5), who suffered hamstring and ankle problems at Liverpool on Sunday. Neither has had an astonishing season but are in 18.05% and 26.45% of fantasy teams, respectively, and may prompt rethinks for those bosses.
There is also a calf concern for Everton youngster Ross Barkley (4), who was withdrawn at half-time on Sunday.
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