Fantasy Football Gameweek 15 Review: Two-goal Schurrle tops the pile despite Chelsea defeat

The only man to score two goals this week was on the losing side, with the value coming from those keeping clean sheets, such as goalkeeper Tim Krul and defender Mamadou Sakho

It was a relatively quiet week for individuals as there was only one player to score more than one goal – step forward Andre Schurrle (7.5). The German has struggled to really make his mark since joining Chelsea in the summer but he showed great attacking instinct to notch twice in a losing battle against Stoke City.

Another less likely figure continued to show signs of sparking back into form as Stephen Ireland (4.5) played a starring role for the Blues' opposition. Reunited with Potters manager Mark Hughes, the midfielder scored one and set up another to increase his season's total by 50 per cent - hopes will be high for more to come, and at a great price.

A lot of the best value this gameweek, however, came through players who kept a clean sheet and Fulham midfielder Steve Sidwell (4) combined that with a goal of his own against Aston Villa. Now up to a respectable 44 points for the season, he is proving a useful – if card-prone – bargain option.

Liverpool's defensive rotation has seen him trusted by only 0.23 per cent of fantasy managers but it was a good outing for Mamadou Sakho (5.5), who was one of the few people to score in the right net as West Ham came to Anfield.

There was also another good week for Tim Krul (4.5). The Newcastle keeper has played a key role in the Magpies' fine form and another he kept a clean sheet against a lacklustre Manchester United to register six points, which is usually as much as you could ask from a fantasy No.1.



It was a weekend to remember for Stoke but one that did not translate into points for Asmir Begovic (5). Fantasy football can be a cruel game and, despite his side's triumph over Chelsea, his two goals conceded meant only one point to show for his endeavour, disappointing 8.65% of players.

Some of his opponents fared no better, of course. Jose Mourinho continues to complain about his strikers being "eight, 10 or 12 goals" short of ideal and it was another goalless outing for Fernando Torres (8). The Spaniard was withdrawn after an hour and, at only 24 points for the season, is not doing a good job of justifying his price.

John Terry (5.5) has fared better this term but Stoke's three goals undid him, with an added booking leaving him on no points at all. The Chelsea captain let down 8.71% of players as he failed to marshal his line.

It could have been worse, however - he could have been a West Ham defender, conceding four at Anfield. As one of the Hammers' own-goal culprits, yellow-carded Guy Demel (4.5) was worst off, losing a point overall despite his generally strong season thus far.

Perhaps the most notable letdown of the gameweek, though, was Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri (7.5). The Frenchman has been chipping in with goals lately but was largely anonymous against Southampton and, with a yellow card to his name, scraped just one point.


There was only one red card across the gameweek and it could be a fairly significant one. West Ham have had to rely on Kevin Nolan (6) more than usual given their injured strikers but the midfielder's awful tackle at Anfield saw him ejected, prompting 10.58% of fantasy managers to regroup as December only gets busier.

Nolan's challenge spelt the end of the game for Jordan Henderson (5.5), who looks set to leave Liverpool short-handed in the centre of midfield. His points this season have not been spectacular but, considering that Steven Gerrard (8) is also expected to be out until the new year with his own injury, it adds up to a serious blow for the Reds.

The England captain has been a major points-earner this season and a hefty 12.04% of fantasy managers have a decision to make.

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