Fantasy Football Gameweek 29 Review: Dominant Caulker sets the example

The Cardiff City defender scored two crucial goals to down Fulham, Demba Ba's late double saw him upstage Samuel Eto'o and Manchester United stars picked up plenty of points

Goal backed Steven Caulker (4.5) as a great bargain option in our Gameweek 29 preview and the Cardiff City defender really delivered with a big performance in a vital game. Popping up at the right times to poke home from set-pieces, the Bluebirds star saw off Fulham to give his side a fighting chance of avoiding the drop and took home a weekend-best 14 points for his troubles.

Also starring with a goal from the back was Phil Jones (5) of Manchester United, his clean sheet taking him up to a very respectable 12 as David Moyes's men recorded a win against struggling West Brom.

Wayne Rooney (8.5) was also on the scoresheet at the Hawthorns, his fine link-up play delivering both his own goal and Danny Welbeck's. It saw the 28-year-old rake in nine points, bringing his season's total up to 110 – putting him just inside the top 10.

Samuel Eto'o's celebration made the back pages but, for sheer numbers, Demba Ba (7.5) was the best Chelsea striker on show this week. The Senegal international snatched two late goals against Tottenham as a second-half substitute to earn nearly a third of his total points for the campaign in one go. It was certainly a handy boost for the just 1.19 per cent of fantasy managers to select him.

There was success again for his team-mate, Eden Hazard (9.5), whose goal from the penalty spot made him the highest-scoring midfielder this week. That said, the likes of Bradley Johnson (4.5) were not far behind, the Norwich City man getting the first goal in the Canaries’ 1-1 draw with Stoke City.



No surprises as to the biggest losers this week - they were all in Tottenham colours as Tim Sherwood's defence let in four second-half goals.

As the man sent off for giving away the penalty from which Hazard scored the second, Younes Kaboul (4.5) is duly the biggest sufferer. The Frenchman was only just back from a long absence but it was not a happy return to action as he picked up -3 points. It leaves him with just four for the whole season.

Kyle Naughton (4), meanwhile, had the dubious honour of spending the full 90 minutes on the pitch to let in even more goals than his team-mate. Picking up a yellow card on the way, the full back was left with -1.

However, not every loser on the pitch was a Spurs man. After looking off the pace in the first half, Chelsea veteran Frank Lampard (7.5) was dragged off at half-time with zero points to show for his efforts.

Further up the field, the biggest forward flop of the gameweek was Victor Anichebe (5.5). The West Brom striker might not have expected much gain from the United defence but his only significant contribution was a booking as he added just one point for a 2013-14 total of 45.


The other red card handed out in the reduced schedule of Premier League fixtures was to Jonathan Walters (6). Spared a losers' berth for having scored the equaliser before his departure, the Stoke forward was dismissed for a poor challenge on Alexander Tettey.

There were two first-half injuries to midfielders that will need to be monitored, meanwhile. Claudio Yacob (4) has been a quiet but cheap earner, with 44 points this season, but is a doubt for the Baggies' next game due to a hamstring injury picked up on Saturday. Southampton's Jack Cork (4.5), meanwhile, took a knock to his ankle against Crystal Palace and, though still being assessed, could miss weeks of action.

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