Fantasy Spotlight – the Standout Performers from Gameweek 24
A midweek gameweek always livens up the Premier League and GW24 was no different.
There was a goal of the season contender from Jamie Vardy, Harry Kane continued his fine form, Arsenal’s stuttering continued and Manchester United even scored a first-half goal at Old Trafford.
Here’s the Fantasy Football Portal team of the week for GW24.
Fraser Forster’s brilliant performance at Arsenal was one of the best displays of goalkeeping the Premier League has seen so far this season.
Since returning from injury, Forster has kept four successive clean sheets for Southampton and at Arsenal he produced his best yet, making an incredible 10 saves to deny the title contenders. Forster now looks certain to force his way into Roy Hodgson’s England squad for Euro 2016.
Manchester City’s 1-0 win at Sunderland on Tuesday was a nervy affair, City just about holding on for the three points despite a barrage from the Black Cats.
Left-back Gaël Clichy was given the man of the match award, which on top of the points he won for a hard-earned clean sheet made him among the top-scoring fantasy defenders in GW24.
Another defender who was named man of the match in GW24 was West Ham’s New Zealand international Winston Reid, who starred in a 2-0 home win against rock-bottom Aston Villa.
The Hammers are well in the hunt for a Champions League qualification place but the win against Villa was only Reid’s second Premier League 90 minutes since the start of December.
The top scoring fantasy football player on GW24 was Everton’s midfield tyro Ross Barkley, who converted two late penalties as Everton arrested their poor home form with a comfortable 3-0 win against Newcastle United. Barkley’s second penalty was particularly delightful, beating the unfortunate Rob Elliot with a luscious chip down the middle of the goal – a perfect Panenka.
Everton have been mediocre but Barkley has impressed, racking up fantasy football points. The 22-year-old has scored eight goals and recorded eight assists in the Premier League this season.
Tottenham’s unlikely title challenge continued to gather pace in GW24 with a 3-0 win at Norwich City and playmaker Christian Eriksen shone once more with a pair of assists.
Eriksen’s slow start to the season is now a distant memory and the Denmark international has recorded two goals and three assists from Spurs’ last three matches in the Premier League.
Aaron Lennon has not been a regular starter for Everton this season but he excelled in the Toffees’ victory over Newcastle, scoring a fine opening goal to get his team up and running.
Former England international Lennon is one of the cheapest midfielders available in fantasy football and he has been getting more minutes on the pitch in the last few weeks.
Michail Antonio had to wait a few months to get his West Ham career up and running, but the powerful winger is now showing why the club paid £7 million to buy him from Nottingham Forest.
Antonio hit his third goal of the season against Villa and he has also provided five assists for Slaven Bilić’s side. Antonio is another great midfield option for fantasy players with a tight budget.
Spurs climbed to third in the Premier League by beating Norwich 3-0 and Harry Kane again stood out for Mauricio Pochettino’s men, scoring two more goals to take his tally for the season to 15.
Kane takes Tottenham’s penalties, which makes him a very useful pick in daily fantasy football. He has now converted four of four spot kicks this season – the most consistent record in the league.
Kane’s main rival for the Golden Boot seems to be fellow England international striker Jamie Vardy, who hit both goals for surprise league leaders Leicester City in a 2-0 win against Liverpool.
Vardy’s first strike was a goal of the season contender, the rapid forward racing on to a through-ball from Riyad Mahrez and smashing a bouncing ball into the top corner and the 29-year-old struck again to hit his 18th league goal of the season. Having recently gone six matches without a goal, Vardy has come back with a bang with two in his last three games.
The world’s most expensive teenager continues to show flashes of his prodigious talent, scoring a superb goal as Manchester United brushed Stoke City aside 3-0 at Old Trafford in GW24.
Martial’s first-time curled finish into the top corner was gloriously executed, but United will have expected a greater return than six Premier League goals so far from the £58.8 million striker.