This is how Sunday went; I woke up watched a really boring Spurs – Sunderland match, went for a run, took a shower, turned on Leicester City – Villa. The Lions surprise the crap out of me, go up 2-0, and I immediately start writing about how Leicester has peaked and that they’ve been figured out. The Foxes then proceed to score three goals in the final 18 minutes and win the game on a beautiful ball from Riyad Mahrez, headed by Nathan Dyer. The six minutes of added time that follow can only be best described as the Riyad Mahrez show. Every time this guy has the ball under his control Leicester could score. I wouldn’t even hesitate to say he’s better than Eden Hazard right now. Not just in fantasy but real life too. So another week will come and pass and another Mahrez price increase will occur. It’s just the natural order of things, the sun rises in the east, sets in the west, and Riyad Mahrez and Leicester rack up fantasy point and price increases. If you don’t own Mahrez just get him. He’s still cheap and the return is too great. Think Harry Kane November of last year. Here’s what else went down on the FPL scene.
Brendan Galloway – Who needs Leighton Baines anyway? Brilliant cross on Naismith’s first.
Steven Naismith – The hat trick on a brilliant trinity of goals. His second from Ross Barkley was a thing of beauty as he picked out the far corner of the net and placed it. It’s so bad now for the Big Blue Bus that they’re making Steven Naismith look like Messi.
Nemanja Matic – Scored on an absolute screamer, as he ripped a left footed blast from about fifteen feet outside the box. Chelsea needed a hero more than Bonnie Tyler in a Czech sex dungeon.
Branislav Ivanovic – Brana is more or less a balding Count Chocula without all the delicious superpowers that chocolate cereal bring. Chelsea’s defense is wretched at the moment. They allowed 14 shots, 9 of which were on target. Forget all Chelsea defenders until Baba is finally patrolling the left.
Olivier Giroud – Started the match on the bench….AGAIN!!! I hope that Arsene Wenger chokes on the pit of an avocado and is replaced by a manager who likes guys that know how to finish. Seriously, let’s not sign a striker and then bench the best one we have. Then again he he died bring Giroud on in the final third and Oliver proceeded to scored a goal. So there’s that. Ultimately saved my week and his manager’s hyde.
Theo Walcott – Got the start and the opening goal. I can’t win with Arsenal, I like Walcott but how can you be sure he’ll start? I can’t be. But those Gunners look so good in that Puma commercial.
Sergio Aguero – The pain I feel for my failures in the Togga Premier League can only be matched by those that have lost a loved one. Okay maybe that’s a bit dramatic. It’s more like buying an ice cream cone and watching it drop to the sidewalk seconds after you walk away from the window. Left in the 18th minute with a knee injury. Porbab;y won’t play on the UCL matchup with Juve.
Kevin De Bruyne – Made his City debut as he came on for the aforementioned Aguero. Tough to predict what the Belgian superstars usage will be, but I suspect he’ll find a regular role in the squad.
Heurelho Gomes – Recorded his third clean sheet and the highest round score among keepers. He now sits at 29 total points, 2 less than Joe Hart and costs just £4.5 in the official game.
Boaz Myhill – The Dirty Lowdown did what he does best, clean sheets, bonus points and saves. Myhill is the perfect fantasy keep. So why don’t you own him.
Luke Shaw – Played a brilliant game I don’t know how Daley Blind beats him out for the left back spot once Jones is healthy. He’s one of the few options that brings pace and decisive attacking on the wings for United.
Ashley Young – This is the other option that brings pace and attacking presence on the wings for United. As soon as he was brought on for Memphis at the half the game swung in United’s favor.
Ander Herrera – Took a foul in the box from Gomez and drew the penalty. Then took the kick from the spot and buried it past Mignolet.
Anthony Martial – Came on for Juan Mata to make his United debut in front of the Old Trafford faithful. Proceeded to counter Christian Benteke’s wonder goal with a brilliant finish of his own. Electrifying the Stretford End in the process. Word is Tony was rocking the Corey Hart shades on Saturday to shade him from his blindingly bright future.
David De Gea – He’s baaaaaaack snitches!
Jeremain Lens – Well his love affair with the tally sheet came to an end. Watching Sunderland can best be summed up like this, 8 guys in the box, a keeper, and two Jer(e)main’s up top with no one to play with. Lens would be a monster on a decent team like say Spurs or Chelsea. Oh wait Chelsea isn’t decent.
Harry Kane – I wonder if he, Nacer Chadli, and the Jer(e)main’s went to pub after the match to drown the sorrow that comes from playing with 9 cardboard cutouts.
Ryan Mason – Bittersweet finish as the rickets-stricken Costel Pantilimon came crashing into his legs as he chipped it over the tall glass of mediocrity.
Jack Grealish – Seems to have a good thing going with Sinclair, and Carales Gil. He’s real young at just 20 but with a real opportunity to play he’s intriguing.
Jamie Vardy – I have to admit I totally undersold this guy, when he breaks in transition and the rest of the attack jumps with him it’s a thing of beauty. Certainly a ton of scoring upside in salary cap and draft leagues. This game was so freaking exciting I was fully erect twice!
Dimitri Payet,- Scored two goals one in each half. The shot on the first one was a scorching amazing thing of beauty. Here’s something to consider, if you owned Payet and Redmond as your fourth and fifth midfielders you could shuttle them in and out of a 3-4-3 depending upon each week’s opponent.
Darren Randolph – Adrian is back next week. Move along. Right?