The main man in fantasy terms stays the same as Luis Suarez (10) finishes top of the pile for another week. Three points clear of any other player thanks to his two goals and an assist against Cardiff City, the Liverpool forward is THE guaranteed points option on offer. If you're one of the 89.47 per cent of managers who have not yet picked him up, you are probably already well behind.

A less likely star in Gameweek 17, however, was Emmanuel Adebayor (7). Frozen out under Andre Villas-Boas, he looks set to be a big part of Tim Sherwood's plans and plundered two goals as Tottenham triumphed over Southampton.

Adam Lallana (6), though, did his best to steal the plaudits at St Mary's Stadium. Notching the opener and doing the crucial work for his side's second, the England international continued his fine form with another 10 fantasy points. In just 1.63% of teams, he is becoming critically underused.

He was one of our preview picks this week – along with Jordan Henderson (5.5), who also excelled as he turned provider for Suarez. The ex-Sunderland midfielder is coming into his own in Steven Gerrard's absence and already has 59 points to his name.

It has not been a spectacular season for Peter Crouch (5.5) but the Stoke City forward reminded everyone of how useful he can be with a decisive contribution to down Aston Villa, picking up nine points in the process.

Meanwhile, turning in another eight-point performance was Everton star Seamus Coleman (4.5). Toffees defenders are proving arguably the best options at the back this season and another goal for the Irishman took his total to a fairly dizzying 85. More unmissable value.




With none of the calamitous scorelines of recent weeks present in Gameweek 17, there were no minus points to be found as defenders breathed slightly easier. That said, however, plenty offered nothing positive either.

Manchester City centre-back Martin Demichelis (5) was one of those, conceding twice and picking up a booking against Fulham to record a blank, while Ciaran Clark (4) has been a fairly steady source of points for Aston Villa this season but also came up with nothing as they lost to Stoke.

You might have thought that own-goal-toting Jos Hooiveld would be the biggest sufferer for Saints but Dejan Lovren (4) had just as little to show for Sunday's exploits and, with 60 points overall, was a far bigger disappointment than the Dutchman.

Up front, there were a handful of letdowns and misfires. After a mini-renaissance under Tony Pulis, plenty were hoping for Marouane Chamakh (4.5) to continue his upswing but a heavy defeat at home to Newcastle and a yellow card on the way saw him scrape just a single point.

Meanwhile, it is becoming a longer dry spell for Everton hotshot Romelu Lukaku (7.5) – no goals since Gameweek 13 and not many points either, though he came close once or twice against Swansea City.


Pleasantly, only one red card came out of the latest round of matches as Sunderland's Wes Brown (4) will be enjoying a little less urgency over Christmas following his late dismissal against Norwich City. The ex-Manchester United kept a clean sheet, at least, continuing his thus-far-encouraging return to action under Gus Poyet.

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