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Matchday review: Rafael’s masterpiece

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Rafael van der Vaart's instant impact on the Premier League is mirrored in his performance in Fantasy Football.

The Dutchman's match-winning brace against Aston Villa on Saturday benefited a third of players in the game to the tune of 30 points. He has now scored in each of his three matches at White Hart Lane, so if you also had him in your team for Fantasy Europe Cup then double kudos to you.

In a rather London-centric attack for The Fantasist, only Didier Drogba delivered value for money with his goal against Arsenal helping to earn him 22 points. Florent Malouda, Samir Nasri and Marouane Chamakh all should have earned more than their paltry haul, however.

Talk of Liverpool's defeat to Blackpool has been done to death already this week, but suffice it to say that the pair of Pepe Reina and Joe Cole bringing in 3.5 points between was still a surprise considering the Reds' poor form of late.

At the back Stoke's Robert Huth was the best of an underwhelming bunch, while Jerome Boateng fouled his way back down to zero points on his Premier League debut and Dedryck Boyata didn't play.

Better can be said for Superleague leaders Boss FC. In addition to Van der Vaart and Drogba, the table-toppers extended their lead in the combined standings of players in the Fantasist mini-leagues with the canny addition of Charlie Adam (18.50 points), and managed to pick a better Liverpool pairing in Martin Skrtel (5.00) and Raul Mereiles (7.00), while Stoke's Danny Collins (10.00) and Carlos Tevez (11.00) helped amass a tidy total of 121.50.

How The Fantasist's team shaped up in Week 7:

GK: Pepe Reina (Liverpool) - -1.00 points

DF: Jerome Boateng (Manchester City) - 0.00

DF: Dedryck Boyata (Manchester City) - 0.00

DF: Gonzalo Jara (West Bromwich Albion) - 2.00

DF: Robert Huth (Stoke City) - 7.00

MF: Florent Malouda (Chelsea) - 3.50

MF: Samir Nasri (Arsenal) - 4.00

MF: Rafael van der Vaart (Tottenham Hotspur) - 30.00

MF: Joe Cole (Liverpool) - 4.50

FW: Didier Drogba (Chelsea) - 22.00

FW: Marouane Chamakh (Arsenal) - 5.00

Week 7 points: 77.00

Total points: 628.00

Combined Fantasist Superleagues leaderboard after Week 7:

1. Boss FC - 790.50

2. 10 Tentera Berkuda - 743.50

=3. Parenzo FC - 740.50

=3. LinhTocDai - 740.50

4.Paul Sotong Goreng Tepung - 733.50

5. 2 the top champions - 731.00

6. Paulo the NDY Octopus - 729.00

=7. The Invincible - 726.00

=7. A Man Moth ? - 726.00

9. Dragonbalz - 725.00

10. Rasta Gunners - 722.00

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