Internationals are over! Things are nice! We had a full weekend of ten games rather than scraping together a team from four matches! Sadio Mane got injured! That was bad! There's another round of games starting on Tuesday!
Right, that's your weekly dose of excitement, let's get down to the serious stuff. Gameweek 30 was...well, if not a massacre of the big hitters then certainly not one where they performed to their potential in Yahoo Daily Fantasy.
Of the six players to feature in more than 40% of teams, only three made double figures - with half of the top ten failing to reach that threshold. Let's dig a little deeper.
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April 4, 2017
Low Scoring Week
Stand-out performers were pretty thin on the ground this past weekend. How much so? Well, all weekend just three players passed the 20-point barrier. To contextualise that, that's the same number of 20-point performances that we saw when there were just four games played all weekend. When there were ten games played in Gameweek 27, there were three times as many players over 20 points.
Even that top tier struggled this week - Wilfried Zaha finished at the top of the board with 22.7 points, compared to previous leading man Joshua King (33) and Harry Kane (29.7). That's...that's skinny on points.
It's probably just a blip. These things happen, and there aren't really any great or deep lessons to learn, but it's important to remember that these things can happen - when you get a player who you can bank on for a middling points total week in week out in the core of your team, this is where they shine.
Points From Unusual Places
Forwards are the lifeblood of fantasy football teams. They score the goals, they rack up the points - that's why they cost so much every single week.
This week? Not so much. The price was still there - forwards were six of the eight most expensive players coming into the weekend - but the performance wasn't. Only one of the top ten scorers were designated forward players (Sergio Aguero in fifth, 18.2 points), with two defenders and a goalkeeper sneaking above 11th placed Andy Carroll.
Those players weren't necessarily heavily backed, either. Half of the top ten players this week were in fewer than 10% of teams - and four in fewer than 5% - proving that there's still very much value to be found if you dig around for 'alternative' options. The people setting the prices and projections work hard, but this is football. Weird stuff happens. Get in on it. You can't win the lottery if you don't buy a ticket, y'know?
Rising Star or Flash in the Pan?
Of those four players who absolutely nailed the leaderboard despite being in fewer that 5% of teams, how many are going to be worth...well, anything going forward over the last two months of the season?
Miguel Britos - picked in just 0.15% of teams - was the week's second highest scorer, but...guys. He's got eight goals in 228 games in European football. One in 53 for Watford. This is not sustainable scoring - take the hit and move on.
Eric Dier is similar, particularly when he can't pick up a defender's clean sheet points, as he's listed as a midfielder. Wayne Hennessey is an interesting goalkeeping option though, particularly considering Crystal Palace's recent defensive resurgence - conceding just once in four games. They play Southampton in midweek, and only four top flight teams have scored fewer goals than the Saints this season. AND they're without Manolo Gabbiadini. So...
The fourth player to look at is Wilfried Zaha. Get Wilfried Zaha in your team. Daily Fantasy team. Season-long team. Every team. He's brilliant. Yes. Wilfried Zaha. Yes. In. Team. Good.