Gameweek 9 of the Cellcard Fantasy League may not have been as ballistic as the previous round, but there was no shortage of intrigue with West Ham upsetting champions Man City, Newcastle grabbing some breathing space with a win over Tottenham and Man United swooping late to draw with runaway leaders Chelsea.
The generally low-scoring affairs offered little in the way of fantasy points for managers, although there were some individuals that helped boost the tallies.
Top of the heap was Arsenal’s summer marquee signing Alexis Sanchez, who was gifted both of his goals by strugglers Sunderland to rack up 16 points.
The 25-year-old Chilean midfielder is now on 54 points for the season, the same total as early pacesetter Diego Costa of Chelsea.
Three frontmen notched up 13 points apiece for their match-winning braces – QPR’s Charlie Austin, Swansea’s Wilfried Bony and Everton’s Samuel Eto’o.
The weekly competition was clinched by Cameron Strong with his team CaptHun Sensible on 84 points.
An element of luck was in play for Cameron, who benefitted from having Sanchez as vice captain for 34 points with his usual skipper Costa kept out with a hamstring injury.
Cameron also transferred in Everton’s Leighton Baines and West Brom’s Saido Berahino for the round to add seven points each, while West Ham goal machine Diafra Sakho contributed eight points towards his prize total.
Cameron will collect US$20 phone credit from sponsors Cellcard for his efforts.
The Cellcard Facebook competition was another fiercely contested affair with only one correct answer emerging from the question of who will amass the most fantasy points from the blockbuster game between Chelsea and Man United.
Inveterate Ivorian Didier Drogba was the name to post after he grabbed an unmatched eight points from the tie, with only Som Vibol possessing the precognition to pick the 36-year-old. $10 phone credit from Cellcard is heading Vibol’s way.
Gameweek 10 plays out this weekend with just one fixture standing out by a Mancunian mile – the Manchester derby between City and United on Sunday.