From comebacks and comedowns to walkovers and wake-ups, Gameweek 22 had it all. The fans in the stands are still digesting the plays and displays from top to bottom in the Premier League, with gaps beginning to show as we edge past the halfway stage in the season.
The biggest winners from the weekend’s fixture feast were Chelsea with a 5-0 drubbing of Swansea in Wales, with Spanish maestro Diego Costa topping the individual points chart, accumulating a total of 16 points with two strikes in the first half. However, he was not alone at the top of the tree.
Sharing his throne was Dwight Gayle from Crystal Palace, as the Londoners staged a come back at Turf Moor against Burnley, coming from 2-0 down to go 3-2 up, with that man Gayle grabbing a brace to push Palace over the line.
Both Dream Team Star Men grabbed an assist and claimed three bonus points for their inspired displays. Only the gamblers chose Gayle, with 0.5 per cent of Fantasy League managers opting for him in their starting line-ups.
A host of other top talent hit the target and put on solid performances for their gaffers. Chelsea’s midfield wonderkid Oscar starred in the Gameweek, picking up 15 points as the Brazilian beast also put two past Swans goalkeeper Fabianski also gathering two bonus points.
Saints midfielder Eljero Elia also hit the big time with 15 points for his efforts against Newcastle, netting twice for Southampton in what’s shaping up to be another stunning season for the South Coasters.
Santi Cazorla’s dominating performance against City helped the Gunners shoot down their Manchester rivals in a 2-0 win away at the Etihad as the Spanish superstar scored a penalty and assisted Olivier Giroud’s header in the second half, helping him on his way to 14 points plus a bonus two.
The Fantasy League winning team was Ratana Brang’s Ratana United with a total of 92 points, keeping the faith with the majority of his players as he made only two substitutions.
Doubling up on Costa brought him 32 points and the selection of Phil Jagielka with nine points also helped Ratana along as Everton continued their spiral, with a draw against West Brom at home on Monday night.
In the Facebook competition, Theo Tyvorn correctly guessed that Arsenal would beat City 2-0 and so wins a $5 Cellcard voucher.
An FA Cup weekend is upon us, so the excitement must take a one-week hiatus until Gameweek 23 starts on January 31. Congratulations to Ratana on his $20 phone credit, and happy spending to those unhappy managers whose players have not come out the tunnel and need a kick onto the bench before the next round of fixtures.