Gameweek 32 of the CC/PPP/CTN Fantasy League was a seriously forgettable affair, with managers averaging just 32 points worldwide and the Dream team totalling a wholly underwhelming 119.
If there had been some surprise star turns of late, this latest one was astronomic, with Arsenal’s Tomas Rosicky blasting a match-winning brace against West Brom to collect 14 points, nearly tripling his tally for the entire season.
The Czech midfielder had his score matched by Aston Villa defender Matthew Lowton, who is £1.6 million cheaper but eight times as popular with managers as Rosicky.
23-year-old Englishman Lowton volleyed in a goal of the season contender and assisted another in their 3-1 win over Stoke.
It didn’t take much to win the weekly spoils from sponsors Cellcard, with Stuart Snell’s Sultan FC lording it over everyone with just 58 points, the lowest winning total of the campaign by a significant margin.
Snell’s selections including a trio of Dream Teamers – Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic (11 points), Wigan’s Shaun Maloney (10) and Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez (12) – and could afford to include the minimal contribution from captain Luiz Suarez of two points doubled to four.
Snell receives a $20 phone voucher and T-shirt for his noble effort.
Gameweek 33 is a slight headache for managers as they scramble to sign players from Manchester United, Arsenal, Everton, Fulham and West Ham, who will feature twice over the extended round, while trying to bench or ditch men from Tottenham, West Brom and Swansea, who are not in action.
Sunday will also accommodate the Tyne and Wear derby between North East rivals Newcastle and Sunderland.