The Algerian winger recorded his first hat-trick in Manchester City blue as the two time champion fired three goals into the back of the next past a Nick Pope-less Burnley.
The goals, along with the bonus points accrued, gave Mahrez a hefty haul of 21 points which is the 3rd highest of the Premier League season behind Heung-Min Son and Jack Grealish’s 24 points.
Fantasy owners that stuck by the former Premier League Player of the year were handsomely rewarded. Mahrez had a total of 24 points going into the Burnley game and came out of it with a total of 45. He also quadrupled his goal output for the season, going from a single goal scored and leaving the Etihad with four.
Another Manchester player that is rewarding fantasy owners is Bruno Fernandes. The United player and Portugal international continues his hot streak with another double digit return, his 3rd straight gameweek scoring 10+ points and 5th overall. Since taking the Premier League by storm last January the midfielder has become a must start for fantasy owners. He also happens to be the number one ranked player in influence AND creativity for midfielders as well as the 4th ranked player overall.
Let’s take a look at the TEB Fantasy League Standings…
Once again, C-6 Code Keras holds down the top spot on the table. However, the lead has shrunk after a lacklustre week of 37 points. Southampton’s collapse against Manchester United hurt his back line as well as the 0-0 draw between Chelsea and Spurs limited the attacking return.
The high score of the week belongs to Cry Me A River Plate and owner Dave Jenks. Scoring 86 points despite two players blanking is quite impressive. It helped that he got a cool 42 points from a captained Mahrez and two defenders scoring 8 points.
My team continues to inch up the standings as I sit in 222nd place out of 345 players. Not great but good enough for the Palace board to keep me on for a few more weeks (get it, because I’m not in the relegation zone 😉). One mistake that I made this week is not switching my captaincy from Son to De Bruyne. After transferring in Mendy, I should have made that change because Chelsea has allowed 1 goal since switching keepers. Speaking of Mendy, how ridiculous has he been? 5 clean sheets in 6 appearances since taking over between the goalposts. After it’s all said and done, he may be the most important transfer of the Premier League season.
Gameweek 11 Notes
As I mentioned before, Bruno Fernandes is becoming a must have. He takes penalties. He takes free kicks. United’s attack basically runs through him. If they score, it’s likely he had a role in the goal. Also, Edouard Mendy needs to be in your lineup until proved otherwise. With a decent run of fixtures for Chelsea, expect more clean sheets from him.
Last week I told you to get Eze in your line-up and while Palace have failed to score in their last two games, the England U21 starlet was by far the best player on the pitch. He is in the top 10 in current form for midfielders and is only owned by 0.7% of all fantasy owners. Which is wild because I think at least 50% of team names in the TEB league feature his name.
One under the radar player that I have my eye on is Pedro Neto of Wolves. Goals in 3 of the last 4 games. Owned by only 2.7% of fantasy players. And with Raul Jimenez out for an extended spell due to a cracked skull from the nasty clash of heads with David Luiz, Wolves will look for him to continue to bag in goals. Oh, and he only costs £5.6m. A lot of bang for your buck with him.
As for Palace….
- Ugly, ugly, ugly. That’s all I really have to say.
- I turned to my wife in the 75th minute and told her that Palace were going to lose to a late winner. After it predictably happened she said, “Well, you knew it was going to happen…” That basically sums it up.
- We need to get better at creating goal scoring opportunities and it’s clear that Wilf is missed each time he is not on the pitch. The starting XI struggled most of the game to get in front of goal and only picked up the pace once subs were made. Team selection continues to be an issue.
- Which brings me to my last point….. I am firmly team #RoyOut. I love the man for contributing what he has to the club over the last few years but clearly something is not working and 5 wins since the restart of last season is putrid and not good enough.
- West Brom on Sunday has turned into a extremely important match and is the first true must win of the season.
- One postive from the weekend. Wilf’s baby was born and by all accounts is doing well and healthy. Congrats to him and Paige!
All that said…
We are all in this together. Palace for life.
UP THE PALACE!!!