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After a frantic week of Premier League action which saw champions elect Chelsea slip up at home to Crystal Palace, Manchester United draw yet another match at Old Trafford against West Bromwich Albion, and Arsenal and Manchester City finish with honours even, we’ve taken a look back at the best performers in Yahoo Sports Daily Fantasy Football.
Unlike most fantasy football games, Yahoo Sports Daily Fantasy allows players to dip in and out on a week-by-week basis, or whenever a round of fixtures is being played, rather than tying you in for a full season. With real cash prizes on offer, picking the right players could see you come away with a healthy cash injection for your piggy bank each week.
Each player is assigned a value between £10 and £28, and you get to pick your best XI with a budget of £200. Here are the top points-earners from the weekend’s fixtures.
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The best possible score that could have been achieved this week was 133.55 points, although the closest any fantasy manager came to that figure was 121.35.
The 2-2 draw at the Emirates between the Gunners and City contained seven of the 11 players to make the optimal line-up, with goal-scorers Sergio Agüero, Leroy Sané, Theo Walcott and Shkodran Mustafi all making the team.
Kevin De Bruyne was one of the standout performers in that game, producing a marvellous assist for Sané to open the scoring while driving Pep Guardiola’s team forward in the build-up to the second. The Belgian’s all-action display earned him a spot in the optimal XI.
David Silva, who registered an assist for Agüero’s strike, and Jesús Navas, who started at right-back before being restored to his more familiar berth on the right wing in the second half, also made the cut.
De Bruyne’s assist at the Emirates brought him level for the season with Swansea City’s Gylfi Sigurdsson (11) at the top of the Premier League rankings, and the Icelandic midfielder also made the optimal XI despite taking part in a drab 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough.
The bore draw was widely criticised on social media for providing little entertainment, but Sigurdsson can’t be criticised for his lack of effort, having taken seven shots and playing two key passes.
The best submitted line-up also took advantage of the players on display at the Emirates on Sunday, listing Agüero, Silva, Sané, Mustafi, Nacho Monreal and Walcott.
Interestingly, the remaining five selections in the winning team came from the Swansea vs Middlesbrough game, with Sigurdsson, Tom Carroll, Jordan Ayew, Lukasz Fabianski and Alfie Mawson all picked.
Sergio Agüero was the overall highest scorer with 18.15 points. Although he is among the most expensive players in the game at £27, the Argentinian striker proved his worth by bagging a goal, taking four shots, creating two chances and picking out a team-mate with 86.8 per cent of his passes.
The goal against the Gunners was Agüero’s 14th in the Premier League this season, and the former Atlético Madrid man will be hoping to add to that tally when City travel to Stamford Bridge to take on league leaders Chelsea on Wednesday evening.
Although Agüero earned the most points, he didn’t represent the best value, as his high price meant that every point he scored would have set Yahoo Sports Daily Fantasy managers who selected him back £1.49.
Of all the players to make the optimal XI, Arsenal defender Mustafi, at £15, represented the best value for money, with every point earned coming at the bargain price of just £0.93. The World Cup-winning German centre-back was not always at his best defensively, but the fact that he was able to find the net with a bullet header from a corner contributed heavily to his 16.05 points.