Stephane Sessegnon collected three shots on target in West Brom's 1-0 win over Aston Villa in Week 16.
Sessegnon is a frustrating player. He has moments when he absolutely sparkles but then he'll disappear for long stretches. He was at his active best in Week 16 firing three shots on target. He didn't get a goal but between the shots on target and winning four fouls, he put up a strong fantasy total for a West Brom team that didn't put up great stats despite winning. The problem is that history tells us that this is the anomaly rather than the start of a trend. Probably best not to overreact to one active match as Sessegnon is just as likely to be on the bench of ninety minutes in Week 17 as he is to repeat the double digit performance.
It appears that Alan Irvine may have changed Saido Berahino's role to "late-match change of pace" after dropping the forward from the starting line-up for two consecutive weeks.
West Brom isn't enough of an attacking force that you'd think they could afford to rotate their leading goal-scorer on a regular basis but that is what Alan Irvine has done over Week 15 and Week 16. After starting Berahino consistently from Week 1 through Week 14, Irvine decided to try a different approach with a player who hadn't scored since the end of October. While bringing Berahino on late didn't directly create a goal, it certainly changed up the attacking mix and a goal and a win did come within a few minutes of the player being introduced. Fantasy managers should be aware that the arrangement could continue which would have an impact on Berahino's opportunity to collect phantom points over the course of an entire match.
Gareth McAuley started his second straight match for West Brom in Week 16 and the Baggies recorded their second straight clean sheet in the 1-0 victory over Aston Villa.
Craig Dawson appeared to be playing well and have supplanted veteran Gareth McAuley in the spine of Alan Irvine's starting line-up. Irvine appears to have done a 180 degree turn on that decision over the last two weeks and inserted McAuley back into the heart of the defense. The result has been two consecutive clean sheets and four points to show over the two matches. Whether this is a permanent change or just an extended break for Dawson remains to be seen. Regardless, it is good news for Albion that they have three quality center backs to choose from as the season wears on.
American international Geoff Cameron put up big phantom numbers in Stoke City's 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace in Week 16.
With competition for places in the USA defense intensifying, Cameron's solid effort couldn't have come at a better time. Jurgen Klinsmann isn't likely tracking fantasy statistics but he will still like what he saw as the former Houston Dynamo player intercepted five passes, blocked two shots, and won two tackles as the Potters nicked a point on the road at Selhurst Park.
Bojan had been on fire for close to a month leading up to the Crystal Palace match but a relatively quiet display culminating in a hip injury may slow his progress.
Although it won't show up in any stat sheet or fantasy point tally, Bojan did make a significant contribution to Peter Crouch's goal against Crystal Palace on Saturday. It was the former Barca man's attacking drive that eventually found it's way to Peter Crouch after Jon Walters muffed the shot that Bojan teed up for him. Early in the second half Bojan had to be substituted with a hip injury. His status for Week 17 remains up in the air.
It has been an up and down past four weeks for the big Belgian but he was "up" again in United's big rivalry win against Liverpool in Week 16.
Week 13 = -4; Week 14 = 21; Week 15 = 2; Week 16 = 13. Something of a pattern in Marouane Fellaini's results within the Yahoo scoring system, huh? Despite committing four fouls and being shown a yellow card, Fellaini managed 13 points on the back of eight tackles, four blocked shots, and three passes intercepted. That's a big defensive effort if ever there was one. I think Arsenal players are still having flashbacks of Fellaini throwing himself around in midfield as well.
Phil Jones has been in and out of the line-up all season and he returned again against Liverpool with a big game in United's 3-0 win.
The England defender contributed six interceptions, three tackles won and a blocked shot to Manchester United's clean sheet. He wasn't nearly as important to that clean sheet as David De Gea but fantasy managers will like to see Jones back. When he has been healthy this season he has generally been very effective at accumulating large phantom point totals even when United weren't keeping clean sheets. Now that things appear to be moving in the right direction overall, Jones could be even more effective.
Wayne Rooney scored United's opening goal and contributed a little bit of everything to the not-as-convincing-as-the-scoreline-makes-it-look 3-0 victory.
If ever there was a stat line and a match that summarized Wayne Rooney as a player, this was it. Manchester United won, he scored a goal, added a couple shots on target, got a yellow card, committed a couple additional fouls and contributed various and sundry other stats. The end result was good for both the team (they won) and Rooney (17 fantasy points in the Yahoo system). How they got there wasn't necessarily as great (it could easily have been 3-2 Liverpool but for De Gea's greatness and a blown off-side on Mata's goal). Hard to figure but it works out far more often than not for Rooney.