Jonjo Shelvey was the latest productive midfielder for Swansea City, scoring an away goal iin the Swans' 4-2 loss to Chelsea and contributing to several fantasy categories.
The first three weeks in which Swansea secured the maximum nine points was due almost exclusively to the play of Nathan Dyer and Gylfi Sigurdsson but while that duo had a quiet day at Stamford Bridge, Shelvey opened his account on the season and chipped in with a handful of tackles won and passes intercepted. Sigurdsson is remains the preferred option in fantasy, and is still cheaper than Shelvey in the Yahoo game but expect the occasional haul from the Englishman.
Queens Park Rangers will be hoping the head injury suffered by Eduardo Vargas on Monday is not too serious and the Chilean will be fine for Saturday’s early kick-off against Stoke City at Loftus Road.
It took Vargas just 69 seconds to open his Rangers account last night as the Under-21 development side won against Millwall in a game which was meant to ensure the attacker was back up to speed following his late arrival post-World Cup. Having made his first team bow at Old Trafford a mere 27 hours prior Vargas looked bright and full of invention - his obvious talent could be the catalyst to kick start Harry Redknapps’ season - but moments before half-time the Napoli loanee was forced off after a clash of heads with reserve coach Steve Gallen confirming post-match "He's had a few stitches but fingers crossed he should be involved on Saturday."
Nacho Monreal became the latest Arsenal defender to be sidelined after the player suffered a minor back injury during Saturday’s home draw with Manchester City. The Spanish full-back did not travel with the rest of the squad to Germany where the Gunner’s face Borussia Dortmond in their opening Champions League game on Tuesday.
Monreal joins an ever growing list of Arsenal casualties which includes the unfortunate Mathieu Debuchy (ankle) - who is set to miss around three months - Yaya Sanogo (hamstring) as well as long-term absentees Theo Walcott, Oliver Giroud and Serge Gnabry. Calum Chambers will also face a late fitness test following a bout of tonsillitis while Laurent Koscielny is battling an ongoing Achilles issue. After the summer departure of Thomas Vermaelen Arsenal are a little short of cover in defence with Kieron Gibbs, Per Mertesacker and youngster Hector Bellerin being the only fully fit first team options available.
After a humdrum opening half hour, Abel Hernandez made a splash in his debut scoring the opening goal for Hull City, but the Tigers would squander two leads and ended up settling for a 2-2 draw with West Ham United.
Steve Bruce handed Hernandez an immediate start and the debutant rewarded the manager in the 39th minute when he headed home a cross from Ahmed Elmohamady. Shortly thereafter, Hernandez nearly bagged a brace when he rattled an effort off the bar. From that point on, the match opened up and became an entertaining exchange between the sides. After West Ham equalized, their former asset from just a couple of weeks ago, Mohamed Diame, would put the Tigers ahead again. Unfortunately for them, a Diafra Sakho shot squirted past the keeper and off Curtis Davies for an own goal that would settle the eventual draw. Pablo Hernandez and Hatem Ben Arfa were both given their debuts in the second half off the bench, but Abel looks an intriguing fantasy option after showing a consistent, quality display of attacking.
Enner Valencia scored his first Premier League goal with a stunning strike from deep range and the Hammers erased two deficits to grab a point on the road in a 2-2 draw with Hull City.
After impressing on a global stage in this summer's World Cup, Valencia showed today just how dangerous and special he is. Down 1-0 in the 50th minute, he took a nonchalant pass from Stewart Downing, dribbled methodically to his right, then fired a 25 yard cannon into the top corner which could not have been struck any harder. An own goal by Hull's Curtis Davies would give the Hammers it's second equalizer as the two sides played to an exciting draw. It's pretty clear the path to scoring for West Ham right now is the link between Downing and Valencia. Both are viable fantasy options in plus matchups right now.
Allan McGregor made a spectacular save in the 35th minute against West Ham United to deny Enner Valencia a sure goal.
Enner Valencia had Allan McGregor dead to rights in a scramble in front of the goal. With McGregor moving from his left to his right, the Scottish goalkeeper was able to stick out a hand and poke Valencia's attempt away from danger. Given the angles involved it was a great bit of work to get enough power on the save to put it clear of danger but that's exactly what McGregor did.
It was an ugly fantasy week for West Brom but the best of the bunch was Craig Gardner who has put together a surprisingly strong fantasy season so far.
Gardner managed to eek his way into the Week 4 Joel Ward All-stars team on the back of three passes intercepted and four tackles won. His total would have been higher had he not been shown a yellow card which dragged him down out of double digits. The real note here is that West Brom are close to being entirely fantasy irrelevant right now with Saido Berahino and Yousouf Mulumbu having put up the only two really remarkable weekly performances for the team thus far with neither having repeated their excellence in any of the Baggies' other matches.
Victor Moses gave one of the all-time performances for a fantasy player whose team neither scored a goal nor kept a clean sheet in Week 4.
Victor Moses was a fantasy stud on a day when Stoke City were shut out by visiting Leicester City. The Chelsea loanee was rampant from the wing with coming up with nine (9!) successful crosses, four corners won, five fouls won, three tackles won, and a pass intercepted. He scored 22 points in the Yahoo format without registering so much as a shot on target. Just a great effort at doing the little things that add up in fantasy on a day when there were no big chunks of points to be had.