We say it every week, but what a weekend of Premier League action.
It has been just pure entertainment, and in Fantasy Premier League terms, managers have been either biting their nails hoping that their mini-league rivals’ players don’t score, or jumping out of their seats when their own assets do.
And it all started right at the early kick-off, with Sunderland opening the relegation battle wide open with a brilliant 3-0 win over fellow strugglers Norwich City.
Newcastle United then joined Sunderland in a Tyne-Wear party by also winning 3-0 against Swansea. And on the same night, Manchester City made easy of champions Chelsea with a certain striker scoring a scintillating hat-trick.
It got better the next day, as at the top of the table, Leicester City and West Ham United went into an epic battle, ending in one red card, two penalties, and two goals-a-piece.
But what did we learn in terms of Fantasy Football from all these results ahead of five more matches in gameweek 34? Here are FIVE #FPL TALKING POINTS in Part One of GW34.
It was crazy to see managers sell Sergio Aguero (13.5) by the bucket-load ahead of Manchester City’s double, with the Argentina international not on the best of form in the last several games.
However, they were definitely pulling their hair when Aguero scored a hat-trick away against Chelsea, with the striker now set to play Newcastle United, the team he scored FIVE against earlier this season, in his second game.
There will be quite a few Fantasy managers that will be hiding behind their seats on Tuesday.
Many sides will not have much to play for in the remaining four-five games of the season, but Newcastle United and Sunderland will be fighting for their lives, and they showed this past weekend they just might be in our Fantasy Premier League thinking.
Both sides won 3-0 to set up a nervy relegation battle alongside Norwich City, but with the Black Cats having a double in GW 37, the likes of Fabio Borini (5.4) and Jermaine Defoe (5.1) could be brilliant options as the third striker.
Newcastle’s Andros Townsend (5.7) has also hit a good run of form with two goals and two assists in his last three matches, while Aleksandar Mitrovic (6.2), despite his lack of starts, continues to bring in points.
Managers that kept faith in Harry Kane (10.3) and Dele Alli (6.1) were again rewarded magnificently, with the duo each grabbing a brace in a magnificent 4-0 win over Stoke City.
With Spurs not having the hardest of schedules: West Brom (Home), Chelsea (Away), Southampton (Home), and Newcastle (Away), it is expected that Mauricio Pochettino’s men will continue fighting till the very end to pip Leicester City to the title.
Even without a double gameweek in GW 37, it will be wise to draft in any of their starting players.
Jamie Vardy (7.5) thought he was mocking owners that sold him ahead of the double after another opening goal against West Ham United, but was then sent off for a second booking due to an alleged dive.
Now despite facing Swansea City at home which looked extremely good for Vardy on paper, the England international will be banned for that clash and could also miss their game with Manchester United.
Fantasy managers that planned Vardy to play during a tricky GW 35 filled with blanks will now need to find another option, possibly taking a few hits to fix their respective squads.
Heurelho Gomes (5.0) wasn’t the most popular goalkeeper choice ahead the double gameweek, but was undoubtedly the star of the weekend with 19 points in his first game of GW 34, saving TWO penalties and keeping a clean sheet.
With a clash against West Ham United for the second game, even a 90 minute performance will earn him an incredible 21 points for Gameweek 34. And with fixtures against Aston Villa (Home), Liverpool (Away), Norwich (Away), and Sunderland (Home) in his next four after their blank Gameweek 35, many could board the Gomes train in hope of more heroics.