Chelsea turned on the style against Hull City in Saturday’s Premier League action, Willian’s big performance getting ‘Rotoreverend’ over the line in the day’s EPL $20,000 Striker contest.
The Brazilian winger put up 26.5 fantasy points after scoring a goal and whipping 14 crosses into the area. Willian also had three shots (one on target), two fouls drawn and one tackle won to give Antonio Conte’s team the three points. On a four-game slate, Willian’s 23.7% ownership wasn’t even that high and choosing him compared to Diego Costa (53.8% owned) or Eden Hazard (29.8%) was the way to ensure a big day in the Striker contest. That said, Willian was still inside the top 10 owned players in the contest.
Rotoreverend didn’t have Costa or Hazard, but did go for another two Chelsea men in his line-up. The team was anchored by a 17-point performance from Thibaut Courtois (16.4%) between the sticks and Marcos Alonso (29.0%) scored a handy 16.5 points on his first Premier League start for Chelsea. Conte changed to a 3-5-2 formation for the match and the players chosen in the two wing back roles will no doubt be exceptional value for fantasy managers going forward.
Raiding wing backs were a common theme in the winning line-up, the Watford pair of Jose Holebas (36.9%) and Nordin Amrabat (23.6%) both utilised. Amrabat, chosen as a forward, scored 15.25pts thanks to an assist and nine crosses whereas Holebas had an assist and six crosses to reach 15 points. Walter Mazzarri employs a similar formation to his counterpart Conte and targeting the Hornets’ full backs is a good strategy, especially in the unlikely event that they stay this affordable.
In midfield there is was only one player to pick on such a small slate – Dimitri Payet – and boy did he deliver. Not only did Payet score his first goal of the season, but the French midfielder also had four shots (one on goal), nine crosses, five fouls drawn and an interception to end the day on 27.25 points – the highest total of any player in this line-up.
Wide players were a constant theme in the team, the West Brom pair of James McClean (14.4%) and Matt Phillips (5.0%) completing the team. McClean showed excellent cross-category performance and reached his 12.5 points through two shots (one on goal), eight crosses, one foul drawn, four tackles won and two interceptions.Phillips, the team’s lowest owned player at 5%, grabbed an assist to add to four shots (two on goal), seven crosses, one foul drawn and one tackle won.