Player of the Week Sergio Aguero
Six minutes into the game against Leicester, Kevin De Bruyne delivered delicious service into the heart of the box, and it j...u...s...t missed the outstretched boot of Sergio Aguero before falling to Raheem Sterling for an easy tap in. Next up, in the 23rd minute, the Foxes’ Jamie Vardy punished a Citizens’ giveaway with a bursting finish to tie things at 1-1, and the score remained deadlocked there until halftime. Would City have to adopt a more defensive approach? Was this destined to be one of those games where the star Argentine missed out on the spoils?
Of course not. Just a couple of minutes into the second half, Kevin De Bruyne (again) offered a perfect cross, this time from left to right, as Aguero tapped in off the fingertips of a diving Kasper Schmeichel. At 53’, pressure from Kyle Walker and Kun forced a poor clearance from Schmeichel, which led to yet another KDB assist to City’s #10, who rifled a point blank shot through the helpless Leicester keeper. At 76’, Kun punished another mistake from Schmeichel, taking an errant clearance and softly chipping unassisted for the hat trick. Thankfully, Pep Guardiola chose to leave him on, so at 89’ Aguero completed the four-goal day: He took a short square pass from Phil Foden and lashed a dipping curler off the crossbar from just outside the box.
This season, Aguero now has a hat trick of hat tricks (Harry Kane only has two), and is suddenly nipping the heals of the leaders for the golden boot (Kane:23, Salah:22, Aguero:21). If you had him in your fantasy teams this week, Aguero rewarded you to the tune of 21 points in Official (including the three bonus), 44 in Fantrax, and 50 in Togga. In Fantrax and Togga, he didn’t provide much in phantoms aside from the goals, but I can’t imagine anybody is complaining. Nothing wrong with ruthless efficiency in this case!
Kevin De Bruyne
When one player scores four times, there’s usually going to be a big drop-off from POTW to Honorable Mention, but there was no shortage of fine choices. Let’s start by giving some credit to the wizardry of KDB, who contributed two assists to Kun as well as the one to Sterling. He notched 13 points in Official (including two bonus), 19 in Fantrax, and 34 in Togga. Unlike Aguero, KDB produced plenty of phantoms aside from his helpers, with two shots, one SOT, two accurate crosses and three corners won.
Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah
It was the Firmino and Salah show, with each scoring and assisting the other in Liverpool’s 2-0 victory at Southampton. The first came about due to a devastating, if slightly lucky, counterattack, only five minutes into the match. Taking advantage of Saint defender Wesley Hoedt’s whiff, the Egyptian superstar made a deft lefty flick as an onrushing Firmino first-timed the ball into the net with his own left foot. The second was simply marvelous, featuring a wonderful give and go as the Brazilian’s back heel flick put Salah into space around the penalty mark against a helpless Alex McCarthy for a simple finish.
Firmino delivered 12 points in Official (including the three bonus points), 19 in Fantrax and 28 in Togga. Meanwhile, Salah was good for 13 with two basic bonus along with one CS bonus, 15 and 24, respectively.
It’s been a strange, strange season for Steve Mounie. The import from Ligue 1’s Montpellier burst onto the scene with a brace in his first game for the squad, but he has scored only twice more from GW2 through GW26. In Huddersfield’s delirious 4-1 win over Bournemouth, Mounie was back in business, scoring on a header and adding two assists in the Official format. One of the assists came via a Steve Cook own goal, so it did not count in some other fantasy formats.
For those bold enough to take a chance on him, Mounie came through with 15, 15 and 38.5 points, respectively. Of his 63 total points in Official this season, 40 amazingly have come from just three games. Teammate Alex Pritchard had a goal and an assist in Official, but the assist was only valid in the Official format (a PK drawn that Rajiv van la Parra converted).
The brilliant Belgian capped off the long weekend on Monday with a brace in Chelsea’s 3-0 victory at Stamford Bridge against overmatched West Bromwich Albion. He and newcomer Olivier Giroud combined with brilliant interplay to open the scoring, then linked well with Alvaro Morata in delivering a neat left-footed shot for the game’s capper, with a strike by Victor Moses coming in between. Ultimately, Hazard returned 16, 22, and 38 fantasy points, respectively.
Did you have Sergio Aguero leading the way for your fantasy squads? If not, did you have any other players who chipped in with big performances? How did your teams do? Let us know in the comments!