With eight games played here’s a look at the players who made a real difference over the weekend. Did you have them in your team? Do you have them this weekend maybe?
Goalkeeper: Vicente Guaita (Crystal Palace) – 7pts
Six goalkeepers started the new season with a clean sheet and one of the biggest surprises was Crystal Palace’s 1-0 win at home to Southampton. Vicente Guaita made a couple of important stages towards the end to maintain his shut out and three points for Roy Hodgson’s side.
Defender: Reece James (Chelsea) – 12pts
The youngster showed his worth as Chelsea’s starting right-back on Monday night with a goal and assist and the second overall points scorer in the fantasy round, despite not keeping a clean sheet. Reece James’ strike that gave the Blues a 2-1 lead is an early candidate for goal of the season too.
Defender: Kurt Zouma (Chelsea) – 9pts
Despite Chelsea investing a lot of money in attack over the summer, it was two defenders who got among the goals. With the aid of a big deflection, Kurt Zouma’s volley from a corner secured the Blues’ three points on his way to an impressive points score.
Defender: Lucas Digne (Everton) – 9pts
The only defender with a clean sheet to make the top point scorers in the opening round of fixtures, Lucas Digne’s free kick that was headed in by Dominic Calvert-Lewin was the only goal as Everton beat Tottenham Hotspur.
Defender: Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) – 8pts
There won’t be too many gameweeks that you’ll see a defender in team of the week after conceding three goals but Virgil van Dijk scored in Liverpool’s 4-3 win over Leeds Untied to make it in. The Netherlands star also had a goal ruled out in the game.
Midfielder: Jeff Hendrick (Newcastle United) – 12pts
Jeff Hendrick was the catalyst for Newcastle United’s 2-0 win at West Ham United on Saturday night. The free transfer from Burnley setup Callum Wilson for a goal on his debut before a sweet strike settled the match late on.
Midfielder: Jorginho (Chelsea) – 9pts
A goal from the penalty spot and an assist in the opening match of the season earned Jorginho a place in the team of the week. Among a star studded Chelsea attack, 14% of players still picked the Italian in their team.
Midfielder: Roman Saiss (Wolverhampton Wanderers) – 9pts
Wolves went 2-0 up away to Sheffield United in the opening six minutes of their clash at Bramall Lane on Sunday. Roman Saiss headed the second of those home from a corner and had other opportunities in the match as well.
Striker: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – 13pts
A hat-trick for Mohamed Salah in the 4-3 win over Leeds saw the Egyptian top score for the opening weekend of games.
Striker: Willian (Arsenal) – 9pts
Two assists on his debut since moving across London from Chelsea over the summer, Willian was also involved in Arsenal’s opening goal in their 3-0 win away to Fulham.
Striker: Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) – 9pts
Two penalties in the 3-0 win away to West Bromwich Albion earned Jamie Vardy a place in the team of the week.
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