It's certainly been tough hasn't it... having to endure the recent scarcity of Premier League football. By the time most teams kick off on Saturday, it will have been three weeks since they last played a League fixture due to the FA Cup quarter-finals and international break. Obviously the thought of going so long without watching his team in action was too much to bear for one West Ham fan, who we assume ran on the pitch during their defeat to Burnley to tell Mark Noble how much he was going to miss him. Unfortunately, the Hammers captain did not seem to reciprocate the feeling.
March began with Arsenal on the receiving end of a Manchester City masterclass, in a match played in sub-zero temperatures. But the "Beast from the East" was not the only wild force the Gunners had to contend with, as David Silva (previously described by Pep Guardiola as an "animal") followed up his superb performance in the Carabao Cup Final with another goal against the same opposition. The Spaniard continued his irresistible form with a man of the match display against Chelsea, before scoring both of City's goals in their victory away at Stoke. "Beast from the Iberian Peninsula" anyone? Maybe the nickname won't catch on, but he's definitely a wise choice to have in your Fantasy team.
Manager - Hasrul Rasyid
Gameweek Points - 105
Overall Points - 1,933
There is simply no stopping HRH17 CF and as we enter the home straight in the FSM Superliga, it's looking more and more likely that Hasrul's team will finish top of the pile. A huge gameweek total of 105 extends his lead over XhakaLaca to 53 points, after a weekend in which only four fixtures were played. This represented a unique scenario for Fantasy managers, as players from the less 'glamorous' clubs took centre stage for a change, but Hasrul negotiated it with aplomb. One of those players he put his faith in was Everton's Turkish striker Cenk Tosun, whose brace away at Stoke scored HRH17 CF a vital 13 points. Elsewhere, another shrewd addition in Jordan Ibe equalised for Bournemouth in their victory over West Brom, whilst Andrew Robertson chalked up a clean sheet and an assist in Liverpool's 5-0 thrashing of sorry Watford. With Mo Salah hitting four of those goals, we are running out of superlatives to describe the Egyptian, in what was not just the performance of the week, but the performance of the entire season so far.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
Red Rag 11's
Manager - Raghav Prasanth
Gameweek Points - 121
Overall Points - 1,702
Red Rag 11's sounds like it could be an edition of a local newspaper sold in Liverpool, which shows bias when it comes to reporting on the men from Anfield. However, Raghav was right to lean towards them in Gameweek 31 as Andrew Robertson, Roberto Firmino and especially Mo Salah all contributed towards his team achieving a monstrous 121 points. Like Hasrul, Raghav also selected Cenk Tosun in his strikeforce, but opted for Junior Stanislas instead of Jordan Ibe in midfield. Stanislas' superb last minute free-kick scored a valuable 10 points and perhaps put paid to West Brom's hopes of surviving in the process. Elsewhere, the Crystal Palace duo of Wayne Hennessey and Patrick van Aanholt were rock solid in keeping a clean sheet away to Huddersfield, which left Red Rag 11's with one of the highest Gameweek scores in the FSM Superliga this season. Nice work Raghav.