Sergio Aguero stars as James Ward-Prowse and Charlie Daniels impress
The fixtures just keep coming -- by the end of January, some players will have been involved in 10 matches in a little over a month. Perhaps the inevitable fatigue that such a punishing schedule creates explains a mad Gameweek 22 in which seven Saturday matches produced 26 goals.
But then the contrary nature of this year's ESPN FC Premier Fantasy season took hold by giving us another three fixtures that managed just the two goals between them. Here's what we learned.
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Charlie Daniels (£5.2m) led the way with a goal, an assist and a clean sheet for 18 points. In the last six Gameweeks, the Bournemouth defender has two goals, an assist and three clean sheets, netting him 47 of his 82 points for the season. Hats off to the 15.6 percent of you who have him in your team.
James Ward-Prowse (£5.4m) hit two goals and scored 16 points as Southampton made it three wins from their last five.
Ashley Williams (£5.1m) bagged 15 points from a clean sheet and the winning goal in Swansea's vital 1-0 victory over Watford, while another 15-point man was Christian Eriksen (£6.9m). His two goals for Spurs against Sunderland was his first notable performance since two assists against West Ham in late November.
Sergio Aguero (£9.2m) scored two goals and recorded an assist for a 14-point haul. The Manchester City star now has three goals and an assist from his last three starts. He's back -- as shown by a three percent rise in his ownership stats over the gameweek.
City have been busier than nearly everyone in recent weeks, and boss Manuel Pellegrini reacted by ringing the changes against Crystal Palace.
Raheem Sterling (£7.5m) and Yaya Toure (£8.1m) were both rested, although the latter was given 34 minutes, as the Sky Blues started as a 4-4-2.
Kelechi Iheannacho (£5.5m) played up front with, and provided an assist for, Aguero, while defender Aleksandar Kolarov (£6.8m) limped off, which could mean increased involvement for Gael Clichy (£6.8m).
Southampton's bad run seems to be finally over. Back-to-back clean sheets have coincided with the return of keeper Fraser Forster (£5.8m) and a shift to three centre-backs that has led to Matt Targett (£5.5m) excelling at left wing-back, with 17 points scored in the last two gameweeks.
Rumours suggest that star striker Graziano Pelle (£6.9m) could be on the move. The fit-again Italian played no part against West Brom and the Saints now have solid cover up front, courtesy of the in-form Shane Long (£6.1m) -- he has three goals in the last five -- and new signing Charlie Austin (£6.5m).
Arsenal had to make do without Mesut Ozil (£9.8m) at Stoke and they struggled.
Much of the credit has to go to a resolute Potters outfit and some to the performance of the German's replacement, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (£6.2m), who started brightly but waned.
Either way, the Gunners lacked creativity, producing less than half the chances they've averaged for the season (six compared to 12.3) and managing eight goal attempts compared to their 15.1 average for the season.
THE NUMBERS GAME
Newcastle still languish at the wrong end of the table for attacking stats, with the second-lowest attempts record (223) leading to a fifth-worst goals total of 24.
But the past four Gameweeks have shown a huge improvement in the side's offensive threat, with average goal attempts per match up to 14.8 from 9.1 and attempts inside the box up from 6.3 to 10.2. Shots on target have also risen, from 3.1 to 6.0, and the Magpies have had a chance every 6.5 minutes -- a major improvement on their previous 10.4 minute average.
Aleksandar Mitrovic (£6.2m) only has four league goals to his name, but he is becoming the focal point of the Toon attack.
Over the last six gameweeks, he has had more shots than any other striker in the league bar Harry Kane (£8.4m) -- with 22 to the Tottenham man's 24. Mitrovic's 20 penalty box attempts in that spell is greater than any other striker and only Kane has had more shots on target (11 vs. nine).
Georginio Wijnaldum (£7.8m) has also had nine attempts on target over the last six Gameweeks and his 15 efforts in the box is more than any other midfielder in the league.
Ayoze Perez (£6.5m) has created 14 chances for team-mates in this spell -- more than any other striker in the league -- and the signing of Jonjo Shelvey (£5.8m) has brought some much-needed balance to midfield.
Newcastle remain in the drop zone, but the numbers suggest a rosier future for Steve McClaren's men.
A tough next four gameweeks, including trips to Watford, Everton and Chelsea and a single home fixture against West Brom, will put that theory to the test.