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Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas were among the big scorers in ESPN FC Fantasy this week.

Tottenham have cracked. With Leicester now needing just one win from their remaining three matches, one of the most incredible title wins in history is edging ever closer.

At the other end of the table, Sunderland moved out of the relegation zone with a 0-0 draw against Arsenal while Newcastle showed they won't go down without a fight, coming back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Liverpool.

But it was in the middle ground, occupied by the teams with little to play for, where the big ESPN FC Premier Fantasy points were scored.

WEEKLY WONDERS

Midfielders ruled the weekend roost, with three of them hitting two goals in 15-point performances.

Eden Hazard (£7.2m) was one of them, marking his last performance as the reigning PFA Player of the Year with the kind of performance in the 4-1 win at Bournemouth that earned him the award last season.

Ashley Westwood (£5.7m) also hit a brace -- only the sixth time all season Aston Villa have scored more than once in a match -- and Dusan Tadic (£6.6m) mirrored that performance for Southampton in the same fixture.

Cesc Fabregas (£7.3m), like Hazard, was in the mood. He recorded 19 assists last season and relived those glory days with three of them, and 12 points, in the win at Bournemouth.

Best striker of the week was Southampton's Shane Long (£7.4m), who notched 13 points from a goal and two assists in the 4-2 victory at Villa.

TEAMSHEET TALK

Liverpool and Manchester City's European interests make nailing down sure-fire league starters somewhat tricky.

Key ESPN FC Premier Fantasy assets Kevin De Bruyne (£8.9m) and Philippe Coutinho (£8.5m) were both benched at the weekend, with the former sitting out the whole match and the latter given a 20-minute cameo.

City's need to secure a top four finish does mean Sergio Aguero (£10.9m) should continue to start, and Liverpool's major injury problems up front should also guarantee action for Daniel Sturridge (£9.4m).

Southampton kept themselves in with a chance of European football next season, and they did so by ringing the changes. Out went Graziano Pelle (£7.1m), replaced by Jay Rodriguez (£5.0m) for his first start since October. Sadio Mane (£6.5m) was also benched after three consecutive starts, only to come on and score with his only effort on goal.

Arsenal duo Per Mertesacker (£6.2m) and Olivier Giroud (£7.4m) were again preferred to Gabriel (£6.1m) and Danny Welbeck (£7.7m), with mixed results. The clean sheet secured by the German in the 0-0 draw with Sunderland was his second in four days, while the Frenchman's goalless run in the league went on -- he hasn't netted since the middle of January.

A seven-minute runout for Jack Wilshere (£6.5m) could well muddy the midfield waters, with Arsenal still not assured of Champions League football next season.

We suggested Leonardo Ulloa (£4.9m) as your punt for the week and the Leicester striker delivered with a two-goal 11-point performance against Swansea.

To add more pace in the absence of the suspended Jamie Vardy, Jeffrey Schlupp (£4.2m) replaced Marc Albrighton (£6.7m), who nevertheless still managed to score in the nine minutes he was given at the end of the Swansea match.

Schlupp also offers extra defensive solidity and it wouldn't be a surprise if he starts again away at Manchester United on Sunday.

THE NUMBERS GAME

A number of teams just have pride to play for now, which could explain some major defensive frailties among the safe or already doomed.

But the lack of pressure also seems to be freeing up some attacks.

Here's the pick of the best and worst round -- with an eye on the crucial double Gameweek 37 that could make or break your ESPN FC Premier Fantasy run-in.

Over the past four Gameweeks, Watford, Villa and Swansea have conceded the most chances -- 16, 12 and 12 respectively.

The first two face each other this weekend, so there should be goals, but more pertinently the Hornets also have a double GW37 (away at Liverpool and then Norwich) as they try and put their FA Cup semifinal disappointment behind them.

That fact actually makes Liverpool players more desirable. The Reds face Watford and Chelsea in GW37, with both fixtures at Anfield.

Swansea's defensive weaknesses are particularly evident on the road. They've conceded 12 goals in their last four away matches and go to West Ham in GW37, with the Hammers doubling up with another home match, against Manchester United.

In attack, Chelsea are on the up just in time for their own double in GW37, away at Sunderland and then Liverpool.

The Blues' 4-1 demolition of Bournemouth saw them move from seventh for big chances created over the past four matches to third, and they managed 16 goal attempts compared to an average of 13 over those previous four fixtures.

But it is Liverpool who still look best placed to profit from their double matches.

Only Manchester City have scored more than the Reds' 13 goals over the past four Gameweeks, and Jurgen Klopp's side lead the way with assists (12), chances created (76) and goal attempts (98) over the same time frame.

The only issue surrounds the squad rotation that we highlighted earlier.

By The Scout from Fantasy Football Scout -- the tips, news and views site for Premier League Fantasy Football managers. @FFScout on Twitter.

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