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Fantasy AnalysisGourcuff was handed his second start of the season Sunday and took advantage of the opportunity by scoring twice in the first 50 minutes. Although the Frenchman has not scored more than three goals in a season since joining Lyon during 2010-11 campaign, Sunday's performance is definitely an encouraging development for the former standout midfielder.
Fantasy AnalysisLacazette has been outstanding of late, as he's now produced five goals and three assists over his past four league matches. Such exploits have helped Lacazette move into second in Ligue 1 with eight goals through 10 games. Additionally, the 23-year-old leads France with 3.9 shot attempts per game, ranking just ahead of Andre-Pierre Gignac, who he'll square-off against next week while facing first-place Marseille.
Fantasy AnalysisDiabate is now tied for Bordeaux's club lead in both goals (four) and assists (two). The Mali international is an imposing target-man whose powers will certainly be needed next weekend against French giants Paris Saint-Germain.
Fantasy AnalysisPayet is tied for the lead in Ligue 1 with four assists through 10 games, which already matches his league total from last season's debut campaign with Marseille. Additionally, the Frenchman has scored three times to date and ranks third on the team with 2.3 shot attempts per game. Deployed just behind top striker Andre-Pierre Gignac, the creative Payet is a big reason why Marseille currently sports five more goals than any other French club.
Fantasy AnalysisN'Koulou's head connected with a cross to put Marseille ahead 20 minutes into Sunday's match. While N'Koulou will certainly be pleased by scoring a rare goal, the defender will probably take more pride in securing already his sixth clean sheet through 10 games following Sunday's victory.
Fantasy AnalysisGignac has been sensational to begin his season, as the Frenchman now boasts an even 10 goals through Marseille's first 10 league matches. In doing so, Gignac has led Marseille to an impressive eight straight wins en route to the top of the Ligue 1 table. While Gignac became the first player to reach double-digit goals Sunday, next weekend's match at Lyon will also feature the league's second-ranked scorer, Alexandre Lacazette, who totes eight goals on the campaign.
Fantasy AnalysisFerreira-Carrasco has enjoyed an expanded role in Monaco's attack this season and ranks second on the team with 2.3 shot attempts per game. The 21-year-old claimed his first goal of the campaign Saturday and also sports an assist thus far.
Fantasy AnalysisMoutinho led Monaco with three shot attempts (two on goal) Saturday and has already matched his lone goal total from both of the past two seasons. While the Portuguese midfielder is most noted for his distribution ability, Moutinho's status as Monaco's penalty kick taker is encouraging for his otherwise limited goal potential.
Fantasy AnalysisCabaye's playing time has been very inconsistent this season and there has even been recent talk that he could be shipped out in January, just one calendar year after he was brought to Paris from Newcastle. He's a solid fantasy contributor when he plays, but the time on the pitch has been his biggest issue so far this season.
Fantasy AnalysisMaxwell assisted on Yohan Cabaye's 28th minute equalizer before putting PSG up for good in the 33rd minute. It was a bit of a strange second half, as Jean-Philippe Ghamin send Lens down to 10 men in the 53rd minute, only for Edinson Cavani to get sent off in the 56th minute to level the sides, which was followed by Jerome Lemoigne getting tossed in the 59th minute to make it 10-men to nine. Either way, it was a solid game for Maxwell, who has one goal and three assists in league play this season, though all of that production has come in two matches.