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Fantasy AnalysisVardy has gone the last eight matches without scoring and was replaced for last weekend's match by Shinji Okazaki. Vardy did make a substitute appearance in the match as they went on to a 3-1 victory.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter starting the season slowly and finding his place in the squad come under question, Pedro has really turned it on over the past two matches. He scored in the first 30 seconds, the fastest goal in the Premier League this season, and provided good service to N'Golo Kante to put the match away on 70 minutes, throwing in a yellow card for good measure. After seven goals and three assists last season, the 29-year-old Spaniard looks to be rounding into form just as the schedule gets tough, with matches against West Ham, Southampton and Everton in the next 10 days.
Fantasy AnalysisWhen Hazard is switched on, Chelsea are near-unstoppable. The goal was his fifth across all comps and Chelsea have won all five of those matches. He now has goals in two-in-a-row and looks as if he's finally developing the consistency in his form that Chelsea desperately lacked since their title in 2014-15 when Hazard looked like the best player in the world for lengthy stretches. He'll be tested with a tricky upcoming slate against West Ham (EFL Cup), Southampton and Everton ahead of the international break.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter scoring just once for Leicester City last season, Kante wasn't brought in as a goal-scorer, but anything he can provide in an attacking capacity is just desserts. He's the rare, physical holding midfielder who shows both creativity in his passes and doesn't pick up too many cards, having picked up just one this season and three last season in 40 matches across all comps.
Fantasy AnalysisEven in this deeper-lying role, Matic has shown a real knack as a playmaker, particularly when paired with the more defensive-minded N'Golo Kante as it's allowed Matic to roam the central channel with impunity. He now has assists in three-consecutive matches (all victories) and has five in nine Premier League matches. Despite a bevy of competition in the center of the park, Matic has established himself as undroppable for Chelsea.
Fantasy AnalysisThough it took him some time to settle in to his new surroundings, Alonso has shown his mettle in a more advanced role as manager Antonio Conte has morphed his defense into a three-man back, allowing Alonso to play as more a midfielder than a wingback. He picked out Pedro in the opening 30 seconds to break the match open. The yellow card was his first of the season, but may be something to watch as he picked up eight in 31 Serie A matches last season for Fiorentina.
Fantasy AnalysisAzpilicueta was as consistent as ever on Sunday, beating back everything United could throw at Chelsea's three-man defense and even managed to get forward a bit. While this new-look defense will limit Azpilicueta's opportunities to move forward, his ability to convert with his head will make him still a weapon on set pieces, even if he's no longer as big a threat up-and-down the flank as he once was.
Fantasy AnalysisThe mercurial centre half was solid on Sunday, helping bat back the waves of United attack that came once they began chasing the game. The yellow card was his second in English football and may be something to watch after he picked up 12 yellow cards across all comps last season and saw multiple yellow card suspensions in the Champions League.
Fantasy AnalysisNot normally a big goal scorer (he has 22 in 292 Premier League caps), Cahill scored his first of the season to double the Blues' advantage and put them even more firmly in the driver's seat. Given the armband for the third time across all comps, he scored his second goal, both of which came while he was captaining the side—though this looks more a case of correlation not equalling causation.
Fantasy AnalysisPlaying against his former manager in Jose Mourinho, Courtois put up arguably his best performance since Chelsea won the title in 2014-15. After a thorough drubbing at the hands of Arsenal where Courtois conceded three, he's now kept three-consecutive clean sheets to give him four for the season. Now just a point out of first, Chelsea face a tough spell where they travel to London Stadium in the EFL Cup mid-week to take on West Ham, followed by a trip to Southampton and then a visit from Everton ahead of the international break.