The Bonus Points
The striker scored 46 in the Bonus Points System (BPS), scoring twice and contributing with five recoveries.
Three Palace players picked up additional points at the Stadium of Light.
James McArthur’s (£4.9m) goal and assist earned the Eagles midfielder a BPS score of 41 and helped claim two bonus points.
The midfielder also completed 85% of his 41 attempted passes and produced seven recoveries in a dramatic comeback victory.
Ledley netted Palace’s first goal in the 3-2 victory and made six clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI).
Benteke scored the winner, firing two shots on target and creating three goalscoring chances for Alan Pardew’s side.
The ICT Index
Defoe’s well-taken brace ensured he also finished top of the ICT Index, scoring 14.3 at the Stadium of Light.
He fired six attempts on goal, with four coming from inside the box, and managed three shots on target – more than any player in Saturday’s encounter.
Palace's Jason Puncheon (£5.5m) clinched second spot.
The winger created eight scoring opportunities for his team-mates and also supplied three completed open-play crosses and 15 successful passes in the final third – more than any Palace player on all three counts.
Puncheon’s score of 98 in the ICT Creativity was top for the Gameweek.
He now tops the overall Index for Creativity with a score of 333 over the season, having created more chances than any other Premier League midfielder (22).
Benteke earned third spot thanks to an impressive performance leading the Eagles attack.
The summer signing had eight attempts on goal, with seven arriving inside the penalty area from 16 touches in the box. He has now scored twice in four appearances since arriving from Liverpool.
The Scout Notes
Zaha’s absence allowed the fit-again Yohan Cabaye (£5.7m) a first league start since Gameweek 3.
Substitute Zeki Fryers (£4.5m) emerged from the bench to supply an assist and with Pape Souare (£4.4m) a long-term absentee, he will rival Martin Kelly (£4.4m) for the left-back berth ahead of the Gameweek 7 trip to Everton.
Defoe has now scored four of Sunderland’s five Premier League goals this season, registering 46 FPL points overall.
He stands joint-second in the forward rankings with Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic (£11.6m) and top for value with an average score of 5.1 points per million.