The Bonus Points
In a hugely impressive performance, King completed 93% of his 30 attempted passes, including five key passes, the most in Gameweek 35 so far.
That helped the FPL midfielder score 32 in the Bonus Points System (BPS). He has earned 12 bonus points from his last nine Gameweek starts.
Francis contributed an eye-catching 17 clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI), while Smith put in a rounded display, supplying four key passes, four recoveries and winning two tackles.
The ICT Index
King also dominated in the ICT Index with a score of 16.0.
Laying on five scoring chances, he led the way for Creativity (61), while he scored 48 for Threat, registering four shots, with three from inside the Sunderland penalty area.
Ryan Fraser (£4.6m), who earned back-to-back assists, ranked second in the Index with a tally of 11.0, after producing two successful crosses, along with two shots from inside the box.
Despite failing to score for a 10th successive Gameweek, Jermain Defoe (£7.5m) still topped the Sunderland ranks in the Index, totalling 7.8.
The striker produced 51 for Threat, top in Saturday's encounter, after eight shots on goal.
The Scout Notes
King's relentless rise as an FPL asset shows little sign of abating. He has scored 12 goals over the last 14 Gameweeks, recording three double-digit hauls.
Since Gameweek 22, no other FPL midfielder has produced more shots in the box than King's 28, while, with 17 chances created, he has been unfortunate to have just one assist over that period.
King was the third-most transferred-in player heading into Gameweek 35, attracting more than 108,000 new owners. He is found in 18.6% of squads.
King has been brought in by a further 8,000 managers since Saturday’s FPL deadline, rising in price, and could also finish the season as Howe's central striker after Benik Afobe (£5.6m) suffered a hamstring injury against Sunderland.
Having kept back-to-back clean sheets, Howe's backline could also enjoy further investment.
Charlie Daniels (£5.2m) was the most popular defensive acquisition ahead of Saturday’s deadline, claiming 49,000+ new owners.
He remains top of the FPL ranks for points per million value among defenders, with King in a similar position for midfielders.