Fantasy Football Top Picks - Gameweek Five
Gameweek Four seems ages ago and despite a relatively interesting international break thankfully the wait for the Premier League is nearly over. Meaning, Fantasy Football is back.
The transfer window is now closed and the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Heung-Min Son have now been added but the main story of the day is that De Gea remains at United, so what does that mean for Sergio Romero owners?
Gameweek Four Review
Way back almost a fortnight ago, Arsenal kicked off the gameweek away to Newcastle, scraping through with a 1-0 victory courtesy of an own goal. A worrying result for Arsenal attackers, especially Sanchez owners, but for those with Arsenal defenders they now have back to back clean sheets. Newcastle remain one to avoided.
Scott Sinclair bagged a brace against Sunderland, offering a cheap fifth midfielder option and Lens continued his strong run of points with a goal away to the Villains.
Off the back of his hat-trick Callum Wilson bagged another, but Jamie Vardy – a rival for that cheap striker position – also got on the scoresheet, both are still strong contenders for your teams.
Chelsea lost at home to Palace in the shock of the weekend. Falcao got off the mark in blue, but it was new signing Pedro who shone, registering an assist after a debut goal and assist the week before. This time it was the turn of Bakary Sako to get a goal and assist and he looks a very astute signing by Pardew and he could be for your team as well. He’s on 23 points in his two appearances so far this season.
Liverpool got torn apart by the increasingly hard to predict West Ham. The Hammers won by a scoreline of 3-0 with three different scorers, but the headline act was the man with the only assist of the game and all three bonus points, Aaron Cresswell.
City won comfortably against Watford 2-0 but there were no points for Aguero or Toure. Sterling got his first goal and Sagna got an assist to go with his clean sheet. Silva continued his good form with another assist.
West Brom got back to Pulis ways with an away clean sheet, this time at Stoke. Rondon has got off the mark for the Baggies and Boaz Myhill made four saves to go with his bonus point and clean sheet.
Tottenham and Everton played out an entertaining 0-0 where the home side were thoroughly dominant and Kane had a glorious chance to score. Both defenses looked fairly solid and might be worth watching for potential investment.
On the Sunday, Southampton thrashed Norwich quite comprehensively, 3-0. All the big names got involved. Tadic scored two, Mane assisted two and Pelle scored one and assisted one. With their fixtures a Southampton attacker is a must have for me.
Another shock for the final game of the week as Swansea came from a goal behind to beat Man Utd mainly thanks to the ability of Andre Ayew who got a goal and an outrageously good assist. The other key men Gomis and Sigurdsson also got among the points. Romero was poor and that won’t fill his owners of confidence that he can keep his place over De Gea. Mata scored and looks the best way into the United attack if that’s what cover you want.
Gameweek Five Preview
Kicking off Gameweek Five are Everton who host Chelsea. The toffees were fairly poor away to Spurs and Chelsea really need to turn their fortunes around. I went for Pedro £9.5m last time around it is hard to look beyond him again this week.
Arsenal play Stoke at 3pm and I’m going to go with an Arsenal defender this time around and go a bit left field and say Nacho Monreal at £5.5m he’s pretty much a dead cert to start and I think Arsenal are now going to kick on.
Two of the form teams meet as Manchester City head to Selhurst Park to play Crystal Palace. The London side have some good options especially Bakary Sako but it is too hard to look beyond the stand out team of the season so far and Sergio Aguero £13.2 surely can’t go three games in a row with a blank, surely not.
Norwich face Bouremouth which could well be a goal fest and with Max Gradel out injured I am backing the home side and this could be the weekend of Cameron Jerome £4.9m. I am not a fan of the player but he will surely score a few this season and this seems the perfect game, he is no long term investment but a one of week he could your key differential.
Watford take on Swansea and although it is tough to look beyond Swansea, Watford will make a very good game of it. As a fantasy manager you do need to have some Swansea cover though either in the form of the black panther Gomis or my pick of the week Andre Ayew £7.2m who is just a class above.
West Brom play Southampton in a tough game to call. I imagine it will be tight and I fully expect both teams to score, perhaps surprisingly. I therefore am going to be a bit different and tip Salomon Rondon £7.0m, the West Brom record signing who got on the score-sheet against Stoke last time around.
The big game of the weekend is the late kick off between Manchester United and Liverpool. Louis Van Gaal has a good record in the big games by making it very tight and I believe they will come out of this with a clean sheet. Luke Shaw £5.6m is the cheapest out of the three defender options but also the highest point scoring with his assist potential which we saw for England.
The first game of Super Sunday is Tottenham away to Sunderland. I fancy Spurs to get their first win of the season and after a great international break for Harry Kane £9.4m to be among the goals.
Completing Super Sunday Leicester take on Aston Villa. A tough game to call but I think the tactical nous of Ranieri might just nudge it their way and Shinji Okazaki £6.0m could be the main man this time around for them.
On Monday night West Ham play Newcastle. Now, the London side are very hard to predict at the moment but they should be winning this game if they really want to make steps forward. Diafra Sakho £6.5m could be the man to make the difference this time around after getting 11 points in his last two games.
The big names are the most likely to be captained this weekend; Aguero and Sanchez. Aguero mainly because he is Aguero and he is due a goal or two. Sanchez has a reasonable home fixture though against Stoke and he also is due a big point score. There are a good couple of differentials though, there is Pedro away to Everton and perhaps some that have more appeal, the two main Swansea boys especially Gomis who face Watford. Even more so you could pick Mahrez at home to Villa or back Callum Wilson to extend his great form by netting against Norwich.
The main concern for managers at the moment is who is going to be in goal for Manchester United this week and in a more long term role. Keep an eye out for the press conferences on the Friday for important team news information. There are some good fixtures this week, keep faith in your players that you have selected perhaps because of their fixtures and don’t forget to not let transfers waste, you can’t hold more than two transfers at a time. Good luck.
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