Fantasy Preview – Match Week 5

This latest fantasy week certainly was an adventure.

We had braces from Son Heung-Min, Michail Antonio, and Odion Ighalo, a Romelu Lukaku hat-trick, and only three clean sheets (Tottenham Hotspur, Bournemouth, and Everton). If you managed to roster one, or more, of them you probably had a pretty fun week!

You know what’s not fun though? Using one of just two wild card chips in a week with only a forty-three point average in the official fantasy Premier League game. I mentioned last week that if you could manage to hold onto your wild card until MW7 you should, and I really should have heeded my own advice.If you were to make a wild card team now it would look completely different than the players everyone rushed to add over the international break.

So, in an attempt to mitigate last week’s disappointment and to predict the guys we should have added last week, let’s jump straight into tips to buy and sell – right after a reminder that FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL is back this week so the fantasy deadline is earlier than usual!

BUY

Harry Kane – Forward, Tottenham Hotspur, 10.9

We always knew it was a case of when, not if, with Harry Kane, and now that he’s off and scoring you don’t want to be caught on the wrong side of his run of goals. Why am I so confident about this? Last season Kane scored his first goal against Bournemouth and then went on to score nine goals in his last ten games. This week he’s up against Sunderland’s defence who are still licking their wounds after Lukaku and Everton scored four goals on Monday.

Kevin de Bruyne – Midfielder, Manchester City, 10.5

Not only did he score and notch an assist against rivals Manchester United last week, but he had six chances created which is, frankly, just absurd. He currently leads the league in key passes (14) and leads the ‘creativity stat’ that has been implemented this season in the official FPL game. His opponent this week, Hull City, have been very impressive thus far but Manchester City boast the best attack in the league and are still likely to score multiple goals.

Diego Costa – Forward, Chelsea, 9.9

Love him or hate him, he scores goals. He is currently has the second most fantasy points among forwards behind just Ibrahimovic and this Chelsea attack looks phenomenal. The fact that he already has three yellows is concerning as it not only wipes his bonus points, but could see him suspended once he reaches five yellow cards. Aguero’s absence allowed a lot of people to buy in on Costa and, assuming he scores against Liverpool’s sixteenth ranked defense you may just want to hold onto him.

Arthur Masuaku – Defender, West Ham United, 5.0

West Ham folded in a big way against Watford last week and that capitulation has seen over 23,000 users drop West Ham defenders. I understand the frustration, I really do, but just hold tight for now. West Ham have a phenomenally easy schedule in the next five matches facing no top ten attacks in the league! More specifically Masuaku is a very dangerous player constantly bombing up and down the left flank and his impressive ancillary statistics, while not earning you any points, may have given him a chance at holding onto the left back spot long term. I recently spoke with a West Ham journalist who said they rate Masuaku very highly internally and that we should not assume Cresswell will automatically get his spot back once he’s fit.

Hugo Lloris – Goalkeeper, Tottenham Hotspur, 5.4

Lloris is obviously a phenomenal goalkeeper and now that he’s back from injury it’s time to buy in. He is currently outside of the top ten in ownership at the position which is absurd considering this defence has picked up this season exactly where they left off last season, best in the league. Sunderland, Tottenham’s opponent this weekend, are currently the third worst attack in the league.

SELL

All Stoke City Players

Is it possible that they turn things around? Of course, but you want no part of this right now. At time of writing Stoke are worst in the league in attack, defense, and goal difference. There are talented players littered throughout this squad but none of them have done anything that makes any of them ownable.

Alexis Sanchez – Midfielder, Arsenal, 11.0

I’m aware that he just scored in the Champions League, but I just don’t think Alexis is worth 11.0. He’s averaging around a chance created and shot on target per game which compared to De Bruyne’s statistics are quite poor especially considering the price difference. Hull’s defence have been nothing to scoff at by the way, currently ranked fifth in the league.

David Silva – Midfielder, Manchester City, 8.9

Unfortunately, Silva’s days as a fantasy stud are over. He is playing deeper than he has in the past and that job will likely become Gundogan’s once he’s fully fit. The postponed Champions League match may end up helping Silva as there was no way he’d start both matches, but now there’s just two days of rest before Saturday’s match and there’s little to no chance he plays more than 100 minutes combined.

Troy Deeney/Odion Ighalo – Forward(s), Watford, 6.9-7.3

This is really more of a ‘don’t buy yet’ than an actual sell. Yes, it was great to see them back at their best against West Ham, but this week they’ll be facing Manchester United who will likely bounce back after losing against local rivals Manchester City. If you wait a week, they have a lovely run of Burnley, Bournemouth, Middlesbrough, Swansea City, and Hull City.

Lamine Kone – Defender, Sunderland, 4.5

Coming into the season I thought Sunderland had a load of undervalued talent and that this defence, under David Moyes, would surprise a lot of people. Whoops! In theory there is only one way to go in terms of defensive efficiency but I’m going to need to see some improvement before I consider buying back in on any Sunderland defender.

TEB FANTASY FOOTBALL LEAGUE – CURRENT TOP TEN

up ROD’S ROCKETS – john bridge 82 > 244
down For Fuchs Ake – Declan Wood 39 > 238
up Regals Eagles – Jonathan Miles 69 > 235
up Glen’s Eagles – Glen Samuel 64 > 234
down Dad all over again – Wayne Byrne 39 > 229
up Soaring Eagles – Domenico De Prospo 51 > 228
up Bentley’s Legends – Ian Bentley 56 > 223
down Dynamo Dan Dan – Daniel Bright 36 > 223
down himanshu_utd – HIMANSHU SAJWAN 38 > 221
10  up Dep’s Destroyers – Derren Depledge 78 > 220
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