Dare To Be Different – Gameweek 5

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Gameweek 5 starts with the still slightly unorthodox Friday evening match so make sure you get your fantasy premier league differential in now.

Looking at the fixtures over the coming weeks three teams seem to stand out as having a good run. Everton’s next three matches look comfortable before an away day at Man City in gameweek 8. Everton’s next big challenge after Man City is West Ham two weeks later (gameweek 10). Arsenal have a favourable run to game week 10. Their biggest challenge is playing host to Chelsea in gameweek 6. West Ham’s run to gameweek 11 is likely to be the most difficult out of the three teams. Meetings with against Southampton in gameweek 6 and Everton in gameweek 10 could prove a challenge.

Everton

Top 5 EVE Selected Players

PlayerCostSelectedFormPointsPoints p/£
Barkley£7.716.5%2.7182.34
Lukaku£9.214.6%6.7202.17
Baines£5.510.8%5.7193.45
Williams£5.08.2%4.3132.60
Holgate£4.66.6%4.7163.48

Barkley is still the most popular Everton selection at the moment and is even beating Lukaku. Although, the hat-trick he scored against Sunderland has seen that gap close over the week. Now for some ringers:

Mirallas – £6.6 – 4.7%

Kevin Mirallas Everton

We suggested Mirallas in gameweek 3 after he appeared to be favoured by Ronald Koeman. Since then, he has scored 9 points courtesy of two clean sheets and an assist. The game against Sunderland saw him complete his first 90 minutes in the league. To top that, Mirallas is topping the points total for the club and has a points per million rating of 3.33. Not bad for the 4.6% of managers that back the Belgians abilities.

Jagielka – £5.0 – 3.5%

Phil Jagielka Fantasy Premier League

When picking a defender for your fantasy premier league team Baines is usually near the top of the list. He’s usually good for an assist and can grab a good amount of goals from that left back position. This year Jagielka is hot on his heels in terms of points, totting up 18 points to Baines’ 19. Jagielka has formed an immediate partnership with new signing Williams. The two games Jagielka and Williams have started have seen Everton keep a clean sheet. Jagielka has 3.2% of backers and is earning his managers a points per million rating of 3.60. He currently has the same points haul as fantasy premier league managers favourite Barkley.

Arsenal

Top 5 ARS Selected Players

PlayerCostSelectedFormPointsPoints p/£
Bellerín£6.525.9%4.3132.00
Čech£5.516.7%3.7122.18
Sánchez£11.013.4%6.7222.00
Özil£9.68.4%3.7111.15
Cazorla£7.78%7.0283.64

It may be a surprise to see two defensive players being the most selected from the Arsenal squad. It’s not so surprising when they both scored 172 and 159 respectively last year.

Mustafi – £6.0 – 0.5%

Shkodran Mustafa Fantasy Premier League

Mustafi had a full 90 minutes against Southampton by replacing the injured Mertesacker. Arsenal were able to keep 18 clean sheets last year. The joint highest with Man United. Mustafi is likely to continue his partnership with Koscielny even after Mertesacker’s return from injury. It will be hard to match Bellerín or Monreal for assists but Mustafi does offer a small goal threat. The 0.5% of managers backing him will hope that he can find the net a few times over there year.

Pérez – £8.5 – 0.6%

Pérez Fantasy premier League

Now, putting Pérez in at this point could be a risk. He is still adapting to the Premier League. Pérez had a great season in La Liga last year scoring 17 goals and helped with 11 assists. Deportivo mainly used him as a CF. That is were he got the majority of his goals and assists (11 goals, 9 assists) but he has also been used as a SS. Arsenal have a creative midfield, if Pérez can link in with one of their maestros then goals and assists should be plentiful.

West Ham

Top 5 WHU Selected Players

PlayerCostSelectedFormPointsPoints p/£
Payet£9.413.9%3.0101.06
Antonio£7.112.8%10.2314.37
Collins£4.610.1%2.3153.26
Adrián£5.03.6%4.0142.8
Noble£6.52.9%2.081.23

Judging by West Ham’s first four games they are not a good defensive option. Only Stoke have conceded more goals. Conceding 4 goals to Watford after taking a 2 goal lead is a flag for their defensive line.

Lanzini – £6.4 – 0.1%

Lanzini Fantasy Premier League

Lanzini’s season is only just starting, he had 31 mins against Man City and 90 mins against Watford. A decent run of fixtures could mean that he is able to get on a run of form and help the faltering West Ham. West Ham have been hit hard by injuries, in key positions too, which has not helped their campaign. Last season Lanzini earned 100 points with 6 goals, 3 assists and 14 bonus points. With Carroll and Ayew still out for a period, Lanzini could prove an important player for The Hammers in their attempts to get their season on track.

Zaza – £7.0 – 0.6%

Zaza Fantasy Premier League

The injuries of Ayew and Carroll have dented the West Ham. Missing Payet for two weeks would not have helped that either. Zaza was brought in to fill that void. Zaza got 76 minutes under his belt in the 4-2 defeat to Watford. He (and the team) threatened and looked promising… Until they collapsed and conceded four unanswered goals. There is a reason we have not looked at the West Ham defence, 9 good ones really. A large portion of his time at Juventus on the bench, so he could be a bit of a gamble.

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