Fantasy Premier League Week 5 Transfers and Tips: Troy to be Jose's Trojan Horse
The international break is over and the Premier League gets back underway with a bang at Wembley. Plenty of good Fantasy options will be on show. Neil Monnery runs us through his regular likes and dislikes ahead of GW5...
Troy Deeney - £6.1m. Manchester United's defenders have shown us this season that they can be bullied and who better to dish out that sort of treatment than the Watford centre forward?
Eight to like
Sadio Mané - £10.0m. Many of us started with Mo Salah as our Liverpool midfielder of note but it is the former Southampton man who is making waves. At £3.0m cheaper than the Egyptian fantasy superstar of last season, it is tough to justify spending the extra money. Liverpool travel to Wembley on Saturday in what should be a high-scoring entertaining encounter.
Sadio Mané is available at 7/5 to score anytime in Spurs v Liverpool (Sportsbook)
Gylfi Sigurdsson - £7.4m. A pure gut feel pick here as the Icelandic international has been a Fantasy dud since arriving at Goodison Park. On Sunday his side face West Ham without the suspended Richarlison while Theo Walcott is a doubt with a rib injury. This makes me think Everton's attacking play will have to come through the £40m man and the Hammers are no great shakes. Betfair's Alex Keble agrees that this is a fine opportunity for him to impress.
Troy Deeney - £6.1m. Manchester United's defenders have shown us this season that they can be bullied and who better to dish out that sort of treatment than the Watford centre forward? Two goals in four games shows that he's back and I wouldn't be stunned if that becomes three from five at Saturday teatime.
Troy Deeney is available at 3/1 to score anytime in Watford v Manchester United (Sportsbook)
Charlie Taylor - £4.5m. Burnley's Europa League escapades are over and it is time to start looking at Sean Dyche's men as good Fantasy options once again. Taylor is priced £500,000 lower than most of his defensive teammates but has emerged as a starter following Gudmundsson's injury.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka - £4.1m. They may have lost three on the spin but I'm still incredibly optimistic about Crystal Palace this season. If you can get a defender at £4.1m who is going to play week in, week out for a decent side then it is a no brainer. The Eagles have a relatively easy schedule for the next few weeks as an added bonus.
Wesley Hoedt - £4.5m. Brighton haven't scored in either of their away games so far this season and going back their last campaign, they only found the back of the net ten times away from the Amex in the league. Three of those were in one game at the Olympic Stadium. Plenty of clean sheet potential among Saints defenders.
Danny Ings - £5.6m. In the same game I'm still surprised by the lack of love for Southampton's new striker. Danny Ings has found the back of the net twice already and Brighton do not travel well. A very tasty combination for the England one-cap wonder to add to his tally.
Marouane Fellaini - £5.0m. After a performance that drew rave reviews against Burnley, it seems highly likely the Belgian international will keep his place. His prowess from set pieces can't be overstated and at £5.0m, a great fantasy option.
Two to avoid
Heung-Min Son - £8.3m. He may have avoided military service but in his absence, Spurs have found another player for his position in Lucas Moura. I have no doubt the South Korea captain will be an important player for Mauricio Pochettino as the season goes on but, after a gruelling month playing for his national side, it would make sense for him to be eased back into EPL play.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - £10.9m. This is strictly a value for money call. I think he becomes a very good Fantasy striker this season but Newcastle away isn't the best spot as we've seen how they like to defend against the big clubs. Several really good cheap striking options this week give me pause for thought before bringing the Arsenal striker in.
Spurs v Liverpool looms large at Saturday lunchtime and I can see goals a plenty. It is the second highest scoring fixture in EPL history with 149. The usual names should be thought about but Manchester City entertain Fulham who seem to be leaking goals for fun. Pick the right light blue and you'll be points in.
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*Remember the deadline to submit your teams for GW5 is 11:30 on Saturday.