Fantasy football is officially back in our lives and as good as ever, with another Premier League weekend very nearly upon us.
After a week of European football, it’s time to welcome Gameweek 5 of the Premier League.
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So without further ado, let’s take a look at the players you should seriously be considering transferring into your Dream Team this weekend.
Fantasy football tips: Game Week 5
1 Rob Elliot – £2.5m
For those of you who followed our advice last time and stuck Tom Heaton into your side; we sincerely apologise.
The Burnley ‘keeper lasted just 35 minutes against Crystal Palace last week before dislocating his shoulder, and looks set to be out for up to FOUR months as a result.
So if you have Heaton in your Dream Team, transfer him out ASAP and maybe consider replacing him with Newcastle’s Rob Elliot.
The cheap but reliable Magpies stopper has kept clean sheets in his last two Premier League appearances for the side and will relish the chance to make it three in a row against Stoke this weekend.
2 Phil Jones – £4.1m
This guy is shaping up to be more than just a dodgy facial expression, raking in an impressive 23 points on Dream Team so far this season.
What’s more, the Manchester United centre-back has played 90 minutes in every game so far this season, apart from United’s Champions League clash against Basel during the week (because he was suspended).
So, well-rested and up against a Everton side who have struggled for goals in recent games, we think you could do a lot worse than Jonesy at the back for Gameweek 5.
3 John Stones – £4.1m
From Jones to Stones, here’s another English defender who’s often ridiculed.
But TWO goals for Man City against Feyenoord during the week gave managers who picked him a lovely 23 point haul.
And while we doubt we’ll see the former Everton man grab another brace this weekend, he’ll certainly be hoping to keep (another) cleansheet when his side face Watford.
4 Christian Eriksen – £6.3m
If you haven’t got this midfield genius in your fantasy football team, then what are you playing at?
Eriksen has amassed 27 points on Dream Team so far this season and – unlike fellow midfield heavy-weights like Dele Alli and Sadio Mane – is a pretty consistent points scorer.
But get him in quick, as we fully expect him to run the show against Swansea this weekend.
What’s more, Spurs’ upcoming fixtures are extremely favourable and his price is only going to rise.
5 Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting – £2.5m
Good news, everybody.
Choupo-Moting is finally available on Dream Team, and just in time for the weekend.
The Cameroonian was delightfully devastating in Stoke’s 2-2 draw against Man United last time out, scoring twice against the previously impenetrable Daid De Gea.
The No 10 has been at the forefront of virtually everything good Stoke has done so far this season and is well worth your small change if your Dream Team requires an explosive attacking presence in midfield.
6 Christian Benteke – £3.9m
The scars of England’s Euro 2016 exit to Iceland still haven’t quite healed, but we’re reasonable folk and we’re willing to give Roy Hodgson a chance.
But the new Palace manager is certainly up against it in his new job, with games against Man City, Man Untied and Chelsea coming up.
For now, his focus will be on the Eagles’ first game under his leadership; at home to Southampton for Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off.
It’s a fairly favourable first game for ol’ Roy, who will be hoping to get the best out of striker Christain Benteke in his side’s attack.
The towering Belgian is not exactly the sort of guy who sets pulses racing, but he’s almost exactly the sort of forward the former Liverpool and West Brom coach favours.
7 Alvaro Morata – £5.6m
Here’s a guy who’s really enjoying life in the Premier League.
After a season on the peripherals at Real Madrid, Morata is Chelsea’s main man and is lovin’ it.
Three goals for the Blues so far this season tells you all you need to know, and we think he’s just getting started.
Up against Arsenal’s dodgy defence this weekend, we can definitely see the Spanish striker grabbing a goal or two.
The Gunners have really struggled against burly centre-forwards this season, with half of the Premier League goals Arsenal have conceded so this season coming from headers.
You know what to do.
⚽Danny Higginbotham's best bets⚽
- Alvaro Morata to score from a header, 4/1: “Arsenal’s wing-backs play extremely high and Morata will get plenty of service from out wide, as my graphic above shows”
- Christian Benteke to score first and Palace to win to nil, 6/1: “Palace will go back to basics and that will suit Benteke down to the ground”
- Steve Mounie to score from a header, 10/1: “Mounie is fantastic in the air and will benefit from Huddersfield’s attacking full-backs”