Each week you should be scanning the free agent market in your mini league looking for value pick ups that other managers have missed. These players won’t cost you your place in the Waiver Queue but can provide the extra few points you need on a short term basis. Here we give a full lineup of potential free agent players for Gameweek 5.
< You can learn more about this transfer tactic (called “streaming”) in our article FPL Draft Transfer Tactics: Streaming. >
GOALKEEPER: Wayne Hennessey, 9.6% owned, Crystal Palace Vs Southampton.
It won’t have escaped your attention that Crystal Palace are yet to earn a point this season and have failed to score a goal this campaign. What may have passed you by though is that their GW5 opponents Southampton have also failed to score in 3/4 league matches and also drew a blank at home to Wolves in the Carabao Cup. With both Manchester clubs on the horizon this is a huge game for Palace and they put in a much improved display last time out at Burnley. In a tough week for streaming we’re hoping to see that new manager bounce for the London side under former England boss Roy Hodgson.
DEFENDERS: Danny Simpson, 3% owned, Huddersfield Town Vs Leicester City.
Leicester are easily one of the best teams outside the “Big 6” in the PL and with a Lukaku-less Everton having Europa League commitments the Foxes must be a decent shout to finish “best of the rest”. I fancy them to show their class and beat Huddersfield this weekend. Danny Simpson has played every minute of every game so far. (Depending on the size & strength of your mini league Harry Maguire, 20.2% owned, may be available)
Davinson Sanchez, 6.8% owned, Tottenham Hotspur Vs Swansea City.
Spurs played a back 3 against both Everton & Borussia Dortmund. It seemed to work as they won both games and scored 3 goals in each, conceding only 1 in total. With Alderweireld 90.2% owned and Jan Vertonghen 88.6% owned it seems like a lot of managers are late to the party regarding Davinson Sanchez. FPL Draft Boss profiled him here on August 23rd, saying he could be a real star of the future but questioning his game time unless Spurs adopted a back 3. Looks like they have done exactly that and if he is available in your mini league now is the time to pick him up before it’s too late.
Adam Smith, 3% owned, Bournemouth Vs Brighton & Hove Albion.
Bournemouth have had a poor start to the season but will relish a chance to put that right at home this Friday night against a Brighton yet to score on their travels in the Premier League. Smith was employed as a right wing back against Arsenal and if Cherries boss Eddie Howe sticks with that formation he will have licence to get forward and contribute to their attack in front of the Sky Sports cameras.
MIDFIELDERS: Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, 0.9% owned, Newcastle United Vs Stoke City.
If 2 goals against Manchester United in a nationally televised game doesn’t get you noticed than what will? Stoke have flown under the radar so far but have put in some decent performances despite a difficult fixture list <Everton (A), Arsenal (H), West Brom (A), Man Utd (H)> and will fancy their chances of a result away at newly promoted Newcastle.
Andros Townsend, 11.3% owned, Crystal Palace Vs Southampton.
Confession time here as I’ll admit I’m not much of an Andros Townsend fan and In my opinion he was way too high on many people’s draft boards. But this is a must win game for Palace, they simply have to attack and I expect Roy Hodgson to take a back to basics approach in his 1st game in charge. With the excellent Wilfried Zaha only returning to training this week following his injury and few other attacking midfield options available this could be Townsend’s time to shine.
Demarai Gray, 1.3% owned, Huddersfield Town Vs Leicester City.
Going to take a bit of a punt here on a player with huge potential but who has never had a really consistent run of PL starts or points scoring form. I know it goes against every Fantasy Football rule going, especially for a streaming piece but there are some reasons behind it. VERY nearly chose Marc Albrighton (9.6% owned) instead but have taken a flyer on Gray partly because he was truly outstanding in Leicester’s league cup encounter away at Championship high flyers Sheffield United (a constant threat throughout, he got a goal and an assist) and he recently scored a great goal for England U21’s. More than that though his lack of game time so far can be attributed in part to the transfer speculation around him near the end of the window. Also with such a difficult schedule for the Foxes <Arsenal (A), Brighton (H), Man Utd (A), Chelsea (H)> his lack of positional discipline and tendency to lose possession make it easy to see why Albrighton has until now been preferred instead. However, with rumours of Gray signing a new contract this week and a winnable fixture against lesser opponents Huddersfield this could be when the talented young man is finally let off the leash. If he does sit on the bench and Albrighton has a stormer I’ll apologise in next weeks column!
Pascal Groß, 1% owned, Bournemouth Vs Brighton & Hove Albion.
The highest points scorer from last week shouldn’t really need much of an introduction to Fantasy Players after 2 goals and 1 assist against a normally resolute West Brom defence in GW4. If Brighton are to expose Bournemouth’s defensive frailties Groß will play a key role on Friday night.
FORWARDS: Joselu, 2.4% owned, Newcastle United Vs Stoke City.
Would expect Joselu to be given the nod upfront against his former club Stoke and he will certainly feel like he has a point to prove. Newcastle have won twice in a row but up against the Potters physicality in defence they will need to call upon all the Spaniard’s nous and inside knowledge.
Andy Carroll, 21.8% owned, West Bromwich Albion Vs West Ham United.
Carroll is of huge importance to West Ham and in their last match he was the focal point of attack in a front 3 with Chicarito & Michail Antonio on either side. A better footballer than some give him credit for he will surely relish the challenge a trip to the Hawthorns provides.
Troy Deeney, 13.6% owned, Watford Vs Manchester City.
The Watford captain missed the start of the season through injury but has been described as vital to the Hornets plans by boss Marco Silva. If Watford win this game they will actually go top of the Premier League for 24 hours at least and who better to hustle a City defence just back from a European trip than a fired up Deeney.
> All ownership statistics taken from www.draftfantasyfootball.co.uk