We ain’t afraid of no ghosts. In fact, we seek them – ghost points, that is. Ghost points are fantasy points that do not come from attacking returns or clean sheets. These can come in the form of key passes, successful dribbles, interceptions, accurate crosses, and aerials, among others. Identifying these points is essential for your Fantasy EPL prospects, and our Gameweek 5 Ghost Point Hunters article is here to help!
This Ghost Point Hunters article is based on the Fantrax Scoring System.
Check out our Ghost Point Tracker page for the full list of Fantasy EPL players and their respective Ghost Point capabilities!
Gameweek 5 Ghost Point Hunters
The season is starting to hit its stride - trends are crystalizing and new ghosts are appearing in grandma's attic. This week, we intersperse some new faces with some old stalwarts and spread the love across three players in three different positions: Takehiro Tomiyasu, John McGinn, & Diogo Jota. And the Dr. Peter Venkman Award goes to...SUI himself, Cristiano Ronaldo. We figured he could use the additional publicity.
Rostered: 24% (c'mon lads)
Ghost Points Per 90: 15.5
Prospects: Started in his debut, subbed off early due to lack of fitness as he had only trained once with the team prior to match vs Norwich. Should be nailed on at RB with some tasty fixtures forthcoming.
Verdict: Pick him up off the waiver wire!
Every ounce of my being is yearning to write about how Nicolas Pepe ranked first in ghost points this week, dropping an absurd 23 scary scores - something Firmino can only dream about when he's not shooting the ball into the atmosphere. But I will refrain. Instead, I'll call out Pepe's new teammate, Takehiro Tomiyasu. Never accuse yours truly of playing favorites. Tomi, a summer transfer from Bologna in Serie A, made his first cameo just days after joining the club, which says a lot about how highly Arteta rates him, as well as the current state of the RB position (Bellerin left his mark). He didn't miss a beat, putting in a very solid defensive performance and was also unlucky not to score from a tasty volley in the first half. The fullback tactics seem to be this: Tomi will mop up defensively on the right and make overlapping runs when he can, while Tierney will continuously bomb forward on the left.
Fantasy-wise, Tomi was a monster, racking up 16.5 points, 10.5 of the ghost persuasion. These largely stemmed from Aerials (7!), but he also delivered 1 Tackle Won, 1 Accurate Cross Non-Corner (ACNC), 2 Clearances, and 1 Successful Dribble. He tacked on a clean sheet for good measure, despite being subbed off early. In fact, he waited until the 61st minute so we could get the points; he's one of us. In short, it was a hell of a debut. Early days but Tomiyasu can only get better. His defensive reputation led yours truly to be skeptical of his fantasy prowess, but his aerial prowess and dangerous runs forward have made me a believer. Sure, it was Norwich, but it was also his first start. He should have plenty of opportunities this GW to solidify his status as an aerial god vs the long-ball OGs, Burnley. Scoop him up quickly and let the ghost points flow.
Team: Aston Villa
Rostered: 95% (more than CR7)
Ghost Points Per 90: 10.5
Prospects: The steely Scot is as close to a guaranteed starter as you can get (other than the odd yellow card suspension).
Verdict: McGinn should continue to provide solid MID3/MID4 production. I'd try to offer a MID5 and DEF3/4 for him.
What can one say about John McGinn? The guy is from a bygone era, full of scrap and drive (and likely Guinness). I love watching the man play. Even better, I love watching him ghost, and business has been good recently. McGinn has gone through an interesting evolution as a Fantrax asset. He began as an attacking point machine when Villa came back to the Premier League, then he got hurt, then he became a serviceable CDM, and now he is a hybrid. He is averaging just over double digit ghosts per game in his 3 starts this season. The previous season, he ended with under 7 ghosts per game. So there has been some improvement in this space.
This past GW in a tough matchup versus Chelsea, McGinn was omnipresent, racking up 17 ghosties in the process: 4 Key Passes, 3 Tackles, 2 ACNCs, 2 Interceptions, 1 Clearance, and 2 Successful Dribbles (a yellow card dropped his score down to 15 total pts). The key passes, which also showed up in his prior performance, are the pleasantly surprising statistic. He may be pushing further forward due to the injuries in the attacking third. And he also took set pieces from the absent Emi Buendia, as our handy set piece tracker points out. Will this last? It's worth taking a punt on him to find out. Either way, McGinn will be like a warm Scottish blanket (argyle quilt?) for your roster as a set and forget MID3.