Fantrax EPL: Gameweek 5 Sleepers XI
Our Gameweek 5 Sleepers XI article provides Fantrax managers with a lineup of Fantasy EPL hidden gems. Our starting eleven of Draft Premier League differential picks will help you find a golden ticket to a big score this weekend! These hints and tips will give you a better chance of picking up an all-important victory, as one of our picks could easily make the difference in a Head-to-Head game!
We'll be focusing on players that will bring us not only attacking returns or clean sheets, but also those players that score Ghost Points in the sophisticated and statistics based Fantrax Scoring System!
Fantasy EPL Gameweek 5 Sleepers XI
For this article, we use the % rostered from Fantrax. Our only rule is that each player we highlight is required to be rostered in 50% of leagues or below at the time of writing. Therefore there's a good chance these players will be free agents in your Fantrax Draft League!
GK: Aaron Ramsdale
Opponent: Burnley (Away)
Points Last Gameweek: 11
Prospects: Ramsdale kept a clean sheet in his first ever Arsenal start, and I would back him to repeat that this week. Ramsdale is hungry to make a name for himself after being relegated in two successive seasons. He will be looking to do everything he can to bring Arsenal to an unlikely top 6 finish this season. I would back him for another double digit score against one of the worst teams in the league.
DEF: Takehiro Tomiyasu
Opponent: Burnley (away)
Points Last Gameweek: 16.5
Prospects: Another Arsenal player in what could be a mini stack against Burnley. The new right back scored 16.5 points without an attacking return in just 60 minutes vs. Norwich. Big things are now expected of Tomiyasu in fantasy and he should see a good score with plenty of aerials to be won vs. Burnley. You can expect him to provide DEF1 value this weekend, and potentially high end DEF2 value throughout the season.
DEF: Romain Saiss
Opponent: Brentford (H)
Points Last Gameweek: 13
Prospects: Saiss has been a mainstay in the Wolves backline to start the season, and after their first clean sheet, he should get another start. It should be a surprisingly good game with Brentford having "won" the XG battle in all four of their fixtures this season, and Wolves doing so in three of four. Brentford have, though, only scored three goals so far, and Wolves have been tight at the back too, so another clean sheet could very well be in order. Saiss will offer good DEF2 value this weekend and is worth keeping throughout this very friendly Wolves run.
DEF: Yerry Mina
Opponent: Aston Villa (Away)
Points Last Gameweek: 12.5
Prospects: Mina has proven he is a monster in the air, winning nine headers vs. Burnley, and could get the nod again vs. Aston Villa. Even with less aerials to be won, Mina will still battle it out with Watkins and Ings and could see another 8-10 point floor and potential clean sheet against a very inconsistent Aston Villa. Everton's defence looks to be improving a bit more each week, making Mina a viable DEF2 in decent matchups.
DEF: Ryan Bertrand
Team: Leicester City
Opponent: Brighton (Away)
Points Last Gameweek: 0.75
Prospects: Bertrand got the start vs. Manchester City and could get another one against Brighton. I could see Leicester coming away with a clean sheet, and Bertrand should get a few set pieces depending on the lineup Rodgers selects. Bertrand has the upside of a DEF2 in a good matchup this weekend. If Brighton do score, I can't see them getting more than 1 goal.
MID: Matt Ritchie
Opponent: Leeds (Home)
Points Last Gameweek: 6
Prospects: Leeds were a good team to target with midfielders and forwards last season, and it seems that the same is true so far this season. Currently they rank as the 3rd best matchup for midfielders, which makes the likes of Allan Saint-Maximin and Matt Ritchie must-starts. Obviously the former of these will be taken, but Ritchie may be available in many leagues and should be picked up immediately - particularly given his role on free-kicks and corners so far. FYI, this blurb works equally well for Jacob Murphy if he gets the start.
MID: Marc Albrighton
Team: Leicester City
Opponent: Brighton (Away)
Points Last Gameweek: 7
Prospects: The evergreen Marc Albrighton has started Leicester's last two Premier League games and performed nicely in both. The fact that he was rested in the Europa League also suggests that Rodgers will give him another runout against Brighton. It's not often you get the chance to pick up a starting winger from a top 6-8 team, so when you get the chance, you should probably take it. Particularly one with a steady floor from set pieces.
MID: Moussa Sissoko
Opponent: Norwich (Away)
Points Last Gameweek: 8
Prospects: We haven't reached the "target anyone playing Norwich" part of the season just yet (at least according to the data), but give it time - there's a reason the bookies have them as favourites to get relegated. Watford's Sissoko could start us on our journey there, as Watford take on Norwich in what already seems like a six-pointer. The new signing played a little deeper than many perhaps expected in the loss to Wolves, but perhaps that's why they lost. They'll need to be more on the front foot in this one, and Sissoko could be the man to do that. Teammate Joshua King (13% rostered) is another.
MID: Milot Rashica
Opponent: Watford (Home)
Points Last Gameweek: 1
Prospects: If ever there is a time for Norwich - and Norwich's main fantasy assets - to do something, it's in a home matchup against Watford. New arrival Rashica - Norwich's joint record signing - should get the opportunity to exploit a Watford side that gives up the 2nd most points in the league to midfielders. He may not have hit the ground running just yet, but this is a guy that was apparently being sought after by Liverpool just a season ago. If Kieran Dowell and Tzolis are benched, Rashica may also get the majority of Norwich's set pieces.
MID: Alexis Mac Allister
Opponent: Leicester (Home)
Points Last Gameweek: 9.5
Prospects: Alexis Mac Allister is rocking an absurd 18.6 PP90 at the moment...unfortunately he's only played more than 45 minutes once this season. The Brighton midfielder is clearly talented and when you watch him you get the sense that it's so close to clicking into place. Maybe it's a matter of time. If so, this weekend could be it. Brighton have looked good so far, and Leicester have looked shaky at the back. He may not start, but if he does, he should 100% be picked up.
Team: Leeds United
Opponent: Newcastle United (Away)
Points Last Gameweek: 6
Prospects: Rodrigo may have been pulled at half time against Liverpool in Gameweek 4, but he did score 6 points in the process. Since then, Marcelo Bielsa has come out and said a lot of good things about the off-form Spaniard - pointing to the idea that he'll be given another shot in Gameweek 5. Fortunately for him, that comes against a Newcastle side that leads the league in goals conceded (12) and sits 2nd worst in XGA (behind Arsenal, just in case anyone is wondering). If he doesn't do it this week, he never will.
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