With 4 weeks in the new season, i get hold of Week 5 preview and player picks ( my first article for the season ) and yes many more to come as we go along.
Looking at the way things have moved in these 4 weeks, it has to be said that its a long season ahead and things dont get any easier for a fantasy manager. The reason i say this is because every week the scenario is different from the previous week and with champions league group stages on, one should expect lots of rotations from the top 4 teams.
We shall be keeping tract on the probability of starting, form, opposition etc to consider our top 15 for the coming week.
Lets get straight to the easy matchups of week 5 :
Chelsea vs Stoke
West Brom vs Reading
Newcastle vs Norwich
Tottenham vs QPR
In form striker, easy opposition, Adebayor injured and AVB's 1st choice makes Defoe our top forward for this week. With 3 goals in the first 4 games, his confidence is great and i wouldnt want to go into this week without picking him.
Been is good form and showed why he is such a threat upfront. He is back to where he started with Newcastle and playing more of a upfront role which is always great for his potential. In case you have the money to spend on a forward, he is the right fit.
3. R. Lambert
I would somehow pick him ahead of hazard ( played midweek ), Podolski ( plays against Man City ) and Tevez ( played midweek & Aguero fit ).
Playing at home against Aston Villa (who showed what they are all about last week but yet have to win away from home) could be ideal for Southampton to show what they are all about. Having said that, they have been exceptional against both Manchester clubs and literally taken the game to them.
Option : Berbatov
You just cant ignore the quality that he has even though he might be playing for a lower level team.This week Fulham play away to Wigan but still not the toughest of matchups and he will get his chances. I would keep him if i had him at pre barn door prices.
What i liked about Bale last week was that he played a more central role and just behind Defoe which is the way to go for him. He must be more confident after getting a goal and more over Spurs must be feeling more confident after the impressive win last week. I would put my money on this guy for the week to come.
5. Ben Arfa
Newcastle are always stronger at home and with the likes of Cisse injured. I would expect Ben Arfa to stand up at this occasion and deliver. This man could be the differential this week and is our pick of the week.
Been instrumental in West Brom's good start of the season. This week they play Reading at home and i would be all in on West Brom on this one.
When ever Swansea are at home you got to consider Michu as he is so important to how they shape up and at home they look great. At 7.xx he is nailed on and worth every penny you spend on him.
He is a good punt this week and at the price he is available at, he is worth it. Good matchup at home against Aston Villa who have yet to win a game away from home.
One defender i wouldnt mind spending the finds on is Ivanovic as he offers so much more offensively which is an asset in this game.
Heavy on West Brom against Reading and he has been is great form early on in the season. Averaging 11+ points per game and a goal are some good stats for a defender.
He is due a big game and was just unlucky last week to have given away a clean sheet in the dying minutes of the game last week. He is capable of scoring goals and its just a matter of time he makes his presence felt. He is cheap and worth a shout.
Option : Buttner
It depends on Alex's team selection on whether he will play Evra or Buttner against Liverpool, but as Evra played in midweek, it would work in Buttners favour. Only thing i would be vary of the whole Suarez - Evra episode last year and would that be any factor on Evra's inclusion in the side. I would still stick with Buttner as he is just the type of left back needed in this game.
Just gets the nod ahead of other home keepers due to his performances over the last 2-3 weeks and he has made some great saves. Great value for money pick if you have him at lower prices and worth keeping till they play the top 3 teams.
Option : Harper
At home against Norwich who looked poor offensively last week against West Ham. I would look for an improvement in Newcastle's defense this time around and hopefully they should get the job done. I would not spend alot on Cech against Stoke as Chelsea have been letting in goals lately.
Well that all the options we have for Week 5. Im sure it would help you and get a team strong enough for the weekend. Let us know how your team is shaping up. We will be there to recommend and help.