The top 2 romped home to convincing wins yet a couple of upsets made it an intriguing gameweek 5. Good form continued for some players and teams alike while the same old worries continued for others.
We unpick the good from the bad in this week’s roundup.
Top Point Scorers
Preston midfielder Daniel Johnson (£7.5) tops the chart on 46 points after 2 goals (both penalties) and 3 bonus points for a consecutive week. Swansea’s Borja Baston (£7.0) remains in second place after another goal and 2 bonus points, also for a consecutive week.
Last week’s top points scorer Lyle Taylor (£9.5) of Charlton could not make it 5 goals in 5 games as he drew a blank for the first time this season. Reading midfielder John Swift (£6.5) hit his second double points tally of the season as 2 assists, 1 clean sheet point and all 3 bonus points gave him a 12 point return.
Fulham’s Ivan Cavaleiro (£9.0) on the other hand drew blank after 2 weeks of double digits, with Leeds forward Patrick Bamford (£9.5) joining Swift in the double points after a goal, assist and 2 bonus points gave him 11 for the week.
The only goalkeeper in the top ten, Blackburn’s Christian Walton (£4.5) kept another clean sheet and gained 2 bonus points. Leeds maestro Pablo Hernandez (£11.5) also managed a third successive clean sheet and also served an assist to come in at eight place.
We highlighted Charlton’s Conor Gallagher (£5.0) last week and a goal, clean sheet point and a bonus point will keep him firmly in our thoughts as he sits in 9th position. Nottingham Forest forward Lewis Grabban (£10.0) breaks into the top ten after 2 goals and 3 bonus points at the weekend.
On Form Players
Daniel Johnson may not be overly familiar to you, but after 4 goals, 3 assists and 8 bonus points in the last 4 gameweeks to gain 46 points he now sits at the top of the points scoring league. This is particularly impressive when you consider he did not feature at all in the first gameweek.
We spoke in previous weeks about Swansea’s forgotten man Borja Baston, but after 4 goals, 1 assist and 7 bonus points in his last 3 weeks, and at a kindly £7.0 price, he should be in our thoughts going forward.
Shot stopper Christian Walton has racked up 3 clean sheets on the bounce, as well as gaining 7 bonus points over the last 3 weeks. This is in addition to a penalty save against Hull last week.
On Form Teams
Leeds and Swansea have both won 4 out of their opening 5 games, with the other game being drawn. Leeds have conceded only 2, the best defensive record in the league, whereas Swansea have scored 11, the best-attacking stat in the league.
They face each other in gameweek 6, with Leeds having the home advantage.
Off Form Forwards
Charlie Austin (£11.0) signed for West Brom just before the summer transfer window closed with manager Slaven Bilic confirming he will be the main forward this season, yet concerns over his fitness has limited him to just 87 minutes, with his being the noticeable absence from Saturday’s squad. A 3 point return so far will have managers questioning whether he is worth the outlay.
The sale of Neal Maupay, also on the cusp of the transfer window, changed Brentford’s front line for the season, with Said Benrahma (£10.5) expected to play a big part, yet only 61 minutes have been played with just 3 appearance points so far will leave us surely looking for alternatives.
Another name with high hopes this season is Bristol City’s Famara Diedhiou (£10.0), yet having played 193 minutes, has yet to serve up anything but 6 appearance points.
Off Form Teams
Relegated teams from the Premier League are always expected to do well the following season, yet this is rarely the case, with the current bottom 2 teams being prime examples of this.
Stoke City ended last season in 16th place after relegation the season before, the lowest of the relegated trio, and 4 defeats in the opening 5, conceding 13 along the way, leaves them rooted to the bottom of the table.
We have already spoken at length about Huddersfield, as Head Coach Jan Siewert became the first managerial casualty of the season. His temporary successor Mark Hudson has lost both of his games in charge to leave them also without a win this season.
Championship Fantasy assets like Jack Butland (£5.5), Tom Ince (£9.0) and Alex Pritchard (£8.5) held high hopes but have all disappointed, with only Karlan Grant (£10.5) standing out after 3 goals in his opening 3 games, but with 2 of which coming from the penalty spot and the other coming from Town’s single attempt on goal in the other game, his tally is somewhat skewed.
Two ‘keepers who stand out are Christian Walton and Leeds United’s Francisco Casilla (£5.5), both of whom have kept 3 clean sheets from 5 games, the highest amongst the goalkeepers.
With Leeds sitting at top spot in the league Casilla must surely be a contender for our starting lineups, but £1.0 cheaper comes Walton, whose penalty heroics see him cement a place in the top 10 points scorers.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Daniel Johnson is seeing many managers racing to sign him up after an impressive start to the season. The same can be said for Borja Baston, with both players being temptingly priced against so many big hitters failing to get off the mark.
After stocking up on Fulham assets after last week, the London club suffered defeat at the hands of Nottingham Forest, but it seems faith in the front line is set to remain for the long season ahead, with Aleksander Mitrovic (£12.5) again getting on the score sheet.
Anthonystaddon’s two-week reign at top spot came to an end as a host of teams jumped ahead of them, as they came in at joint 15th place this week. Edwardo hit 75 points for the week, with clean sheets for Casilla and the double Swansea defence in Joe Rodon (£4.5) and Connor Roberts (£5.5). At the other end, goals for each of the front line in Mitrovic, Grabban and Baston, as well as a rare goal for Middlesbrough midfielder Paddy McNair (£4.5), helped them on their way.
This week of fixtures sees an unusually even set of pairings, with the top 2 facing each other and 8 of the bottom 10 playing against each other, leaving Fantasy managers facing difficult decisions ahead of the deadline.
Who will be the best captain option with such difficult fixtures? Can we ignore anyone? Is anyone a standout this week?
Tough decisions lie ahead. It’s over to you…