fantasy premier league team selection GW5 – the FFGeek team


Here’s my fantasy premier league team selection GW5 article which as usual is late on a Friday when I’ve finally forced myself into making a decision.  As is normal, I review GW4, the transfer options, captain thoughts and the lineup dilemmas. 

fantasy premier league team selection GW5 – the FFGeek team

Firstly if you’re new to the site my last 3 seasons overall ranks are 36k, 17k and 21k

GW4 review

I went into alot of detail in my early thoughts on the FFGeek team article about GW4 so I won’t repeat that. Here’s the points and the basic stats:

GW4 points: 61 -4 (FPL average 57) Total points 253, Gameweek rank 2,431k, Overall Rank: 203k, red arrow 72k, Team Value: £100.8m

Here’s the points:

fantasy premier league team selection GW5

61 points less a 4 point deduction for an extra transfer. Overall rank of 203k and a red arrow of 72k

6 returning players including 2 double FPL point returns, in theory, shouldn’t get you a big red arrow and a gameweek rank of 2.4m. Sterlings blank and Aguero, as 2nd favourite captain option on the FFGeek poll, with 16 points were probably behind that.


1 free transfer and £1.1m in the bank.

Again I this will be short as again my early FFGeek team article was quite long on my transfer thoughts.

In essence I had 2 options:

Soyuncu or Maitland Niles to replace Rico to give some depth to my bench.  In the end the emerging fitness of Bellerin, the price and a deep distrust of the manager and the Arsenal defence put me off.   There are positives.  Arsenal were very narrow v Spurs and Maitland Niles looked very effective going forward as a key provider and Arsenal did keep 7 clean sheets at home last season.  In the end the negatives far outweighed the positives though.

Soyuncu I believe is the best £4.5m defensive option but away to Man Utd and home to Spurs kind of makes me think what is the point of putting him in to get maybe 2 points over 2 games.  I may as well roll the transfer over and look to do Sotuncu after those 2 games.  On the other side of the argument history has told me that if you don’t make these transfers in this situation that something comes up and you never end up doing it and regret putting it off.

However, refusing to let history teach me anything,  I am going to roll over the transfer over as I like the idea of the flexibility for next week in what is a fast changing world.

So in summary:  Carrying the free transfer over

Captain choice

Given that Norwich seem to have so many defensive issues that I wouldn’t be surprised if Delia Smith herself had to line up tomorrow then it’s Sterling for me with Salah vice.  Salah has the rest over the IB advantage (if you could call at least the Bulgaria game that Sterling played more of a burden than Salah’s 5 a sides at training) plus less rotation and substitution risk but Sterling has a big fixture advantage.

I’ve yet to do a captain article but so in theory my mind could change.  I’ll tweet if I do and all things being equal and time permitting amend this article.

Lineup issues

In theory I do have some issues with the cheap rabble in my team but they will possibly sort themselves out through who plays and who doesn’t.  After OGS gave Greenwood the big build up it was inevitable he would play a massive 8 minutes despite the other team having 10 men and Utd pushing to win.  OGS is about as believable as Pep when he says Foden is the most talented player he’s ever worked with.

After having Fraser play wing back and Howe making another defensive genius decision by putting his only CB who is even remotely decent at LB last week there seems little chance that Rico will start there.  There’s logic that after the Leicester debacle (searches a thesuarus to see if there is a stronger word than debacle)  you would think Eddie Howe would return Ake to CB and have no choice but to play Rico with Adam Smith out.  However when it comes to logic and defence Howe has absolutely none so I hold little chance of Rico starting.

Dendoncker appears to be fit after his IB knock but there’s always Europa League rotation on the horizon and I can see Nuno wanting him to play midweek v Braga so there’s a risk there.  Cantwell I feel is the one certainty for 2 points at least home to City.

So you can see all those words mean that whatever lineup I put out of this lot it could mean little.

Out of interest the bookies clean sheet odds for Bournemouth are £4.00, Dendoncker to score anytime £9.00 and Cantwell anytime £8.00.

My thoughts though are to start Rico, and put Dendocker ahead over Cantwell

The team

Here it is then:

Good luck everyone!

Other posts

Gameweek 4 review

The early FFGeek team thoughts

Analysing 10 top FPL managers teams

the fixture ease schdeule

The bandwagons and sinking ships

Defender and Goalkeeper player rankings

Midfield player rankings

Prakhar Patel activates his wildcard

Forward player rankings

The FFGeek captain and transfer poll

The FFGeek imaginary wildcard

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