With four games gone in the Premier League, if you have found your way to this article, chances are you are in deep need of some help with your Fantasy Premier League team. There are too many players to choose from and sometimes it can be hard to know exactly who to transfer in and out of your team in any given week. You probably already have a general sense of who you want to eject from your team, but Get Him in Your Team should help you decide who to transfer in. This is Get Him In Your Team! for Gameweek 5 in the Barclays Premier League.
Adam Smith (4.6)
What if I told you that Adam Smith has been one of the best fullbacks in the league so far? You’d probably respond back by saying “who?”. Adam Smith has been one of the best fullbacks in the league so far and Bournemouth have been reaping the benefits of it. Bournemouth usually are a very cohesive unit at the back and very tough to break down when playing against sides in and around them in the table, but Adam Smith has started the season off brightly going the other way as well, scoring and assisting a goal each inside four matches. At 4.6, he’ll definitely be one to keep an eye on as cheap defenders are always the way to go when picking your squad.
Kyle Walker (5.6)
Kyle Walker has started the season off excellently well and inside the first four matches he has already assisted two goals. Tottenham Hotspur look an impressive unit once again going forward with Kyle Walker set to play an important role in their attack, flying down that wing and whipping in crosses. But the Spurs have also always been capable of keeping clean sheets and Walker in particular is excellent defending in one on one situations and as a result will naturally rack up the bonus points as a result. His rise as one of the best defenders in the league is likely to continue this season so you better get him in your fantasy team fast.
Leighton Baines (5.5)
Everton have started off absolutely flying this season and the key to their success has been their tough and stern defense that has only conceded 2 goals in the first 4 games! Everton look set to keep a lot of clean sheets this season which Baines will be the main beneficiary of as out of all of Everton’s defenders he is the most likely to play every single match. Going the other way, Baines has also always had tremendous quality but his dip in goals and assists in recent years under Roberto Martinez has resulted in him going down from a usual price of 7.0 to now just 5.5! Baines still has a lot to offer going forward and he takes penalty kicks so he will naturally pick up goals and assists as a result. His stock is likely to rise very soon, so you might want to take a look at acquiring him sooner rather than later.
Kevin de Bruyne (10.5)
Kevin de Bruyne has been exceptional so far this season under Pep Guardiola and hit his zenith in a Manchester City shirt by running the show in City’s 2-1 win against Manchester United. The Belgian midfielder is always pivotal to Manchester City in attack and creates so many chances for his teammates to score (14 in 4 matches so far). He also takes free kicks, corners and has an eye for goal better than any other midfielder in the league. The 25-year old has scored a goal with 2 assists in 4 Premier League matches so far this term and will definitely not slow down so you better get him in your fantasy team while you still have the chance.
Michail Antonio (7.1)
A fox in the box and a menace in the air, Michail Antonio is going to score a handful of goals this season and has done so already as he is currently and surprisingly the joint-top scorer in the league, with four goals in four matches. Antonio scores all kinds of goals but with the way that West Ham play with all those floated balls in to the box and fullbacks getting forward to whip in crosses, the style of play is catered to players like Antonio who are lethal in the air. At just 7.1, Antonio is an absolute steal and will be an exceptionally reliable player to have in your team this season.
Sadio Mane (8.9)
Sadio Mane was superb in his Southampton days but ever since arriving at Liverpool he has transformed his game to a whole new level and has stood out as one of the best players of the 2016-17 season so far. Mane was a menace against Leicester and gave Liverpool so much pace and power going forward that the Foxes just couldn’t cope with as the Reds waltzed to a 4-1 win, something they would have had no shot at achieving last season without Mane. With stellar performances against Leicester and Arsenal, Mane currently has 2 goals and 1 assist in 3 appearances in the Premier League so far and he also assisted three goals in Liverpool’s league cup game against Burton Albion. Sadio Mane has certainly caught the eye ever since arriving at Liverpool from Southampton, looking absolutely unstoppable at times and really bringing hope to Liverpool supporters that this could be their year to get back into that top four. With pace, power, goals, assists he could be absolutely instrumental to your fantasy team this year.
Dimitri Payet (9.4)
Dimitri Payet took a while to get going this season after needing time off to rest after his exertions at Euro 2016 but after an incredible performance against Watford in which he assisted both of Michail Antonio’s goals he is back in business in the Premier League. Payet always assists goals. He has such a lethal left foot and always finds a way to put in the perfect cross no matter the situation. He also is a set-piece specialist and not only does he regularly score from free kicks, he also constantly assists from both corners and free kicks as well. After a slow start, Dimitri Payet is back on top of his game, so if you transferred him out after that slow start, get him back in your fantasy team as quickly as you can.
Robert Snodgrass (5.2)
A choice out of left field or rather right wing, Robert Snodgrass has been incredible to start this 2016-17 campaign off so far. He was exceptional last weekend for Scotland in FIFA World Cup Qualifying, scoring 3 goals as the Scots beat Malta by a score of 5-1. He has also been fantastic in the Premier League so far, scoring 2 goals in 4 matches. Lately the 29-year old is just scoring all kinds of goals, usually spectacular and is really relishing his role further up the pitch as a right winger. At just 5.2, Snodgrass might be one of the best options going forward if you’re looking for a cheap midfielder who is guaranteed to continue to score and assist goals.
Etienne Capoue (4.8)
Despite Etienne Capoue’s incredible start to the season, I refrained from putting him in the last edition of Get Him In Your Team! because I simply didn’t think that his form would last. But now that it’s 4 games in and Capoue has scored 3 goals with 1 assist in those 4 matches and has more goals + assists than any other midfielder in the league so far, the Frenchman is an absolute must buy for your team. The rise in form of Capoue is a strange one because with his two previous clubs (Spurs and Toulouse) he was so defensive minded that at times he was almost like a third centre back and quite often actually did play as an auxiliary centre half. But now under Walter Mazzarri he has been able to showcase what he can do going forward by not having that N’Golo Kante styled restriction among his movement with Valon Behrami taking up that position instead. This has in turn has made him become absolutely pivotal to Watford in attack and has turned him into their most creative player! Capoue’s form in all honesty might not continue. He might not score for the rest of the season. But, how many other players can you buy in FPL for under 5.0, that are going to be as crucial for their team as Watford’s Capoue. If you are shopping at the Cheapo Depot this week, make sure to pick up a rare Etienne Capoue on your way out the door. With the way he’s going you might not even need to leave him on the bench.
Diego Costa (9.8)
I’ve never been a massive Diego Costa fan, but I’ve always been able to admire how good he is at all aspects of the game. When he is happy and confident like he is at the moment (just look at how happy he is above), there is no stopping him. I don’t think many would have predicted the Spanish striker to be the top goalscorer this season, but with the trajectory that he is taking right now and the rate in which he is scoring goals, he might just actually win the golden boot this year. Costa has scored four goals in four matches, scoring in three of his four matches. In the one game that he didn’t score a goal, against Watford, he got an assist instead. The big worry for Costa is all the yellow cards he picks up, 3 in his first 4 matches isn’t great and he’s likely to become the most booked player in a single-season in the history of the Premier League at this rate. But even despite his poor discipline he is certainly worth taking the risk on when he scores as many goals as he does and plays as vital of a role for Chelsea as he does. Diego Costa is an amazing striker, will always score goals and might just end up being the top goalscorer this season. You can get Aguero at 13.0, Zlatan Ibrahimovic at 11.8, Vardy at 9.9 or you can go with the big bad bully Diego Costa at just 9.8 and reap the rewards.
Abel Hernandez (6.0)
Who would’ve predicted Hull City to have such a good start to the 2016-17 Premier League season. They still might be in a relegation fight and are by no means the finished product. But one man who looks destined to score goals this season is Uruguayan striker Abel Hernandez who has really picked up his form as of late and has looked like Hull’s most lethal weapon going forward. Although only notching 1 goal with 1 assist in 4 matches so far, Hernandez has been fantastic for Hull in all four games and his off the ball movement and work rate have been exceptional. When you build your team around pricey midfielders and one or two goal-getting centre forwards that are guaranteed to find the back of the net week in and week out, you almost always need one cheaper option at striker and personally out of all the options 6.5 and below, I would go with Abel Hernandez.
So there it is! The third edition of Get Him In Your Team! for the 2016-17 Barclays Premier League season. Hope you enjoyed it and hope to see you next time in two weeks time before Gameweek 7.