FPL Review | Gameweek 4
By Sachin Dholakia
Fantasy football returned with a bang after the international break as a high-scoring Gameweek 4 saw the Golden Boys take home plenty of FPL points as they sealed a 2-0 win at Southampton.
Abdoulaye Doucouré (11) was the Golden Boys’ star man again, sweeping in the opening goal and grabbing three bonus points to boot. Kiko Femenía (11) also shone with an assist, and just scraped clean sheet points after coming off in the 61st minute.
Shut outs also helped Heurelho Gomes (7), Christian Kabasele, Younes Kaboul and Jose Holebas (all 6), while Daryl Janmaat (6) and Tom Cleverley (6) grabbed a goal and an assist respectively.
The return of Janmaat (£4.9) provides uncertainty about who will fill the Hornets' right-back position. While Femenía (£4.5) has certainly impressed in recent weeks, the Spaniard took a knock against Southampton and it is not clear who will line-up against Manchester City. It may be wise to not transfer either in until a few more games have been played.
Going forward, captain Troy Deeney (£6.4) again started on the bench, while Andre Gray (£6.4) drew another blank despite playing with his usual gusto. With plenty of other excellent budget striker options this season, it would be better to look at Richarlison in midfield (£6.0).
It was a week for low-ownership players to shine as Pascal Gross (18) opened Brighton's account for the season with a brace and an assist against West Brom in a comfortable 3-1 win.
Danny Welbeck (16) impressed for Arsenal in their win against Bournemouth while Lascelles (15) and Choupo-Moting (15) also scored highly. With only 2% ownership, Choupo-Moting (£5.5) is definitely one to watch having started the last few games for Stoke up front whilst only being a midfielder on the game.
Popular forwards Kane, Lukaku, Jesus, Morata and Lacazette all scored however to satisfy Fantasy managers, and it remains difficult to decide which ones should be in your team for upcoming games. Fixtures may be the best place to start.
Early gameweeks meant another change at the top of the Watford global league as Si Hume took the lead. Peter Barnes was the highest scorer in the top 10 with 83 points courtesy of captain Gabriel Jesus. Congratulations if you made the top 10 this week
Tip of the week
With squads settled, Four gameweeks already played and the transfer window shut, it could be a good time now to analyse line-ups and assess which players are regular starters.
Good examples include Manchester United's Phil Jones who few people tipped to partner Eric Bailly in defence and Stoke's Choupo-Moting who again wasn't on anyone's radar.
You could be able to spot low ownership players who will silently collect points in weeks to come.
Players to watch
1) Dele Alli (Tottenham, £9.5) is enjoying a second striker role behind Harry Kane and has favourable fixtures coming up. Could be involved in a lot of Spurs’ goals.
2) Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City, £10.4) will almost certainly see a price increase after a brace in Gameweek 4. A clear favourite of Pep Guardiola and City along with Spurs have the most favourable fixtures from the top teams.
3) Kyle Naughton (Swansea, £4.5) was unlucky to not get a clean sheet over Gameweek 4 but remains Swansea's most point-friendly defender for their easier run of fixtures.
Best of luck for Gameweek 5, FPL managers!