In this FPL Gameweek 5 team reveal article, FPL Matthew reviews Gameweek 4 and shares his thoughts going into Gameweek 5.
With three top 500 finishes and a further six top 10k finishes, FPL Matthew writes his FPL Team Reveal article every Gameweek. He details his team selection, captain and transfer plans exclusively for Fantasy Football Hub members.
FPL Gameweek 4 Review
Having taken a rare -8 hit in order to get my team set up, I was fully expecting a red arrow this week. With a net score of 66 (74-8) points, I was quite pleased to only drop a little from 142k to 157k overall rank.
Given that a large number of teams used their Wildcard this week, I'm particularly pleased mine is still intact. I now feel that my team is well set up to navigate this next phase of the season and, hopefully, kick on from here.
My hits last week ended up being justified (just about) by Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.5m) coming in with 13 points as captain. In fact, I was unlucky not to have been rewarded further with the other significant part of my move: Diogo Jota (£7.7m) was unfortunate not to have returned against Leeds.
Ronaldo aside, this time it was largely the turn of my defence to bail me out.
Here was my performance in full:
FPL Gameweek 5 Preview
Here is the Hub Fixture Ticker for the next four Gameweeks ordered from best to worst. This view shows projected league points, taking into account the quality of the teams themselves as well as their opponents.
If I switch it to just look at opponent difficulty (the traditional fixture ticker view) the picture changes as follows:
Wolves continue to have a good run of fixtures. Notably, Leeds also now embark on a nice little run of games - can they also start to find their form?
Current Plans - FPL Gameweek 5 Team Reveal
This is how I'm currently set up going into Gameweek 5, prior to making any transfers:
Like many, I have Michail Antonio (£7.9m) out of action as he is suspended for one week. However, both Emmanuel Dennis (£5.2m) and Luke Ayling (£4.5m) have decent fixtures and can step in if needed.
Key Stats Ahead of FPL Gameweek 5
Now, let's look at some key player and team stats for the first few weeks to get an early idea of how things are going.
The top Players From Gameweek 1-4
Here are the top players for Gameweeks 1-4 sorted by expected FPL points, and highlighting some other notable statistics.
I would highlight Sadio Mané (£11.9m) here, whose threat has been off the charts. With that said, he has been quite wasteful, meaning that he's underperformed.
We saw this against Leeds, but he's a quality player and perhaps he could be about to explode? I doubt that many people will be fitting him into their squads at the moment, but he could be an interesting differential for some.
The top Teams From Gameweek 1-4
Here are some key team stats, sorted by total shots in the box.
Liverpool and Manchester City dominate the attacking stats, which bodes well for my Liverpool treble up, whereas Manchester City continue to confound us as to the most reliable coverage.
My FPL Most Wanted List - Gameweek 5 Team Reveal
This is where I identify the FPL players who I am currently most considering bringing into my team. I'll also highlight who may be able to make way for them.
I update this list each week and this helps me to formulate a rough mental shortlist of potential moves.
Removed: Tino Livramento (£4.1m) - he came into my squad this week
Adama Traoré (£6.0m) - great underlying stats and has looked unplayable at times. Can the upcoming fixtures turn this promise into returns? He's probably teetering on this list now as he needs to start finding that end-product.
New: Demarai Gray (£5.7m) - with three goals in three games he's emerging as a good enabling option, although teammate Abdoulaye Doucouré (£5.5m) and Crystal Palace's Conor Gallagher (£5.6m) - especially once the fixtures turn - are also putting their hands up in this price bracket.
Removed: Diogo Jota (£7.6m) - also came into my squad this week; I've also removed Ferran Torres (£7.1m) as, realistically, I'm now sorted in that mid-priced midfield department for the foreseeable future.
New: Romelu Lukaku (£11.6m) - he's started predictably well for Chelsea with three in three and, although his next two fixtures are not great (you may disagree re Spurs!) it seems a matter of time before he forces his way into our squads.
Removed: Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.5m) - yet another one who came in this week as part of my 8-point hit. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£8.1m) - has left my list, at least for the time being, due to his injury.
Transfer Plans - FPL Gameweek 5 Team Reveal
This week I have one free transfer and zero in the bank.
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