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POSITIONAL RANKINGS 2018/19: FPL Gameweek 5

With so many transfer trends and varying levels of form impacting the strategies of FPL players around the world, ahead of each Gameweek we will be providing our top selections in each position (GK, DEF, MID, FOR) for standalone rounds of games. Our player selections will be based purely on our opinion of those players on our watchlist any given week, with may positively sway FPL or Draft players with their own thoughts and decisions heading in to a Gameweek. All aboard.

Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 5 Deadline

For the 2016/17 Premier League season, the FPL deadline will be one hour before the commencement of the week's first game. The Premier League website lists each FPL deadline, you can always ask on social media, and you can also view a real time countdown on our Weekly Hype page.

FPL Gameweek 5: Goalkeeper Selections

1) Ederson (MCI) - £5.6m+ - vs. Fulham (H)

Despite just a single clean sheet in 4 matches, Ederson’s 22.9% of owners will be confident of a second shut-out of the season, though Alexsander Mitrovic, who scored on his last visit to The Etihad for Newcastle, will be a potential thorn in the side of Pep Guardiola. Heads might begin to turn the other direction if the Brazilian comes out of Gameweek 5 without a sizable return.

2) Kepa Arrizabalaga (CHE) - £5.5m - vs. Cardiff (H)

Chelsea kept their second clean sheet of the season against an unlucky Bournemouth side during GW4, with the Blues also shutting out Huddersfield on the opening day. Despite not being a prominent feature this season despite a high profile move to London, Kepa is in a strong position for a third clean sheet of the season as Chelsea come up against a Cardiff side who have only scored in 1 match this season.

3) Wayne Hennessey (CRY) - £4.5m - vs. Huddersfield (A)

Good fixtures. Save points. A penalty save in the bag already. In good form both domestically and internationally. Wayne Hennessey is having a great start to the season and should be looking forward to a return to Huddersfield this weekend, with Palace comfortable winning the same corresponding fixture last season. Huddersfield look goal shy and the Welsh shot-stopper has got the potential to be one of the elite early season keepers with another good performance away from home.

4) Alex McCarthy (SOU) - £4.5m - vs. Brighton (H)

Southampton host a Brighton side who haven’t scored a goal away from home in 7+ hours away from The Amex. McCarthy has been Southampton’s standout FPL performer this season with 23 points and was recently called into the England squad. Making 6 saves in 2 out of his 4 matches, McCarthy is proving that Southampton defensive options aren’t dead and buried in the FPL.

5) Rui Patricio (WOL) - £4.5m - vs. Burnley (H)

Wolves are proving to be entertainers this season, though in recent weeks there is proving to be a defensive resilience. Wolves were resolute in a 1-1 home draw against Man City, and marshalled West Ham to a rather one-sided 1-0 away win at the London Stadium. Rui Patricio managed a first clean sheet of the season during Gameweek 4 and against a Burnley side who have started the season poorly, Patricio is on the radar to add to his Fantasy tally.

FPL Gameweek 5: Defender Selections

1) Marcos Alonso (CHE) - £6.8m+ – Cardiff (H)

2) Cesar Azpilicueta (CHE) - £6.5m – Cardiff (H)

3) Antonio Rudiger (CHE) - £6.0m – Cardiff (H)

An average of 11 points-per-game has put Marcos Alonso in an imperious position in the FPL, with a home game against Cardiff on the horizon potentially putting Alonso over the 50-point mark after just 5 games. The likelihood of Alonso keeping up this run is almost impossible, though the hot streak looks set to continue.

In Alonso’s shadow is the opposite full-back, Cesar Azpilicueta, an FPL favourite whose BPS attraction still makes him a likely performer this weekend. Rudiger also makes the list due to the nature of the one-sided affair. With clean sheets potentially at a premium, there’s no better time to triple down on a stable Chelsea defence.

4) Benjamin Mendy (MCI) - £6.4m + - vs. Fulham (H)

5) Kyle Walker (MCI) - £6.5m - vs. Fulham (H)

Full-backs are the order of the day in the FPL, and there aren’t many better than Man City’s Benjamin Mendy in current form. City’s French left-back has already registered 5 assists in the opening 4 games and is potentially in the running for the Playmaker of the Year award already. Kyle Walker also showed his attacking potential with a brilliant winning strike against Newcastle. With City able to rotate their central defenders, Walker and Mendy appear nailed on in an enticing home fixture against a Fulham side who look defensively fragile.

6) Patrick van Aanholt (CRY) - £5.5m – vs. Watford (a)

7) Mamadou Sakho (CRY) - £5.0m – vs. Watford (a)

Huddersfield have once again have struggled in attack this season whilst Crystal Palace have endured an indifferent start to the campaign. Both teams are in major need of a kick up the rear to get their campaigns properly up and running. Palace strolled to victory in the same fixture last season, so if omens are anything to go off it will be another profitable week for PVA’s goal potential, and Sakho’s BPS accumulation.

8) Ryan Bertrand (SOU) - £5.0m – vs. Brighton (H)

Returns from 3 out of 4 matches has put Ryan Bertrand in a strong position heading into Gameweek 5. Southampton’s home game against Brighton is the perfect opportunity to build on 2 clean sheets and a goal.

9) Ryan Bennett (WOL) - £4.1m – vs. Burnley (H)

In the FPL Community, Ryan Bennett has been a popular option heading into Gameweek 5. The international break has been kind on the rising stock of Bennett’s FPL price, with a home game against Burnley the fuel in the fire for back-to-back clean sheets against a Burnley side down in the dumps.

10) Lucas Digne (EVE) - £4.8m – vs. West Ham (H)

Last but not least, Lucas Digne offers a slice of value at £4.8 million and has recently taken the place of Leighton Baines at left-back. West Ham’s poor start to the season is enough to have us back against them on a weekly basis, and Digne might be the best option to bank on if you’re looking for differential points.

FPL Gameweek 5: Midfielder Selections

1: Mohamad Salah (LIV) - £13.0mil vs. Spurs (A)

2: Sadio Mane (LIV) - £10.0mil vs. Spurs (A)

3: James Milner (LIV) - £5.6mil vs. Spurs (A)

Nothing changes at the top for the fifth straight week. Either of يمكن أن يكون مادة الكابتن ، والمسلمين المقيمين في صفوف ليفربول سوف يعيثون الفوضى في فريق روي هودجسون. Also, James Milner is here for the ride after picking up four returns in four games.

4: Raheem Sterling (MCI) - £11.0mil vs. Fulham (H)

5: David Silva (MCI) - £8.5mil vs. Fulham (H)

Fulham at home is a no brainer for Man City’s midfielders. We’d have added more but we’re too pessimistic a-out Pep Roulette.

6: Eden Hazard (CHE) - £10.7mil vs. Cardiff (H)

7: Pedro (CHE) - £6.8mil vs. Cardiff (H)

Cardiff at home for the Blues should be a literal cakewalk for Eden Hazard and Pedro. This will be the easiest home game of the season at Stamford Bridge.

8: Roberto Pereyra (WAT) - £6.3mil vs. Man United (H)

Watford have passed every test of the season so far, and they absolutely deserved to beat Spurs before the international break. Pereyra has proven his quality and he is the player that could provide a difference against of Manchester United’s quality.

9: Theo Walcott (EVE) - £6.7mil vs. West Ham (H)

Marco Silva has confirmed that the England international has recovered from his injury and is in contention for the game against West Ham. The Hammers have been the leagues worst team so far, and we can’t ignore the potential for Everton against such poor form.

10: Ruben Neves (WOL) - £5.2mil vs. Burnley (H)

Rounding out the list at number ten is the Portuguese midfielder whose dead ball ability might be the difference between Wolves getting a win against Burnley or scraping a draw. The Clarets are struggling to gain any momentum, and this could be the time for the likes of Neves to punish them their inconsistency.

FPL Gameweek 5: Forward Selections

1: Sergio Aguero (MCI) - £11.3mil vs. Fulham (H)

Who else? The Argentine maverick is an oddity, he is the most highly rated forward in the Gameweek, and has been the for entirety of the season, but the only real contribution from Aguero was in Gameweek Two, and granted he picked up an assist before the assist, but it is typical Aguero to always be revered without criticism. Aguero is the highest rated player for a reason as there aren’t many other standout options with Liverpool (Firmino) and Manchester United (Lukaku) in tough fixtures this weekend. You’ll captain Aguero because you’ll be hoping for another twenty-point gameweek, and also to negate others captaining him, but Aguero only remains top of the list because of circumstance.

2: Danny Ings (SOU) - £5.6mil vs. Brighton (H)

Since leaving Liverpool on loan the former Burnley forward has returned from the dead and is once again in the thoughts of the FPL community. We remember a few seasons ago when Ings was an asset when playing a newly promoted Burnley, and now that he is playing for the Reds long time feeder club he has scored two goals from three starts and has been active in the penalty box. The Coastline Clash could be a fiery affair and Ings could have the potential to make Liverpool regretting letting him leave and keeping Solanke around.

3: Callum Wilson (BOU) - £6.2mil vs. Leicester (H)

The Cherries forward has two goals and three assists to his name this season, making him hot property and surely in the eye of Gareth Southgate for future Three Lions teams. Leicester have been good, but the Cherries attack have been excellent at this stage, so you can’t rule out Wilson from continuing his purple patch.

4: Wilfried Zaha (CRY) - £7.0mil vs. Huddersfield (A)

Back from injury, you’d bank on anyone scoring against Huddersfield right now. Zaha is a legitimate option, a far cry from a winger who barely got five goals a season only until last season. The Ivorian has matured into his role as one of the two attackers in Palace’s spearhead. Whilst Benteke has been dull and aimless, Zaha has been sharp and clinical.

5: Roberto Firmino (LIV) - £9.4mil vs. Spurs (A)

We have no idea why the Brazilian dropped in price, he has picked up steady returns since the season started, and with no Hugo Lloris in goal for Spurs you’d fancy the Liverpool striker to add to his tally.

Others in contention:

Harry Kane (TOT) – £12.5mil vs. Liverpool (H)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (ARS) - £10.9mil vs. Newcastle (A)

Alexandre Lacazette (ARS) - £9.4mil vs. Newcastle (A)

Romelu Lukaku (MUN) - £11.0mil vs. Watford (A)

Cenk Tosun (EVE) – £7.0mil vs. West Ham (H)

Alvaro Morata (CHE) – £9.0mil vs. Cardiff (H)

Aleksander Mitrovic (FUL) - £6.7mil vs. Man City (A)

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