Fantasy Premier League 17/18: Welcome back Harry Kane [Gameweek 5]

With Sadio Mane suspende, Paul Pogba injured and Harry Kane scoring, we look at how this will impact FPL managers.


August has finished and September has begun.

There are several indicators such as the weather and the days getting noticeably shorter, but Harry Kane is scoring again! He has scored six goals in the four matches he has played since September began and Spurs’ fixtures will mean anybody going without the Tottenham and England no. 9 will watch from behind their sofa for many months to come!

But there are other games and other players…

Don’t forget that the gameweek starts this evening with the early kick-off between Bournemouth and Brighton!

Best & Worst Fixtures

Best: West Ham

West Brom (A); Spurs (H); Swansea (H); Burnley (A); Brighton (H); Palace (A)

The Hammers have had a tough start, but they returned to London with a win over Huddersfield and will hope to carry that on with this fixture list.

Worst: Watford

Man City (H); Swansea (A); West Brom (A); Arsenal (H); Chelsea (A); Stoke (H)

Watford are sitting in fourth after a strong start, but they could drop as they play three of last year’s top six and two away games in the next five.

Main Men

Harry Kane (FWD, 12.4m; Swansea [H])

He was sold off by 140,000 people after blanking for three consecutive games, but the stats and the performances suggested it was a bad move, and two goals against Everton confirmed that.

Spurs now have a run of games against Swansea, West Ham, Huddersfield and Bournemouth. Give him the armband and leave it there.

Mohamed Salah (MID, 9.1m; Burnley [H])

Liverpool collapsed against Manchester City after Sadio Mane was sent off, which gives Salah a chance to prove his worth. He has already scored and assisted twice in four matches and his pace has caused problems for all defences, including Man City’s. 

A match against Burnley at Anfield gives Liverpool a chance to atone for last week in front of their fans and Salah will be key to a strong performance.

Potential Gambles

Pascal Gross (MID, 5.4m; Bournemouth [A])

Brighton have been written off by a few people after a slow start, but they showed class to overcome a stubborn West Brom. That victory also showed the skill of Gross, who will be crucial if they are to stay in the top flight.

Their fixtures will offer him plenty more chances and if you’re trying to fit in 3 big strikers then he is a cheap midfield alternative.

Defensive Pick

Benjamin Mendy (DEF, 6.5m; Watford [A])

Man City have an enticing set of fixtures coming up and getting into their attack could be a roulette with a plethora of options available to Guardiola.

Instead, you could pick up one of his wing-backs, who essentially plays as a winger, anyway. Apart from Chelsea away, City will expect to win all of their fixtures from now until November, and they shouldn’t concede many either, so Mendy offers clean sheets and attacking potential.

Ben Davies (DEF, 5.7m; Swansea [H])

As mentioned above, Spurs have great fixtures and should push up the table. There are now questions about Kieran Trippier vs Serge Aurier, but Ben Davies has no such issues at left back.

Last week he picked up two assists and a clean sheet, and I would expect more of the same in the next few fixtures.

Steer Clear

Abdoulaye Doucoure (MID, 5.2m; Man City [H])

This season’s Etienne Capoue, Doucoure has scored two goals for Watford and seen his price slowly rise. He may continue in this vein, but the stats suggest otherwise and this cheap midfielder will struggle to create returns in the coming fixture storm.

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