FPL Gameweek 5 Tips: Best Players To Transfer In

Who ever said Fantasy Premier League was easy. A lot of FPL managers had a rough Gameweek with the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Callum Wilson missing out with injury coupled with a red card for Michail Antonio.

Comparatively, the weekend saw some expensive premium assets getting on the scoresheet, with Ronaldo and Lukaku both hitting 13 points. To help with the headache of how to fix your team, here are some suggestions of who to bring in for GW5.

GW5 Watchlist

Player Team Position Price Pick % GW4 Score Total Points
Patrick Bamford Leeds United Forward £7.9m 13% 2 16
Nicolas Pepe Arsenal Midfielder £7.2m 2% 6 10
Raphinha Leeds United Midfielder £6.5m 15% 2 12
Ismaila Sarr Watford Midfielder £6.0m 5% 2 15
Teemu Pukki Norwich Forward 5.9m 5% 2 13
Demarai Gray Everton Midfielder £5.7m 13% 7 26
Kieran Tierney Arsenal Defender £4.9m 6% 7 9
Fernando Marçal Wolves Defender £4.6m 5% 13 18

Patrick Bamford

  • Price: £7.9m
  • Picked by: 13%

Bamford hasn’t hit the ground running this season, resulting in a price drop, but does have one goal and a non-penalty xG of 2.1. He could cash in on that npxG in the next few games, starting with Newcastle in GW5.

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Newcastle have conceded the most goals (12) as well as 17.8 shots per game and have the second highest xGA (10.43). With Antonio suspended for GW5, a straight swap with Bamford could be a clever move.

Nicolas Pepe

  • Price: £7.2m
  • Picked by: 2%

The Ivorian winger offers a great differential option in GW5. He almost scored in GW4, but instead his shot that hit the post registered as an assist. In front of goal he’s a threat as his npxG is 1.5, only 0.2 behind Mohamed Salah.

Also, he’s had 12 shots averaging four per 90, which is the fifth most. Yet his creativity is his main strength, producing 17 shot-creating actions so far, the sixth most per 90 (5.67).

Facing Burnley in GW5 could see him score well again, as they’ve conceded over two per game and have allowed 16.8 shots per game.

Raphinha

  • Price: £6.5m
  • Picked by: 15%

Like his teammate, Raphinha hasn’t started the season in the electric form we expected from him. However, the Brazilian has taken 12 shots and scored against Everton in GW2. Last season he scored six goals and got ten assists, averaging roughly five points per 90.

Newcastle have conceded 41% of shots from outside the box so far, whilst Raphinha scored three from that range last season. Managers are keeping their faith in the winger as 15% still own him ahead of his next six fixtures, with five of those having a FDR of 2.

Ismaila Sarr

  • Price: £6.0m
  • Picked by: 5%

Since his 9 point display on the opening day, Sarr hasn’t had another attacking return. In spite of that he’s looking threatening, providing 13 crosses, 13 carries into the penalty area, and eight passes into the area.

His opponents in GW5, Norwich, have conceded the second most goals (11) and have conceded 18.5 shots per game. He has another enticing fixture in GW6 vs Newcastle and is only owned by 5% of players.

Teemu Pukki

  • Price: £5.9m
  • Picked by: 5%

The Finland international has had a tough start, scoring one in his first four, facing some tough defences including Liverpool and Manchester City. But 11 goals in his last spell in this league shows that he’s capable, so we can expect him to hit the net in the next few weeks.

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GW5 is Norwich’s first fixture where they can realistically hope for three points, playing against Watford. Pukki scored 26 in the Championship last season and could trouble a Watford defence that is allowing 13.3 shots per game this season.

At £5.9m, he could be decent differential for a few weeks.

Demarai Gray

  • Price: £5.7m
  • Picked by: 13%

Everton’s new signing has scored in three games on the bounce, where every shot on target has led to a goal. He’s been clinical with his chances, outscoring his xG by 1.6.

There aren’t many midfielders at his price that are scoring goals, which makes him a great enabler going forward. Everton have scored 10 so far (second most) and a low priced midfielder is a cheap way into a potent Everton attack.

Kieran Tierney

  • Price: £4.9m
  • Picked by: 6%

After his seven pointer against Norwich, the full-back should be on everyone’s radar. He’s been a rare positive for Arsenal this season, offering a creative spark by supplying ten key passes (sixth most) and 16 shot-creating actions.

The Scotsman puts the ball into dangerous areas, including 9 passes into the penalty area and 8 crosses into the area, which is the most in the league.

If you want a player showing Trent Alexander-Arnold levels of creativity for a lot cheaper, Tierney is the perfect option at just £4.9m.

Fernando Marçal

  • Price: £4.5m
  • Picked by: 5%

Marçal matched Ronaldo and Lukaku with his 13 point haul against Watford that included a clean sheet and two assists. He’s a cheap way into a solid Wolves defence that has the fifth lowest xGA (3.52), conceding 8.3 shots per game, the second fewest.

Him and Coady share a £4.5m price, but Marçal offers more in attack. Playing as a wing-back means he has assist potential and has supplied the most crosses in the league (22). He often gets forward with the ball, making 36 progressive carries so far.

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In GW5 he faces Brentford, who’ve only scored three and average 9.5 shots per game, the joint second fewest.

As a regular starter playing in an advanced role he’s all you could want in a £4.5m defender.