The big names certainly delivered in GW4 of the 2021/22 Premier League season, with Mo Salah, Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes all on the scoresheet for their clubs.
There were also huge clean sheets for FPL favourites Brighton, Chelsea, and Manchester City, who continued their good early season form.
Some of Gameweek 5’s fixtures look very interesting, and there are plenty of differentials who could shine for your side.
Here are five shouts ahead of Friday’s deadline…
FPL Gameweek 5 Tips – Fantasy Football Tips
José Sá – Goalkeeper (Wolves), 5.0 million
Wolves finally got their first clean sheet of the new campaign against Watford last time out, in a relatively comfortable 2-0 away win.
Sá has made 13 saves in the league so far and will be looking to help move his side further up the league table with the next three against Brentford, Southampton and Newcastle.
He’s currently only selected by 2% of FPL managers.
João Cancelo – Defender (Man City), 6.0 million
Now, no player is guaranteed minutes in a Manchester City shirt, but the form of João Cancelo makes him incredibly difficult to drop right now.
After assisting the winner against Leicester in GW4, the Portuguese full-back starred once again in midweek, with a cracking goal against RB Leipzig in the Champions League.
His City side are in great form, and come up against Southampton in GW5.
Nicolas Pépé – Midfielder (Arsenal), 7.2 million
Arsenal’s record signing claimed his first assist of the new campaign against Norwich last weekend.
He’ll now be hoping he can kick-start his career with the Gunners, after what has been a difficult spell.
The winger will see plenty of the ball against Burnley in GW5 and will be crucial if Arsenal are going to pick up their first points on the road.
Pépé is only owned by 1.5% of players going into this round of fixtures.
Sadio Mané – Midfielder (Liverpool), 11.9 million
While he may not be at the level he was two seasons ago, Mané has quietly had a good start to the campaign despite missing plenty of chances.
The winger has two goals, one assist and three clean sheets so far, perhaps benefiting from a summer away from football.
Surprisingly, Mané only has 2.7% ownership – making him one of the higher quality FPL differentials.
With Crystal Palace and Brentford up next, why not?
Hee-Chan Hwang – Forward (Wolves), 5.5 million
Despite only playing eight minutes against Watford, Hee-Chan Hwang managed to bag himself a debut goal for his new side.
This looks to have been a smart bit of business from Wolves, with the South Korean showing plenty of early promise.
He’ll be eager to impress his home fans, should he get the chance against Brentford this weekend.
Gameweek 5 Deadline – Friday 17th Sept, 18:30
Table-Topping Tips for Fantasy Premier League Managers – FAQs
How should I pick my FPL captain?
In the world of Fantasy Premier League, your captain’s pick can be the making of you, with your skipper stacking up double points each week. One outright FPL champion accrued a remarkable 24 per cent of points from his captain’s choices alone in recent seasons. It therefore pays to think about your pick very carefully.
Aside from the usual suspects (Salah, Kane, Lukaku, Fernandes etc), if you’re out for a differential, look for when ‘flat-track bullies’ can excel on the fixture list. Seek out those players who ruthlessly prey on weaker opposition, even if they occasionally go missing in more high-profile games.
When should I play my triple captain?
Watch out for those double gameweeks – but avoid triggering your triple captain chip too late in the day.
Logic suggests the games will begin to stack up for the high point-scoring players by the final few weeks of the season, and that could prove costly.
Don’t be surprised if real-life managers suddenly become your own worse enemy as they rest key players.
That could leave your inspired triple-captain strategy lying in tatters if your main man starts from the bench.
In some seasons, it’s taken until Gameweek 25 for the first double gameweek. When it finally arrives, it’s best to make the most of it, as the longer you wait, the higher the risk of your captain being a gameweek no-show.
When should I play my wildcard?
Provided you don’t opt for the ‘rip it up, start again’ strategy after the opening few weeks of the season, there is no ‘optimum’ time to play your wildcard.
However, being bold and going early could work in your favour. Bigger clubs have free reign to play their strongest squads at the start of the season, without any major cup or European distractions currently on their radar.
Remember, the fixtures will start to pile up by midwinter.
That that could ruin your best laid-plans if your wildcard replacements are constantly being chopped and changed as managers guard against fatigue and injury.
Alternatively, the opening few weeks of the season can be misleading when it comes to judging long-term value.
Early-season form players can easily go off the boil by mid-autumn.
Many a fantasy football manager has boxed themselves in once their 6.0m summer ‘bargain buy’ starts stinking the place out in November.
For that reason, if you opt to play the long game, wait until the late autumn to make wholesale changes once form starts to level out and injuries hit hard.
Before you commit, it’s also worth scanning the fixture list to spot potential red flags.
Do the bulk of your re-tooled squad have more games away from home?
Do you have too many players from one team playing only teams in the top half of the table?
Take that moment to pause before you press to confirm your wildcard.
It could be the best tactical decision you make all season.
Remember you only have two wildcards to use per season – one before and one after Christmas.
Make sure you use them wisely.