Fantasy Friday: Week 5 EPL Fantasy Tips

Premier League Fantasy Tips


Each week Fantasy Friday will bring tips for Premier League fantasy leagues including matchups to watch out for. Keep up to date on players injured, suspended or questionable for each week.

With the fifth week of the Premier League coming up there have been several teams that played matches in both the Champions League and the UEFA Cup tournaments. This could have implications for your EPL fantasy team depending on whether they were injured or played in the game and may be benched this weekend.

For this week’s Fantasy Friday I will be focusing on young up and coming players to look at for each position. They may not be the best players for their position, but typically these young players are cheaper and can be used to fill in slots.

The thing about these young players is that they are often unproven and could definitely be a risk. They aren’t always considered as first team regulars so there is a risk in whether they will start, be subbed early, be a used substitute, or not be played at all.

However, when these young players really take off, they can be a massive boost for your team since, if they are bought early, can provide you cheap points and gain in value. This certainly isn’t always the case, so I will try to focus on some of the players who are not quite as highly rated as say Oscar, Eden Hazard, or even Theo Walcott.

As a cutoff I’m going to go with age 23 (except for keepers) and will throw in a few 24 year olds to look at.

Goalkeepers: Since it is widely considered that goalkeepers don’t fully mature till later I’m capping the keepers at age 26. There are quite a few young goalkeepers out there and many of them are quite good.  This is also one area where you won’t necessarily find great value.

David de Gea: age 22 – Manchester United

Simon Mignolet: 25 – Liverpool

Tim Krul: 25 – Newcastle United

Asmir Begovic: 26 – Stoke City

Joe Hart: 26 – Manchester City

Hugo Lloris: 26 – Tottenham

John Ruddy: 26 – Norwich City



Luke Shaw: 18 – Southampton

Ben Davies: 20 – Swansea City

Andre Wisdom: 20 – Liverpool

Davide Santon: 22 – Newcastle United

Matija Nastasic: 20 – Manchester City

Joel Ward: 23 – Crystal Palace

Fabian Delph: 23 – Aston Villa

Kyle Walker: 23 – Tottenham

Danny Rose: 23 – Tottenham

Ciaran Clark: 23 – Aston Villa

Rafael: 23 – Manchester United


Seamus Coleman:  24 – Everton

Dejan Lovren: 24 – Southampton

Moussa Sissoko: 24 – Newcastle United



Raheem Sterling: 18 – Liverpool

James Ward-Prowse: 18 – Southampton

Nathan Redmond: 19 – Norwich City

Ross Barkley: 19 – Everton

Pajtim Kasami: 21 – Fulham

Jonjo Shelvey: 21 – Swansea City

Andros Townsend: 22 – Tottenham

Aaron Ramsey: 22 – Arsenal

Leroy Fer: 23 – Norwich City

Aron Gunnarsson: 23 – Cardiff City



Romelu Lukaku: 20 – Everton

Matej Vydra: 21 – West Bromwich Albion

Christian Benteke: 22 – Aston Villa

Andreas Weimann: 22 – Aston Villa

Dwight Gayle: 22 – Crystal Palace

Danny Welbeck: 22 – Manchester United

Jozy Altidore: 23 – Sunderland


Sone Aluko: 24 – Hull City

Wilfried Bony: 24 – Swansea City

Ricky van Wolfswinkel: 24 – Norwich City


A possible starting lineup could include:

Goal: David de Gea

Defense:  Davide Santon, Rafael, Danny Rose, Kyle Walker

Midfield: Ross Barkley, Jonjo Shelvey, Aaron Ramsey, Nathan Redmond

Forward: Romelu Lukaku, Christian Benteke

Bench: Asmir Begovic, Ciaran Clark, Ben Davies, James Ward-Prowse, Andros Townsend, Danny Welbeck, Andreas Weimann



You can check out my Premier League Predictions as well as Previews for the weekend to follow up on possible outcomes.

Injuries and Suspensions:

For week 3 there are several players that are out through injury or suspension and several more that are questionable.

Arsenal: Jack Wilshire: ankle/foot; expected back against Tottenham

Santi Cazorla: ankle injury – out till late September

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: out for 6-12 weeks (early October)

Lukas Podolski: hamstring; out 8-10 weeks

Tomas Rosicky: Thigh injury – out till late September

Mikel Arteta: out till late September

Thomas Vermaelen: back injury – questionable

Diaby: out indefinitely

Yaya Sanogo: back injury – questionable

Aston Villa:

Charles N’Zogbia: Achilles – out indefinitely following surgery

Jores Okore: knee injury – out indefinitely; most likely for the season.

Cardiff City:

Craig Bellamy: knock – questionable; 50/50

Steven Caulker: Ankle injury – questionable

Andreas Cornelius: ankle sprain; questionable

David Marshall: hip injury – questionable


Crystal Palace:

Yannick Bolasie: out indefinitely: hamstring

Kagisho Dikgacoi: 1 match ban for red card

Jack Hunt: broken ankle – out for several months

Jimmy Kebe: groin – unknown return date

Patrick McCarthy – groin injury; out indefinitely

Glenn Murray: Knee – out till October/November

Jonathan Parr: questionable; match fitness

Jerome Thomas: ankle – questionable (25%-50%)

Joel Ward: calf – questionable

Jonathan Williams: ankle – out for several months


Antolin Alcaraz: hamstring – questionable

Darron Gibson: knee – questionable

Arouna Kone: knee injury – questionable

Steven Pienaar: muscle injury – questionable


Dimitar Berbatov: hamstring – questionable

Matthew Briggs: hip – questionable

Aaron Hughes: thigh – questionable (75%)

Bryan Ruiz: ankle injury – unknown return

Maartin Stekelenburg: shoulder – questionable (25%-50%)

Hull City:

Gedo: lack of fitness – questionable

Robert Koren: foot injury – late September return


Daniel Agger: knock – questionable

Joe Allen – Hamstring; questionable

Aly Cissokho: ankle sprain – unknown return

Sebastian Coates: out for the season with ACL knee surgery

Philippe Coutinho: shoulder – out till end of October following surgery

Glen Johnson: knee – out till mid October

Luis Suarez: serving 10 match ban; tentative return on 9/21

Manchester City:

Gael Clichy: knock – questionable

Martin Demichelis: knee – out till at least mid October

Vincent Kompany: out at least a month; groin

Micah Richards: hamstring – questionable

David Silva: thigh – questionable (75%)

Manchester United:

Darren Fletcher: out indefinitely; illness

Phil Jones: ankle – questionable/probable

Rafael: hamstring – questionable/probable

Newcastle United:

Jonas Gutierrez: hamstring – questionable

Gabriel Obertan: hamstring – questionable (75%)

Ryan Taylor: knee – out indefinitely

Michael Williamson: knock – questionable

Norwich City:

Elliott Bennett: Knee – out for several months


Daniel Fox: ankle – questionable

Luke Shaw: ankle – questionable

Stoke City:

Marc Muniesa: Groin – questionable


Phillip Bardsley: out indefinitely; broken foot

Wes Brown: knee – questionable

Swansea City:

Wilfried Bony: back – questionable

Pablo Hernandez: hamstring – questionable

Neil Taylor – thigh; out 4-6 weeks

Tottenham Hotspur:

Emmanuel Adebayor: listed as out due to personal reasons – unknown return

Etienne Capoue: Ankle – out till early October

Nacer Chadli: thigh – questionable

Aaron Lennon – foot; questionable

West Bromwich Albion:

Ben Foster – foot; out for up to 12 weeks

Zoltan Gera: out for the season; knee

Shane Long: hamstring – questionable

Steven Reid: out till September; knock

George Thorne: out for up to 8 months; knee

Matej Vydra – hamstring – questionable

West Ham United:

Andy Carroll: out till mid-September; foot

Joe Cole: hamstring – questionable

Alou Diarra: knee – unknown return

Stewart Downing: Leg – questionable

Winston Reid: knock – questionable


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