Fantasy Football Friday: Risks and Rewards in Week 5 of the Premier League

Premier League Fantasy TipsEach week I try to bring you tips for your Premier League Fantasy Football team. This week I’ll be looking at some of the risks and rewards to be found in gameweek 5 of the Premier League.

Last week I discussed when to use your wildcard and I did not heed my advice, which may have been a bad idea since I slipped down the rankings several thousand places. However, it is looking like I will be using it this week considering how many players I currently have injured or simply in need of a move on.

One bit of business which I failed to capitalize on was starting Raheem Sterling and leaving Juan Mata out, after rumors that he would sit over the weekend. Which brings me to this weekend’s topic: Risks and Rewards

Raheem Sterling has been one of the most dynamic English players in the Premier League and having him on your team is almost a must. The problem is that he is just 19 years old and this year Liverpool are involved in the Champions League, which means that there will be more Liverpool players rested than last season.

Their is still a strong risk to reward factor when considering Raheem Sterling. He’s the sort of player who can create goals for himself and teammates. He has already proved that with two goals and an assist in 283 minutes of play. The risk is in the fact that he has only played one full match and did not even start against Aston Villa.

This raises many questions going forward. Sterling has the ability to be a massive points producer for any fantasy football team, but if he is being sat on the bench he does no good for your Premier League fantasy team.

That said, the same is often true for nearly every player on your team. There is every chance that even the Premier League fantasy points leader, Diego Costa, will be sat this weekend after playing midweek in the Champions League. There are also the continuing injury concerns for Sergio Aguero.

So, even when you think you have a solid team there is always the risk that any one of your players will be left on the bench and leaving you hanging without any points.

This weekend there are a few interesting players to look at picking up including:

Gylfi Sigurdsson – still a good buy at 6.5 and Swansea will be hosting Southampton this weekend which should see him get some more action.

Ryan Shawcross – one of the better defenders this season and still a bargain buy at 5.6. Stoke take on Queens Park Rangers who have scored just one goal this season.

Angel Di Maria – while not a bargain with a value at 9.7, he has put in two quality outings and already has 17 points on the season. With Manchester United taking on Leicester City he could produce several more points for your midfield.

Nikica Jelavic – the Hull City striker could be a solid addition at 6.0. Hull take on the struggling Newcastle United and Jelavic could do well and add to his tally of two goals on the season.