The fifth gameweek of the Fantasy Premier League season saw the defenders topping the scores with the Dream Team taking a strange 5-2-3 formation. Everton kicked things off on Saturday with an excellent performance away at Swansea with a record-breaking 31 shots. With Southampton up next, it comes as no surprise that there has already been significant investment in their fantasy assets. Although, managers should be wary as the Saints will be full of confidence after notching their first win of the season in the 4-1 triumph over Aston Villa. There were some excellent scores this weekend so without further ado, here is the Fantasy Premier League Dream Team in a valid formation:
DREAM TEAM ANALYSIS
The Gameweek 5 Dream Team is dominated by defenders in a weekend where they were on top thanks to attacking returns. The highest scoring player was Chelsea hero Ashley Cole (6.6m), who popped up in the right position to flick home a goal right at the death against Stoke. With Chelsea successfully shutting Stoke out, Cole was rewarded with a massive 15-point haul. If Di Matteo continues to use the same strategy, both Chelsea full backs could be in for strong fantasy seasons but investment should be delayed with the upcoming fixtures in mind.
Baines (7.2m) continued his excellent start to the season with a double figure haul to fully justify his expensive pricetag. Although, clean sheets for Everton are not guaranteed, Baines offers great attacking threat and should be a player in your squad in the coming weeks, where Everton take on Southampton, Wigan and QPR. Rafael (5.7m) provided another reminder of his potential in attack with a great left-footed curler to bring United back into the game at Anfield. His spot seems secure with United suffering from defensive injuries, but they have some difficult matches coming up where defensive returns could be a rarity.
Another Everton player whose price is set to rise tonight is the big Belgian Marouane Fellaini (7.1m) following his strong performance against Swansea, where he grabbed a goal and an assist. As long as Moyes continues to favour the one striker, Fellaini will have plenty of chances to return attacking points playing in the hole. Gerrard (9.4m) got his first goal of the season against United and for the brave fantasy manager, he could be an interesting differential with Liverpool taking on Norwich, Stoke and Reading in the next 3 gameweeks.
The start of the season has revealed some excellent budget strikers vying for places in our squad and one man who deserves our fantasy attention is Rickie Lambert (6.1m). Tormenting the Villa defence, Lambert drove his team forward collecting his 3rd and 4th goals of the season in the process. For those looking for a cheap forward, Lambert is worthy of your consideration as Southampton’s fixtures improve following a difficult start. Two other budget strikers complete the Fantasy Premier League Dream Team in a weekend where Lukaku (6.5m) got the all important goal against Reading and Anichebe (5.3m) grabbed his second goal in as many matches for Everton. Both strikers look like a handful up top and will cause problems for any opposing defence. Although, Lukaku seems more secure for gametime as Anichebe will have to fight it out with fit-again Nikica Jelavic for the lone striker role at Everton.
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