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Daily Fantasy Premier League Week 5: Attacker Picks

Welcome to Daily Fantasy Premier League Week 5. We have selected the best attackers for your Saturday and Sunday daily fantasy lineups (and noted a few to avoid!)

We’re shaking things up a bit this week for sites and fantasy salaries.

For Saturday’s picks we’ve provided fantasy prices for DraftKings, FanDuel and Mondogoal. DraftKings haven’t got Sunday contests scheduled, so instead we’re showing prices for FanDuel, Mondogoal and PlayON.

For goalkeeper and defense recommendations, head on over to our Daily Fantasy Premier League Week 5 defense guide.


Forwards

From the studs to the value picks, you’re spoilt for strikers in Daily Fantasy Premier League Week 5. Check out our choices for Saturday and Sunday fixtures.

Saturday

Jamie Vardy

Last week Vardy scored his second goal of the season, on three shots. As a result his fantasy point average has been steadily rising.

  • Jamie Vardy, Leicester City ($9,400 DK, £9.5m FD, £9.5m MG). Leicester suffered a brutal defeat to Liverpool in Week 4, but nonetheless Vardy put in an enthusiastic performance. He scored his second goal of the season, on three shots, and as a result his fantasy point average has been steadily rising. His team may not be up to much, but Vardy is a great potential pick for Week 5.
  • Romelu Lukaku, Everton ($8,600 DK, £9.2m FD, £8.5m MG). Lukaku put in a truly insane performance against Sunderland last week, racking up 45 DraftKings points. Scoring 3 goals from 9 shots, 6 of which were on target, Lukaku showed how high his upside can be. We’re anticipating great things from the Evertonian in his home match against Middlesbrough.
  • Kelechi Iheanacho, Manchester City ($7,200 DK, £6.6m FD, £6.9m MG). In only 53 minutes of game time, Iheanacho scored a goal and made an assist in the fiercely competitive Manchester derby. With such an impressive performance, we’re looking to see him as a starter against Bournemouth this week.

Sunday

Zlatan Ibrahimović at Euro 2012

Though he only scored 1 goal on 10 shots (3 on target) in the Manchester derby, Ibra is a consistent goal-scorer with 4 netted this season.

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Manchester United (£15.1m FD, £18.1m MG, £14.4m PO). The undisputed favourite for Daily Fantasy Premier League Week 5 striker. Just look at his quadruple first position ranking on Rotowire! Though he only scored 1 goal on 10 shots (3 on target) in the Manchester derby, Ibra is a consistent goal-scorer with 4 netted this season. Ibrahimovic is a must pick for cash games.
  • Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur (£11.2m FD, £10.2m MG, £14.7m PO). Harry Kane is – dare we say it – getting back on form! The Spurs striker netted a goal against Stoke last week, to the attention of fantasy managers everywhere. Gary Lineker recently suggested Kane is at risk of burnout, but we’re taking his recent goal as a step towards his fantastic 2015/16 season form.
  • Christian Benteke, Crystal Palace (£7.9m FD, £7.5m MG, £10.0m PO). Scoring an excellent goal against Middlesbrough last week, ex-Liverpool forward Christian Benteke is proving himself to be a strong player for Palace. Benteke is now taking on Stoke in Week 5, and looks to be a good pick against their fairly weak defense side.

Players to Avoid

Nolito on Benfica

Nolito is a solid player, but we reckon you’re better off with Iheanacho for a Man City scorer.

  • Nolito, Manchester City ($7,500 DK, £9.4m FD, £7.3m MG). Nolito is a solid player, but we reckon you’re better off with Iheanacho for a Man City scorer. As a slightly cheaper alternative who has scored more goals and put in such a great performance against Manchester United, Iheanacho is leaps and bounds ahead of his fellow attacker.
  • Troy Deeney, Watford (£7.9m FD, £7.6m MG, £9.8m PO). The Watford attacker did score his first goal of the season against West Ham last week, but in Week 5 he risks getting washed away by a Manchester United attacking side smarting from their derby loss. A contrarian pick at best, we reckon it’s best to leave Deeney off your rosters this week.

Midfielders

Though Saturday generally has better midfielder choices than Sunday for Daily Fantasy Premier League Week 5, there’s still plenty of choice for your rosters over both days.

Saturday

Alexis Sanchez. Photo by Kieran Clarke.

Sanchez was benched during the Week 4 Southampton match with fitness concerns, but after a great Champions League performance on Tuesday 13th he is looking promising as a starter for Week 5.

  • Kevin de Bruyne, Manchester City ($9,700 DK, £15.3m FD, £13.0m MG). Kevin de Bruyne is a firm fantasy favourite this season, especially after scoring a goal on 6 shots against Manchester United last week. He also has an excellent record with assists, showing an all-rounder attitude. For a cheaper alternative who will still get you Man City attacking action, check out Raheem Sterling ($7,400 DK, £7.3m MG).
  • Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal ($9,200 DK, £13m FD, £10.5m MG). Arsenal are expected to wipe the floor with Hull this week, and Sanchez will likely be a key part of this. He was benched during the Week 4 Southampton match with fitness concerns, but after a great Champions League performance on Tuesday 13th he is looking promising as a starter for Week 5. Best to keep an eye on this though!
  • Santiago Cazorla, Arsenal ($7,700 DK, £9.8m FD, £12.5m MG). Cazorla showing off his penalty kicking prowess again last week, netting a goal past Fraser Forster in Arsenal’s 2-1 victory over Southampton. Whether you go for Sanchez or Cazorla may depend on which site you’re using. Note that Sanchez is more expensive on DraftKings, but the opposite is true on Mondogoal.
  • Michail Antonio, West Ham United ($7,600 DK, £10.3m FD, £10.0m MG). Antonio has been on great form this season, scoring 4 goals in as many matches. This included two goals in West Ham’s 4-2 loss against Watford. Antonio is also a cheaper alternative to Dmitri Payet, who is currently a whopping £13.4m on Mondogoal.

Sunday

Nathan Redmond

Redmond has been a bit quiet since his goal-scoring Week 1 debut, but Southampton are in a favourable fixture against Swansea, giving him plenty of opportunity to shine.

  • Christian Eriksen, Tottenham Hotspur (£10.1m FD, £12.7m MG, £11.9m PO). Eriksen put in a great performance against Stoke last week, assisting Hueng-Min Son with two goals and attempting three shots himself, as well as 6 crosses. The versatile midfielder hasn’t scored a goal yet, but his range of fantasy-friendly tactics means he keeps a great fantasy point per game average.
  • Dusan Tadic, Southampton (£9.9m FD, £8.6m MG, £11.1m PO). Tadic showed off a range of skills in Southampton’s 1-1 draw against Watford in Week 1. With two shots on goal, 8 crosses and 6 key passes, this midfielder more than proved his worth in Southampton’s starting lineup. We’re keen on his chances to really perform against Swansea this week.
  • Nathan Redmond, Southampton (£9.1m FD, £7.5m MG, £8.8m PO). Another Southampton standout, Redmond made his Week 1 team debut one to remember. He scored a goal on five shots, two of which were on target. The 22-year-old has been a bit quiet since, but Southampton are in a favourable fixture against Swansea, giving him plenty of opportunity to shine.

Players to Avoid

Robert Snodgrass playing for Hull City

We don’t think Robert Snodgrass’ moments of midfield genius are going to stand up to Arsenal’s strong attacking side.

  • Robert Snodgrass, Hull City ($6,600 DK, £9.1m FD, £10.3m MG). If Hull were in a different fixture this week, we’d be gunning on Snodgrass as a fantastic tournament pick. This is thanks to his variability and high upside. However, we don’t think this midfielder’s moments of genius are going to stand up to Arsenal’s strong attacking side. There’s being contrarian and then there’s throwing away points.
  • Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Manchester United (£9.5m FD, £11.5m MG, £12.2m PO). Unfortunately Mkhitaryan’s knee injury flared up after the Manchester derby, his first match of the season. Now he’s rumoured to be off for the next three matches to recover! His starting role last week is really making us start to question Mourinho‘s midfield decisions.

This has been our Daily Fantasy Premier League Week 5 attacking guide!

Before heading off to draft your lineups, make sure to consult our Daily Fantasy Premier League Week 5 defense picks guide.

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