We’re once again giving you our loves and hates for each week in a segment called “Start ‘Em and Sit ‘Em”. You should know the drill, but if you don’t, we pick one option from each position. Pretty cut and dry, and quite simply… basic. It is more based on my feelings and gut approach for the week’s upcoming and changes from week-to-week. I look at match-ups and form to formulate my craziness. It’s like musical chairs, without all the screaming kids and regretful feeling of loss. So sit back, relax, and have a look at who we would start and sit based on match-ups and value. It’s Fantasy Premier League Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em, Week 5 (plus a sleeper/under-owned fella that should be owned and isn’t).
Start – Ben Davies, Tottenham – For a long time I assumed he was only a part time option, but it’s beginning to look more and more like Davies could keep his job even when Danny Rose comes back. Oh, and the Welshman is top five in both chances created, accurate crosses, and assists among all Premier League players.
Sit – Ahmed Hegazi, West Brom – Was addressed last week as well, but Hegazi is still the most owned defender but he shouldn’t be. Not only is he likely going to lose his job soon, but even if he didn’t, he’s part of a Baggies defence that’s looking leakier by the week.
Contrarian Play – Jesus Gamez, Newcastle – This week’s winner of the “Which 4.0 Defender Could Actually Get Minutes?!” award. Newcastle have two straight clean sheets and with Yedlin still yet to return to full fitness, Gamez has a chance at both starting and keeping a clean sheet against Stoke’s 14th ranked attack.
Start – Riyad Mahrez, Leicester – All the big clubs are about to put fantasy owners through rotation hell *glares at Pep Guardiola*, but not Leicester. With no Champions League football the guaranteed minutes for Mahrez make him look a tasty option, especially considering he’s tied for second in assists already this season.
Sit – ALL THESE DEFENSIVE MIDFIELDERS – There are five defensive guys in the top 20 in midfield ownership and I just don’t understand it. Kante, Matic, Xhaka, Doucoure, and Can… I’m off of all of them.
Punt Play – Pascal Groß, Brighton – He was a sneaky pre-season guy and lived up to the billing when he was part of every Brighton goal on Saturday. He sits first or second in every meaningful attacking statistic at the club so there could be sneaky value here.
Start – Harry Kane, Tottenham – Well, turns out the August curse was actually real. Since September started, Kane has scored five goals in four matches for club and country. He won the last two Golden Boots and now begins the race to a potential third.
Sit – Wayne Rooney, Everton – Rooney is somehow the sixth most owned forward but A) isn’t even starting up front and B) isn’t even good. This Everton attack lacks any focal point and going up against the league’s best defence is not encouraging even if you buy into the revenge goal angle.
Lucky Strike – Joselu, Newcastle – Guess who has the most shots on target in the Premier League right now? If you said Harry Kane or Lukaku… well you’re right, but Joselu is actually tied with them (nine). Newcastle are quietly top ten in chances created so Joselu should have several opportunities to put the ball in the net.