Fantasy Football Tips, Gameweek 5 – Midfield and Strikers

The most expensive players aren't currently the best performing.

Hatem Ben Arfa, one of our Fantasy Football tips for Gameweek 5
Ben Arfa… Yours for just £7.1m

Our Fantasy Football Tips for Gameweek 5 now turn their attentions to the midfield and strikers, having already looked at goalkeepers and defence.

Remember – our Fantasy Football Tips are based on the official Premier League version of the game, although the principles should apply across the board.


This weekend’s big winners were Hatem Ben Arfa, Aaron Ramsey and Gylfi Sigurðsson – an(other) goal and an assist for the former, two goals apiece for the latter pair.

At just £5.7m Ramsey is the most tempting, although he and his Arsenal teammates come up against a resilient Stoke City side this weekend. The Potters have back-to-back clean sheets, but the Gunners do have home advantage.

What might count against Ramsey over the course of the season is the depth of competition he faces for a place in the Gunners’ midfield, especially when Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla return – and similar could be said for Gylfi Sigurðsson (£6.9m) at Tottenham Hotspur.

The Icelandic has certainly thrown himself in the mix with his match-winning strikes, and as a former Swansea City player may relish Spurs’s trip to Cardiff City this weekend.

Ultimately, though, you have to imagine that the expensive likes of Paulinho, Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela with take precedence.

While he’s the most expensive of the three at £7.1m, Ben Arfa is also the most likely to remain as his side’s main man, which he undoubtedly is for a resurgent Newcastle United at the moment.

A home game against Hull City on Saturday may be another good opportunity for the Frenchman to weave his magic.

In case you’re wondering, Mesut Özil will set you back a whopping £10m. On the flip side, you can still get Everton whizz kid Ross Barkley for just £5m – he’s starting to look like a fixture in the Toffees’ side.


Neither Robin van Persie or Sergio Agüero are pulling up any trees so, at £14m and £11.m respectively, you might want to disregard both until they start showing signs of their top form.

Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud is the man in form, and his £8.9m fee frees you up to upgrade elsewhere (don’t forget, you can play your wildcard if you haven’t already).

Aston Villa may have lost again but Christian Benteke scored yet another goal, while Daniel Sturridge looks to have ‘found himself’ at Liverpool.

Both cost £9.2m and look well worth it, the latter especially since Liverpool are at home to Southampton.

Loïc Rémy finally made his debut for Newcastle United, while Romelu Lukaku is now free to make his Everton bow after their win over his parent club Chelsea – both can be acquired for £7.4m.

With Newcastle welcoming Hull and Ben Arfa on fire, you might fancy throwing your eggs in the Rémy basket.

It’s conceivable that Lukaku will give West Ham problems, though, even at Upton Park.