Our Fantasy Premier League tips Gameweek 5 defenders and goalkeepers round-up is here to help give your fantasy team the boost it needs as the table begins to take shape.
While our tips are based on FPL player prices, the principles should apply more or less across the board – so even if your preferred fantasy football at Sky Sports, the Telegraph, the Mirror or indeed anywhere else, stick around.
As educated guesses go, rest assured that our Fantasy Premier League tips remain every bit as educated as they are guessed. If you want straightforward score predictions, ask Mystic Megson.
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Leighton Baines and Séamus Coleman, Everton – £7m each
May not come cheap, but with a goal and three assists between them already this season the Premier League’s most dangerous pair of attacking full-backs look set for another productive season.
If the Toffees can follow their first clean sheet of the season in the 2-0 win at West Brom with another at home to Crystal Palace this weekend then all the better.
Neil Taylor and Jordi Amat, Swansea City – £4.5m each
Gameweek 5 sees the Swans at home to Southampton, who may have scored seven goals in their last two games but did so against two of the league’s poorest sides thus far.
Swansea have kept clean sheets in their previous two home games this season, so don’t rule out another four-point shut-out bonus for each of their defensive players.
Taylor’s assist for John Terry’s own goal in the 4-2 defeat at Chelsea shows he can muck in offensively too.
Eric Dier, Tottenham Hotspur – £5.4m
With all sorts of defensive options to mull over after giving two soft goals away at Sunderland, and a Europa League night on Thursday, who knows what Spurs’ back four might look like at home to struggling West Brom this weekend?
Dier should continue to deputise at right-back in the continuing absence of Kyle Walker, but keep an eye on whether Ben Davies replaces Danny Rose at left-back because the former Swansea man’s price has dropped to just £4.7m.
Obviously there’s Tim Howard, Łukasz Fabiański and Hugo Lloris as per our above recommendations, but we also fancy Stoke City’s Asmir Begović to keep a clean sheet at QPR.
Don’t rule out another shut-out for Burnley either – the Clarets welcome Sunderland, so £4.5m Andy Heaton could turn out to be a bargain.
Approach with caution – Chelsea
José Mourinho may have masterminded a 1-0 win at Man City last season, but the rate his restructured side is scoring at there should be less onus on keeping a clean sheet this time.
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