Fantasy Football Gameweek 5 Review: Outstanding Baines still the best buy

The Everton star is three points clear as the game's highest-scoring player after two goals against West Ham but Christian Benteke's injury was disastrous news for many

Leighton Baines (7) is in the habit of stacking up points but this week he swapped the assists and clean sheets for goals with two brilliant free kicks to turn the tide in Everton's 3-2 win over West Ham. The England international is expensive for a defender but is undeniably worth it and rewarded the investment once again to continue his reign atop the individual standings. After his 13 this week, Baines' 32 points overall make him the best player in the game so far this season.

Not far behind him is Southampton's Dejan Lovren (4), who is quickly becoming a must-buy for fantasy football players with 12 points this week. With the Croatian and Jose Fonte (4) at centre-back, the Saints have only conceded two goals so far, equal to Chelsea and bettered only by Tottenham's one.

Another clean sheet for Lovren at Anfield was supplemented by his match-winning header from a corner – which could be the first of a few if other opponents are as defensively obliging as Liverpool. A bargain.

One man who Goal tipped as a great budget pick in our weekend preview was Robbie Brady (4.5) and the Hull City Tigers star did not disappoint, registering a goal and an assist against in-form Newcastle to bag 10 points for the round.

At the other end of the cost spectrum, if you took us up on our recommendation to make Mesut Ozil (10) your captain this week, you were rewarded as Arsenal's record signing had a hand in all three of their goals. The German officially recorded two assists against Stoke City and earned eight points – a feat equalled by goalscoring defenders Per Mertesacker (5) and Bacary Sagna (5).

Meanwhile, in the weekend's biggest match, Sergio Aguero (10.5) justified his price tag with two goals against Manchester United. On the pitch and in the fantasy game, he is the man for the big occasion.



If you went for Ozil as your captain, well done – if you opted for Christian Benteke (8) instead, bad luck indeed. His fine form and a slightly flimsy pair of Norwich City centre-backs made the Aston Villa striker a tempting proposition but an injury after half an hour saw him withdrawn with just one point for participation.

It could have been worse, though. If you were expecting a tight game in the Manchester derby and chose Rio Ferdinand (5.5) or Nemanja Vidic (5.5) for a big-game presence at centre-back, it was not to be as City comprehensively roasted David Moyes' side. Four goals conceded means no points at all for them, Patrice Evra (5.5) or David de Gea (5.5).

Of course, the game could have been quite different if Robin van Persie (13) had featured. The Dutchman was a surprise absentee on Sunday - disappointing the 57.76 per cent of players who have him in their teams - due to a groin strain.

One of our tips went badly wrong this week, however, as Jussi Jaaskelainen's (5) hopes of a quiet afternoon at Upton Park were ruined by Baines. Just one point for the West Ham keeper, who will be wondering if he could have done more to stop the left-back’s first free kick.

A more expensive flop was, once again, Eden Hazard (9.5). We warned you on Friday to get rid and the Chelsea star is still yet to register a single goal or assist to justify his price, picking up a measly three points.


Thankfully, there were not too many injuries or suspensions coming out of this week's matches that could affect your plans for the next round.

The afore-mentioned Benteke looks to be the biggest casualty but, while there is not yet any confirmation of how long the Belgian will be out for with a groin problem, Villa manager Paul Lambert is hopeful of a swift recovery.

Moyes, meanwhile, is confident that Van Persie will be back for United's next Premier League outing against West Brom, the striker having only just missed out on the derby.

One man who will be suspended for next week's potentially lucrative match against Hull is West Ham midfielder Mark Noble (5). Though he buried a penalty for Sam Allardyce's side, the 26-year-old was shown a second yellow card shortly afterwards. If you are among the 1.3% of players who selected the Hammers star, you will need a Plan B.

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