A pause for the International Break allows time to consider the Fantasy Premier League form and fixtures.
Those managers with an active wildcard can look towards the key players with a blend of both for Gameweek 5 onwards.
With a strong start to the season, plus just one difficult game in the next 4, Chelsea, Spurs and Manchester City look to be the best Fantasy Premier League prospects for Gameweek 5 onwards.
Marcos Alonso and Eden Hazard are the form players for Chelsea, and the only fantasy assets to return attacking points in each of the first four Premier League games.
The fixtures suggest that pattern is set to continue. Pedro may provide a cheaper route into the Chelsea side, but his place and minutes are less secure, so he does carry a risk. If Alonso is priced just out of reach, consider Cesar Azpilicueta.
Lucas Moura and Kieran Trippier have been the form players for Spurs to date. The former could lose his place when Son returns from International duty. Trippier has a fair share of set pieces, but could be rotated around Champions League fixtures.
Jan Vertonghen could be a safer route into the defence, although a solitary clean sheet to date is disappointing. Harry Kane is likely to be the biggest source of points for Spurs as the season progresses. Liverpool up next will be a tough test.
Sergio Aguero and Benjamin Mendy are the standout options from the Manchester City squad, gaining 4 starts apiece so far. They’ve both returned five attacking involvements over the opening four games.
The fixtures remain strong for the next three, with a greater chance of clean sheets after an inconsistent start. Aymeric Laporte or Ederson could provide a defensive double up and both hold an attacking threat. The midfield is a minefield.
Liverpool and Watford have produced the best opening start to the season, outside of this weeks Front Runners. The fixtures have been particularly kind, so it remains to be seen whether they can maintain these levels against tougher opposition from Gameweek 5.
Those managers who started the season with the popular triple up of Sadio Mane, Mohammed Salah and Andrew Robertson have amassed big scores. Mo Salah lags behind the other two in terms of FPL points, but was fixture proof last year.
With three clean sheets in their opening four games, the Liverpool defence have been excellent value for money. Alisson could be a set and forget goalkeeper pick. For those carrying three Liverpool players, it might be time to lose one or two to chase the fixtures.
Pereyra and Holebas have been the biggest source of points for Watford so far, although games against Manchester Untied and Arsenal in the next 3, may dissuade managers. Neither of these opponents are showing any consistency as yet.
Defensive assets will be difficult to hold through the next period, although Ben Foster is usually reliable for save points. Troy Deeney has two goals and an assist already, and could be worth considering as a cheap forward to save funds.
There’s plenty of teams with favourable fixtures ahead, with Arsenal and Burnley the pick of the bunch. Bournemouth, Leicester, Crystal Palace and Manchester United can also be considered here too from Gameweek 5.
Arsenal have yet to keep a clean sheet, and none of their attacking assets have provided any consistency to date. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nacho Monreal have the class to deliver points in this period.
Burnley will start to find some form, without the complication of the Europa League. A defensive set up doesn’t favour their attackers, but clean sheets should emerge soon. James Tarkoswki already has two goals this season.
Bournemouth have an attacking set up, so the defence probably shouldn’t be considered. Callum Wilson has been the best source of fantasy points to date, with two goals and three assists. This form should continue across the favourable fixture run.
It’s been a tough start for Leicester, but they’ve put up a good fight in the big games. James Maddison has a goal and an assist already, with plenty of set piece responsibility. Wait for more defensive solidarity before chasing clean sheet points.
With Zaha potentially out for the next two weeks, Crystal Palace are difficult to invest in. With just one clean sheet, the defence are lacking consistency. However, Wayne Hennessey has managed 18 saves, including a penalty.
Manchester United are another team having an inconsistent start, with just the one clean sheets. Romelu Lukaku could be worth a look, given he has 3 goals from 3 starts. He’s an expensive outlay, given the other options in this bracket.