For my gameweek 5 fantasy Premier League tips I will be discussing which players have been failures to start this season. This is a topic that I have been covering in my weekly articles over at Togga and I wanted to take a look at some of the players that have really flopped in the first four matches prior to the international break.
Depending on which format you are playing in there are going to be some players that are more or less of a failure. There are plenty of players that do well in a DFS format for a specific week, but have not played well overall for the first four matches. There are also several players that will get you points in a draft format, such as Togga, but haven’t fared so well in salary cap games.
Here are five players that have been flops this season:
John Terry: The Chelsea captain did not miss a single match all of last season and was one of the top scoring defenders in FPL. This season he has been part of a shambolic defense that has left him with -2 points. He is at the top of my drop list and could be a player riding the bench more often this season.
Saido Berahino: With just 4 points picked up this season and the transfer fiasco of the summer he has become a liability to fantasy owners. He does have a point to prove, but there are questions about whether he will be playing any time soon, especially with the addition of Salomon Rondon.
Christian Benteke: 15 points isn’t necessarily a bad number after four matches, but for a player that is the leading striker for Liverpool, this number should be significantly higher. There is at least some upside with Benteke starting with the fact that he has been a slow starter. He is also playing for a new time and will take some time to adjust to new tactics. Lastly there is the fact that Liverpool will have some favorable matchups coming up against Norwich and Aston Villa. Could be worth holding on to.
Roberto Firmino: After Liverpool spent £29m for the Brazilian forward it was inevitable that he would be seen as a flop unless he hit the ground running. Personally I think comparing a player based on his fee is ridiculous, but it happens. The problem for Firmino has been his inability to adapt to the Premier League, something that is not new to players coming into the league from elsewhere. He is a player that should be dumped in just about every format except any draft league, though even then he might be worth dropping and picking up later as a free agent or on waivers if so desired.
Wayne Rooney: The Manchester United captain is on here simply because of expectations and his failure to meet them. He is United’s main striker and is set to remain so through the season by default after every single other striker on the team was sold. He should have at least 20 FPL points, but instead he has just 11 after already playing every minute of United’s four matches. His highest points tally was in their first match when he got five points for the assist on Kyle Walker’s own goal. At £10.4m he is far too overpriced for his current output. The only reason to keep him would be to avoid making a transfer and the fact that he will continue to start. There is also the fear of missing out once he does find his form. Remember, Rooney is a very streaky player and tends to score goals in bunches. Having scored two goals on international duty (albeit from penalties) to break Sir Bobby Charlton’s record, he could be due for a streak now.
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