Alternatives to the big hitters

With an interesting start to the FPL season we're finding that many of the so called 'big hitters' or 'Elites' are not bringing home the bacon. We've looked up some alternatives to these players in lower price ranges and might bring some points for better value.

With the top scoring midfielder currently Mahrez, who started at £5.5m (now £6.1m) and was one of our top picks for the season start, and many of the other top Midfielders priced below £7m, it's becoming a repeat occurrence for the big hitters to disappoint given their price tag. We were wondering which of these players would make good transfer targets and even make great options for our Daily Fantasy Games (check out FantasyBet's post on their top picks for GW5). So let's dig in.

Andre Ayew

The exciting Ghanaian talent is a midfielder on FPL and FantasyBet but plays much more like a forward. He's already scored 3 and picked up an assist, with a performance against Man Utd who had previously been pretty solid in their other games. We've already picked up Ayew, who has risen in price but still comes for a pretty decent £7.2m. With a fixture against Watford this weekend followed by a home fixture against Everton, he perhaps has not the easiest outlook but Swansea's form so far has been undeniable.

Bafetimbi Gomis

Another Swansea player, he has been consistently putting the goal into the net (the right net!). With an affordable price tag of £7.4 he certainly looks to have the ability (and form) to bring home good points for your FPL squad. We're still huge fans of Sergio Aguero, but we think that Gomis could be a great second choice in your forward lineup.

Callum Wilson

We already mentioned Callum in our top picks at the start of the season, but it's worth mentioning him again here. He had a great season in the Championship last year, which we know doesn't mean a good one this year but the stats point in that direction already, so if you're on a budget, we rate him to be a good pickup for the price.

Bakary Sako

Crystal Palace's attacking midfielder is already among the top point scorers, with a couple of goals and an assist. He's one to watch for sure, but they have a tough schedule facing Manchester City and Spurs in their next two games.

Salomon Rondon

Watching this player you can see great potential in West Brom's new signing. With a good record in Russia last season, scoring 20 goals, and already picking up points, he could be a fantastic differential given the low 0.9% ownership. With a mixed bag of fixtures, but a good outlook from GW7/8, it's not a dead cert but this powerful and quick forward has good goal scoring potential especially given the questions around Berahino at West Brom.

Dusan Tadic

Some good points already and a good sub-7m price of £6.9m, the versatile Southampton attacking midfielder appears to be in good form, picking up a couple of goals when he was deployed on the left of midfield against Norwich.

Nacer Chadli

Probably Spurs' most exciting player at the moment, the quick and tall Chadli has been bringing our team points since the start of the season. With potential to play as a forward and a couple of good fixtures coming up for Spurs, we really do have a soft spot for this player.

Ones to Watch

We could not possibly spotlight on all of the options, but we're keeping an eye on a few others out there too. Stoke's new signing Shaqiri, Aston Villa's Traore, West Ham's Payet, and of course not forgetting Sunderland's Lens.

Hopefully you can make some good picks for the coming weekend. Don't forget about your Elite players though, the top tier teams are always well placed from the off to score good points and missing out on an Aguero or Pedro hatrick would be a shame indeed :-)

Good luck with Game Week 5! 

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