Last week’s recommendations provided two big hits. Sofiane Boufal tallied an assist from two key passes and completed nine dribbles in Southampton’s 1-0 win at Sheffield United. Boufal’s 19 points were the joint-seventh most among all midfielders in GW5. In defense, Frédéric Guilbert made five interceptions and helped keep a clean sheet against West Ham United. Only four defenders produced more points in GW5 than Guilbert, who returned a personal high of 18.75 points. Adama Traoré and Oliver McBurnie had quiet outings, but Isaac Hayden made enough defensive actions to finish as a top-30 midfielder with 7.5 points.
As always, this column provides weekly free agent and wavier-wire recommendations for Fantrax leagues using Togga scoring. Players on this list must be available in over 50 percent of leagues on Fantrax.com. Players will be recommended as adds for 10 or 12 team leagues and be assigned one of the following classifications. These include streaming options, (one-week adds), short-term/long-term adds (worth holding for a specific duration of matches), and must-adds. Players can also appear on this list for multiple gameweeks. For example, if there’s still value in a player from one gameweek to the next and he’s still available in over 50 percent of leagues, you can expect multiple appearances. Finally, the positional distribution of the players included will fluctuate based on the number of attention-worthy performers on a week-to-week basis.
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Serge Aurier, Tottenham (44%): Aurier made the most of his first start of the season in the 4-0 win over Crystal Palace in GW5. The 26-year-old fullback returned two assists, five interceptions and a clean sheet in route to 31.25 points, the second-most by a defender in a single match this season. While rotation risk looms since Kyle Walker-Peters (58%) is now fit, Aurier still holds enough value to be a top waiver-wire target. The right-back has now posted double digits in 12 of his 26 career appearances for Spurs and produced 14 or more points in five of his last nine starts dating back to the beginning of last season. The situation makes Aurier an ideal addition for managers in 12-team leagues, as well as those looking to enhance their defensive rotation.
Fikayo Tomori, Chelsea (7%): After a quiet performance on his Premier League debut against Sheffield United, Tomori was front and center in the 5-2 win over Wolverhampton. The youngster scored the opener with a stunning long-range strike, while his eight interceptions and 69 passes were both bests among Chelsea defenders. As the only center-back to start in each of the last two games, the youth movement under Frank Lampard suggests that the 21-year-old could emerge as a regular for the rest of the season. He's an add for keeper league who seems to have a chance to be a foundational piece for the Chelsea defense going forward.
Moussa Djenepo, Southampton (6%): Moussa Djenepo looked the part for Southampton on his first start of the season. Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl decided to use a 3-4-2-1 formation in GW5 against Sheffield United, deploying the Mali international at left wingback instead of left-back Ryan Bertrand. The choice paid off in a big way as Djenepo put in a man of the match performance, highlighted by a brilliant individual effort for his second goal of the season. He muscled Oliver Norwood off the ball at midfield, drove through the heart of Sheffield United’s defense, and delivered a low strike beyond the reach of goalkeeper Dean Henderson. Djenepo’s monster outing, which included two shots on target and six completed dribbles, saw him rank produce the joint-fourth highest score by a midfielder (24.50) in GW5. With the summer signing rostered in just 12% of leagues as of Monday night, you can expect a big spike when waivers clear. Djenepo isn’t a weekly lock in the starting XI just yet, but it’s hard to see Hasenhuttl keeping him on the bench with a few more convincing performances. In 12-team leagues, he could emerge as a midfielder three or four with a starting role. I would use a middle of the pack waiver claim or a FAAB bid in the region of $5-10 on Djenepo.
Davy Propper, Brighton (44%): It’s time to add Propper. For starters, he’s averaging more than seven points in matches without an offensive return this season. The other main selling point is his offensive involvement due to the absence of Leandro Trossard. Propper is averaging 2.5 shots per game without Trossard, opposed to just 1.33 per game with the winger in the starting XI. With Dale Stephens sitting deep and defender Dan Burn expected to operate on the left side of midfield, Propper will serve as the late runner into the box when Brighton is in the final third. His increased attacking role is worth noting since Newcastle have conceded the fourth-most shots in the box (53) and the joint-fourth most big chances (12) this season. Consider Propper a streaming option for GW6 and a long-term add for 12-team leagues.
Christian Atsu, Newcastle (31%): Atsu continues to produce. His 19 points were seventh-best among midfielders in GW5, while his 49 points and nine key passes through the last three weeks are both second-best among midfielders as well. Having exceeded 12 fantasy points and provided three key passes in each of the previous three matches, Atsu has starting value against Brighton (h) and Leicester City (a).
John Fleck, Sheffield United (1%): With all eyes on Oliver Norwood, most managers have overlooked Fleck. The midfielder placed inside the top-20 for key passes in the Championship last season and ranked joint-ninth in assists. Fleck returned to the starting XI in GW5 after missing two matches and had a notable performance against Southampton. The Scotland international took five shots, supplied three key passes, and split duties on corners with Norwood. The blend of shots, key passes, and share of set-piece duties makes Fleck a bench add consideration for deeper leagues.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Everton (29%): Calvert-Lewin snapped a brutal run of 971 minutes without a Premier League goal following his header in the 44th minute against Bournemouth in GW5. Everton's first-choice striker role is still an open battle since Calvert-Lewin and Moise Kean have made slow starts to the season. However, DCL's goal might be enough for manager Marco Silva to stick with the hot hand when Everton welcome Sheffield United this weekend. The Blades defense have conceded in each of their away matches, giving DLC value as a streamer in GW6.
Dominic Solanke, Bournemouth (5%): Eddie Howe tweaked his starting XI after Bournemouth’s defeat at Leicester City. Callum Wilson and Dominic Solanke comprised the frontline, Joshua King and Harry Wilson played on the wings, and Ryan Fraser started from the bench. The alterations paid off as Bournemouth got two goals from Callum Wilson and one from Fraser in a 3-1 win over Everton. While Solanke may be back on the bench for the trip Southampton this weekend, Howe might stick with the same XI for the south-coast derby. He’s worth a look since you should be able to add him once waivers clear.