Steven Naismith might not be the most glamorous of Fantasy iTeam players but managers who selected him were handsomely rewarded on Gameweek 5.
The Everton attacker did not even start his team’s match against Chelsea but an early injury to Muhammed Besic gave Naismith his chance and he took it, striking a perfect hat-trick as his side beat Jose Mourinho’s men comfortably.
That meant Naismith racked up a massive 16 points for the Gameweek and incredibly, he only had four points from four games prior to this weekend’s action. Teammate Ross Barkley was also in fine form, scoring eight points to take his season tally up to 31.
Wes Hoolahan was another of the Premier League’s unheralded players who did the business on Gameweek 5, picking up 11 points for his man of the match display as Norwich City beat Bournemouth 3-1.
The Ireland international was in great form with a goal and an assist and as the fulcrum of his team’s best attacking moves he might be worth transferring in for Fantasy iTeam managers.
Riyad Mahrez has been one of the must-have Fantasy iTeam players in the early weeks of the season and he was in fine form again in Gameweek 5 as he inspired Leicester City to a dramatic 3-2 win over Midlands rivals Aston Villa.
The winger collected two assists, including picking out Nathan Dyer for his late winning header, as he scored another eight points. He is now the third top scoring player in Fantasy iTeam this season.
However, Mahrez is still behind Manchester City defenders Vincent Kompany and Aleksandar Kolorov, both of whom picked up yet another clean sheet as City left it late to win 1-0 at Crystal Palace. Kompany now has 49 Fantasy iTeam points, while Kolorov has 42.
Theo Walcott’s form on international duty persuaded club boss Arsene Wenger to start him up front for Arsenal’s home game with Stoke City and that faith was repaid as Walcott scored his first league goal of the season.
Walcott’s Fantasy iTeam tally of 12 is modest but as he is listed as a midfielder he could be a wise selection if Wenger continues to pick him up front instead of France international Olivier Giroud.
Daniel McCarthy extended his lead at the top of the manager league tables with another solid display. It was clean sheets all round for Joe Hart, Eliaquim Mangala, Kolorov and Kompany as he asserted his dominance once more.
Selecting Jamie Vardy as captain for the Gameweek was another great decision by McCarthy, with the England man collecting 14 handy points, while Mahrez also contributed to another fine weekend for the early pace-setter.
This post was written by Fantasy iTeam