Fantasy Football Gameweek 6 advice – who to buy, sell and keep
Buy! Eden Hazard, Chelsea (MF, £10.9m)
Owned by: 30.9%
There’s been an almighty glut of managers clambering aboard the fantasy bandwagon for Chelsea’s main man. To put it into perspective, Malta has an approximate population of 436,947, and by the time Gameweek 6 kicks off on Saturday, transfers in for the Belgian will have possibly exceeded that number.
Hazard was sublime last week against Cardiff, netting a hat-trick and earning 20 FPL points. One of the key components in his performance was his excellent link-up play with Olivier Giroud, who perhaps doesn’t get the credit he deserves for leading the line and creating opportunities for his team-mates.
With Alvaro Morata starting in the Europa League and Hazard taking a night off against PAOK, it looks likely that Giroud will once again be in line to start against West Ham. Handy for Hazard once again, we reckon.
Sell! Pedro, Chelsea (MF, £6.8m)
Owned by: 15.8%
Sticking with Chelsea midfielders, it was unfortunate to see Pedro taken off injured against PAOK. The Spaniard was caught in an ugly clash before his early departure.
After the match, Maurizio Sarri indicated that the shoulder injury was “probably not too serious” and early reports are that he could even be fit for this weekend. However Chelsea can afford to go to West Ham without risking Pedro, and there’s value to be had in his price category with the likes of Leicester’s James Maddison (£6.6m) or Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser (£5.7m) both in form.
Hold! Christian Eriksen (MF, £9.3m)
Owned by: 8.9%
If you started with Eriksen this season and have been too stubborn to get rid of him following his poor returns over the first five weeks, hold firm for another week.
Tottenham have a nice run of fixtures with Brighton (a), Huddersfield (a), Cardiff (h) and West Ham (a) to come next – a run of games that should steady the ship and help Eriksen to cash in on his statistically strong output this season.
The Dane is within the top 10 in the league for both shots on target and key passes per game, and scored in the Champions League against Inter (albeit via a deflection). Either way, he’s off the mark and can build on it.
Differential buy! Andros Townsend, Crystal Palace (MF, £5.9m)
Owned by: 1.5%
Crystal Palace welcome Newcastle to Selhurst Park on Saturday, and there’s a couple of reasons to keep an eye out for Townsend in this fixture.
Defensively, Newcastle look much better with Jamaal Lascelles in their starting XI. They suffer when he’s not in the starting line-up, and the stopper is currently is facing a race to prove his fitness ahead of Gameweek 6. If he misses out, Townsend could be the beneficiary of his absence.
With Christian Benteke ruled out of the fixture for Palace, expect to see Townsend pushed further forward. At £5.9m he’s a low-priced pick for the week ahead, and a huge differential if he can get in among the points.
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