Premier League fantasy football scout: 3 key player picks for Gameweek 6
The transfer window is closed in real life, but not in fantasy land - so you really should consider getting some of these premier picks into your team before the Saturday 11.30am cut off. Then watch the points roll in...
Defender: Alfie Mawson (£5.0m, 1.1% ownership)
Mawson proved his attacking threat last season with a highly respectable four goals from defence, and Swansea have also looked solid in the league this season with three clean sheets from their opening five games. In fact, take the 4-0 drubbing against Manchester United out of the equation and they’ve only conceded a solitary goal (to Newcastle’s own threat from the back, Jamaal Lascelles).
Paul Clement’s main issue with Swansea has been packing some punch into his team's attack following the sale of former talisman Gylfi Sigurdsson. But the Swans seem compact and resolute at the back, and the fixture list gives scope for forthcoming clean sheets with Watford (h), West Ham (a), Huddersfield (h) and Leicester (h) coming up in their next four matches.
In addition, the goalkeeping performance from Lukasz Fabianski in Gameweek 5 - against a Tottenham side with Harry Kane shooting on sight - was impressive, and should further instill belief in Clement’s side. From a fantasy perspective, Swansea can offer clean sheet potential within a reasonable price bracket.
Midfielder: Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal (£11.9m, 2.4% ownership)
Sanchez has played 100 minutes of Premier League football across the first five games of this season, owing to injury and match fitness. Arsene Wenger was in a position to field the Chilean in the 1-0 win over Doncaster in the League Cup this week, and while the Gunners didn’t thrill in terms of scoreline, there were glimpses of Sanchez getting back up to speed.
His ability is never in question, and it was him who carved out a sublime over-the-top assist for Theo Walcott to score. Sanchez's hunger and passion still remains, regardless of any club distractions in the background. Arsenal face West Brom at the Emirates next, and it’s this type of stubborn opponent that could require something special from Sanchez.
Forward: Sergio Aguero, Man City (£11.6m, 21.2% ownership)
Since we featured Sergio Aguero in Gameweek 4, the Argentine sharpshooter has managed four goals in two games and had the audacity to chip in with assists in each of those matches to boot.
Next up for Manchester City are Crystal Palace, a club so badly needing league points. But the Etihad is the last place Roy Hodgson would wish to be taking his players.
Palace’s 1-0 win over Huddersfield in the League Cup was a welcome distraction from their league failings so far this season. Midweek also offered City boss Pep Guardiola the opportunity to shuffle his pack and tell Aguero to put his feet up while the Manchester club moved past West Brom into the next round.
Aguero should be raring to go come 3pm Saturday. More than 500,000 fantasy managers have picked him up following a hat-trick last week away to Watford, meaning his ownership has doubled in the space of two weeks.
And the rest...
Burnley at home to Huddersfield are an attractive proposition given their strong home form under Sean Dyche, especially when coupled with the fact that Steve Mounie is still out injured for the Terriers.
Newcastle travel to Brighton this week and Matt Richie is a man in form, with four assists in his past three games. At £5.9m, he's becoming tough to ignore.
Everton didn't have luck on their side when the fixture list came out this season. They’ve played Chelsea, Spurs and both Manchester clubs in their past four matches, three of them away. The good news is that with Bournemouth (H), Burnley (H) and Brighton (A) in their next three fixtures, there’s a chance to put some points on the board.
Tottenham take on West Ham away, and Harry Kane has scored five goals in his last five London derbies. Kane’s shot count so far this season has been immense, with 32 in the first five games of 2017/18. His conversion rate doesn’t look great when you consider he’s only got two goals to show for it, but he's always capable of racking up points on a given week.
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