Welcome to the AM's Players To Watch for Gameweek 6. As long-time readers of my columns will know, my advice in seasons gone by had revolved around games that would allow you to make unlimited transfers each gameweek, selecting an entirely new 11 players if you so wished. Unfortunately Yahoo Fantasy Premier League is a glorious but distant memory, while Togga, sadly, was not able to return for this campaign which put an end to the Perfect XI column I'd been penning for the past two years.
This season I'll be a bit more general in my advice. Whether you're playing Official FPL, FPL or Fantrax Draft, Fantrax Salary Cap, Sky Sports, The Sun, The Telegraph or any number of other the fantasy games available to fans each season, I'll be offering my top five picks for the week ahead, mixing "must-haves" with hunch picks and players flying under the radar. Hopefully this will offer something for everyone, whether you're considering captain options, looking to make a transfers or pick up a free agent in draft.
Before we move on to Gameweek 6 let's take a quick look back at last week. The players I recommended were:
Hazard bagged a hattrick, Jimenez scored a match winning goal, Siggy scored a consolation for Everton, Wilson picked up an assist and my captain Aguero bagged two assists despite only playing 50 minutes. The only disappointment was Alonso although he was slightly unfortunate not to be awarded an assist for Willian's goal. All in all an excellent week.
On to Gameweek 6. Here are the fixtures ...
Saturday 22 September
Fulham v Watford
Burnley v Bournemouth
Cardiff v Man City
Crystal Palace v Newcastle
Leicester v Huddersfield
Liverpool v Southampton
Man Utd v Wolves
Brighton v Spurs
Sunday 23 September
West Ham v Chelsea
Arsenal v Everton
Manchester City away at Cardiff and Liverpool at home to Southampton are the pick of the fixtures, with Chelsea (away at West Ham), Crystal Palace (home to Newcastle), Leicester (home to Huddersfield) and Spurs (away at Brighton) all of interest. With that in mind, here are the players ....
Lucas Moura (MF - Tottenham @ Brighton) - The past month has been tough for Tottenham. The season started so well with three victories from the opening three matches but the three defeats that have followed (Spurs' worst run since 2014) have come as a shock and on the back of the new stadium fiasco it has left an air of negativity around the club. Pochettino definitely looks like he's feeling the pressure but I'm expecting (or hoping for) a reaction from the players in Brighton this weekend, with Lucas Moura the man to provide the spark to get his side back to winning ways.
Romelu Lukaku (FW - Manchester United v Wolves) - Manchester United have shown an upturn in form since their defeat to Brighton in Gameweek 3 and it's no coincidence that this has aligned with a return to form for Romelu Lukaku. There are very few goals coming from United's midfield and Alexis Sanchez is completely out of sorts so it will be down to the Belgian to drag his manager and his team-mates back in to the title race. Four goals in his past four games is a great effort and you wouldn't bet against him hitting the back of the Wolves net on Saturday.
James Maddison (MF - Leicester v Huddersfield) - Despite multiple FPL twitter accounts raving about James Maddison over the course of the summer I didn't know much about the young man before his move from Norwich to Leicester. Having seen him play three times now I can clearly see what all the fuss was about. Slotting in to the number 10 role behind Jamie Vardy has helped negate the loss of creativity dealt by Riyad Mahrez's departure with Maddison already notching two goals and an assist in his first five Premier League appearances. This fine start can continue as the Foxes host struggling Huddersfield.
Patrick van Aanholt (DF - Palace v Newcastle) - The Premier League is spoilt for choice when it comes to attacking left backs this season with Andrew Robertson, Marcos Alonso, Benjamin Mendy, Jose Holebas and Luke Shaw all performing superbly well. It's another - Palace's Patrick van Aanholt - who has peaked my interest for gameweek 6 with a tasty looking home match-up with Newcastle. PvA has just a solitary assist to his name thus far but has deserved better, getting forward at plenty, creating chances and having six attempts on goal. I fancy him to open his account this weekend.
Sadio Mane (MF - Liverpool v Southampton) - Much like Harry Kane has looked burnt out for Spurs, Mohamed Salah doesn't look anywhere near 100% for Liverpool at the moment. And while a hat-trick for the Egyptian could be just around the corner I feel Sadio Mane is the safer bet for this weekend's clash with the Saints. Jurgen Klopp's men have won six out of six including a thrilling victory over PSG in midweek and could be ready to turn on the style in front of a rapturous Anfield crowd, with Mane keen to add to his four goals against his former club.
Captain Choice: Eden Hazard (MF / FW - Chelsea @ West Ham) - Hazard and his Chelsea team mates are in scintillating form and it seems extremely unlikely the Hammers defence will be able to handle the Belgian's pace and trickery at the London Stadium on Sunday.
That's it for Gameweek 6. Check out the Rotoworld Features page to access a host of fantastic content to get you ready for the new season. If you have any questions about a specific player or your own fantasy team then feel free to post them in the comments below or hit me on Twitter (@nikarg) and I will get back to you.
Thanks for reading - good luck to all managers this weekend.