Welcome to AM’s Players to Watch for Gameweek Seven. Nik is away on vacation so I’ll be filling in for this edition. I’ll still be offering the same general advice on players that can be targeted in Draft Fantasy, FPL, Fantrax and more but just through a different lens than normal.
Before getting to the new editions to the list, let’s take a look at how Nik’s guys did in game week six.
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Spurs won but Moura didn't find the back of the net. United played like the away team at Old Trafford leading to a Lukaku blank. Maddison knocked home a peach of a free kick as Leicester rolled. PVA and Palace kept a clean sheet and are possibly in line for another this weekend. Liverpool kept their winning ways going but it was Mo Salah that scored the goal. Eden Hazard was stymied by West Ham in a 0-0 draw. Can we take a mulligan on this one?
Here are the fixtures for Gameweek seven…
Sat 29 September
West Ham v Man United
Arsenal v Watford
Everton v Fulham
Huddersfield v Tottenham
Man City v Brighton
Newcastle v Leicester
Wolves v Southampton
Chelsea v Liverpool
Sun 30 September
Cardiff v Burnley
Mon 1 October
Bournemouth v Crystal Palace
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Liverpool heading to Stamford Bridge gets top billing this weekend as the Reds look to maintain their perfect record but for sheer dysfunction rating, the early match on Saturday is worth tuning into. What will happen next in the Pogba v Mourinho soap opera? Find out next time on “Replacing Fergie: an Old Trafford special”. Now let's get to what you came for, the pick of the litter for Gameweek seven…
Leroy Sane (MF Man City v Brighton) - Since Benjamin Mendy’s injury, Leroy Sane has been reintegrated into the side starting on the left side of the attacking three of Pep Guardiola’s 4-3-3 formation. It doesn’t look like Sane and Mendy can coexist on the left side together but that’s not something that you’ll need to worry about at the moment. Priced at 9.2m and offering attacking returns in three of his five appearances on the season, Sane could be in for a breakout appearance versus a struggling Brighton side.
Aleksandar Mitrovic (FW Fulham @ Everton) - Mitro’s on fire, your defense is terrified… Oh wait, this isn’t Will Grigg but same difference. Mitrovic has risen in price to 7.0m as his ownership has shot up to about 26 percent and he keeps on keeping on. Taking 4.7 shots per game and putting two of them on target per game is a recipe for success heading to face an Everton defense that has yet to keep a clean sheet in the Premier League. This is a game that could easily end with each team surpassing three goals scored leading to the age-old adage, start your attackers and sit your defenders.
Willy Boly (DF Wolves v Southampton) - Wolverhampton has a sneaky good defense only allowing only one goal per game on the season. Only Liverpool, City, and Chelsea are ahead of this number and while it is a little skewed at this point of the season, It’s safe to say that Wolves will be at least average on the defensive end. This brings us to Boly, Wolverhampton’s highest scoring defender (yes it’s not Matt Doherty even though everyone is in love with his attacking potential). At 4.6m you can do a lot worse than someone who is almost assured bonus points each time Wolves keep a clean sheet.
Johann Berg Gudmundsson (MF Burnley @ Cardiff) - While Aaron Lennon was the star of Burnley’s romp at Bournemouth last weekend, the heart and soul of their midfield is still Berg Gudmundsson. With two assists on the year and racking up 1.2 key passes per game along with 1.8 shots per game, Berg Gudmundsson is a well-rounded fantasy asset that can be had on the cheap in most leagues. Cardiff aren’t pushovers on defense (nine of their 14 goals allowed were scored by City and Chelsea) but when Burnley is clicking when they line up in a 4-4-2. What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? The unstoppable force normally wins.
Ben Chilwell (DF Leicester @ Newcastle) - I will take every chance that I have to say add Ben Chilwell to your team. He doesn’t have an assist yet and Leicester isn’t particularly good at keeping clean sheets but Chilwell has nine key passes so far which is third among defenders. Given the rate that key passes convert into assists, there are two extremes, Benjamin Mendy at 4/4 and Ben Chilwell at 0/9. Something’s gotta give and with Vardy back, I’m picking Chilwell to pick up his first assist of the season versus a hapless Newcastle side.
Captain's choice: Harry Kane (FW Tottenham @ Huddersfield) - Harry Kane hasn’t had the best start to the season but he’s still sitting fifth in scoring among forwards. He has three goals and an assist on the year and is coming up against a Huddersfield team that has allowed 14 goals. Tottenham plays better on the road than at home and Huddersfield has allowed nine goals to Chelsea and Man City leading me to believe that Tottenham can do something similar. I’ll be giving him the armband and I’ll be advising others to do the same.