You could say last week’s picks were a slightly mixed bag.
Steve Mounie continued his goal drought in glamorous fashion while Alexander Sorloth still can’t buy himself a start without that lump of Belgian muscle blocking his path.
On the bright side, Matt Doherty and Anthony Knockaert enjoyed attacking returns which is always nice.
Here’s my sneaky tips for gameweek six.
Johann Berg Gudmundsson
It’s fair to say that this campaign hasn’t started as Burnley or Gudmundsson envisaged. The Clarets playmaker turned himself into an FPL essential thanks to a sparkling second half of last season, resulting in an average draft position of 59 in Fantrax leagues this time around.
His current ownership of 89% suggests some managers have been put off by his bad start and have already given up on JBG.
No goad and just one assist may be the reason behind that but the fact that he’s still Burnley’s main man coupled with his dominance of set pieces mean he’s still a very good FPL prospect.
His next three fixtures are also very kind. Huddersfield and Cardiff follow Burnley’s GW6 fixture against a defensively generous Bournemouth side. If you’re in the 11% of leagues where JBG is unowned, get him in quick!
From star man at Stoke City to benchwarmer at Liverpool; Xherdan Shaqiri is being made to wait to make his mark at Anfield.
The Swiss star has managed just 27 minutes from the bench during Liverpool’s perfect start but if ever there was a week for squad rotation, this is it. Southampton’s visit to Anfield comes sandwiched in the middle of a tough schedule for The Reds, meaning a rest for star men Mo Salah or Sadio Mane makes sense.
Step forward Shaqiri and don’t be surprised if he takes his opportunity with both hands. An ownership of 72% suggests many have already given up on Shaq so if he’s available he’s well worth a gamble with one of the streaming spots in your roster. Consider Daniel Sturridge for the exact same reason.
It looks like it’s Jordan Ayew who is set to benefit from Christian Benteke’s injury absence, not Alexander Sorloth as some idiot previously predicted.
The Ghanaian forward got the nod against Huddersfield and although his overall contribution wasn’t great he was awarded the assist for Wilfried Zaha’s goal.
A home fixture vs struggling Newcastle presents Ayew with another good chance to impress. Benteke’s poor form could see any good form from Ayew rewarded with a regular spot in the team.
I’m a big fan of Ben Chilwell and his ownership of 63% surprises me. I’ve already forgiven for his showing of negative points in GW5 and his home matchup vs Huddersfield presents a decent clean sheet chance as well good opportunity for attacking contributions.
Four key passes and three shots on target don’t exactly scream “imminent goal/assist” but if it’s going to happen, there’s a good chance it’ll be this week.
Another Foxes representative. If you watch Leicester and squint slightly, it’ll look like the glory days of Riyad Mahrez are still at the King Power.
Rachid Ghezzal’s mannerisms are so similar to those of Mahrez that it’s easy to mistake the two Algerian’s. The only difference is that Mahrez is a much, much better player.
Having said that, Ghezzal marked his full Premier League debut against Liverpool with a goal before perfecting his Mahrez impression with an anonymous display at Bournemouth in GW5.
Huddersfield at home gives him a chance to get back on track and his ownership of 25% means he’s available to pick up in the vast majority of league; three quarters of them to be exact.
This all depends on whether Ghezzal keeps his place over Marc Albrighton. If Albrighton gets the nod, just pick him instead.