FPL Tips For Gameweek 6

Sep 19, 2023 | Gameweek Tips

Last gameweek was one to forget for most FPL managers. Haaland missed four big chances, Chilwell came on for a 0-pointer and the popular transfers in (Son, Maddison, Sterling, etc) did nothing of use.

But remember, 1 gameweek represents just 2.63% of the season. You can easily turn this around. Whilst the casual manager rages and quits, you continue onwards and upwards.

Here’s some FPL Tips for Gameweek 6 that’ll hopefully influence a change in fortunes for your fantasy team.

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Gameweek 6 Talking Points

  1. David Raya started over Aaron Ramsdale with Arteta claiming “There will be (goalkeeper) rotations”.
  2. Nicolas Jackson now has 4 yellow cards as is now 1 match away from suspension.
  3. Mo Salah returns for the fifth consecutive match with a 10-point score.
  4. Newcastle mark their first clean sheet of the season ahead of a purple patch of fixtures.
  5. Kaboré created as many big chances as Salah, sparking interest ahead of his upcoming DGW.
  6. Julián Álvarez continues to be the best FPL choice as second striker.
  7. Ben Chilwell was rotated and his nailed-on status is now in dispute.
  8. Rico Henry picked up an ACL injury that will rule him out for the season.
  9. Ollie Watkins is still without a goal despite Villa scoring 11 times.
  10. Haaland was unlucky to not haul, with 9 shots and 2.93 xG.

Who To Pick In Gameweek 6

A few teams have a bit of a fixtures swing on its way. Targeting in-form players from these clubs will position you best to capitalise on their points before others. Here’s a few players we think you should target from each position:

Newcastle Defenders

Despite a torrid run of opening fixtures, Newcastle’s xGA (5.52) is currently the third best in the league. Sure, they have just a singular clean sheet to show for it, but it’s impressive considering they’ve faced the three best attacks in the league for xG in Manchester City (13.63), Brighton (12.16) & Liverpool (10.97).

They have a very nice run of upcoming fixtures, with their next two being against Sheffield United (A) and Burnley (H).

Kieran Trippier (£6.5m)

Trippier hasn’t set this season alight as of yet, largely due to the tough fixtures so far hindering his attacking freedom and clean sheet potential. However, we saw last season (over a larger sample range) how much of a great FPL asset he can be.

Last season he managed 16 clean sheets, 9 assists (12.03 xA) and proved to be a bonus point magnet, with only Haaland & Kane scoring more BPS. His ownership percentage of 30% reflects this. If you have the funds, get him in!

Sven Botman (£4.5m)

If you can’t afford Trippier, no stress, get in Botman. There’s also an argument to be had for doubling up on both. It’s honestly something I’m considering.

The £2.0m difference in price should serve as a reference for your expectations. He’s essentially Trippier without the attacking returns. Last season he obtained a 3.84 xGI from 35 games.

How to Afford Mo Salah in FPL?

It’s only been five gameweeks and the term “essential” is already losing its meaning. It’s assigned to the player that most recently hauled and stripped from them the week after. Remember when Son was essential? So do I.

Turns out, Haaland and Salah are pretty much the only “essential” players. Who’d of guessed it? Well it turns out FPL guessed it, priced them accordingly and now you need to downgrade some assets to afford them.

Bruno, Rashford, Sterling, Watkins, Son, etc have gone from essential to potential transfers out to facilitate Mo. But which bargain buys should you transfer in to free up some cash?

Bryan Mbeumo (£6.7m)

The guy that Rashford owners told him not to worry about. Mbeumo comes in at £2.0m cheaper than the United man, on penalties, with good fixtures, 4 goals to his name and the second highest xG (3.89) in the league.

He’s not a well kept secret, or a differential, but he’s undeniably great value. If you somehow don’t own him already. He’s a great shout to free up a few quid.

Moussa Diaby (£6.6m)

Villa’s new signing Diaby has got off to a cracking start in the Premier League with 2 goals and 2 assists from his first 5. In pre-season, I expected Diaby to increase the value of Watkins, joining after averaging 10.3 assists a season over his last 3 seasons in the Bundesliga.

Turns out he’s just a great asset in his own right. He has the second highest xA (2.70) in the league, he’s averaging 5.8 points per game and still has relatively low ownership at 10.4%. Villa also have a plum fixture run between now & Gameweek 14.

Julián Álvarez (£6.8m)

The difference between Álvarez’s ownership being 20% right now as apposed to 40-50% is the fact that many are awaiting the inevitable Pep rotation. So far, he’s only missed a minute of City’s opening 5 matches. Will this change as we now enter the UCL stages of the season? Probably. Does that immediately render his as a bad option? Probably not.

He’s managed 37 points so far this season and is the second highest scoring forward, only 8 behind Haaland who costs more than double. If you’re looking to upgrade a striker and free up some cash, Álvarez has to be the first choice.

Odsonne Edouard (£5.6m)

Love a differential? Well coming in at 4.2% ownership is Crystal Palace striker Edouard. He’s managed 4 goals in 5 games from a half-decent underlying xG of 3.34 (4th highest in the league).

He’s nailed on for Palace and is available for £1.2m cheaper than Álvarez. His next 10 fixtures are mostly decent, with a few difficult ones against Man United, Spurs and Newcastle.

Who To Captain In Gameweek 6

Do we even need to do this section anymore? Whether you’re leading your mini-league, or chasing your mini-league, the decision should be the same. Captain Erling Haaland in Gameweek 6. Any every week unless he’s injured.

Clean Sheet Odds For Gameweek 6

TeamClean Sheet Odds
Manchester City55%
Crystal Palace37%
Manchester United34%
Luton Town20%
Aston Villa14%
Sheffield United10%
West Ham7%
Nottingham4 %
Jamie Reeves
Written By Jamie Reeves

Portsmouth fan. Been playing FPL (to varying success) since 2009 & Sorare since 2020. Five top 20k finishes.

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