We're almost a fifth of the way into the season and story lines are beginning to take shape, many of them quite unexpected. The level of competition in the league, coupled with the surprisingly hot (or not) form of so many teams, is making it a real challenge to identify where the fantasy points will come from. Here are the Week 6 matches our team thinks you should be looking to as you build your squad, and why:
Two London rivals, one of which performing much better than the other. The defending Premier League champions are looking to get back on track towards challenging for the title after a poor start to the season. Arsene Wenger has never beaten Jose Mourinho until the FA Community Shield last month.
However, this is the Premier League and much more important. If Chelsea do not want even more pressure heaped on them, this is a must win for the Blues. For Arsenal, they will want to build a gap between them and their London rivals as far as they can go and also challenge for the Premier League title. Key fantasy battle here? Diego Costa vs. Alexis Sanchez.
Chris (Chris_Manfredi) - Manchester City v. West Ham United
Manchester City is 2-0 at home with five goals scored and none allowed. West Ham is 2-0 away with five goals to its credit and none conceded. Something's got to give and while that will probably be the visitors' record, there simply is no fixture this weekend with as many attractive fantasy options. Both sides will be raring to go, as the Citizens will have plenty of rest and even more to prove following Tuesday's Champions League disappointment, while the Hammers will be completely fresh as they bowed out of Europa League which would have wearied its players' legs on Thursday.
On the offensive front, Sergio Aguero should fully be fit to join David Silva, Raheem Sterling, Yaya Toure and possibly Kevin de Bruyne in battering the visitors' box. Meanwhile, Dimitri Payet comes in fresh off a brace while Cheikhou Kouyate and Mark Noble have each netted multiple times thus far. On the defensive end, Manchester City may have a difficult task attempting to post a sixth successive shutout, but given the Etihad locale there is no reason to shy away from keeper Joe Hart or attack-minded wing defenders Aleksandar Kolarov and Bacary Sagna. While the likelihood of West Ham keeping a clean sheet is minimal, reinstated Adrian should make plenty of saves while Aaron Cresswell is always a threat to notch an assist or score a set piece goal.
Simon (Stall express) - Tottenham Hotspur v. Crystal Palace
Both sides seem much more comfortable away from home, so the advantage maybe to the Eagles in this one. While Spurs do look more solid defensively they still do not convince. When they let Aaron Lennon leave they chose to function without any true wide man and as a result leave their fullbacks exposed. Few teams do play with width in the EPL not coming from fullback but the Eagles are one that does to a degree. They also play with pace and are an extremely bold side under Alan Pardew.
A very good performance against Manchester City was preceded by an away win at Chelsea. Confidence will be high and spurs will face them off the back of a European game. The away win wouldn't shock you but the issue is finding the correct Eagle to invest in.
Having said that Palace clean sheets area rare so there should be chances their end as well. With Son making his home debut and possibly a returning Christian Eriksen, you have to like a goal here. Harry Kane has been snatching at his chances so far this season but he should get two or three chances to open his account for the season. Overall I don't see clean sheets but I do see two sides in an end to end battle.
Jason (jasonuk17) - Chelsea v. Arsenal
A match between two heated rivals, one of whom is currently sitting just outside the relegation zone? Get your popcorn ready, because the latest London derby between Chelsea and Arsenal should be an entertaining one. More importantly, it should be a productive one for fantasy owners. Rivalry matches often can be the kickstarter for players who are slumping, which means that Eden Hazard might finally break out. It also means that defenders should likely be avoided, although taking a chance on a keeper in this match might not be a bad idea, as there will likely be plenty of saves.
With both teams likely coming in off a midweek Champions League victory, confidence should be high, and players like Alexis Sanchez, Mezut Ozil, Diego Costa, and Hazard are attractive options for this high-powered clash.
Gavin (Gavin Wright) - Swansea City v. Everton
Color me impressed. Both the Swans and the Toffees have gotten off to great starts in the league this season, and given current results and form it wouldn't be surprising to see them both duking it out for a European place come May. We're a long way from that, of course, but this weekend could be the first indication of which team will have the upper hand.
Coming off an emphatic 3-1 victory over Chelsea, Everton will be in great spirits and high on confidence. You have to imagine Steven Naismith gets a start after his hat-trick, while Ross Barkley is enjoying his best season so far in a blue shirt, and the enigmatic Romelu Lukaku's always got the potential for a goal or two.
Swansea fell to their first defeat last time out as they were unable to break down a staunch Watford FC defense. Garry Monk's side will be eager to get back to winning ways, and with Bafetimbi Gomis, Jefferson Montero, Andre Ayew and Gylfi Sigurdsson leading the charge they've got every possibility of doing so. This should be an enthralling affair regardless of result, and there are plenty of fantasy points to be had, particularly from the attacking contingent.
Which fixture do you think will result in the most fantasy points? Where will you be investing for your team? Did we skip your top choice? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!