It’s GW-7, and fantasy managers are once again hunting for points, so let’s check out the prospects:
The Toffees may have nicked a point against Liverpool in the feisty Merseyside derby, but they’re visiting an Arsenal side that will be rebounding from the loss to Man United. That is where Ramsdale comes in — Arsenal’s back line will contain Everton’s lackluster attack for a potential clean sheet.
What a brilliant start Nick Pope is having in the Black and White shirt, totaling 36 points so far, among the best keepers and defenders. An away trip to West Ham doesn’t sound easy, but then again, Newcastle is now on a run of three clean sheets in six matches, so it’s going to be tough for the Hammers to put the ball in the net against Pope.
Shoutout: Robert Sanchez (£4.7m); Allison (£6.0m)
Joël Veltman (£4.6m, Bournemouth v Brighton)
Brighton has conceded only five goals this term so far, and credit goes to Veltman for being such a solid commander at the back. A budget-priced defender with a chance to collect his fourth clean sheet, Veltman is a great option this week.
Kieran Trippier (£5.2m West Ham v Newcastle)
Trippier has been a great servant for Newcastle so far, filling a massive role at the back. The former Atletico Madrid man is second on the FPL defender list, and could stay there if he stays fit. Trippier was GW-6’s most creative player, orchestrating six chances against Palace.
João Cancelo (£7.1m, Man City v Spurs)
Cancelo tops the charts in defense. The Portuguese fullback plays like an attacking midfielder, and virtually always ends up producing.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m, Liverpool v Wolves)
TAA hasn’t reproduced his customary top-tier returns, and his 58th minute exit in the Merseyside Derby was painful for his FPL owners. Now the England right-back is the second most-sold player for GW-7 so far. But he could come good against a Wolves side that has struggled to find goals.
Shoutout: Wesley Fofana (£4.4m); Diogo Dalot (£4.5m); William Saliba (£4.8m).
Pascal Groß (£6.0m, Bournemouth v Brighton)
What an impactful player Pascal Groß is becoming for Graham Potter’s Brighton squad. The midfielder has three goals and two assists in his first five games, along with creating nine chances. For £6m, he is producing great returns.
Gabriel Martinelli (£6.5m, Arsenal v Everton)
Martinelli was top-class in the first half against Man United with a goal disallowed, but he couldn’t produce the same level of consistency in the second. However, the Brazilian winger has three goals plus one assist, and he has nailed down the left-side position. He’s value for money at £6.5m.
Antony, (£7.5m, Crystal Palace v Manchester United)
Antony has played under ETH before and will likely be ahead of Elanga on the right flank after making an instant impact on his debut. The Red Devils are in top-form with four straight wins, and now they face a Palace team that has uncharacteristically conceded more big chances (20) than any other side so far.
Mo Salah (£13.0m, Liverpool v Wolves)
Despite his frustrating start to the fantasy campaign, Mo Salah has not been poor on the pitch. He has produced 14 shots in the box, and created 24 chances. Plus, Liverpool are still joint-second for goals scored, so sooner or later Salah will get back to his scoring ways.
Shoutouts: Marcus Rashford (£6.5m), James Maddison (£7.9m), Wilfried Zaha (£7.2m), James Ward-Prowse (£6.5m), Luis Diaz (£8.2m), Kevin De Bruyne (£12.2m)
Aleksandar Mitrovic (£6.8m, Fulham FC v Chelsea)
Chelsea FC shockingly lost 1-0 in the Champions League to Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb, precipitating Thomas Tuchel’s summary sacking. Aleksandar Mitrovic will relish the opportunity to capitalize on the disruption and Stamford Bridge and add to his six goals and seven bonus points. His 27 shots are more than any other player this season, while his 15 shots on target are joint-top with Erling Haaland (£12.0m).
Ivan Toney (£7.2m, Southampton v Brentford)
Ivan Toney scored a brilliant hat-trick against Leeds to take his attacking returns to five goals plus two assists. Brentford now has another good fixture as they take on the Saints who have struggled at the back.
Patrick Bamford (£7.3m, Leeds v Nott’m Forest)
Bamford could be a great differential, hosting the disheveled Forest back line. The English forward changed the game for Leeds’ attack at half-time v Brentford, with his ability to hold the ball up and bring others into play notable despite the tough loss.
Gabriel Jesus (£8.1m, Arsenal v Everton)
The Gunners suffered their first defeat, 3-1 to United, but Jesus was all over the Red Devils’ center backs even if he wasn’t able to score. The Brazilian forward tallied three goals plus three assists in his first six league games, and can be the difference-maker when facing Everton next.
Erling Haaland (£12.0m, Man City v Spurs)
Haaland started again midweek for Manchester City at Sevilla in the Champions League, and he scored a brace. The lethal striker has 10 league goals plus one assist in his first six Premier League games and has provided attacking returns in every game so far. Indeed, he’s starting to look fixture-proof. Haaland should start against Tottenham, and the big Norwegian will surely make an impact in the Premier League’s game of the week.
Shoutouts: Ollie Watkins (£7.3m), Che Adams (£6.4m), Darwin Nunez (£8.9m), Harry Kane (£11.4m).
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