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Gameweek 6 – €50,000 Weekly Monster Preview

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Hello! My name is Kieran (FPLRatchet), and I’m back for Gameweek 6 to bring you my Weekly Monster side along with a few tips, ready for the weekend’s Premier League action!

Top 5 Player Matchups for Premier League Gameweek 6

What is the Weekly Monster?

The Weekly Monster is a weekly competition held on Fanteam.com where players choose a starting XI (no subs) from the teams playing that Gameweek from a budget of 100.0M, with the objective of scoring as many points as possible. Players score points using the same system as in the €1M season-long game – a scoring system that will feel very familiar to those who have played FPL.

Gameweek 6 – €50,000 Weekly Monster Preview

Players are priced in accordance with the match odds for each given fixture. This means that the price list will differ every week, and will often read very differently to the season-long game, as prices are brought up or down depending on the quality of the fixture, and the form of the player.

Goalkeeper

My starting GK for this week is Karl Darlow (6.1M), facing Wolves away.

Darlow is continuing my ongoing theme of budget Goalkeepers this week having put in a fantastic shift in the first few weeks for my team for the Fanteam season-long game. Goalkeepers from bottom half sides tend to concede more shots, so rack up more saves – an action that is highly rewarded in the Fanteam points scoring system. I also feel a clean sheet is possible, with the Wolves attack being slightly overrated this season so far. Whilst they have talented attackers, I’m not sure the system has completely “clicked” for their new look starting lineup.

Defenders

With goals still flying in at an alarming rate, I’ve opted for a relatively low-cost back line of just three defenders – all of whom are Full backs. This means my team is less dependent on seemingly elusive clean sheets than it otherwise might be.

My first defender is Tariq Lamptey (8.8M) facing West Brom at home.

One of my favourite players to watch in the league right now – there was no way I was going to go without him for a plumb fixture like this… Lamptey looks to be one of the most attack-minded Full backs in the league at the moment, and the strong potential for a clean sheet against a goal-shy West Brom side combined with his attacking threat make him a potentially explosive option this week.

My next defender is Timothy Castagne (6.7M), up against Arsenal away.

I understand why this may be slightly controversial up against the likes of Aubameyang – but please hear me out… Whilst Arsenal do look defensively improved, they’re not actually producing a huge amount of chances, exemplified by the fact that Aubameyang has managed just 3 shots so far this season, excluding the season opener against Fulham. Castagne offers a huge amount of attacking threat, and looked a bargain to me at 6.7M.

My third and final defender this week is Jamal Lewis (5.5M).

Yes, I know, I’ve gone double Newcastle defence. But my strategy is to spend my money on my attack, and Newcastle look to me to offer great value this week. Lewis has impressed since his Summer move from Norwich, and in my opinion will tick over nicely points-wise this season with some clean sheets and assists to his name.

Midfielders

Whilst you may understandably hold some reservations seeing my defence, here’s hoping you’ll be convinced of the strategy when you see the midfielders and attackers available with a budget back-line…

My first midfielder is Mohamed Salah (15.0M) facing Sheffield United at home.

With Jack O’Connell reportedly out for the season, it would feel like fantasy football blasphemy for me to not pick Salah at home this week. Honestly, I didn’t even look at the price before picking him, he was the first name on the team. He’s looked electric so far this season, and is of course on penalties. I can’t think of a player in the game offering a safer guarantee of points – especially this week.

My next midfielder for this week is Wilfried Zaha (9.4M) facing Fulham away.

Joint 3rd for the highest amount of goals conceded so far this season, the Fulham defence will be one that Zaha will be licking his lips before facing in the form he’s in right now. Playing OOP (Out Of Position) as a striker currently, and on penalties, Zaha could come out of this game a big winner if Palace can get their attack firing in this fixture.

Next up is Matheus Pereira (7.2M) against Brighton away.

Now, I realise I’ve picked a West Brom attacker and a Brighton defender in the same fixture. Whilst this is something I usually like to avoid, I made an exception to the rule here due to a lack of other midfield options I liked in this price bracket. Furthermore, whilst Lamptey is a defender, I’m picking him just as much for his attacking threat as I am his clean sheet potential. Even if both teams score, I could still score well out of the game despite not getting the Lamptey clean sheet.

My fourth and final midfielder is Jarrod Bowen (6.3M) up against Man City at home.

Something about Man City seems to make them vulnerable to pacey players on the counter-attack, and Bowen is exactly that. Whilst I don’t expect West Ham to win this game, I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a counter-attacking goal or two from West Ham if City over-commit to their attacks – a situation in which Bowen is extremely dangerous in my opinion.

Attackers

I’ve gone for a 3-man premium strike force this week as I look to fully capitalise on the goal-filled state of the league right now. Here’s hoping their returns can match their prices!

The first attacker for me this week is Harry Kane (13.1M) facing Burnley away.

The England number 9 appears back to his best after an injury-hit last couple of seasons, with a scorching start to the season in the Premier League. Burnley are still without Ben Mee in defence, but, to be honest, Spurs look like they could put three past anyone at the moment. West Ham were putting up good defensive numbers before last week, and they were three goals down in the first 16 minutes!

My next attacker is Neal Maupay (11.3M), up against West Brom at home.

Whilst 11.3M does seem a lot to pay for a Brighton player, Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s Gameweek 2 hat-trick taught me that it’s important to target the striker with the best fixture of the week in weekly fantasy teams. On pens, and looking sharp so far this season, my money is on Maupay to continue his scoring form against the Baggies this weekend.

Speak of the devil, my final attacker this week is Dominic Calvert-Lewin (10.6M), against Southampton away.

Watching the games, Southampton’s defence looks to me to really be one to target for high quality attackers, as they consistently leave acres of space in behind. For a pacey and strong striker like Calvert-Lewin, one would imagine he will be desperate to exploit this risky tactic from the Saints and continue his incredible scoring form this season so far.

Captaincy

Whilst Harry Kane is very tempting to captain, I was never really going to go against Mo Salah (15.0M) at home to Sheffield United. Abiding by the fantasy football folk lore strategy of “always captain Salah at home” always feels a safe bet, but the poor form of Sheffield United combined with the absence of Jack O’Connell makes this a golden captaincy fixture on paper, and I think if I selected anybody else personally, it would feel very much like a case of trying to be too clever… Simple and obvious is most often the best play in fantasy football!

Strategy

I’ve changed my strategy slightly this week from looking at teams primarily and how I thought they’d get on in their respective fixtures to guide my picks, to this week choosing my players on more of an individual basis – we’ll see how it worked out on Monday night… I have, however, stayed true to the original strategy of predicting an upset and then betting on it – as seen by the Newcastle defensive double-up against Wolves.

As previously mentioned, I also intended on choosing a very cheap defence in order to fund my heavy-hitting attack, as a result of the high amount of goals seemingly going in every week. This is a tactic I would recommend to all readers – if you spot a general trend, play to that trend and think how you can pick a team that plays into the hands of the trend. And as always – Good luck!

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