Each week you should be scanning the free agent market in your mini league looking for value pick ups that other managers have missed. These players won’t cost you your place in the Waiver Queue but can provide the extra few points you need on a short term basis. Here we give a full lineup of potential free agent players for Gameweek 6.
< You can learn more about this transfer tactic (called “streaming”) in our article FPL Draft Transfer Tactics: Streaming. >
GOALKEEPER: Nick Pope, 0.1% owned, Burnley Vs Huddersfield Town.
When England squad regular Tom Heaton went down injured in Gameweek 4 you could have forgiven most Fantasy managers for not knowing a great deal about his replacement. That man is Nick Pope, a 25 year old who joined the Clarets from Charlton Athletic in 2016 and his substitute appearance against Crystal Palace was his Premier League debut and he followed that up with his first PL start away at Anfield. With Tom Heaton potentially missing for 4 months Pope finds himself thrust into the spotlight and can take his chance behind a solid Burnley defensive unit.
DEFENDERS: Lewis Dunk, 0.9% owned, Brighton & Hove Albion Vs Newcastle United.
Irishman Shane Duffy and his centre back partner Lewis Dunk proved a formidable pairing at Championship level and both have given impressive individual performances already so far this campagin. Dunk has the real life potential to progress further with his career and it is he who gets the Fantasy pick this week in Brighton’s home clash with fellow promoted side Newcastle.
Stephen Ward, 16% owned, Burnley Vs Huddersfield Town.
Irish left back Ward has played every minute of every game so far, is Burnley’s top scoring player in Fantasy Football and is primed for another healthy dose of points this weekend at home to Huddersfield Town.
Kyle Naughton, 6% owned, Swansea City Vs Watford.
In 5 league games so far Naughton and his Swansea side have recorded 3 clean sheets, the most impressive of these coming in last weekend against the mighty Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium. The Welsh side now have 5 home games in the next 8 fixtures and if Naughton or his fellow defenders Alfie Mawson (6% owned), Federico Fernández (4.6% owned) and Martin Olsson (1.6% owned) are available I strongly advise picking one up ASAP and since we wrote about Lukasz Fabiański before Gameweek 4 the Swans number 1 has become the Premier Leagues number one fantasy points scoring goalkeeper.
Jamaal Lascelles, 1% owned, Brighton & Hove Albion Vs Newcastle United.
Captain at the age of 23 Lascelles has scored in his last 2 games and led his team to 3 consecutive Premier League wins. Newcastle have an opportunity to make it 4 in a row away at Brighton in Gameweek 6.
MIDFIELDERS: Anthony Knockaert, 7.3% owned, Brighton & Hove Albion Vs Newcastle United.
Last season’s Championship player of the year is yet to score or assist in the Premier League this term and a home tie against the Magpies could be the perfect storm for him to produce the fantasy points to go with his good performances so far.
Robbie Brady, 3.9% owned, Burnley Vs Huddersfield Town.
Robbie Brady is an Irish international who takes Burnley’s set pieces and has 2 assists in the last 3 games. If you need a 4th / 5th choice midfielder I’d recommend picking Brady up mid to long term, or if you are just looking for a weekly fix he simply must be considered in Gameweek 6.
Matt Ritchie, 7.7% owned, Brighton & Hove Albion Vs Newcastle United.
Wake up Fantasy managers! Ritchie has 4 assists in the last 3 games and along with teammate Christian Atsu (3.3% owned) provides the attacking spark for a Newcastle side who currently occupy one of the Champions League places. Their excellent start to the season can continue away at Brighton on Sunday.
FORWARDS: Chris Wood, 6.3% owned, Burnley Vs Huddersfield Town.
Wood has bagged 2 goals this season in just 210 minutes of Premier League Football following his move from Championship side Leeds United in August. He was top scorer in that division in 2016/17 (27 league goals) including a strike against Huddersfield and the Terriers are his opponents in Gameweek 6.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin, 7.5% owned, Everton Vs Bournemouth.
Everton’s failure to sign a striker this summer has given a huge opportunity to Dominic Calvert-Lewin who was played in a wide position last season to accommodate Romelu Lukaku. The youngster has revelled in his central role with a MOTM performance away at Manchester City and has assisted both of Everton’s Premier League goals this term. On Wednesday he scored twice in the Carabao Cup against Sunderland and narrowly missed out on a hat-trick when his diving header hit the inside of the post and bounced to safety. Having already found the net in the Europa League this campaign he will be hoping to get off the mark in the League when Everton host 19th placed Bournemouth this weekend.
Tammy Abraham, 17.5% owned, Swansea City Vs Watford.
Wilfied Bony (21.1% owned) is pushing for a first Premier League start for Swansea since rejoining this summer but Abraham has produced some battling performances recently and has the skill set needed to take advantage of Watford defence on Saturday.
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