By Sachin Dholakia
watfordfc.com's resident FPL expert Sachin Dholakia reviews the latest weekend of Fantasy Premier League action.
A late Fulham equaliser denied the Golden Boys all three points in a close encounter against the newly-promoted side at Craven Cottage in Gameweek 6.
Andre Gray (6 points) scored his second goal in as many games after just two minutes with a calm finish past Fulham keeper Marcus Bettinelli. Will Hughes (6) provided the assist, while Étienne Capoue (5) impressed enough in midfield to take home all three bonus points despite not scoring or assisting in the game.
The Fulham goal came through Aleksandar Mitrović (8), with a deft finish past Ben Foster after a cross by Luciano Vietto (7). The Serbian international has 39 points already this season at an average of over six points per game. His stock continues to rise and he has become the first choice for budget strikers in the game.
The Hornets face a tough fixture away at Arsenal in Gameweek 7, with the Gunners having won four Premier League games on the bounce and scoring 10 goals in the process. With the front two of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in excellent form, it may be wise to opt for Watford attackers over defenders, with Troy Deeney (£6.1) and Andre Gray (£6.0) stand-out budget striker options.
Elsewhere in the league, it was a high-scoring week but with no stand-out players as Joel Matip (15) led the player point scoring chart with a goal and clean sheet as Liverpool comfortably won 3-0 against Southampton at Anfield. Trent Alexander-Arnold also got in on the act, providing an assist in addition to his clean sheet as Liverpool’s defenders came out on top.
Manchester City continued to be in irresistible form in the league, putting five past Cardiff. Three City midfielders ended up in the FPL dream team, with Bernando Silva (14), İlkay Gündoğan (13) and Riyad Mahrez (12) all scoring highly. However, FPL favourite David Silva was left on the bench as the rotations make it difficult to pick consistent City players for your team.
Burnley scored four at home to Bournemouth with Aaron Lennon (13) and Ashley Barnes (12) particularly impressing, while Łukasz Fabiański (11) kept a surprising clean sheet for West Ham to end Chelsea’s 100 per cent record so far this season.
There was no change at the top of the Watford global league as Stuart Brant’s AllGonePozzo team held firm with 69 points in the gameweek, while Russell Ealand was the big scorer in the Top 10 with a massive 90 points. Congratulations if you made the Top 10 this week!
Tip of the week
Every Fantasy manager will have that midfielder who doesn’t cost more than £5.5, but make sure your budget midfielder actually has potential to score goals or create assists as opposed to out-and-out defensive midfielders.
Players like N'Golo Kanté and Nemanja Matić have been popular choices in the past but neither has picked up any form of regular points over the last three years. Stand-out contenders for this position include Wolves’ Rúben Neves, Watford’s Will Hughes and Leicester’s Demerai Gray.
Players To Watch
1) Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal, £9.4) is in excellent form having returned to the Gunners' starting line-up with two goals in his last three games. Good value at £9.4 and is £1.4 cheaper than teammate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang despite being the main striker.
2) Matt Doherty (Wolves, £4.4) has started every game for a Wolves side that has impressed this season, holding both Manchester clubs to draws so far. Has a turnaround in fixtures, with Southampton, Palace and Brighton to be played over the next four Gameweeks.
3) Richarlison (Everton, £6.6) has returned from suspension and a timely tough away fixture at Arsenal delayed his return to the teams of FPL managers. With relatively low ownership, the winger provides the perfect opportunity to be a valuable differential option ahead of a home tie to Fulham.
Likely Price Rises
Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City, £5.6), James Maddison (Leicester City, £6.8), Aleksandar Mitrović (Fulham, £7.0), Richarlison (Everton, £6.6).
Likely Price Falls
Álvaro Morata (Chelsea, £8.9), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City, £6.3), Cenk Tosun (Everton, £6.9), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Arsenal, £7.0).
Best of luck for Gameweek 7, FPL managers!