Having got in all the injury updates from the Capital One cup played in midweek, there isn't much damage which is good going into Week 6. However the most concerning news for most managers was the fact that Tevez played the full 120 mins including extra time against Aston Villa in midweek. That doesn't make him any favorable specially with Aguero back and having Dzeko rested.
On the positive side, we saw the likes of Michu, Torres, Giroud, Sahin, Cleverley, Cisse etc get on the score sheet which is good for the weeks to come.
We have a cracker of a weekend coming up, with an early kick off ( Arsenal vs Chelsea ), yes we will have the team news for you before the deadline and it will be interesting to know the starting status of Oscar, Bertrand etc. Then we have 6 games at regular 3.00 pm and Man Utd vs Spurs as a late kick off.
Lets get straight to the easy matchups of week 6 :
Reading vs Newcastle
Sunderland vs Wigan
Everton vs Southampton
Norwich vs Liverpool
Was our pick last week as well and continues to be here with some good form. Newcastle are getting most of their injured plays back such Tiote, Coloccini etc which will make them only stronger. Ben Arfa and Ba have been complimenting each other well and that helps Ba's game altogether.
He has been is good form since hes come on at Sunderland and he has kept them in the thick of things even though as a team they have not hit good form. He has scored 4 goals with only 4 shots on target which is great but not such a good stat for a fantasy manager playing the Yahoo format as you need lots of shots on targets , crosses won, assists etc which make a player worth every penny you spend on him. However its all set up for Fletcher to add to those stats this weekend against Wigan at home. In case you dont fancy spending 14.xx for those stats, there is Suarez who has not done much at all and we do expect more from him when he's up against Norwich. Makes Fletcher safer pick than Suarez so its comes down to your risk appetite.
In top form, does so much more than just scoring goals and his price is still not so high as just few reasons why Lambert is tailor made for this game.I would pick him ahead of the "big" name forwards on offer this week as he has been in good form and very productive in this game.
Option : Suarez
There has to be one day when Liverpool will get out of the relegation zone and what better opportunity than this weekend away to Norwich. Liverpool have been off since the start of the season but showed some strength against Manchester United last week.There are lots of upsides to this team but its just a matter of time. You got to take your chances with Suarez this week in case you prefer taking risks.
Injury update : Jelavic is fit for Everton.
4. Ben Arfa
Similar reasons as last week and as explained above in relation to Ba.
He has been the pick of the Everton players this week and Moyes is using him at the right place. Such a threat with his height he could make Southampton defenders look weak this week. With Jelavic back in the squad , i would still expect Fellaini to play upfront and continue to do well.
He has been is good form for West Ham and instrumental to their start of the season. He is one of those players who quietly goes about doing his business without making much noise. He has been averaging just close to 10 pts per game which is good. With 3 goals already and QPR next , he could be a differential this week.
Showed immense class against Man City last week and showed that he is ready to face big teams early one. Its these big games like the one coming up against Chelsea, which could bring the best out of players like Cazorla.
Option : Pienaar
Good pick this week as he has been consistently giving good numbers since the start. Last week against Swansea he looked sharp and did set up Mirallas for his goal. In case you dont want to go heavy with Everton, i would suggest Sterling who costs just 3.32 and the least he does is return his value.
8. L. Baines
One defender i wouldnt mind spending the finds this week is Baines who has been great for Everton this season.His has been taking all the free kicks from outside the box and is just threatening from the left flank. All this apart from the possibility of giving clean sheet points. Worth the funds this week.
Similar reasons as Baines. This guy has been on fire this season and he just seems to be controlling his game. With the absence of Valencia, Rafael could benefit as he would have lots of space on the right wing to exploit. However, this week he will be up against Bale and he will have to have his work cut out. Could pay off.
The only side i see having the best chance of a clean sheet is Newcastle apart from Sunderland, the rest of the matchups look really like anyones game. Having to pick a newcastle defender, would surely have to be Santon as apart from the clean sheet he does more to offer on the left flanks.
Option : Coates
With Kelly and Agger injured, it will be the likes of Coates and Carragher who will feature in the back 4 for Liverpool. At a reasonable price of 4.44, Coates is worth a look against easier opposition.
Good home game against Wigan and they are slowly getting their game in order after an average start to the season. I would go for a home keeper rather than expecting alot from away teams.
Option : Reina
He is cheap at 5.xx and you wouldn't get him any cheaper. Norwich is not at all a tough team to play against and if Liverpool get their defense sorted, it could be well worth the investment on Reina.
Well, that's all we have for week 6, lots of other options as well but we have preferred form over other factors this week. Tough to leave out the likes of Berbatov, Aguero etc but thats just the way it is when you try and pick the best for this one week.
Do let us know how your team is shaping us. Have a great weekend.
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