Continuing the new format @liambednarski reviews those who returned points in GW6 in the hope of uncovering an early bandwagon.
The Watchlist – Star Midfielders –
Alexis Sanchez (11.1) is single handily leading The Arsenal in the striker role, his OOP prospects are as high as ever, pity he couldn’t covert the penalty against Hull City and steal duties from Cazorla. Buy.
Kevin De Bruyne (10.8) has been in superb form but picked up a hamstring injury and is set to return after the international break. Sell.
Mesut Ozil (9.5) has collected two goals for the season but is only just starting to hit top form after the extended summer break. If a difficult proposition with Sanchez at (11.1) the premium option and Walcott (7.5) providing a fine discounted option in the Arsenal midfield. Monitor.
Eden Hazard (9.9) much like last season he has completely disappeared after an impressive start to the season. Chelsea are changing their game style and this may have quickly seen his role change. The visit to Hull may be the final chance for his owners. Light Monitor.
Dimitri Payet (9.4) he had the season of his life last year which was overshadowed by the story which evolved at Leicester City.
The playmakers team is currently struggling for balance and although his assist threat is quite high his ability to score goals looks reduced.
Antonio (7.3) looks the wiser option into a team which is staggering badly in the early stages of the season. Light Monitor.
Liverpool’s midfield is the bane of many fantasy managers with another superb round of performances from a scattering of talent.
Coutinho (8.2) is my preferred selection here, although he is extremely injury prone when his on form he is a sensational option at a good price. Buy.
Mane (9.0) carries the higher price tag, with a consistent goal threat, less chance of injury in a team creating plenty he is perhaps the safer option at Liverpool. Strongly Consider.
Firmino (8.4) has only returned once this season although after a slight groin injury he hasn’t quite been at his best. If you own him I would continue to hold as he is an OOP option leading the Liverpool attack. Monitor.
James Milner (6.5) is scoring plenty of penalties from left back whilst Adam Lallana (7.2) is propping up the mid-range price bracket for Liverpool. Headaches persist…
Pogba (8.3) opened his account with a bullet header, most of his efforts on goal have been from quite a distance which makes goal scoring difficult. Light Monitor.
The Watchlist – Breakout Midfielders
Raheem Sterling (8.6) the breakout player of the season so far has scored consistently in the most potent attack in the league at a discount price. Buy.
Adam Lallana (7.2) the former Southampton midfielder has added an extra gear to his game. With three goals and three assists to his name this season he is a strong discount option in a jam packed Liverpool midfield. Strongly Consider.
Theo Walcott (7.5) his back seemingly better then ever, the 27-year-old has added an extra gear to his game this season and is in white hot form. Has the right-wing role nailed down in the medium term. Strongly Consider.
Michail Antonio (7.3) he is in the form of his career unfortunately his team are not, with strong fixtures ahead perhaps West Ham can turn it around. Although Antonio may return to right back after Masuaku went down injured. Monitor.
Dusan Tadic (7.2) is a real tease this season as his price continues to drop but his performances start earning fantasy points. May have lost penalty kicks to Austin which does reduce his prospects somewhat. Monitor.
The Watchlist – Breakouts Uncertain
Everton are also creating headaches with Mirallas (6.6) and Bolasie (6.1) and having the potential to break out.
With favourable fixtures investment is suggested although bypassing the midfield entirely could be the best option (Baines (5.6), Lukaku (9.3) instead)
Bolasie (6.1) although his goal threat is always questionable. Strong Monitor.
Andros Townsend (6.3) continues to get a lot of focus after he produced a fortnight ago. He is a player of high frequency (lots of shots, lots of crosses) without much end product.
I would not expect more then 5 goals and 5 assists from him this season, interestingly enough he has a bet with Scott Dann (5.5) for who will score the most goals between them.
He is a player who is captures the imagination visually but is one to avoid when looking into his match data. Light Monitor.
His team mate Jason Puncheon (5.5) comes in at a more favourable price with excellent dead ball delivery. Crystal Palace are experts from set pieces with Puncheon a worthy budget midfielder. Monitor.
Roberto Pereyra (6.0) has been quite dangerous in-between the lines for Watford, although he doesn’t appear the most lethal in-front of goal. Monitor.
The Watchlist – Budget Midfielders
Etienne Capoue (5.2) has absolutely taken off as the budget midfielder of choice this season. It is not too late to invest with extremely favourable fixtures ahead for the Frenchman. Buy.
Harry Arter (5.0) has a couple of assists to his name this season with increased goal threat he is an option in this price bracket. It is unfortunate he hasn’t come in at 4.5 though. Monitor.
Demarai Gray (4.9) his minutes have been limited but he has performed when given the opportunity. Monitor.
Joe Allen (4.8) after a strong Euro 2016 with Wales the midfielder has opened his account for the new season. Is playing a slightly advanced role in midfield so could be one to keep an eye on as fixtures turn for the better. Monitor.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (4.5) extremely talented youngster who has had some good chances on goal this season. If he can nail down a starting position he has the potential to be a good 5th midfielder this season. Monitor.
The Watchlist – Other Performers
Heung-Min Son (7.5) the Spurs midfielder has found his way into the side in superb fashion with some excellent performances of late. He has earnt his spot in the short term with a real vain of form. Strongly Consider.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (7.2) a fantasy mainstay in the mid-priced bracket with free kicks and penalties in his locker he is always an option. Is currently a bit of a sleeper due to Swansea’s poor form if fixtures improve keep him in your thoughts. Monitor.
Juan Mata (7.4) the attacking midfielder had a day out against Leicester but his role within the starting XI is far from secure. He is one to keep an eye on if he becomes a regular within the side. Monitor.
Nacer Chadli (6.4) exploded with a 21 point haul before picking up a knock and returning to Tony Pulis 1.0 level, is one to keep an eye on moving forward. Monitor.
Steven Defour (6.0) the classy midfielder has a goal and three assists to his name this season. Is slightly overpriced given the low-output expected of his team but remains one to keep an eye on. Monitor.
Alex Iwobi (5.8) the Arsenal youngster has been impressive in the last few matches but I do expect Giroud or Perez to return to the striking role in the future (with Sanchez moving to the left). Light Monitor.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (9.0) is at an extremely favourable price yet the signs do not look promising for the attacking-midfielder. Having picked up another injury he is not settling quickly and may drop further in price.
Look to pick him up in the second half of the season at this rate, a ‘sleeper’ if I have ever seen one. Monitor.
The Watchlist for Forwards will be up tomorrow as always if you wish to have a player profiled leave a comment below, all feedback is welcomed.