Up and down like a roller coaster. From one week of ecstasy to the enviable self demoralisation that follows…
Everything looked pretty going into gameweek 5. Riding on a crest of a wave and sitting inside the top 100K, the fantasy football world came crashing down around us as the squad was unable to field a full starting XI due to no shows from Jack Stephens and Ben Davies. Add a no show in it’s own rights from Harry Kane and the gameweek was one to forget for the ATFPL Picks. Nevertheless we get back on the gameweek 6 horse in a short edition this week due to illness.
Rob Elliot retains his place in the starting XI as Newcastle make the long trip down south to line up against Brighton off the back of three successive victories that have propelled them inside the top four. Here’s hoping form carries them through with their defence not breached.
In front of the Newcastle man is a back three consisting of Phil Jones, our transfer for this gameweek, Kyle Naughton as mentioned in Stoosher’s Manager’s Preview and Ben Davies who has reported as fully fit to travel to West Ham after a secret ankle knock kept the Welshman out of action last timeout. Let’s hope the fullback can repay us fantasy managers at the expense of Slaven Bilic’s East Londoners.
Moving into midfield and it’s the same flat four in Pascal Gross, Aaron Ramsey, Riyad Mahrez and Michail Antonio. Gross who through five gameweeks has played a part in every Brighton goal hosts Newcastle while expectation is high that Aaron Ramsey can repay our faith as Arsenal host West Brom. The Gunner’s central playmaker has mustered eight shots inside the box so far this campaign, more than the likes of Dele Alli and Willian but has yet to truly be rewarded for his forays. Elsewhere our differential picks from last week in Mahrez and Antonio are given time to mature as solid acquisitions as Leicester host Liverpool while West Ham entertain Spurs.
Another player to be given this gameweek to reprieve himself is Harry Kane who maintains the armband despite the failure last gameweek. We just have more trust in the England forward to explode due to his underlying goal threat making the Spurs man a danger every weekend than we do Romelu Lukaku who has to travel to Southampton while Gabriel Jesus‘ lack of full 90 minute appearances dents his captaincy appeal. That said both Manchester men are solid shouts for points this week as Captain Foresight explained.
This week the bench consists of the ever present Tom Carroll, Simon Francis and the constantly injured Younes Kaboul.