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FPL best midfielder picks: Complete budget, differential and premium tips for Gameweek 6

By Andrew Francis

Published: 14:15, 22 September 2023

Picking the right midfielders can prove to be the difference between success and failure. We’ve crunched the numbers to identify the best picks ahead of Gameweek 6. 

Among the higher point-scorers in FPL are the players who pull the strings from the middle of the park, whether they excel in making or scoring goals.

Our FPL rating system — Squawka Score — has been engineered to identify the best attacking midfielders in the Premier League, judging a player’s output per 90 minutes for a group of specifically selected stats.

What is the Squawka Score? You can learn more about how we devised our fantasy football ranking system here

If you think you can beat our FPL boffins, you can join the Squawka Challenge League here.

Best FPL midfielders
Top midfielder pick for Gameweek 6
Best cheap midfielders for Gameweek 6
Best midfielders with easy fixtures

Best FPL Midfielders

Here are the top 10 Premier League midfielders based on their FPL Squawka Score from the 2023 calendar year.

Player FPL Squawka Score 23/24 Team 23/24 FPL Price
Mo Salah 82% Liverpool 12.5
Solly March 80% Brighton 6.6
Bruno Fernandes 78% Man United 8.4
Phil Foden 77% Man City 7.6
Bukayo Saka 76% Arsenal 8.7
Jack Grealish 75% Man City 7.3
Bryan Mbeumo 73% Brentford 6.9
Gabriel Martinelli 73% Arsenal 7.9
James Maddison 70% Spurs 7.9
Martin Ødegaard 67% Arsenal 8.5

Top midfielder pick for Gameweek 6

Every week, we will bring you a Differential Duel to highlight a player who both ranks well according to our Squawka Score system and isn’t being picked by the vast majority of FPL managers.

We will then crunch the numbers and pit the chosen differential against a comparable asset who is proving popular — it is then on you to choose your fighter.

This week, we are comparing West Ham’s James Ward-Prowse (8.4% ownership) and Liverpool’s Mo Salah (27.1%), with the two players set to face off.

Although one of the more expensive players in FPL at £12.5million, Salah’s regular return in terms of goals and assists make him difficult to keep out of your team.

But to save a whopping £6.4m, why not look at Ward-Prowse? After all, he has made a flying start to life at West Ham and has now been directly involved in at least one goal in each of his last six Premier League appearances.

Here’s how their 2022/23 stats compare on our Comparison Matrix


Best cheap midfielders for Gameweek 6

We all want to load up on premium picks, but your £100million budget must always be in the back of your mind.

This is where bargains come in handy to balance out your squad. Using our Squawka super computer, we have picked out some budget midfielders for consideration who fare best according to the key fantasy football metrics.

Where a Squawka Score cannot be provided, players did not reach the minimum Premier League minutes threshold for the calendar year 2023. Scores will be available from Gameweek 6.

The best 4.5 picks for 23/24 FPL

  1. Saša Lukić, Fulham (10%)
  2. Elliot Anderson, Newcastle (N/A)
  3. Marvelous Nakamba, Luton (N/A)

The best 5.0 picks for 23/24 FPL

  1. Jacob Murphy, Newcastle (66%)
  2. Alejandro Garnacho, Man United (53%)
  3. Harvey Elliott, Liverpool (47%)

The best 5.5 picks for 23/24 FPL

  1. Leon Bailey, Aston Villa (52%)
  2. Manor Solomon, Spurs (49%)
  3. Willian, Fulham (48%)

The best 6.0 picks for 23/24 FPL

  1. Saïd Benrahma, West Ham (58%)
  2. Alexis Mac Allister, Liverpool (54%)
  3. Morgan Gibbs-White, Nottingham Forest (49%)

 Best midfielders with easy fixtures

Is your midfield almost set and ready to go? Hold fire for a moment — we have only more factor for you to consider before submitting your team.

Below, using our Squawka Score system and the FPL’s official Fixture Difficulty Rating (FDR), we have the identified the top selections from each of the Premier League clubs deemed to have an ‘easy’ fixture in Gameweek 6.

Team Top pick FPL Squawka Score 23/24 FPL Price
Brentford Bryan Mbeumo 73% 6.9
Brighton Solly March 80% 6.6
Crystal Palace Eberechi Eze 66% 6.3
Fulham Willian 48% 5.3
Liverpool Mo Salah 82% 12.5
Luton Tahith Chong 4.9
Man City Phil Foden 77% 7.6
Man United Bruno Fernandes 78% 8.4
Newcastle Jacob Murphy 66% 4.8
Wolves Pedro Neto 54% 5.5

*Does not qualify for a Squawka Score until after GW6 as he did not feature in the Premier League last season.