Considering a wildcard this weekend? We’re sure you aren’t alone so we’ve been studying the numbers so read on for our best tips ahead of Gameweek 6.
We spent all summer creating Squawka Score, our fantasy football ranking system, which gives each player a percentage score and is designed to help you identify the gems set to propel themselves onto the FPL main stage. And now after the first few weeks of the season we’ve been given some ideas as to how the campaign could play out.
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We’ve used Squawka Score to pick our squad for Gameweek 6, which has a few interesting fixtures. While we’re not expecting you to fully change your team, unless you’re an early Wildcard user, we’ve assembled a 15-man squad (within a budget of £100m) with players you should be considering — taking into account value, points, performances and fixtures — when looking at early transfers.
Gameweek 6 picks
Alphonse Areola, West Ham
FPL price: 4.1m
Squawka Score: 54%
Areola has firmly established himself as West Ham’s number one this season and has impressed in FPL, picking up 24 points. The Frenchman has been making plenty of saves for a West Ham side that is pushing for Europe this season.
Malo Gusto, Chelsea
FPL price: 4.2m
Squawka Score: N/A
There would’t have been many that had Gusto in their FPL team at the beginning of the season, but an injury to Reece James has resulted in the Frenchman being one of the most transferred in players this season. 18 points in four games, only three of which he’s started, are some impressive numbers for a low-priced defender.
William Saliba, Arsenal
FPL price: 5.2m
Squawka Score: 36%
Much has been made of Arsenal’s defensive shape so far this season, but one constant has been Saliba. The centre back has averaged four points a game so far, ranking him within the top 25 defenders so far and, with two ‘easy’ fixtures in the next three weeks, this could be the time to move for the Arsenal centre back.
Destiny Udogie, Spurs
FPL price: 4.7m
Squawka Score: N/A
Has any other player adapted to Ange-ball quite as impressively as Udogie? 23 points from four games, two assists and two clean sheets have seen the Italian full back become one of the most sought after assets in FPL this season. A match against Sheffield United could give him another chance to score big points this week.
James Maddison, Spurs
FPL price: 7.9m
Squawka Score: 70%
Well, maybe Maddison pushes Udogie all the way in the Ange-ball stakes. Maddison made a big money move to North London this summer and became an instant hit. Averaging over seven points a game, Maddison has benefitted from two goals, two assists and two clean sheets so far. If he can keep this form going, he’s a sho0-in for your midfield.
Bukayo Saka, Arsenal
FPL price: 8.6m
Squawka Score: 76%
There’s certainly a wealth of talent for England in midfield, none more so than Arsenal’s own Starboy. Saka has shown no signs of slowing down, picking up 25 points so far this season, getting his name on the scoresheet twice and he’s provided an assist in his last two games.
Mo Salah, Liverpool
FPL price: 12.5m
Squawka Score: 82%
Now is probably the right time to bring Salah in, with Liverpool facing a favourable run of fixtures. The Egyptian has picked up 33 points so far this season, scoring twice and providing four assists.
Jarrod Bowen, West Ham
FPL price: 7.1m
Squawka Score: 60%
Bowen is on fire again. 32 points, three goals and one assist has put him back in the England reckoning and it’s hard to find someone that delivers as much at such a low price. He’ll be West Ham’s biggest threat for the next few weeks and it could be the right time to move for the wide player.
Julian Alvarez, Man City
FPL price: 6.6m
Squawka Score: 79%
Alvarez is doing all he can to prove that he can play, and be a genuine asset, in the same team as Erling Haaland. Two goals and five assists have landed the Argentine 37 points so far and, at a low price of 6.6m, he should be straight into your team.
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Erling Haaland, Man City
FPL price: 14.1m
Squawka Score: 76%
Is there much to be said about Haaland that hasn’t been said before? Seven goals in five games has led to 45 points so far and it doesn’t even feel like he, or Man City, have broken sweat yet. If you don’t have him, you’ll end up regretting it.
Yoane Wissa, Brentford
FPL price: 6.1m
Squawka Score: 50%
Brentford have a couple of nice fixtures coming up and that could mean goals for Wissa, who has already proven he knows where the net is this season. A shade over 6m is a great price for a player that will lead the line against Everton and Nottingham Forest over the next two weeks.
Jason Steele, Brighton
FPL price: 4.4m
Squawka Score: 47%
Tariq Lamptey, Brighton
FPL price: 3.9m
Squawka Score: 24%
Joachim Andersen, Crystal Palace
FPL price: 4.6m
Squawka Score: 53%
Rodri, Man City
FPL price: 5.7m
Squawka Score: 50%
Every week we’ll give you a full squad we recommend for that specific Gameweek, but it’s not feasible changing all 15 players on a regular basis if you want to stay competitive. These will merely be our favourite 15 picks within a 100M budget for that Gameweek, for if you’re considering using your Wildcard, or want to overhaul your squad at a cost.
We’re also playing along in the traditional style, tweaking our team one transfer at a time. And we’re challenging you to beat us in our own mini-league. You can sign up here or use the league code 8ju9vx to join the Squawka Challenge League.
Here’s our Squawka Challenge team for Gameweek 6.