Fantasy Premier League: Four value purchases for Gameweek 6

Is Baines back to his best?
Is Baines back to his best?

Joe Dyer offers a quartet of very reasonably priced, and potentially overlooked, players for all positions (bar keeper) ahead of GW6 in Fantasy Premier League...

"If you can't get Rashford in for this gameweek you can take out a little betting insurance, should he net against Leicester. The Sportsbook offers 6/4 on Rashford scoring his third Premier League goal of the season against the Foxes."

These are strange times at Old Trafford. The high of opening the season with three straight Premier League wins has evaporated following defeats in the Manchester derby, Europa League and then last weekend at Watford.

Questions have been asked about Jose Mourinho's team selection, and there aren't many players in the United XI who are justifying their no doubt eye-watering wages, but one man is. Marcus Rashford has been the one bright spark of recent games, scoring the winning goal against Hull when brought on for the final 20 minutes. He was given the second 45 minutes of the derby, and then the full 90 at Watford where he scored the team's only goal.

The 18-year-old looks immense value at 6.8m. Yes, United's upcoming run of games includes away fixtures against Liverpool and Chelsea but there seems little downside in a Rashford purchase. Wayne Rooney rarely plays upfront these days, Zlatan Ibrahamovic's talents can't be questioned but he lacks mobility and cutting in from the wing the pacey Rashford offers a good counter point to the Swede. The England international has proven goalscoring prowess and will be key to Mourinho's future popularity while results are not going too well. Benching the boy would not go down well with the Old Trafford faithful.

If you can't get Rashford in for this gameweek you can take out a little betting insurance, should he net against Leicester. The Sportsbook offers 6/4 on Rashford scoring his third Premier League goal of the season against the Foxes.


Austin revved up for a good run


Charlie Austin was once rumoured to be on his way to Old Trafford, but made do with St Mary's instead. His time on the south coast has been interrupted by injuries but he seems fit and well now, having made a strong impact through Saints' recent good run that has brought victories in the Europa League, Premier League and EFL Cup.

Austin scored four in that sequence with goals in all three games, twice from the penalty spot, and looks like being the out and out striker Southampton arguably need.

Sunday's game at West Ham will see him up against the Premier League's second worst defence. If searching for a value striker you can do far worse than 6.2m Austin it seems.


Iwobi the value in the Arsenal attack


Arsenal's record against Chelsea is so bad - they haven't won in their last nine games against the Blues - that it seems crazy to even consider buying a Gooner this week.

But (there was always going to be a but wasn't there?!) Antonio Conte's Chelsea are very much a work in progress and recent results certainly suggest Arsenal have a chance of finally getting one over on their west London rivals when they meet on Saturday evening.
The Gunners were in good nick last weekend, putting four past previously parsimonious Hull, and they repeated the dose at Nottingham Forest in midweek EFL Cup action.

We all know about Arsenal's class in the forward areas, but one potentially overlooked part of that attack could be Alex Iwobi. At 5.8m he is among the cheapest midfielders in the Arsenal ranks, but proved his worth with a pair of assists in the Hull win. After being rested for the Forest win the Nigerian international should retain his Premier League starting place having made such a good impression last time out.


Baines benefiting from Koeman's cool leadership


No defensive unit has covered themselves in glory yet this year with Spurs the only team to have a better than 50% rate of clean sheets (three from five games) and Everton, Leicester, Manchester United and West Brom are the only other teams with more than one shutout so far.

Both Spurs and Everton are on the road this weekend but they both have a chance of getting another clean sheet on the board. Tottenham go to Middlesbrough (five goals) while the Toffees visit Bournemouth (three goals).

Leighton Baines has previously been a heavy Fantasy Premier League pointscorer and among the most expensive defenders in the game, but his price has dropped considerably this season after a disastrous end to Roberto Martinez's time at Goodison Park. That's all in the past now, and the former England international looks back to his best. Baines has played every minute of Everton's campaign so far, and at 5.6m looks a very solid purchase.

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