An unusually even set of fixtures as the top two squared off against each other and 8 of the bottom 10 scrapped it out. It took just 26 seconds for first blood to be drawn (courtesy of Blackburn’s Bradley Dack) in the last set of fixtures before the first International Break.
Top Point Scorers
|Johnson||Preston||Midfield||£7.5||51||Taylor||Charlton||Forward||£9.5||43||Borja||Swansea||Forward||£7.0||43||Cavaleiro||Fulham||Midfield||£9.0||43||van der Hoorn||Swansea||Defender||£5.0||40||Mitrovic||Fulham||Forward||£12.5||38||Swift||Reading||Midfield||£6.5||38||Gallagher||Charlton||Midfield||£5.0||38||Bamford||Leeds||Forward||£9.5||37||Woodman||Swansea||Goalkeeper||£5.0||37|
Preston midfielder Daniel Johnson (£7.5) tops the chart on 51 points after another assist made it 4 goals and 4 assists for the season. Charlton’s Lyle Taylor (£9.5) got back to scoring ways to make it 5 goals in 6 games, he replaces Swansea’s Borja Baston (£7.0) in second place after a blank game week.
Fulham’s Ivan Cavaleiro (£9.0) assisted and acquired 2 bonus points to move up to the fourth spot ahead of Swansea’s Mike van der Hoorn (£5.0) who enters the top 10 after a clean sheet and 3 bonus points.
Fulham’s Aleksander Mitrovic (£12.5) made it 5 goals in his last 5 games and all 3 bonus points, coming level on 38 points with Reading midfielder John Swift (£6.5), who only returned 2 appearance points.
Conor Gallagher (£5.0) continued to impress in the Charlton midfield and racked up an assist and clean sheet, whereas Patrick Bamford (£9.5) only managed 61 minutes as he achieved only 2 appearance points as Freddie Woodman (£5.0) kept his Leeds side out with a clean sheet and 2 bonus points to come in at tenth position.
Leeds V Swansea
Leeds and Swansea entered game week 6 joint top of the league, and it took a 90th-minute goal before the deadlock was broken, as Swansea substitute Wayne Routledge took them 2 points clear.
Swansea can be somewhat fortunate to surpass the Yorkshire club, as statistically they have far outperformed the South Wales outfit, and everyone else in the division, thus far.
They have had more shots in the box (45), faced least shots in their own box, 6, to Swansea’s 30 and 35. They are the only club to rack up over 100 shots, and perhaps unsurprisingly, achieved the most on target.
So from a Championship Fantasy perspective, this makes Leeds players consistent performers at both ends of the pitch.
Credit to Swansea, however, as their defence has been tight so far, and their attacking threat relies heavily on wing-backs Connor Roberts (£5.5) and Jake Bidwell (£4.5), who, when joining the attack, have licence to get as far up the pitch as possible, as the wide men in the attacking midfield three, Andre Ayew (£7.5) and Bersant Celina (£7.5), drift inwards as they are overlapped.
Not all clubs rely on roving full-backs, take Cardiff and Hull for example, yet from a Championship Fantasy perspective, they are hot prospects for our consideration.
Brentford Making a Mockery of Statistics
Brentford went into the weekend with the unwelcome record of converting only 2 of their 6 shots so far this season, the worst in the league.
They faced Derby County at the weekend, where they achieved 8 shots on target, 5 of which by Ollie Watkins (£9.5), of which 2 found the back of the net as they ran away 3-0 winners.
We have looked at Huddersfield and Stoke already, who, after game week 6, remain the only clubs without a win, both only managing 1 point so far. Huddersfield have yet to appoint a new manager, and Stoke’s Nathan Jones must be on borrowed time as they enter the International Break with plenty to think about.
They are the clubs with fewest shots throughout the season so far, with 15 and 16, and both went 1-0 up only to lose 2-1, as Huddersfield went down to Luton, and Stoke lost the Midlands derby against Birmingham City.
Both sides have plenty of higher-priced players who aren’t providing value for money (save for Huddersfield’s Karlan Grant (£10.5)) so it may be time to reconsider their assets.
As we are on the subject of statistics, it isn’t all dominated by Leeds, as Reading midfielder John Swift (£6.5) comes out on top the chances created chart with 23, 6 more chances than the second-placed Mateusz Klich (£9.0) of Leeds. The ex-Chelsea man has racked up 38 points already, and the Royals face a trip to Middlesbrough in game week 7.
A surge for Swansea assets may dominate our thoughts, with Baston and Woodman already being spoken about in recent weeks, and Roberts and Bidwell being highlighted this week.
The consistency of Leeds should be swaying us at this point, but with such a strong squad, the usual perils of competition for places is a factor, such as the left-back slot, with Barry Douglas (£6.0) and Ezgjan Alioski (£8.0 – Midfield) fighting it out on a weekly basis for the starting berth. Spaniard Pablo Hernandez (£11.5) remains integral to the side despite a quiet couple of weeks, as Klich perhaps surpasses him in our thoughts.
Elsewhere, Johnson tops the charts for both Form and Points Per Game as well as the mentioned Total Points.
Gameweek 7 heralds the start of Mini Season 1, with all points resetting to 0 and previous league positions also being reset.
This is a clean slate for everyone, but with only 1 transfer to use, we must use it wisely.
Do Leeds have the best fixture of the weekend? If so, who is the prime captaincy candidate?
Should we instead keep faith with the Fulham forward line against a West Brom side that is unbeaten in the league so far?
Can we afford to ignore Johnson, or is the bigger question whether Preston can sustain their good early season form?