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FPL Draft: UK look for Sanchez inspiration

The Scout 22 Sep 2017
Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal

After the US won three of the four Gameweek 5 fixtures by only one point, one UK manager has a plan to fight back

There is a new leader of our Fantasy Premier League Draft league of fantasy football experts from the UK and US.

Fuzzy Warbles' dramatic 64-63 victory over Mark Sutherns has earned him top spot, one of three victories by the US over the UK by only a single point in Gameweek 5.

 Gameweek 5 results

Team Score Team
Sutherns Comfort (UK) 63 64 10 Huddersfield Lane (US)
Andy's Allstars (UK) 46 47 Get on the Snake (US)
Jonty’s XI (UK)  39 40 Sean's Super Subs (US)
Woody Allen (UK) 47 44 Rotoworld_PL (US)

Paul McKinnon's Woody Allen line-up flew the flag for the UK as their only victorious team. 

We caught up with his progress ahead of Gameweek 6. 

Team name: Woody Allen

Squad: Courtois, Gomez; Valencia, B Davies, Otamendi, Cahill, Maguire; Sanchez, Sane, Choupo-Moting, Wijnaldum, Knockaert; Firmino, King, Joselu

Starting off as the last manager to pick in our eight-man draft league certainly influenced my tactics for squad selection.

With a number of my watchlist forwards snapped up by others, I chose to focus on building from the back.

So far, it has paid off.

Ben Davies, Antonio Valencia and Nicolas Otamendi have been big factors in helping my claim three wins in my first five matches.

Up front, it’s another matter.

Aside from Roberto Firmino, my other two forwards have scored one goal between them.

With the pool of free agent striker options so limited, when it comes to freshening up my XI, I’m more inclined to look at midfield.

This can be an effective tactic. 

It means that I can operate with a 3-4-3 formation and change my fourth midfielder with free agents and waivers according to fixture difficulty. 

But heading into Gameweek 6, I’m hoping that Alexis Sanchez – my first pick of the draft – could now be the ace up my sleeve.

So far, he’s yet to start a league match for Arsenal and earned me four points.

With Danny Welbeck now injured ahead of some favourable fixtures over the next five Gameweeks, I’m banking on the Chilean to cement a starting role and boost my flagging attack.

Gameweek 6 fixtures

Sutherns Comfort (UK) v Rotoworld PL (US) 
Woody Allen (UK) v Jonty's XI (UK) 
Sean's Super Subs (US) v Andy's Allstars (UK) 
Get on the Snake (US) v 10 Huddersfield Lane (US)

 See: FPL Draft: What you need to know

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