With the fixture congestion now easing and double gameweek 22 announced, this blog takes a look at the teams with the best and worst fixtures over the next six gameweeks using the Fixture Analyser.
Chelsea have an attractive double gameweek 22 but play Spurs the next gameweek and then have blanks in gameweeks 24 and 25 due to their involvement in the Club World Cup. Managers owning the likes of Rudiger and Alonso should hold for now, but prepare for it being a short-term move if bringing them in this week.
Ramsdale is a popular goalkeeper option and only has three attractive fixtures in the next six. He also blanks in gameweek 25 with the Gunners due to play Chelsea, as well as in gameweek 27 if his side (or Liverpool) make it to the League Cup final. So, it could be worth shifting the 23-year old or bringing in a backup to fill in for those weeks.
Watford have the best fixtures from a defensive perspective, but the Hornets are yet to keep a clean sheet this season and their defenders are probably best avoided. Leicester also have a favourable double gameweek but are missing a lot of their first choice backline, while the fixtures after gameweek 22 are not great.
Man. Utd have also looked suspect defensively but bringing in the likes of De Gea this week to cover for Ramsdale's blanks is a good idea. Despite the lack of a double gameweek, West Ham have a good run of fixtures which is good news for managers who brought in one of their defenders for double gameweek 21. While the home games against Leeds, Watford, Newcastle and Wolves look great, the away fixtures against Man. Utd and Leicester will probably require them to be benched.
Chelsea and Arsenal are bottom of the table for Attack Difficulty over the next six gameweeks due to the blank gameweeks. Despite the double gameweek, Chelsea attackers are probably best avoided. However, the Gunners’ short-term schedule is promising, with Spurs, Burnley and Wolves coming up, attackers such as Saka, Martinelli and Lacazette are likely to do well.
Leicester's double gameweek 22 (bur+TOT) looks encouraging from an attacking perspective but the schedule stiffens up considerably after, with games against Liverpool, Wolves and Chelsea.
Man. Utd have the best fixtures for attack over the next six gameweeks. West Ham are the only side from last season's top-eight teams that the Red Devils face over that period. Their double gameweek 22 is also quite attractive. Unfortunately the only option in attack appears to be Ronaldo at present.
Watford's next three matches against Newcastle, Burnley and Norwich are likely to be decisive in their quest to stay in the top flight. The fixtures after are appealing as well, with West Ham, Brighton and Villa next. Bringing in a Watford attacker or two seems a good idea.
West Ham have some of the best fixtures for attackers over the next six gameweeks, with games against Leeds, Watford and Newcastle looking mouth-watering. The likes of Bowen and Antonio should provide excellent value over this period despite no double in gameweek 22.
Newcastle have a great opportunity to put some points on the board over the next six games. They do not face any side from the current top-four, so their assets are worth monitoring.