We at The Hype Train will be providing a regular series of Power Rankings updates throughout the season for each position in the traditional Fantasy Premier League game for our partners at the Fantasy Football Hub. We will be picking our top five picks for Goalkeepers, Defenders, Midfielders, and Forwards, providing a graphical aid for each chosen player, and the reasoning behind our choices. All aboard.

How do our Power Rankings work?

We use player form, fixtures, potential, and our own gut instinct, to form our own opinionated view on who we believe is the best asset for each position in the FPL. Each position (Goalkeeper, Defender, Midfielder, and Forward) has differing criteria which can help generate FPL points on a weekly basis, whether for short term gain or for the long haul.

For the purpose of this article we will list our top 5 and follow up with a player on the rise in that position to also consider.

All player prices and stats are reflective of the official Fantasy Premier League game at the time of publishing.

Power Rankings: Gameweek 7 (GK’s, DEF’s, MID’s, FOR’s)

With time not on our side this week we’re bringing the Power Rankings to you in one bumper edition, with all the risers, non-movers, and those falling, in their respective positions put under the microscope. We take a look at who made the Power 5 for Goalkeeper’s Defender’s, Midfielder’s, and Forward’s last week, the movers this week, and some insight into each position ahead of the next round of games this coming weekend.

We profile what we believe to be the best five players in each position in the FPL game right now after Gameweek 6 and heading into Gameweek 7.

POWER 5: Goalkeeper’s

Who were in the GK Power Rankings last week?
1) David de Gea (MUN) – rising from 2nd to 1st
2) Rob Elliot (NEW) – rising from 3rd to 2nd
3) Jonas Lossl (HUD) – falling from 1st to 3rd
4) Lukasz Fabianski (SWA) – new entry
5) Ben Foster (WBA) – a non-mover

Who is in the Power 5 heading into Gameweek 7?
1) David de Gea (MUN) – a non-mover
2) Jonas Lossl (HUD) – rising from 3rd to 2nd
3) Petr Cech (ARS) – new entry
4) Thibaut Courtois (CHE) – new entry
5) Lukasz Fabianski (SWA) – falling from 4th to 5th

There are two new entries in the Goalkeeper Power Rankings heading into Gameweek 7, with Rob Elliot (NEW) and Ben Foster (WBA) making way for Petr Cech (ARS) and Thibaut Courtois (CHE).

David de Gea remains at the top of the standings after a fifth clean sheet in six matches for Man United, with the latest return coming in a 1-0 victory at Southampton. De Gea has made a minimum of three saves in his last four matches and in the victory at Southampton managed his first Bonus Point of the season. Next up for de Gea is a home tie against Crystal Palace, who have yet to score a goal. He’s probably not going anywhere in this list if form prevails during Gameweek 7.

Moving up in the GK Power 5, Jonas Lossl kept a 4th clean sheet of the season for Huddersfield in a 0-0 draw at Burnley. Lossl made 3 saves for the first time since Gameweek and with 33pts in the FPL sits just behind David de Gea in the Goalkeeper standings. Tougher days are ahead for The Terriers, beginning in Gameweek 7 with the visit of Spurs and Harry Kane.

Making his Power 5 debut, Arsenal shot-stopper Petr Cech has earned a treble of clean sheets in his last three matches to force his way into the standings. Cech has played every minute so far this season, picking up clean sheets in home victories against Bournemouth (GW4, 3-0) and West Brom (GW6, 2-0), as well as managing a huge 10pts away at Chelsea during Gameweek 5, which saw Cech receive the 3 bonus points for making four saves against the current Champions.

Also making his first appearance in the Power Rankings, Thibaut Courtois has managed four 6pt returns from four of the last 5 Gameweek’s, despite only earning three clean sheets in that period. Chelsea have kept clean sheets against Stoke, Arsenal, and Everton in recent weeks, whilst Courtois picked up six saves and 2 bonus points against Spurs during Gameweek 2. The Belgian’s next opponents are Man City, with Aguero and Jesus coming to the capital to test the Chelsea defence.

Propping up the pack in the fifth spot in the Power Rankings is Swansea’s Lukasz Fabianski, who falls from last wek due to a point point return against Watford in a 2-1 home defeat. Swansea have lost all three home games, and gotten results without conceding in all three of their away matches, so the potential is there for a 4th away return when Swansea visit West Ham for Gameweek 7.

POWER 5: Defender’s

Who were in the DEF Power Rankings last week?
1) Ben Davies (TOT) – a non-mover
2) Marcos Alonso (CHE) – rising from 3rd to 2nd
3) Phil Jones (MUN) – rising from 5th to 3rd
4) Jamaal Lascelles (NEW) – new entry
5) Kiko Femenia (WAT) – falling from 2nd to 5th

Who is in the Power 5 heading into Gameweek 7?
1) Phil Jones (MUN) – rising from 3rd to 1st
2) Cesar Azpilicueta (CHE) – new entry
3) Nicolas Otamendi (MCI) – new entry
4) Chris Lowe (HUD) – new entry
5) Sead Kolasinac (ARS) – new entry

There is wholesale change in the Defender’s Power Rankings heading into Gameweek 7 with four new entries replacing the departing Marcos Alonso (CHE), Ben Davies (TOT), Jamaal Lascelles (NEW), and Kiko Femenia (WAT).

Sitting pretty at the top is Man United defender Phil Jones, who like de Gea, registered a fifth clean sheet of the season from the opening six matches. Jones has the highest Bonus Points System (BPS) score of any defender who hasn’t scored or assisted, with 169pts to his name, and picked up the maximum bonus in Man United’s recent 1-0 away win at Southampton. Jones is also the cheapest of the four players who have kept five clean sheets, and looks essential if you’re playing your wildcard.

Next up, directly replacing Marcos Alonso, who went through the agony of being substituted on the 59th minutes in a 4-0 away at Stoke, is Cesar Azpilicueta, who has managed a massive 36 points from his last four appearances. Azpilicueta (CHE) has 4 assists from 6 matches this season, assisting Morata (3) and Pedro (1), twice as many than any #FPL defender, and looks a lock if you’re looking to back with a Chelsea defender. Azpi will play every game and is in no way a rotation concern.

The second new entry for Defender’s sees Nicolas Otamendi make the top five after four clean sheets and a goal from the opening six matches of the season. Man City, who many believe cannot be trusted defensively, have actually been reliable in the first six matches, with Otamendi profiting from a favourable fixture list, and bumped in the overall rankings with a goal in the 6-0 demolition of Watford.

Huddersfield’s Chris Lowe re-enters the Power Rankings after a one week absence after conceding the penalty that cost him a fifth consecutive clean sheet in the Premier League. Lowe completed the 90 minutes in the 0-0 draw at Burnley, which means he now has five clean sheets, equal to de Gea, Jones, Baily, and Valencia.

Sneaking into the final position for Defender’s is Arsenal full-back Sead Kolasinac, who has been looking the real deal in recent weeks. The Bosnian international has kept three consecutive clean sheets, as well as providing an assist during Gameweek 4’s 3-0 home victory over Bournemouth. There is no better time to capitalise on the defender than now, with Brighton set to visit the Emirates.

POWER 5: Midfielder’s

Who were in the MID Power Rankings last week?
1) Henrikh Mkhitaryan (MUN) – rising from 2nd to 1st
2) Mohamed Salah (LIV) – rising from 4th to 2nd
3) David Silva (MCI) – new entry
4) Christian Eriksen (TOT) – falling from 3rd to 4th
5) Matt Ritchie (NEW) – new entry

Who is in the Power 5 heading into Gameweek 7?
1) Mohamed Saleh (LIV) – rising from 2nd to 1st
2) Henrikh Mkhitaryan (MUN) – falling from 1st to 2nd
3) David Silva (MCI) – a non-mover
4) Christian Eriksen (TOT) – a non-mover
5) Raheem Sterling (MCI) – new entry

We had four new entries into our Defender Power Rankings, but it is calmer seas with midfield picks, with the top four from last week remaining unchanged, with Raheem Sterling replacing Matt Ritchie in the fifth spot.

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah edges Henrikh Mhkitaryan to the top spot ahead of Gameweek 7, with the Egyptian winger scoring in consecutive matches against Burnley and Leicester. Salah has been a largely positive outlet for FPL players despite Liverpool’s form quickly tailing off in the early part of this season. An away trip to Newcastle, who do not have a fit left-back, might provide another big return for Liverpool’s star man.

Man United played out a tense and tight affair at Southampton, with Romelu Lukaku edging United over the line. On that day Henrikh Mkihtaryan couldn’t do justice to the 33.3% of FPL owners, earning just a clean sheet point. Spirits will be lifted with the visit of win-less Crystal Palace, with the majority of players expecting another big Gameweek for Man United assets.

Man City midfielder David Silva is a non-mover in third, with another profitable performance against Crystal Palace boosting his Fantasy potential even higher with manager’s looking for a midfielder similarly priced to Mkhitaryan. Silva has registered a brace of assists in his previous two matches, meaning his six assists is the best in the Premier League, topping Mkhitaryan’s five. An away day at Chelsea complicates FPL matters, but then it’s easy street for City and their fixture list.

Heading into Gameweek 7, Spurs midfielder Christian Eriksen is the top points scorer in midfield, with 42 points. This feat was accomplished by a second away goal in Spurs’s last two away matches against Everton and West Ham. Eriksen has since been cast a doubt for Gameweek 7 through illness, even missing the 3-0 victory in Cyprus against Apoel.

A second Man City midfielder makes the Power 5 this week, and surprisingly so, Raheem Sterling has once again been aided by a great early season patch of goals. Sterling (MCI) has scored five goals in his last four Premier League appearances. He played just 12 minutes combined in the other 2 matches, which saw Sterling come off the bench against Brighton during Gameweek 1, and failing to play a minute in the 5-0 victory over Liverpool during Gameweek 4. Sterling also added another goal in the Champions League against Shakhtar Donetsk, putting him in pole position to be a big differential in weeks to come.

POWER 5: Forward’s

Who were in the FOR Power Rankings last week?
1) Romelu Lukaku (MUN) – rising from 2nd to 1st
2) Alvaro Morata (CHE) – falling from 1st to 2nd
3) Sergio Aguero (MCI) – new entry
4) Gabriel Jesus (MCI) – a non-mover
5) Jamie Vardy (LEI) – new entry

Who is in the Power 5 heading into Gameweek 7?
1) Alvaro Morata (CHE) – rising from 2nd to 1st
2) Romelu Lukaku (MUN) – falling from 1st to 2nd
3) Sergio Aguero (MCI) – a non-mover
4) Harry Kane (TOT) – new entry
5) Jamie Vardy (LEI) – a non-mover

There’s one new entry into the Power 5 for Forwards, with Spurs forward Harry Kane storming into the charts for the first time this season, at the expense of Man City forward Gabriel Jesus, who sat out Gameweek 7 in its entirety in another 5-0 victory.

Rising to the top of the charts is Alvaro Morata, who has been flip-flopping with Lukaku over the top position for the last three Gameweek’s. The Chelsea forward is in irresistible form after a hat-trick away at Stoke during Gameweek 6 pushed his goal tally in the Premier League this season to six, joint-top with Lukaku and Aguero. Morata’s ownership, his price, and his overall stats are improving on a week-to-week basis, and is now considered an absolute essential for player, being priced more than a million cheaper than Lukaku and Aguero, and two more than Harry Kane.

Dropping down to second, despite another scoring performance during Gameweek 6, is Man United’s own Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian forward has scored in every game so far this season, except one, the 2-0 victory over Leicester, the same game which saw a Lukaku penalty saved by Kasper Schmeichel. Lukaku’s brought an air of consistency to the FPL this season, which is enough to retain his place above Sergio Aguero. Lukaku’s ownership will come into question in the next few weeks when Man United’s fixture list finally catches up with itself and they start playing clubs from last season’s top six.

Remaining in third place in the Power 5 is Man City forward Sergio Aguero, who continued his form FPL form with another goal and assist against Crystal Palace during Gameweek 6. Aguero is the first player in the FPL this season to reach 50 points. He’s managed 6 goals, 3 assists, 8 bonus, with 52 points on the board, more than any other player in the FPL heading into Gameweek 7. The stats sell themselves right now.

Entering the Power 5 for the first time this season is Spurs forward Harry Kane, whose four goals in the last two away games, has seen him stamp down his claim amongst fellow premium forwards in the FPL. After another August without a goal, Harry Kane has scored nine goals in five games in all competitions, with a brace against both Everton and West Ham away in the Premier League. Kane has followed up with a hat-trick against Apoel in the Champions League and is primed for another big away day at newly promoted Huddersfield.

Propping up the rest of the pack is Leicester forward Jamie Vardy, who has scored in his last three Premier League appearances. The Leicester forward has been involved in three of the ten penalty kick awards this season, winning two, scoring two, and missing a crucial spot-kick against Liverpool during Gameweek 6. Goals against Chelsea, Huddersfield, and Liverpool, have seen Vardy’s FPL prospects in an improved run of fixtures put the England international in contention for a place in squads across the world.

All aboard.