Fantasy football tips: Lose Van Dijk? Who should replace Mount?

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Got a four-man defence? Got Virgil van Dijk? It might be time to ditch the defender and change formationStill with us? Then well done. We’ll assume that means you haven’t already sacked off fantasy football and have come through the first month with a vaguely competitive team.That, or you have already used your wildcard and are in last-chance-saloon territory.Either way, here we are – week six. So who to pick? Who to drop? Who to set as captain?We at BBC Sport and BBC Radio 5 Live’s Fantasy 606 podcast try our best to provide the answers…Ditch Van Dijk and switch to three at the back?Much like skinny jeans and running around parks chasing computer-generated Pokemons, football is full of fads.The craze in the Premier League right now is playing out from the back. When it works, you get better quality service to attacking players; when it doesn’t, it usually ends up with egg on a defender’s face (looking at you, Nicolas Otamendi).The bad news for fantasy football managers is that defenders are struggling to bag the big points so far this season. Of the top 15 scoring players after five weeks, 10 are strikers and five are midfielders.Consequently, if you haven’t already done so, now may well be the time to switch to three at the back.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (left), Lucas Digne (centre) and Serge Aurier (right) could be the defenders that come up trumps this weekendLiverpool kept the most clean sheets in the Premier League last season with 21 but this time have managed just one in five games. Virgil van Dijk is undoubtedly an absolute beast in real life but in the world of fantasy football he is simply not keeping the clean sheets while providing enough of an attacking threat.Almost half of managers in Fantasy Premier League (49.9%) have him in their team – but now may be the time to part ways.Alternatives? Trent Alexander-Arnold is the best option from the Reds given his tendency to be involved in their attacks. He has two assists from five matches so far this season.Elsewhere, Evert

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