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Fantasy Football Top Picks – Gameweek Three

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Well I have had another stinker but then I would have, as I haven’t been listening to my own advice. I only got a mere 28 points with only Russell Martin getting me more than 3 points. That was way below the average of 44 points, so I have reshaped my squad completely and activated my wildcard.

I’ve done that for a couple of reasons: firstly, because too many of my players are out of form, I have Walcott who didn’t even come off the bench in the last game. Secondly, I wanted Aguero and to get in on some of the price rises. But this is about you and your teams, so let’s look at last week and the one coming up.

 

Gameweek Two Review

In the Friday night game, United managed to scrape another 1-0 victory, in a game they controlled without being exciting. Rooney didn’t do anything bad but mostly because he didn’t really do anything at all; he could be out of many teams. Another clean sheet though means the United defence and goalie are certainly becoming strong options. Villa options are still unclear and are probably best avoided at the moment.

The early kick off on Saturday was a shock as Everton won away to Southampton 3-0. This firstly raises question marks on the home sides defence now Schneiderlin isn’t shielding them, but it also makes Lukaku and Barkley genuine strong additions to teams. However, I wouldn’t worry about Southampton’s attackers as they created plenty of chances and will most likely return to scoring ways next week.

At half time Tottenham were looking great and Nacer Chadli had bagged his first goal of the season, but come full time they had conceded two and finished it 2-2. Anything can happen with Spurs and that was summed up in this game. Stoke options are still unclear, as the goals can come from anywhere but it is yet to be seen how Shaqiri fits into the Premier League.

Sunderland conceded three goals at home to Norwich and are a complete mess, just stay away from them. Although Jeremain Lens is clearly a class above. Norwich though are looking promising but like Stoke their returns are pretty spread out still.

Swansea continued their strong start with a 2-0 win over Newcastle who aren’t in great shape themselves. Ayew and Gomis are strong options especially as they have Sunderland next, but Newcastle are still best left alone. Swansea’s defence is an option as they can continue their solidarity from last season.

Another strong defence from last season that kept a clean sheet at the weekend was West Brom as they drew 0-0 away to Watford, who themselves are still hard to work out. The West Brom defence is a solid investment despite being fairly expensive.

In a clash of the first week heroes, Leicester City’s trip to West Ham ended in another win for the Tinkerman. Mahrez and Payet were both on the score-sheet and both must be considered in your team. Payet especially, as he is clearly their best player and everything will go through him. Adrian got sent off ridiculously and their appeal has been rejected so he needs to be shipped out of teams.

On the Sunday, Arsenal beat Palace 2-1. Sanchez was back in the line up and Walcott didn’t even make it off the bench. Palace showed plenty of attacking potential but they do seem to lack that top quality striker still. It may be worth staying away from Arsenal defenders though with their recent showings and having Liverpool in their next fixture.

The big game of the weekend was of course Man City v Chelsea where a perhaps unexpected rout ensued. Aguero & Co ran out comfortable winners against a Chelsea side that looks a shadow of the team it was last year. Silva and Toure got among the points as did the resurgent Vincent Kompany as he bagged another goal. It really may be time to abandon the Chelsea defense and time to get on City as they have Watford coming up after Everton.

Monday night football gave us another average Liverpool performance in which they scraped a lucky 1-0 win via a controversial goal. Benteke’s strike, however, will give hope and optimism to his owners that he will score plenty more and they are probably right. Bournemouth though have failed to score again and this must be a worry but they have West Ham next and must put this right.

Gameweek Three Preview

Manchester United are again the first team to play at the weekend and against Newcastle a clean sheet could well be on the cards. The cheapest way into their defense is Sergio Romero at £5.1m. Memphis is also an option after his brace midweek against Club Brugge especially as Rooney has continued to disappoint. Worth staying away from Newcastle again for this week.

Crystal Palace face Aston Villa and it is a hard one to call but I expect goals. Safer to go with the home side and Wilfried Zaha £5.5m could be a great differential this weekend as he looked lively against Arsenal and netted in their opener against Norwich.

Anything can happen in this game, it really can, but Leicester v Tottenham is almost guaranteed goals. Where they come from though is anyone’s guess, and for that reason it’s best to go cheap and your best bet for this weekend is Riyad Mahrez £5.7m. He is likely to cause all sorts of trouble for the Spurs full backs and could pop up with an assist.

Norwich take on Stoke who struggle defensively without Ryan Shawcross. I therefore expect Norwich to score a couple with Nathan Redmond likely to be involved, but Wes Hoolahan £5.0m is £0.5m cheaper and has already got three assists in the first two games so could be the way to go.

Sunderland are at home to Swansea and the difference in form is staggering. Sunderland are a bit of a mess with Kaboul at the back and I fully expect Swansea to score at least a couple. There are a few options but the main man up front has to be Bafetimbi Gomis £7.1m. If you still have Pantilimon in goal, you need another plan.

West Ham take on Bournemouth which should be a exciting match, one in which I expect both teams to score. I tipped Payet last week and while it’s difficult to look past him, I reckon this could be the week we see returns from Matt Ritchie £5.9m who looked very lively and even hit the post against Liverpool.

Pulis’s tough West Brom defence take on Chelsea and really anything could happen, depending on which Chelsea turn up. With it being such a tough one to call there is no harm in risking a real differential but at an expensive price, Salomon Rondon £7.0m. The new signing could really make himself a hero for his new club by scoring against the defending champions.

Two teams who have scored 11 goals between them already go head to head on Sunday as Manchester City go to Goodison. There are many options but only one main man, Sergio Aguero £13.1m, for me the only player that is a true FPL must have. There are of course many options from both clubs like I mentioned earlier but if you have one player he is that one.

Watford take on Southampton and I fully expect the Saints to go back to scoring ways. Saido Mane £8.0m is the subject of a Manchester United bid has yet to get on the scoresheet and I fully expect that to change this Sunday. Watford I would imagine will score as well, so Deeney wouldn’t be a bad idea.

Monday night is the big one. Arsenal host Liverpool. A massive game for both teams, and while neither side has been overly convincing, they are both scraping wins. The safe bet here is to say there will be goals and the best player on the pitch will be Alexis Sanchez. Alexis is the obvious choice but here I fancy a slightly left field choice in Mesut Ozil £8.5m. He is obviously a class player and could make the difference in an tight game.

Captain Choices

There are quite a few this weekend. Sergio Aguero is of course an option as he will be every week. Bafatimbi Gomis could well be a great differential against Sunderland. If you have a United attacking player there probably isn’t a much better time to captain them. Memphis also could be a great differential and if you want to give Rooney one more go, then why not go all the way.

Summary

I think it is time to get Sergio Aguero in. If you have saved your transfer then there is quite the possibility that it should be easy enough. If he is out of your budget then for now there is Swansea players such as Gomis and Ayew who face Sunderland. If you were unfortunate enough to have Adrain in goal, especially after having Courtois, then Romero now may be the way to go. Don’t be afraid to wildcard, but if you are in an OK position then use a double transfer if you have it to sort out your weaknesses, such as Walcott and other big money non-performing players. Get in those cheaper ones who are set to rise in price.

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