Fantasy Premier League Tips: The Ultimate Game Week 3 Guide
We’re fast approaching Game Week 3 in Fantasy Premier League, with managers once again considering their team for a relatively tricky set of fixtures.
Manchester City travel to St James’ Park for a game where betting sites believe points might not come too easily, while Liverpool might be strong favourites to win at Old Trafford, they have failed to win either match so far.
Whether you have achieved a flying start or experienced a few teething issues with your team, we look at the key decisions that need to be made ahead of GW3.
The deadline is 11am on Saturday 20 August, with all managers having at least one free transfer. Hopefully we can point you in the right direction to rack up a decent haul of points.
Too Early For First Wildcard?
As you probably know, there’s a Wildcard available to Fantasy Premier League managers during the first half of the season and this can be used to make wholesale changes to your team.
While the FPL season is only two game weeks old, there’s nothing to stop you pulling the trigger and renovating your squad if you feel that it’s in need of urgent repair.
If you only want to change a couple of players, then it might instead be worth taking a -4 points hit. Some will even consider going -8 and making three transfers, although the alternative is to Wildcard and be able to make unlimited changes.
If you feel as though you’ve seen enough to know the strongest players in the game moving forward, it could be worth rolling the dice.
Arsenal’s Two Gabriel’s Look Like FPL Locks
GABRIEL JESUS started the season with over 70% ownership and that figure has now reached 77.3%.
The Brazilian didn’t achieve any attacking returns in GW1, although his 19 points against Leicester means that he’s not only a must-have player for your team but also someone who looks like captaincy material.
Jesus could be a goal machine for Arsenal this season and his compatriot GABRIEL MARTINELLI is also a snip at £6.3m, with the forward having scored against Palace and the Foxes.
He’s effectively playing as the second striker for an in-form team, more than likely changing Arsenal’s transfer plans in the remaining weeks of the window.
The pair have bagged six goals in their first two encounters and it’s too much of a risk to be without either player.
Kane or Haaland for Game Week 3?
Fantasy Premier League makes fools of us all! Those that selected HARRY KANE in Game Week 1 saw him draw a blank against Southampton and the switch to ERLING HAALAND was the most popular GW2 transfer as the Premier League Golden Boot favourites battle it out for popularity.
However, the Norwegian just had one assist to show for his FPL endeavours against Bournemouth and now St James Park for a tough tie with Newcastle.
Meanwhile, Kane popped up at the death to score at Stamford Bridge and now lines up against Wolves where he has the potential to put together a big haul.
This is certainly one of the easiest games on paper for Tottenham and some managers (especially those Wildcarding) might consider that the England captain is worth chancing as a differential against the Haaland owners.
The Manchester City forward’s lack of touches against the Cherries was a concern despite the fact that Phil Foden should have played him in for an easy goal.
But it proved it’s possible that teams will start defending deep in a bid to nullify the former Borussia Dortmund forward.
Who Are the Best GW3 to Buy?
If you don’t yet own JOAO CANCELO, then you need to join the 47.3% of FPL managers who have snapped up the Portuguese.
The Manchester City full-back has 18 points on the board already and he is proving to be a bonus points magnet once again. There was another clean sheet against Bournemouth and an assist which means that Joao is worth every penny of his £7.1m price tag.
After Chelsea’s tricky fixture against Tottenham, FPL managers are now looking at their defensive assets for the coming Game Weeks.
MARC CUCURELLA sticks out like a sore thumb at £5m and he enjoyed an impressive debut in the left wing-back position against Spurs, although Ben Chilwell could rival him for game time.
REECE JAMES looked very menacing, especially when promoted to the right wing-back position and it was the England man who scored Chelsea’s second against Spurs. He has 14 points so far and that’s one more than Kalidou Koulibaly who looks set to be the new Antonio Rudiger for the Blues.
Not many of us started the 2022-23 with RODRIGO in our thoughts, although the Leeds United “midfielder” has notched 22 points to be the highest-scoring player in that position.
His ownership has now risen to 9.4% after notching two goals at St Mary’s, although a tricky fixture against Chelsea and a threat to his place in the first team means he’s possibly one to avoid.
KEVIN DE BRUYNE is doing Kevin de Bruyne things in a Manchester City shirt although £12.1 million is a hefty price tag if you’re already a Mohamed Salah owner, with PASCAL GROSS (£6.2m) being a more affordable alternative for your GW3 transfer.
The Brighton midfielder scored twice at Old Trafford and looked dangerous against Newcastle.
DEJAN KULUSEVSKI was relatively quiet at Stamford Bridge although the Swede hit so many high notes against Southampton in his team’s opener when scoring 13 points.
With Wolves, Forest, West Ham and Fulham on the horizon, £8.1m could be money well spent on a highly creative player.
At a slightly cheaper price, it’s also worth considering ILKAY GUNDOGAN. The German has the armband for Manchester City and he also has the license to roam forward for the champions. He might not be as sexy a pick as KDB, although £7.5m looks solid value about someone who has notched 13 points so far.
However, JAMES MADDISON (£8.0m) could be a quality differential if you’re looking to steal a march on other managers. The Leicester midfielder has racked up attacking returns in both games and he has a home fixture against Southampton on the cards.
With 21 points on the board, it’s an increasing risk to go without GABRIEL JESUS and he heads to Bournemouth looking to add to his two goals against Leicester. We’ve already outlined the Haaland/Kane dilemma, although IVAN TONEY has just one point less than the former and the Brentford striker is attractively priced at £7.1m.
ALEKSANDAR MITROVIC is also a viable option despite a missed penalty at Wolves and we shouldn’t be put off his GW2 -1 score after previously racking up 13 against Liverpool. There could be more to come from TAIWO AWONIYI, who opened his account for Nottingham Forest last weekend.
Who Are the Best GW3 Players to Sell?
There were plenty of FPL managers snapping up Aston Villa assets before the season began.
LEON BAILEY was a big talking horse although the forward was dropped for the GW2 clash against Everton and it’s also hard to make a case for LUCAS DIGNE and MATTY CASH over some of the alternatives at a similar price. PHILIPPE COUTINHO is also struggling to make an impact.
Liverpool have failed to keep a clean sheet in either match so far, and have central defensive worries. This means that the TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD/ANDREW ROBERTSON double-up hasn’t worked out and it could be worth extracting one of these players from your team so that you don’t have double jeopardy ahead of the clash at Old Trafford.
PEDRO NETO might be a relatively cheap enabler although Wolves lack a cutting edge once again this season which will see managers desert the winger.
MARCUS RASHFORD was also seen as a cheap way into the Manchester United team although the Red Devils have been abject, with DARWIN NUNEZ making a mass exodus after the Uruguayan’s red card.
Who Should Be Captain For Game Week 3?
Not a straightforward decision this week. Erling Haaland heads to Newcastle, and his single assist and no goals against Premier League relegation favourites Bournemouth might put managers off giving him the armband.
The Norwegian could find life tough going against a Magpies side who are yet to concede this season.
Mohamed Salah heads to Old Trafford where he made hay last season and the Egyptian looks a more solid pick.
But, you can imagine punters will be flocking to use their Premier League free bets on a Liverpool victory this weekend, such has been the shocking nature of Man Utd’s beginning to the campaign.
Gabriel Jesus should offer an attacking threat when Arsenal head to Bournemouth, although this is yet another away game for a potential captain and the Cherries did beat Aston Villa in their opening home clash.
However, on the basis that the Gunners have scored six goals already this season, we are happy to go with the Brazilian who is hopefully on penalties for his new club and looks set to continue on the goal trail.
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