Fantasy Premier League | FPL GW03

2 weeks into the new season, have you already started regretting your fantasy picks? The first 2 weeks have thrown up some surprises with Lossl and Hegazi topping both the Goalkeeper and the Defenders’ lists but also see some familiar faces with Lukaku, Eriksen and Alonso still amongst the top fantasy players in their points tally. With EFL, Champions League and Europa League action all ongoing midweek, be wary of squad rotation and remember to check if your players are starting. 

Here’s a look at my FPL GW3 Squad, if  I have the chance to redo my squad and keep within the 100m budget. Hope it will provide some inspiration for you to change yours! 

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Forwards

  1. Kane, Harry (TOT, 12.5m) – Having drawn blanks for 2 consecutive weeks now, we feel it’s time soon for last season’s top scorer to open his account and a home game against Burnley seems like one of the best opportunity to do so.
  2. Lukaku, Romelu (MUN, 11.6m) – Lukaku has started his Man U career on a blitz with 3 goals in 2 games. He is worth taking regardless of his high price and is probably one of the first player to put into your fantasy team each week!
  3. Calvert-Lewin, Dominic (EVE, 5.0m) – Whilst Everton has a few tough games coming up and fellow striker Rooney is getting all the attention on his return to the Merseyside, the unsung hero so far this season is youngster Calvert-Lewin who has impressed in his attacking play both in EPL as well as in the Europa League. He has played the full match on both occasions and have already chipped in with 2 assists. We expect his price to grow over time.

Whilst there are other strikers we will consider such as Chicharito and Rooney, most of the available funds have been splashed on Kane and Lukaku given their historical scoring records.

Midfielders

  1. de Andrade, Richarlison (WAT, 6.0m) – This relatively unknown Brazilian signing for Watford has already impressed with his silky skills in his first 2 games in the EPL and has chipped in with an assist and a goal.
  2. Richie, Matt (NEW, 6.0m) – Whilst Newcastle has struggled so far in their first 2 games back in the EPL, Ritchie has shown that he has an eye for goal with a brilliant shot in the last game against Huddersfield which required a brilliant save from Lossl. He continues to be in charge of corners and free kicks for Newcastle and plays the full game for them, so is still potentially a good pick to keep for the season.
  3. Pogba, Paul (MUN, 8.1m) – Having scored only 5 goals and 4 assists in his first season back in the EPL since his big money transfer, Pogba looks like a changed man this season and has already scored 2 goals and 2 assists in his first 2 games alone. You will have to ignore taking him at your own peril.
  4. Mooy, Aaron (HUD, 5.6m) – He is involved in almost all of Huddersfield’s attacking moves and has already scored 1 and assisted 1 so far. He’s likely to play regularly and provides great value for his current price.
  5. Eriksen, Christian (TOT, 9.5m) – Another player that is hard to ignore, Eriksen has already provided 3 assists in his last 2 games and is probably worth taking regardless of his high price.

Beyond the above players, we have also been impressed with Jese, Redmond and Brunt.

Defenders

  1. Trippier, Kieran (TOT, 5.4m) – He only just got back from his injury last week and put in a decent performance despite the loss to Chelsea. He is one to keep for the season if he stays injury-free and has a home game against his former club Burnley which gives him a good chance of getting a clean sheet.
  2. Matip, Joel (LIV, 5.5m) – It is clear that Matip is Jurgen Klopp’s number 1 defender. He will start every game for the Reds as long as he is fit.
  3. Hegazi, Ahmed (WBA, 4.7m) – 1 goal and 2 clean sheets from their first 2 games, Hegazi is currently the top fantasy defender and is the cheapest amongst the WBA back 4. They have a home against Stoke followed by games against Brighton and West Ham, so should be a good choice to take for the next few weeks.
  4. Britos, Miguel (WAT, 4.5m) – Just like fellow teammate Holebas (who is suspended), Britos likes to get forward when attacking and has already contributed a goal this season. With a home again against Brighton, a clean sheet might be possible as well.
  5. Jones, Phil (MUN, 5.0m) – Whilst everyone has expected new signing Lindelof to play, Jones has been given the nod to partner Bailly so far and has looked assured in his first 2 games with 2 clean sheets. The cheapest Man U defender in the back 4, we expect his price to rise if he continues to start in the upcoming weeks.

Beyond the above defenders, all 3 Huddersfield defenders (Zanka, Lowe, Schindler) are attractive for their price and the fact that they have upcoming games against mid-table teams.

Goalkeepers

  1. Gomes, Heurelho (WAT, 4.5m) – Watford home against a toothless Brighton that has yet to score makes Gomes a very attractive pick.
  2. Elliot, Robert (NEW, 4.0m) – The cheapest GK in FPL that is currently starting regularly, Newcastle has not looked that bad defensively and have a string of fixtures coming up against mid table teams.

There are also plenty of other alternatives available in goalkeeping with Lossl, Foster, Hennessey and Fabianski all looking like decent picks at a good value.

The above squad will cost a total of 97.9m, which gives you a good 2.1m to spare and that can allow you to transfer some of the cheaper players out for more expensive ones only the next few weeks without having to do more than 1 transfer!

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Ff_hobbit is an avid football and fantasy football fan who simply can't make up his mind. Torn between his love for 2 football clubs amidst other interests, he has a dogged determination to do well in whatever he does. Unfortunately, fantasy football fame has eluded him thus far.

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