Top 3 must-have players for Gameweek 3
The early season madness with Fantasy Premier League bosses has truly begun after Gameweek 2, with early wildcards being thrown around the game.
An average of just 41 points combined with some stellar performances from the likes of Pukki (£6.8m) and Sterling (£12.2m) has forced managers to make drastic measures early in the season.
With Gameweek 3 just around the corner, here are 3 players you must get into your team. All the 3 mentioned below could really blow hot in the coming weeks and not just for this weekend.
Teemu Pukki (£6.8m)
After scoring 4 goals in 2 games and averaging 12 points, the Norwich city striker is an inevitable choice. With 42 touches in the opposition half and 36 in the final third combined with his delightful hattrick against Newcastle, over 700,000 managers have opted for him.
Norwich’s fixtures between now and Gameweek 9 is certainly a mixed set of games. They face Chelsea this weekend and Man City in Gameweek 5 along with away games to West Ham, Burnley, Crystal Palace and Bournemouth and a home game against Villa.
This might look like an ominous schedule on paper, however, let’s dig up some stats. As mentioned above, his involvement in and around the opposition box is top-notch.
This weekend’s game against Chelsea could again be a hunting ground for Pukki as the Blues are yet to keep a clean sheet. As things stand, Chelsea have conceded 5 big chances and shipped away 5 goals.
🔰 Pukki has been busy in the penalty box so far this season…— Fantasy Football Scout (@FFScout) August 22, 2019
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Harry Kane (£11m)
This wonderful observation by @ahopcroft13 makes Kane a must-have going into the game week.
With 2 goals and 13 touches in the penalty box (bettered only by Pukki), the Spurs striker could really come to the party. He had a disappointing game against City but with Newcastle, Brighton, Crystal Palace and Watford in the coming weeks, Tottenham’s run of fixtures is a delight to FPL managers.
Sterling & Kane gives you the following captaincy rotation— Adam Hopcroft (@ahopcroft13) August 21, 2019
13. CHE (or whm)
Is Sterling/Kane the way to go
May mean missing out on KDB, Salah or Mane though
Owning Kane and Sterling in the coming weeks could mean you have an easy decision in terms of captaincy choices.
Anthony Martial (£7.7m)
A midfielder playing as a striker is a dream for FPL managers as they enjoy an additional point for goals and clean sheets.
Two goals in as many games and a favourable run of fixtures have made Martial (£7.7m) an easy pick.
Only Raheem Sterling (20) has had more touches in the opposition’s box than Anthony Martial (15) in the Premier League this season.— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) August 22, 2019
Enjoying that central role. 🇫🇷 pic.twitter.com/CgLwu1sV85
Having already seen an increase in price, it would be wise to have him as your third midfielder before he crosses the £8m mark in a few weeks.
While all eyes are on Pukki, one man who is going under the radar is Todd Cantwell (£4.6m). The midfielder created 5 chances last week, only bettered by Kevin De Bruyne (£9.6m) A decent option to slot into your 5th midfield spot especially if you are on your wildcard.
If not for this week, Cantwell could be a great option once Norwich are done with Man City in Gameweek 5.
The rotation in my team between Soyuncu, Lundstram & Cantwell reminds me of the skipping stones challenge from Takeshi’s castle. 😂— The Fantasy Plonker Podcast (@Fantasy_Plonker) August 22, 2019
Can perfectly navigate through the many bad fixtures they share between them short term. #FPL
If you own both Kane and Sterling, it is a flip of a coin between them. If not, either of the players could be a great pick.
Kane faces a Newcastle team who are void of confidence and are yet to pick up a point, while the inform Sterling picks himself regardless of his fixture.
Liverpool attackers Firmino, Mane and Salah have all scored in every single home game they’ve played against Arsenal since signing for the club in 2015, 2016 and 2017 respectively. This should make the likes of Salah and Mane a daredevil differential option this week.
Gameweek 3 Lineup
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