Game Week 3 Tips
Fantasy Premier League Tips – Game Week 3
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It barely seems a few minutes since everyone was in a panic over the new FPL site crash minutes before the start of the new Premier League season but sure enough we are heading on in to game week 3 and after a high scoring week for many in GW2 there is plenty to be optimistic about.
After two weeks we see Aguero and Ibrahimovic sitting pretty at the top of the points tables, so as the two most expensive Fantasy Premier League players it seems football is actually pretty predictable. That being said, not many would have predicted such a good start for Hull City and Middlesbrough. Burnley beating Liverpool 2-0 with just 19.4% possession is an unbelievable achievement and just goes to show the way that football can be a cruel mistress at times.
Lets take a look at our initial game week 3 thoughts…
Game Week 3 Tips
Chelsea, Man Utd and Man City have all looked very strong so far in the league and it already looks like they will be the three teams to pull away at the of the league. It is unthinkable that Hull City will maintain their good start and the bubble may well burst when they host Jose’s Red Devils this week, but Arsenal and Spurs have already looked a little limp and Liverpool look to have the inconsistencies of old. In reality, a 0-0 at the home of the champions is not a bad result for Wenger’s boys who were the only team to win at the King Power last season, and Spurs have been nothing if not efficient in their opening two games.
Elsewhere, Hull and Middlesbrough offer some top budget options, as do Everton, Southampton, Crystal Palace, West Ham and a few other teams.
But where should we be looking this week?
Aguero and Ibrahimovic
Before the season started it looked like an option to have just one of these superstars but after just two weeks it already looks like both are must have players. Sharing 44 points and 6 goals between them after 2 weeks is a reminder that class is everything in this league and if you don’t have them in by the time we head in to the international break then they are just going to become more and more unattainable. Both are set to increase in price again this week and it is likely that both could set you back a combined £25m before long. Act now whilst you can get them.
Game week 2 sees Man Utd head to Hull who have started well but this will be a step up from their opening two games. This may not be a week to captain the Swedish superstar but he will be amongst it for sure. Aguero and Man City host West Ham who might not manage to recapture their sparkling season of last year and they look very dangerous under Pep.
Raheem Sterlng is a player who at £8m also represents good value this season and he looks like he will flourish under Guardiola’s guidance and although Nolito came on and scored a brace last weekend, the value lies in Sterling for now.
Chelsea Vs. Burnley
Burnley were resolute against Liverpool last week but Chelsea showed real character to come back against a well organised Watford side. Diego Costa looks a menace and is good value for £9.5m (if you can stomach the risk of a red card along the way) and if you are still hanging on to Jamie Vardy, now might be the time to make the switch.
Hazard looks the only midfielder in the team who is not at risk of rotation and also looks like he is getting back to near his best.
For Burnely, Andre Gray might have disgraced himself off the pitch but on the pitch it was anything but. Sam Vokes also looks a good cheap alternative but we can’t see either of them doing anything in this game.
Crystal Palace Vs. Bournemouth
Christian Benteke (£7.4m) looks set to get game time at last following his big money move to Crystal Palace and he is exactly what they need after failing to score in their opening two games. It is too early to back him despite a tempting game against Bournemouth and a lot depends on how match fit he is – it could take some time for him to return to his sparkling best (but he could be a good pick in a few weeks time).
Everton Vs. Stoke City
Benteke’s compatriot Romelu Lukaku returns to the Everton side having withdrew his transfer request – maybe he thinks he might struggle to get int eh Chelsea team with Costa and Batsy playing so well! Lukaku remains a real threat and will pose problems for Stoke who were torn apart in the second half against Man City last week.
Ross Barkley also looks a real player this season under Koeman and one of these players should probably make your team.
Leicester Vs. Swansea
A tough one for backers of Leicester this week as the patience of an FPL manager is usually very thin and if you have backed Jamie Vardy or Riyad Mahrez you might already be looking elsewhere. But a tasty home fixture over Swansea who were poor against Hull is perhaps worth hanging on for. Mahrez is the one of the two that is looking most dangerous but it already looks like being a longer, tougher season for the Foxes this year!
West Brom Vs. Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough look like the real deal out of the newly promoted clubs and Negredo looks like he has never been away from the Premier League the way he has started. He has all the attributes to continue this good form against West Brom although it might be best to concentrate on defenders in this game.
Southampton Vs. Sunderland
Both of these teams have stuttered in their starts but they have both had a tough start to the season. Nathan Redmond continues to look dangerous for the Saints and should have a real chance of doing some damage in this game. Van Aanholt reminded us of his goal threat in gameweek 2 and although that is unlikely to repeat in gameweek 3, this could be a tight affair. Southampton have the edge and we are opting for a home win with Redmond and Tadic to be around the main action.
A word on transfers
rThis is the final week of August for those of you involved in manager of the month competitions so just bear that in mind. You also need to consider that we head in to an international break after this week (boooooooo) and the risk of injuries are always increased at this time. You might want to save your transfer this week so you have a double for game week 4 and if you are fairly happy with your team it may be worth sticking as you are for this week to give you the flexibility for GW4.
This week on FFT
Our podcast returns for game week 3 and should be out no later than Tuesday so make sure you check it out here. This week we are also soft-launching our new Fantasy Football Store where you can buy merchandise such as t-shirts and hoodies. Why not take a look here. We will be back later this week with a more in-depth look at some of the top GW3 players and our captain picks.