Gameweek 3 was a tricky week and could’ve gone two ways with popular captains blanking or firing big. A single day captaincy always brings the chance for a big jump and an unexpected Villa clean sheet certainly helped those who backed them. The only other major shocks were Palace beating Man Utd, a Kane blank against Newcastle and a sickening 97th minute Jimenez goal to ruin the Burnley clean sheet.
This week saw another difficult week for those who invested heavily at the back as only 3 clean sheets were kept, none of which came from the top 6. Guaita £6.4m earned penalty save points for Rashford’s penalty hitting the post. Newcastle, Aston Villa and Southampton were the only sides to keep a clean sheet and Gunn £6.4m top scored as he also made Tier 1 saves. Only 6 keepers made Save bonus, 3 in each tier.
With the limited amount of clean sheets, most players had to rely on attacking returns this week. PVA’s £7.9m late winner earned him a MOTM and 12 points at Old Trafford. Matip’s £9.1m goal + tackle bonus put him just behind along with being the top scoring defender for Liverpool this week and it looks like he’s ahead of Gomez in the pecking order. Soyuncu £6.2m grabbed an assist and MOTM against Sheffield Utd and has nailed down his spot in the side at a great price for those considering him next week. TAA got an assist for the second time this season but is yet to keep a clean sheet and earn bonus points. The cheapest defender in the game Guilbert £4.5m started for the first time this season and that was huge for Friday captaincy.
The whole of the Manchester City defence reached Tier 2 passing bonus for the first time this season as they dominated possession against Bournemouth. Laporte and Otamendi both hit over 100 passes. Zinchenko £8.2m has been great value with at least 5 points a week so far but he may come under threat from Mendy after the overhaul. Both Spurs centre backs Alderweireld and Sanchez reached passing bonus for the second week in a row. Robertson £10.2m is yet to keep a clean sheet or produce any attacking returns but has made Tier 1 passing bonus in every single week..
Just 2 defenders reached Tier 2 tackle bonus and one of those was Emerson who hit Tier 1 last week. Boly £8m was the second player. Boly, Sheffield Utd’s Stevens £7.4m and Holebas £7.7m have hit tackle bonus for the second time this season. Pereira continues to be the tackle king as made 3 or more tackles for the 3rd time this season. One I’ll be considering during the overhaul with Soyuncu. A big surprise was AWB who scored a 0 pointer against his old club and wasn’t close to scoring bonus. Was it a once off?
|Alderweireld £9.8m DEF||3|
|Laporte £10.3m DEF||3|
|Robertson £10.2m DEF||3|
|Lindelof £8.7m DEF||2|
|Maguire £8.9m DEF||2|
|Sanchez DEF £8.8m||2|
|Otamendi £8.8m DEF||2|
|Walker £10.1m DEF||2|
|Winks £ 7.7m MID||2|
|Zinchenko £8.2m DEF||2|
David Siva top scored for the midfielders and the differential is owned by under 5% of managers. Mason Mount £7.3m has been incredible value as he scored again and earned SoT bonus for the 3rd time. His fellow priced youngsters McNeil has averaged 4.7 ppg and Harry Wilson scored a wonder free kick against Man City and look like he’s earned his spot in the starting XI. Speaking of value, Norwich’s Cantwell £5.8m scored and is producing underlying stats that shouldn’t be for a player of that price. There were a whopping 18 assists in the midfield this week. McGinn £7.4m late minute assist would’ve massively pleased owners who captained him and he’s been a very consistent player.
Winks £7.7m made an incredible 126 passes against Newcastle and this confirms when he starts and plays a full game he’s highly likely to earn you 5 points at least. His teammate Sissoko £7.9m was the only other mid to reach Tier 2. Leinter just missed out on pass bonus by 3 passes, this shows he’s still got a good chance of making it even against Top 6 opposition like Chelsea this week.
6 players made tackle bonus for the first time this season and surprisingly Richarlison £10.2m hit it for the second time in 3 games.
|Pereira £8.5m DEF||3|
|Boly £8m DEF||2|
|Emerson £7.9m DEF||2|
|Holebas £7.7m DEF||2|
|Mane £11.5m MID||2|
|Moutinho £8.2m MID||2|
|Pieters £6.4m DEF||2|
|Richarlison £10.2m MID||2|
|Stevens £7.4m DEF||2|
|Wan-Bissaka £8.6m DEF||2|
Pukki continues to perform and is still the highest scoring player in the game with a goal, assist and SoT bonus against Chelsea. He’s only owned by 17.5% of players but expect that to shoot up after the Overhaul. West Ham’s new boy Haller £8.2m scored his first goal for The Hammers after missing out last week through injury. The 2.6% owned player scored a brace, MOTM and SoT bonus earning him 18 points against a poor Watford defence and he’s against an attacking minded Norwich side next. The budget forwards smashed it out of the park this week with Abraham £8.3m also bagging a brace against Norwich and was MOTM. Aguero £12.1m was a shrewd transfer on Sunday as the Argentine is nailed with Jesus currently out with an injury. He scored 2 poachers goals and has gone under the radar with Sterling taking the headlines and he’s averaged 9 ppg. Barnes £8.9m continues tick along as he scored his 4th goal of the campaign and the Austrain is only owned by 3.33% of bosses. One thing to note is while Mane blanked he made tackle bonus for the second time in two weeks.
|Shots on Target bonus||Times|
|Barnes £8.9m FWD||3|
|Mount £7.3m MID||3|
|Aubameyang £11.7m FWD||2|
|Pukki £7.8m FWD||2|
|Sterling £11.6m MID||2|
This week’s most captained player Sterling was given the armband by 22% of managers for only a goal. Mo Salah bounced back after a quiet game against Southampton with a brace, MOTM and SoT bonus for 20% of managers who captained him. Kane was a huge let down as he blanked against Newcastle which meant 11% of managers who gave him the captaincy missed out on the Man City attackers. It’s going to be hard for managers to keep him on wildcard.
Saturday: It’s got to be between your Manchester City or Liverpool players. If you own Aguero or Sterling they looks great options. KDB also looks a good bet and was unlucky to just get an assist last week. Other than that Salah also looks a good option but I’m worried Sean Dyche will try to park the bus but I can’t see that nullifying Liverpool’s attack.
Sunday: This is a bit of an awkward day. Wolves vs Everton is a tricky game as options in that game are Jota who is out of form, Jimenez who scored his first of the season from the spot or the Everton defence and their side looked terrible vs Villa. If you own Kane or Aubameyang they look the best bet as the North London Derby is usually full of goals, therefore I’d lean to them.
Written by FPL Junior (@FPL_Junior)