Michael Baddeley returns for week three of his series, discussing who you should add to your Fantasy Premier League teams.
Well, I don’t know how everyone else’s gameweek two went, but ours was awful! It really was an utter shambles. Foster did the business for us again by keeping another clean sheet, Mané and Lukaku both bagged a goal for us, but the other eight players failed to score more than two points each.
As a result of another poor week we’ve decided that it is time to pull the plug on most of the team and use the wildcard chip already, a lot earlier than we originally planned.
But as we do every week, before revealing our team here are the three players I believe FPL managers should be keeping an eye on this week.
Jesé was a breath of fresh air for Stoke in their 1-0 win over Arsenal last Saturday evening. He had pace, power and wasn’t afraid to run at the Gunners’ defence.
After an excellent debut, he will definitely retain his place in the starting XI, but he will face a more defensive opposition as Stoke travel to the Hawthorns to face a West Brom team who are yet to concede this season.
It is also worth noting that the speedster is listed as a midfielder on the game but played in a more advanced position for the Potters.
The Englishman made his long awaited return to the Hammers’ side in last week’s thrilling game against Southampton. He might have been on the losing side, but alongside Chicharito, Antonio shone for Slaven Bilic’s men.
West Ham face a Newcastle side that has been very poor defensively since their return to the Premier League so the versatile winger will have an excellent chance to carry on his rising form.
We haven’t put him in yet as the allure of Pogba, Mané, Eriksen, Kane, Lukaku and Chicharito means we simply can’t afford him.
After bagging against Premier League newbies Brighton, many people expected Aguero to carry on his good form against an Everton side who would have had one eye on Thursday’s Europa League showdown with Hadjuk Split.
However, the Argentine looked average at best as he had little influence on the game and also picked the wrong options whenever he had a clear sight of the goal.
City travel down to the South Coast for the early kick off as they face Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth who are yet to keep a clean sheet this season. If Aguero does manage to score and have a major influence on the game then there is a very good chance he will take Harry Kane’s place in our team.
As I said earlier on, we have actually activated the wildcard this week and have made a number of changes. You can find the summary of them at the bottom of this article!
We’ve opted for the same goalkeepers we’ve had since gameweek one. Ben Foster stays in net with Rob Elliot as his back-up.
Due to their exceptional start and favourable upcoming fixtures, we’ve doubled up on West Brom defensive options as Hegazi comes in.
Ben Davies, another new player, comes into the back three as Spurs play host to Burnley. There is a worry over their form at Wembley, but we are backing them to turn that around starting this weekend.
The only player who keeps his place is Southampton’s Cedric. Like Hegazi, his upcoming fixtures are very favourable and as well as defensive returns, we are hoping that there could be one or two assists in there as well.
Another Tottenham player comes into our team, this time it’s Christian Eriksen. So far he has assisted all three of Spurs’ goals and has looked like the shining star in the London side’s midfield.
Sadio Mané has proven to be Liverpool’s key player so far and as a result, he stays in our team. Despite playing midweek against Hoffenheim, the Senegalese international is expected to play this weekend against Arsenal and I wouldn’t be surprised if he terrorises a weak Gunners defence.
Last week we said we had our eye on Henrikh Mkhitaryan, however, we have opted for Paul Pogba instead as we look at our long term options. When the Champions League group stages kick off Mkhitaryan’s game time will decrease considerably whereas the Frenchman will still play for Mourinho’s men.
Aaron Mooy is our fourth and final pick in midfield. He probably won’t be in our team for long, but for now, he comes in due to his cheap price tag and rich vein of form.
As expected, Romelu Lukaku stays in our team after he grabbed another goal at Swansea last weekend. We’ve also opted to keep Harry Kane – 124,000+ people have taken him out due to back-to-back blanks – but we are keeping faith in the Spurs frontman. Last week he took nine shots at the Chelsea goal which is actually the most the Englishman has ever had in a Premier League game.
The final player we have transferred into our team is Chicharito. Newcastle will be desperate to get their first win but their defence isn’t anywhere near up to scratch and I fully expect Hernandez to take advantage of that.
OUT: Danilo, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Charlie Daniels, Kevin De Bruyne, Willian, Tom Carroll and Steve Mounie.
IN: Ben Davies, Ahmed El-Sayed Hegazi, Chancel Mbemba, Paul Pogba, Christian Eriksen, Aaron Mooy and Javier Hernandez.
There you have it, this week’s FPL tips and hints article. Let’s hope this week is better than last week, good luck!