This week I get to give you my thoughts on the picks suitable for week 4. They are listed in a game by game order rather than position. I've tried to cover the obvious but throw in a few trademark alternative picks.
For those of you who picked him up at under 5m you may get tempted to keep Sanchez for the visit of Manchester City. A very tough game and the type of game Sanchez was purchased for. I don't see him as a front man but playing off the forward his movement may give city problems on the break. Also should be on free kicks and maybe pens.
Kun is back in the goals and surely must be back in the City first team for the first of a trio of mega games for the Champs. He won't play 90 minutes and is away from home so you shouldn't pick him. But he is the league's premier forward and should Arsenal leave the wide open gaps they did against Leicester he could easily hit the 20pts you want in 60 minutes.
Talking of players who enjoy running from deep unmarked brings us to last season star and this seasons (very early) flop. You feel he is a due a goal and he won't be in many teams. His price is tempting.
Took advantage of City's pre-season mentality in the Community Shield he will be tightly marked this time. Hard for anyone to drop Arsenals most likely goal scorer but I'm staying away this week.
I like Danny and as a Manu fan wish he was on loan rather than permanently signed to Arsenal. I'm not sure Arsenal have bought themselves a top forward but he never really got a run at Utd. For sure the Arsenal midfield will give him the chances and if he can add cool finishing to his already strong all round game he will look a value buy. Big ask to have an impact in this one but he is a confidence player and after a brace in midweek for England he will be as happy as he could be. Add to that Wenger knows how to make you believe in yourself.
I nervous tempting against Villa after making a fool of myself so far. This though should be the end of the unbeaten run. Mario is already a cult hero and my gut feeling is everything will go very well before his trademark sulks start. If so at his price and with Sturridge injured it will be hard not to go with him.
Liverpools best play on form. Fantastic to watch and delighted that he is English. Villa must make him their focus and an old fashioned hard tackle (but a fair one) before he gets his momentum will be needed or he may tear them apart. The safest pick of the Liverpool attack he will be on most teams.
Rickie Lambert or Adam Lallana
With Sturridge out, Coutinho playing midweek in America (I believe) one of these two should come into the starting 11. If Liverpool fans can help me out with which it would help. I guess Lambert gets the nod and for the brave he offers you a real alternative into the Liverpool attack. Any idea Gavin?
Should you feel Villa continue to prove me very wrong than Vlaar will be you blocked shot, tackle won monster.
Had him on my barn team before he scored at Newcastle. I hoped he was kept under radar for this week but if we get anything like last season's second half Puncheon then Burnley have problems. In a chock a block midfield I may look elsewhere but on paper I like the Palace starting 11 to beat Burnley and Puncheon gets my attention.
Outscored Puncheon and may play in a free role. Young Zaha has a point to prove and loves playing for Palace. I don't see back to back clean sheets for Burnely so is it Puncheon/Zaha or one I'm missing?
First choice right back with a chance of a clean sheet. If you hold him at 1m start him.
Consistent and has down everything but score. Nailed on pick in everybody's team (Yawn)
Intersting one this. Had rumored hamstring problem going into the Everton game before playing the full game scoring twice. Went off playing for Spain over the weekend with a reoccurrence of the injury. With Schalke midweek and Man city the weekend after I fancy we may see Costa rested/benched for the plum home tie.
Yet to find his star form this season and yet Chelsea are flying. Great price in a great fixture. Keep an eye on his fitness as Chelsea have done everything but won a penalty this season and Eden is pen taker.
He won't get time or space in this game and I likely will push him to the bench. However Swansea will not be more confident all season and Siggy is their main man.
Outscored Siggy and in form that should have seen him in the England squad but of course he only plays for Swansea. Maybe a further big performance at the bridge should get the chance he deserves at international level regardless of whether people think he is good enough.
With Willian travelling midweek and Schurrle not playing midweek you have to think he starts this one (blueblood am I right this time?). A great price but a risk.
In the form of his life at Everton and with old troll man Lukaku a big injury doubt he will be a key man in the Everton attack. Very alternative but WBA have looked very loose in defence.
Two goals for Ireland and he is in fantastic form. Seems likely if not 100% to start and if he does he should find a few chances to add to his total
Flying for the England under 21's midweek and home tie with Everton should make him real value. Everton have conceded 2, 2 and 6 in their opening games so confidence will be low.
The rock in Hulls defence will have plenty of work to do this week based on the games so far. West Hams results have been hot and cold but they have without doubt attacked much more . Plenty of BS and TW then and Davies is due one of those set piece headers soon. Tipped by Ken last week if you can find the pennies then a interesting pick
Also hot and cold perhaps he will be a higher point's scorer away from home. I worry about his defending against the decent wide men hull have but at 1m he will tempt many.
One of the kings of corner won, Downing is playing very well early into the season. Hulls less style is less possession dominate than Southampton and this should allow him more time in the opponents half. Away from home it is hard to go with him but I just wonder if he is in a period of form where this is a double figure return.
Plum tie for a team that must be full of confidence. Racked up the phantoms home to Villa so add a clean sheet to it and maybe even that Bardleys goal and we go 20pt+
Mame Biram Diouf
Talking of confidence a number of clubs have seen something in Diouf. His winner at City will have raised a few eyebrows that the potential is coming through. Great fixture and price is right. You kind of feel
Now I like this one. Nice price, nice fixture and I think he is a player who will enjoy playing for Mark Hughes. Once again I have more midfield picks than space. One of the stokies may make it in my side.
Will be busy man this weekend but is the heart of his side. He will get you the phantoms.
Also doing well along side Captain Morgan if you have him at 1m he will likely get you many more this week even without a cs.
YFF crush he is currently must have. Scoring double figures without goals he will go huge one week soon.
A goal and assist machine but we need regular poster 1998 to guide us if he will start. If his early career form continues at Southampton he will be a multi million target for the Champions League clubs next summer (sorry 1998)
Got his first goal last time out he will get many chances this week. One more with the right price and fixture. Newcastle look like the pressure is building on them and Pelle will cause them problems.
Looking more and more like he has passed his peak and no longer has the pace to get himself away from defenders. He will need to adapt his game at this stage and has the manager to work with him on that. The most expensive Manu forward this week but the safest starter.
Robin Van Persie
Now under pressure after not getting the armband and with a certain tiger waiting to pounce. He has laid down his marker with his comments after the signing so must be fired up to keep his starting spot. Priced perfect, should start but may only get 70ish minutes again if he doesn't look like the Robin of old.
Only came of the bench for Colombia against Brazil suggests he starts from the bench against Rangers. Price is awesome and gut says he comes off said bench and wins this. Head says watch and wait. Any sign he starts and he is in my team.
Under pressure he needs a dominate performance. Fantastic player but yet to make the role his own. Not even a safe starter but will have more space with signings around him and could be the under the radar Utd pick.
Angel Di Maria
Bright opening game and probably already Utd's best player. You should wait and watch and he isn't a multi goal a game man. Certain to start, bang in form for Argentina and will be the driving force of the Utd attacks.
Hobbled off midweek. If fit Utd's best Defender so far and points magnet in YFF
Will start but you need to ask yourself if Utd look good enough to keep a clean sheet for a while. If you do then he is your cheap way into their defence.
Cheap at 4m and scoring over his value. Tough game but that first goal is due.
Patrick Van Aaholt
Tottenham went back to normal last week getting taken apart by Liverpool. This looks a tough follow up fixture to me and in a tight game that could end goalless the bombing attacks of Van Aaholt may offer you something really different.
Tadic, Cesc and Siggy and in everyone's team meaning it is even harder to separate yourself from the pack.
This really is an open week with many picks on paper and many that make better logical sense. I have had a poor start so hope my picks blast me back into form for week 4.