For thousands of FPL managers, the previous game week was an interesting one to take. The average score of fantasy managers in GW3 was 44; that’s 3 points higher than the mark of 41 in GW2, but still down substantially from the opening week’s 65.
However, the upcoming week is the one to get back to business before the international break gives us a breather. The fixtures are relatively better than before as the big guns face the so-called weaker teams, but let’s just keep in mind the North London derby between Arsenal and Spurs that can give tons of fantasy managers a headache beforehand.
Let’s get down to it and ponder players who can give us maximum points!
Leicester will look to secure a much-needed three points against a side that has won, drawn and lost in their previous three fixtures. Schmeichel made powerful saves against Sheffield United earlier this week to give them a victory, but a Bournemouth team still looking for goals can help Brendan Rodgers’ side gain a clean sheet. Also, the Foxes have lost just one of their last seven PL matches at King Power Stadium, keeping clean sheets in four of their last five.
A team that will have most of the ball during the game will likely create more chances and keep their opponents’ morale low, leaving them zero hopes to even think about putting one behind Ederson’s net. The Brazilian goalkeeper will have hardly any trouble, and has all the ability to grab hold of the ball with a solid defense surrounding him. Expect a clean sheet in this game and a high scoring one for the Citizens.
The English defender has taken the right-back spot from Pablo Zabaleta (£4.4m) and has played every minute for the Hammers. With Teamu Pukki (£7.0m) on the other side, it will be a tough test for Fredericks, but his game after Norwich will be Aston Villa, which can be enough to keep him on the team with a low price.
The best part about this Cameroon defender is his cut-price way into the Reds, plus he opened the scoring against Arsenal with the help of Trent Alexander-Arnold’s (£7.0m) cross. Liverpool forces tons of corners and set-piece opportunities that allow Matip to bully sides like Burnley that will find many troubles during the game. However, his position is not entirely secure with Gomez around.
Tyrone Mings (£4.5, Aston Villa v Crystal Palace)
Another player featuring every minute for Villa this term, and a defender with such a low price can always come in handy. Mings has provided one assist as well, so you never know what this player can provide, and having him in the team does allow the fantasy manager to have better defenders by his side. Plus, Palace did stun Man United last week but they still look a side who find it difficult to put one in the net.
Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.5, Man City v Brighton)
Zinchenko has cemented his trust from Pep Guardiola, and he is the cheapest full-back for Man City who will dominate Brighton in possession for sure. The young Ukrainian and team have the perfect opportunity to keep a clean sheet in this game since they just have one in their previous three fixtures.
Harry Maguire (£5.5, Manchester United v Southampton)
After the shocking defeat at Palace, the world’s most expensive defender will be looking to give a rock-solid performance against Southampton. The Red Devils need to perform well and get something meaningful before the international break, so Maguire will show the world what his price-tag brings to a team like Man United.
Todd Cantwell (£4.7, Norwich v West Ham)
Cantwell has been the silent hero for Norwich, with Teemu Pukki (£7.0) grabbing the headlines by scoring tons of goals. However, the English midfielder has provided two and scored a goal himself in the three fixtures. With a shaky West Ham defense, Cantwell will grab any opportunity given to provide something valuable for the team and fantasy managers.
Mason Mount (£6.2, Chelsea v Sheffield United)
Despite a minor calf injury, Mount will probably start for Lampard’s side again, and he will have the freedom to revolve around the middle of the pitch. He has scored two goals in two games for Chelsea, and against a weaker Sheffield side, expect something from this youngster to give you points.
Harry Wilson (£6.0, Bournemouth v Leicester)
This guy has scored in two consecutive matches and is the best player Bournemouth has to offer for now, but a trip to Leicester looks a tough one to play. If you don’t grab him now, keep him in the back of your mind for the near future.
Nicolas Pepe (£9.4, Arsenal v Tottenham)
Pepe showed signs of attacking threat against Liverpool despite a heavy loss. A north London derby is the perfect platform to display his abilities and show why Arsenal paid a club-record fee to grab him. The Frenchmen is in the premium category but offers many roles for managers ahead of the clash with Spurs.
Daniel James (£6.0, Man United v Southampton)
With Anthony Martial out for at least one match, expect Daniel James to take over the wing and use his pace to supply Marcus Rashford up-front. Having scored two in three games, James will start for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and be useful in generating points for the fantasy managers out there.
Bernardo Silva (£7.9, Man City v Brighton)
The Portugal international hasn’t really had the brightest returns so far, but a player who has the best work-rate on the pitch will capitalize on any mistake from Brighton. Arguably City’s best player last season, B. Silva will rise to the occasion; it’s just a matter of when.
Sebastien Haller (£7.4, West Ham v Norwich)
Having missing out on GW2 with a knock, the Frenchmen returned with an excellent double at Watford. Haller will be the man to watch, with games against Norwich and Aston Villa next. Only 4.2% of FPL managers own him right now, and that percentage is expected to rise as the week progresses.
Tammy Abraham (£7.0, Chelsea v Sheffield United)
Scoring two brilliant goals against Norwich last week, Abraham finally showed (in the league) why Lampard prefers to start him. Like Mason Mount, Abraham has a bright future at Chelsea. He will take any chance to put the ball in the net for Lampard’s side, and Sheffield is the team to score against.
This fixture is going to an interesting one to watch with Wolves being the favorites yet desperate to secure all three points. Jimenez, who scored one against Burnley, is the target man. Three draws from three games will push Wolves to score in order to stamp their first win of the season.
What players are you dropping and adding? Who is worth risking in fixtures such as Arsenal v Spurs or Wolves v Everton? Whom are you carrying who must perform now or be dropped next? Are you planning to go all-in with your wildcard for this week? Are you able to save a transfer to carry past the international break? Please let us know in the comments below.