Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 3 Standouts
The latest Fantasy Premier League action has highlighted some key players whose prospects are on the rise. Let’s take a closer look at some of the notable performances from Gameweek 3.
Defenders on the Rise
In Aston Villa’s 3-1 victory over Burnley, defenders Matty Cash and Lucas Digne shone brightly. Unai Emery’s tactical switch to a wing-back formation benefited Cash, who scored twice, earning a season-high 17 points. Digne, on the other hand, delivered his fifth assist in three consecutive matches. However, due to Villa’s upcoming tough schedule against Liverpool, Chelsea, and Brighton, it might be wise for managers to consider bringing in these defenders around Gameweek 8.
Kyle Walker’s Consistency
Kyle Walker of Manchester City has stood out as the most consistent defender, starting all three of their matches. He has been impactful on the field, creating five chances, just one fewer than his total in the previous season. With favorable matchups against Fulham, West Ham United, Nottingham Forest, and Wolverhampton Wanderers in the coming Gameweeks, Walker seems to be the standout pick among City’s defenders.
Manchester United’s Defensive Struggles
Manchester United’s defense faced challenges as Diogo Dalot stepped in for the injured Luke Shaw. Although Dalot played at left-back in the team’s 3-2 win over Nottingham Forest, the defensive display raised concerns. Tough matches against Arsenal and Brighton await, prompting caution among Fantasy managers considering United’s defensive options.
Marcus Rashford found success in his preferred role on the left flank, providing two assists and earning seven points. This was a shift from his earlier role as a center-forward in the first two outings, where he failed to register any attacking returns. Meanwhile, Bukayo Saka’s converted penalty for Arsenal against Fulham suggests that he will continue sharing spot-kick duties with Martin Odegaard.
Emerging Budget Midfielders
Enzo Fernandez’s advanced central role in Chelsea’s win over Luton Town showcases promise for a budget midfielder in Fantasy. Although he hasn’t scored yet, his eight chances created are the most among Chelsea players in the team. Brentford’s Kevin Schade and AFC Bournemouth’s Justin Kluivert are also emerging as cut-price options, securing starting roles and offering potential value to Fantasy managers.
Cameron Archer’s move from Aston Villa to Sheffield United presents Fantasy managers with a low-cost forward option. While he missed the last Gameweek’s match against Manchester City, he is expected to make an impact in Gameweek 4 against Everton. Additionally, Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez is pushing for a starting role after scoring two goals as a substitute against Newcastle United. However, he faces competition from Diogo Jota and Cody Gakpo for the lone striker position in Jurgen Klopp’s lineup.
In conclusion, Gameweek 3 has showcased the rise of several players, offering Fantasy managers intriguing choices as they plan their teams for the upcoming matches.