Gameweek 2 saw Mo Salah and Bruno Fernandes fail to deliver on their captaincy promise but delivered clean sheet points for Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham, and Chelsea assets.
Looking forward, here are our Fantasy Premier League gameweek 3 tips. These tips and projections are based on our popular FPL Fixture Tracker!
FPL GW 3 Tips – Attack
Heading into gameweek 3, Leicester are the top attacking team according to the FPL Fixture Tracker. The Foxes face Norwich, Burnley, and Crystal Palace in the next five games, all of which are expected to see over 2.00 goals for Brendan Rodgers’ side
Jamie Vardy (10.5m) is the main attraction but comes at a steep price, with only Harry Kane (12.4m) and Romelu Lukaku (11.5m) being more costly than the Leicester forward. Elsewhere in the Leicester squad, Kelechi Iheanacho (7.4m), Patson Daka (7.4m), Harvey Barnes (7.0m), and James Maddison (6.9m) all present interesting mid-priced options with varying degrees of reliability. However, falling prices, uncertainty over starting places, and changing roles place question marks over this quartet, with Barnes looking the safest option right now.
The defending champions are currently ranked second in the FPL Fixture Tracker for attacking output. Manchester City have an expected goals for total of 9.99 over the next five fixtures, with gameweeks 3 to 5 totalling 7.61 xG.
The goals have been spread out so far this season with Gabriel Jesus (8.5m) so far the only player to register multiple attacking returns. Jack Grealish (8.0 m), Ferran Torres (7.0m), and Ilkay Gundogan (7.4m) have each started both PL games but no midfielder or attacker has played the full 90 in both. This uncertainty over starting places makes picking a City asset very difficult.
Raheem Sterling (11.0m) and Riyad Mahrez (9.0m) each came off the bench to score in gameweek 2 and also present viable options. Lastly, Kevin De Bruyne (12.0m) is set to return from injury and could be a huge differential. If you own a City attacking asset, the best course of action is likely to stick and ride out the Pep Roulette through these appealing fixtures.
We round off our look at top attacking teams with West Ham who are predicted 9.76 goals between gameweek 3 and gameweek 7.
Michael Antonio (7.6m) rewarded his owners with a goal and two assists in the opening gameweek and was highly involved throughout. He is an excellent choice as a mid-priced forward but his injury record and involvement with the Jamaican national team could curtail a long run of starts.
In midfield, Said Benrahma (6.1m) and Tomas Soucek (6.0m) opened the season with a goal apiece and could provide plenty of value. Lastly, left-back Aaron Cresswell (5.5m) is worth a mention, having also scored in West Ham’s 4-2 win and having managed 11 FPL assists last season.
FPL GW 3 Tips – Defence
The Blues are yet to concede a league goal this season and top the FPL Fixture Tracker for predicted clean sheets over the next five. Despite fixture against Liverpool, Tottenham, and Manchester City, Chelsea are expected to rack up approximately 2.26 clean sheets.
Edouard Mendy (6.0m), Cesar Azpilicueta (6.0m), and Antonio Rudiger (5.5m) are all safe if uninspiring routes into the Chelsea defence. Chelsea’s wingbacks could be the real gems with Reece James (5.5m) displaying his attacking threat with an 18-point haul in gameweek 2. On the opposite flank, Marcos Alonso (5.6m) is dangerous from open play and set-pieces, but his place is under threat from the equally attacking Ben Chilwell (5.9m).
Like Chelsea, Liverpool are also yet to concede a league goal this season. Upcoming fixtures against Crystal Palace and Brentford help place Liverpool second on the FPL Fixture Tracker for defensive appeal.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (7.5m) delivered an assist and maximum bonus points, further consolidating his place and Liverpool’s best defensive asset. Kostas Tsimikas (4.1m) also provided an assist last time out and has performed admirably but the imminent return of Andrew Robertson (7.0m) will end his stay in the starting XI. Owned by under 2% of managers, Robertson could be a fantastic differential for early adopters.
Unlike our top two defensive sides, Everton are yet to register a clean sheet and have looked shaky at the back. Fixtures against Brighton, Burnley, and Norwich look good on paper but caution is advised.
The 16% or so FPL managers who own Lucas Digne (5.5m) may want to hold on to him through this promising run of games, but prospective managers might be better off waiting and seeing. Anyone looking for an alternative Everton defender will be hard-pressed for value but Michael Keane (5.0m) is a relatively safe bet with some attacking potential.