Premier League fantasy football scout: 3 key player picks for Gameweek 3
Defender: Phil Jones, Manchester United (£5.0m 3.4% ownership)
With Kyle Walker out through suspension for Manchester City this week, there’s a strong case to bring in Danilo as a defensive pick. However, Pep Guardiola’s rotation will always keep fantasy managers guessing on selections, which is never good. Benjamin Mendy looks like he could be ready for the trip to Bournemouth, adding another option for Pep.
Meanwhile at Manchester United, the lack of a debut for Victor Lindelof means Phil Jones is the most cost effective way to tap into Manchester United’s defence. Eric Bailly popped up with a goal against Swansea, but at £5.0m Jones has started both matches in a backline that’s yet to concede this season.
Leicester shoulder be tougher opponents than West Ham and Swansea, but United have momentum on their side and a fine defensive record behind them. Zlatan is back, their other new signings have brought excitement to Old Trafford, and a kindly Champions League draw means the feelgood factor can continue into the international break.
Midfielder: Richarlison, Watford (£6.0m, 2.6% owned)
The 20-year-old Richarlison signed from Fluminense for £11.2m on the final day of July, and marked his first Premier League start with a goal against Bournemouth last weekend. The Brazilian has the potential to become a popular fantasy option in the coming weeks.
After playing 41 minutes against Liverpool, Richarlison rewarded new manager Marco Silva with a goal and man-of-the-match performance at Bournemouth. He ticks a number of fantasy boxes: at £6m he’s affordable, and is one of those sought-after ‘out-of-position players’ – that is, although he’s listed as a midfielder, the youngster is really being played as a forward. Josh King was the same last season.
Richarlison is level for attempts on goal with Romelu Lukaku (8) and only behind Harry Kane (14). Shooooooot!
Forward: Harry Kane, Spurs (£12.5m 29.6% ownership)
At £12.5m with almost 30% ownership and an average score of 1pt across the first two gameweeks, there’s a legitimate case to drop Kane when taken at face value. In fact, more than 250,000 players have already done so. But the points don’t tell the full story – anyone with half a brain knows the goals will come.
It's well written that Kane has never scored a league goal in August. This week Spurs play Burnley in a ‘home’ fixture at Wembley, and while their star striker didn’t manage to succeed against Newcastle or Chelsea, he’s leading the league for attempts on goal.
He remains the focal point for everything Spurs do, and with Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen playing off him, it’s only a matter of time before he gets off the mark.
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