Gameweek 3 brought many back down to earth.
Despite a low-scoring gameweek, the bank holiday fixtures still provided just as many thrills and spills as the first two gameweeks - Mourinho lost at home, Richarlison lost his head and Emery lost his cherry with a first Arsenal win. This next gameweek, before the dreaded two-week international break, sees a number of interesting matchups.
My averages so far are as follows:
Banker - 8pts
Value - 2pts
Wildcard – 8.67pts
Banker – Sergio Agüero 11.3m
The Argentine had a frustrating game last week striking the woodwork twice, a stark contrast from his 20pt exploits the week before but you know with Agüero, goals are always only just round the corner. His home record against Newcastle is simply glorious: 11 goals and two assists in his last five games.
Whilst Newcastle won’t exactly be going to the Etihad to attack, you’d still back Pep’s team to find a way through having already bagged nine goals this season. Not many FPL managers will have forgotten his five-goal haul back in 15/16 season so even though Eden Hazard looks a great option, I have to plump with City’s highest goalscorer of all time.
Value - Theo Walcott 6.7m
With Richarlison banned for two more Premier League fixtures, we turn to one-time FPL goldmine Theo Walcott to pick up the slack. Theo has two goals and one assist to his name and whilst his underlying stats aren’t that impressive, he will now be considered one of the go-to players in Marco Silva’s ranks.
They face Huddersfield and West Ham at home in the next two fixtures, both of which have the highest shots faced in the Premier League so far. Pedro & Ryan Fraser both provide good alternatives but with over 600,000 FPL players having made the switch to Walcott already, it might be time to jump on the bandwagon.
Wildcard – Pascal Groß 6.9m
Pascal performs at the Amex - in 17/18 he scored 15 attacking returns with 13 coming in front of the home fans. It looks like Hughton has earmarked Groß for the more winnable games giving him only 10 minutes away against Liverpool.
Fulham’s defence still seems to be finding its feet having failed to keep a clean sheet in any game so far, so I’d expect Brighton to score at least one and, if they do, Groß should be involved.