Fantasy Football Captain Tips - FPL Gameweek 3
Posted by Daniel Holt
11:25am Aug 25 2017
Fantasy Premier League Captain Picks & Tips from Man United, Spurs and Man City are up for debate ahead of Gameweek 3
After last week’s Gameweek 2 Captain Picks disappointed, here’s hoping that the selections we discuss this week do better and deliver healthier returns for you all.
This week, players from Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham and Watford are up for selection in our Gameweek 3 Captain Picks and Tips, but who will YOU entrust with the armband?
Last week was a difficult week for many of us FPL bosses as the likes of Kane, Lacazette and Aguero, who were all popular captaincy choices, struggled in front of goal.
However, I’m confident that this week will be a different story, so let’s kick off this week’s Captains article with a player from the league leaders, Manchester United.
As per last weeks article, we have decided to exclude both Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku from the top picks this week due to their high ownership and dominance of our Gameweek 3 Captains Poll.
Paul Pogba – Manchester United [£8.2m]
While many of you will be expecting to read about Romelu Lukaku here, once again avoided him due to his large ownership and captaincy popularity, and instead gone for Paul Pogba as our number one captaincy choice for Gameweek 3.
While Lukaku dominates various captaincy polls, Pogba has earned more FPL points this season and has matched his team-mate in terms of goals scored.
Scoring 2 goals, 2 assists and 2 bonus points so far this season, Paul Pogba is the joint-top point scorer on FPL with West Brom’s Hegazi, on 23 points.
Since the arrival of Nemanja Matic from Chelsea, Pogba has been freed of his defensive duties later in games and has played in a much more advanced role, so it’s of no surprise that he’s started the season in such a rich vein of form.
The Frenchman bagged a 15 point haul in Saturday’s 4-0 hammering of Swansea with 1 goal, 2 assists, a clean sheet and 2 bonus points.
Man United are on fire at the moment and you would fancy them to make it 3 wins from 3 on Saturday at Old Trafford against Leicester City.
Leicester struggled against the top 6 teams last season and although they were unlucky to lose against Arsenal on the opening day, they did still concede 4 goals.
It would perhaps be a surprise to see United score 4 again for the third game in a row, however, I wouldn’t write them off given how well they’ve exploded in to life this season.
With Pogba in a more advanced role and Lukaku confidently finding the back of the net, the £8.2m midfielder he is an absolute bargain and could be a clever captaincy choice this weekend, whilst the masses opt for Kane or Lukaku.
While he is obviously a solid choice, for those of you who don’t have the luxury of affording Lukaku, Pogba could be that cheaper alternative who will also deliver the goods at a consistent rate.
Kevin de Bruyne – Manchester City [£10.0m]
Next up is Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, who will be expecting to do well in City’s visit to the Vitality Stadium on Saturday lunchtime.
Bournemouth are an opponent who the Citizens clearly love facing, having beaten them by a combined 15-1 scoreline in their 4 Premier League clashes so far – beating them 4-0 twice and demolishing them 5-1 on another occasion.
Surely an away win for Pep and Co. is the banker of the day?
KDB had a wonderful campaign last season, notching 6 goals and a league high 18 assists.
With City having such a plethora of attacking talent this season, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him do that again this term or even more, even though he’s got off to a pretty slow start.
Pep Guardiola will likely have had his players practice their finishing after Monday’s 1-1 draw with Everton, where they struggled to put the ball in the back of the net.
Bournemouth have had a slow start to the season, losing both their games so far without registering a goal.
The last thing they need is a dangerous Man City side visiting them as they chase their first win of the season.
Given their poor track record against City you can only see this game going one way and if City turn it on and improve their finishing, then it could be another rampant victory for them over the Cherries.
KDB is an expensive pick at £10m and will be disappointed with his start to the season having only earned 5 FPL points so far.
Expect that number to rise rapidly in the coming weeks once Man City get used to the new system that Pep Guardiola is playing with this season.
Christian Eriksen – Spurs [£9.6m]
Our last regular captaincy pick this week is Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen.
Spurs face Burnley at Wembley on Sunday as they chase their first win at their temporary home to improve their poor record at the national stadium.
Spurs were unlucky last week against a Chelsea team that packed their midfield with some strong physical units to frustrate Tottenham.
Pochettino’s men should however have enough to get past Burnley, who famously struggle away from Turf Moor.
That said, they did beat Chelsea away in Gameweek 1 so don’t write Sean Dyche’s men off just yet.
Eriksen has had an excellent start to the season, assisting all 3 Spurs goals and picking up 5 bonus points from both games collectively.
With the Great Dane also on set piece duty’s and a dangerous threat from these positions, he’s almost guaranteed to earn you points – especially with a striker like Harry Kane as his target man.
Spurs desperately need to get the proverbial Wembley monkey off their back and Kane needs to break his August hoodoo – I fully expect them to do just that on Sunday with Eriksen likely pulling the strings.
Richarlison – Watford [£6.0m]
Finally, our captaincy gamble of the week is Watford’s new signing, Richarlison, who has looked very impressive in his brief Premier League career so far.
The Brazilian has added some much-needed flair and excitement to the Hornets’ lineup this season and you can’t help but get excited when he’s on the ball.
Due to his good start in FPL, it’s no surprise to see that over 120,000 FPL managers (myself included) transferring him into their FPL sides.
He got an assist in his 41 minute cameo against Liverpool in Gameweek 1, before getting his first goal in a Watford shirt a week later away at Bournemouth – it’s worth noting that he also attracted all 3 bonus points in Gameweek 2’s away win.
Watford face Brighton at home on Saturday and the visitors have struggled so far losing both games 2-0, so will Richarlison and Co. smell blood?
With Watford playing some lovely football and Marco Silva’s impressive home record, surely it will be a second win in a row for the boys in yellow?
Despite the huge volume of FPL bosses who’ve transferred him in, he’s still owned by less that 3% of overall players – add that to his price-tag of just £6.0m (which will surely rise fairly soon), Richarlison is well worth considering as your Gameweek 3 captaincy differential.
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