Stoke City's Jesé Rodríguez tops our Punts of the Week list for Gameweek 3
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11:54pm Aug 22 2017
Fantasy Premier League Tips – Gameweek 3 Punts of the Week by @FPL_Connect
Last weeks Gameweek 2 Punts of the Week, Aaron Ramsey (2) , Ryan Fraser (2) and Riyad Mahrez (12) didn’t return the points we expected from them, but it was a pretty poor week for many FPL bosses so, we lick our wounds and go again.
This week, the team at @FPL_Connect have provided us with three FPL beauties for your consideration ahead of Gameweek 3, with players from West Ham, Watford and Stoke City on offer.
With many Fantasy Premier League bosses activating their Wildcards this week, this weeks Punts of the Week might offer you the perfect differential at a bargain-basement price.
I wish you all the very best of luck for FPL Gameweek 3 and as always, may your arrows be green
3. Michail Antonio – West Ham [£7.5m]
Last week, Michail Antonio (0.3% ownership) marked his comeback with an assist to serve a timely reminder to us that he can be a force in FPL, when fit.
Granted, it was only an assist, but we need only cast our eyes back to his FPL history to see the threat this boy can be.
Solid, consistent numbers in his first two seasons of 9 goals and 8 assists last year and 8 goals and 7 assists the season before, show a player that can offer FPL managers with fantastic value and returns.
All that in limited game time too (just over 2000 minutes in 2015/16 and just under 2500 minutes last season), due to injuries suffered, make his returns ever more impressive.
Now back in the team operating in that attacking right-wing role, Michail will look to pick up where he left off last season and I can see more attacking returns for Antonio this week, against a Newcastle side that haven’t impressed so far.
West Ham valiantly fought back to 2-2 with 10 men, after going 2-0 down against Saints and only a rush of blood to Zabaleta’s head cost them the game in the end, after hacking his man down for a Saints pen that Austin put away.
They will take plenty of positives from that performance and I think they will be at the races when they turn up to St James Park this weekend and I back Antonio to greatly trouble the Newcastle back-line with his raw pace and strength.
2. Richarlison de Andrade – Watford [£6.0m]
The young Brazilian has burst onto the Premier League scene, turning the heads of FPL managers after his assist and goal so far from his first 2 appearances.
According to various sources, Richarlison has been on Chelsea and Man United’s radar, having also had interest from AC Milan over the summer, which shows the kind of talent this boy has.
Playing on the left-hand side of Watford’s 4-2-3-1 formation, the Brazilians pace and skill has impressed so far, enough to earn him a start in the latest match against Bournemouth.
He was turning poor Adam Smith inside out with his trickery and put in some good crosses.
More than that, contrary to what most of us first expected, Watford are playing some good attacking football, which promotes the likes of Gray and Richarlison to the radars of FPL managers.
With the way Richarlison performed against Bournemouth, I can see him retaining his place for the lovely home game against Brighton this weekend – a perfect fixture for the young Brazilian to continue his sparkling start to life in the Premier League.
1. Jesé Rodríguez – Stoke City [£6.0m]
Another new-boy that has impressed on early viewing, is the once very highly rated Spanish winger, Jesé Rodríguez.
Having been tipped for great things when growing up in the ranks of the Real Madrid Castilla side, Jesé’s career has been hampered by injuries and it has severely stunted his growth.
In 2014, the guy was tipped as the tenth most promising player in Europe by the Daily Mirror after impressing for Real Madrid in the 18 league appearances he made for them, where he scored 5 goals and notched 4 assists.
Make no mistake, he has great ability – a player that can take his man on, put a good cross in and who can also finish a chance, as shown in his debut performance v Arsenal.
Considering he’d only had 3 training sessions with the Stoke team, he was fantastic. He not only showed skill and trickery with his dribbling, but it was all done with an end product.
Jesé oozed the kind of confidence on the ball and composure in the final third, that could only come from being a two-time Champions League winner with Real Madrid.
If he can steer clear of anymore serious injuries, he will prove to be a shrewd loan signing for Stoke City.
Having announced himself in the game against Arsenal scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win for the Potters, he will be keen to carry the form into the next game against West Brom, so he can re-establish himself as the top winger he was once touted to be.
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