FPL Tips Watchlist: Gameweek 3 Players to Watch
Posted by FFPundits
1:12pm Aug 25 2021
Chelsea’s new signing Romelu Lukaku got off to a dream start against Arsenal in Gameweek 2, but should Fantasy Premier League bosses look to bring him in so soon?
The Watchlist series is back to identify some key players who caught the eye in Gameweek 2, ahead of the upcoming Fantasy Premier League schedule.
As always, we have provided you with both a video and written version of our Gameweek 3 Watchlist preview.
Here are three transfer targets to prepare for the upcoming Gameweek:
Please note that all players prices and ownership percentages were correct at the time of recording and writing earlier in the week.
Romelu LUKAKU – 11.5M | 19.6% owned
Next 3 fixtures: Liverpool (A), Aston Villa (H), Spurs (A)
Romelu Lukaku made a dream start to his Premier League return, opening the scoring against Arsenal just 15 minutes into his second Chelsea debut, after Reece James picked him out for a tap-in.
Tallies of 8 total shots and 7 inside the box are both more than any other player has managed in Gameweek 2 so far, while only Mané, Calvert-Lewin and Havertz have equalled his 2 big chances.
Enjoying a strong all-round game, the Belgian also created one of the big chances missed by Kai Havertz and completed 19 out of his 20 passes.
But as good as Lukaku – and Chelsea, as a team – were against the Gunners, fixtures against Liverpool, Spurs and Man City in the next 4 Gameweeks mean I’m still leaning towards holding off from investment until their fixture swing.
From Gameweek 7 onwards, they have five consecutive matches against teams rated as a 2 on the FDR – including home meetings with Southampton, Norwich and Burnley – making that a good time to consider using the first Wildcard.
Dominic CALVERT-LEWIN – 8.1M | 15.8% owned
Next 3 fixtures: Brighton (A), Burnley (H), Aston Villa (A)
Everton’s unbeaten start to the season continued with a 2-2 draw against Leeds, as Dominic Calvert-Lewin made it 2 in 2; converting a penalty he’d won himself.
No player has taken more than his 4 efforts on target during the Gameweek so far, with only Mané able to match that tally.
The Englishman leads the way for shots on target (6), shots inside the box (9) and expected goals (2.07) across the opening two matches combined.
Rafa Benitez looks to be playing to Calvert-Lewin’s strengths, with Everton ranking amongst the top five teams for successful crosses (12) so far.
The addition of penalty duties can help him surpass his 2020/21 season tally of 16 goals.
With good fixtures remaining for the Toffees over the next 4 Gameweeks – including Burnley, Aston Villa and Norwich – a swap from Danny Ings could be on the cards for Gameweek 4, when his fixtures take a turn for the worse.
RAPHINA – 6.5M | 17.1% owned
Next 3 fixtures: Burnley (A), Liverpool (H), Newcastle (A)
Popular pre-season target Raphinha produced a moment of magic to equalise against Everton, curling his effort beyond the reach of Jordan Pickford.
It only seemed a matter of time before he opened his account for the new season, after registering 2 big chance involvements against Man Utd on opening weekend.
Amongst midfielders, he ranks joint-top with Sadio Mané for shots during Gameweek 2 so far – each on 6.
No teammate can better his 8 shots or his 0.56 expected goals (xG) figure, across both matches.
Leeds face just one ‘big six’ side between now and Gameweek 10, with six of those eight fixtures given a difficulty rating of 2.
But the issue with Raphinha – along with a number of other players, including Mohamed Salah – is the uncertainty over quarantine rules, following international matches.
If unresolved, players returning from red-list countries like Brazil and Egypt could be unavailable in Gameweek 4 – after the first international break – but Premier League chiefs are reportedly in talk with the UK Government to plea for exemptions.
Hopefully, we’ll get more clarity on that situation before the Gameweek 3 deadline.
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