The transfer window will be done and dusted on Monday and we’ll know exactly what players and squads, managers will have at their disposal. The picture will be a little clearer as we enter the first international break of the season and we’re sure to see a few wildcards thrown around as fantasy managers throw caution to the wind to resurrect their poor starts.
But before that all begins, we’ve got a gameweek to play and that means there are some tasty fantasy points up for grabs. Teams are slowly getting to grips with the season and so are we. The big talking point this week has been the arrival of Di Maria as United smashed the Premier League transfer record to address their woes.
Priced at 9.5m, if he can deliver this weekend, expect there to be a full-on bandwagon next week. People are already flocking to bring him in and his price may well rise tonight. In our article highlighting the downfall of United’s wingers, we’ve offered a glimpse at exactly what Di Maria can bring to our fantasy squads and more importantly, our fantasy totals.
Having trained this week, he’s set for his debut as United travel to Burnley (Sat 12.45pm) in desperate need of a morale-boosting victory. Other big games include Everton hosting Chelsea (Sat 5.30pm) where Eto’o and Lukaku will be eager to prove their fitness and show exactly what their former employers are missing out on.
On Sunday, we’re treated to a tasty double header (let’s not mention AVL vs HUL) to round off the gameweek with Spurs kicking the day off against Liverpool at 1.30pm before Leicester welcome Arsenal at 4pm. Both are set to be great games and I for one will be stuck in front of the telly watching the action unfold.
If you’re new to Fantasy Football Addict, this is our weekly segment where we choose 11 players in a valid formation to enter our Fantasy Football Addict Select XI for the upcoming gameweek. We look into the fixtures and form to see which players are most likely to score high.
So without further ado, here is our selection for the 3rd gameweek of the season:
- Lukasz FABIANSKI [WBA(H), 5.0m] – Fabianski rewarded our faith last week, securing a clean sheet against Burnley and we’re backing him once more as Swansea welcome West Brom to Wales. The Baggies have looked far from convincing up front and if Swansea can set the tone, they could pick up another victory in front of their home fans to continue their fine start to the season.
- Pablo ZABALETA [STO(H), 6.5m] – Zabaleta made his return to action in Gameweek 2 and proved to be ever-reliable. He was strong at the back and also made several forays into the opposition half to provide attacking support. Against Stoke, Zabaleta has the potential to return points at both sets of the field.
- Ron VLAAR [HUL(H), 4.6m] – Vlaar has continued where he left off at the World Cup, adding much needed stability at the back for Villa. They have yet to concede a goal so far this season and could be set to continue their fine run against Hull. This will be a tight game where a moment of clinical quality could decide who goes home with 3 points.
- Daryl JANMAAT [CPL(H), 5.0m] – Janmaat has impressed for Newcastle so far, despite an underwhelming start for the Geordies. He’s frequently involved in Newcastle’s attacking play and was recently rewarded with 2 bonus points in their game against Villa. Crystal Palace will be buoyed by Warnock’s arrival but Newcastle should have too much quality for them as they look to register their first victory of the campaign.
- Angel DI MARIA [BUR(A), 9.5m] – We just couldn’t resist the lure of the record signing. Billed as United’s saviour, he certainly has the potential to transform their attacking play with his injection of pace and dribbling. It’ll take time for him to gel with his team mates but there will be renewed optimism in the United camp and we’re expecting goals in this game.
- Siem DE JONG [CPL(H), 7.0m] – Out of all of Newcastle’s summer signings, De Jong has been tipped as the one to watch. Limited to just 21 minutes so far this season due to injury, he should be set to take his position in the starting lineup against Palace after featuring in the cup midweek. Pardew has likened him to Teddy Sheringham and will look to De Jong to provide the attacking impetus to drive Newcastle forward.
- Aaron RAMSEY [LEI(A), 9.1m] – Ramsey is quickly developing Lampard’s sense of arriving in the box at the right moment as he displayed against Everton last weekend. Having been suspended for the second leg against Besiktas, Ramsey will be fully refreshed for the trip to Leicester. He’s appeared to have picked up where he left off last season and if Leicester are to get any points on Sunday, they’ll need to keep Ramsey shackled, which is easier said than done.
- Gylfi SIGURDSSON [WBA(H), 6.4m] – Siggy continued his great start to the season with another assist last weekend against Burnley, so we felt it only appropriate that he kept his Select XI spot. Whilst Monk continues to play one striker up top, Siggy is given the opportunity to operate between the lines where he’s most dangerous.
- Emmanuel ADEBAYOR [LIV(H), 8.5m] – Pochettino appears to have got Adebayor back firing but whether this can continue remains to be seen. We all know that Adebayor has the quality but all too often recently, his attitude has been called into question. However, he picked up a goal and an assist in the comfortable win over QPR and we’re backing him to put Liverpool’s backline under pressure this Sunday.
- Daniel STURRIDGE [TOT(A), 11.5m] – At the other end, we’re expecting Sturridge to cause problems for Spurs’ defence. He managed 5 shots against City with 4 coming from inside the box, signalling his attacking threat. He won’t find it easy against Spurs who’ve looked strong at the back but Sturridge has the ability to unlock their defence in Gameweek 3.
- Stevan JOVETIC (C) [STO(H), 8.1m] – Jovetic came good on his pre-season promise, notching a well taken brace against Liverpool to secure a big win for Man City. Coming in at 8.1m, he’s a bargain and unsurprisingly has risen 0.2m this week. If he can continue this form and prove to be a worthy partner for Dzeko and Aguero, Jovetic could become a must have striker this season.
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Author Credit: Richard Lam
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