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Fantasy Premier League Pundit Picks: Gameweek 3

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Two weeks have gone by, and the English Premier League continues to amaze fans with surprising results.

Whether one&’s FPL team set pulses racing or got the tempers flaring, there is scope for improvement.

One needs to constantly innovate, make changes here and there to stay ahead of the rest (or catch up with them).

Each week, thestatesman.com will help to make the right moves on  FPL with a comprehensive article on who to buy for the coming gameweek.

The indicators are:

Teams in BOLD are top 4 contenders.

Prices marked in GREEN indicate an increase in Base Price.

Prices marked in RED indicate a decrease in Base Price.
 

Goalkeeper

Thibaut Courtois

Team: Chelsea

Fixtures: Burnley (H), Swansea (A), Liverpool (H)Arsenal (A) and Hull (A)

Price: 5.5

Score: 4

Ownership: 10.1 %

Why yes: Chelsea have been winning ugly for now, but sooner rather than later they are bound to exert their class from the first minute of the game. A home game against Burnley is the perfect way to get their first clean sheet of the season.

Why no: Those who have any Chelsea defenders should steer clear. After the Swansea games, there are two big games on the horizon, which may turn out to be goal-fests.
 

Defenders

Mason Holgate

Team: Everton

Fixtures: Stoke (H), Sunderland (A), Middlesborough (H), Bournemouth (A), Crystal Palace (H)

Price: 4.5

Score: 9

Ownership: 1.5%

Why yes: The young stopper/full-back is doing well under the tutelage of new manager Ronald Koeman. With a super-low price, coupled with minimal FPL ownership, Holgate is set to become hot property. Fixtures are without a doubt the easiest Everton will have all season.

Why no: Seamus Coleman is expected to return from injury in around two weeks, so Holgate&’s playing time soon may be quite restricted. 
 

Christian Fuchs

Team: Leicester

Fixtures: Swansea (H), Liverpool (A), Burnley (H), Man Utd (A) & Southampton (H)

Price: 5.5

Score: 6

Ownership: 10.4%

Why yes: After their opening day shock result at Hull, the Foxes recovered with a creditable draw against Arsenal. They managed to get a vaunted clean sheet which will be a big boost to their defence and in all likelihood, they should come out tops against Swansea at home.

Why no: 5.5 is quite expensive for a defender and Leicester may win, but a clean sheet is always dicey. Some of their players look like they are still hungover from last year&’s miraculous triumph and Claudio Ranieri&’s side may have s low start this time around.

Midfielders

Eden Hazard

Team: Chelsea

Fixtures: Burnley (H), Swansea (A), Liverpool (H)Arsenal (A) and Hull (A)

Price: 10.1

Score: 14

Ownership: 23.8%

Why yes: Don’t look, but somebody is back in form! If one can afford him, it is a no-brainer, especially considering Kevin De Bruyne is playing deep and Sanchez is not looking really sharp.

Why no: Diego Costa up top is a very good choice, and an equally in form one! So, having both of them will be a big risk on the off chance Chelsea do not score. Plus, Hazard is among the most expensive players in FPL.

Riyad Mahrez

Team: Leicester

Fixtures: Swansea (H), Liverpool (A), Burnley (H), Man Utd (A) & Southampton (H)

Price: 9.5

Score:11

Ownership: 27.3%

Why yes: He has more or less, started the season where he left off, in pretty good shape. Had it not been for his team-mates profligacy, there would most definitely been more points on the board. A plump fixture against Swansea at home should see him really explode.

Why no: Close to 30 per cent of FPL managers already have him, plus there are quite a few who will have Leicester forward Jamie Vardy in their team.

Forwards

Romelu Lukaku

Team: Everton

Fixtures: Stoke (H), Sunderland (A), Middlesborough (H), Bournemouth (A), Crystal Palace (H)

Price: 9.0

Score: 1

Ownership: 6.1%

Why yes: Lukaku has recovered from a niggling injury, and is primed for a goal glut if one has a closer look at those fixtures. Everton players are guaranteed to do well in attack, and the Belgian forward is going to benefit from being their focal point.

Why no: Ross Barkley is doing quite well, so those considering the midfielder should be wary of picking Lukaku as well.

Christian Benteke

Team: Crystal Palace

Fixtures: Bournemouth (H), Middlesborough (A), Stoke (H), Sunderland (A) and Everton (A)

Price: 7.4

Score: 0

Ownership: 2.8%

Why yes: A team like Crystal Palace is perfect for Benteke,who will become a star for the club clearly believes in him. Hardly any FPL manager has him, and with some great fixtures lined up, expect a barrage of goals. The Eagles have some talented wingers, who will link up well with the Belgian hitman.

Why no: the His fitness is a little shaky, having to been involved in much of ex-club Liverpool&’s pre-season so he may take a game or to get going.

 

PS: The Gameweek 3 deadline is 11.30 am GMT/4 pm IST, so make sure all transfers are completed before that!