How are your Fantasy Premier League teams getting on? We’re only through two gameweeks but there will already be some managers putting FPL to one side after a poor start.
But that doesn’t have to be the case. We have highlighted a variety of players you may find yourself wanting to bring in this week, backing up our decisions with stats and predictions so you can feel confident about when you finally do pull the trigger in the transfer market to turn things around.
Last weekend was eventful to say the least. A few of our selections were sabotaged by own goals and red cards. However, a good share of our tips did what we expected of them. The likes of Jack Harrison assisted again while Emerson Royal, Bruno Guimaraes and David de Gea all struggled to get any points on the board as we predicted.
Here are eight more players you should think about bringing in, kicking out and even holding onto for Gameweek 3.
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IN: Jose Sa
GW3 opponents: Tottenham
Wolves’ Player of the Season for 2021/22 showed us again why he holds that title with 15 points, a penalty save and all three bonus points from GW2. Last season, he prevented a ridiculous 8.47 Expected Goals – more than any other goalkeeper in Europe’s top five leagues. He also had 11 clean sheets in the Premier League last season, the joint-most by any club outside the Big Six.
If his penalty save against Aleksander Mitrovic is anything to go by, it’s just business as usual for Sa. Undoubtedly, a very safe pair of hands and quite possibly the safest in all of Europe.
OUT: David de Gea
Club: Man Utd
GW3 opponents: Liverpool
It’s a no brainer and it’s quite frankly astonishing to see him still in the top 15 of most owned goalkeepers going into Gameweek 3 (5.6%) – even more than Sa (4.2%). De Gea was at fault for at least two of the four goals Man Utd shipped against Brentford last weekend, a schoolboy error for the first and tactical ineptitude for the second.
The Red Devils face Liverpool next, and Jurgen Klopp’s side are maybe one of the best teams at countering those who try to play out from the back, especially when they’re not very good at it. If De Gea is going to have another day to forget with the ball at his feet he needs to make up for it when it comes to stopping the inevitable barrage of shots he is going to face.
Erik ten Hag might be wondering why Dean Henderson was let go so easily now, what with him loving life in Nottingham Forest with 11 saves in two games, a clean sheet and a penalty save to his name. Hindsight is a wonderful thing.
IN: Joao Cancelo
Club: Man City
GW3 opponents: Newcastle
Manchester City’s new No.7 needs no introduction and tends to introduce himself to Newcastle in a reckless fashion, having scored more goals (two) and assists (three) against the Magpies than any other club in his career.
In their last five meetings, Man City have scored 20 goals while only conceding three, all of which came in a single game Newcastle ultimately ended up losing 4-3. In the past three games between the two, Cancelo has scored two and assisted two. He will be confident he can continue his fine form from GW2 (one assist, a clean sheet and two bonus points) in a fixture he becomes a whole different beast in.
OUT: Matty Cash
Club: Aston Villa
GW3 opponents: Crystal Palace
Another player owned by a fair share of managers is Aston Villa right-back, Matty Cash. 12.4% of FPL users have him in their team and are yet to reap the rewards for doing so with just three points from his two matches. His next challenge comes in the shape of Crystal Palace who are fresh from a motivating 1-1 draw against Liverpool, should he play at all, given a 75% of featuring due to a muscle injury.
Villa’s recent history in this fixture has seen both teams score in their last three meetings (1-1, 1-2, 3-2) which doesn’t look good for Cash’s clean sheet points. To add more salt to the wounds, Cash has never scored or assisted against the Eagles while picking up a yellow the last time these two faced off at Selhurst Park.
IN: Pascal Groß
GW3 opponents: West Ham
Pascal Groß equalled his goal tally from last year in his first game of the season against Manchester United and may find himself on the scoresheet once again this Sunday.
He has assisted more goals against West Ham (four) than any other Premier League club, while the only team he has scored more against than the Hammers is Man Utd (a remarkable six). Furthermore, Groß has never lost a game against the Hammers, playing eight with three wins and five draws.
With Neal Maupay playing second fiddle to Danny Welbeck and possibly looking at a move away from Amex, Groß looks in good stead to retain his role as penalty-taker
HOLD: Pedro Neto
GW3 opponents: Tottenham
Owned by 13.9% of users, Neto is the ninth-most owned midfielder in FPL. Against Fulham last time out, Neto was stopped early on by a point-blank save from Marek Rodak and again not long after by a recovering Tim Ream, leaving lots of managers wondering whether this 22-year-old is worth a spot in their 15-man squad. It may be slightly premature to lose all faith in Neto as Wolves head to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday, an encounter that the Wolves have feasted on in recent history.
When playing Spurs on their own turf, Wolves have won three of their last five Premier League match-ups (drawing one and losing one) so it may be worth just holding onto Wolves’ No.7 for just a little longer as hope may be on the horizon.
IN: Ivan Toney
GW3 opponents: Fulham
Brentford are in fine form of late after putting four past Man Utd in the first half last weekend, something that had never previously happened to the Red Devils.
Ivan Toney was the catalyst for putting the game to bed, rising high in the box to assist Ben Mee for the third before threading a pinpoint, first-time through ball to Bryan Mbuemo for the fourth.
Fulham and Brentford have only played each other five times at Craven Cottage since 2015, and Brentford have never lost in that time when on the road with two wins and three draws. Surprisingly, Toney has never played Fulham in his professional career so this may be the day he finally leaves his mark on this fixtures colourful history.
OUT: Darwin Nunez
GW3 opponents: Man Utd
Last week we suggested Nunez as a good selection for Gameweek 2, but the Uruguayan was taught a big Premier League lesson by Joachim Andersen who well and truly got under his skin; pushing and shrugging Nunez into retaliating with a headbutt, for which he was sent off in the 57th minute. In FPL terms this was worth a -2, just a week after he scored nine points.
Darwin is not a cheap player to be kept on the bench for three gameweeks and that money could be invested elsewhere for the time being. You can always bank a couple of million and save it for when his ban is lifted ahead of September 3rd, conveniently, just in time for the Merseyside Derby at Goodison Park.
If you do choose to hold onto Nunez without replacing him, you would need him to be the first player in Liverpool’s Premier League history to score a hat-trick away to Everton just to make back the points you lost.