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Fantasy Premier League: GW3 preview

Preview of and tips for Gameweek 3 of the 2022/23 Fantasy Premier League season
James Siow

AUGUST 17, 2022

It’s time to turn our attention to the hot FPL talking points in preparation for Gameweek 3. We hope you’re enjoying our weekly FPL previews, by the way.

Player watchlist

Kalidou Koulibaly (5.5 million)

FIXTURES

Leeds (A), Leicester (H), Southampton (A), West Ham (A)

FORM

MINUTES

90 mins vs. Spurs (H)

STATISTICS

0.12 NPxG + xA per 90

RATING

B-

Kalidou Koulibaly (5.5m) has seamlessly integrated into Thomas Tuchel’s three at the back system and looks to be nailing down the left centre-back position. He scored an emphatic volley in the London derby and Chelsea have some good fixtures until the World Cup break from a defensive point of view.

He is likely to rise in price before the commencement of Gameweek 3, so if you want to avoid missing out on him at the price of 5.5m, you’ll need to transfer him in soon.

He will be a popular choice for managers who are frustrated with Andrew Robertson’s (7.0m) slow start to the season. Particularly for those who are looking to move their money to other positions, or managers who are looking to change formations and move to a five at the back formation. 5.5m is a decent price point for the experienced defender. However, there are many other good defender options around the 4.5-5m range that may allow you to spend that little bit extra to bring in a better midfielder (around the 8.0m price point) or a better forward like Ivan Toney (7.1m), albeit he may be a bit hard to get to since his price rise. 

Marc Cucurella (5.0m) is another Chelsea defender that has caught the attention of many managers, as he will likely be the left wing-back of choice for Chelsea for the next few games until Ben Chilwell (6.0m) finds his fitness. Chilwell featured in Chelsea’s development squad as Thomas Tuchel had previously claimed that the left back was not yet ready for the intensity of the Premier League. The manager said that “we keep Ben Chilwell for substitutions because he is a high-speed runner, an intense runner.”

The Englishman’s return is hard to predict, but once he finds his stride again, he will provide competition with Cucurella for the left-wing back position. If you’re wanting to avoid this situation, then spending the extra 0.5m on Koulibaly is not a bad idea.

Rodrigo Moreno (6.1 million)

FIXTURES

Chelsea (H), Brighton (A), Everton (H), Brentford (A)

FORM

MINUTES

90 mins vs. Southampton (A)

STATISTICS

1.16 NPxG + xA per 90

RATING

B

Rodrigo Moreno (6.1m) has kicked off his 2022/23 season will style, after scoring one goal against Wolves and two against Southampton. The Spanish attacking-midfielder will probably rise in price again and will be an easy transfer in for those who are pulling the pin on Marcus Rashford (6.4m), Jadon Sancho (7.4m) or even Mason Mount (8.0m). 

Rodrigo will be an important player for Jesse Marsch’s side this year and will hope to link up with Patrick Bamford (7.5m) if he can stay fit. He’s been on a few hot streaks since the start of his Leeds career, but he hasn’t ever consistently delivered in terms of goal and assist output for a sustained period. He started 27 times last season and managed to score 6 goals and grab 1 assist. I think there’s definitely more he can bring to the table for Leeds, but we just haven’t seen him play consistently alongside a fully fit frontline.

I think he’s a good option. Not a bad one, and not a fantastic one. He’s in great form and he’ll be one of the first names on the team sheet. However, the short-term fixtures are harder than it looks, as Chelsea, Brighton and even Brentford have decent defences and it won’t be easy for Leeds from an attacking point of view. In the medium-term, the fixtures are decent, so it could be worth giving it a couple of weeks to see if he can keep up his goalscoring form, and then bring him in for the Everton game.

His price might go up again, so you’ll need to think about how desperately you need to get rid of the player you are wanting to transfer out for Rodrigo Moreno, to decide whether it’s worth bringing him for the Chelsea game.

Ivan Toney (7.1 million)

FIXTURES

Fulham (A), Everton (H), Palace (A), Leeds (H)

FORM

MINUTES

90 mins vs. Manchester United (A)

STATISTICS

0.76 NPxG + xA per 90

RATING

A

Ivan Toney (7.1m) has been a great striker for Brentford since their return to the Premier League last season, and he was an integral part of their dismantling of Manchester United on the weekend.

Whilst he didn’t get on the scoresheet, he managed to get 2 assists. His underlying stats show that he has good open-play goal and assist threat, which means Brentford have consistently used him as their linchpin in attack. Additionally, Ivan Toney is on penalty duty and has not missed in his last 14 attempts from the spot.

At 7.1m, he is fantastic value, and he would be a player you could hold on to for the next 5 – 9 Gameweeks due to Brentford’s great run of fixtures. He ticks all the boxes when it comes to picking an FPL forward. The main reason why most managers won’t transfer him in this week, is because of the common squad structure of two forwards.

Most managers have Erling Haaland (11.7m) or Harry Kane (11.4m), alongside Gabriel Jesus (8.1m) and a budget forward. The premium forwards are looking good for Gameweek 3, so transferring in Toney would likely require a downgrade in defence or midfield to allow for a three-forward formation. If you’re happy to do this, then I think Toney will be a fantastic option for the foreseeable future.

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Captaincy candidates

PLAYER

Mohamed Salah (13.0M)

FIXTURE

Manchester United (H)

NPxG per 90

0.367

xA per 90

0.48

RATING

A

PLAYER

Gabriel Jesus (8.0M)

FIXTURE

AFC Bournemouth (A)

NPxG per 90

0.51

xA per 90

0.33

RATING

A

PLAYER

Erling Haaland (11.7M)

FIXTURE

Newcastle (A)

NPxG per 90

1.2

xA per 90

0.3

RATING

A

PLAYER

Harry Kane (11.4M)

FIXTURE

Wolves (H)

NPxG per 90

0.35

xA per 90

0.21

RATING

B+

PLAYER

Heung-Min Son (12.0M)

FIXTURE

Wolves (H)

NPxG per 90

0.4

xA per 90

0.2

RATING

B+

There are a lot of good options for captaincy this week, and I think we’ll finally get a lot of variances between the competitive FPL managers. You could justify captaining a whole selection of players, but for me, the top three choices are Mo Salah, Gabriel Jesus and Erling Haaland. 

It’s crazy that it has come to this, but I think we can genuinely consider Manchester United as a very good fixture to target, particularly from an attacking standpoint for Salah. Bournemouth will have to deal with an in-form Gabriel Jesus, who could easily add to his goal scoring and assist tally for the Gunners on their trip to the Vitality Stadium. Haaland is a solid choice again, albeit Newcastle might be more defensively stubborn than Manchester City’s previous two encounters this season. Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son are also good choices against Wolves.

JAMES' TEAM SELECTION

James Siow's FPL team for GW2

I’m fairly content with the 67 points I scored for Gameweek 2. I don’t have any regrets captaining Erling Haaland, as he could have easily scored on another day. Phil Foden (8.0m) should have squared the ball to Haaland for an easy tap-in, which would have got me some more points over managers who captained Mo Salah.

João Cancelo (7.0m) and Reece James (6.0m) continue to deliver attacking returns. There’s just no reason to consider transferring them out for the foreseeable future, as they have clearly been under-priced by FPL and they are one of the first names on the team sheet for their respective teams.

Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli were sublime against Leicester, and I’m very confident Arsenal will have a lot of success this season. Mikel Arteta has built a really exciting team, who will really benefit from having a great run of fixtures until Gameweek 9.

It’s frustrating to see the players with less than 15% ownership not deliver for me for two weeks straight. With 2 transfers in the bank, I’ll be looking to transfer out one or possibly two of Robertson, Rashford or Pedro Neto. Some of the players I’m considering are Kyle Walker (5.1m), Lewis Dunk (4.5m), Rúben Dias (6.0m), Phil Foden (8.0m), Luis Diaz (8.0m), Rodrigo Moreno (6.1m) and Pascal Groß (5.6m).

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