So we are into the 3rd week of games now, this is where teams will be looking to move up through the gears and start to get up to speed, and this looks like a really intriguing gameweek for us FiT managers. You have 2 relatively big games in Everton vs Chelsea and Spurs Vs Liverpool, then you also have to factor in things like Manchester City playing a Stoke team that were really poor against ten man Hull City and that Manchester United have yet to win a game yet – and they rarely go 3 games without a win. So, I expect this week to throw up some twists and turns with some surprise point earners. We also have 3 big transfers that took place – Mario Balotelli, Angel Di Maria and Marcos Rojo, and if they are handed debuts, I expect them to score points.
Top 5 Gambles
There are always players who are 1 step behind when it comes to the start of the season, they just need a few games to get going and recapture that match sharpness. There are also players that look like they are about to hit form and may be worth a punt before everyone jumps on the bandwagon. So, in reverse order here are my 5 players who may catch fire this weekend and score decent points, also, these players won’t be in every team, so it could be your chance to make some points up. But, beware! Straying away from the herd is always a gamble, but then how will you ever make up them lost points in the first place?
Disclaimer – These players are gambles, and you transfer them at your own risk 😉
Siem De Jong – if this guy starts surely worth a punt – he scored 7 in 19 league games last season for Ajax, and I have to admit, I am a massive fan. He was the heart beat of that Ajax side and I was genuinely surprised he went to Newcastle relatively cheaply in the summer. A product of the Ajax Academy and the Toetahl Voetbahl Philosophy that they implement at Ajax, technically brilliant, can pick a pass and has an eye for goal. In De jong and Cabella, Newcastle will have a real partnership once it gels, and to be honest, I could have easily picked Cabella, as he really has impressed me, but I feel De jong should play more centrally with Sissoko most likely dropping deeper and playing a more box to box role. But, he may not be ready to start, so play it by ear and check the newsfeed for lineups! With Newcastle winless and playing crisis club Crystal Palace, this game could be ripe with points!
Loic Remy – Yet to score for the hoops, and the classy French man will no doubt be looking to help QPR bounce back from an absolute tonking at the hands of Spurs last week. And, provided no team swoops for him before deadline day he could be the man to help QPR register their first win or points of the season. I really like the look of Remy and I am surprised a bigger club hasn’t moved on him, I know he was set for Liverpool but what happened I have no idea, and for the fee being touted, it’s a steal in my opinion. He had a decent spell with Newcastle last season and you feel if QPR are going to stay up it will be due to this guys goals. Will this be the week the French man breaks his duck?
Christian Eriksen – The Dane is another product of Ajax, looked lively against QPR and it is only a matter of time before he starts racking up the points with some assists or goals from his trade mark free kicks. Liverpool will be a tough test, but after last seasons 5-0 capitulation which was the final nail in the AVB coffin. Spurs have a lot to put right and Pochettino knows how to win against Liverpool having gone to Anfield and grabbed a 1 nil victory last season with Saints. I like the look of how Spurs have set up under the Argentine, but given the array of midfield talent at Tottenham, it is not might not just be the Dane who will come up with the goods, but free kick takers are always worth a punt.
Wilfried Bony – I tipped this guy to have a stormer last season and he duly delivered with 17 league goals in 34 games. I love this guy and his attributes are suited to the Premier League so well. He is big, strong, pacey, good in the air, can finish and is a real threat in the box, and with him yet to register a goal so far this season I really fancy him to do the business against West Brom this week.
Romelu Lukaku – You may think this a strange one to have as a gamble but I expect after a return of one assist in 2 games people will be dumping the Belgian and probably getting in someone else but Lukaku may well be worth one of your valuable transfer credits this week! As you will be aware, Everton play Chelsea this week and how many times do ex players pop up with the winner against their former club? You would fancy Lukaku to be really up for this game and put in a stormer if indeed he is fit after coming off with a slight niggle at the weekend, but I would wager he will play through the pain barrier to start this one!
My top ten FiT tips to survive Gameweek 3 and the Transfer Window
Arsenal play last this game week and then first in game week 4 (albeit against Man City)
Man Utd play first this game week and then second to last next week
After this game week it is the international break be prepared for injuries
Players linked with moves away may miss this weeks fixtures to avoid injury as it’s deadline day on Monday!
If you haven’t put Physioroom in your Shortcuts go do it NOW!
Keep an eye on potential transfers and be aware of the cut off time for players to be registered in time for the weekends fixtures also if a players nationality isn’t a member EU and he does not have a valid dual nationality, he will need a work permit – this is why Rojo didn’t play this weekend even though I saw people buying him.
When it comes to Bandwagons, always be the first to get on and the first to get off, Eric Dier may not score or get a clean sheet this week, so always remember there’s always a good time to transfer out a player!
This links with number 7. Try and stay ahead of the PlayerDAQ – with an influx of new signings expected over the last week of the transfer window it can sometimes pay to get sacrifice a transfer and beat the inevitable price increase! For example – last season I sacrificed a transfer and I got in Ozil the minute he was available on FiT, it was the international break and by the time he played his first game I think his value had gone up by 500k (I also got off the Ozil Bandwagon early on and made over a million on his starting value).
Clean sheets can be hard to come by and are one of the most under rated sources of point’s in any fantasy football team.
You know when people say its not all about the winning its the taking part that counts… they lied!
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