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Mount could exploit Norwich defence in Gameweek 3

As a template begins to form in this new Fantasy Premier League season, the value of differentials only increases from week to week.

So far in 2019/20, we have found several initially overlooked budget players offering points potential to their small number of owners.

Gameweek 2 saw Teemu Pukki (£6.8m) and Seamus Coleman (£5.5m) deliver for the differentials crew, registering 17 and five-point hauls respectively.

With this in mind, let’s hope for further success in Gameweek 3.

Mason Mount

Mason Mount got his first senior Chelsea goal against Leicester in Gameweek 2

Price: £6.1m

Ownership: 4.8%

GW3 Opponent: Norwich City (away)

Before August 2019/20, Mason Mount (£6.1m) hadn’t even played a minute of Premier League football and yet in the space of two games, he has already begun to make a name for himself at Stamford Bridge. 

The young midfielder is already displaying the kind of form that steered Derby to the Championship play-off final last season. 

Of course, the Rams fell at the final hurdle but the fact that Frank Lampard managed him then and now is very significant. Whisper it quietly, but is he moulding Mount to follow in his own famous playing style at Chelsea? 

In the first two Gameweeks, Mount ranks second for goal attempts among midfielders priced at £7.0m or less. 

Of course, it’s still early days and he isn’t going to score in every other game but a generous fixture run points towards the potential for Mount to continue his form. 

Up next for Chelsea is a Norwich City team that may have impressed with their attack against Liverpool and Newcastle but who also have a questionable defensive record. 

Even if Chelsea can’t defeat them, I would expect Mount to cause trouble to their unreliable backline.

Yerry Mina

Yerry Mina in action for Everton

Price: £5.6m

Ownership: 4.9%

GW3 Opponent: Aston Villa (away)

Everton started August where they finished off last season, with a continued run of clean sheets. 

After two games they remain the only team yet to concede in the Premier League.

This recent success has been in no small part to centre-back Yerry Mina (£5.6m). 

The Colombian international was blighted by injury during 2018/19 and has quickly become an important defensive asset for Everton in the absence of Kurt Zouma.

So far, Mina is ranked third for FPL points among all defenders at this early stage, despite registering no attacking returns.

The centre-back has claimed bonus points in both Gameweeks thus far for his defensive contributions, also helped by Everton’s attacking players not delivering at the other end of the pitch.

Furthermore, there aren’t many other defenders that boast goals in 29% of their matches on the international stage, which included three goals at the last World Cup. 

However, despite these attacking credentials, he’s had no touches in the final third so far this season. 

For now at least, if you were to buy Mina, it would be for his defensive fortitude and bonus points potential. 

Everton are due to play newly-promoted Aston Villa on Friday night. They may have scored in their first two games, but their team is still in a transitional state and needs time to gel together. 

Luke Shaw

Luke Shaw is one of the more senior figures in Manchester United’s defence this season

Price: £5.5m

Ownership: 2.2%

GW3 Opponent: Crystal Palace (home)

Manchester United’s defence has looked in much better shape this season since the arrival of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire this summer. 

Solskjaer’s youthful team demolished Chelsea with a comfortable clean sheet win on the opening weekend and it took a Rúben Neves wonder-goal to breach them on Monday night.

Despite all the FPL interest centring around those aforementioned new boys Wan-Bissaka and Maguire, there is still plenty Luke Shaw (£5.5m) can offer.

Despite only being 24, the former Southampton man is one of the ‘elder statesmen’ at Old Trafford. 

He has been there for five years and it was only last season when he finally overcame several challenges and established himself as the club’s first-choice left-back. 

Despite a lacklustre end to their Premier League campaign in May, he was held in such high regard that he was voted the 2018/19 player of the year by Manchester United fans, as well as his team-mates.

He may not have registered any attacking returns so far, but he is beginning to show some early promise with his involvement further up the field. F

Among defenders priced at £5.5m or less, he is ranked as joint eighth for touches in the opponents half (77) and 12th for touches in the final third (41). 

Shaw can certainly build upon his five assists from last season if he continues to get in the right areas and if the in-form Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford can sustain their early clinical touches and goalscoring runs. 

Manchester United are due to host a goal-shy Crystal Palace in Gameweek 3.

The Eagles have not scored at Old Trafford in the Premier League since December 2004 which certainly bodes well for Shaw and his defensive colleagues. 

Also, beyond this game, he has a generous fixture run which further validates his promise as a tantalising differential.

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Lessons learned from Gameweek 2

2,127 Comments Post a Comment
  1. disarrays11
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Little help with my WC team would be very welcome!

    Pope (Button)
    Digne - AWB - XXX - Lundstram - Kelly
    Sterling - Mané - Martial - XXX - XXX
    Kane - Pukki - Greenwood

    A) Dunk - KDB - Dendoncker
    B) Laporte/TAA - Mount - Ceballos

    Thank you!

    1. Daniel Exeter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Will Cahill boot Kelly out?

    2. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Kdb is fab buy that means you d have to start with dendon right ? Also Kelly will be dropped soon so you have 2 non starting subs

      1. disarrays11
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Excuse my stupid question but 'fab buy'? Don't quite get your point

        1. Jumpers for goalposts.....
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          meant fab but......

          C'mon keep up

  2. SkekTek (AKA: AnzhiBabakin)
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Did Everton score many in pre-season in the end? Can't remember much action

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Not really no

    2. Ole Trafford
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      3 goals in 7 games

  3. Daniel Exeter
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Bottomed sorry guys

    Pope
    AWB, Digne, VVD, Lundstram
    KDB, Sterling, Mane, Ceballos
    Kane, Pukki

    (Button, Cantwell, Hanley, Wickkam)

    442 every week, rotating Lundstram and Cantwell

    Thoughts?

    1. Shipstontrev
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Greenwood instead of Wickham, otherwise nice.

      1. Daniel Exeter
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Cheers,
        I think Wickham gets more minutes personally and may at some point want to double up with United defence

        1. There's Always One!
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Correct

        2. rokonto
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Bit u only have 1 man u

          1. rokonto
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 26 days ago

            But*

  4. RichardNixon
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Which one and why: AWB, Maguire or Shaw?

    (bottomed)

    1. Tshelby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      awb bonus magnet

      1. There's Always One!
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        This

  5. There's Always One!
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Guys if going with one 4.5m keeper is Ryan a better pick because you can get his no.2 button for 4m cover? Both of Popes backups are 4.5m

    1. Daniel Exeter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      I like Pope tbh

    2. rokonto
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Ryan is 4.6

  6. Tshelby
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Final decision

    Play Balbuena or King?

    - Watford hasn't scored just yet so Balbuena might get a CS.

    - If Otamendi starts the chances of King getting a penalty might increase.

  7. dshv
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    WHAT DO YOU THINK

    heaton

    Vvd - robbo - digne - walker

    Salah - sterling - perez - martial

    Jota - Wilson

    1. Daniel Exeter
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      No doubt a non WC team will scoop all the points this week

      This is solid for no wild card, no need to panic, maybe move Wilson on if you can?

      1. dshv
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Thanks mate and yes wilson to who for next week ?

    2. There's Always One!
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Kdb is missing

      1. dshv
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        I know but there must be 2 transfers for him..

  8. Ole Trafford
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Evertons lack of goals must be a worry? I’ve asked a few times to mixed reviews. Does Moise Kean start tonight in your opinion?

    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      No

  9. rohaansunil
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Bernado keep for one last week?

    • nibby
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Choose 1
      A) Firmino + Lowton + Dann
      B) Barnes + AWB + Laporte

      1. disarrays11
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        B

    • The Pope
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      1. Mane, Wickham, Montoya (play 2 of Kelly, Cantwell, Lundstram, Montoya each week)

      Or

      2. VVD, Mount, Haller (no Liverpool attack)

      1. disarrays11
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        1. Good feeling about Mané

    • Bees4Lyf
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Play Heaton (eve) or Pope (wolv)?

      1. The Pope
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Pope

      2. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Heaton is at home, no? Heaton just.

      3. JonCall
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Heaton

    • Twisted Saltergater
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Which dynamic duo do you prefer?

      1. Martial + Firmino
      or
      2. Mount + Mane

      1. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Cantwell with 1 and Greenwood with 2.

      2. disarrays11
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        2

    • TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 26 days ago

      How’s she looking:

      Ryan
      VVD, Digne, AWB, Lundstram
      Salah, Sterling, KDB, Martial, Robinson
      Jota

      Button l King, Soyuncu, Greenwood

    • antis0cial
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Just after a few more opinions, play two:

      A) Montoya
      B) Cantwell
      C) King

    • Billybigspuds
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Anyone experiencing problems logging onto FPL website?

      1. De Gea Van Dijk. 10
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Those pesky knee jerkers.

    • neegal
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Chances of Kane blanking or only scoring 1 goal?

        Got Sterling/KdB/Mane and Rashford as big hits instead...

        1. De Gea Van Dijk. 10
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 26 days ago

          It’s a toss up.

        2. Devo-McDuff
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Slim for former less slim for latter. Either would be nice!