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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. Wheato182
    • 6 Years
    28 days, 1 hour ago

    Thinking of doing Salah + Perez = Mane + Martial for a hit. That seem a good move?

    1. britzdubb
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      for a hit NO

      only perez-> martial if you can afford

      1. Wheato182
        • 6 Years
        28 days, 1 hour ago

        Need the extra mill to do Perez > Martial.

    2. Real Socialad
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      Yes

    3. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      No

    4. Baz
      • 10 Years
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      salah to mane this week if you must. then perez next week if he does nothing

    5. quirom
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      I did Salah + Barkley to Sterling + Martial for a hit earlier this week. Felt good.
      Sure Salah will bang a hattrick like last time I transferred him out.

  2. britzdubb
    • 2 Years
    28 days, 1 hour ago

    4-5-1, anything needed here?

    adrian
    vvd digne laporte lundstrum
    salah kdb perez martial(vc) dendoncker
    kane(c)

    button king greenwood a.smith

    1.5 itb

    1. PascalCygan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      Nice, looks good.

  3. No Pirlo No Party
    • 10 Years
    28 days, 1 hour ago

    Correct bench order?

    Lundstram - Dunk - Greenwood

    1. _nod
      • 6 Years
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      Looks good.

    2. Dora & Diego
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      Dunk 1st sub. Lund 2nd sub

  4. Pieterke30
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 1 hour ago

    Two spots left in my WC team?
    Which do you like more?

    A. Laporte + Wickham
    B. Montoya + Barnes

    If B, no City def. If A, Kane up front on his own, switching 541/451 depending on fixtures for Lundstram and Cantwell.

    1. Phil's Stamps
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      B

    2. lespaul
      • 9 Years
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      A

    3. _nod
      • 6 Years
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      A

    4. Dora & Diego
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      B

    5. Better luck next year
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      A

  5. Skull And Gnomes 9
    • 2 Years
    28 days, 1 hour ago

    The Gnome should play Mata over Lind.__Donut!

  6. Real Socialad
    28 days, 1 hour ago

    Who to captain. De Bruyne or Sigurdsson?

    1. lespaul
      • 9 Years
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      Kdb

    2. Tshelby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      Out of those I would pick KdB

    3. Dora & Diego
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      Captain Kane or Sterling.

      If you don’t own the WC and get one / both

      I’d captain KDB from him and Siggy.

    4. Tibbs
      • 8 Years
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      Kane

    5. quirom
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      no Sterling, Kane, Salah, AND Mane?

    6. Baz
      • 10 Years
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      huh

    7. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      Obviously kdb

  7. lespaul
    • 9 Years
    28 days, 1 hour ago

    Barkley to Mount -4 ?

    1. NED KELLY
      • 8 Years
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      No wait

    2. Dora & Diego
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      Should have done it when both were 6m

    3. Real Socialad
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      Not worth it. Even if Mount scores you might only gain a net of 1 point out of that transfer

    4. JurgenRocks
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      Not worth the risk.

  8. LM00091
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    28 days, 1 hour ago

    Played WC - 2-5-3

    Ryan / (Button)
    Digne, Zin, Lundstram, (Kelly, Pieters)
    KDB, Mane, Sterling, Martial, Douglas Luiz
    Kane, Pukki, (Wickham)

    1. International Richard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      I'd switch Kelly I (who is due to lose his place and value when the masses drop him) to the 180 mins played Norwich, Hanley.

      Other than that, great

  9. Dora & Diego
    • 1 Year
    28 days, 1 hour ago

    Kante Doubt
    Rudiger maybe next week

  10. NoName
    • 4 Years
    28 days, 1 hour ago

    Good to go?

    Pope
    KWP Zinchenko Dunk
    Salah Sterling Martial McGinn
    Kane Rashford Pukki

    (Button, Lundstram Dendoncker Rico)
    0FT 0.3ITB

    1. quirom
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      nice team. did you wildcard? took hits?

      1. NoName
        • 4 Years
        28 days, 1 hour ago

        Thanks. Took an 8 point hit.

        1. quirom
          • 2 Years
          28 days, 1 hour ago

          makes sense. Hope hits pay off for you

  11. Egyptian Giza
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 1 hour ago

    Otamendi or Zinchenco? .1 is essential to get Kane

  12. quirom
    • 2 Years
    28 days, 1 hour ago

    Auba to Kane for -4? Have Sterling.

    1. _nod
      • 6 Years
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      Not for -4

    2. Wheato182
      • 6 Years
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      Yeah, Kane could go mad this week against that Newcastle team.

    3. JurgenRocks
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      Go for it. I wish I had the funds to get Kane for the Newcastle game.

      1. quirom
        • 2 Years
        28 days, 1 hour ago

        tempting! that will make me -8 this week though. already on -4. But THAT NEW DEFENSE... well well well

  13. SAY MY NAME
    • 2 Years
    28 days, 1 hour ago

    bottomed:

    a) Maguire + Mina

    or

    b) Laporte + Dunk

    as much as I'd like Laporte I think a) will probably score more, any thoughts gentlemen?

    1. FISSH
      • 6 Years
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      A

      1. SAY MY NAME
        • 2 Years
        28 days, 1 hour ago

        thanks Fissh

  14. Goonerly
    • 1 Year
    28 days, 1 hour ago

    On a WC would you pick Laporte over Van Dijk?
    Can't see Pool keeping a cleanie against Arsenal, and it's an easy switch back, if I start to regret having no Liverpool defence!

    1. SAY MY NAME
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      I'd go laporte for the next few gws

      1. mookie
        • 6 Years
        28 days, 1 hour ago

        +1

    2. ajay_kl +42
      • 8 Years
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      I am in same position. Switched Robbo to VVD on WC. Now considering a move to Laporte and no pool defence

      1. Goonerly
        • 1 Year
        28 days, 1 hour ago

        It seems crazy going without Pool defence, especially since i started the season with 2! But think it's the right move for now.

        1. ajay_kl +42
          • 8 Years
          28 days, 1 hour ago

          I am looking at next 5 on the ticker. Made my decision

  15. FISSH
    • 6 Years
    28 days, 1 hour ago

    Break me down.

    Pope/Stekelenburg
    Digne, KWP, Dunk
    Mane, Sterling, KDB, McGinn
    Kane (C), Barnes, Pukki

    Soyuncu, Cantwell, Lundstram

    0.2 ITB. McGinn to become Cebaloss after a few weeks. Worried about missing out on the pure value of Martial/Rashford but its a sacrifice needed to get the big 3 in

  16. Goalasm
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    28 days, 1 hour ago

    A. Rashford + Montoya
    B. Barnes + Digne
    Which one is better guys?

    1. Dora & Diego
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      A

  17. lufcMOT
    • 9 Years
    28 days, 1 hour ago

    siggy to martial? yes or no

    1. Goonerly
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      yes!

    2. _nod
      • 6 Years
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      Yep

    3. Blind Ghost
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      Free or for a hit?

      1. lufcMOT
        • 9 Years
        28 days, 1 hour ago

        free

        1. Dora & Diego
          • 1 Year
          28 days, 1 hour ago

          Do it

  18. Dribbles
    28 days, 1 hour ago

    Have a contact in the Motherwell squad. Sickness bug going throughout the club. Bookies havnt clicked onto yet. 😉

    1. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      Motherunwell?

      1. Dribbles
        27 days, 23 hours ago

        Seen this reply late, sorry. It's a team in the Scotish premiership mate.

      2. lespaul
        • 9 Years
        27 days, 22 hours ago

        Lol

  19. KUNingas
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 1 hour ago

    Easy question

    A) Robertson -> AWB
    B) Save FT

    1. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      B

    2. Dora & Diego
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      A

  20. vmang
    28 days, 1 hour ago

    Bsilva and Robertson --> AWB and KDB for -4?

    1. Dora & Diego
      • 1 Year
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      Do it

  21. Dora & Diego
    • 1 Year
    28 days, 1 hour ago

    When was the last time Everton knocked Liverpool off the top of the league and we had a Mersey One-Two?

    1. Utensilitility
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      it was the summer of 69

  22. Ady87
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    28 days, 1 hour ago

    Does this look okay? In 2nd in the only ML I really care about so don’t need to do anything drastic I don’t think but is there anything obvious?

    Ryan
    Digne Zouma VVD
    Salah Sterling Martial Ndombele Perez
    Wilson Jota

    Subs: Pope Diop Greenwood Rico

    I feel like a Digne cameo, Auba goal and Chelsea yet to find a CS could mean a rough week at the back.

    1. CL4PTRAP
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      Ndombele injured.

    2. International Richard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      Apparently Ndombele is out.

      Source: Just this forum. Please seek confirmation elsewhere but it may be worth looking up

      1. Guru Mediation
        • 4 Years
        28 days, 1 hour ago

        Source is the press conference tweet

      2. Earwicker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 1 hour ago

        Source: Poch presser

  23. FCRS BGD
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    28 days, 1 hour ago

    guys
    In FPL Draft who would you rather have
    1. Van Anholt (cry)
    or
    2. Otamendi (mc)?
    Thanks

  24. Dora & Diego
    • 1 Year
    28 days, 1 hour ago

    Double Everton defence?

    Debate....

    No why not

    Yes but who

    1. Jurgen Flopp
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      No spread risk.

      Awb
      Zinchenko
      Emerson

  25. Zenith UK
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 1 hour ago

    Someone wanna talk me out of sticking to plan A? Plan D is probably my second choice!

    Pope, McGovern
    Digne, AWB, Kelly, XXX, XXX
    Sterling, Mane, Ceballos, XXX XXX
    Kane, Wickham, XXX

    A) Lund, Zinc, KDB, Martial & Greenwood - (0 ITB)
    B) Lund, Zinc, KDB, Cantwell & Pukki - (0.9 ITB)
    C) Lund, Walker, KDB, Cantwell & Pukki - (0.4 ITB)
    D) Laporte, Mina, Martial, Cantwell, Pukki (0.5 ITB)
    E) Other option?

    1. Tshelby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      Hard to say.. D or C

      1. Zenith UK
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 1 hour ago

        Going for the team that's stronger all round instead of a big hitting midfield?

    2. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      A

      1. Zenith UK
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 1 hour ago

        It's where I'm at right now!

  26. ZeBestee
    • 5 Years
    28 days, 1 hour ago

    "I think he was training really, really hard to keep fit and improve in different areas. We are happy in the last few weeks he was unbelievable in the way he was available to train and compete in every single training session." said Poch

    1. Jurgen Flopp
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      Do we guess who he is talking about?

      1. ZeBestee
        • 5 Years
        28 days, 1 hour ago

        I should have added, on Son.

        1. Jurgen Flopp
          • 5 Years
          28 days, 1 hour ago

          Good stuff

    2. Bubz
      • 6 Years
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      About who

    3. mookie
      • 6 Years
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      Nice

  27. 007 [RoboKlopp]
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 1 hour ago

    Play Lundstram or King?

    1. Tshelby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      Lundstram

    2. britzdubb
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 25 mins ago

      always go with the striker i was told on the scout

  28. Sepp Blattered
    • 9 Years
    28 days, 1 hour ago

    Thoughts on this final WC Tinker Team?

    Pope - Button
    Laporte - Digne - Shaw - Soyuncu - Lundstram
    Salah - Sterling - KDB - Martial - Douglas Luiz
    Haller - Pukki - 4.5

  29. cjhewitt92
    • 5 Years
    28 days, 1 hour ago

    Have Aubameyang is it madness to move him out for couple weeks to fund KDB

    Auba and Hojbjerg to Deulofeu and KDB

    1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      Not Deulofeu imo

      1. cjhewitt92
        • 5 Years
        28 days, 20 mins ago

        Would it be worth it for any other option

  30. SOTHPAW
    • 1 Year
    28 days, 1 hour ago

    Which one?
    A, McGinn
    B, Cantwell
    C, Ceballos

    1. Jurgen Flopp
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      C

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 1 hour ago

      CAB