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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
    2 months, 23 hours ago

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

    1. britzdubb
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 23 hours ago

      for a hit NO

      only perez-> martial if you can afford

      1. Wheato182
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 23 hours ago

        Need the extra mill to do Perez > Martial.

    2. Real Socialad
        2 months, 23 hours ago

        Yes

      • Hot Toddy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 23 hours ago

        No

      • Baz
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 23 hours ago

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

      • Who are all Lukakus
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 23 hours 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.

    3. britzdubb
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 23 hours 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
        2 months, 23 hours ago

        Nice, looks good.

    4. No Pirlo No Party
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 23 hours ago

      Correct bench order?

      Lundstram - Dunk - Greenwood

      1. _nod
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 23 hours ago

        Looks good.

      2. Nigel Knows
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 23 hours ago

        Dunk 1st sub. Lund 2nd sub

    5. Pieterke30
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 23 hours 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
        2 months, 23 hours ago

        B

      2. lespaul
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 23 hours ago

        A

      3. _nod
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 23 hours ago

        A

      4. Nigel Knows
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 23 hours ago

        B

      5. Better luck next year
          2 months, 23 hours ago

          A

      6. Skull And Gnomes 9
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 23 hours ago

        The Gnome should play Mata over Lind.__Donut!

      7. Real Socialad
          2 months, 23 hours ago

          Who to captain. De Bruyne or Sigurdsson?

          1. lespaul
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 23 hours ago

            Kdb

          2. Tshelby
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 23 hours ago

            Out of those I would pick KdB

          3. Nigel Knows
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 23 hours 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
            2 months, 23 hours ago

            Kane

          5. Who are all Lukakus
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 23 hours ago

            no Sterling, Kane, Salah, AND Mane?

          6. Baz
            • 10 Years
            2 months, 23 hours ago

            huh

          7. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 23 hours ago

            Obviously kdb

        • lespaul
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 23 hours ago

          Barkley to Mount -4 ?

          1. NED KELLY
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 23 hours ago

            No wait

          2. Nigel Knows
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 23 hours ago

            Should have done it when both were 6m

          3. Real Socialad
              2 months, 23 hours ago

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

            • JurgenRocks
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 23 hours ago

              Not worth the risk.

          4. LM00091
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            2 months, 23 hours 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
              2 months, 23 hours 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

          5. Nigel Knows
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 23 hours ago

            Kante Doubt
            Rudiger maybe next week

          6. NoName
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 23 hours ago

            Good to go?

            Pope
            KWP Zinchenko Dunk
            Salah Sterling Martial McGinn
            Kane Rashford Pukki

            (Button, Lundstram Dendoncker Rico)
            0FT 0.3ITB

            1. Who are all Lukakus
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 23 hours ago

              nice team. did you wildcard? took hits?

              1. NoName
                • 4 Years
                2 months, 23 hours ago

                Thanks. Took an 8 point hit.

                1. Who are all Lukakus
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 23 hours ago

                  makes sense. Hope hits pay off for you

          7. Egyptian Giza
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 23 hours ago

            Otamendi or Zinchenco? .1 is essential to get Kane

          8. Who are all Lukakus
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 23 hours ago

            Auba to Kane for -4? Have Sterling.

            1. _nod
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 23 hours ago

              Not for -4

            2. Wheato182
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 23 hours ago

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

            3. JurgenRocks
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 23 hours ago

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

              1. Who are all Lukakus
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 23 hours ago

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

          9. SAY MY NAME
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 23 hours 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
              2 months, 23 hours ago

              A

              1. SAY MY NAME
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 23 hours ago

                thanks Fissh

          10. Goonerly
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 23 hours 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
              2 months, 23 hours ago

              I'd go laporte for the next few gws

              1. mookie
                • 6 Years
                2 months, 23 hours ago

                +1

            2. ajay_kl +42
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 23 hours 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
                2 months, 23 hours 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
                  2 months, 23 hours ago

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

          11. FISSH
            • 6 Years
            2 months, 23 hours 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

          12. Goalasm
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 23 hours ago

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

            1. Nigel Knows
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 23 hours ago

              A

          13. lufcMOT
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 23 hours ago

            siggy to martial? yes or no

            1. Goonerly
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 23 hours ago

              yes!

            2. _nod
              • 6 Years
              2 months, 23 hours ago

              Yep

            3. Here Comes The Son ★
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 23 hours ago

              Free or for a hit?

              1. lufcMOT
                • 9 Years
                2 months, 23 hours ago

                free

                1. Nigel Knows
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 23 hours ago

                  Do it

          14. Dribbles
              2 months, 23 hours 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
                2 months, 23 hours ago

                Motherunwell?

                1. Dribbles
                    2 months, 21 hours ago

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

                  • lespaul
                    • 10 Years
                    2 months, 20 hours ago

                    Lol

              2. KUNingas
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 23 hours ago

                Easy question

                A) Robertson -> AWB
                B) Save FT

                1. Hot Toddy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 23 hours ago

                  B

                2. Nigel Knows
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 23 hours ago

                  A

              3. vmang
                  2 months, 23 hours ago

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

                  1. Nigel Knows
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 23 hours ago

                    Do it

                • Nigel Knows
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 23 hours ago

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

                  1. Utensilitility
                      2 months, 23 hours ago

                      it was the summer of 69

                  2. Ady87
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 23 hours 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
                      2 months, 23 hours ago

                      Ndombele injured.

                    2. International Richard
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      2 months, 23 hours 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
                        2 months, 23 hours ago

                        Source is the press conference tweet

                      2. Earwicker
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 23 hours ago

                        Source: Poch presser

                  3. FCRS BGD
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 23 hours ago

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

                  4. Nigel Knows
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 23 hours ago

                    Double Everton defence?

                    Debate....

                    No why not

                    Yes but who

                    1. Jurgen Flopp
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 23 hours ago

                      No spread risk.

                      Awb
                      Zinchenko
                      Emerson

                  5. Zenith UK
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 23 hours 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
                      2 months, 23 hours ago

                      Hard to say.. D or C

                      1. Zenith UK
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 23 hours ago

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

                    2. 007 [RoboKlopp]
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 23 hours ago

                      A

                      1. Zenith UK
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 23 hours ago

                        It's where I'm at right now!

                  6. ZeBestee
                    • 5 Years
                    2 months, 23 hours 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
                      2 months, 23 hours ago

                      Do we guess who he is talking about?

                      1. ZeBestee
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 23 hours ago

                        I should have added, on Son.

                        1. Jurgen Flopp
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 23 hours ago

                          Good stuff

                    2. Bubz
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 23 hours ago

                      About who

                    3. mookie
                      • 6 Years
                      2 months, 23 hours ago

                      Nice

                  7. 007 [RoboKlopp]
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 23 hours ago

                    Play Lundstram or King?

                    1. Tshelby
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 23 hours ago

                      Lundstram

                    2. britzdubb
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 22 hours ago

                      always go with the striker i was told on the scout

                  8. Sepp Blattered
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 23 hours 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

                  9. cjhewitt92
                    • 6 Years
                    2 months, 23 hours 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
                      2 months, 23 hours ago

                      Not Deulofeu imo

                      1. cjhewitt92
                        • 6 Years
                        2 months, 22 hours ago

                        Would it be worth it for any other option

                  10. SOTHPAW
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 23 hours ago

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

                    1. Jurgen Flopp
                      • 5 Years
                      2 months, 23 hours ago

                      C

                    2. Bobby Digital
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 23 hours ago

                      CAB