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The Complete Guide to Our FPL Gameweek 3 Tips and Advice

To Wildcard or not to Wildcard? 

That is the question many FPL managers are already asking themselves even at this early stage of the season. Before you think there’s something fishy going on, a reminder that with an evening kick-off in the Premier League we have a Friday deadline of 19:00 UK time

As the FPL General observed in his opinion piece:

“The beauty of FPL is that there is no right or wrong way to play it… Do what’s right for your squad and ignore everything else.”

As usual, Fantasy Football Scout provides the perfect mix of stats, reviews, and expert opinion to help Wildcarders and non-Wildcarders alike. 

Making the headlines in Gameweek 2 was Teemu Pukki (£6.8m). FPL managers have been clamouring to squeeze the red-hot Finn into their sides, with nearly 1 million taking the plunge so far. David examined his credentials in a members-only article this week, concluding that:

“There is a lot to like about Pukki, both in terms of his underlying statistics, and his upcoming opponents.”

A more controversial talking-point has been the merits of doubling-up on Liverpool’s defence. So far, the Reds have failed to keep a clean sheet – a disappointing start after recording 21 shut-outs last season. 

The decline in their underlying stats was highlighted by David on the Scoutcast:

“Last season [Liverpool’s] average xGC (expected goals conceded) was 0.76, against Southampton it was 1.94 – the worst xGC that Liverpool have recorded since the start of last season.”

This prompted a strong rebuttal from Az, who feels that two weeks is not nearly long enough to judge Liverpool’s defence. He also pointed out that Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.0m) and Virgil van Dijk (£6.5m) both recorded attacking returns in Gameweek 1. 

Meanwhile Neale took a closer look at which defenders have been the most attacking in the opening two Gameweeks of the season. The members-only article uses stats to analyse involvement, distribution, and goal threat for FPL defenders. Neale ends the article with a word on out-of-position defender John Lundstram (£4.1m), whose midfield exploits have caught the eye:

“[Lundstram] currently sits top of the FPL defenders’ xGI table after two Gameweeks – an outcome most of his owners wouldn’t have dreamed of ahead of Gameweek 1.”

The Sheffield United defender makes the starting eleven in this week’s Scout Picks, along with two Manchester United defenders in the shape of Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£5.6m) and goalkeeper David de Gea (£5.6m). Part of the thinking behind the double-up is that opponents “Crystal Palace are bottom of the league for total goal attempts, shots inside the box and big chances”.

TheFantasyFreÆK would no doubt approve of their selection, noting in his Gameweek 2 review that Manchester United’s defense conceded “zero big chances” to Wolves. United are second behind Tottenham Hotspur for a clean sheet in G-Whizz’s DS stats, fixtures and clean sheet odds for Gameweek 3.

Transferred in by over half a million managers, Anthony Martial (£7.7m) with two goals in two games, added further weight to those considering an early Wildcard. Prosckol observed in his community article “Wildcard activation tips”:

“A guaranteed forward who is classified as a midfielder in FPL at £7.6 at the time of writing can’t be ignored considering the threat he provides.”

With so many players performing well, it’s potentially a tricky choice for the armband this week. David’s Captain Sensible article looks at the best candidates. With favourable fixtures Harry Kane (£11.0m) and Raheem Sterling (£12.2m) appear the front runners for the job.

Elsewhere, Greyhead provided us with an update on The Great and The Good

“After two weeks Mark is just ahead of the rest, but Joe is just behind along with Sean Tobin, but they all still sit outside the 150,000 rank at this early stage.”

It will be interesting to see how many of this elite bunch deployed their Wildcard in Gameweek 3.

For Scandinavians and lovers of all things fantasy, Meltens and TallestJohn have once again kindly provided us with their regular articles. Meltens previews Gameweek 21 in Fantasy Allsvenskan while TallestJohn gives us his guide to Gameweek 18 in Eliteserien Fantasy. Updates on the respective FFS mini-leagues in Eliteserien and Allsvenskan are found later in this article.

To view all our discussions please visit our Hot Topics page, and if you’ve got some analysis, scout reports or features brewing, be sure to visit our community section to submit your article.

If you’re a member and are yet to get to grips with the custom statistics tables, you can view this movie for an explanation of how they work. Also, remember to tag them so that people can find the tables with ease.

COMMUNITY TOURNAMENTS

Mark Fisk retains the lead in our Fantasy Football Scout mini-league and is up to eleventh overall. Mark played his Wildcard in Gameweek 2 after using his Bench Boost in Gameweek 1. Will he play a third chip in Gameweek 3? 

The current top three in the Scout mini-league all opened the season playing either their Bench Boost or Triple Captain chip followed by a Wildcard.

There are currently 42,639 managers participating in the Fantasy Football Scout mini-league, to join them enter code ooyz44 in your Leagues’ section on the FPL site. 

Jill Lees tops our FFS Members mini-league for the second week running with 181 points. Impressively, Jill’s explosive start has been achieved without using a chip. She is up to 252 overall in only her second season playing FPL.

The code to join the FFS Members League can be found on the Members page

In TorresMagic’s Last Man Standing the safety score for Gameweek 2 was 35, this saw 236 managers fall at the second fence. 3,934 teams are through to Gameweek 3, the threshold for elimination remains at 5%.

It is possible to enter the competition up until Gameweek 22 using the code bcvy39, however you must pass all the previous safety scores to qualify. Aside from bragging rights, the winner will receive a free Fantasy Football Scout Membership for the 2020/21 season.

Steve Horan (aka FPL Fairy) moves to the top of the FFS Mods & Cons mini-league aided by double-digit returns from Lundstram, Digne, and De Bruyne. Steve is up to 13,595 overall in this his twelfth FPL season. He’s finished in the top 4k on four previous occasions.

Gareth Oakes is the new leader in RedLightning’s Top 10k Any Season mini-league after captaining Pukki. This bold decision sees him move up to 1,573 in the overall standings. Gareth is also in his twelfth FPL season, his best finish is 6,578. Managers with a top 10k finish may join the league using the code m0tq9y.

Double-figure returns from Pukki and Lundstram have helped Frenchman Francois Jacquemot to first place in Chaballer’s Top 1,000 HoF League. Francois has three top 10,000 finishes in the last four seasons, his highest end-of-season rank is 472, which came in 2016/17.

In the FPL Champions League run by 2014/15 FPL winner Simon March (aka Dufflinks), 2016/17 champion Ben Crabtree retained his lead. Everton-fan Ben, who famously doesn’t pick Liverpool players, scored a very impressive 72 points. 

In addition to Gameweek 2 heroes Lundstram, Digne, and De Bruyne, Ben captained Sterling and gained 9 points from Henderson in goal. He moves up to 11,574 overall. To qualify for this mini-league you must have won FPL!

To the 5,983 managers who have entered the FFS Head-to-Head Leagues – thank you for your continued patience! Mark Reynolds (aka MIR) this week provided the latest update on the leagues.

Behind the scenes Mark, Geoff, Mat (aka matzi11a), and Chris Atkinson (aka RMT’s Professor) are working hard to get this competition out as fast as they can. Watch this space. There will be 300 divisions spread across 8 leagues with promotion and relegation taking place at the end of the season. 

In the FFS Eliteserien mini-league Svein Johansen held onto first place despite managing only 29 points in Gameweek 18. He’s dropped to seventh overall. With 11 rounds to go he’ll be hoping to beat his previous finish of 4,420. 

Luke Dyer remains in second place now just 8 points behind Svien, while Eirik Pedersen moves up to third.

It’s as you were in the FFS Allsvenskan mini-league with Daniel Sebestyen and Simon Eriksson still topping the charts. Daniel successfully played his Attack! Attack! chip in Gameweek 20, where all strikers get double points. He moves up a nose-bleeding second overall after scoring 85 points!

Not to be out done, Simon deployed the Park The Bus chip, where all defenders get double points. A whopping 108 points, his first three-digit score of the season, pushed Simon up to sixth overall. Henrik Mäkitalo jumped into third spot, he played his Park The Bus to even greater success scoring 118 points, moving up to eighth overall.

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Lessons learned from Gameweek 2

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  1. Clarity
    • 1 Year
    28 days, 7 hours ago

    is zinchenko worth considering still on wildcard?

    1. ScratchingTheMud
      • 8 Years
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      Should be good for the short to medium term, so yes

    2. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      Yep, can switch to CHE defender later on if required

  2. ScratchingTheMud
    • 8 Years
    28 days, 7 hours ago

    I’m benching VVD for Lundstram

    1. Hazz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      You reap what you sew

    2. Skull And Gnomes 9
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      Pig

  3. stu92
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    28 days, 7 hours ago

    Ceballos, Jiminez or Lundstram - who to start?!

    1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      Jim

    2. HIT ME!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      Jimenez

    3. Balls of Steel
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      Jimi

    4. West Hammered
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      100% jim

  4. pundit of punts
    • 6 Years
    28 days, 7 hours ago

    WC team. GL all. 🙂

    Pope
    Laporte - AWB - Zinchenko
    Sterling - Mane - Martial - Lanzini - Mount
    Kane - Pukki

    Woodman - Lundstram - Hanley - Wickham

  5. Lionel Ronaldo
    • 3 Years
    28 days, 7 hours ago

    Who to play?
    (A) TAA (already have VVD) - ARS (H)
    (B) King - MCI (H)
    (c) Cantwell - CHE (H)

    Cantwell being in the Scout Pick worries me

    1. No Kane No Gain
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      A

    2. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      A

    3. HIT ME!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      A

  6. No Kane No Gain
    • 2 Years
    28 days, 7 hours ago

    HELP!

    1. KdB, Montoya + Wickham (have to play 2 of Lundstram, Kelly, Cantwell + Montoya each GW)

    or

    2. Dunk, Mount, Haller + £0.5m (have to play Lundstram, Dunk or Kelly each GW)

    I would use the £0.5m to upgrade Zinchenko -> Mendy

    1. STONEROSES
      • 6 Years
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      2

  7. mcgrejam
    • 5 Years
    28 days, 7 hours ago

    Is Kane essential this week?

    1. Annie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      No, blank incoming

    2. No Kane No Gain
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      YES

    3. Rolls-Royce
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      Nah, unless you plan on cappin him

    4. 1zverGGadeM
      • 2 Years
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      Its 50 50 between him and Son for Spurs imo..

    5. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      No

    6. Balls of Steel
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      Yes all the doubters basing him on an injury ravaged last season, this man will potentially score close 30 goals

    7. Bushwhacker
        28 days, 7 hours ago

        Captain for me. Can't see any better potential.

    8. Nespinha
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      Pope
      Robertson , VVD , Montoya
      KDB, Salah, Buendia, Siggy
      Aguero, King, Wesley
      (subs: button, lundstram, dendoncker, guilbert)

      Salah --- Mane
      King --- Pukki

      Yes or No? any other ideas?

      1. No Kane No Gain
        • 2 Years
        28 days, 7 hours ago

        no. Aguero -> Kane + King -> Pukki

    9. STONEROSES
      • 6 Years
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      KWP & Soyunca

      Or.

      B. AWB & Hanley

      Thanks

      1. Deeney-is-a-god
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 7 hours ago

        B if you don’t meed to play hanley too often

    10. Cadenza
      • 5 Years
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      A) Robbo Perez --> Martial 5.5 DEF
      B) King --> Deulo
      Need some help here!

      1. STONEROSES
        • 6 Years
        28 days, 7 hours ago

        A

    11. Balls of Steel
      • 3 Years
      28 days, 7 hours ago

      Wouldn't be surprised to see Bournemouth get a goal against Man City this weekend...Spurs showed that with little to no possession teams can score the unlikeliest of goals, 1st goal Ederson horrific positioning and 2nd goal a header by the smallest guy on the field. Really feel that Wilson or King may fire this weekend at home!!

      1. FOO FIGHTER
          28 days, 7 hours ago

          Spurs played the most boring football vs City but managed a point.

          Pep wants to dominate possesion. Playing boring football counters that.

      2. Sicaholic
        • 7 Years
        28 days, 7 hours ago

        Who to bench out of Coleman lundstram soyuncu

        1. ScratchingTheMud
          • 8 Years
          28 days, 7 hours ago

          Surely find a way of playing all 3

        2. Gregor
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 9 Years
          28 days, 7 hours ago

          Soyuncu.

        3. No Kane No Gain
          • 2 Years
          28 days, 7 hours ago

          Lund

      3. _sidney_will
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 7 hours ago

        Mane or Salah? Money not an issue

        1. mookie
          • 6 Years
          28 days, 7 hours ago

          I'd pick Mane

        2. Gregor
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 9 Years
          28 days, 7 hours ago

          Salah.

        3. 1zverGGadeM
          • 2 Years
          28 days, 7 hours ago

          Salah is due Hat-trick

        4. No Kane No Gain
          • 2 Years
          28 days, 7 hours ago

          Salah, pens + more assists

      4. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        28 days, 7 hours ago

        That Tweet 😮

        A few WCs in ruin before the GW even starts.

        1. Annie
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          28 days, 7 hours ago

          Still 25 minutes to go

        2. ChelseaGuy
          • 2 Years
          28 days, 7 hours ago

          Come on Rainer

        3. HIT ME!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          28 days, 7 hours ago

          What tweet?

        4. Whats the Mata?
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          28 days, 7 hours ago

          What tweet?

          1. Athletic Nasherbo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            28 days, 7 hours ago

            He’s being a joker

        5. Stoic
          • 2 Years
          28 days, 7 hours ago

          Fishin' already ?

      5. mookie
        • 6 Years
        28 days, 7 hours ago

        If FPL goes down before deadline, do we get our WCs back?

        1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
          • 5 Years
          28 days, 7 hours ago

          No

      6. almen
        • 5 Years
        28 days, 7 hours ago

        Zinchenko or Mina? Or better 5.5 option?

        1. Athletic Nasherbo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          28 days, 7 hours ago

          Mina

      7. Clarity
        • 1 Year
        28 days, 7 hours ago

        is Mina and Digne silly?

        1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
          • 5 Years
          28 days, 7 hours ago

          No

        2. Athletic Nasherbo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          28 days, 7 hours ago

          Not at all

        3. KSM of USA & Earth
          • 2 Years
          28 days, 7 hours ago

          There's a slight chance 2 Everton attackers could be good if Kean does well this week. That's the only consideration I can think if. Everton's fixtures are good for a while and Liverpool is playing Adrian and Fabinho atm so options are limited.

      8. Patrick.22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        28 days, 7 hours ago

        A)
        De Gea
        TAA / Laporte / Lunds / Digne
        Mane / Martial / KDB / Sterling (C)
        Pukki / Barnes

        Or

        B)
        Ryan
        TAA / AWB / Digne / Zinc
        Mane / Martial / KDB / Sterling (C)
        Pukki / Barnes

        ?

      9. zamorac69
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        28 days, 7 hours ago

        Callum wilson or Lundstram?

        1. ScratchingTheMud
          • 8 Years
          28 days, 7 hours ago

          Lundstram

      10. Boxwoods
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        28 days, 7 hours ago

        For those considering playing Lundstram, please be advised that I have shipped Vardy and Perez this week, so LEI goal fest is basically a lock.

        1. purple lamborGhini
            28 days, 7 hours ago

            leicester will probably score, but so too will lunds and he will get baps so its all good

        2. Dthinger
          • 2 Years
          28 days, 7 hours ago

          F it. I'm starting greenwood.

        3. AnyLaporteinastorm
          • 10 Years
          28 days, 7 hours ago

          No more early transfers for me. Should have followed my own advice. Ndombele, doh!

        4. Jammydodger2018
          • 1 Year
          28 days, 7 hours ago

          Here’s my WC team, if you think yours is better then post it below. Gutted I didn’t get a United player but still happy.

          Pope Button

          Digne Laporte VVD Dunk Lundstram

          1. Freshy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            28 days, 7 hours ago

            light on the attack

            1. Jammydodger2018
              • 1 Year
              28 days, 7 hours ago

              Lol fail baby started crying

          2. Stoic
            • 2 Years
            28 days, 7 hours ago

            Surely my team is better than the one you posted

        5. Freshy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          28 days, 7 hours ago

          Greenwood in for James tomorrow. IMO

          1. Dthinger
            • 2 Years
            28 days, 7 hours ago

            so you starting him?

        6. Babit1967
          • 3 Years
          28 days, 7 hours ago

          Spurs fans, reckon Son will start ?

          1. Annie
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            28 days, 7 hours ago

            Watford fan, no

          2. Stoneleigh
            • 8 Years
            28 days, 7 hours ago

            After what Pochs said yes

        7. The Non Flying Dutchman
          • 4 Years
          28 days, 7 hours ago

          king or lundstrom?

          1. Garlana
            • 4 Years
            28 days, 7 hours ago

            I'd go with Lund

        8. Garlana
          • 4 Years
          28 days, 7 hours ago

          Bottomed:

          Change anything in this starting 11 before deadline? I'm on the fence between lundstram and Cellabos:

          Ryan
          Taa,robbo, digne, zinchenko, Lund
          Sterling (c), salah, kdb
          Jota, pukki

          Ceballos, dendoncker, greenwood

          1. Fingonfin
            • 1 Year
            28 days, 7 hours ago

            very good

        9. Studini
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          28 days, 7 hours ago

          El Mohamady or Söyüncü?

          I also have Everton defender so Elmo would be betting against myself a little.

          1. No Kane No Gain
            • 2 Years
            28 days, 7 hours ago

            Soy

            1. Studini
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              28 days, 6 hours ago

              Thank you so much - I went with soy and Elmo got benched. I owe you one.

          2. Studini
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            28 days, 7 hours ago

            Also have Montoya, Lundstram and AWB if that helps.

        10. amsemp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          28 days, 7 hours ago

          A) Trossard
          B) Mount

          1. No Kane No Gain
            • 2 Years
            28 days, 7 hours ago

            b

          2. Fingonfin
            • 1 Year
            28 days, 7 hours ago

            a

          3. STEP ROVERS
            • 2 Years
            28 days, 7 hours ago

            A

        11. Mr_Barbs
          • 2 Years
          28 days, 7 hours ago

          Ship who for Martial:
          A) Moura
          B) Tielemans

          1. No Kane No Gain
            • 2 Years
            28 days, 7 hours ago

            a

          2. No Kane No Gain
            • 2 Years
            28 days, 7 hours ago

            No B! SORRY

          3. Fingonfin
            • 1 Year
            28 days, 7 hours ago

            b