Selection

Is David Silva the solution to doubling up on Man City attack?

The success of differential options so far this season has helped many of us get onto Fantasy Premier League bandwagons before they became fashionable.

Mason Mount (£6.2m) duly delivered in Gameweek 3 and became the latest Fantasy Football Scout differential pick to graduate into a potential template option.

His ownership has also soared by 10% in the last seven days as FPL managers seek to leverage his potential.

It’s also nice to see that two of our former picks Teemu Pukki (£7.0m) and Ashley Barnes (£6.6m) are now among the top four scoring FPL players at this early stage of the season.

Whether they can continue to punch above their weight is another question but it goes to show how important it is to identify such players early on as they begin to show glimmers of promise.

With this same aspiration, here are three low-owned players worth considering for Gameweek 4…

David Silva

David Silva could come back into fashion if he can start matches regularly for Man City

Price: £7.4m

Ownership: 4.7%

GW4 Opponent: Brighton and Hove Albion (home)

In years gone by, it would have been unthinkable to consider David Silva (£7.4m) a differential but that is exactly what he has become.

No doubt you will already have a premium attacking Manchester City asset at hand in the form of Sergio Aguero or Raheem Sterling and, if that’s the case, you may have been scratching your head over how to double-up on their attack. Silva could be the solution to that.

There aren’t many other players in FPL that have delivered at least a dozen attacking Fantasy returns (goals and assists) in the last six consecutive campaigns. In fact, over the last two seasons, he averages an attacking return for every 142 minutes played so Silva’s pedigree is clear for all to see.


However, the biggest concern over the mesmeric midfielder is rotation in this his final season at Manchester City.

It is worth noting though that Silva featured in 85% of Premier League games under Pep Guardiola, a period in which he has scored 19 goals and provided 30 assists.

With Vincent Kompany’s departure in May, David Silva is now the most senior figure in the team and, while he has made it known that he will be leaving at the end of the season, he will no doubt be looking to sign off on a high.

His two assists from last week should serve as a reminder of his potency and importance to Manchester City. It was clear that Silva was selected to help break down a stubborn Bournemouth structure, which may be important with Brighton coming to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Harry Wilson

Harry Wilson has two spectacular goals from range so far this season

Price: £6.0m

Ownership: 2.5%

GW4 Opponent: Leicester City (away)

With two goals in his last two games, it seems as if Harry Wilson (£6.0m) may be flying under the radar.

He made a name for himself under the tutelage of Frank Lampard last season in the Championship when he scored 18 goals in 49 competitive games and has made an almost instant impact with his loan stint at Bournemouth.

Of course, rotation is a concern when considering that he’s played just over 120 minutes of football in the first three Gameweeks. But during that short time he’s registered seven attempts at goal.

Can Eddie Howe really afford to bench him now when he’s so heavily involved in an attack-focused team?

Aside from competition of places in midfield, perhaps the lack of minutes can also be explained by Wilson being gradually integrated into the first-team setup. After all, he hadn’t started a single Premier League game until two weeks ago.

Buying him in FPL at this stage is obviously a calculated risk and he may only be worth considering as a genuine fifth midfield option if you’re currently set on a solid 3-5-2 or 4-5-1 formation.

Bournemouth have a generous fixture run throughout September. Before then, their next match is against Leicester who have only kept one clean sheet in their last five Premier League games. I wouldn’t put it past him to cause more havoc against the Foxes.

Joelinton

Joelinton scored the only goal of Newcastle’s win over Spurs in Gameweek 3

Price: £5.9m

Ownership: 1.8%

GW4 Opponent: Watford (home)

It definitely says a lot about a club when they have an unsettled pre-season and yet somehow defy the odds to secure their first win in a match that everyone expected them to lose.

This was in no small part to Newcastle United’s new Brazilian signing, Joelinton (£5.9m) who showed his composure by successfully converting one of his team’s three shots on target.

This backs to the wall performance showed lots of character and it may be just the platform that he and his team-mates need to build from here. At present, Joelinton has no other rivals to challenge him for his spot up top at Newcastle. With that said, he was subbed off early against Tottenham and could be a minor doubt for this weekend.

But can Steve Bruce afford to stifle Newcastle’s momentum by not picking his proven matchwinner if he is just short of 100% fitness? Hopefully, the midweek rest will be sufficient for his recovery.

The Toon Army’s next match is at home to a hapless (and winless) Watford team that have conceded seven goals in their opening three games.

It’s just the kind of match that Joelinton needs to continue to demonstrate his capabilities, even if he is unable to play the entire 90 minutes.

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Lessons learned from Gameweek 3

1,111 Comments Post a Comment
  1. rohaansunil
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Wilson to aguero or martial to kdb? I can bench martial and play Kelly... Thanks

    1. Lukaku91
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      martial to kdb

      1. Pad Randa
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        This

    2. crossfox
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Tough one - I think Aguero is gonna get a huge score next few games - but KDB is the more balanced option long term.

  2. Lukaku91
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Bench one

    a) King
    b) Barnes
    c) Cantwell

  3. Pad Randa
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Gave up and WCed after transfer-w@nking and still getting stuck starting Lundstram.

    Pope (Button)
    TAA - Digne - Soyuncu (Kelly, Lundstram)
    Sterling (c) - Salah - Mount - Fraser - Cantwell
    Aguero - Pukki (Greenwood)

    0.1 ITB. Not totally sold on Fraser, but fixtures are good and he's due for a purple patch...

  4. snowman
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Who to get in for Origi? Have £1m in bank

    1. Dthinger
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Who else do you have?

      1. Dthinger
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        How about Wesley?

    2. Lukaku91
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      ayew maybe

    3. snowman
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Other 2 are King and Jota

  5. cheeky moses
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    VVD, King > Coleman, Haller (-4)

    Solid moves?
    Allows me to easiky get on the Barnes train later down the line if it is still rolling

    1. Lukaku91
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      I'd rather get straight on the Barnes train

      1. cheeky moses
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        I just really like the look of Haller for the two next games against Norwich and Villa - easy switch to Barnes if the punt fails

  6. SHOWSTOPPERRR
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    A) Play lundstram and save the Ft
    B) martial to mount free

    Pope
    Awb robbo digne lund kelly
    Salah Sterling trosard martial dendo
    Kane king green

    Suggest me an option...

    1. crossfox
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Martial out def I think, Mount is an option for sure

  7. AllINeedIsCoffee
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Thoughts of starting Greenwood with Martial out?

    1. crossfox
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 10 days ago

      it's a punt - Mata just as likely to start imo

      1. Bat Man
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Agreed won't be surprised in the least bit if he is a sub

  8. Amey
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Welcome aboard Digne 🙂

    1. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 10 days ago

      You will regret selling Zinch...he's gonna boss it this weekend 😉

      1. tucaoneo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 10 days ago

        Nah that's KDB. You gotta look closer.

  9. Bat Man
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    The point of this game is to have fun, right? How's this on my WC:
    Pope/Button
    Lundstram Soyuncu Kelly Rico Guilbert
    Salah Sterling KDB Mount Lanzini
    Aguero Barnes Greenwood

    1. crossfox
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Fun has been replaced by all consuming stress

    2. crossfox
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Pretty good team though - unsure on Guilbert

  10. AmroY
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Currently on WC, this is my squad:
    Button Pope
    Kelly Digne Soyunku Zinchenco Rico
    Mount Salah Sterling KDB Cantwell
    Haller Pukki Abraham

    What do you think? should I get TAA Lundstram and Greenwood for Soyunku Rico and Abraham? or am I GTG?

    1. tucaoneo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Having no Liverpool defender is crazy. VVD alone is 50% owned. Imagine the damage of a CS.

      1. AmroY
        3 months, 10 days ago

        So TAA Lundstram and Greenwood it is. Thanks for your help!

  11. Ahmedoz
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Thinking of Martial for David Silva. Have 7.9 in the bank so can’t afford KDB and don’t want to lose a -4. Any other suggestions?

    1. Ahmedoz
      3 months, 10 days ago

      Forgot to mention my team
      Pope
      Alexander, Zinchenko, Van Dijk
      Martial, Sterling, Salah, Mount
      Pukki, Wood, Callum Wilson
      Bench
      Begovic, Dendoncker, Kilman, Reid

      Current rank is 5k so am extra cautious

      1. Devo-McDuff
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 10 days ago

        If you want to be cautious then no, as he is an obvious rotation risk. It could pay off though and if you knew he was going to play it's a no brainer which his talent and the fixtures. For my money with it being his last season and him being captain I still think he will play a fair bit.

  12. Bartowski
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 10 days ago

    My name is Bartowski and I'm addicted to taking hits on FPL.

    1. Devo-McDuff
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 10 days ago

      It's okay Bart, you're with friends and you've take the first step brother.

  13. primal33
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 10 days ago

    Which 1 to play from:
    A) Montoya
    B) Rico
    C) Dendonker
    D) Greenwood