Pro Pundits - Darren

Why I’m lining up for FPL Gameweek 3 without any Chelsea players

A Fantasy Premier League veteran of 11 years, Darren Wiles has an incredible track record with three top 1k finishes in the last four seasons.


With so many favourable match-ups in Gameweek 3, I am feeling confident about the next round of Fantasy Premier League.

It has been a positive start thus far, anyway, with 80 and 90-point hauls in the first two Gameweeks taking me to a total of 170 and an overall rank of 29k.

The goals have been flying in so far and I have been lucky enough to capitalise on the early glut of double-digit returns. But all of that is in the past, and it’s what happens this weekend that matters now.

Here is what my team looks like for Gameweek 3 and the reasons behind some key decisions.

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  1. Ser Davos
    • 5 Years
    23 days, 23 hours ago

    Castagne 5.5 or Reece 5?

    1. Ser Davos
      • 5 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      5.1

    2. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      Reece

    3. Stram Dunk
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      Castagne long-term for me

    4. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      Reece

    5. Ser Davos
      • 5 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      Thanks all

    6. shader98
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      Reece without question

    7. Over The Mounié
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      Reece

    8. fplofagooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      Castagne for me. With azpi and chilwell in the mix, am not sure about the long term prospects of Reece.

    9. Phil's Stamps
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      Reece

  2. Coys96
    • 3 Years
    23 days, 23 hours ago

    Here we go time... WC almost ready 🙂

    Anything worth upgrading, or should I save the cash (1.2 ITB)

    Martinez
    Trent - Saiss - James
    KDB - Sterling - Foden - Podence
    Jimenez - Werner - DCL

    Forster - Burke - Mitchell - Ferguson

    1. Drizz ✅
      • 8 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      Wow 3 city mid lol

    2. thegaffer82
      • 9 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      Foden > Hames maybe?

      Surety of starts plus set pieces and possible pens

    3. ADucksBehind
      • 9 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      I just can't come around to a Villa goalkeeper

    4. SAY MY NAME
      • 3 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      very similar team to mine, gone son/zaha/robbo instead of sterling/james/podence

    5. sully29
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      Would have Lamptey on wildcard.

      Almost identical to my current WC draft besides that though.

    6. Royal5
      • 9 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      Son is a must imo. Also need more Pool.

      1. Coys96
        • 3 Years
        23 days, 23 hours ago

        Been in a lot of drafts, but prefer DCL & Foden to him and Mitrovic

    7. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      I would get Lamptey over Ferguson- still leaves you more than enough for Sterling to Salah when needed

      1. Coys96
        • 3 Years
        23 days, 23 hours ago

        Will never play though. Would be 0.1 off

        1. Coys96
          • 3 Years
          23 days, 23 hours ago

          Oh wait no I wouldn't , apologies

    8. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      Bench is very very weak.

      But it's got a very strong XI overall. I like it as long as you're an aggressive, proactive manager unafraid of taking hits to cover absentees.

      1. Coys96
        • 3 Years
        23 days, 23 hours ago

        I am very aggressive! 16 hits last season

        1. Coys96
          • 3 Years
          23 days, 23 hours ago

          17*

  3. sully29
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    23 days, 23 hours ago

    TAA, ???, Saiss, Lamptey, Mitchell

    Which defender up to 6m to fill the last spot?

    1. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      James and bank the cash

    2. Drizz ✅
      • 8 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      Jameson

  4. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
    • 5 Years
    23 days, 23 hours ago

    Just one player in the first 6 fixtures this week - and that's Mitchell whose on Amazon Prime which I don't have 😆

  5. adstomko
    • 4 Years
    23 days, 23 hours ago

    Nobody else keeping Ings?
    With Burnley's injuries, I think he'll score 2

    1. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      I would be - WBA afterwards

  6. soup natsi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    23 days, 23 hours ago

    Any updates on KDB's potential concussion?

    1. Drizz ✅
      • 8 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      Huh

      1. Jake.l_8
        • 3 Years
        23 days, 23 hours ago

        huh

    2. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      He's fine- pictured in training

    3. Netley Lucas
      • 5 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      If he was out we'd have heard about it for sure. No news is good news, on this.

  7. Dušan Citizen
    • 6 Years
    23 days, 23 hours ago

    Don't you agree that Everton's upcoming fixtures aren't as good as many think?

    Palace is solid this season, Brighton is always better away, then Liverpool.

    I'm on WC and really consider Ings over Everton strikers as his next 3 fixtures seems easier. Easy to swap afterwards.

    1. Drizz ✅
      • 8 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      Jwp imo

    2. Free Hat
      • 1 Year
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      I agree about Sou fix being better.
      But dcl cheaper and better team behind him.

    3. Ser Davos
      • 5 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      Yeah, I think so too

      Form v fix

      I'm on DCL as even at 7.2 he seems a massive upgrade over the cheapies

      1. Teomi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        23 days, 23 hours ago

        Have you consider wood instead? I’m torn between dcl and wood atm

        1. Ser Davos
          • 5 Years
          23 days, 23 hours ago

          I'm on both, but DCL for .7 more is a decent deal I think

    4. Teomi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      This... my exact feeling as well. Can’t really understand all we with double Everton offensive

      1. Hospital Pass
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        23 days, 23 hours ago

        Everton have looked great, but James Rodriguez if not one gets close is utter class. The question for me is how soon/how often teams make his life harder. If they can shut him down, Everton's goals dry up. But will they? Palace is their first test. If this is 3-0 Everton, well.

    5. Tempestic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      Totally agree

    6. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      But Ings >1m dearer

  8. Jake.l_8
    • 3 Years
    23 days, 23 hours ago

    Final decision I need to make! a or b?...

    A) VVD and Foden (0.1itb)
    or
    B) TAA and Podence

    1. Drizz ✅
      • 8 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      B

    2. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      B just

  9. Whiskerz
    • 7 Years
    23 days, 23 hours ago

    Bottomed

    Thinking of going Pereira or Townsend over Podence for more security of starts. Especially since I already have foden.

    Thoughts?

    1. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      Podence is worth a punt imo, but I do really like Pereira

    2. Das Boot
      • 6 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      Pereira good fixtures after tomorrow, thinking of him myself as West Brom will look at that period as a time to pick up some much needed points

  10. dr.No88
    • 3 Years
    23 days, 23 hours ago

    Hello, best C

    1. Salah
    2. Sterling

    1. Drizz ✅
      • 8 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      Salahing

  11. Hryszko
    • 3 Years
    23 days, 23 hours ago

    Bottomed:

    Final choices on my WC... would you prefer A or B?

    A. Werner, Alzate & Foden
    B. Son, Brewster & Barnes / Foden

    1. Drizz ✅
      • 8 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      Gtg for the 100th time today

      1. Hryszko
        • 3 Years
        23 days, 23 hours ago

        Mate, I can’t decide... either take Son or Werner, I’ve changed my mind so many times 🙁

        1. Drizz ✅
          • 8 Years
          23 days, 23 hours ago

          Lol. Son imo

    2. Whiskerz
      • 7 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      A

    3. Pépé Pig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      A

    4. Teomi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      Have the same issue on my WCA’s. I think Chelsea will score more goals than spurs during next 5 and I think Werner will be heavily involved so that’s what I’m leaning towards atm

      1. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        23 days, 21 hours ago

        Penalties may sway it but overall spurs goals come from 2 players whereas Chelsea could spread it over 4-5

    5. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      you need evaluate to make the decision for yourself.

      asking for confirmation continually from other people isnt going to help with that im afraid.
      if based on your evaluation two options remain equal - toss a coin

  12. Danstoke82
    • 6 Years
    23 days, 23 hours ago

    So who are we choosing?

    A. KDB
    B. Sterling

    Thanks in advance

    1. Drizz ✅
      • 8 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      Mahrez

    2. Gaztafari
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      Wondering the same. Why isn't there more love for Sterling? He's guaranteed striker position for next month or so.

      1. JamTart
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        23 days, 23 hours ago

        Foden has played there too and in the CL

    3. Bielsa's Blue Bucket
      • 9 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      Exactly the same as last season mate

    4. Ser Davos
      • 5 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      KDB mandatory

      Sterling optional

      1. Danstoke82
        • 6 Years
        23 days, 23 hours ago

        Cheers all, KDB it is

    5. Over The Mounié
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      Neither

  13. Shark Team
    • 3 Years
    23 days, 23 hours ago

    Best 3 man defence to keep till gw16(WC) ?
    No matter the cost

    1. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      trent saiss james

  14. You've got red on you.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    23 days, 23 hours ago

    Missed some information on my last question:

    Final WC decision:

    Martinez - Steer
    ____________ - Saiss - Lamptey - Mitchell - Dunne
    KDB - Salah - Son - Rodriguez - ___________
    DCL - ___________ - Jimenez

    a) Foden and Brewster

    b) Bissouma and Mitrovic

    1. Drizz ✅
      • 8 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      A

      1. You've got red on you.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        23 days, 23 hours ago

        A = Robbo over TAA

    2. You've got red on you.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      Missed some information on my last question:

      Final WC decision:

      Martinez - Steer
      ____________ - Saiss - Lamptey - Mitchell - Dunne
      KDB - Salah - Son - Rodriguez - ___________
      DCL - ___________ - Jimenez

      a) Robertson, Foden and Brewster

      b) TAA, Bissouma and Mitrovic

    3. Netley Lucas
      • 5 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      A - Phil is getting better and better...

    4. HollywoodXI
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      A

  15. Jindaljain
    • 5 Years
    23 days, 23 hours ago

    Lamptey or Mitchell?

    1. thegaffer82
      • 9 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      Lamptey fo sho

  16. Firminoooo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    23 days, 23 hours ago

    What is the probability for Semedo starting? 50%?

    1. Drizz ✅
      • 8 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      70

    2. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      85

    3. Netley Lucas
      • 5 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      100%

    4. Firminoooo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      Thats high. Thinking about bringing him in on WC.

  17. PepSala
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    23 days, 23 hours ago

    Anyone know if Tierney is starting on Monday?

    1. Drizz ✅
      • 8 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      Yeah should be good to go

    2. fplofagooner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      Late fitness test. Possibility is high.

  18. bluee
    • 5 Years
    23 days, 23 hours ago

    What you reckon? Hit the wildcard!
    Martinez / Steer
    Robertson / Castagne / Saiss / Lamptey / Ferguson
    Salah / KDB / Son / Foden / Burke
    Jimenez / DCL / Mitrovic

    1. Drizz ✅
      • 8 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      7/10 yep

  19. Igzie08
    • 3 Years
    23 days, 23 hours ago

    Decided to switch Mane to Sterling on my wc and use the 0.5 to upgrade Dunne.

    Do I bring in Vinagre (have Saiss already), C.Taylor or someone else?

    Have Lamptey.

    Alternative is to bank the cash and see

    1. Van der Faart
      • 8 Years
      23 days, 21 hours ago

      Bank

  20. TheDragon
    • 2 Years
    23 days, 23 hours ago

    Which to captain and more importantly why?

    A) Salah
    B) KDB
    C) Son
    D) Werner

    Son - feel like he got his major haul last week, risk his minutes are managed given fixtures congestion & Newcastle will defend deep in large numbers

    Werner - away game. Chelsea not convinced yet and main supply lines in Pulisic and Ziyech are out. Yet to score a premier league goal - but West Brom are abysmal and Werner is Chelsea main attacking outlet

    Salah & KDB - both proven point machines both at home. Leicester with Ndidi out seems more appealing.

    So I’m currently on KDB (head) but I’d love to be convinced to captain Werner (heart)

    1. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      D. WBA

    2. Drizz ✅
      • 8 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      A- 3 goals already
      B Form
      C 4 goals
      D - 0 goals

    3. sully29
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      I would exclude Son as he plays for the least trustworthy attack and Salah because he has the worst fixture.

      Which leaves KDB vs Werner. Werner has the better fixture, KDB is the better player and an established quantity in FPL terms. Depends which of those qualities you favour in a captain.

  21. cuppatea78
    • 8 Years
    23 days, 23 hours ago

    Any suggestions on improving this WC team pls?

    Ryan
    TAA Lamptey Saiss
    KDB Son Pondence Salah
    Wood Jiminez DCL

    Sub Steel Michell Justin Bissouma

    ITB: £0.8

    1. Wirbelwind
      • 3 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      looks decent mate

    2. thegaffer82
      • 9 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      Wood > Foden and play 3-5-2

    3. Netley Lucas
      • 5 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      Looks nice bar the additional n. Maybe Martinez over Ryan.

  22. Keep Calm and Play On
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    23 days, 23 hours ago

    Any help appreciated, rate my WC

    Martinez-4.0
    TAA-James-Saiss-Lamptey-Mitchell
    Salah-KDB-Son-Hames-Podence
    Werner-Adams-Brewster

    Cheers

    1. Tempestic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      I'm looking at similar, like it

  23. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    23 days, 23 hours ago

    Get Son back in 2 weeks?

    Mahrez >?

    1. FPLMACKEM
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      I'm considering Werner > Jimenez gw4.

      James > son GW5.

  24. Wirbelwind
    • 3 Years
    23 days, 23 hours ago

    So Jesus is out ...

    Klich / Bamford -> Foden / Brewster? (don't have a bench option in my mid+fwd line yet)

  25. FPLMACKEM
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    23 days, 23 hours ago

    Semedo at 5.5m.

    Anyone onto this?

    1. Niho992
      • 2 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      Too expensive. Should be 4.5

      1. FPLMACKEM
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        23 days, 23 hours ago

        Wishful thinking.

    2. Netley Lucas
      • 5 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      Observe for now, good potential.

      1. FPLMACKEM
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        23 days, 23 hours ago

        I agree. I'm going to watch this one closely.

        Coming from Barcelona. No European football. In that wolves defence. Wolves looking more adventurous.

        Most definitely one to keep an eye on.

  26. Tempestic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    23 days, 23 hours ago

    Whats best for this WC draft?
    Martinez (Steer)
    VVD James XXX (Lamptey Mitchell)
    Sterling KDB Son Havertz XXX
    Jimenez DCL XXX

    A) Adams, Burke, Saiss
    B) Foden, Brewster, Vinagre

    1. Wirbelwind
      • 3 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      I'm going B myself (with saiss instead of vinagre,)

      1. Tempestic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        23 days, 23 hours ago

        Yeh ideally I'd go that, would have to compromise elsewhere tho on this draft

  27. wildnothing
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    23 days, 23 hours ago

    What about this wc draft?

    Martinez Steer
    VVD Saiss Lamptey KWP Dunne
    KDB Sterling Havertz Barnes Foden
    Jimenez DCL Mitrovic

  28. Strchld
    • 4 Years
    23 days, 23 hours ago

    On WC, good to go?

    Martinez (Forster)
    Robbo - Saiss - James (Justin, Mitchell)
    Salah - KdB - Hamez - Foden - Podence
    Werner - Jimi (Brewster)

    1. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      G2G

      What's the reasoning for Forster over the ubiquitous Steer ?

      1. Strchld
        • 4 Years
        23 days, 23 hours ago

        Just have a feeling that McCarthy could be dropped.

        1. Pompel
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          23 days, 23 hours ago

          Would be shrewd, but not surely a manager don't usually chop and change gk's unless really required.

  29. noquarternt
    • 5 Years
    23 days, 23 hours ago

    Is Jesus injured? Pulled out of Brazil squad...

    1. FPLMACKEM
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      Yep.

    2. Das Boot
      • 6 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      yes

    3. Niho992
      • 2 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      he is

    4. Bada Bing
      • 3 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      Yes. Good ol' Pep tried to hide it, but the brazilian FA let the cat out of the bag.

  30. Feed tha Sheep
    • 8 Years
    23 days, 23 hours ago

    Any update on KDB supposed “concussion”?

    1. Wirbelwind
      • 3 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      Pep claimed he was g2g. I'm having doubts if I should switch to sterling, am on WC.
      Would lose 0.1 though

      1. Feed tha Sheep
        • 8 Years
        23 days, 23 hours ago

        No doubt KDB is the better option long term IMO but if on WC it’s a tough one

    2. FPLMACKEM
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      He trained today.

      1. Feed tha Sheep
        • 8 Years
        23 days, 23 hours ago

        Confirmed?

    3. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      23 days, 23 hours ago

      he is a footballer. there isnt much there to be damaged if he takes a blow to the head.