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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4,714 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Drip Doctor
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    The final decision.

    Over the next 3 GWs

    A) Saiss Reece James Salah

    B) TAA Robertson James Rodriguez

    1. Noah’s Ark
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      A

    2. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      its not just 3 GWs for this - thats some serious structural difference you are baking in with that choice its more like for the next 17 GWs.

      A is better. the 5m defenders offer more value than their liverpool counterparts. and you need captaincy options.

    3. The Bad Seed
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      B if you want these 3 as set and forget.

  2. Tony Martial
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Werner,4.5 mid,Podence ( rlly not
    convinced)

    4.5 striker,Foden,Mahrez (too risky?)

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      First one - don’t like 4.5 forwards

      1. Keep Calm and Play On
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Well either way he’s probably benching that player, is just get Foden and try to squeeze in Werner

      2. Tempestic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Surely u cant decide between Werner, Podence vs Foden, Mahrez by the bench fodder?

        1. Tony Martial
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          4.5 mids > 4.5 forwards

          1. Tempestic
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            True but the actual players in ur starting 11 are surely more important

    2. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      go with B and then force a transfer to city so you can have 4 city players

      1. Tony Martial
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Bahahaha absolutely never

  3. boroie
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    A - Podence
    B - Klitch

    1. Drip Doctor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      A

    2. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      A

    3. Steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      B. More nailed and pens

    4. Sterling Archer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      B

  4. How I met your Mata
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Podence in for soucek??

    1. Steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Yes, the fixtures and form demand it

  5. HMC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    on wildcard

    Ryan + Reece James (his place to lose?)
    or
    Martinez + Lamptey

    Robbo + Saiss + 4.0m

    1. Keep Calm and Play On
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Priced out of Martinez James I assume?

      1. HMC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        I got martinez at 4.5 early in the week but just realised James at 5.1 which is annoying
        would you go without brighton def?

  6. Dynamic Duos
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Should I WC this team?

    McCarthy
    TAA Saiss James
    Salah KDB Bruno Hames Podence
    DCL Mitrovic

    Nyland Davies Brewster Ferguson

    1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      No, just take a hit or two

      1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Or don't. GTG.

    2. Tempestic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      I thought this was a WC team for a second, very sound

    3. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      keep

    4. Steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      No way, I’ve brought 5 of them in my wc

  7. You've got red on you.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Can't bloody decide.

    a) Robertson, Foden and Brewster

    b) TAA, Bissouma and Mitrovic

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      A

    2. Drip Doctor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      B

    3. TOLV TUMS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      A

    4. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      A

    5. sneakyr
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      A

    6. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Robbo = TAA
      Foden > Mitro

  8. Noah’s Ark
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Just seen the hot topic in the cs odds... maybe I should be playing Dier?

  9. Ser Davos
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Selling a 4.6 Justin. Aside from the two fix after City, any objections?

    1. Noah’s Ark
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Nope

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Who selling for?

      1. Ser Davos
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Dunne who's rising to 4.1

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          As fifth choice def?

          1. Ser Davos
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            yes

            Need to compromise to fit in Salah Sterling KdB

    3. Keep Calm and Play On
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Nope he was always losing his spot eventually so take the money and run

    4. Steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Dunne is a trap surely? Tarkowski back soon and surely mee isn’t too far away?

  10. A Dog Has Its Day
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    What's the appeal to Brewster? People expecting guaranteed mins when he leaves Liverpool? What if he goes abroad?

    1. Keep Calm and Play On
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      1) they need cash
      2) if he stays in the prem he’s probably better than a 4.5mid

  11. sneakyr
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    On a wildcard (have TAA)

    A) Robertson, Saiss, Podence or
    B) James, Semedo, Barnes (with 0.5 Tim to bring in Salah later)?

    Cheers

  12. rogthetoidge123
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Both my GKs playing each other tomorrow night
    Start Pope or McCarthy?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Pope

    2. kevchenko
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Why do you have 10.0 worth of goalkeepers?!

      If you have Pope on the bench for 5.5m in any week, you've got it wrong.

    3. sneakyr
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Pope

    4. Steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      What Kev said. If you’re paying 5.5 for Pope, play him every week and get the cheapest bench fodder gk there is

  13. Tempestic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

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

    On a tight budget:
    A) Adams, Burke, Saiss
    B) Foden, Brewster, Vinagre

    1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Neither tbh. Downgrade VVD and try again

      1. sneakyr
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        +1

  14. Eat my goal!
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    I don’t get the James or Podence hype!

    1. kevchenko
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Do you watch football?

      1. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Nah hate the game

        1. kevchenko
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          How can you have watched Podence last week and say that?

          You must be able to 'get it' even if you disagree?

          You can't have watched him and come away from the game thinking "why would anyone like him"?

          1. Eat my goal!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            I said I don’t get the hype, sure he looked okay, got into good positions lots of times, end product somewhat poor! Now he faces competition for his space since Traore is free from rwb.

            1. kevchenko
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Well, he plays on the left, so he doesn't really face competition does he?

              Neto is the one who will be 'dropped' if anyone is?

              He looked better than 'okay'. If he keeps getting in those positions, at 5.5m, he'll live up to the hype won't he?

              The 'hype' around Reece James is based around him having some set pieces atm, good attacking threat and potential for their defence to improve with a new keeper and Thiago Silva.....

              Neither are hard to understand 'the hype' - whether they pay off or not is debatable, but can you genuinely say you don't 'get it'?

              1. Eat my goal!
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 6 days ago

                Yeah I did about 14 minutes ago, you replied!

                1. kevchenko
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 6 days ago

                  Then I explained myself, whereas you've just repeated your original statement that you haven't managed to back up, so I'll stop wasting my time.

    2. wildnothing
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Me neither

    3. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Which James?

      1. Eat my goal!
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        The one whose surname is James

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Reece James - oh I like him, attacking threat and should be some clean sheets soon with the new GK

          1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Seems to be first choice and has great attacking potential. Poor man's Trent but still underpriced.

          2. Eat my goal!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Rotation risk, kepa risk - he played a reasonable amount of minutes last season and returned very little - great strike the other day but easy to be swayed by a wonder goal

    4. Alexis Nonsense
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Even of you neglect the eye test, they have postet decent stats.

    5. Steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Agree with Miguel. I’m a bit worried about azpi, but new gk, Silva and chilwell. I see clean sheets ahead and attacking points. Decent fixtures too

  15. kevchenko
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Which is better long term....

    A) Sterling, Mitrovic, Soucek

    B) Son, Richarlison, Podence

    1. Keep Calm and Play On
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Depends how long term

      1. kevchenko
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        8 weeks.

        1. Keep Calm and Play On
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Probably B

          1. kevchenko
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            It's tough, I have to bench one of them which is why I'm leaning to A

  16. adstomko
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    4-4-2. Thoughts?

    Martinez
    Robertson, Chilwell, Semedo, Saiss
    Salah, KDB, Rodríguez, Foden
    Jimenez, Ings
    (Steer, Justin, Anguissa, Brewster)

    1. kevchenko
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      I prefer DCL to Ings, it's a good team.

      1. adstomko
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Double Everton worries me long term. Ings has good fixtures

        1. kevchenko
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Ancelotti is a fantastic manager, with a lovely attacking style - if 'double' Everton scares you, why is one okay, are you hoping they do well or not?

          I love a double up....when the fixtures allow it....and for Everton they do?

          1. Tempestic
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 6 days ago

            Next 3 are tough imo

            1. kevchenko
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 6 days ago

              Palace have flattered so far, they're due a spanking.

              Brighton haven't got the quality have they? If Man Utd beat them comfortably (which could easily happen) would you be scared of 2x Everton against them?

    2. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Great!

  17. Hryszko
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    FINAL decision.. who to captain? Heart says Werner is gonna smash WBA, head says sensible option is KDB...

    1. Werner
    2. KDB
    3. Jimmy
    4. Salah

    1. sneakyr
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      KDB

    2. Keep Calm and Play On
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      I think I’m going A, I just have a feeling if Chelsea get a pen Werner is taking it to get his confidence up and then he’s off

    3. Dr. Rog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      if you need confirmation for a decision on captaincy - may i recommend the captain poll. rather than being on reliant on 3 half drunk responses from forumites, you can see how 20,000 people have voted

    4. kevchenko
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      2 or 4.

      Werner is such a risk this early on?

      KDB is so unlikely NOT to get at least 1 attacking return?

    5. Rondon9
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Salah

    6. PompeyUpNorth!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Same position as me but probably going KDB

  18. Werner Bros
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    GTG?

    McCarthy
    TAA Davies Taylor Mitchell
    Salah KDB Son ASM
    (C)Werner Martial

    Nyland Justin Davis Bissouma

    1. kevchenko
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      ASM not likely to play, so you'll be 5 at the back and unlikely to get a clean sheet from Mitchell or Justin.

      1. Werner Bros
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        I decided to hold off on the -4 for ASM > Podence in the hope he'd play. Could have been the wrong move. Will have to wait and see I guess.

        1. kevchenko
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Steve Bruce said today he's a doubt.... so I suppose.

          I think even if ASM played he will get a saint-max of 2 points, so I'd take the hit in this instance, considering your bench isn't strong this week?

    2. Rondon9
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Anything ITB?

      1. Werner Bros
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        0.5

        1. Rondon9
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Would be tempted to get Podence in unless you think Justin can do something vs City

  19. Mattias
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Is going without Salah and opting for triple Pool defence going to hurt?

    1. Keep Calm and Play On
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Potentially yes...Liverpool don’t look overly solid at the back and one goal wipes a lot of points away

      1. kevchenko
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        It also gives you a huge green arrow when they do keep a CS, and they have been really good on the underlying stats, despite Leeds scoring 3! That was an anomoly.

    2. FeverPitch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Could be great but chances are you’re gonna have one or two rough weeks. Going for Sterling and KDB instead?

    3. HMC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      definite option, but think you may need to go kdb + sterling to offset

    4. Mattias
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      3 pool defs plus Kdb son foden podence werner jimi dcl.

      Alternative is Salah for foden, mitro for Werner, and lamptey for robbo.

      I can't decide how brave (or stupid) to be on the wc

  20. Rondon9
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    WC team locked in!

    Martinez Forster
    TAA Semedo Taylor Lamptey Mitchell
    Salah KDB Son Foden Reed
    Jimenez Wood DCL

    Thanks to everyone helping me with different questions this week, good luck 🙂

  21. KGFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Is Zaha now on pens or will it be back with Ayew??

    1. Rondon9
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Zaha or Milli i reckon

      1. KGFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Would be great if Zaha has them. Would make him a good buy!

    2. The Littlest Robbo
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Milivojevic is the penalty taker if on the pitch

  22. How I met your Mata
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Haven’t been on here tonight any news on KDB?

    1. xHaTr
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Pictured in training

      1. How I met your Mata
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Cheers

    2. PompeyUpNorth!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      He’s fine

  23. boroie
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Is there a reason why people on here prefer Podence to Klitch?

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Fixtures, underlying stats, better team.

      The only thing Klich has that Podence doesn't have is penalties.

      1. Netley Lucas
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Klich is nailed, the other thing.

      2. kevchenko
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        I'm very much with you here, I think Podence is a better pick than Klitch.

        The penalties for Leeds isn't something that'd get me too excited. They're not creating anywhere near as much as their output suggests and it's not sustatinable.

    2. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      One is on pens and nailed the other is about to face serious competition for his spot!

  24. Dr. Rog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    West Brom 1 - 0 Chelsea

    SCENES

    1. Noah’s Ark
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Yep and Pereira on my bench laughing with 11points 😆

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Would definitely not bench Pereira this week.

      2. Dr. Rog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        i wouldnt recommend it. anyway i cant stay here for long i need to go back into my time capsule. laters

  25. Noah’s Ark
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Play Meslier or McCarthy folks?

  26. Lindelol
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Repost(Sorry)
    Will Foden play forward when Mahrez also starts?

  27. FeverPitch
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    A) Guaita, Podence, C. Taylor
    B) Martínez, Foden, Mitchell

    All opinions appreciated

  28. Stupendous
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Gtg?

    .6 itb 0Ft

    McCarthy
    Taa Justin Robbo
    Son James KDB(C) Podence
    DCL Ings Werner

    Martin Mitchell Holding Bissouma

    Martinez in for free next week if McCarthy looks like losing his spot.

  29. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Is Brewster decent bench pick?

    1. komodosam
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Yes. Looks like he's going to Sheffield United.

    2. Boo Ya Ka Sha
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Not until he leaves. But I bet on that happening before the transfer deadline.

  30. komodosam
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 6 days ago

    A - Foden and Brewster
    B - Wood and Anguissa