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. Reyson
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Chances of asm starting?

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

    A) Start Mitchell
    B) Jesus>Jiminez (another -4)

    1. Pukki Blinders
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Has to be Mitchell

    2. fish&chips
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Sounds like Jesus is out for a month so he hit may be worthwhile. Could easily make it back this week

  3. Top Lad Dakes.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Bricking it with Robbo over Trent in my latest WC draft.

    I just like the extra 0.5 (1.0 total) it gives me ITB for some flexibility...

    1. S.Kuqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Can't see much difference between them now that Robbo has share of set piece duties

      1. Lav
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Trent is on direct free kicks.

    2. fish&chips
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Not as much as I'm bricking it with no Liverpool 😀

  4. Make United Great Again
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Martinez
    TAA Ayling James
    Rodriguez Salah Podence KDB(C)
    Werner(VC) Mitro Martial

    Steer, Mitchell, Johnson, Biassouma.

    G2G? No Spurs is scary atm..

    1. momomaimai
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      g2g

  5. Sahil.....
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    So jesus is injured...it means foden goes on the left wing...mahrez on the right..and sterling as striker...fml i cant get any of them....

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

    1)Wood or Harvey Barnes?
    2) pick 4.5£ striker

    1. Stram Dunk
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Wood
      Brewster

  7. PepSala
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 3 days ago

    Fpl gods bless me with your wisdom:

    On WC I have 1.1 ITB to add flexibility to my team but should I do podende to Foden?

    Martinez Forster
    Robbo Saiss James Lamptey Mitchell
    Sterling KDB Son Podende Angui
    Werner Jimmy 4.5

    It's either triple wolves or triple city

    1. fish&chips
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Martinez -> Guaita?

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

        No way

    2. RECKLESS
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Not nervous having no Everton players?

    3. fish&chips
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Or podence to Foden to go all out city

    4. Gleys11
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Im going for Foden over Podence

    5. slavkob
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      What's your score prediction on this team this gw?

      Ryan
      TAA, Dallas, Dunne
      Sterling(c), Salah, Son, JRod, Zaha
      Mitrović, Werner

      1. Wonderful Wizard Hazard
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        133

      2. K_UN_DE_BRU_YNE
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        76

      3. S.Kuqi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        2
        512
        167552
        28

    6. De Gea is GOAT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      RMWCT please. Bit light on the defence but can easily upgrade when required.

      Ryan
      VVD Digne Taylor Mitchell
      Son Salah KDB
      Wood Jimi Werner (c)

      Forster Anguissa Alzate Dunne

    7. The Red Devil
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Final 3 slots on WC

      Martinez or guaita
      VVD or TAA or Robbo
      Zaha or foden or Hamez

      leaning towards Guaita+Robbo+Foden
      Have 18.8 available for the 3 spots

      (Already have Kdb & DCL)

      1. K_UN_DE_BRU_YNE
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Guiata + robbo + Foden/Grealish(barnes next week)

      2. Lav
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Martinez
        TAA
        Foden

        Interesting though. I am thinking about dropping Hamez to Zaha and upgrading Klich to Foden. This because I am just 0.1m short of Klich to Foden. I am to scared to go TAA to Robbo

        1. K_UN_DE_BRU_YNE
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Wont robbo bomb forward lot than TAA & also share set pieces?

          1. Lav
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Trent on direct free kicks, dont forget.

            1. The Red Devil
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              This, with Jesus injury, foden seems like the best budget mid
              Guess comes to
              Emi+TAA
              Or
              Guaita+Robbo

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

                Hey Zeus injury

        2. The Red Devil
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Thing with Martinez is you'll pretty much relying on save points, guiata gets the save points & the odd CS too
          Robbo has been much better than TAA though stats wise

          1. Lav
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Martinez is a clear set and forget keeper at 4.5m. Look at Mat Ryan and the points he gets a season always at 4.5m. Can see Martinez doing something similar. Hes a good goalkeeper, Villa have tightened up defensively, and the fixtures are not horrible.

            1. The Red Devil
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Palace has a sea of green till GW13
              Villa have Liverpool, Leicester and Arsenal coming soon post Fulham
              I mean Sheffield should've scored against them

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

                Why didn't Sheffield score against us?

                1. The Red Devil
                  • 5 Years
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  So you're saying Martinez is expected to save every penalty he faces?

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

                    No but Emi is highly rated will be forced to make more saves and will probably get us another 6-9pts this season by his keeping alone so he's a no brainer at 4.5m

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

        Looks decent choice, probably the one I'd make - all look okay options

        1. The Red Devil
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Foden looks the unanimous budget midfielder option
          Then it probably comes down to
          Martinez and TAA
          Vs
          Guaita & Robbo

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

        What's a Hamez

        1. Bojam
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          J(H)ames Rodriguez

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

            So are we saying Hey Zeus for Jesus now?

            1. Lav
              • 4 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Well it does not help that Daniel James is around.

              1. Bojam
                • 3 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                And Reece James. And the original J.Rod!

            2. The Red Devil
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              It's more due to a few James and couple of Rodriguez already being around
              There's just the one Gabby Jesus

        2. The Red Devil
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          James Rodriguez

      5. NATSTER
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        same decisions for me

        > last slot for LIV Defender
        > last slot for 6.5-7.5 MF

        I'm leaning to Robbo + Foden

        1. The Red Devil
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          That affords me Guaita over Martinez

        2. The Red Devil
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Who's your keeper?

    8. Sid07
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      1) auba to kdb for second hit
      2) save

    9. PepSala
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 3 days ago

      Repost:

      Foden or Podende? Last choice before bed
      6.5 ITB

      Martinez Forster
      Robbo Saiss James Lamptey Mitchell
      Sterling KDB Son ????? Angui
      Werner Jimmy 4.5

      1. WE GO FOR IT
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Podence

      2. Gleys11
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Foden

        • UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Foden

      3. WE GO FOR IT
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        McCarthy/Ryan
        TAA Doherty KWP
        Greenwood KdB Podence Salah
        Adams Mitrovic Kane
        Bench: Lascelles Bissouma Ferguson
        0.9 ITB

        Have a few questions.

        1. Worth making any changes for a hit? Would like to get Everton &/or Chelsea players in.

        2. Play which keeper?
        A. McCarthy - Easier fixture but double up in defense with KWP?
        B. Ryan - Avoid Soton double up and Brighton have decent record vs United + Save points potential

        3. Captain?
        H. Kane
        K. KdB
        S. Salah

        1. S.Kuqi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          1. No
          2. Play Ryan
          3. Kane

          1. WE GO FOR IT
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Cheers! 🙂

      4. S.Kuqi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Last decision on my wildcard.

        Son or Jimenez?

        Son gives me more flexibility and is more explosive but don't like the idea of having non playing striker in my team

        1. WE GO FOR IT
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Jimenez

        2. S.Kuqi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          That said think I'll opt Son.

          Gw4 Werner -> Jimmy
          Gw5 Son -> Puli

          1. RECKLESS
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Domt think you will be able to remove Son before Wham home. Cant bite you bad

        3. RECKLESS
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          But if not a non-playing striker, which 4.5mn mid you gone for? Bissouma is suspended and you reckon hr will keep his place?

          1. Lingard’s Shin Guards
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Anguissa and Burke are popular

          2. S.Kuqi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Alzate or Anguissa

        4. The Red Devil
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Son, higher ceiling, good fixtures after United in GW4
          having said that, try to get both

          1. S.Kuqi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            For me that would mean no Werner.

            Can't fit them both unfortunately

            1. The Red Devil
              • 5 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Saw above, I'm on Werner to Jimmy in GW4 too
              On WC probably son
              Werner to Jimmy is an easy sideways FT

              1. S.Kuqi
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                Great minds. I prefer Werner for this gw over Jimmy but from gw4 onwards it has to be Jimenez

                1. seewhyaxe
                  • 3 Years
                  2 months, 3 days ago

                  why not both..?

      5. Reyson
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        -4 asm for jorginho?

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

        Ok - this Douglas Costa to Wolves deal is on ESPN etc. so clearly not completely out of the question...

        Every single WC draft (including mine) relies on Podence - do we need to rethink this one?

        1. Pukki Blinders
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Shouldn’t be relying on Podence, with it without Costa he will cop rotation

          1. Pukki Blinders
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 3 days ago

            With or without*

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

            For sure but I was hoping for decent minutes..just wanted to gauge others' reactions!

            1. Pukki Blinders
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 3 days ago

              Traore moving up forward is one thing, if Wolves sign costa I’d say Podence days are done in fpl. Short term could still be decent though

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

          Damn is this true

        3. Gabbiadini
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          far too early.
          just as linked with other clubs... a simple trade to another 5.5 is not that hard. Armstrong will become an option IMO.

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

            oh yes, forgot about Armstrong - good call

          2. RECKLESS
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Souczek in 5 gws too

            1. S.Kuqi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              This

              1. S.Kuqi
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                2 months, 3 days ago

                And the leeds mids aswell

        4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Costa struggles to play games at all at this stage

          He’s 30 now, last season was terrible, managed only 7 starts & less than 800 minutes in Serie A

          Season before was even worse with only 600 minutes - Season before that was his best, but he still only made 18 starts & was used from the bench a lot

          Wonder whether Nuno would want a more physically robust type for his style of play

      7. Gabbiadini
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Martinez
        TAA | Saïss | James
        Salah | KDB | Son | Podence
        Jiménez | Ings | Wood

        Forster | Mitchell | Dunne | Burke

        Thoughts on this active WC... (Currently have Bamford at 5.6, Zaha at 7.0 and Castagne 5.5 as placeholders who I would be trading out).

        1. Lav
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Why do you want Zaha out?

          1. Gabbiadini
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Well, it funds Castagne to TAA, can't see another method?
            I don't "want" him out but more out of necessity and over other players.

      8. Sid07
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Captain
        1) Salah
        2) werner

        1. Holmes
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Werner

        2. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Salah

      9. Lav
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Hows the tentative updated WC look with 0.3m left over

        Martinez
        TAA Taylor Lamptey
        Salah(vc) KDB(c) Son Zaha Foden
        Jimi DCL

        Button Mitchell Lewis Davis

        1. Over Midwicket
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Almost the same as mine

          Tempted by Salah + Zaha to Sterling and Hamez?

          1. Lav
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            Well Hamez was initially in, but if I want Foden he has to go sadly. Unless I had the balls to do TAA to Robbo. Sterling I am in no rush.

            1. Over Midwicket
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              I'd do Robbo and Hamez but your team is fine

        2. K_UN_DE_BRU_YNE
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          I am in same boat,Grealish over zaha as one week punt > Barnes, although planned transfer doesnt work, m happy to have villa talishmen against fulham

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

        Am I G2G?

        Johnstone
        Robbo / Digne / Ward
        Auba / Sterling(c) / Rashford / Pereira
        Werner / Wilson / Mitrovic

        Button / Soucek / Ferguson / Struijk

        I’m really tempted by Auba > KDB for a hit.

        1. Over Midwicket
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Yup. Johnstone though..

          1. Over Midwicket
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            I would do that hit btw

            1. Galza
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 3 days ago

              It does seem quite obvious considering the amount of people that are ditching Auba.

              I’m just thinking that he may be a nice differential now.

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

            I know mate.
            I’m getting to the point where I may as well keep him with Broms fixtures turning a bit kinder.

      11. Linca - TerribleFromKepa
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        TAA and Taylor

        Vs

        Robbo and Reece James?

        1. K_UN_DE_BRU_YNE
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Robbo & james

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

        Been playing this game for years and yet have never thought about this. What happens if a player you own gets transferred to another league? Are they just greyed out or do they keep their previous team (and still count as 1 of the three you can own).

        1. Holmes
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Still count as one of the three

        2. Lingard’s Shin Guards
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Keep their team and get red flagged I'm pretty sure

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

          Cheers. Makes Brewster a little risky then 🙁

      13. RECKLESS
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Is it worth going without Liv defence for next 3 for Jiminez (whm FUL leeds)? Pick one please:
        1) Robbo + Jrod
        2) Digne+Jiminez

        1. Over Midwicket
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          No

          1. Over Midwicket
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 3 days ago

            2 by far

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

          Go without LIV D ..fixtures not great for CS.

        3. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          1

      14. SHOWSTOPPERRR
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Team value of 100.4..Is it Good average or bad?

        1. Over Midwicket
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          Average

          1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Okkk

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

          Way too early to be worried about that

          1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 2 days ago

            Fine..

      15. Over Midwicket
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Which is the better combo?

        Sterling + Hamez
        Salah + Zaha/Barnes

        Thanks.. Have KDB, Foden, DCL if that helps.

        1. Galza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          I’d say Salah and Zaha would suit that team you have.

      16. Chung8
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        With Jesus injured, Foden over Pondence no brainer right?

        1. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          yes

      17. unitednations
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        I am seeing a lot of Mitchell on WC's....am i missing something? surely he is a transfer waiting to happen down the line when PVA comes back which will likely be post the intl break.

        1. Galza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          I’ve gone for a pairing of Ward and Ferguson(non W/C), which covers me for Palaces great fixture run they have soon...

      18. b91jh
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Captain

        A) Kane
        B) Son
        C) KDB

        1. Stram Dunk
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 3 days ago

          C

      19. Kvelertak
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Last two decisions for me..

        1: Barnes or Zaha
        2: KdB or Sterling. Was set on Sterling before the Wolves game. How did Sterling perform as a steiker in the past?

        1. Over Midwicket
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          1. Tough. Both are historically not great but in amazing form. Zaha cos of pens?

          2. KDB by far

      20. KGFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 3 days ago

        Is TAA + Robbo enough to offset not having Salah?

        1. osceola31909
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 3 days ago

          I don't know about offset, but they are likely the ones providing assists. They should both score around 200 points.