Fantasy football Gameweek 3 tips: three players to buy – and what not to do


So, two gameweeks in and Manchester City are going to win the league, Sadio Mané is the new Mo Salah and Neil Etheridge is the second coming of Lev Yashin following excellent penalty saves in each of his first two games (but put himself on the bench in his own fantasy team). Expect him to sport a flat cap in coming games.We look ahead to Gameweek 3 with some consideration for the matches ahead...Buy! Ricardo Pereira (DF, £5.0m)Owned by: 5%With Southampton up next for Leicester, the Foxes have a decent run of fixtures (barring Liverpool at home in GW4) stretching through September – Bournemouth, Huddersfield and Newcastle are all up after the international break.Right-back Pereira has started the season strongly, and his performance against Wolves in Gameweek 2 – a clean sheet, one assist and maximum bonus points – made more people take notice of the 24-year-old signed from Porto this summer.Leicester paid more than £20m to secure their man, but in FPL you can pick him up for a mere £5m. Expect to see a price rise soon. Load up on attacking full-backs...Bye! Jamie Vardy (FW, £9m)Owned by: 4.7%Our Chosen One for Gameweek 2… sigh. Clearly, Vardy wassupposed to score a brace against Wolves and not get sent off for -1 point last weekend.Vardy spoke out this week admitting that he made the “wrong choice” in his dreadful tackle on Matt Doherty. Don’t we know it, Jamie. Claude Puel will now look at Kelechi Iheanacho to lead Leicester’s line for the next two Premier League gameweeks, while Vardy will twiddle his thumbs on the sidelines until then. A shame. Buy! Richarlison (MF, £6.8m)Owned by: 36.5%Underpriced by the fantasy gods at the start of the season, Richarlison has already seen his value shoot up from £6.5m – and with good reason.Three goals from his opening two games is a strong return, not least as they’ve come from only four shots. The young Brazilian is starting his second Premier League season as strongly as his first, and clearly enjoys playing in manager Marco Silva’s system.As highlighted during our pre-season bargain series, this was Richarilison’s first proper summer break having joined Watford from Fluminense during the Brazilian league season in 2017. He'll be aiming to at least double his tally of five goals from last season, and given the amount of goalscoring positions he gets into, should manage it.Next up for Everton are Bournemouth and Huddersfield, so the Toffees have a good opportunity to continue their strong start. If they do, expect to see Richarlison’s price hike up past the £7m mark before long.Hold! Aaron Wan-Bissaka (DF, £4.1m)Owned by: 21.1%At the time of writing, the Crystal Palace youngster has been sold by over 100,000 managers following his sending off in Gameweek 2. Who are they bringing in for him?At £4.1m, keep him in your squads, put on the bench for Gameweek 3 and patiently await his return. That red cardagainst Liverpool has only got him a one-match ban, and up until that point he’d coped well against the most formidable attacking trio in the Premier League.We repeat: attack-minded full-backs are your friends. Kids in the playground won’t want to be forwards any more, they’ll fight over who gets to be marauding wing-backs getting assists and clean sheets in fantasy football. Times are changing. Right?Buy! Sergio Aguero (FW, £11.2m)Owned by: 44.2%A seed of doubt was planted last week with the suggestion that Manchester City’s fearsome frontman might not start against Huddersfield, with Gabriel Jesus potentially taking his place. Aguero did start, of course, grabbing three goals, one assist, three bonus points and a pat on the back from Pep Guardiola. Those who captained him scooped a cool 40 points.At some stage everyone will get burned by the Guardiola squad rotation, but it’s hard to ignore Aguero when each of City’s next five fixtures could end up in a rout: Wolves (a), Newcastle (h), Fulham (h), Cardiff (a), Brighton (h).SEE ALSO28 red-hot Fantasy Premier League tips from old winners and expertsFantasyYIRMAstarted in 2012, focused on FPL news and previews. After coverage across 229gameweeks, theyare confident they could have been well on their way to becoming a qualified astronaut had the time been spent more productivelyNew features you’d love on FourFourTwo.com