With the Premier League season well underway, Fantasy Football teams are being reshaped, restructured or written off completely. Gameweek 3 is where momentum deteriorates and those who aren’t passionate FPL lovers simply delete the app and pretend their disastrous initial team selection never happened. Especially if all their pals had Harry Kane or Heung Min-Son as their Fantasy Premier League Captain Picks last week.
If you’re still in the game, though, Gameweek 3 has some tricky fixtures with Palace vs. Everton, Sheffield United vs. and even Brighton vs. Manchester United having the potential to be close. Conversely, there are also a selection of one-sided fixtures where it could be wise to slap the captain’s armband on players from those teams. Here are our top five Fantasy Premier League Captain Picks for Gameweek 3.
Fantasy Premier League Captain Picks – Gameweek 3
Despite opening the season with two losses, Southampton have looked an improved team in comparison to last season. They look confident, well-drilled and plenty of teams issues this season. The freak 45 minutes from Harry Kane and Son shouldn’t deter FPL fans from considering putting their players in their starting line-ups. On Saturday they take on Burnley, who frankly appear to be the polar opposite of the Saints at the moment. They have looked lost, unorganised and a likely relegation candidate in the opening weeks. The back four of Charlie Taylor, Jimmy Dunne, Kevin Long and Phil Bardsley lacks pace and quality, which Ralph Hasenhuttl’s main talisman Danny Ings should be able to exploit massively.
After a well-deserved England call-up, Ings has continued in the same style that he finished last season, scoring twice against Tottenham and looking sharp and incredibly prolific. The former Burnley striker will be a nightmare for his old side, especially considering how Southampton are expected to dominate the game possession-wise, which in turn will give Ings plenty of opportunities to leave his mark on the match. Definitely consider him for your FPL captain picks this weekend.
As many expected, Chelsea will need time to gel with their array of new signings before looking like a team capable of pushing for the title. An arguably lucky win against Brighton and a 2-0 loss to Liverpool should have given Frank Lampard’s new signings a taste of the English top-flight and allowed them to get to grips with Chelsea’s new style. Therefore, a trip to West Brom, already bottom and looking nailed on for relegation, seems like the perfect fixture to continue to gel, notch a comfortable victory and reassert themselves in the title race.
One player who will be desperate to showcase his ability is £50million signing Timo Werner, who will have been top of many people’s Fantasy Premier League captain picks in week one. The German has shown glimmers of a striker that could cause serious damage in the Premier League but certainly needs a goal to get the ball rolling and where better than the Hawthorns. So far, West Brom have conceded eight goals in two games against top-half sides (Leicester and Everton), which will certainly mean a game against Chelsea could push that figure into the 12/13 goal mark. If Werner can perform with the same clinical finisher attributes that he did in the Bundesliga, a few goals against the Baggies is well within his reach and he could be a great candidate for captaincy approaching Gameweek 3.
Usually, Tottenham striker and captain Harry Kane is avoided in the opening few weeks of FPL due to the supposed ‘August Curse’, however starting the season in September has meant that strange coincidental conspiracy is no longer relevant. Therefore, his unbelievable record against bottom-half sides should not be ignored. Kane recorded four assists and a goal last Sunday against Southampton, scoring an almighty 21 points, or 42 when captained, He could well be worth the £10.5million price tag.
Given how Brighton tore apart Newcastle last weekend, Steve Bruce’s men could be in real trouble against a side on a high given their recent results and the marquee signing of Gareth Bale. Kane will always be the greatest goal threat on the pitch for Tottenham and, despite Son’s recent four goals, it might pay to stick with the consistent number nine. Additionally, if FPL managers are willing to splash a tenth of their budget on the forward, it seems ludicrous to not captain him in fixtures where he is expected to at least score.
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds looked back to full strength this weekend after a shaky start against Leeds in the opening Premier League fixture, dominating Chelsea and comfortably recording a 2-0 victory. The frontline of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah is a defensive nightmare and, given that between them they have scored five in two games so far, it would only be fair assume that the Anfield outfit should score a few in the coming fixture against Arsenal.
Salah opened his 2020/21 account with an impressive hat-trick before going goalless at Stamford Bridge. But the Egypt captain should score against an Arsenal side that only just scraped past relegation candidates West Ham. With Mane grabbing all the headlines this weekend, it seems quite predictable that the right winger will be giving his all to return to the spotlight on Monday evening. Overall, in their last eight home games against Arsenal, Liverpool have scored 30 goals, at a rate of 3.75 per game.
Wolverhampton Wanderers look full of fight as they bid to return to the European places this season, with the summer signings of Fernando Marcal, Ki-Jana Hoever and Fabio Silva to add the desperately needed depth that Wolves lacked. However, the £34million Silva will be lucky to get a look in if Mexican striker Raul Jimenez continues to score goals for fun this season. After scoring 17 goals in 38 appearances last season, the former Benfica forward cemented himself as one of the best strikers in the league and will be looking at this week’s match against West Ham as an opportunity to build on that.
The Hammers were unlucky to lose against Arsenal but it could be the story of their season as they take on a side in big trouble this year. The Hammers are an injury to Michail Antonio away from having no goalscorer and their defence look clumsy and woeful. Daniel Podence and Adama Traore should have the beating of Ryan Fredericks and Arthur Masuaku, meaning there could be plenty of opportunities for Jimenez to add to his two goals this season. Keeping the striker in mind for fantasy football captain picks is a smart move if you think that the Wolves could bite the Hammers.
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