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FPL Top Picks for Gameweek 3

Here we provide you with the FPL top picks for Gameweek 3. With the help of the Fantasy Football Scout members area we pick out the best goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders and forwards to help you prepare for the new round ahead.

Checking out the FPL top picks for Gameweek 3 can be extremely beneficial for fantasy managers. Knowing which teams and assets to target can help you gain rank and an edge over your rivals in the game.

Fixtures

Below we can see the teams at the top with the easiest fixtures all of the way down to the bottom to teams with the toughest fixtures. This will help us pick out some of the best options for Gameweek 3.

Goalkeepers – Robert Sanchez

Chelsea sit top of the fixture ticker this week with a match against newly promoted side Luton. The Blues recent signings of defensive midfielders Caicedo and Lavia will almost certainly strengthen the backline which boosts their chances of a clean sheet.

Promoted side Luton look like a team to target both offensively and defensively. One of the cheapest ways into the Chelsea defence is former Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez (£4.5m). The Spaniard looks set to hold down the number one role but more importantly has huge potential and thus makes his way into the top picks for Gameweek 3.

Andre Onana

Manchester United have a very nice fixture in Gameweek 3. The Reds maintained one of the best defences in the league last season keeping 17 clean sheets, more than any other team in the division. Because of this managers should be looking at their defensive assets, especially this week.

Nottingham Forest lay ahead and although they netted against Arsenal in the first round they sustained poor offensive data last season. In fact, last campaign they ranked the worst for shots on target (117), joint second worst for big chances total (50) and the worst for shots in the box (238). Taking the above into account Andre Onana (£5m) could have solid potential in Gameweek 3.

Aaron Ramsdale

Arsenal may have started the season a little unstable at the back but last campaign they produced some great defensive data. When compared to every other team in 22/23 they ranked joint second best for goals conceded (43) and joint second best for clean sheets kept (14).

It is clear that Arsenal have appeal in terms of defensive investment and that is heightened when factoring in that they face a Fulham side struggling to keep their top scorer of last season. Aaron Ramsdale (£5m) has the potential to rack up save points and a clean sheet and so makes the top picks for Gameweek 3.

Defenders – Ben Chilwell

Chelsea’ Gameweek 3 fixture is too hard to ignore and with the Blues’ new defensive midfield additions investing in the backline could be even more rewarding. Luton had the most questionable 22/23 campaign from all of the promoted sides and were convincingly beaten in Gameweek 1.

One way to invest in both the Chelsea attack and defence is Ben Chilwell (£5.6m). The left-back was one of the Blues most convincing players in pre-season picking up a goal and an assist showing multiple routes to points. He was also playing in a winger role in Gameweek 1 where he picked up an assist and came close to scoring. Chilwell has the potential to claim a clean sheet and register attacking returns and because of that walks into the top picks for Gameweek 3.

Pervis Estupinan

Brighton have a tie against West Ham United this week. The Hammers ranked in the bottom half of the table for key attacking data points like shots in the box and big chances last season and in contrast Brighton maintained some of the best defensive stats in the league.

The potential for a Brighton clean sheet looks solid but Pervis Estupinan (£5.1m) offers a lot more that that. The full-back was the most creative defender in Gameweek 1 creating more chances and big chances than anyone else in his position – his efforts led to an assist. If his assist potential wasn’t enough then his goal threat should be – he had more shots and shots in the box than any other player in his position. Based on his recent performances Estupinan eases his way into the top picks for Gameweek 3.

Destiny Udogie

Tottenham are going through a transitional period under the new manager but there are already clear signs of improvements. They face Bournemouth in Gameweek 3. Many tipped the Cherries for relegation last campaign but they surprised everyone however still maintained some of the worst attacking and defensive statistics in the league.

The Tottenham full-backs were a joy to watch in Gameweek 1 and although they conceded they got into some of the most advanced positions on the pitch. In fact, Destiny Udogie (£4.5m) ranked fourth best amongst all defenders for touches in the opponents half. Udogie’ heatmap from Gameweek 1 showed he spent more time in the opponents half than his own.

Josko Gvardiol

Manchester City have one of the easiest fixtures in the league this week according to the fixture ticker. They face a Sheffield United side who are without their top scoring player of 22/23. The Blades face a side who maintained some of the best defensive data in the league last campaign so the chances of scoring look extremely low.

With the above in mind investing in the Manchester City defence could be an easy win in terms of points. One way into the backline is Josko Gvardiol (£5m). The Croatian has impressed hugely since joining and one was of their top performers during the Super Cup – there he registered three key passes leading to shots. Gvardiol has great clean sheet potential and has already shown promise in terms of creating. Because of this Gvardiol enters the top picks for Gameweek 3.

Midfielders – Marcus Rashford

Manchester United have a great opportunity to pick up an early win this week. They face a Nottingham Forest side who last season amongst all teams ranked the third most shots in the box and the fourth worst for big chances conceded.

Nottingham Forest may be looking to improve on their 22/23 campaign stats but they got off to a tough start and conceded two goals against Arsenal in Gameweek 1. The standout attacking asset from Manchester United this week is Marcus Rashford (£9.1m). The winger can play in a forward role which boosts his appeal but he also racked up more big chances than any other midfielder in the division last season (25). Rashford may have gotten off to a shaky start in FPL but he has a huge chance to get back on track in Gameweek 3.

Bruno Fernandes

Manchester United’ fixture against Nottingham Forest could bring about plenty of returns in attack. The Nottingham Forest defence was amongst the worst last season in terms of defensive data but they also conceded the fourth most attempts from set-plays which plays into the hands of our next attacker.

Bruno Fernandes (£8.5m) is Manchester United’ main set piece taker which includes penalties. This alone is enough to make him appealing this week. However, Fernandes also produced some of the best distribution data in the league amongst all players last season – he ranked the fifth best for non-penalty expected goal involvement (18.49), first for chances created (119) and joint first for big chances created (32).

Bukayo Saka

Arsenal have a great fixture against Fulham in Gameweek 3. The Gooners have shown bags of quality already and that looks set to continue in the round ahead. In terms of their 22/23 campaign stats Arsenal were one of the most clinical teams in the league – ranking second for goals scored (88) and second best for goals scored in the box (75).

With the above in mind and the fact that Fulham conceded the joint most big chances in the division last season, Arsenal could be a must in terms of attacking investment this week. The standout Arsenal option is Bukayo Saka (£8.6m) who after scoring 14 goals and creating 11 assists last campaign continued his from in Gameweek 1 with a wondergoal from range. Taking all of the above into account, Saka breezes his way into the top picks for Gameweek 3.

Phil Foden

The Premier League holders face newly promoted side Sheffield United next up. The Blades have failed to convince in the transfer window and that shows in their first two performances. Manchester City will be fully expected to run riot this week and their 22/23 campaign data backs that too.

The injury and lack of attacking depth at Manchester City could become and issue long term but they still don’t look too short of goals during their 3-0 dismantling of Burnley in Gameweek 1. One player we should consider is Phil Foden (£7.5m) who picked up 11 goals and five assists last season. He also bagged nine points in Gameweek 2. It could be a big week for Manchester City assets and Foden has huge potential going into the game.

Bryan Mbeumo

Brentford have taken four points from their first two matches but it’s the way in which they did it that was impressive. Offensively, The Bees rank as one of the best teams in the division. In fact, so far they rank joint second for goals scored (five), joint second for big chances total (nine) and second best for shots on target (14).

Their standout player is without a doubt Bryan Mbeumo (£6.7m). The winger takes his sides penalties which is another potential route to points – he has already taken and converted two. To highlight how good he has been even without penalties, amongst all players in the division so far he also ranks second for non-penalty expected goal involvement (1.95).

Forwards – Nicolas Jackson

Chelsea have a great fixture against newly promoted side Luton in the round ahead. The Hatters have shown concerning defensive signs so far. In fact, in Gameweek 1 they ranked the worst team for shots in the box conceded (20), the worst for total attempts conceded (27), joint worst for shots on target conceded (12) and second worst big big chances conceded (six).

Taking the above into account the Chelsea attackers have massive potential and the focal point to the front line is Nicolas Jackson (£7m). Jackson showed huge promise in Gameweek 1 and racked up the joint most big chances (three) when compared to every other player in the game. The 22-year-old also produced two goals and three assists in the summer series pre-season and looks like the Blues most dangerous player offensively.

Erling Haaland

Manchester City face The Blades in Gameweek 3. Although they maintained some of the best defensive stats in the Championship last season they have already shown concerning defensive data in the top tier early on. In fact, in Gameweek 1 Sheffield United ranked the joint second worst for shots conceded in the box (17), second worst for total attempts conceded (24) and the worst for set play attempts conceded (eight).

Erling Haland (£14m) comes into the round as not only an absolute essential but also the standout captain option. The Norwegian is the highest owned player in the game due to his relentless consistency since joining the champions. Not only is he the focal point to the best attack in the division but he also takes penalties.

Ollie Watkins

Aston Villa were ripped to shreds in Gameweek 1 against Newcastle but the task ahead could be one to get them back on track. They face Burnley in the round ahead and whilst early in the season the promoted teams tend to be amongst the worst sides in the league in terms of defensive data.

The best way to invest in Aston Villa is via Ollie Watkins (£8m). The striker bagged an impressive 15 goals and six assists in his 22/23 campaign. Watkins leads the Aston Villa offensive line which is significant going into a round against a newly promoted. Watkins has proved to be consistent over the last year but he has also shown explosiveness in regards to picking up hauls. With that in mind Watkins is an easy addition to the top picks for Gameweek 3.

Julian Alvarez

Manchester City have massive potential going into their Gameweek 3 match against Sheffield United. Buying into the Manchester City attack has always held risk in terms of rotation but due to summer departures and the long term injury to talisman Kevin De Bruyne one player could become a regular starter.

Julian Alvarez (£6.6m) has convinced that much that he has already risen in price. The Argentine impressed in both of his first two matches – he picked up a return in Gameweek 1 and Gameweek 2. Amongst all strikers in the league he also sits for expected assists (0.40).


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