With Chelsea playing Liverpool and Arsenal playing Manchester City in matchday 3, it’s a tricky gameweek for FPL managers to navigate with no standout fixtures to target. Highly-owned players such as Mohammed Salah, Romelu Lukaku, Diogo Jota and Trent Alexander-Arnold have a lower points ceiling this weekend due to this top of the table clash, which presents plenty of opportunities elsewhere to FPL managers looking to gain some early ground this season.
Here is the best team for Gameweek 3:
GK: Kasper Schmeichel (LEI) – £5.0m
While Leicester did concede four goals against West Ham last week, the Foxes take on Norwich City this weekend who are yet to score in the league and managed just four shots on target in the opening two games of the season.
DEF: Luke Shaw (BHA) – £5.5m
While Luke Shaw is yet to give any returns to FPL managers in the opening two weeks of the season, Manchester United take on a Wolves side that haven’t found the back of the net so far this season. Raphael Varane is also expected to make his Manchester United debut this weekend, making the Red Devils more likely to pick up a clean sheet.
DEF: Sergio Reguilon (TOT) – £5.1m
Tottenham have kept two clean sheets to start the season and have another excellent fixture against Watford this weekend, making Sergio Reguilon an excellent option in defence with the Spaniard also having some assist potential from left back.
DEF: Vladimir Coufal (WHU) – £5.0m
Vladimir Coufal registered his 1st assist of the season last weekend against Leicester and could be in amongst the points in Gameweek 3 as the Hammers take on a Crystal Palace side who have managed only 3 shots on target throughout the first two games of the season.
MID: Harvey Barnes (LEI) – £6.9m
Although Harvey Barnes has had a disappointing opening two gameweeks of the season, the Leicester forward could be a great differential option in gameweek 3. Barnes scored 5.7 points per game last year and takes on a Norwich City side who have conceded 8 goals so far this season.
MID: Said Benrahma (WHU) – £6.2m
Said Benrahma has been the best budget option in midfield so far this season with 24 points and 4 goals and assists in the opening two gameweeks. The Algerian could be the new Riyad Mahrez in FPL and has an excellent fixture this weekend against a struggling Crystal Palace.
MID: Bruno Fernandes (MUN) – £12.1m
Bruno Fernandes did register his first blank of the season against Southampton last week, but the Portuguese midfielder is still a must-have for Fantasy managers ahead of Manchester United’s away trip to Wolves.
MID: Heung-Min Son (TOT) – £10.1m
Tottenham have the standout fixture this week from an FPL perspective against Watford, and the one asset managers should prioritize this Gameweek is Son. Son has played as a striker in Tottenham’s first two games of the year and is coming off the back of his most prolific FPL season in 20/21 where he managed 28 goals and assists and 228 points.
FWD: Michail Antonio (WHU) – £7.7m
The highest-scoring player in the game so far this season is Michail Antonio with 29 points, and the West Ham forward should be on everyone’s watchlist considering the form he has shown with five goals and assists and 2.1 xG in the opening two games of the season.
FWD: Harry Kane (TOT) – £12.3m
Harry Kane could come back into the Tottenham side this weekend and is an excellent option for FPL managers as Spurs take on Watford. Kane finished last season with the most goals and most assists in the league and could become an essential option for our forward line if the Englishman is back to his best this weekend.
FWD: Patrick Bamford (LEE) – £7.9m
Patrick Bamford was one of the top-scoring forwards in the game last season with 28 goals and assists and 194 points, and after a tough set of fixtures to open the season, Bamford emerges as a great FPL option this week away to Burnley.
Harry Kane and Heung Min Son are the two standout captaincy options this weekend as Spurs take on newly-promoted Watford at home. While Kane is the more explosive option, there are some doubts whether he would start this weekend after his move to Manchester City broke down this week, making Son the safer choice.