Fantasy managers will be selling and buying this weekend, as the Premier League saw 4 red cards, stars drop out of form, and others soar to the top. Looking back on Matchweek 3, the Premier League script writers revealed a teaser of what was to come in the race for premier league glory, as City battled against Wolves at Molineux for a 1-1 draw. Liverpool kept things as perfect as one could hope, with 3 clean sheets and 9 points from three games.
While Saturday’s early fixture saw Sergio Aguero hitting the bar twice and failing to record a goal to further justify his 12.5 million pound fantasy price tag, my Player of the Weekend goes to former Newcastle United turned Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic. The big Serb hit two and provided one, racking up 11 points throughout the duration of a slobber knocking 4-2 win over struggling Burnley.
For a clever-eyed fantasy manager it’s certainly no surprise he’s doing as well as he is, coming off such an impressive season in the Championship, along with having plenty of Premier League experience with Newcastle United in seasons past. He scored against Tottenham last weekend when his starting value was 4.5 million – compare and contrast against Sergio Aguero at 12.5 million. Both have scored three goals, but big Alex has an assist over the Argentine.
Fulham’s victory over Burnley saw a number of pieces click into place within Slavisa Jokanovic’s side, like World Cup winner Andre Schurrle scoring a goal amidst a flurry of shots, while creating a number of extra chances as well. Luciano Vietto, another newcomer, also found his feet Sunday afternoon, providing 2 assists and completing 90 minutes. His 4.5 million pound price will undoubtedly rise along with his strike partner’s.
Mitrovic might not be the fastest forward around, but at 6’2 is always a threat in the box. Pay attention to matchups against short back lines or teams that struggle defending set pieces and balls into the box. West Ham, Huddersfield, and Brighton all had remarkably poor records defending set pieces, and a tall forward may be a good option against them. Brighton are next for Jokanovic and Fulham, and Aleksandar looks good value for money considering it.
This season our fantasy top 20 is filled with defenders, chaps like Marcos Alonso, Andrew Robertson, James Tarkowski, Jose Holebas, James Milner, and Ben Mendy, all possess considerable stock at present, and with prices in the back line going like balloons, a budget forward might be exactly what you need to afford those pricey backs.
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