This Fantasy Premier League gameweek saw some exciting games take place, with Chelsea being the only team in the top five to drop points, after a hard-fought 2-2 draw against Manchester United.
Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham all extended their tallies with wins, while Newcastle United and Huddersfield Town are still searching for their first victories of the season.
Bags of goals and a number of clean sheets saw the dominant teams at the top extend their records and the relegation battlers remain suffering at the bottom. Here is the rundown of this gameweek’s top performers in Fantasy Premier League:
GK – Jordan Pickford: Returning from an impressive international showing, the England and Everton number one denied Crystal Palace from the spot at 0-0, and spurred The Toffees on to an important three points at Goodison Park. Although a top Premier League goalkeeper, Pickford secured only his second clean sheet of the season with the Everton defence struggling to shut out opposition attacks early into the season. Pickford’s other clean sheet came at Goodison Park against Fulham last month. A solid choice for your starting goalkeeper, and is valued at just £4.9 million in Fantasy Premier League at the moment.
CB – Michael Keane: Keane was a key part in Everton’s defensive effort against Crystal Palace, and his fortunate upfield clearance helped substitute Cenk Tosun nick the winner in the dying minutes to seal the win for The Toffees. Keane enjoyed a successful stint with Burnley after moving from boyhood club Manchester United and is now improving at Everton. At 25-years-old Keane is still one to watch and a bargain buy for the same price as Pickford, £4.9 million.
CB – Antonio Rudiger: The German international defender put Chelsea in front at Stamford Bridge after he easily lost Paul Pogba and hammered home a header from a corner kick. He also claimed a lucky assist after the pinball game inside the Man United box, which eventually saw Ross Barkley smash in a late equaliser from close range. A mainstay in the Chelsea back line, Rudiger will cost you a pricey £5.9 million currently.
CB – Benjamin Mendy: Back in Pep Guardiola’s good graces, Mendy was a nightmare for Burnley down the left flank, involved in a lot of Man City’s build up play and managed to set up teammate Leroy Sane at the death. This coupled with Mendy’s improving defensive capabilities secured him a clean sheet and a spot at the back in this round’s Fantasy Premier League Team of the Week. Mendy almost guarantees you plentiful points in Fantasy Premier League when he starts, and for that reason is priced at an expensive £6.3 million.
RM – Anthony Martial: What looked like potentially another frustrating display from Martial in the first half against Chelsea was flipped on its head when the Frenchman cooly finished beyond Kepa Arrizabalaga early in the second half. Martial then gave Manchester United the lead with a smashing finish into the far corner after cutting in from the left. We even saw Mourinho praising the winger for his defensive efforts and tracking back against Chelsea. A clinical performance from Martial who bagged three goals and an assist in his last two games, and available at a low price of just £7.3 million in Fantasy Premier League now. Here’s hoping he can kick on and generate a run of good form.
CM – Fernandinho: The link between City’s attack and defence, Fernandinho is a constant presence in Guardiola’s midfield, starting every game of the season so far. The Brazilian secured his first goal of the season and grabbed an assist in City’s impressive 5-0 rout over Burnley. A fantastic performance from the champions, matched with a solid individual effort from Fernandinho who is a bargain buy, valued at just £5.4 million in Fantasy Premier League at the moment.
CM – Mezut Ozil: Özil is flourishing again under Arsenal’s new manager Unai Emery, and away from the pressures of the German international team. The Gunners playmaker announced himself back into the squad with a sublime one-two and finish against Leicester City, and bagged an assist in what was a cracking game of football, drawing comparisons to the Arsenal of old.
Emery’s side have won their last ten games now in all competitions and The Gunners midfield look like they are enjoying their football once again, and Mezut Özil in particluar. A quite risky buy as he hasn’t featured perhaps as much as he would like so far this season, Özil will cost you £8.3 million.
CM – Etienne Capoue: Capoue has been a key part of the Watford midfield and enjoyed his best game of the season so far with an impressive showing against Wolves, where he netted his first goal of the campaign. Capoue has played every minute of every game for Watford this season and is available at a measly £5 million. A great midfield filler or bench player.
LM – Abdoulaye Doucoure: Doucouré also matches Capoue in his appearances this season, having been on the pitch for every minute of Watford’s season so far, and was the catalyst for their two goals against Wolves. A man of the match performance from Doucouré who also helped secure a clean sheet in the process gifts him a place in the Fantasy Premier League Team of the Week. Available at just £5.9 million.
ST – Bobby Reid: Reid played a huge part in Cardiff City’s home rout against Fulham, where the forward sealed his first goal of the season, and added an assist to his tally. Reid has been in and out of the lineup this season, but if he can nail down a place with last week’s impressive performance and pick up a run of from, he could be a cheap third forward in your lineup or bench player at just £5.2 million.
ST – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: Aubameyang finally looks like he is finding his shooting boots again, after he bagged two goals in just 29 minutes on the pitch. That’s two goals in each of his last two games for Gabon striker. Perhaps valued slightly high at £10.7 million, but if he continues his run of scoring it will seem like a bargain with all the points he will secure your team.