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Following the international break, fantasy premier managers are raring to go, with many players likely to have used their wildcard to make transfers/alleviate boredom during the week off from league action. Here are some players to consider having in your team.
Already an extremely popular choice due to a budget £7.1 million price tag and a brace against Southampton in Gameweek 2, Chicharito is a player that all fantasy managers should seriously consider. West Ham are likely to be rejuvenated by playing their first games at home this season, and the upcoming game against Huddersfield may finally be the perfect time to notch some goals and points- despite a seriously impressive start to the season for the Terriers, keeping 3 clean sheets, the Huddersfield bubble may be about to burst, and Chicharito may be the one to burst it. West Ham have a god set of fixtures, but even if they continue to struggle, Chicharito can still star- other strikers have fared well in struggling teams in recent years, such as Danny Ings at Burnley, Charlie Austin at QPR and Christian Benteke at Villa.
Available at a fairly reduced price following his fall down the pecking order last season, Antonio Conte may finally be prepared to put faith in Cesc Fabregas. He could form a formidable partnership with Ngolo Kante, who would allow him to express himself more offensively, and could well benefit from the Intelligent link up play of Alvaro Morata. Cesc could prove a strong differential option, although it’s probably worth waiting a week or two to see if he does cement himself in the Chelsea XI ahead of Bakayoko and new signing Danny Drinkwater.
Having established himself as the main striker at Anfield, Firmino has notched 2 goals and 2 assists over the first 3 gameweeks. Although a tricky fixture is on the cards against Manchester City, its likely that free scoring Liverpool will register a goal, no matter what the result, and the following fixtures-Burnley, Leicester and Newcastle- will provide Firmino with the opportunity to bag some more goals. Available at medium-priced £8.6 million, he has also picked up 6 bonus points this season, whereas alternative Liverpool options Salah and Mane have only picked up 1 between them.
With less than 0.7% of ownership, Prodl could prove a differential for an unbeaten Watford team, who have kept 2 clean sheets in their first 3 games. Available at just £4.5m, Prodl provides a cheap alternative, alongside other Hornets defenders, to a budget defender from Huddersfield, who have grown increasingly popular. Their opponents Southampton have failed to find the net twice this season already, and a 3rd 0-0 in 4 games for the Saints is most certainly not out of the question.
Bringing an unsettled player into your team for £11.9 million seems like a ridiculous move- but Alexis Sanchez could potentially fire you up the fantasy football rankings. The Chilean forward will surely buckle down to business and attempt to reproduce the form that earned him 24 goals and 11 assists last season. Arsenal’s upcoming 5 fixtures are all fairly kind, including West Brom, Brighton and Watford. With only 2.5% ownership, the result of Sanchez having a high scoring gameweek 4, against a Bournemouth side yet to register a point this season, could prove spectacular if you gamble on him, and catastrophic if you don’t.