Fantasy Football: Ones To Watch this week

by Chris Balding

After a fairly uneventful international break the Premier League finally got back underway.

This week saw a return of a legend, the Egyptian king scoring his 100th goal, Brighton ending Brentford’s unbeaten start, Arsenal finally getting a win and Spurs suffering their first defeat of the campaign. 

This week’s results were overshadowed by the nasty injury Liverpool teenager Harvey Elliott suffered in their 3-0 win over Leeds. With being just 18 years old he showed his maturity and class as he clapped the Leeds supporters while being taken off the pitch on a stretcher. We just hope he has a speedy recovery and see him back in a Liverpool kit soon.

It seems like days of old as the contenders for the title produced the goods this week, with some of the players earning plenty of fantasy football points. We will discuss who you should  bring into your team this week.

Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.5m)

Let’s start off with the obvious, it may have been 12 years, 3 months, 17 days ago since Cristiano Ronaldo last put on a Manchester United shirt but don’t be fooled thinking he’s too old. He started off his hotly anticipated return to Old Trafford in classic Ronaldo fashion as he scored two goals in a 4-1 win over Newcastle. 

The Newcastle keeper was slightly responsible for Man United’s win as his errors were in the benefit of Ronaldo who capitalized on them ensuring his return lived up to the hype. The first goal he scored was a tap in after a tame effort bounced up into the Newcastle keeper who pushed it into Ronaldo’s path. For his second goal he showed his pace of old as he bursted into the box to slott the ball through the keeper’s legs. We can’t see him slow down anytime soon so get him in your team now but he doesn’t come cheap.

Ronaldo is 36 years and 218 days making him the second oldest player to score a brace in the Prem after Graham Alexander did it for Burnley who was 38 years 182 days old at the time. 

Romelu Lukaku (£11.6m)

Another player returning to his former club is Romelu Lukaku who has already produced the goods on his return when he bossed the Arsenal defence in gameweek 2. He made up for not scoring last weekend by scoring two in a 3-0 win over Aston Villa. The big man looked sharp, strong and rapid in the game giving us hope that he will end up scoring 20+ goals this season. His first goal came from a half break by his team mate Mateo Kovačić who put in a delightful through ball for Lukaku to run onto to which he did and then turned the defender and beat the keeper with a shot using his weaker foot. His second goal was the final nail in the coffin for Villa when on a break he ended up with the ball on the edge of the opposition’s box and he coolly picked out the top left hand corner. It appears his time away from the Premier League has done him some good as he returned in top form and we believe he will reach his full potential this season. For £0.9 cheaper than Ronaldo he could be better value for money. 

Edouard Mendy (£6.0m)

Chelsea beating Villa 3-0 doesn’t quite tell the story of the match as Villa were far from being pushovers. At the other end of the pitch, the Chelsea goalkeeper was a key in their win over Villa, he made countless good saves to ensure they got the clean sheet. Mendy has 3 clean sheets so far this season and would have had more if it wasn’t for a 1-1 draw at Liverpool. Chelsea are definitely title contenders this season and you need to have a solid keeper if you want to challenge and with Mendy they have that in bundles. Furthermore Thomas Tuchel has gotten Antonio Rüdiger, Thiago Silva, César Azpilicueta and Marco Alsono playing sensationally at the back adding another layer to Chelsea’s defense. 

Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m)

Jurgen Klopp recently commented that Trent Alexander-Arnold is the best left back in the world and the way he is playing it’s hard to argue against. His perfect delivery means he takes freekicks and corners which is so valuable for fantasy football. Not only is he good in dead ball situations he is also very capable in open play, as he storms down the left to overlap his team mate to be able to produce great balls into the box which are very inviting for the forwards at Liverpool. So far this season he has 3 clean sheets and 2 assists and with their recent 3-0 over Leeds Liverpool look to be reproducing their title winning form. 

Paul Pogba (£7.7m)

Pogba is generally a frustrating figure to United fans as he’s either very poor or extremely good and capable of producing moments of magic. Ole Gunnar Solskjær has made several signings that have strengthened the squad adding more depth and class to United, perhaps this is the reason that Pogba is playing well as he has more confidence in his teammates. So far this season Pogba has a whopping 7 assists  which is no surprise as he has the ability to pick out teammates wherever he is on the pitch. The main reason for selecting him for your team is his cheap asking price and if he can keep up his performances he’ll be a great return on investment. 

Alisson Becker (£6.0m)

Another goalkeeper worth bearing in mind for selection is Alisson Becker for Liverpool, now from his accolades it’s no surprise he is a top keeper. Last year he didn’t have his best season but with the return of his centre back rock Virgil van Dijk as well as other key squad members, Liverpool are making a real challenge for the title and as you know to win the Prem you need to have a solid defense which they now have in spades. Becker has earned 3 clean sheets out of a possible 4 which isn’t bad at all. If Klopp can keep his team fit then choosing Becker for your team could be a smart decision indeed. 

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