With the English Premier League kicking off its 2020-21 season, the Fantasy Premier League is back and running as football fans get down with permutations and combinations to pick their ideal team. While most of the big guns are yet to fire after the first two game-weeks, some of the mid-table club stars have already started to shine.
Here we bring you five such value-for-money players who could fit well into your Fantasy Premier League team for Gameweek 3.
ALEKSANDAR MITROVIC (Fulham)
After coming on from the bench in Fulham’s season opener against Arsenal, Aleksandar Mitrovic is now staring at regular starts in the first eleven Under Scott Parker. The Serbian forward ended as the top-scorer in the Championship last season with 26 goals for Fulham, and the Cottagers will be pinning their hopes on their star striker this time as well.
Mitrovic has already put his scoring boots on as he scored a brace in Fulham’s 3-4 loss to Leeds United last week, where he fetched 12 points in 90 minutes. The low-profile striker costs £6.0 and fits the bill perfectly for a three or two-man forward formation.
MASON GREENWOOD (Manchester United)
Though Mason Greenwood isn’t really cheap at £7.5, the youngster’s knack for scoring goals and vision to provide for his teammates makes him a long-term option. Getting his big break last season under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Mason Greenwood had earned an impressive 103 points in the Fantasy Premier League.
The 18-year-old returned with 13 goals to his name and added 17 bonus points to tally 103 points last season. With Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial ahead of him in the pecking order, picking him wasn’t a wise option in the season opener. However, after Mason Greenwood’s EFL Carabao Cup performance against Luton Town, his price is expected to rise in the coming weeks and warrants an instant buy.
PHIL FODEN (Manchester City)
Greenwood’s partner-in-crime, Phil Foden has gelled beautifully in Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. With Cityzens seeing their full-backs continuously struggle with injuries, Foden had gotten an early break. The 20-year-old midfielder has quickly cemented his place in Guardiola’s team, beating some of the best talents across Europe.
He was handed a start in Manchester City’s first match of the 2020-21 season and the midfielder returned with a goal to his name that got him nine points. Though Foden was getting handed match time quite occasionally after his brilliant FIFA U-17 World Cup campaign with England, it was only last season that he really came of age.
Playing 888 minutes, Foden earned 69 points, scoring five goals and assisting two. We expect to see him more this time and his price tag of £6.5 doesn’t do justice to his talent.
DANIEL CASTELO PODENCE (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
After moving to Wolverhampton Wanderers from Greek side Olympiacos in the last winter transfer window, Daniel Podence struggled to adapt to life in England straight away. However, half a season and months of lockdown later, the Portuguese international has finally found his footing. With Diogo Jota off to Liverpool, the midfielder has become a regular in the Premier League.
He has been used as an attacking midfielder as well as a centre forward in Wolves’ first two matches, and the midfielder has grabbed two assists. His versatility is commendable and his ability to play anywhere in the attacking third makes him a good Fantasy Premier League option.
Priced at £5.6, Podence is the one who could squeeze into your heavy midfield of Kevin De Bruyne, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and more.
EMILIANO MARTINEZ (Aston Villa)
Moving from Arsenal to Aston Villa, Emiliano Martinez has little time to take his place amongst Premier League’s regulars. Arsenal’s impressive ending to their 2019-20 season has already made Martinez realize his potential when he led the club all the way to a FA Cup title.
The North London club didn’t want to miss the chance to cash in on a player when he is on fire, and Aston Villa wants to make the best of the phase as well. The Argentine lived up to his transfer fee with a gigantic penalty save in his very first Aston Villa match against Sheffield United. His calm ball collection and communication make him a much better custodian than his current FPL price tag of £4.5 suggests.
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