Premier League Gameweek 3: Champs and Chumps

Wayne Rooney of Manchester United competes with Jordi Amat of Swansea City during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford on August 16, 2014 in Manchester, England.

Every week, we at Daily Fantasy Focus analyse the big hitters and wide misses of the weekend’s Premier League action.

 

Champs

 

Callum Wilson

GW3 PlayON Points: 4,350

PlayON Price: 7.8m

Bournemouth scored a whopping 98 goals in the Championship last season and a decent proportion of those – 20 in fact – were put away by the impressive 23 year old striker Callum Wilson. The young Englishman counted as PlayON’s leading performer in Gameweek 3 and did so by some margin – scoring an outstanding tally of 4,350 points.

His abilities as both a poacher and a powerful line-leading forward were on show in a 4-3 slugfest at Upton Park. His first was a classic side foot finish and the second was an opportunistic pounce on lacklustre defending from West Ham’s backline. Outsmarting Carl Jenkinson to win a penalty for his third, Wilson claimed a man of the match performance that is sure to see his value skyrocket over the coming weeks.

The West Ham game may have skewed the stats, but Wilson now ranks top among his contemporaries for touches in the box with 32 in total, while his goal conversion rate – 42% – only trails Jermaine Defoe – 50% – among strikers with more than one goal this campaign. It remains to be seen whether Wilson proves to be the 2015/16 version of Charlie Adams or Danny Ings for consistent goal threat or if he’ll become more of a burst striker.

What is clear is that with a current selection rate of 21%, several PlayON managers are holding out for a similar performance against Leicester in Gameweek 4.

 

James Morrison

GW3 PlayON Points: 3,590

PlayON Price: 7.8m

As rare as it sounds, James Morrison was just inches away from sealing a hat-trick against Chelsea in Gameweek 3. The Scotland international often gains inclusion across all forms fantasy football due to cheapness and his ability set-piece taker. That said, Morrison missed his set-piece opportunity – Courtois denying a penalty – but scored arguably two more difficult efforts.

The Baggies showed promise in defeat – the play of new signing Saloman Rondon in particular gave encouragement – and following a difficult round of opening fixtures, they may fancy getting something out of ex-Pulis acolytes Stoke City this Saturday.

 

Petr Cech

GW3 PlayON Points: 2,345

PlayON Price: 7.6m

Cech exorcised his opening day troubles to dominant effect in Gameweek 3, keeping Arsenal in the game and safely guiding them to a point in the process. The Czech international was heralded in many quarters as a signing that would bring Arsenal up to the required level of competition, and would enable them to challenge the likes of Chelsea and City for the league title. Following this showing, Cech has given a timely reminder that he could very well be that key player.

The stopper is second only to Stoke’s Jack Butland for saves in the penalty area with nine to his name so far. That stat may dispel any notion that he’s lacking the necessary reactions. Facing a middling Newcastle away, he’ll now be strongly favoured to come up trumps once more on Saturday.

 

Chumps

 

Carl Jenkinson

GW3 PlayON Points: -480

PlayON Price: £6.9m

Carl Jenkinson let down many a fantasy manager in Gameweek 3 – including his real life coach Slaven Bilic – to effectively end West Ham’s comeback opportunity, while also consolidating a dismal defensive display for his daily fantasy selectors.

Whether this was a particularly bad day at the office for Jenkinson et al, or further proof of Bilic’s defensive laxness, the Hammers look a far less impressive backline unit at present despite the purchase of Ogbonna and the already existing good standard of players in those positions.

Don’t expect them to drastically improve in this department for a visit to Liverpool in Gameweek 4.

 

John Terry

GW3 PlayON Points: -330

PlayON Price: £8.6m

The past few games have not exactly covered John Terry in glory and his position as Mourinho’s trusted lieutenant could be challenged for the first time ever in their cosy partnership. Terry’s lack of pace was badly exposed as he saw red for a clumsy take down of Saloman Rondon early in the second half, putting Chelsea under extreme pressure to seal the win.

As Chelsea step up their pursuit of John Stones and as Kurt Zouma is increasingly called upon to fill a variety of defensive and midfield roles, how assured is the Chelsea captain and figurehead’s position? Is it tenable? We won’t find out until Gameweek 5.

Wayne Rooney

GW3 PlayON Points: 1,150

PlayON Price: £13.7m

This is the second week running that we’ve featured the England captain in this article, but it’s with just cause.

Rooney has really showed nothing so far this season to suggest that he is the man to provide the necessary goals for United to mount a legitimate assault on the title.
Despite the wealth of possession and dominance shown by United in the opening half, Rooney never provided the necessary outlet in his pace or movement to break the deadlock. You’d never bet against the man to score goals, but at his cost and current form, Rooney is anything but a bankable striker at this moment in time.
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