We run through the very best and very worst of the Premier League’s fantasy performers for Gameweek 3.
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
PlayON Price: £10.7m
PlayON Points: 3150
When Pep Guardiola touched down in Manchester, it was intriguing to learn that possibly his first order of business was to begin a rebuild of Raheem Sterling. “I know you are a good player and you are a big part of my plans” he told the 21 year old back in June and on Saturday’s evidence, Sterling is repaying this faith.
He was close to his 2013-14 Liverpool heights on Saturday, starring in a man of the match performance and putting his name on the scoresheet on two occasions while generally looking like City’s most promising player. This was particularly evident in his silky combination play with Nolito and Aguero. The latter’s potential ban aside, this looks like the beginning of a seriously effective attacking trident. As a result, and with more touches in the box -33- than any other Premier League player this season, expect the young Englishman’s fantasy demand to rise.
Shay Given (Stoke City)
PlayON Price: £6.3m
PlayON Points: 2550
With Jack Butland out of the picture for another few weeks at least, question marks were hanging over Stoke’s defensive capabilities and in particular the abilities of a 40 year old Shay Given to keep goal.
Once among the finest keepers in the Premier League, the past four seasons have been fairly forgettable for the Irishman, in Gameweek 3 though he rolled back his considerable years to put in a man of the match display against Everton. All the more remarkable when you learn that not only did Stoke lose 1-0, but Given effectively scored the winning goal for the opposition through an unfortunate penalty rebound. Given made eight saves across the 90 minutes and rescued Stoke from a hiding. Stoke’s poor backline this season means that not too many fantasy managers will be stumping for Given in their starting XIs, but the performance in and of itself was impressive and worth a commendable 2,550 PlayON points.
Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
PlayON Price: £14.1m
PlayON Points: 2455
Three games down, three wins.
It’s been gradual momentum for Antonio Conte in the Premier League and on Saturday, Chelsea sealed their finest victory so far. The style and swagger in which they executed their 3-0 victory was in no small part down the scintillating play of their two widemen, Willian and Eden Hazard. The Belgian was truly on song and capped his performance with a trademark strike, cutting in off the left hand side.
He finished last season strongly and has started this campaign in even better form – Hazard now has six goals from his last eight Premier League games and it’s clear that Conte is getting the absolute maximum from him.
Sebastian Prodl (Watford)
PlayON Price: £6.2m
PlayON Points: -225
Perhaps as a result of Walter Mazzarri’s insistence on three in the backline, Sebastian Prodl struggled to keep the Arsenal onslaught at bay as Arsene Wenger’s men cruised to a 3-1 victory at Vicarage Road.
One of the best defenders in the league for much of last season, Prodl looked uncomfortable for much of the 90 and enabled Alexis Sanchez to maintain his good fortune against the Hornets, as he lead the charge with a goal and assist.
Tough fixtures to West Ham and Manchester United mean that at this moment in time, Watford look a defensive liability, and Prodl’s fantasy potential is thereby hindered.
Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)
PlayON Price: £12.4m
PlayON Points: 10
It’s looking like Daniel Sturridge’s position in this Liverpool set-up is increasingly at risk.
As soon as Sadio Mane was deemed fit, he reclaimed his position in Jurgen Klopp’s attack and outdid Sturridge’s Gameweek 2 showing in nearly every single department. Once the Englishman’s injury worries were keeping him out of the team, now it’s his perceived lack of application and workrate.
He bemoaned Klopp’s deployment of him on the right of the attack last time out, so against Spurs he was demoted to the bench. As a fantasy option, Sturridge is currently a no-go zone.
Tom Heaton (Burnley)
PlayON Price: £6.1m
PlayON Points: 900
Burnley set up their stall superbly at Turf Moor where they conquered Liverpool in Gameweek 2 but their 3-0 defeat to Chelsea was an altogether different experience. The Clarets were unable to suppress a relentless Chelsea attack and it was Tom Heaton who ultimately paid the price, watching three goals sail past him and into the net.
The England international managed six saves in total but ran out with a relatively disappointing total of 900 PlayON points.