32 Flags 2015-16 EPL Fantasy Preview – Week 3

During every week of the English Premier League, we will provide an EPL fantasy preview the day before the start of the games as well as a recap the day after. Feel free to use this as a guide to make those last minute roster moves or to avoid who we pick as you make your team.

 

Week 3 is here. Teams are now beginning to separate from each other so it’s now a big week for everyone depending on where you stand. If you’re near the top, it’s a weekend to maintain and strengthen that lead. If you’re near the bottom, it’s a weekend where you have to try some things to catch up before it gets worse.

 

1) Mark – T12th place (+5 positions) – 47 points last week – 84 points total

GK – Simon Mignolet – Liverpool
DEF – Phil Jagielka – Everton
DEF – Nathaniel Clyne – Liverpool
DEF – Jose Fonte – Southampton
MID – Eden Hazard (captain) – Chelsea
MID – Juan Mata – Manchester United
MID – Jordan Henderson – Liverpool
MID – Nacer Chadli – Tottenham
FW – Harry Kane – Tottenham
FW – Wayne Rooney – Manchester United
FW – Graziano Pelle – Southampton

Mark is keeping things the same this week. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it is the motto here.

 

2) Jeff – T18th place (+36 positions) – 57 points this week – 81 points total

GK – Lukasz Fabianski – Swansea
DEF – Joel Ward – Crystal Palace
DEF – Angelo Ogbonna – West Ham
DEF – Aleksandar Kolarov – Manchester City
MID – Ibrahim Afellay – Stoke
MID – Yaya Toure – Manchester City
MID – Jordan Henderson – Liverpool
MID – Santi Cazorla – Arsenal
MID – Cheikhou Kouyate – West Ham
FW – Harry Kane (captain) – Tottenham
FW – Christian Benteke – Liverpool

Transfers: Nacer Chadli for Yaya Toure, Branislav Ivanovic for Joel Ward and Per Mertesacker for Aleksandar Kolarov. Used Wildcard.

Jeff used his wildcard and made some fine changes to his lineup. After moving up from close to the worst to being in the top half of the field, this is to try to get into the top ten.

 

3) Josh H. – 23rd place (+27 positions) – 58 points this week – 79 points total

GK – Jack Butland – Stoke
DEF – Vincent Kompany – Manchester City
DEF – Micah Richards – Aston Villa
DEF – Ashley Williams – Swansea
DEF – Branislav Ivanovic – Chelsea
MID – Aaron Ramsey – Arsenal
MID – David Silva – Manchester City
MID – Victor Wanyama – Southampton
MID – Gylfi Sigurdsson – Swansea
FW – Christian Benteke – Liverpool
FW – Wayne Rooney (captain) – Manchester United

Josh hasn’t made many changes to his lineup and didn’t make any transfers. Seems pretty satisfied with his lineup.

 

4) Evan – T34th place (-10 positions) – 35 points this week – 70 points total

GK – Sergio Romero – Manchester United
DEF – Neil Taylor – Swansea
DEF – Gary Cahill – Chelsea
DEF – Wes Morgan – Leicester City
DEF – Laurent Koscielny – Arsenal
MID – Nacer Chadli – Tottenham
MID – Jordan Henderson (captain) – Liverpool
MID – Christian Eriksen – Tottenham
MID – Dusan Tadic – Southampton
FW – Saido Bernahino – West Brom
FW – Harry Kane – Tottenham

Transfers: Neil Taylor for Branislav Ivanovic

Evan is keeping things mostly status quo right now. Having Jordan Henderson as captain poses as a risk since Liverpool is struggling to score and Liverpool is going against Arsenal but that may change.

 

5) Andy – T36th place (-5 positions) – 37 points this week – 69 points total

GK – Joe Hart – Manchester City
DEF – Branislav Ivanovic – Chelsea
DEF – Martin Skrtel – Liverpool
DEF – Chris Smalling – Manchester United
MID – Nacer Chadli – Tottenham
MID – Christian Eriksen – Tottenham
MID – Raheem Sterling (captain) – Manchester City
MID – Roberto Firmino – Liverpool
FW – Troy Deeney – Watford
FW – Saido Bernahino – West Brom
FW – Harry Kane – Tottenham

Transfers: Chris Smalling for Daryl Janmaat

Dipping into the Manchester United defender pool, Andy is calling up Chris Smalling to start in hopes of a third clean sheet in a row.

 

6) Josh E. – 38th place (+3 positions) – 40 points this week – 68 points total

GK – Joe Hart – Manchester City
DEF – Vincent Kompany – Manchester City
DEF – Phil Jagielka – Everton
DEF – Nathaniel Clyne – Liverpool
DEF – Wes Morgan – Leicester City
MID – Eden Hazard (captain) – Chelsea
MID – Santi Cazorla – Arsenal
MID – Nacer Chadli – Tottenham
MID – Marc Albrighton – Leicester City
FW – Harry Kane – Tottenham
FW – Diego Costa – Chelsea

Transfers: Vincent Kompany for John Terry, Marc Albrighton for Ki Sung-Yeung

Josh is making a couple moves namely by taking out the struggling John Terry for Vincent Kompany. Hopefully for Josh, Kompany continues his run.

 

7) Phillip – 59th place (no change) – 21 points this week – 37 points total

GK – Sergio Romero – Manchester United
DEF – Luke Shaw – Manchester United
DEF – Aleksandar Kolarov – Manchester City
DEF – Vincent Kompany – Manchester City
MID – Andre Ayew – Swansea
MID – Riyad Mahrez – Leicester City
MID – Marc Albrighton – Leicester City
MID – Ross Barkley – Everton
FW – Sergio Aguero (captain) – Manchester City
FW – Bafetimbi Gomis – Swansea
FW – Olivier Giroud – Arsenal

Transfers: Simon Mignolet for Thibaut Courtois, Sergio Romero for Adrian, Aleksandar Kolarov for Joleon Lescott, Vincent Kompany for Branislav Ivanovic, Luke Shaw for John Terry, Riyad Mahrez for Philippe Coutinho, Marc Albrighton for Santi Cazorla, Andre Ayew for Jason Puncheon, Ross Barkley for Jack Colback, Bafetimbi Gomis for Graziano Pelle, Sergio Aguero for Aleksandar Mitrovic and Olivier Giroud for Harry Kane. (Obviously) Used wildcard.

Being in last place, I have to do something and something big. Only two players remained on the team (Phil Jagielka and Eric Dier) and this weeks starting XI is completely new. I can’t really do any worse than the last two weeks so here’s the new, and hopefully improved, lineup. More than likely, you may want to pick up everyone who I dropped because with my luck, they’re getting huge points this weekend.

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