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Looking ahead to Fantasy Football Gameweek 3, @FantasyYIRMA has frisked the fixtures to try and make sense of where the points are going to come from in this week's games.
And so here we are going into Gameweek 3. It's a sad state of affairs that there are only 360 matches remaining in the Premier League this season. It's also statistically accurate that if Huddersfield win their remaining 36 Premier League matches they will stroll to the title. At this point in the article - everything is statistically accurate BUT it's all downhill from here! Follow us on twitter @FantasyYIRMA
Following Gameweek 1 Jamie Vardy apparently punched a wall. Earlier this week Jack Wilshere lost his head and got sent off in an Arsenal U23's match against Manchester City. Both acts of aggression could have be seen as over the top, but let me bring you back to Gameweek 2. Last week Kyle Walker managed to get himself sent off and Marcos Alonso scored twice. If you were one of the unlucky ones who either,
(A) Had Kyle Walker
(B) Benched Alonso
(C) Didn't have Alonso
Or the Holy Grail that is
(D) Had Alonso for gameweek 1 and sold him after a slow start for Walker then you have my sympathy. Physically punching yourself afterwards would have been deemed understandable.
All of this is simply a massively long winded intro to say pick Ryan Bertrand from Southampton this week. I fancy Southampton away to Huddersfield. The Terriers themselves have had a great start to the season but I think they could find it tough against the Saints. In addition if playing Yahoo Daily Fantasy it's worth keeping in mind that you get additional points for crosses, shots, passes, interceptions and a bonus 100 points if any player ever re-enacts the Cantona Kung Fu Kick into the crowd from 1995. (I may possibly have made that last bit up)
Regardless, the realisation that the Cantona incident was more than 22 years ago has now made me feel like a massively old fart, so I'd like to move on.
Basically - Bertrand to do well this week. He's a great stats based defender popping up with some of the highest attempted crosses and assisted shots in the league from a defensive position.
In addition - there's a shit load of fight references in this first section so the Bible Boys are bound to be able to slip in a betting link for Mayweather Vs McGregor somewhere...So there's that
In midfield there are countless options. Arsenal take on Liverpool and literally any one of 5 or 6 key midfielders could rack up points this week. If I was forced to pick one I'd actually punt for Ozil. Often criticised his stats always back him up even if his perceived performance doesn't. With Alexis Sanchez back this week potentially this matchup has goals all over it.
I was toying with the idea of putting Gylfi Sigurdsson in midfield this week as Everton take on Chelsea and they've conceded in both so far...and I was tempted to take a punt on James McArthur following his return to fitness and goals in the midweek
Coca Cola, Worthington, Carling, Capital One, Carabao... The bloody League Cup you know the one I'm talking about but again decided against it.
A lot has been said about Manchester City's KDB not firing yet in the league but it's his team mate David Silva that has looked dangerous so far this season. His forward play means that he is easily sitting in the top 5 in the league for number of accurate passes in addition to key passes at this point in the season. His price point is lower than KDB making it a more interesting proposition also, and I think it could be a good week for City forwards against Bournemouth and someone has to assist them.
And he shaved his head in an attempt to suck up to City boss Pep Guardiola which for me demonstrates a huge determination to play more games... So there's that
OK folks, up front and it's feeling a bit Déjà vu now.
Here's the deal. I put Harry Kane in my Pre-season post. I put Harry Kane in my Gameweek 1 post and followed it up with putting Harry Kane in my Gameweek 2 post. We are now at Gameweek 3 and I'm not going to lie to you; I am a stubborn bastard at the best of times so I am going to put Harry Kane in as my forward pick in this post.
To be perfectly honest, I am considering picking Harry Kane for every gameweek this season. Let me put this into perspective - If God forbid Harry Kane stubs his toe on a fridge freezer and is ruled out injured for 4 months I will still consider him as a viable option.
Harry Kane is leading the league in terms of shots 14 in total - averaging 7 per game for you Carol Vorderman numbers fans out there. There is this whole thing about him having not scored in August yet and I've covered my arse here by putting him in my team and also placing a bet that he will remain without a goal this month. Win Win.
Regardless - Spurs take on Burnley this weekend and I have a sneaking suspicion that he'll finally get off the mark in this fixture.
And besides - everyone already has Romelu Lukaku - So there's that!
Written by Ryan @FantasyYIRMA
FantasyYIRMA started in 2012 as one of the first Fantasy Football blog accounts focused primarily on news and previews for the Premier League. Now after covering 192 consecutive Fantasy Premier League gameweeks we have a slight idea of what we're talking about however feel we could've qualified as essentially anything else if the time had been spent more productively
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