The FPL Draft waiver deadline for Gameweek 3 is today, so here is our timely round up of who they top performers have been so far, and who we expect to perform in weeks to come.
Current FPL Top Point Scorers
- Sterling 26
- Pukki 24
- Barnes & KDB 18
- Digne & Lundstram 17
- Rashford 19
- Mina 16
- Salah & Pieters & Mahrez & Kane 15
A lot of the top performers so far are the usual customers, with the exception of Lundstram, Pieters and Mahrez, who might drop off this list as the season goes on.
We were initially sceptical about Lundstram, but we did a deep dive into his career. Of the 250+ games he has played, he has almost never played in defence! And will sometimes adopt an attacking role at Sheffield Utd.
Waiver Targets – by position, both teams and individuals:
With the waiver deadline being 7pm today, we look specifically at the teams and players to watch out for this week.
Defence – Clean Sheet Odds for GW3:
Looking at the bookies odds for clean sheets this week, there always tends to be some defenders available on the waiver wire. Davinson Sanchez might be available for Spurs who are favourites to keep a clean sheet this week.
It is also worth looking at Evans or Soyuncu this week from Leicester, who have a decent 40% chance of keeping a clean sheet.
At this point we expect the entire Man City back line to be taken, if anyone from their defence is available – take them! There are also reports that Benjamin Mendy is back in training, who racked up an astonishing amount of points from attacking returns at the beginning of last season.
Wolves are also 48% likely to keep a clean sheet. The likes of Jonny, Doherty and Boly are likely to be taken, but it is worth chancing your luck with someone like Coady or Bennett.
The bookies odds of keeping a clean sheet are:
Aston Villa 23% Everton 32%
Norwich 17% Chelsea 35%
Brighton 36% Southampton 31%
Man U 54% Crystal Palace 13%
Sheffield 29% Leicester 40%
Watford 31% West Ham 23%
Liverpool 39% Arsenal 13%
Bournemouth 8% Man City 52%
Spurs 57% Newcastle 9%
Wolves 48% Burnley 24%
Attack – Anytime goalscorer odds:
We look ahead again at the bookies odds, this time for goals scored at any time.
Given Man City’s dominance over Bournemouth in recent years, 3 city players are more likely to score than not. Guardiola looks much more willing to give Gabriel Jesus minutes this year, and he might be available in your waiver wire. With a anytime goal scoring chance of 57% he is worth a pick as your second striker.
The bookies are not calling Pukki’s goalscoring form a fluke, putting him at a 51% chance to score against Chelsea on the weekend.
Recently picking up 9pts, with 2 bonus points and a point for saves, Sheffield, much like last year look tight at the back. We can see them keeping a few clean sheets this year, but are still not convinced they will score enough goals.
Their next 4 fixtures are also quite tough, although there is potential for 1 clean sheet – LEI(H), CHE(A), SOU(H), EVE(A)
The Sheffield Utd defender achieved 14 points this GW, with a goal + 3bps. As mentioned, he is definitely not a defender and could see some attacking returns as well as clean sheets. It is worth bearing in mind that Sheffield Utd have a bad run of fixtures – LEI(H), CHE(A), SOU(H), EVE(A), LIV(H) – they could get a goal or assist but wouldn’t be one I’d hold onto him for any length of time.
Everton are the only team to keep back to back clean sheets, and Yerry Mina seems to be a bonus point magnet, already picking up 4bps in his last 2 games.
Brighton play Southampton, if you’re looking for a way into the Brighton defence this could be an option, with the bookies giving a 36% chance of a clean sheet.
The left back has not provided any returns yet, but does look to have secured the LB spot and once Rudiger returns to the Chelsea back line, he will be a valuable asset with Chelsea being much more likely to keep clean sheets.
The new number 8 seems to be staking his claim as a starting number 10 for Arsenal, replacing Ozil. In the last 2 games he has been at the centre of play, providing technical quality, directness and a creative spark. He returned 11 points this GW, with 2 assists and 3bps. Although it is worth bearing in mind that both assists were slightly fortunate to be accredited to him, so maybe cannot expect those returns every week.
The wide man is one of 4 key points returners for Burnley, picking up his first return of the season (assist). He could be one to pick up for after the international break as his fixtures before are tough – Burnley play WOL(A) and LIV(H) then BHA(A), NOR(H), AVL(A), EVE(H)
The creative midfielder seems to be a favourite of manager Frank Lampard, and managed to nick a goal in Chelsea’s sturdy, but slow game against Leicester. He scored 10 points this GW with 1 goal + 3bps, and may continue this form this weekend against Norwich.
While the attention is on hat-trick hero Pukki, Todd Cantwell looked very lively against Newcastle and is not shy to enter the opposition area. He managed 10 points this gameweek with 2 assists + 2bps. He also looks nailed on to start. Scoring goals isn’t a problem with Norwich, but don’t rely on them for clean sheets.
Scoring 8 points this GW, with 1 assist + 2bps, Manuel Lanzini looks to be the most settled in West Ham’s front 4. He possesses excellent dribbling ability (hence the bonus points) and has a good run of fixtures coming up – WAT(A), NOR(H), AVI(A), MAN(H)
Trossard was handed his first start of the season and repaid the favour with 7 points, scoring a goal. He signed from Genk (Belgium) and is 24 years old, reaching his prime. Last season he scored 11 goals + 4 assists in 24 appearances – so definitely a midfielder to consider.
Pukki, the name on everyone’s lips! Last week he gave notice to every FPL Draft manager with a hat-trick + 3bps, equalling 17 points as well as scoring 7pts in GW1. This puts him second overall behind Sterling. Norwich however have a tough run of fixtures coming up, so we will see how sustainable this is – the next fixtures are Chelsea (H), West Ham (A), Man City (H), Burnley (A).