Luke Daniels (£4m): With West Brom’s Ben Foster sidelined for up to three months, Daniels offers a very cheap option into one of the league’s more sturdier – and expensive – defences. Daniels should get at least 10 games under his belt before Foster’s return, starting with a home game against a tired looking Swansea City. There’s a real saving to be made here if you want points to spend further up the pitch.
James Collins (£4.5m): West Ham United are yet to concede a goal this season and look a real attractive defensive prospect. The Welshman is the cheapest defender in that solid back four. Collins solid displays often earn him bonus points, and a home game against Stoke this weekend is a real opportunity for a clean sheet.
Aaron Hughes (£4.5m): While an away game against Newcastle may not seem the ideal opportunity to pick up a clean sheet, keep in mind that the Toon are yet to score this season and look short of confidence. The real attraction here is Fulham’s great run of home games coming up against weaker opposition.
Matija Nastasic (£5.5m): The Serbian’s return to fitness coincides with what looks like on paper a guaranteed clean sheet. Nastasic return will strengthen a weakened defence with Garcia looking completely out of place at centre-half. Manchester City will be looking to bounce back after defeat to Cardiff City, and a home game against Hull could see the Tigers put to the sword.
Andros Townsend (£5.5m): Townsend is the league’s leading dribbler with over four-a-game, with plenty of final ball quality and an eye for goal. He looks a real talent. He produced two man-of-the-match performances in his previous two outings and the Spurs man is bound to be full of confidence fresh from his England call-up. While an away trip to The Emirates might seem daunting, these games are usually end to end, and expect plenty of goals from both sides.
James Ward-Prowse (£4.5m): The Southampton youngster, deployed on the right of an advanced midfield three, has already demonstrated his attacking flair in his previous two starts. Keeping the likes of Gastón Ramírez out of the starting XI is a testament to this young man’s talent and the faith his manager places in him. Ward-Prowse leads the league in crosses delivered into the box, his crossing ability has even earned him a share of Southampton’s set-piece deliveries. That’s excellent news considering the presence of Rickie Lambert and Pablo Osvaldo in the box.
Olivier Giroud (£8.6m): The Arsenal man looks in fine form with two goals from two games already. A home game against Tottenham promises to be an open encounter with plenty of opportunities for goals.
Sergio Aguero (£11.1m): There was uncertainty whether the Argentine would start with Manchester City’s recent transfer signings. Aguero has provided a goal and two assists already in a potent looking forward-line. A home game against newly-promoted Hull City should see ample opportunity for points.
Wayne Rooney (£10.5m): With a price tag lower than its been for years, Rooney looks an excellent alternative to the pricey Robin van Persie. Rooney’s performance against Chelsea banished any doubts about his form or attitude, and two assists against Swansea demonstrated the star man’s ability to earn points. He remains one of the few form strikers yet to have a price increase, could be worth picking him up before this changes.
The obvious picks here are Manchester City players. However. it would be wise to be wary of picking Edin Dzeko, an early substitution and a goal for his replacement Alvaro Negredo could see him lose his starting spot with a manager looking to change things up after their loss. David Silva and Aguero represent safer options. Arsenal players offer another option for those shy on City players. Expect plenty of goals in an open game in The Emirates.
Our expert’s advice is to avoid all Arsenal and Tottenham defenders for gameweek three. Historically these encounters tend to be high scoring and expect both sides to concede at least one.
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