In this FPL Gameweek 4 team reveal article, FPL Matthew reviews Gameweek 3 and shares his thoughts going into Gameweek 4.
With three top 500 finishes and a further six top 10k finishes, FPL Matthew writes his FPL Team Reveal article every Gameweek. He details his team selection, captain and transfer plans exclusively for Fantasy Football Hub members.
FPL Gameweek 3 Review
After two high-scoring weeks, it was back down to earth a bit this week with a score of 64 points. This resulted in an unwelcome red arrow from 119k to 142k overall rank.
However, I'm happy with my start this year, given that this time last season I was ranked at four million! My week was really saved by getting the captaincy choice right, with Michail Antonio (£7.9m) continuing his brilliant start to the season.
Here was my performance in full:
FPL Gameweek 4 Preview
Here is the Hub Fixture Ticker for the next four Gameweeks ordered from best to worst. This view shows projected league points, taking into account the quality of the teams themselves as well as their opponents.
If I switch it to just look at opponent difficulty (the traditional fixture ticker view) the picture changes as follows:
Wolves have been desperately unlucky to have started the season with three 1-0 defeats. Adama Traoré (£6.0m) and Francisco Trincão (£5.9m) have both looked very lively with no returns to show for it. With those upcoming fixtures, they could prove to be decent value.
Interestingly, Manchester United are also right up there in terms of fixtures. Meanwhile, at the other end of the scale, Aston Villa's honeymoon period is over as they embark on a hazardous set of match-ups.
Current Plans - FPL Gameweek 4 Team Reveal
This is how I'm currently set up going into Gameweek 4, prior to making any transfers.
Hopefully Ben White (£4.4m) will be back from his Covid absence to solidify the Arsenal defence, as well as mine, in what is now a must win game against Norwich.
I have some difficult fixtures scattered across my line-up, such as Raphinha (£6.5m) versus Liverpool (H) and Danny Ings (£8.1m) against Chelsea (a). However, both of them are capable of returns against any team.
Key Stats Ahead of FPL Gameweek 4
Now, lets look at some key player and team stats for the first few weeks to get an early idea of how things are going.
The Top Players from Gameweek 1-3
Here are the top players for Gameweeks 1-3 sorted by expected FPL points, and highlighting some other notable statistics.
As you can see from the photo above, Antonio's numbers have been off the charts so far, with the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£8.2m) - certainly helped by penalties.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m) and Mohammed Salah (£12.5m) have also been elite level in terms of underlying numbers as well, whilst Traoré's threat is also underlined here.
The Top Teams from Gameweek 1-3
Here are some key team stats, sorted by total shots in the box.
We can see how dominant Manchester City and Liverpool have been in attack so far, as well as this season's surprise package, West Ham. This table highlights Wolves' combination of wasteful finishing and bad luck.
My FPL Most Wanted List - Gameweek 4 Team Reveal
This is where I identify the FPL players who I am currently most considering bringing into my team. I'll also highlight who may be able to make way for them.
I update this list each week and this helps me to formulate a rough mental shortlist of potential moves.
Tino Livramento (£4.1m) - the young ex-Chelsea academy signing has looked impressive in his first few matches, playing 90 minutes on each occasion.
Out-list: Konstantinos Tsimikas (£4.1m) has been great so far but will find it difficult to keep his place with Andrew Robertson (£7.0m) now fit.
New: Ferran Torres (£7.1m) - this is probably dependent on Manchester City not pulling a last minute striker signing out of the bag. Yet the Spanish international could be a real bargain otherwise, so long as you can mentally handle the inevitable Pep Roulette!
New: Adama Traoré (£6.0m) - great underlying stats and has looked unplayable at times, can the upcoming fixtures turn this promise into returns? Can he find the end product?
New: Diogo Jota (£7.6m) - with Roberto Firmino (£8.8m) confirmed as injured, Jota immediately becomes a standout value option in this price bracket
Removed: Saïd Benrahma (£6.3m) - I brought him in this week.
Out-list: Bruno Fernandes (£12.1m) - it seems strange to include him here, particularly ahead of Newcastle (H) but will his talismanic effect be reduced with the entrance of Cristiano Ronaldo (TBC), together with him possibly being relieved of penalty duties? If I decide I want Ronaldo then I'd probably need to trade in his fellow Portuguese teammate.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£8.1m) - a regular in this list, he now seems to have added penalty-taking to his repertoire. This only makes him even more appealing, with a goal in each of his first three fixtures. Although it should be noted that he came off with an injury, so we need to watch out for that.
New: Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.5m) - one of the best players football has ever seen, it would be rude not to include him here.
Removed: Adam Armstrong (£6.0m) - nothing wrong with him, I'm just no longer in the market for a cheap striker.
Out-list: Danny Ings (£8.1m) - I still think he's a great pick but he's entering a difficult run of fixtures.
Transfer Plans - FPL Gameweek 4 Team Reveal
This week I have one free transfer and £0.2m in the bank.
We now go into a two-week international break, with all the usual associated injury worries. However, we now have the added uncertainty of players potentially having to quarantine upon their return from certain countries, or actually catching Covid,
Therefore, it's probably a good idea to hold off doing anything just yet...unless you're going to Wildcard.
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