Here’s our fantasy premier league midfielders GW3 article where we give our midfield player rankings for GW3. There’s a table of information and discussion on some players of interest
fantasy premier league midfielders GW3 – player rankings for midfielders
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Important note before going further
As I did for the defender player rankings I’ve used last years stats to rank the players and provide PPMs but updated them depending on events that happened in GW2. I’ve added latest anytime goal scorer and fixture ease stats. It will be 6 gameweeks before I move to totally 20/21 stats.
I’ve already done the defender rankings
Player values are as of Thursday the 24th
The schedule ranked by midfielders underlying stats over the season
Here is the link to the google spreadsheet. You can go to file>make a copy and then sort it how you like.
Ignore the numbering. Players have been removed due to injury, gametime risk or no longer in the league.
New players to the league
Here I’ve used their previous clubs stats but not tried to turn those into premier league stats.
It will be 6 gameweeks before I move to totally 20/21 stats
Discussion on a few players for GW3
Salah and Mane
I personally think it’s worth having 1 of the 2 in your team as they both justify their high price on last seasons stats even before you factor in captain thinking. I personally prefer Salah as he shoots more and has penalty duties but there’s very little in the underlying stats even with Salah’s penalty bump.
De Bruyne and Sterling
Again I would have 1 of these in my team. Sterling is a goalscoring midfielder whereas De Bruyne is an assist based midfielder with penalty duties. De Bruyne’s likely template ownership and penalties is what sways it for me.
Arguably the best combination of last seasons underlying stats, fixtures and bookies odds for the next fixture
Mahrez and Foden
I’ve said before that Foden is exceptional value and only ranked as low as he is as last season he averaged 39 minutes per game. Give him anything like 70 minutes average on last season underlying stats and you’ve got someone who would prove real value for money. Mahrez despite only averaging 59 minutes last season was proving value for money even on those numbers. The problem is these 2 could share the RW position which Foden occupied in a 4-2-3-1 vs Wolves and played the 90.
In 130 minutes in the PL has yet to take a shot and has only made 1 key pass. Played a variety of attacking midfield positions and as a forward with Leverkusen all of which were pretty productive. Way to early to be written off and if you have him please do not sell him before WBA and if you want to gamble on him now is the time to do it
The £5.6m midfielder has played as a forward in the last 2 games registering decent minutes and producing 2 assists. So far it’s difficult to get 2 carried away with the underlying stats as the 2 assists came from admittedly 3 quality key passes and it’s only 2 shots in those 2 games.
However the real reason to be positive is not only the position but the quite amazing underlying stats he produced in 19/20 playing as a wide forward. Admittedly on small minutes but still. With the fixtures he’s definitely worth a punt
In the hunt for the £4.5m midfielder that isn’t just a card swallowing kick merchant having a midfielder who played 90 minutes as a striker is really worth looking at. He didn’t have a shot or key pass but this was 10 vs 11 after Egan’s early sending off. It’s only 1 game though and Wilder isn’t known for consistency of selection in the midfield or forward positions.
A fixture ease schedule for attacking players
Here’s a graphic where the teams are ranked by the ease of the defences they face over the next 6 gameweeks.