By Neil Leverett
- New Fantasy Premier League season continues this weekend
- Every Gameweek we pick a budget forward, midfielder and defender
- Southampton, West Ham and Leicester offer up potential bargain picks for Gameweek 3
PREMIER LEAGUE – As the first international break of the season looms, we seek out Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 3’s bargain picks.
Adam Armstrong (6.0)
In attack this week we are throwing the Fantasy Premier League eggs into the Southampton basket in the shape of Adam Armstrong.
Not to be confused with namesake Stuart, the Englishman’s arrival in the summer from Blackburn looks to be a canny move from boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Scoring 49 goals in three seasons at Ewood Park, Armstrong hit the ground running on his more permanent Premier League return away to Everton – having been on the books of native Newcastle United between 2014 and 2018 – and is currently being molded into a false number nine on the South coast.
Having played every league minute of the campaign so far, both he and his attacking partner Che Adams have a goal apiece, however, Armstrong is a full 1.0 cheaper.
With a trip back to home turf and the North East in Gameweek 3, the Saints’ forward will be watched by family and friends at St. James’ Park, and we are banking on Armstrong causing havoc for a defence that have conceded six goals in two games, four of which came in their last home game.
A player inside the top 11 forwards in the FPL Threat index with 66.0 across two games, if you are seeking a cheap striking alternative, Adam Armstrong could tick many boxes.
Said Benrahma (6.1)
Next up is a midfielder whose rise in form is something of a surprise for some, for those that have watched him in The Championship over the past two seasons will not be surprised with Said Benrahma‘s electric start to the fantasy season.
As West Ham find themselves holding top spot in the league for first time in some considerable perios, the Irons’ creative schemer has been the West Ham fulcrum in midfield, already notching a goal and assist in each league outing so far.
Claiming a 12-point haul during successive Gameweeks, the Algerian is seeing his ownership sky-rocket, with a colossal 771,000+ new owners – more than teammate Michail Antonio – finding his 6.1 value too good to resist. Indeed, 22% of FPL players now have Benrahma in their ranks.
In Gameweek 3, West Ham look to make it maximum points from three at home to London neighbours Crystal Palace, and Benrahma is poised to pose problems for the Eagles.
With Aaron Cresswell for the large part on set-pieces duties, Benrahma’s effectiveness has been a tad subdued from what is might be, but even then, the winger-cum-number-10 has been one of the stand out players during the opening weeks of the new FPL season.
With free-kicks still up his sleeve also, Benrahma’s growing band of fans could be in for the spoils once more.
Daniel Amartey (4.1)
Cut-priced defenders have been a narrative during the first two weekends of FPL, and Leicester City’s Daniel Amartey is another who has cropped up on many a radar and will do so again in Gameweek 3.
As the Foxes early buoyancy was deflated by defeat to the high-flying Hammers last week, Leicester will look to gain momentum once more on the road to a Norwich City side yet to add a single notch to their goals tally this term.
For Amartey, a clean sheet in Gameweek 1 added to his early rush of owners, with both Wesley Fofana and Jonny Evans still set for the sidelines for some time yet.
Purchased originally as a holding midfielder, the versatile Ghanaian also filled in for both Ricardo Pereira and Timothy Castagne last term due to injury.
With Leicester’s ongoing injury problems at the back, Amartey has now pushed across to centre-back, where his base value has suddenly made Amartey an FPL hit for such a small outlay.
In terms of a threat, Amartey has scored just two league goals in five seasons in the English top-flight, however one of those came as a CB last term, away from home to Brighton.
Could Amartey replicate this weekend? Perhaps not, but boss Brendan Rodgers will be keen to tighten things up in defence regardless, eager for a shutout at the very least.
Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 3 deadline is Saturday, 11:00 UK time.
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