With a renewed vigor in his approach to team value @liambednarski reviews those who returned points in GW3 in the hope of uncovering an early bandwagon.
The Watchlist – Goalkeepers
Ben Foster (4.6) returns to the top of the watchlist with a strong performance and favorable fixtures to come. Investment is encouraged. Buy.
Jordan Pickford (4.0) with Vito Mannone (4.5) suffering a long term shoulder injury the youngster was thrust into goal for Sunderland. He made some sharp saves with his cut price a great proposition for bargain hunters. Strongly Consider.
Jakupovic (4.1) almost secured a clean sheet making a number of saves against Manchester United. Is doing his owners proud. Strongly Consider.
Tom Heaton (4.5) was defeated by some remarkable shots this week. They do give away quite a few which is dangerous against a side as skillful as Chelsea. Still worthy of consideration. Strongly Consider.
Steve Mandanda (4.4) made his first start for Crystal Palace and made a strong save to deny Callum Wilson. He will be important for Palace this season and is known to be a quality keeper. Monitor.
Other performances – Goalkeepers
Cech (5.5) was on fire, Steklenburg (5.0) was solid, Courtois (5.5) snagged his first clean sheet of the season whilst De Gea (5.5) already looks to be heading towards the golden glove. Monitor.
Victor Valdes (4.5) is injured slightly longer then expected I still wouldn’t be rushing to bring Brad Guzan (4.5) in with a solid but not inspiring performance. Avoid.
Simon Mignolet (5.0) is the bane of my existence with yet another sticky performance. I thought his positioning was poor on Rose’s goal. A debut for Joel Matip is encouraging in defense though. Avoid.
Willy Caballero (5.0) should step aside now that Claudio Bravo (5.5) has signed from Barcelona. His neither been poor or impressive as the Joe Hart situation has imploded. Avoid.
The Watchlist – Defenders
Gareth McAuley (4.6) is sitting pretty at the top of the watchlist after an impressive start to the season. He has favorable fixtures to come and is a wise investment. For cheeky wildcards or those looking for some value his team mates Evans (4.5) and Galloway (4.5) are that little bit cheaper.
Leighton Baines (5.5) and his motley crew (Ashley Williams 5.0, Phil Jagielka 5.0, Holgate 4.6) are looking to press ‘McAuley & Friends’ from top spot. Baines should be right at the top of your considerations with penalties in his locker and a favourable set of fixtures. Buy.
Manchester United (5.5) are looking the top shelf choice in defense this season Valenica & Bailly are both worthy of selection. Luke Shaw has left the party at (5.6) for those wildcarding I suggest moving Shaw to Valenica if Shaw hits 5.7 before Valenica hits 5.6. Buy.
Chelsea failed to concede to a thunder-buster this week and collected a clean sheet in the process. John Terry (5.5) is my pick of the bunch, he is a threat from set pieces. It depends if Chelsea do buy a CB before deadline day with Zouma (5.5) on the sidelines for some time. Buy.
Other performances – Defenders
Scott Dann (5.5) opened his goal scoring account for the season with a thunderous header. His team looked extremely threatening from set pieces throughout the match. Has a high price tag but still deserves monitoring.
Wes Morgan (5.0) & Robert Huth (5.0) helped each other to a goal and an assist this week. They continue to offer value at this price, I recommend Huth as a differential with only 1.6% ownership with great goal threat. Strong Monitor.
Kingsley (4.1) and Jordi Amat (4.1) were rather fragile as Swansea lost to Leicester City. Both of their cards were again marked after this display. Those with a wildcard assess your options as I see them being dropped in the near future, all others continue the risk with the 5th defender. Hold.
Pape Souare (4.5) is the value option within the Crystal Palace defense and is a consideration if they can have a turn in form. Monitor.
Tottenham Hotspur are just getting out of second gear with 5.6 Kyle Walker now managing a knock you could look to Vertonghen (5.5) but I suggest looking elsewhere. Weak Monitor.
The Watchlist – Eagle Eye
Eyes are again on Watford who have made signings to contribute to the 3-5-2 formation the new manager is building this season. Although battered by Arsenal some value will appear amongst their defenders so keep an eye on them over the coming weeks as the team settles.
Arsenal will need their new signings within the match day squad before their defense can be seriously considered. Liverpool did improve with Matip in the side. I recommend delaying investment in them until Karius (5.0) returns from injury though.
Note Price Changes:
Price changes this morning saw Holgate (4.6) and Sterling (8.2) rise in price.
McAuley (4.6), Cazorla (7.5), Sanchez (10.9), Heaton (4.5), Negredo (6.8), Ozil (9.5), Valenica (5.5) and Foster (4.6) are the most likely to increase within the next 24 hours. Plan your transfers accordingly.
Lenihan (4.0) is set to drop in price for Hull and will free up cash for those wildcarders who are looking to invest in a deadweight 5th defender at the kind price of 3.9.
Watchlist Article on Midfielders will be up tomorrow as always please discuss your transfer decisions below, leave any questions about players not mentioned. Feedback on the style and content of the piece is also most welcome.