Holly Shand shares her five wildcard targets ahead of Gameweek 3. Following the highest scoring weekend in Fantasy history, wildcards are being activated everywhere to jump on the form players...
"We've already seen 13 penalties awarded across just 18 fixtures. I'm certainly expecting to see a record number of penalties awarded during this campaign."
The Headline Pick: Mo Salah - Arsenal (H)
Mo Salah is back stealing the headlines this week: Liverpool have started the season in the same fashion which saw them crowned as Champions last campaign, and Salah remains central to that. A game at Anfield for their star attacker can only mean one thing: goals.
Salah already has a hat-trick from the opening day of the season, and despite failing to find the back of the net against Chelsea, he still posed plenty of threat and looked hungry for more goals. He's now amassed 13 shots from two games, the most in the Premier League.
One significant change this season is that he also tops the rankings for chances created across the first two games, with nine. He seems far more willing to link up with Sadio Mane this season. He's also on penalties and has scored every time the Gunners have visited Anfield; it's four goals and two assists from three games.
Liverpool are available to back at evens to win and score over 2.5 goals against Arsenal on Monday.
The Budget Pick: Daniel Podence - West Ham (A)
One budget midfielder who was under the radar during pre-season but has emerged as an intriguing option over the opening two fixtures is Wolves' midfielder Daniel Podence. He emerged as an option during Project Restart, starting in three of the last four fixtures, contributing one goal and one assist.
Crucially, Diogo Jota has now transferred to Liverpool, which opens up a spot for Podence in the Wolves front three. He does still carry a slight rotation risk, especially with Wolves active in the transfer market and Adama Traore likely to move higher up the pitch as the season progresses.
Podence has already impressed Fantasy managers by picking up an assist in each of his two games so far. Further offensive returns should come his way as his confidence grows: he took two shots and created two chances in a short spell against Manchester City. He could be worth a punt as Wolves embark on a kind run of games.
The VAR Pick: Kevin De Bruyne - Leicester City (H)
This is the week that many fantasy managers had pencilled in a move for a Manchester City midfielder, and following an emphatic performance against Wolves on Monday night, it could already be a week too late! One thing is for sure, Kevin De Bruyne could easily be the highest scoring Fantasy asset again this season.
He posted some impressive numbers against Wolves; four shots on target and six chances created. He's on penalties again this campaign and seems to be getting awarded questionable assists purely based on his historic ability. He played high up the pitch, with a bolstered Manchester City backline and options in defensive midfield.
Manchester City have already won one penalty this season, which will be a valuable source of goals for De Bruyne. We've already seen 13 penalties awarded across just 18 fixtures, and while these numbers won't be sustainable long-term, I'm certainly expecting to see a record number of penalties awarded during this campaign.
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The Sleeper Pick: Mateusz Klich - Sheffield United (A)
Mateusz Klich is among the top five scoring midfielders after the opening two weeks, but despite that feat, his ownership is currently below 10%. Expect that to rise over the coming weeks, especially with popular option Allan Saint-Maximin currently flagged with an ankle injury.
Leeds United have certainly hit the ground running in the Premier League from an offensive perspective: they've scored seven goals in their opening two games, with Klich having a hand in three of them. He has two goals and one assist to his name, and crucially appears to be on penalties too.
The underlying statistics for Klich aren't anything to write home about, but we've seen Leeds be far more clinical in converting their chances than they were in the Championship. They are currently over-performing their expected goal statistic by more than five goals.
The Wildcard Pick: Timo Werner - West Brom (A)
Timo Werner started the season as the highest owned forward, with nearly half of managers having the German striker in their side. His popularity has since dwindled, with nearly 750,000 managers transferring him out over the last week or two, but now certainly doesn't feel like the right time to sell.
He has looked impressive in his performances so far and already has an assist: an Alisson penalty save from a Jorginho spot-kick won by Werner has prevented him having two assists to his name. He's taken six shots in two games, despite Chelsea struggling to find their feet in the early stages of the season.
Crucially, Chelsea face West Brom this week: the leakiest defence in the Premier League so far this campaign. The Baggies have conceded eight goals across two games, from eight big chances conceded. They also top the list for goal attempts in the box conceded (24) and shots on target conceded (14).
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