Fantasy Scouted Football | Gameweek 3

By JakeEntwistle (@JakeEntwistle)

Due to busy schedules and a flood of World Cup qualifiers, the Fantasy Scouted Football review comes much later than usual. We can only apologise.

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However, as the evil transfer window has finally shut, this week's article is as much a preview of the upcoming fixtures as it is a nostalgic look back at what actually happened in Gameweek 3.

We will follow the same format as usual, but rather than ending with a look at how poorly the self-proclaimed all-knowing U23 overlords (us) are doing, there will be a list of all the new players available for selection ahead of Gameweek 4 — how exciting.

So, without any more rambling, here we go.

CURRENT LEADER

Mac 23

Manager: Callum McCann
Gameweek points: 60
Total Points: 155

 A strong forward display fired Mac 23 to the top of the standings.

A strong forward display fired Mac 23 to the top of the standings.

No messing about from Callum. His team name gives you all the information you need to know, and who has time to actually design a kit anyway?

Mac 23 instead spent his valuable hours constructing the ultimate attacking force for Gameweek 3 with Gabriel Jesus, Marcus Rashford and Tammy Abraham all grabbing their first goals of the season.

An ideal world would have seen the armband wrapped around the Man City forward's bicep, but his local rival was hardly a poor choice. Well played, Callum, you are the King of the Castle.

BEST PERFORMANCE

Youth Team

Manager: Sally Collins
Gameweek points: 64
Overall rank: 7th

 Points in every position.

Points in every position.

Despite a team-name which leaves little to the imagination, it's easy to see why Sally's clearly-labelled side was Gameweek 3's top point scorer. The defence, midfield and attack all contributed to an impressive total of 64.

Tammy Abraham and Gabriel Jesus make another appearance, as does Dele Alli. But what separates Sally from overall leader Mac 23 is the choice of captain.

Dele may have been flipping the finger to his teammates during the international break, but Sally was doing that to us a week before. A goalscoring midfielder is the Holy Grail of Fantasy Football, and in Dele Alli, Youth Team's skipper is one of the best around.

TOP PERFORMERS

GOALKEEPER

Loris Karius (Liverpool)

Points: 6
Price: £4.9m
Price change: -£0.1m
Next fixture: Manchester City (A)

It seems years ago that the Liverpool goalkeeper situation was so hotly debated. Simon Mignolet had apparently secured his spot as Jürgen Klopp's No.1 before the German decided to drop him from the squad completely.

In came Scouted Handbook alumnus Loris Karius. A clean sheet in his first game of the season — against Arsenal — looks incredible on the face of it. But given the away side's performance in front of goal and Liverpool's dominance at Anfield, even Simon Mignolet would have walked off with six points in the bag.

DEFENDER

Joe Gomez (Liverpool)

Points: 10
Price: £4.5m
Price change: N/A
Next fixture: Manchester City (A)

See above for a brief comment about how easy the game against Arsenal was for Liverpool. As a result, just like Loris Karius, Joe Gomez finished the game with a cleanest of sheets.

What secured Gomez's title as the top performing defender of Gameweek 3, however, was his assist. A perfectly weighted cross for Roberto Firmino to divert past Petr Cech for the first goal of the game.

A steady defensive display in general earned Gomez an extra two bonus points and should Jürgen Klopp place more trust in the 20-year-old this season, he might be worth keeping an eye on.

MIDFIELDER

Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur)

Points: 9
Price: £9.5m
Price change: N/A
Next fixture: Everton (A)

Already featured in this article, Dele Alli was up to his usual tricks against Burnley. Whether you actually think he is a forward rather than a midfielder means absolutely nothing in terms of Fantasy Football. He is a midfielder. He scores goals.

Dele could prove to be a frequent fixture in this section throughout the season, and despite Spurs struggling to see off Burnley at Wembley, the result means nothing to us. The goal and two bonus points for the England midfielder is all we will ever care about.

FORWARD

Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City)

Points: 9
Price: £10.4m
Price change: £0.1m
Next fixture: Everton (A)

Tears fill Scouted Football's eyes every time Gabriel Jesus is preferred to one of the best strikers to grace the Premier League. Sergio Agüero is clearly Pep's second choice to the Brazilian youngster and his faith was finally rewarded against Bournemouth.

His first goal of the season has come later than many were expecting, but the slickness of the move and the quality of the finish suggests that it certainly won't be his last.

Two bonus points for an all-round solid forward display — which he rarely gets credit for — saw Gabriel pip another Scouted favourite, Tammy Abraham, to the top spot for strikers this week.

SCOUTED UPDATE

GAMEWEEK POINTS: 51
TOTAL POINTS: 116
POSITION: 67TH
POSITION CHANGE: -2

 A big improvement... yet down in the rankings.

A big improvement... yet down in the rankings.

Oh, Raheem. If only those pesky fans didn't run on the pitch to celebrate with you. Our captain's choice would have been a masterstroke and we may have even broke into the top 50.

Alas, that didn't happen and despite a much better week in terms of points, we find ourselves slipping down the Scouted standings. If Callum is King of the Castle, we are certainly the Dirty Rascal.

Don't laugh at us just yet, though. The wildcard has been played and the team selection for Gameweek 4 could see point-records tumble... we hope.


NEW ADDITIONS

As promised, the penultimate part of this week's article is a list of all the players added to the game since the first list was published. Some youth players have merely been added to the game whilst new signings — mainly Renato Sanches and Davinson Sánchez — have also been included. The full list of players is available here.

GOALKEEPERS

Freddie Woodman, £4.0m (Newcastle United)

DEFENDERS

Davinson Sánchez, £6.0m (Tottenham Hotspur)
Wesley Hoedt, £5.0m (Southampton)
Juan Foyth, £4.5 (Tottenham Hotspur)
Florent Hadergjonaj, £4.5m (Huddersfield)
Declan Rice, £4.5m (West Ham)
Jon Gorenc Stanković, £4.0m (Huddersfield Town)
Kane Wilson, £4.0m (West Bromwich Albion)

MIDFIELDERS

Richarlison, £6.0m (Watford)
Nikola Vlašić, £5.5m (Everton)
Oliver Burke, £5.5m (West Bromwich Albion)
Abdelhamid Sabiri, £5.0m (Huddersfield Town)
Mario Lemina, £5.0m (Southampton)
Renato Sanches, £5.0m (Swansea)
Sead Hakšabanović, £5.0m (West Ham)
Kyle Scott, £4.5m (Chelsea)
Sullay Kaikai, £4.5m (Crystal Palace)
Tashan Oakley-Boothe, £4.5m (Tottenham Hotspur)

FORWARDS

Keshi Anderson, £4.5m (Crystal Palace)

Some genuinely exciting Scouted signings were rubber-stamped during the final weeks of the transfer window.

Davinson Sánchez was a monster for Ajax last season and we expect him to carry on in a Spurs shirt.

Oh, you can also buy the 2016 European Golden Boy for just £5.0m. How many of you will pick him for that fact alone?

We have.


GAMEWEEK 4 FIXTURES

The deadline for the fourth round of games is 9th September, 11:30 GMT:

Manchester City vs. Liverpool

Arsenal vs. Bournemouth

Brighton & Hove Albion vs. West Bromwich Albion

Everton vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Leicester City vs. Chelsea

Southampton vs. Watford

Stoke City vs. Manchester United

Burnley vs. Crystal Palace

Swansea vs. Newcastle

West Ham vs. Huddersfield

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