Gameweek 3 in the Premier League was tough for some FPL owners, with the average points total a mere 44.
That’s the lowest tally we’ve seen so far in 2020/21.
Luckily, if you had a poor week, so did most people. That means there’s no need to start hitting that Wildcard panic button just yet.
We’re here to guide you back up your league tables as we approach GW4.
Last week’s tips including Emiliano Martinez and Patrick Bamford secured healthy returns, so strap yourself in. It’s time to get your notepad out for our latest set of fantasy football tips…
Fantasy Football Tips – Gameweek 4
Karl Darlow – Goalkeeper (Newcastle), 5.0 million
The Newcastle ‘keeper was a man possessed against Tottenham on Sunday afternoon.
Darlow made an incredible 11 saves against Spurs, with two absolute world class stops preventing Harry Kane continuing his good run of form in front of goal.
He picked up all three bonus points, bringing his season total up to an impressive 17 so far.
Newcastle host Burnley on Saturday evening, a side who have lost their opening two fixtures. At 5.0 million, Darlow could be a smart addition – especially if the Magpies ride their luck again as they did against Spurs.
Timothy Castagne – Defender (Leicester), 5.7 million
Leicester’s new full back has enjoyed a dream start to life with the Foxes, with Brendan Rodgers’ men winning their opening three games convincingly.
Castagne’s debut goal at West Brom on the opening weekend was followed up with two assists against Burnley, before another at the Etihad last Sunday.
His price is rapidly rising, and rightly so, as Leicester get set to face West Ham.
He’s still very cheap for the highest scoring defender so far this season.
Leandro Trossard – Midfielder (Brighton), 6.0 million
On another day, Brighton could have stuck five past Manchester United on Saturday, with Trossard arguably the unluckiest man in Sussex as fine margins went against him time and again last weekend.
The Belgian struck both posts before hitting the crossbar against the Red Devils in his bid to build on a goal and an assist so far this season.
Brighton travel to Everton this weekend, who are playing very well. However, Trossard’s ability to strike the ball from distance could trouble the inconsistent Jordan Pickford, and Albion face a less punishing run of fixtures after this one.
Given his early season form, he’s surprisingly only been selected by 1.5% of players. At 6.0 million, he’s not to be sniffed at with the way the Seagulls are playing.
Willian – Midfielder (Arsenal), 8.0 million
Arsenal come up against a struggling Sheffield United on Sunday, and in truth any of their attacking players seem to be a solid shout for GW4.
Willian gets the nod here, as he is the most experienced out of the bunch, and at 8.0 million it’s hard to say no.
His three assists against Fulham on opening day prove his quality against defensive sides, and with Lacazette and Aubameyang both starting the season sharply, he’ll be looking to provide again.
Danny Ings – Forward (Southampton), 8.4 million
Where would Southampton be without Danny Ings?
The Englishman has scored all three of the Saints’ goals so far this season and looks set to challenge for the Golden Boot as he did in 19/20.
He is a cheaper option on FPL in comparison to other big names, and his next game against West Brom is another great opportunity for him to collect some valuable points.
Southampton’s star man is definitely one to captain this week – if you can afford to splash out on him.
The deadline to submit your Gameweek 4 team is Saturday 3rd October, 11am.
Table-Topping Tips for Fantasy Premier League Managers – FAQs
How should I pick my captain each week?
In the world of Fantasy Premier League, your captain’s pick can be the making of you, with your skipper stacking up double points each week. One outright FPL champion accrued a remarkable 24 per cent of points from his captain’s choices alone in recent seasons. It therefore pays to think about your pick very carefully.
Aside from the usual suspects (Salah, Kane, Agüero, Sterling), if you’re out for a differential, look for when ‘flat-track bullies’ can excel on the fixture list. Seek out those players who ruthlessly prey on weaker opposition, even if they occasionally go missing in more high-profile games.
When should I play my triple captain?
Watch out for those double gameweeks – but avoid triggering your triple captain chip too late in the day.
Logic suggests the games will begin to stack up for the high point-scoring players by the final few weeks of the season, and that could prove costly.
Don’t be surprised if real-life managers suddenly become your own worse enemy as they rest key players.
That could leave your inspired triple-captain strategy lying in tatters if your main man starts from the bench.
In some seasons, it’s taken until Gameweek 25 for the first double gameweek. When it finally arrives, it’s best to make the most of it, as the longer you wait, the higher the risk of your captain being a gameweek no-show.
When should I play my Fantasy Premier League wildcard?
Provided you don’t opt for the ‘rip it up, start again’ strategy after the opening few weeks of the season, there is no ‘optimum’ time to play your wildcard.
However, being bold and going early could work in your favour. Bigger clubs have free reign to play their strongest squads at the start of the season, without any major cup or European distractions currently on their radar.
Remember, the fixtures will start to pile up by midwinter.
That that could ruin your best laid-plans if your wildcard replacements are constantly being chopped and changed as managers guard against fatigue and injury.
Alternatively, the opening few weeks of the season can be misleading when it comes to judging long-term value.
Early-season form players can easily go off the boil by mid-autumn.
Many a fantasy football manager has boxed themselves in once their 6.0m summer ‘bargain buy’ starts stinking the place out in November.
For that reason, if you opt to play the long game, wait until the late autumn to make wholesale changes once form starts to level out and injuries hit hard.
Before you commit, it’s also worth scanning the fixture list to spot potential red flags.
Do the bulk of your re-tooled squad have more games away from home?
Do you have too many players from one team playing only teams in the top half of the table?
Take that moment to pause before you press to confirm your wildcard.
It could be the best tactical decision you make all season.
Remember you only have two wildcards to use per season – one before and one after Christmas.
Make sure you use them wisely.