Fantrax EPL: Gameweek 3 Sleepers XI

Our Gameweek 3 Sleepers XI article provides Fantrax managers with a lineup of Fantasy EPL hidden gems.  Our starting eleven of Draft Premier League differential picks will help you find a golden ticket to a big score this weekend!  These hints and tips will give you a better chance of picking up an all-important victory, as one of our picks could easily make the difference in a Head-to-Head game!

We'll be focusing on players that will bring us not only attacking returns or clean sheets, but also those players that score Ghost Points in the sophisticated and statistics based Fantrax Scoring System!


Fantasy EPL Gameweek 3 Sleepers XI

For this article, we use the % rostered from Fantrax. Our only rule is that each player we highlight is required to be rostered in 60% of leagues or below at the time of writing. Therefore there's a good chance these players will be free agents in your Fantrax Draft League!


GK: Tim Krul

Team: Norwich

Opponent: Leicester (Home)

Rostered: 13%

Points Last Gameweek: -11.5

Prospects: The beginning of Norwich's season, facing multiple top 5 teams in a row, was never going to be a cakewalk and it has been as bad as expected with them conceding 8 goals in 2 matches. Before the season started, we expected their next 2 games to be part of this horrendous run as well, but they happen to be facing Leicester and Arsenal at the best time possible. Buzzing after the 6-0 demolition of Bournemouth in the League Cup, the EPL new boys will take the fight to Leicester. We are not expecting a clean sheet, but Krul should rack up the save points and come out with a decent score at the end of the game.


DEF: Liam Cooper

Team: Leeds

Opponent: Burnley (Away)

Rostered: 52%

Points Last Gameweek: 13.5

Prospects: Cooper is this week's aerially dominant central defender to face Burnley. His battles with Barnes and Wood should be a sight to behold, particularly for those who like 2 colossi (what a plural!) battling on a football pitch. For the rest of us, we will just suffer through, take the many points and move on.


DEF: Shane Duffy

Team: Brighton

Opponent: Everton (Home)

Rostered: 31%

Points Last Gameweek: 26

Prospects: "Shane Duffy locking down a starting spot for Brighton could easily make him a top 10 defender. " is what we said last week. Boy did we get it right. Last year's castaway continues his renaissance game after game and anybody who rosters him should continue reaping the rewards. The aerial fight might not be Burnley vs Cooper-esque, but DCL versus Duffy is nothing to scoff at.


DEF: Rico Henry

Team: Brentford

Opponent: Aston Villa (Away)

Rostered: 23%

Points Last Gameweek: 16.75

ProspectsRico Henry, along with the whole Brentford back line are performing above expectations and should continue to cause problems for even the more established EPL teams. The Villa attack, although immensely talented, has still not clicked the way everyone expected them to, which will prove to be an opportunity for Brentford to get a result in this game. 2 KPs and 1 successful cross in GW2 means Henry will benefit from some attacking points as well as defensive ones to round out a decent floor for him, even if Villa do start living up to their potential.


MID: Granit Xhaka

Team: Arsenal

Opponent: Manchester City (Away)

Rostered: 17%

Points Last Gameweek: 10

Prospects: Arsenal fans were ready to dismiss their captain after rumours of a transfer away at the beginning of the summer, however the Swiss midfielder has signed a new contract and seems to be the first name on the team sheet. Although the team are stranded in the relegation zone with no points and no goals scored, Xhaka has quietly become a usable Fantrax midfielder. Two decent scores and an expectedly busy day at the Etihad, leads us to believe that he can put up a decent score this weekend as well. That is if he doesn't get sent off..

MID: Matt Ritchie

Team: Newcastle

Opponent: Southampton (Home)

Rostered: 26%

Points Last Gameweek: 13.5

ProspectsRitchie's set-piece domination is the main reason for his decent scores this season and as long as he continues this trend, he should creep up to the ownership threshold such that we will not be able to include him in this article much longer. But until then, we will continue to sing his praises.


MID: Conor Gallagher

Team: Crystal Palace

Opponent: West Ham (Away)

Rostered: 15%

Points Last Gameweek: 10

Prospects: In the absence of Luka Milivojevic, it was up in the air who would take over set-piece duty on Palace and it seems that they have found their man in the Chelsea loanee. Gallagher put up decent performances for West Brom last season and he seems to be continuing this tradition in his new team as well. He could even be a season-long hold if you can get him on your team.


MID: Marc Albrighton

Team: Leicester

Opponent: Norwich(Away)

Rostered: 13%

Points Last Gameweek: 0

Prospects: He has not played a minute of football this season, but Albrighton is one of those players that you should be comfortable plugging in any time you see him in the starting lineup. Ayoze Perez's suspension should provide the Englishman the opportunity to start against last-placed Norwich, if Brendan Rodgers does not alter his team's shape and go with a two up top approach, a distinct possibility.


FWD: Steve Bergwijn

Team: Tottenham

Opponent: Watford (Home)

Rostered: 40%

Points Last Gameweek: 7.5

Prospects: With Kane announcing that he is definitely staying and Son's injury scare being dismissed as minor, there is only one spot left in the three-pronged attack to fill. Bergwijn showed in the first 2 games that he can make a claim for that spot and if he is given the chance, Watford at home should be a good fixture to showcase his talent.


FWD: Adam Armstrong

Team: Southampton

Opponent: Newcastle(Away)

Rostered: 49%

Points Last Gameweek: 4

Prospects: The Premier League new boy hit the ground running against Everton but although his team performed admirably in the draw against Manchester United, he, himself, was not stellar. Armstrong seems like a low-floor player who will be goal or assist dependent, but playing against Newcastle, you have to start your forwards.


FWD: Troy Deeney

Team: Watford

Opponent: Tottenham (Away)

Rostered: 16%

Points Last Gameweek: 4

Prospects: 4 points in 11 minutes seems indicative of what a great point-getter "Fat Drake" could be if he was given a chance to hold down the starting job at Watford. After a lacklustre performance against Brighton, there could be changes in the lineup to face Spurs and it might just be Deeney's time to shine.


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