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21st Aug 2015

Fantasy Football tips – 3 players to pick for week 3

Tom Victor

They say you shouldn’t look at the league table until 10 weeks into the season, but we’re rebels here at and we’ve snuck a look at the fantasy league standings early on.

There’s some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that unless your name is Jack Canavan, you’re definitely not winning.

But the good news is that more than 300 players are within 50 points of top spot, so there’s plenty of time to catch up.

With that in mind, here are three players you should be bringing into your team this week.

Memphis Depay – Midfield – £8.5m

United’s Dutch maestro is a man in form, firing home his first two goals against Club Brugge after being one of the brighter sparks in the Red Devils’ first two Premier League games.

Now he finds himself up against the perfect opponents – a Newcastle team missing Darryl Janmaat after Depay’s international team-mate was sent off against Swansea.

Man United have put three or more past the Magpies four times in the last three seasons, and all the signs point to a repeat at Old Trafford.

Manchester United v Club Brugge - UEFA Champions League: Qualifying Round Play Off First Leg

Troy Deeney – Striker – £5.5m

He may not have scored in Watford’s first two games, but Troy Deeney is the sort of player who won’t be fazed by that.

The club captain has scored 20 goals in each of the last three campaigns, and arguably has an even better supporting cast this year.

He’ll be up against a Southampton back-line coming into the game off the back of a crucial Europa League game against FC Midtjylland, and the Saints were uncharacteristically open at the back immediately after their last European encounter.

Jeff Schlupp – Defender – £5m

Leicester’s flying start to the season has taken everyone by surprise, causing a few of us to backtrack on our expectations for the Foxes under Claudio Ranieri.

In their last game against West Ham they attacked well down the flanks, using the pace of players like Schlupp and Riyad Mahrez to exploit gaps left by the Hammers’ attacking full-backs.

This weekend’s opponents Tottenham offer similar opportunities, with Kyle Walker likely to leave space in behind for the left-back and converted striker to capitalise on.