Monday August 24

Upcoming Matchups: Gameweek 4, 2015-16 Season

With the final whistle of Monday night's Arsenal vs Liverpool match sounding, Gameweek 3 has officially come to a close. It was a unique week that featured both high-scoring matches (WHU 3-4 BOU, WBA 2-3 CHE) as well as three separate 0-0 draws; when all was said and done, only six teams remain unbeaten after this weekend: Manchester City, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, Swansea City, and Watford.

Our focus now moves forward to the future - with Gameweek 3 results fresh in our mind, we take a look at the table and see which teams have both the best and worst Upcoming Matchups:

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Monday August 24

Daily Links Round-up - August 24, 2015

It's halftime in the Arsenal vs. Liverpool match, what better time to catch up on today's headlines than right now? News on Mario Balotelli, Saido Berahino, injury updates and more after the jump!

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Thursday August 20

Gameweek 3 - Last Call!

All right, it's been a long week, but it's Friday and the best part of the week is almost here: EPL kickoff!

The Last Call feature is unique in that we'll be giving you all the last-minute news for your FPL teams, as well as GAMEWEEK-SPECIFIC rankings... meaning how we rank players at each position specifically for Gameweek 3, and not taking into account any future fixtures at all. For the Daily Fantasy Soccer players, this list should be especially useful. So without further ado...

The Headlines

Pablo Zabaleta could be out for up to a month after picking up a knee injury in training. (Fox Soccer)

Bojan Krkic has not yet been ruled out of Gameweek 3 by Stoke manager Mark Hughes matches after playing a full 90 minutes with the U21 squad last weekend. (ESPN FC)

Oscar and Victor Moses have been ruled out of Chelsea's GW3 match against West Brom. (West London Sport)

Darren Randolph will start for West Ham this week despite reports that Slaven Bilic was pursuing QPR goalkeeper Rob Green, who was demanding £50k/week in salary (Daily Mail)

Gameweek 3 Rankings

Forwards
Sergio Aguero
Bafetimbi Gomis
Diafra Sakho
Graziano Pelle
Harry Kane
Mame Biram Diouf
Romelu Lukaku
Christian Benteke
Diego Costa
Wayne Rooney

Midfielders
David Silva
Alexis Sanchez
Dimitri Payet
Juan Mata
Andre Ayew
Eden Hazard
Sadio Mané
Memphis Depay
Riyad Mahrez
Yaya Touré
Mesut Ozil
Christan Eriksen
Gylfi Sigurdsson
Nacer Chadli
Yannick Bolasie

Defenders
Aaron Cresswell
Matteo Darmian
Chris Smalling
Branislav Ivanović
Ashley Williams
Marc Muniesa
Cesar Azpilicueta
Vincent Kompany
Micah Richards
Aleksandar Kolarov

Goalkeepers
Lukasz Fabiański
Darren Randolph
Sergio Romero
Joe Hart
Alex McCarthy
Jack Butland
John Ruddy
Hugo Lloris

Be sure to read our other weekly posts before finalizing your Gameweek 3 roster!
Upcoming Matchups: Gameweek 3
Goalkeeper Power Rankings: Gameweek 3
Defender Power Rankings: Gameweek 3
Midfielder Power Rankings: Gameweek 3
Forward Power Rankings: Gameweek 3

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Thursday August 20

Gameweek 3 Power Rankings: Forwards

Last but certainly not least in our Power Rankings, we have the Forwards. After scoring 11 of 30 (36.66%, repeating of course) goals in GW1, Premier League forwards accounted for only 9 of 24 (37.5%) total goals in Gameweek 2. As the season moves along and teams begin to approach mid-season form, the target men should begin to see more consistent and improved service. During these early season matches, though, there will be some forwards who can exploit defensive units that are still in the process of gelling (see: Romelu Lukaku vs. Southampton). The key is to choose the correct forwards in the correct matchups, which we hope to help you with in this very feature - our Power Rankings for Forwards are below!

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Thursday August 20

Gameweek 3 Power Rankings: Midfielders

Given the state of attacking football in 2015, it comes as no surprise that the brunt of fantasy scoring has come from the midfield position this season. The "midfielder" position itself has become quite specialized in the last few years (defensive/holding, deep-lying, box-to-box, winger, attacking) and many offensive schemes call for wingers and attacking midfielders to create and take just as many shots, if not more, than forwards are.

The midfield position in the most pivotal position in fantasy because it is the positions where fantasy championships are won - simply because it is where the most value (fantasy production per dollar spent) can be found. Prices range from 4.5 up into the double-digits, and every year there will inevitably be a 'discount' player who can be purchased for cheap that will go on to have an amazing year. Even more often, certain low-cost midfielders will go on a streak, and provide fantasy points at a torrid pace until opposing teams begin to counter that player. The fantasy manager that can identify which midfielders will be long-term producers and hold them for a majority of the season versus the ones are simply on a hot streak and transfer them out at the right time... that is more often than not the manager that will be holding up the fantasy league trophy at the end of the season.

There will be many players this season that go under the microscope this season after one or two strong fantasy performances - Leicester's Riyad Mahrez is the first riddle of the 2015-16 season that managers are trying to solve: Is he going to be a flash in the pan, or will he be a season-long mainstay? He's listed in our Power Rankings this week... check out him and the other top midfielders below!

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Thursday August 20

Gameweek 3 Power Rankings: Defenders

With 11 of the first 20 matches this season having at least one side with a clean sheet, defenders have certainly had a significant fantasy impact early on this season. With the Premier League beginning to adopt some of the more advanced defensive pressing & trapping tactics that the rest of Europe (most notably Germany) have been using the last few years, we should continue to see defensive players providing increasing amounts of fantasy production in the years to come.

Notably, 23 defenders have earned a total of 50 bonus points this season, and when comparing to the other positions thus far in the season (22 midfielders: 50pts, 9 forwards: 18pts, 4 goalkeepers: 8pts), they're currently tied with midfielders in bonus points earnings. It's no surprise that we're seeing defenders closing the gap on midfielders this season in terms of bonus points earned, given A) the increase in BPS points earned for clearances/blocks/interceptions (CBI) and tackles, and B) the decrease in BPS points earned for high pass completion %s.

With both of the above factors, it will certainly be interesting to see how both the fantasy production and bonus points shake out as the season goes on. Anyway, back to the primary objective of our article: here are our Defender Power Rankings!

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Thursday August 20

Daily Links Round-up - August 20, 2015

Pedro completes his Premier League move, Man City finalizes a £34m transfer, Alan Pardew places a price tag on one of Crystal Palace's star players, and Mark Hughes comments on Xherdan Shaqiri's availability for this weekend. These headlines and more in today's Daily Links Round-up!

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Wednesday August 19

Gameweek 3 Power Rankings: Goalkeepers

With some injuries, red cards, and unexpected results, we've seen a bit of a shakeup in our defensive Power Rankings coming in to Gameweek 3. One notable change that stands out above the rest: West Ham keeper Adrian has dropped off completely as he is slated to serve a 3-match-ban following the rejected appeal of his GW2 red card. Check out the rest of our rankings below!

Please note, the Power Rankings feature analyzes and ranks players from a long-term viewpoint, i.e. they are ranked based on how we believe these players will produce from a fantasy perspective over the next 4-6 gameweeks. We will be providing rankings specifically for Gameweek 3 for each position as well - those rankings will be included our Last Call! piece that runs the day prior to the first match of each Gameweek.

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Wednesday August 19

Daily Links Round-up - August 19, 2015

Some big transfer news today: Chelsea make a stunning move, Manchester City poised to spend even more this summer, Manchester United expand their target list, and more in today's headlines!

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Tuesday August 18

Upcoming Matchups: Gameweek 3, 2015-16 Season

Gameweek 2 has come and gone, and it was an exciting one at that - Manchester City & Everton made strong statements with their performances, Stoke mounted a comeback from a two-goal deficit to take a point at White Hart Lane, and red-hot Leicester remains at the top of the table after taking down West Ham on the road. Let us now turn our gazes forward to the future and see what lies in store in the upcoming gameweeks:

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