The first-midweek gameweek of the season did not disappoint, with the now familiar pattern of no 0-0 scores, and an average of over 2 goals per game, as Fulham, Leeds and Swansea all won again, and more misery was piled upon Stoke, Huddersfield and Wigan.
Top Point Scorers
|Taylor||Charlton||Forward||£9.5||35||Borja||Swansea||Forward||£7.0||33||Cavaleiro||Fulham||Midfield||£9.0||34||Johnson||Preston||Midfield||£7.5||31||Cairney||Fulham||Midfield||£8.5||27||Hernandez||Leeds||Midfield||£11.5||27||Hutchinson||Sheff. Wed||Defender||£4.5||25||Harris||Sheff. Wed||Midfield||£6.5||25||Walton||Blackburn||Goalkeeper||£4.5||25||Pedersen||Birmingham||Defender||£5.0||24||Grant||Huddersfield||Forward||£10.5||24||Bamford||Leeds||Forward||£9.5||24||Swift||Reading||Midfield||£6.5||24||Gallagher||Charlton||Midfield||£5.0||24|
4 goals in 4 games and 3 bonus points keeps Charlton’s Lyle Taylor (£9.5) at top spot. Swansea’s Borja Baston (£7.0) remains behind him in second place, following another goal and 2 bonus points.
Fulham’s Ivan Cavaleiro (£9.0) races into the top 10 at third spot, after his 19 point gameweek, made up of 2 goals, 1 assist, 1 clean sheet and 3 bonus points. Also entering the top 10 in 4th spot is Preston’s midfielder Daniel Johnson (£7.5) after a 13 point haul, with a goal, assist and 3 bonus points takes him to 31 in total for the season.
Cavaleiro’s teammate Tom Cairney (£8.5) joins him in the top 10, as 2 assists, a clean sheet and 1 bonus point takes him up to 5th, knocking down last week’s 3rd placed Pablo Hernandez (£11.5) of Leeds to 6th after just 1 clean sheet point and 2 appearance points left a disappointing 3 point week.
Sheffield Wednesday duo Sam Hutchinson (£4.5) and Kadeem Harris (£6.5) come in at 7th and 8th place tied on 25 points after a clean sheet for defender Hutchinson and a goal, clean sheet and 2 bonus for midfielder Harris.
The only goalkeeper in the top 10 is Blackburn’s Christian Walton (£4.5) after a 14 point week, with a clean sheet, penalty save and 3 bonus points to take him to 25 points for the season.
Birmingham defender Kristian Pedersen (£5.0), Huddersfield’s Karlan Grant (£10.5), Leeds United’s Patrick Bamford (£9.5), Reading’s John Swift (£6.5) and Charlton’s Conor Gallagher (£5.0) are all tied in 10th place with 24 points.
Life After Siewert
After last week’s first managerial dismissal, Huddersfield Town made the long trip to Cardiff under the stewardship of Mark Hudson, the man in temporary charge of the West Yorkshire outfit.
Reverting back to the previous 4-2-3-1 from Siewert’s 4-3-3 formation, there were a few noticeable tweaks to the side. Whereas the back was the same, with ‘keeper Kamil Grabara (£5.0) and the back 4 of Flo Hadergjonaj (£5.0), Tommy Elphick (£5.5), Christopher Schindler (£5.5) and Terence Kongolo (£5.0) remaining unchanged, it was loan signing Trevoh Chalobah (£5.0), who scored and took 3 bonus points, who partnered Jonathan Hogg (£4.5) in the double pivot.
On the flanks were first appearances from Isaac Mbenza (£7.0) and Rajiv Van La Parra (£6.5) and Alex Pritchard (£8.5) returned to his more natural number 10 role after being played wide on the left under the German Head Coach. Karlan Grant was again the lone forward.
The Terriers enjoyed 60% possession, yet only 8 shots to Cardiff’s 24, in a game that only highlighted their earlier shortcomings, with Grant being left isolated, a distinct lack of confidence and looking increasingly uncomfortable playing out from the back.
Pritchard looked more comfortable in his role and Cardiff could have had 3 or 4 had it not been for the outstanding Grabara. They face Reading on Saturday.
On-loan Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher has settled into the Charlton side well, after playing just 24 minutes of the opening fixture, he featured all 90 minutes of the following 3, scoring 2, providing 1 assist and gaining 4 bonus points.
West Ham midfielder Grady Diangana (£4.5) burst out the blocks last weekend as he made his West Brom debut with 2 goals and 3 bonus points in a 45 minute performance. He played 69 minutes in midweek with 1 clean sheet point, but his £4.5 price tag could be too tempting to ignore.
Finally, Brighton shot stopper Christian Walton followed on from his loan spell at Wigan last season to join Blackburn Rovers for the new campaign, where he has now kept 2 clean sheets in his last 2, as well as racking up 5 bonus points and saved Jarrod Bowen’s (£11.5) penalty to sit as the top point scoring ‘keeper.
We Need To Talk About Bradley
We have touched upon the Talismen in previous articles, with several of them showing their importance over the first gameweeks, but there is one who has not yet given any returns. Blackburn’s Bradley Dack entered the game as the joint third highest priced player at £11.0 after last season’s impressive 18 goals and 10 assists. So far this season he has only returned 2 appearance points in each of the 4 game weeks and 2 clean sheet points in the last 2 games. He was substituted in the 73rd minute with a knee injury that may keep him out of the home game against Cardiff this weekend.
Fulham Forward Line
Fulham got off to a nightmare start to the season, going down 1-0 to newly promoted Barnsley, but have responded in the best possible way with 3 wins out of 3, beating Blackburn 2-0, Huddersfield 2-1 and Millwall 4-0, in a highly impressive performance, where they had 88% possession in the first half and 84% in the second to end the week in 3rd place behind Leeds and Swansea.
The dynamic front 3 of on-loan duo Ivan Cavaleiro (£9.0) and Anthony Knockaert (£9.5) either side of Aleksander Mitrovic (£12.5) ran Millwall ragged, as Cavaleiro gave a man of the match performance as we have already touched upon.
Mitrovic proved why he is the most expensive player in the game as he converted his penalty to make it 3 goals in his last 3 games. He also picked up a yellow card.
Knockaert also got on the score sheet for his first of the season, alongside the clean sheet point as well an unwanted -1 for a yellow card.
Behind them pulling the strings in midfield is captain Tom Cairney (£8.5), who claimed 2 assists and his third week gaining 1 bonus point for a cheaper route into the Fulham attack.
4 in 4
Charlton forward Lyle Taylor (£9.5) now stands as the only player to have scored in every game so far after he netted against Nottingham Forest in midweek to remain the top points scorer in the game with 35. He picked up all 3 bonus points again to make it 9 bonus for the season. Charlton face Brentford at the weekend.
As noted, the injury and form of Bradley Dack has left Fantasy Championship managers swiftly transferring the midfielder out, with many going for Ivan Cavaleiro as an alternative. The switch will also save you £2.0 in the process. Preston midfielder Daniel Johnson has also caught they eye of many managers, whose Preston face Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, whose Kadeem Harris has been another popular pick, as he bagged his second goal of the season in midweek.
Fantasy Divisions Leaders
Anthonystaddon remains at top spot for a second week as goals from Mitrovic and Taylor, as well as clean sheets for Leeds United defender Liam Cooper (£5.5) and Fulham’s Steven Sessegnon (£4.5) helped him to 43 gameweek points.
A massive 61 point gameweek score for thegeorge propels them up to second place, with Fulham trio Cairney, Cavaeiro and captained Mitrovic helping him up the league.
With just 2 days to prepare for the weekend fixtures, it’ll be all eyes on Fulham to see if Anthonystaddon can be surpassed, or whether they can hold out for a third consecutive week at the top.
Can we afford to leave out the Fulham attack? Is Cavaleiro now a better captain pick then Mitrovic? Remember you can only have 3 players per team so you’ve got some big decisions to make…