Fantasy Premier League gameweek 3 tips: Gabriel Martinelli, Marc Cucurella, Ivan Perisic and more

Gabriel Martinelli

If you followed our advice before gameweek 1, Martinelli should already be part of your squad and you will benefit from two goals in his first two games and a tidy 16 points, with the promise of more to come. If not, don’t worry: there’s still time to jump in.

Despite being the most moved-in midfielder this week and his subsequent price hike, the Arsenal winger still offers excellent value at £6.3m with two excellent fixtures coming in the form of Bournemouth away this weekend followed by Fulham at home.

Reece James

Some dismissed James in pre-season because of the threat of him playing as a right-sided centre-back. It’s certainly one thing – James started in the back three against Tottenham on Sunday – but if anything, it increases his chances of playing regular minutes.

And as we saw on Sunday, an in-game switch to wing-back can produce a lot of points. James scored Chelsea’s second and set up Kai Havertz for a sitter minutes earlier from that position. The run against Leeds, Leicester and Southampton was too good to ignore.

Marc Cucurella

From the moment Cucurella began to be linked with a move from Brighton to one of the Premier League’s top clubs, fantasy managers knew he had the potential to become a mainstay in our squads at a price of just 5.0m.

The only question is whether he is also a mainstay at Chelsea. Rotation is a concern – especially if they sign Wesley Fofana for the left-sided centre-back slot – but with Ben Chilwell’s fitness still building, his place looks secure for now.

Ivan Toney

Many managers have fixed their frontline, with Jesus next to one of Erling Haaland or Harry Kane, then either a non-playing 4.5mo Aleksandar Mitrovic depending on their structure. Toney is the only player threatening to invite that.

The Brentford frontman has a goal and two assists to his name so far. Now it’s Fulham next and Everton, Leeds and Southampton make the next five. That deserves at least some consideration, especially if you’re in a gameweek 3 wildcard.

Demarai Gray

It’s hard to go into the midfield market under 8.0m. Many managers are looking to move on either or both of Leon Bailey and Pedro Neto. Bailey is the more urgent sell, having dropped from Aston Villa’s starting line-up last weekend.

If you have an extra 0.5m, consider Gray with Everton against a shaky Nottingham Forest. If not, moving on a 4.5m player like Romeo Lavia or Harrison Reed might be worth it, then bank the funds and spend on defence.