Welcome to Week 3 of my player picks for the Yahoo Fantasy Premier League game. AM FC continued my solid start to the season with 112 points in Week 2, thanks mainly to a strong performance from the keeper and defence. Thibaut Courtois, Neil Taylor, John Terry and Ryan Bertrand all secured clean sheets, and once again there were good points returned by Cesc Fabregas, Aaron Ramsey and Diego Costa. I'm looking to build on this in Week 3, which is the last weekend of Premier League action for a fortnight due to the frustratingly positioned international break over the weekend of 6th-7th September.
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Let's get straight in to the fixtures ...
Week 3 Fixtures
Aston Villa v Hull City
Burnley v Man Utd
Everton v Chelsea
Leicester City v Arsenal
Man City v Stoke
Newcastle v Crystal Palace
QPR v Sunderland
Swansea v West Brom
Tottenham v Liverpool
West Ham v Southampton
The first thing you'll notice is that there are a lot of closely matched fixtures this coming weekend, which always makes things a bit trickier. Saying that, Manchester City have to be big favourites to beat Stoke at home given their performance against Liverpool, combined with the Potters' poor showing at Hull despite playing against ten men for 85 minutes. Mark Hughes is trying to change the way his side play football by introducing the likes of Bojan in to the squad, but it will take some time for things to gel and I would expect City to win this one by a comfortable margin.
Beyond that there isn't really another "stand-out" fixture. Newcastle host a Crystal Palace side going through transistion, with a home win looking the likely outcome, while Swansea will be expected to continue their fine start to the season by recording a third consecutive win by defeating West Brom at the Liberty Stadium. However, neither side are nailed-on to pick up the three points, so approach with caution.
The two biggest matches of the weekend are Everton v Chelsea and Tottenham v Liverpool. The away team in both fixtures will be the marginal favourite to claim victory, but both Everton and Tottenham have shown they can score goals already this season, and Spurs in particular will want to avenge last December's 5-0 home defeat to Liverpool which ultimately led to the demise of Andre Villas-Boas. I'm tipping Chelsea to claim a narrow win at Goodison Park, and for the White Hart Lane match to end in a high-scoring draw, so attacking players will be worth looking at.
There are two matches that look good on paper, but I would advise against investing heavily in Arsenal or Manchester United players for their trips to Leicester and Burnley respectively. While the Premier League giants should win their fixtures against the newly promoted sides, neither has shown particularly good form in the opening two matches of the season, so be careful about putting too many eggs in either basket.
That leaves Aston Villa v Hull, QPR v Sunderland and West Ham v Southampton - would anyone be surprised if all three games ended as low scoring draws? I certainly wouldn't be, but that doesn't mean there won't be value in some of the defensive and attacking players on show.
With all that in mind, click over to the next page to view the Week 3 player recommendations.