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Blog - Fantasy Picks

 By John Culea

Fantasy follow-up: Week Three

Diego Costa has continued his brilliant start at Chelsea with two goals against Everton.

Outstanding performances

Diego Costa, Chelsea (9.5) Did Costa have a miraculous injury recovery, or were doubts about his fitness managerial gamesmanship? Whatever the case, Costa's two goals give him four for the season.

Nathan Dyer, Swansea (6.2) The midfielder had a brace and has three goals in as many games.

Ramires, Chelsea (6.2) Scored a goal and an assist in the Chelsea battle royale at Goodison Park.

Andreas Weimann, Aston Villa (6.4) Recorded a goal (his second of the season) and an assist in the Villa road victory.

Nemanja Matic, Chelsea (6.8) Scored his first goal ever for his club and added an assist at Everton.

Hot

Raheem Sterling, Liverpool (7.6) Scored a goal and now has two for the season plus an assist.

Gylfi Sigurdsson, Swansea (6.7) Notched two assists Saturday to give him a goal and four assists in three games.

Nikica Jelavic, Hull (6.2) Now has two goals in his past two games.

Cesc Fabregas, Chelsea (9.0) Another assist Saturday brings his season total to four.

Steven Naismith, Everton (6.2) Three games and three goals for the one-time substitute.

Branislav Ivanovic, Chelsea (8.0) Scored his second goal of the season.

Jose Ulloa, Leicester (5.3) That's two goals in three matches for the Argentine forward.

Hot and cold

Seamus Coleman, Everton (7.0) After a goal the week before, the defender picked up an assist against Chelsea and then had the ball bounce off his leg for an own goal.

First goals

Mame Diouf scored his first Premier League goal against Manchester City.

Mame Diouf, Stoke (5.7) The Senegal transfer forward went on a brilliant solo run to score the only goal in the Potters' upset win at Manchester City.

Albert Moreno, Liverpool (6.5) The Spaniard picked Andros Townsend's pocket at midfield and went on a glorious solo sprint to score.

Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal (8.9) The high-profile transfer scored a goal against Leicester.

Steven Gerrard, Liverpool (8.8) His specialty is penalty kicks, and he scored against Spurs.

Michael Williamson, Newcastle (5.3) The Magpie defender scored his first PL goal since he joined the team five years ago.

Kevin Mirallas, Everton (6.7) Tried to rally his team with his header just before halftime.

Rolando Aarons, Newcastle (4.3) The midfielder with a puny fantasy value scored as a substitute.

Jason Puncheon, Crystal Palace (6.0) With a history of bad feelings between the midfielder and manager Neal Warnock, Puncheon soothed things with a second-half goal.

Wayne Routledge, Swansea (6.2) Scored a goal to add to his assist and two clean sheets.

Graziano Pelle, Southampton (5.8) The Italian transfer got a late goal in the win at West Ham.

Charlie Austin, QPR (4.8) The low-budget striker broke the team's 315-minute scoring drought with the only goal of the game.

Gabriel Agbonlahor, Aston Villa (5.9) The one-time fantasy favorite opened his season account with a Sunday goal.

Rave review debut

Wilfried Zaha, Crystal Palace (Value TBA) The Manchester United midfielder arrived on loan Thursday and scored late to rescue a point for Palace.

Samuel Eto'o, Everton (5.7) The former Chelsea striker signed with Everton on Tuesday and scored against his old team on Saturday.

Mixed review debut

Angel Di Maria, Manchester United (8.5) As advertised, Di Maria is likely to have many assists and few goals. He had neither on Saturday but displayed good moments and was withdrawn in the 68th minute.

Mario Balotelli, Liverpool (9.0) Sixty-one minutes played, and five shots with one on goal in Liverpool's easy road result.

Good housekeeping

Lukasz Fabianski, Swansea (4.4) Two straight clean sheets for the fantasy bargain goalkeeper.

Robert Green, QPR (5.0) Six saves to go with his shutout over Sunderland.

David de Gea, Manchester United (6.8) He was a rare bright spot in the scoreless draw against Burnley.

Simon Mignolet, Liverpool (6.4) After a rough outing against Manchester City, Mignolet had little to do, with one save in the clean sheet against Spurs.

Uh-oh

Tim Howard, Everton (6.2) Ten goals conceded in three matches, no clean sheets, and against Chelsea, he picked up a yellow card and lost his cool.

Yaya Toure, Manchester City (9.7) Last year's fantasy leader for midfielders has no goals or assists and ranks 50th at his position. He's not recommended until Sept. 27, after City plays Arsenal and Chelsea.

Mesut Ozil, Arsenal (7.8) Wasteful again with the ball, and he continues to disappoint with no goals or assists.

Mesut Ozil's struggles this season continued Sunday against Leicester.

Christian Eriksen, Tottenham (7.1) Three games, no goals or assists and a fantasy manager's nightmare by being withdrawn at 59 minutes Sunday.

Premier League action resumes Sept. 12 after an 11-day international break.

John Culea

John Culea is an American living in San Diego who became hooked on football while serving in the Navy for two years in London. A former TV news, Emmy Award-winning anchor/reporter, he goes by the fantasy honorary title of "Sir John." He is a devoted Chelsea supporter and offers previews of upcoming Premier League action and a review of the games played from an American perspective.

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