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GW3 FPL stats: Top captain pick De Bruyne blanks

By The Scout 28 Sep 2020
Kevin De Bruyne

Man City midfielder fails to produce attacking returns in a 5-2 loss to Leicester after nearly a million managers gave him the Gameweek 3 armband

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Nearly a million Fantasy Premier League managers were left disappointed as top Gameweek 3 captain pick Kevin De Bruyne (£11.6m) failed to produce any attacking returns in Manchester City's 5-2 defeat to Leicester City.

The leading points-scorer last season, De Bruyne was both the most captained and third-most transferred-in player after claiming 13 FPL points in his first appearance of 2020/21 in Gameweek 2. 

But he and his Man City team-mates were upstaged by Leicester's hat-trick hero Jamie Vardy (£10.0m). 

Divided opinions over Werner

The second-most captained player for GW3, Timo Werner (£9.5m), also blanked despite his Chelsea team scoring three in the comeback 3-3 draw at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. Transferred out by 429,000+ the German was also captained by more than 804,000.

GW3 most-captained players
Player Captained by ('000s)
De Bruyne 996
Werner 804
Salah 731

The onus was on Mohamed Salah (£12.1m) to deliver for Liverpool at home to Arsenal on Monday, as he completed the top three captain picks.

The Egyptian scored twice against the Gunners in the corresponding fixture in 2019/20 and picked up 20 points in the Reds' first home match of the season against Leeds United.

But he was also unable to repeat that feat and picked up five points for his one assist in the Reds' 3-1 win.

Salah was also favoured by the top 100 managers but Harry Kane (£10.5m) and Son Heung-min (£9.1m) were both selected ahead of him. 

Kane registered an assist in Tottenham Hotspur's 1-1 draw against Newcastle United, while team-mate Son missed out on attacking returns and was substituted at half-time with an injury.

GW3 most-captained players by top 100
Player Captained by
Kane 41
Son 18
Salah 15

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.3m) was the most popular transfer in this Gameweek and his new owners were rewarded as the Everton striker produced at Crystal Palace.

Calvert-Lewin was brought in by 969,000+ managers after scoring four goals in two matches and he delivered with a goal after 10 minutes at Selhurst Park to return six points.

GW3 most transferred-in players
Player Transferred in by ('000s)
 Calvert-Lewin 969
Son 918
De Bruyne 817

A difficult run of fixtures for Arsenal led to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.9m) being sold by over a million managers.

The midfielder picked up his lowest total of 2020/21, only two points in the 3-1 loss at Liverpool, with fixtures against Man City, Manchester United and Leicester in their next four matches.

GW3 most transferred-out players
Player Transferred out by ('000s)
 Aubameyang 1,018
Saint-Maximin 653
Werner 429

An ankle injury for Allan Saint-Maximin (£5.4m), who has yet to produce an attacking return this season, prompted over 653,000 managers to part company with the Newcastle midfielder.

Werner completed the top three transfers out.

See: Fantasy Premier League stats 

Also in this series 

Part 2: GW3 Bonus points: Alexander-Arnold shines for Liverpool
Part 3: FPL Saturday review: Lamptey assists catch eye of managers
Part 4: GW3 Lessons: Penalties becoming a bigger factor
Part 5: FPL experts: Consider filling your team with penalty-takers
Part 6: GW3 Lessons: Form and fixtures favour Everton

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