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Clark gives Australian manager a boost

The Scout 29 Aug 2017
Newcastle United v West Ham United

Find out how one chip lifted the top-ranked FPL player for Gameweek 3 more than two million places in the world

After ranking 4.2 million in the world for Gameweek 2, Joshua McNamara did what many Fantasy Premier League managers would do - he turned to emergency measures.

But rather than dive into the transfer market, or rebuild with an early Wildcard chip, he put faith in his existing squad.

He instead used the Bench Boost chip, looking to his reserves to inspire a resurgence. 

It set the scene for Ciaran Clark (£4.5m) to emerge as an unlikely hero, as Joshua was crowned FPL Manager of the Week. 

A graphic of the FPL Gameweek 3 Manager of the Week's squad: De Gea; Bertrand, Luiz, Dawson; Salah, Alli, Ramsey, De Bruyne; Firmino, Jesus, Mounie; Elliot, Clark, Carroll, Suttner

The Newcastle United defender was the top individual scorer in Gameweek 3, and his 15 points contribution from the bench was vital.

With Rob Elliot (£4.0m) and Markus Suttner (£4.5m) also providing clean sheets, it meant that 32 of Joshua's 109-point total came from substitutes.

Joshua’s captain Dele Alli (£9.5m) also delivered with 18 points, while Roberto Firmino (£8.6m) and Mohamed Salah (£9.0m) sealed the triumph on Sunday.

The Liverpool duo both produced double-figure scores in the convincing 4-0 victory over Arsenal


In a dramatic reversal of fortunes, Joshua finished top of the world in Gameweek 3, having scored only 25 points seven days earlier.

The Australian jumped almost 3.3 million places in the overall rankings to 28,220.

As Manager of the Week, he claims a copy of FIFA 18, a Nike Ordem V match ball and an FPL mug, all packaged in an FPL rucksack.

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