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Sanchez shines to make Dream Team

By The Scout 30 Aug 2016
Scout: Alexis Sanchez

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez scores 16 points to lead the way in the best XI of Gameweek 3

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Delivering a tally of 117 points, the Gameweek 3 Dream Team had a fresh feel to it, with each of the XI earning their first call up of the season.

With only two forwards scoring over five points over the weekend, it also took on an unfamiliar 4-5-1 set-up with the big points provided from midfield.

An unlikely chain of events helped Stoke City's Shay Given (£4.5m) earn his place in goal.

The veteran keeper got a hand to Leighton Baines' (£5.5m) spot-kick at Goodison Park, only for the ball to strike the post and rebound off Given to register an own goal.

Nonetheless, the Potters keeper went on to make eight saves against Everton - the highest single tally so far in 2016/17.

Given's 39 Bonus Point System (BPS) score was also the biggest recorded by a goalkeeper this season, helping him to three bonus and a 10-point total.

GW3 Dream Team

In defence, Manchester United's Antonio Valencia (£5.5m) and West Bromwich Albion's Jonny Evans (£4.5m) recorded their second clean sheets of the campaign.

Both also earned bonus points, with Valencia registering 38 in the BPS, the highest tally for a defender in the Gameweek.

Found in only 0.7% of FPL squads, Middlesbrough's Ben Gibson (£4.5m) secured a shut-out and the maximum three bonus points in the Hawthorns' stalemate.

Scott Dann (£5.5m) was the only member of the back four to rely on attacking points.

The centre-half - who netted five times last term - opened his account for the season, with a vital late header sealing a point for Crystal Palace against AFC Bournemouth.

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez (£10.9m) and Manchester City's Raheem Sterling (£8.2m) were the two biggest points scorers.

Sanchez earned his first attacking returns of the campaign in the 3-1 win at Watford, recording the highest Gameweek BPS tally on show (46).

Sterling was just behind the Chilean on 45 BPS.

His two-goal salvo fired Manchester City to a 3-1 win and confirmed the winger as a hot property.

Owned by less than 7% heading into the Gameweek, Sterling has since been acquired by 100,000 FPL managers since Saturday's deadline. No player has seen more transfers in the last 24 hours.

Raheem Sterling - GW3 Dream Team
Raheem Sterling scored 15 FPL points as he helped Man City to a 3-1 victory over West Ham

Chelsea's Eden Hazard (£10.2m) still remains ahead of that pair in the overall midfield rankings.

Another effervescent display was capped with a second goal of the season against Burnley.

The Belgian has scored or assisted in each of the first three Gameweeks and has seen more transfer traffic than any other player since Saturday's deadline.

Willian (£7.4m) sits alongside his Chelsea team-mate, having also claimed a goal and three bonus points from the Burnley victory.

Liverpool's James Milner (£6.5m) completes the midfield unit.

Deployed at left-back at White Hart Lane by Jurgen Klopp, Milner assumed spot-kick duties to stroke past Michel Vorm (£5.0m) and earn his side a draw.

Sunderland's Jermain Defoe (£7.1m) completes the Dream Team XI as the lone striker.

He also scored from the spot, securing the Black Cats a precious away point at Southampton.

With over 42,000 transfers in, Middlesbrough's Alvaro Negredo (£6.8m) is the only striker to attract more investment than Defoe since the Gameweek 3 deadline.

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