Fantasy League: Week 3 - Carl Sample’s top spot as Arsenal keeper Cech boosts points total

Scarborough News Fantasy League
Scarborough News Fantasy League

Sherburn FC and Flixton CC man Carl Sample leads The Scarborough News Fantasy League after week three’s action.

Sample’s #uptheburn side netted a 69-point haul which helped him leapfrog Scarborough News sports reporter Daniel Gregory’s Pegia Warsaw side into second spot.

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Rob Clubley, Lee Paterson and Tony Geall are joint third on 171 points as they look to stay in the hunt for the cash prize.

Craig Furnell’s Craig’s 11 side are rock bottom in 203rd spot with just 43 points, with Michael Dennis’ Amigo’s in 202nd and Craig Rackham’s Rackti Dettori side in 201st.

Looking ahead (courtesy of

Three of the top five teams in the Barclays Premier League are on their travels this weekend as The Scout assesses the gameweek four schedule.

The top 20

The top 20

Second-placed Leicester City make their way to AFC Bournemouth, with the home side looking to build on last week’s 4-3 win at West Ham United.

Manchester United face a tough task at in-form Swansea City, while Crystal Palace pay a visit to defending champions, Chelsea.

Elsewhere, league leaders Manchester City seek a fourth straight victory at home to Watford.

Liverpool look to maintain their unbeaten start at home to West Ham, while Arsenal go head-to-head with Newcastle United at St James’ Park in the Gameweek’s early kick-off.

Ones to watch: (courtesy of

Aleksandar Kolarov – the Serbian’s impressive displays down the left flank have been pivotal to Manchester City’s three-match winning streak. After serving up a 15-point haul away to Everton, Kolarov welcomes a Watford side that’s failed to score in each of the last two game weeks.

Matt Ritchie – the Bournemouth playmaker has been a little unlucky not to pick up points so far. Now down to £5.9m, Ritchie has fired nine attempts on goal and his threat down the right could come to fruition against a Leicester City defence that’s still searching for a first clean sheet of the season.

Nacer Chadli – with a goal and assist over the previous couple of matches, the Belgian has played a part in two of Tottenham’s last three strikes. Available for £7m, Chadli hosts an Everton defence that’s conceded twice in two of the opening three Gameweeks.

Mame Biram Diouf – owned by just 4% of Fantasy managers, the Stoke striker looks a real differential ahead of a home derby with West Brom. Having notched in each of the last two matches, the £6.5m-priced Diouf is an in-form option against a backline that’s been breached six times already.

Olivier Giroud – despite scoring just once so far, the Arsenal man has fired more shots from inside the box (12) than any other forward. Given that hosts Newcastle conceded 27 times at home last season – the joint-worst defensive record – Giroud could be back in the goals at St James’ Park.