Following an explosive opening game week for many FPL managers, those that weren’t so lucky are already looking to make tweaks to their sides ahead of game week 2. Even those managers that scored big will have eyed up opportunities to strengthen with some bargains to be had ahead of the second week of the season.
These game week 2 tips will be of benefit however you faired last weekend and we will also be pinpointing some of the highlights from the opening weekend.
GW1 Eye Catchers
There were a number of players who quite simply sparkled at the weekend and whilst some were the ones we expected (like our captain picks of Salah and Mane), others were players who were a little less obvious.
Ruben Neves – The Wolves midfielder looked sharp against Everton and despite his side not really grabbing this game by the scruff of its neck he managed to have a significant impact with a goal and an assist. It looks like he has been given the responsibility for free kicks now that Douglas has departed and if he blasts a few more in like the one against Everton he will be a force to be reckoned with. At £5m he looks a steal.
Richarlison – The young Brazilian also sparkled in the game at Molineux and bagged a brace before limping off. Hopefully he will be fit for the home game against Southampton on Saturday as he could be having another wonderful beginning of the season under Marco Silva.
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Wan-Bissaka – The young Crystal Palace right back is valued at just £4m and grabbed a clean sheet, an assist and all three bonus points in what was a fantastic game for the young England man. Palace looked well organised and pretty solid and with Hodgson having backed Wan-Bissaka he looks likely to be a permanent feature this season.
Luke Shaw – You don’t get much for £5m in FPL these days but to get a Man United defender for that price is pretty good going. If shaw can get a decent run in the side it will do his confidence the world of good and he could get back to his best. Lindelof is the other option at £5m for United but doesn’t possess the attacking threat of Shaw. The left back is unlikely to score too many more this season but could well be an assister as well as likely getting plenty of clean sheets.
Callum Wilson – The £6m Bournemouth striker scored and got an assist in the opening weekend and with an excellent run of fixtures up until a tough November, Bournemouth could well be a side to back. They may have played a pretty poor Cardiff side at the weekend but the clinical nature of Wilson could pay dividends if you back him over the coming weeks.
Game Week 2 Tips
We take a look at the top picks ahead of game week 2. Rather than assessing each fixture we are going to call out 5 top picks ahead of game week 2.
A home game against newly promoted Fulham should make for an entertaining game and one in which Kane will do his best to break his August jinx. Until he starts scoring regularly he won’t be heavily backed (although he does have 30% ownership already) but he showed his fitness last weekend with 90 minutes under his belt and this is the sort of game in which Kane usually excels.
If you prefer a cheaper option then Eriksen or Alli are both top choices for this fixture and we can see Spurs scoring a few after Fulham conceded two at home to Crystal Palace last weekend.
We have already mentioned the potential of Callum Wilson over the next couple of months and after seeing how West Ham conceded goals against Liverpool we wouldn’t be surprised to see more in this game. It is too early to judge the Hammers of course but Pellegrini is famous for being attack minded so there could well be some space to exploit for Bournemouth.
Wilson doesn’t need much more than a sniff and we fancy him to notch in this fixture.
We could have selected one of a host of Burnley defenders but as they are all pretty much the same price (£5m) you can take your pick. Burnley started the season with a 0-0 draw against Southampton – no surprises there then – and we should see another clean sheet here against Watford.
Aguero should have scored against Arsenal, it’s as simple as that. He should at the very least have passed for an assist when KDB had a tap in – hopefully that won’t lead to Pep rotating the Argentine because if he plays in this game at home to Huddersfield then this could be a romp for the Man City striker.
Huddersfield were poor at home to Chelsea and naive at best. City will likely destroy David Wagner’s side with their usual suspects being the benefactors. Expect KDB to start this game too!
Paul Pogba swept home an early penalty with arrogance and class against Leicester City and whilst the camp still doesn’t look completely happy, the World Cup winner looks like he will enjoy a little more creative freedom thanks to the arrival of Fred. United face a Brighton side that was pretty poor on the opening weekend (losing 2-0 to Watford) and although United don’t always find this a happy hunting ground they should have enough of their big names available to win this comfortably. £8m is a snip for Pogba and we think he will score plenty this season – especially if he remains on penalty kicks!
We will be back with more tips later this week as well as our usual captain picks and a more in-depth look at the fixtures. If you haven’t yet signed up for your membership you can still save 25% before GW2 starts using the code 25off here.