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Every Wednesday, our panel of Fantasy Premier League experts look back at the previous Gameweek and ahead to the next one.
Following a thrilling second week of action, here’s what they had to say.
It was second time lucky for me with Romelu Lukaku as captain. He may not have bagged any bonus points over the weekend, but giving him the armband during the dreaded Saturday lunchtime kick off was vindicated with a goal.
He’s already displaying the kind of form which makes you think he will score 25+ goals this season. He’s already established himself as a must have. I might even captain him again in Gameweek 3.
The player that caught my eye this week was actually Watford’s new Brazilian signing Richarlison de Andrade aka Richarlison to you and me. Perhaps surprisingly listed as a midfielder he managed six shots in 80 minutes against Bournemouth and was certainly pushed further forward than perhaps was expected.
At £6m he is a solid option for consideration particularly if he continues in A. An advanced position and B. To shoot on sight! We all saw witness to the points potential last season of a certain Josh King being played out of position and who can forget the legend that was Michu back in the day (2012-13).
Richarlison has a lot to prove before he reaches that level so he’ll not be getting the captain’s armband yet but as a midfielder differential he’s already in my team.
Richarlison. Watford. 👀 #FPL
— Chief ⚽ #FPL Manager (@FPLHints) August 1, 2017
Jonas Lossl was probably not someone you considered as a viable goalkeeper pick during the pre-season. After all, Huddersfield had a negative goal difference last season and conceded more than a goal a game in the Championship.
However, he’s currently the 9th highest points scorer in FPL. This has been helped by making 9 saves, bagging 2 clean sheets and accruing 3 bonus points. If you’re looking for a cheap starting keeper, he may well be the answer.
I can already see myself buying a Huddersfield Town scarf this winter and I have genuinely loved their introduction to the Premier League. The underlying stat remains that if they win their next 36 league games they will be guaranteed Premier League Champions!
Realistically though they face Southampton in Gameweek 3 and I think it could be a real test for them in terms of what direction they will go this season.
Nathan Redmond is a player with the ability to perform on the pitch and frustrate fantasy managers in equal measure. His first two games though have seen a potent attacking threat and he’s had more shots than any other player in the Southampton team and tellingly more attempted assists than any other Saint also.
Now of course – unconverted chances don’t result in points in this format but needless to say if he continues putting up strong numbers each week then surely he can add to his points tally.
Javier Hernandez scored a brace in only his second match back in the Premier League. There will be plenty more goals for him over the course of the season. If you’re looking for a non-premium striker in the weeks ahead, he could make perfect sense.
In fact, West Ham’s next eight Gameweeks seem fairly generous and are as follows: Newcastle (A), Huddersfield (H), West Brom (A), Spurs (H), Swansea (H), Burnley (A), Brighton (H), Palace (A). He could easily score a goal a game during this period. Keep an eye on him.
I have already had a lot of interactions on Twitter asking about wildcard suggestions. There is no question it’s tempting to play it now, (particularly if you’ve had a slow start) but the reality here is hold fire.
Case in point– having Harry Kane in your line up at £12.5m and not bringing in the points is tough to watch. The goals will come. In both GWs 1+2 he has been close to scoring and perhaps unlucky not to.
With Burnley up next for Spurs and Kane alone averaging seven shots per game so far this season, surely it’s a matter of time for Kane and the same goes for the other big hitters in your squad.
I will be holding off any thoughts of wildcarding till after Gameweek 3 when we are lumbered with a delightful International break. Even then… If I can hold onto the Wildcard till later I will.
FantasyYIRMA.com started in 2012 as one of the early Fantasy Football blog accounts focused primarily on news and previews for the Premier League. Now after providing coverage across 191 consecutive Fantasy Premier League gameweeks we still haven’t a clue what we’re talking about however feel we could’ve qualified as an astronaut if the time had been spent more productively.
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