FPL Gameweek 2

FPL Gameweek 2 saw plenty of action with Brentford and Forest winning against Manchester United and Westham being the pick of the results, The usual suspect, Manchester City is up and running and Pep’s disciple, Arteta seems like he is not gonna make it easy for City this season.

Liverpool drew again, with Conte and Tuchel almost getting ready for a bout inside the squared ring. Here are a few lessons we learned from this gameweek.

Lesson 1: Jesus has arrived

When Man City brought the Brazilian striker in 2017, he was considered as their long term forward option, but he never managed to nail down a permanent spot. With his move to Arsenal and after an excellent preseason he was primed to start well, FPL managers though were hasty in transferring him out after a blank in GW1.

The former city forward made all of the 265k managers pay with the highest score(19) in GW2. He scored two and provided another couple of assists, had most number of shots in the box (7), out of which 3 were on target, adding to this, with fixtures against BOU, FUL, AVL following he is primed to be a captain option for plenty of managers.

Transfer Tip:  Already being owned by 76.7% managers, at 8m, Jesus can be a season long keep in the FPL team. Consider him as a captain option in this Arsenal team which has already scored 6 goals in 2 matches.

Lesson 2: The Bailey replacement

Bailey was one of the most popular choices for FPL managers due to his pre-season form with Aston Villa, a poor outing in the first match and he was benched for the second. With Watkins and Ings performing well, it seems unlikely he would be back in the starting line-up.

His ideal replacements in the same price range would be Josh Dasilva (4.6m), Andreas Pereira (4.5) and Dewsbury-Hall (5m). Dasilva has already notched 2 goals but from an xG of .07 and Dewsbury-Hall has 1 goal, to an almost similar xG of .05, expecting returns from our enablers is generally a bonus, but these two can be the perfect bench fodders who can come in for cameos.

If you have the spare .5m there are plenty of options which you can look at with Grob (5.6m), Gordon (5m) and Podence (5.5m) in the mix. Brighton have a nice run of fixtures and Grob has been the central to everything they do. Podence in the absence of Jiminez also looks good to start for Wolves and be their main goal threat.

Transfer Tip: With the price for Bailey dropping, most managers would be priced out for all the options except Dasilva and Pereira, these two not only give you some extra money in the bank, they are also certain starters, but if you are one of the managers with money in the kitty Grob looks the best choice given Brighton’s fixtures.

Lesson 3: The Liverpool Conundrum

2 matches 2 draws, plenty of injuries, suspensions, Liverpool fans might be wondering if this is another 20/21 season. With a crucial match against their eternal rivals Manchester United, Liverpool would want to turn around their form soon. So what do we do with the Liverpool assets in the team?

Salah is a no brainer, he stays in the team, he is a proven scorer no further explanation needed.

Luis Diaz scored a screamer against Crystal Palace and was lively in the first match against Fulham. With Darwin Nunez out, Diaz along with Salah are going to be the main threat on goal for Liverpool.

Darwin Nunez after his silly outburst got a red card and would be suspended for the next 3 weeks. If you don’t have Jesus, that’s the first move you got to do. The other two striker options Haaland and Kane are a bit above the price range and cannot be brought in one move unless we have money in the bank.

The next best option would be Ivan Toney, Brenford`s main man, he has scored once and assisted twice already in the two matches this season with an xG of .79 and xA of 1.11. With a nice run of fixtures this could be the moment to capitalise.

Trent and Robertson, it seems silly we are even considering removing the Liverpool fullbacks from our team but here we are. Trent like Salah is essential, purely for his set piece and attacking abilities.

Robertson, has been outscoring Trent in the later part of last season, but the problem is the clean sheets, Liverpool have conceded first in the last 6 games, and were top of the chances conceded both against Crystal Palace, conceding 4 big chances and with injury problems mounting, the clean sheets don’t look as assured as they were before.

Personally, we would wait for another couple of weeks before moving out any of them but if you have those itchy fingers go for Reece James (6m) and Ivan Perisic (5.4), both attacking wing backs for managers who like their wing backs to be more in the box and a nice run of fixtures.

Transfer tip: Nunez to Toney would both free up funds and give you a proven striker who would lead the line very well. Robertson to James and Perisic.

Lesson 4: Go for Rodrigo

Form, cheap, plays for an attacking team, nice run of fixtures and playing out of position as a striker, someone who ticks all boxes should be in our team right? Rodrigo is that player, with Bamford injury he is set to take the striker role.

He scored 2 from 4 shots, created 3 big chances and looks set for a consistent run of games. Bamford injury also makes Rodrigo the penalty taker for Leeds. With our initial picks of Neto and Bailey failing at 6.1m he offers the perfect replacement.

Transfer tip: With most managers having 2FT Rodrigo can be easily brought in for the easy run of fixtures.

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