Daily Fantasy Football Picks for Gameweek 2 by Starting11.io
Posted by FFPundits
10:14am Aug 17 2017
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After an insane set of Gameweek 1 fixtures, we look ahead to Saturday’s Gameweek 2 fixtures for players in each position who can provide reliable points.
We’ve also picked out one who may fly under the radar and be the differential that wins you the weekend.
Safe Pick – Romelu Lukaku
After a brace in the opening weekend, Lukaku looks set to be in the race for the Golden Boot.
While his opponents may have been a West Ham side that looks to be in rough shape, a trip to Swansea shouldn’t deter the Belgian.
Differential – Jamie Vardy
Likewise, Jamie Vardy also scored two in the opening weekend, but against significantly stronger opponents at the Emirates.
The third-leading scorer in the Starting 11 game will be up against newly promoted Brighton at home, but may struggle to break on the counter against a squad likely to sit back.
Safe Pick – Sadio Mané
Mané was on the score sheet last weekend against Watford and was extremely dangerous in Liverpool’s midweek Champions League playoff against Hoffenheim.
Coming up against a Crystal Palace side that shipped three goals to Huddersfield should make Mané one of the first names on your team sheet.
Differential – Chris Brunt
A dead ball specialist for a squad that scored 21 of its 43 goals last season from set pieces.
They’ll travel to Burnley on Saturday, who got past a 10 (and later on 9) man Chelsea squad on the opening weekend.
Brunt is currently 23rd amongst midfielders in Starting 11 scoring average, and he may go overlooked in favor of bigger names on Saturday’s slate.
Safe Pick – Ryan Bertrand
The Saints managed a Gameweek 1 clean sheet against Swansea and now host a West Ham side that was bereft of ideas at Old Trafford.
Bertrand likes to get forward and is a good option for picking up offensive points in defence.
Bertrand posted a respectable 12 points in Gameweek 1 despite being subbed off late in the match, and was heavily involved in the Saints’ attack (third on the club in passes and second in touches against Swansea).
Differential – Jose Holebas
Holebas found himself in Liverpool’s half for much of their 3-3 draw at Vicarage Road, getting an assist along the way.
Away at Bournemouth, he should be able to repeat that performance.
With 15 Gameweek 1 points on Starting 11, Holebas currently finds himself within the top 10 of defenders in scoring average for Saturday’s slate of contests.
Safe Pick – David de Gea
De Gea earned an opening week clean sheet with little to trouble him and against Swansea it should be the same story.
While United still don’t have a firm starting back four, they’re certainly capable of handling a Sigurdsson-less Swansea.
Differential – Heurelho Gomes
Gomes was superb against Liverpool, making a number of crucial saves that earned the Hornets a point.
His defence will be much less likely to concede three against Bournemouth and he should pick up some save points along the way.
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For Gameweek 2, Romelu Lukaku seems like a safe bet to be on the score-sheet again.