Fantasy Football Captain Tips - FPL Gameweek 2
Posted by FFPundits
10:51pm Aug 18 2017
Fantasy Premier League Captain Picks and Tips from Spurs, Bournemouth and Leicester
After a tantalising opening week to the new Premier League season with some very strange results and score lines, who will you entrust with your captains armband this weekend?
After their poor performance last weekend, Chelsea players have been excluded from this weeks potential picks, with a difficult away trip to Spurs on the cards.
Furthermore, Romelu Lukaku and Sergio Aguero are also excluded – you don’t need me or anyone else to point out how good they are and why you should captain them.
So, without further ado, let’s get going with my Gameweek 2 Captain Picks and Tips.
Harry Kane – Spurs [£12.5m]
First up this week it’s Tottenham’s goal-scoring machine, Harry Kane.
‘Arry will be hoping to open his account for the new season at home (well, Wembley) against Chelsea and break his August hoo-doo.
Kane was perhaps unlucky not to bag a goal against Newcastle last weekend, with 22% of the FPL population holding their head in their hands as he struck the woodwork late on in the game.
Despite regularly being the Premier League’s top scorer, Kane usually has a slow start to the season – however, this summer he’s well rested, had a full pre-season with Spurs on tour and looks to be in good shape.
With that in mind, I expect Kane to be fully refreshed and be amongst the goals early on, hopefully starting this weekend against a downtrodden Chelsea.
Chelsea were simply awful last weekend – conceding 3 goals at home to the relegation favourites isn’t good enough from Antonio Conte’s perspective and I think they’re going to struggle at Wembley this weekend.
For some strange reason, over 142,000 FPL managers have already ditched Kane from their teams, with the majority of those making the direct switch to Romelu Lukaku, who’s now £0.9m cheaper than the £12.5m hit-man.
However, that could be a mistake as Kane isn’t the back to back golden boot winner with 20+ goals a season 3 times in a row for nothing!
Spurs have a well documented Wembley hoo-doo; winning just twice in 10 games at the national stadium.
However, I fancy them to make it 3 in 11 this Sunday, with Harry Kane in amongst the goals in front of 80,000 roaring Spurs fans.
Jermain Defoe – Bournemouth [£8.0m]
Next up is Bournemouth striker Jermaine Defoe, who like Kane, will be hoping to get back amongst the goals this weekend.
Defoe was on the bench last week as he wasn’t quite ready to make his second debut for the Cherries, but will hopefully get the start this time around at home against Watford.
Defoe has done tremendously well in the last two seasons in his efforts to keep Sunderland up, scoring 15 goals in each of those seasons.
Unfortunately, he couldn’t help keep their place in the top flight and will be desperate to avoid another relegation battle this season.
Eddie Howe’s men were unlucky to lose 1-0 at West Brom in Gameweek, but should fare better this weekend at Watford, who conceded 3 goals to Liverpool in their 3-3 Gameweek 1 draw.
With Watford’s defence looking a bit shaky in last weekends 3-3 draw with Liverpool, I think Bournemouth could get their first win of the new season, with Defoe getting his first goal in his second spell for Bournemouth.
Owned by just 4.4% of all FPL bosses, Defoe could be a clever captaincy choice for Gameweek 2 – especially for those of you that don’t own Lukaku…
Jamie Vardy – Leicester City [£8.6m]
Our last regular pick this week is Leicester’s Jamie Vardy, who looked excellent last Friday in their 4-3 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates.
Unsurprisingly, over 205,000 FPL managers have already drafted the Englishmen into their squads for Gameweek 2, in the hope that he’ll repeat last weeks thundering form.
It’s worth pointing out that Leicester have some awful fixtures on paper after this weekends game at home to Brighton, but if he can score 2 against Arsenal, there’s no reason why he can’t do it in the trickier games too.
Vardy is, like Defoe, very reasonably priced at just £8.6m – but given his two goals last week and the volume of managers who have transferred him in, that price may spiral out of control if he bangs once again this weekend.
The fixture list Gods didn’t exactly shine down on Brighton, kicking your first Premier League campaign off against the title favourites isn’t the best game to start with, but they did well to hold off City for 70 minutes.
Visiting the King Power won’t be easy for the Seagulls either, especially given how impressive Leicester were last week.
Sadly, for Brighton, I can see it being two defeats on the spin with Leicester picking up their first win of the new season, with Vardy amongst the goalmouth action.
Steve Mounie – Huddersfield [£6.1m]
Finally our gamble this weekend is Huddersfield Town striker Steve Mounie, who will be hoping to put in another goal scoring performance at home to fellow newly promoted team Newcastle, in his home debut on Sunday at the John Smiths Stadium.
I owned Mounie last weekend, but sticking him on the bench has given me many sleepless nights I can assure you!
I won’t be making the same mistake this weekend and I am certainly considering taking the plunge and captaining him.
Mounie put in an excellent performance in Town’s fantastic 3-0 away win at Crystal Palace and has since attracted over 136,000 FPL bosses who’ve drafted him in to their teams for Gameweek 2.
Benching Mounie and Huddersfield winning, as a Leeds fan, last weekend was not a good one and one I’d like to forget, quickly!
Mounie is excellently priced at only £6m and is still only owned by 2.4% of managers, so does he offer the best value as a captaincy differential for Gameweek 2?
With Huddersfield playing some lovely attacking football with plenty of threat going forward, I fancy it to be two consecutive wins on the bounce for David Wagner, with Mounie to score in his first two games in English football.
As ever, many thanks for reading this article and I wish you green arrows and good fortunes for the gameweek ahead.