Fantasy Premier League Tips - Gameweek 2 Punts of the Week

10:41pm Aug 16 2017

Under the radar FPL midfielders to consider as replacements for the injured Crystal Palace star, Wilfried Zaha

Our friends at have returned ahead of Gameweek 2 with 3 midfield picks – each with an ownership of less than 5%.

This article couldn’t have come at a better time, as earlier in the week, news broke that Crystal Palace midfielder Wilfried Zaha would face up to four weeks out with a knee injury.

Luckily for us, the team at @FPL_Connect have put their thinking caps on and scoured the TSB% (teams selected by) filters on the FPL game to help offer us some potential target transfers before his price drops…. tonight!

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Aaron Ramsey – Arsenal [£7.0m]

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Our £7.0m man Zaha, who was owned by around 28% of fantasy managers at the start of GW1, has been injured, forcing us into an uncomfortable early transfer decision – but waiting in the wings as a ready-made replacement for the Ivorian winger, is Aaron Ramsey.

Priced the same and with just 2.6% ownership off the back of a cheeky goal in the opening Premier League fixture, Aaron might just be ready to bring back the Ramsey of old, from an FPL point of view.

The Welshman has scored 3 goals and bagged 2 assists in the last 6 competitive matches for Arsenal and more than that, he well and truly passes the eye-test in the current system.

I watched a fair few of the Arsenal matches live at the back-end of last year since the change in formation and Ramsey was looking so dangerous with those late, Lampard-esque runs into the box, bombing past Özil and Sanchez to get into the box to support the striker.

Ramsey is nailed on when fit and will undoubtedly get decent attacking returns with a prolonged spell in the squad. The only problem with Ramsey, is the fact he is injury-prone and that it something that will never change.

If you can look beyond the injury scares, I think Ramsey could be a great pick for this weekend and the foreseeable future.

Elneny isn’t the same type of player as Ramsey and can’t give what Ramsey can. With 23 mins and a goal last Friday, as well as a full week of training under his belt, I expect Ramsey to come straight back into the squad for Elneny.

Stoke aren’t exactly the Stoke of old and were on the wrong end of a fair few hammerings at the bet365 Stadium last year, so I can see goals here – Ramsey is looking enticing all over again.

Ryan Fraser – Bournemouth [£5.5m]

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I wasn’t sure about Fraser from the beginning with Ibe there, but it seems as though Fraser has nailed down a spot on the wing for Bournemouth in the absence of Stanislas, after being in and out of the starting 11 last season.

He got 90 minutes on the weekend and although he didn’t bag any returns, he looked sharp.

Adding to that, they played a WBA side that went full Tony Pulis and simply shut up shop for the second half.

That won’t be the case this GW when they host a Watford side that looked awful defensively against Liverpool.

Bournemouth were solid at home last year and actually managed more goals than Man United.

Fraser displayed plenty of promise and returned 3 goals and 9 assists last season in 19(9) appearances, which for a player at his price, isn’t too bad at all.

With the right-wing his, whilst Stanislas recovers from injury, Fraser has all the makings of a player that could return well, starting with the home game against Watford this weekend.

At just 1.4% ownership, he could prove a very fruitful punt given the leaky Watford defence he’s up against and the expansive, fluid brand of football Howe gets his men playing.

Riyad Mahrez – Leicester City [£8.5m]

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Leicester were unlucky not to get something at the Emirates. They showed glimpses of why they ended up winning the league in 2015/16, with their wonderful counter attacking style of play.

Defensively, perhaps not, but certainly from an attacking perspective. Vardy was a constant threat and Mahrez was looking his tricky, slick self and made a couple of brilliant passes for Vardy, including a well taken corner for Vardy’s second.

He didn’t get on the score-sheet himself, but with the Algerian international looking to force a move away, he will be keen to impress potential suitors.

With Brighton up next at the King Power and Leicester seemingly back to their best as an attacking unit, I can see Mahrez doing some serious damage if he can channel that exciting player we all know he can be.

Even without that, Leicester were impressive going forward and Mahrez doesn’t need to be at his sparkling best to get something from this game.

Brighton weren’t great away from home in the Championship last season – they scored 28 goals and conceded 26 and I can’t see that getting any better now they’re in the Premier League.

I think, despite the opening day defeat to Arsenal, the Foxes will have their tales up and will want to bounce back with a win this weekend and I can see Mahrez stepping up his game, in an attempt to seal his move away from the former champions.

At just 3.% ownership, Mahrez looks an enticing differential this GW against a side that struggled away from home in the Championship, 1never mind the Premier League.

If it’s a powerful punt you want, then look no further!

Thank you for reading ‘Fantasy Premier League Tips – Gameweek 2 Punts of the Week’ which was written and produced by @FPL_Connect

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  1. Had started to write an article about this very dilemma but since you knocked one out first, figured I may as well add my comments thoughts in here!

    Agree – Ramsey looks the obvious choice and the goal against Leicester makes him a no-brainer to start – surely.. (assuming he doesn’t stub his toe taking a piss before Saturday!)

    Willian is another option being batted around, evenly priced with Zaha at £7.0m the Chelsea stalwart was the blues best player in game week one. Though he lacked a direct goal threat himself, he bagged an assist for a return of 6 points despite Chelsea’s 9-man horror show at Burnley. If Morata starts, which if he’s fit I expect he will. Willian may now have an inform target man as the outlet for his midfield endeavour. Morata looked clinical, bagging a goal and an assist in just 31 minutes. From Chelsea’s point of view, he was the one positive to come out of the game. When Hazard returns, Morata has the potential to be a goal machine.

    With Fabregas out for two games and Hazard still injured, it’s over to Willian to step up and produce for Chelsea. The but and it’s a very big BUT, is that Chelsea are away to Spurs and then face Everton in game week three – two difficult games ahead, which make Willian a much less appealing consideration for me.

    A slightly pricer option is Pogba, Man Utd have started with all guns firing. Currently priced at £8.0m, the flamboyant Frenchman scored in Man UTD’s 4-0 win against West Ham and looks set to have a good season alongside the ever dependable Matic. Matic bossed the midfield against the hammers and could bring the perfect blend in the Man Utd midfield. Matic could be the missing piece of the puzzle that allows Pogba to push forward. I think this could be the season where Pogba steps up and shows his worth. Still begs belief that Matic was allowed to leave Chelsea so easily.

    Mkhitaryan needs a mention too, the Armenian saw a price increase to £8.1 after an impressive performance saw him contribute two assists and three shots on goal. Playing just in behind Lukaku, he could be one of the main providers for Lukaku.

    On balance, if you had Zaha, a straight swap for Ramsey makes the most sense. If you have some money in the bank and can afford to pitch a little higher, I’d pluck for Mkhitaryan or Pogba.

    Cheers – Keep up the good work guys!!

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