Potential FPL transfers to consider in preparation for Gameweek 2
Posted by FFPundits
12:00pm Aug 14 2017
As Gameweek 1 of the new Fantasy Premier League season ends, @SeanTDickens reviews the action and looks ahead to Gameweek 2
The new premier league season started on Friday and Gameweek 1 produced plenty of goals (31) – with a few shock results that nobody in the FPL community would have predicted.
A few players who had a low selection percentage impressed this weekend and will be a hot topic of discussion for when deciding on how to use your sacred ONE free transfer for Gameweek 2.
A review of Gameweek 1
The most surprising result of GW1 saw 16/17 champions Chelsea lose 3-2 to an inspired Burnley side – Chelsea had Cahill and Fabregas both sent off, but that shouldn’t take away from Burnley’s resolute performance at the Bridge.
Sam Vokes scored two goals and Stephen Ward provided the other as Chelsea collapsed in spectacular fashion – Morata scored on his debut but provided little consolation for Conte’s Chelsea.
Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham and Manchester United all won their fixtures in GW1 in differing fashions.
Arsenal looked shaky against Leicester and conceding 3 goals at home may set alarm bells ringing for Wenger, although he will be pleased by the performances of Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lacazette.
The game was won by a powerful header by Olivier Giroud, who recently pledged his future to Arsenal.
Both Manchester clubs won their opening fixtures as Lukaku got off to a perfect start for United, scoring a brace in a convincing 4-0 victory over West Ham.
A rampant 2nd half display saw goals from Martial and Pogba top off an emphatic win for Jose Mourinho.
City looked comfortable and convincing away from home against Brighton, with an Aguero goal and a Lewis Dunk OG providing the goals.
Spurs also impressed away from home against Newcastle. Harry Kane seems to have an ‘August curse’ which he can’t seem to break! Luckily, Eriksen ran the show for Spurs and provided two assists for the dynamic Dele Alli and Welsh Left back Ben Davies.
The two Merseyside clubs had different fortunes as Wayne Rooney scored on his return to Everton in a 1-0 win against Stoke.
Liverpool drew 3-3 against Watford in a thrilling game in which Liverpools potent trio of forwards; Salah, Firmino and Mane got on the score-sheet and provided assists, scoring big points for their bountiful owners.
An inspired Huddersfield performance at Palace saw Steve Mounie score twice in a convincing 3-0 win.
West Brom won in a quiet opening fixture against Bournemouth with new defender Hegazi providing the headed goal.
Southampton and Swansea produced a drab 0-0 draw at St Mary’s.
Potential transfers for Gameweek 2
Most FPL managers are already planning their GW2 squad and will be itching to pull the trigger on a free transfer or a potential early wildcard.
A lot of players impressed over the weekend and the players mentioned below are the ones who would fit seamlessly into any lineup or team, without any added stress or excessive tinkering!
Kyle Walker-Peters – Spurs [£4.5m, 1.0%]
The 20-year-old right back was a surprise selection by Pochettino and he justified his selection in a solid performance for Spurs.
After his namesake, Kyle Walker, left the club for Man City and Kieran Trippiers injury, a space opened for him and he looks set for a run in a strong Spurs first team.
At £4.5m, he will fit into almost any team and will free up valuable funds for more premium players.
Nicolas Otamendi – Man City [£5.5m, 5.2%]
The £33m Argentinian played 90 minutes for City against Brighton and will be a consistent starter in Peps 3-5-2 system alongside Stones and Kompany.
City looked solid defensively and the introduction of new defensive signings Walker, Danilo, Mendy and Ederson will stabilise an area of weakness for City whilst providing Otamendi with a solid, experienced back-line to play with.
Aaron Ramsey – Arsenal [£7.0m, 1.9%]
The enigmatic Welshman only featured for 23 minutes against Leicester City but provided a driving impetus for Arsenal when they needed inspiration.
He scored the equaliser to make it 3-3 and the Arsenal team lifted their performance and players like Ozil and Lacazette improved massively when he was introduced.
Elneny’s disappointing display should give him a run in the first team and a partnership with Xhaka could prove to be very fruitful for Arsenal.
Xhaka also impressed on Friday and has been transferred in by 170,000 FPL bosses for GW2 already !
**Zaha has an unconfirmed knee injury and would be a perfect £7.0m replacement
Steve Mounie – Huddersfield [£6.0m, 2.1%]
The new Huddersfield man scored twice against Palace and showed his goal scoring credentials.
The top scorer for Montpellier last season with 15 goals, he is picking up where he left off last season and looks to be outstanding value for your FPL team at only £6.0m.
The fixtures up until GW7 have been kind to Huddersfield with 3 favourable home games against Newcastle, Southampton and Leicester coming up and away games at West Ham and Burnley.
The potential for goals is there and could give a much-needed inexpensive boost to your attack if you chose to go without premium strikers such as Aguero, Kane and Lukaku.
Jamie Vardy – Leicester City [£8.5m, 9.9%]
The record-breaking Leicester striker scored two against Arsenal and looked dangerous, sharp and focused for 90 minutes.
He has scored 37 goals over the last two seasons and looks to be back to his best scintillating form.
He poses an enormous threat in front of goal and at a price of £8.5m, he offers value in a front 3 and is guaranteed goals when at his potent best.
A difficult run of fixtures is next for Leicester but that hasn’t stopped Vardy from scoring goals in the past and I expect plenty of goals from Vardy this season.
Who gets the armband?
There are always plenty of potential captaincy choices and the GW2 fixtures throw up some favourable fixtures for some of the big scorers in the league.
The table below will assess the chances of success of players who would be a perfect choice as a captain for GW2.
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What does this mean?
The trio of Liverpool attackers seem to be the perfect choice for the armband against a palace side that looked defensively weak against Huddersfield.
After scoring 3 at Watford, Liverpool looked in fine goal scoring form and I predict a rampant return for the front 3 with a 5 star chance of success.
Home games for City and Tottenham against difficult opponents in Everton and Chelsea bring down the rating to 4 stars for City as Everton looked defensively sound against a limp Stoke side.
Everton will be looking for a draw and could set up in a defensive way, thwarting a healthy return for the City trio.
After Chelseas collapse against Burnley, Harry Kane will be looking to break his August duck against a defensively weakened Chelsea side and grab a few goals to get him in the race for his third consecutive Golden Boot. He gets a rating of 5 stars.
Lukaku will be a firm favourite after his impressive brace against West Ham and he will looking to score goals against an arguably weaker Swansea side.
United looked strong in GW1 and Lukaku will be entering the game full on confidence and rightly earning a 5 star rating.
After a frantic GW1, the urge as an FPL manager to tinker and stress over your squad will be stronger than ever.
However, the season is still only a week old and after this weeks shock results, we all know that anything can happen in the premier league!