The FFPundits' Staff Team - An Early Look At Gameweek 2
Posted by @FFPundits_Drew
8:30am Aug 13 2019
Mo Salah and Harry Kane delivered the goods in Gameweek 1, but we miss out on the first hat-trick of the season…
[Article written and published by @FFPundits_Drew]
After all those weeks of pre-season tinkering, I can’t believe Gameweek 1 is already over and done with.
Well, they do say that time flies by when you’re having fun. Right?
If you missed our FFP Staff Team drafts during pre-season, be sure to check out the rationale behind our Gameweek 1 team in our Final Draft article.
Below you will find our Gameweek 1 Fantasy Premier League team, where we review what went well, what didn’t, and what changes we may need to consider over the next few weeks – with our plan to wildcard after the first four to five Gameweeks still on the table, if needed.
Remember, there are midweek fixtures for both Chelsea and Liverpool who compete in the 2019-20 European Super Cup Final – as well as a Europa League Qualifier for Wolves.
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Gameweek 1 Review
In what was a high-scoring Gameweek across the board, we’re pleased to report that we are extremely happy with how we’ve started.
The captaincy choice of Mo Salah was justified on Friday night, as the Egyptian’s 12 points (doubled to 24) were backed up with a goal from Virgil van Dijk, in an opening fixture which brought us all the FPL excitement we have missed this summer.
After missing out on Raheem Sterling’s hat-trick in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off, I’ll admit, we were worried – but Harry Kane’s brace later that day saved our blushes and put a smile back on our worried faces.
Not owning Sterling remains a concern going forward, but it’s not something we plan to change right now, as strange as that sounds, but stay with us here.
Kane’s impressive EIGHT shots on goal again Aston Villa shows us that Harry means business this season, and we remain confident he is the man for us, giving us so many captaincy opportunities over the next 4 or 5 weeks.
After van Dijk’s goal, Lucas Digne and Aaron Wan-Bissaka both chipped in with a clean sheet for us – as well as 9 points from our budget goalkeeper Mat Ryan.
We have no plans to touch that defence for the time being – especially after such heavy returns in Gameweek 1.
Kevin De Bruyne bagged an assist in City’s comfortable 5-0 win at West Ham – a good start some might say, but when five goals are scored, quite frankly we want more than one goal involvement from a £9.5m midfielder but, let’s not be impatient here.
Tottenham’s Lucas Moura had a place in our side as a Gameweek 1 punt against newly promoted Aston Villa, returning just one assist but again, we hoped for more.
Then finally came the blanks from Ayoze Perez and our two Cherries, Ryan Fraser and Josh King – quite frankly, the three of them were awful and if it wasn’t for their favourable fixtures, we’d be considering which to remove with immediate effect.
Our FFPundits Staff Team was all out on 86 points, which is well above the Gameweek average score of 65 so, no complaints from us.
Plans for Gameweek 2
We said during pre-season that the inclusion of Lucas Moura was a one-week punt and whilst we won’t make a final decision until later in the week, we are starting to look at replacement options as we speak.
Sunday afternoon we had planned to monitor and discuss Anthony Martial vs Pulisic for a place in our Gameweek 2 team, but we were left disappointed as Pulisic started on the bench.
We do, however, expect Chelsea’s new signing to start for Frank Lampard in Gameweek 2 against Leicester City, but we need to see more of him before making a decision.
That leaves Martial – a midfielder playing upfront who had four shots and scored a real number 9’s goal – we were all impressed.
Manchester United have attractive fixtures on the horizon, however, next up is a trip to Wolves – a team who got the better of United last season and looked a solid outfit against Leicester City on Sunday.
We are keeping an eye on any potential price rises at the time of writing – and with Martial’s popularity guaranteed to increase, we have no spare funds should his value rise before next weekend.
As things stand, we haven’t ruled out keeping Lucas Moura and carrying our free transfer over to Gameweek 3, where Spurs face Newcastle, so, holding him is a strong option.
We will be sure to update you on Twitter of any transfers or changes we make to this team ahead of Gameweek 2 and we’ll also release our final Pundits Team on the Website this Friday afternoon.
So, until next time, thank you for reading, we hope we’ve offered you plenty of food for thought and if you wish to continue the discussion on Twitter, drop me a tweet – @FFPundits_Drew
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