Fantasy Premier League – Gameweek 2

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Hot on the heels of gameweek one comes some midweek action for gameweek two, though with teams involved in European qualifiers, it means there are only six Premier League games:

  • Birmingham v Portsmouth
  • Burnley v Man Utd
  • Hull v Tottenham
  • Liverpool v Stoke
  • Sunderland v Chelsea
  • West Ham v Wolves

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Last week was always a tough one to call, Lampard did bugger all as captain but you would have got decent points with the Rooney or Fulham defender choices. As far as my tip to avoid Arsenal players, the less said about that the better!

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Gameweek 1 Top Gun (aka Tom Cruise Approves) – A new feature inspired by the Cristiano Ronaldo award for fantasy excellence over at the Football Guy’s site. This week’s top scorer was Cesc Fabregas who scored 22 points with two goals, two assists, three bonus and a clean sheet point (he came off) in Arsenal’s 6-1 destruction of Everton. It was a fifth of his total score last year and has already beaten last season’s top individual score of 21 by Andrey Arshavin!

Maverick approves of Fabregas

Fabregas takes Maverick's breath away.

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On to this week’s picks.

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Top Three Captain Picks:

1. Gerrard/Liverpool – Rafa Benitez’s side can’t be that bad again, right? As in any week, first point of call in choosing a captain is to see which top four sides have home games. Liverpool face Stoke on Wednesday and will be looking to bounce back from the disappointing defeat against Spurs. They did draw this game last season, which make me a touch wary but I think that Gerrard should get some positive points against Stoke. I prefer him to Torres in this fixture just as I think Stoke’s defenders could shut the Spaniard out.

2. Any defender/Man Utd – I don’t think Man Utd will beat Burnley heavily, the Clarets’ first game at Turf Moor will have a terrific atmosphere which should help the Owen Coyle’s men perform above themselves. I don’t think they’ll be able to breach the Utd defence, even with all their injuries but they should keep the score down to maybe 1 or 2 -0. In that respect I think it’s better to pick a Man Utd defender than it is to go for Rooney etc.

3. Gomez/Wigan – I like to use the third pick for a more risky proposition and true to form I suggest Jordi Gomez for Wigan. He was very good in the defeat of Aston Villa and has an arguably easier match against Wolves at home on this evening. He scored against them last season in the Championship and should run the show again tonight. I’d be tempted by Jason Scotland too but he’s not guaranteed to start.

Gets a captain tick.

Gets a captain tick.

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Three Potential Transfers In:

1. Shawcross/Stoke – I was debating whether to pick him or Faye (both £4.5m) in my initial team and I plumped for the latter. Annoyingly,  there was a ten point difference between the two after Shawcross scored against Burnley and got himself some bonus points to get 15 in total. They both scored three times last year but I think Shawcross is the slightly better bet long term. Stoke’s fixture list is mixed going forward, Liverpool then two easier games followed by Chelsea, Bolton and Man Utd. Pulis’ side rarely gets hammered though so it’s not much of a risk. There’s even the rumour that he could join Man Utd as cover!

2. Fabregas/Arsenal – Bit obvious this one seeing as he just scored 22, but I think he’s been a bit overlooked this season as people get excited over Arshavin. He’s still going to take most of the indirect free kicks as well many corners so assist potential is high. He loves a bonus point too, even when he doesn’t do anything. He won’t score more than about eight to ten goals but most of Arsenal’s best stuff will go through him. Some big games are coming up for them and he tends to perform quite well in them if history is anything to go by. He’s still £0.5 cheaper then Arshavin too (for now).

3. Noble/West Ham – Scored 14 points against Wolves and is arguably West Ham’s best midfielder. More interesting for the fact he’s their penalty taker so an increased chance of adding to his goal tally. Just £6m too.

Might be a worth a pick.

Might be a worth a pick.

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Three To Avoid:

1. Aston Villa players – Awful against Wigan and with tough games against Liverpool, Fulham and a Birmingham derby coming up, unlikely to be getting worthwhile points anytime soon.

2. Anelka/Chelsea – You can’t judge too much on an opening game but he was disinterested and not especially involved in the action against Hull. It look like Drogba has reclaimed his status as number one striker at the Bridge. Perhaps give it another game or two but if he hasn’t scored by the time they

3. Spurs strikers – Defoe and Keane surprisingly started against Liverpool, Crouch will probably play against Hull. No one really knows what the plan is going forward. Pavlyuchenko has to get some games too. Avoid them all for now, pick Modric if you want a Tottenham attacker.

Are you taking the mick?

Are you taking the mick?

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2 Responses to “Fantasy Premier League – Gameweek 2”

  1. Football Guy Says:

    The copyright police maybe called in guys!!!

    • thesportboys Says:

      And they’d drop all charges for lack of evidence. You can’t lay claim to everything!

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