Fantasy Premier League 22/23: Gameweek 2 tips and advice from experts | Soccer News


With the new Premier League season underway, Sky Sports News has launched a weekly column bringing you essential advice from the best Fantasy Premier League managers in the world.

In our second column, Holly Shand, FPL Heisenberg and FPL family – who between them have five top 10k and over 30 years of fantastic experience – watch what we learned from Gameweek 1, discuss Erling Haaland’s instant impact and reveal some of the cheapest players who have attracted their attention.

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Stephen Warnock and Sue Smith reflect on how their Fantasy Premier League sides performed in the opening weekend of the new season

What did you learn from GW1?

Holly Shand: Gameweek 1 provided a good indication of where some teams are at: Manchester City appear to be their title up for grabs, with the link between Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland already visible. On the red side of Manchester, we saw a shaky start for Manchester United at Old Trafford: we may have to wait until later in the season to build on their assets.

FPL_Heisenberg: It’s clear that Aleksandar Mitrovic can do it in the Premier League. He bullied one of the best defenses in the league and could provide real value at just £6.6million. His Fulham team-mate and ultra-budget option Andreas Pereira (£4.5million) was also impressive. He took free-kicks, corners and was very attacking in open play – so keep a close eye on the Fulham pair.

FPLFamily: Where teams and players like Man City and Haaland (£11.6m) are concerned, FPL managers should be less worried about the game. On paper West Ham away should have been a tough game for Haaland but he scored a brace and proved he could return points against anyone. As mentioned, Periera also shone and was Fulham’s most advanced player against Liverpool with 22 touches in the final third – more than anyone.

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Roy Keane, Karen Carney, Micah Richards and Gary Neville analyze the performance of Manchester City’s Erling Haaland after the striker netted twice in his Premier League opener

Is Haaland now an essential player?

FPL_Heisenberg: Must own is a strong statement, but Haaland comes very close to that. With a series of matches to come, including Bournemouth in Gameweek 2, I wouldn’t want to be without the Norwegian, that’s for sure.

FPLFamily: Haaland was only outclassed by two players in Gameweek 1 and his run of appearances between now and facing Liverpool in Gameweek 11 is so enticing. Haaland will also enjoy a nice mid-season break as he won’t travel to the World Cup. For me, that makes it a must.

Holly Shand: Absolutely! I already switched from (Harry) Kane on Sunday night when both players were still priced at £11.5million. Haaland on penalties changes the game. I didn’t expect him to get off to a quick start on a tough trip to West Ham, but he proved me wrong. He had five shots in the box and four big chances, more than any other Premier League player.

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Manchester City’s win over West Ham in the Premier League

What do you do if you had Kane but didn’t switch to Haaland before the price changed?

Holly Shand: Despite the price changes, I still think Kane to Haaland is a big move, even if it involves taking a four-point hit. Haaland enters a period with three home matches in his next four games, two of which against promoted sides. Kane was unimpressive against Southampton, failing to register an attacking return despite Tottenham scoring a four. Midfielders Heung-Min Son (£12m) and Dejan Kulusevski (£8m) both look like better options at the moment.

FPL_Heisenberg: I agree and would take the least four points as Kane takes on Chelsea this week. I would make this move releasing money from a player you no longer want. For example, you might have Leon Bailey on your bench who you could switch to Pereira to free up £0.5m in funds. Or if you don’t already have the only £4million starting goalkeeper – Danny Ward – then you can bring him in.

FPLFamily: Kane didn’t become a bad choice overnight. After Chelsea this week, Tottenham have a good run, including games against Wolves, Fulham and Nottingham Forest. Managers should also be aware that players may have more than one price change in a week and should therefore ensure that Haaland does not raise prices again before Gameweek 2.

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Sue Smith and Stephen Warnock analyze Haaland’s sensational Premier League debut

Are three strikers viable – Gabriel Jesus, Haaland and Darwin Nunez?

Holly Shand: I was unconvinced by Jesus’ (£8m) performance against Crystal Palace, but we saw a lot of potential in Arsenal’s attack and, with promising fixtures to come, I’m ready to give him more time. Nunez (£9million) already looks like the all-around fantastic asset, with three shots on target and a higher no-penalty xG (1.46) than any other player, despite playing just 39 minutes. I’ve already trebled on Liverpool players so making the switch won’t be easy.

FPLFamily: Absolutely! Managers could invest in Periera or Josh Da Silva (£4.5m) in midfield as well as Neco Williams or Nathan Patterson (both £4m) in defence. This will free up the budget to have three expensive pickups up top. But in the clamor for premium strikers, managers must be careful not to overlook cheaper in-form options such as Ivan Toney (£7m) and Mitrovic.

FPL_Heisenberg: Absolutely, it might not be easy for the majority who already own three Liverpool assets, but these three all looked great in Gameweek 1 and form a solid trio. I won’t move for Nunez personally as I’m happy with my three Liverpool players but agree he’s a great option and must surely start after impressing against Fulham.

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Fantasy expert @FPL_Heisenberg highlights Arsenal players you need in your FPL squad after win over Crystal Palace

Aaronson has caught the eye but what other cheaper midfield assets have impressed? And which one didn’t?

FPL_Heisenberg: Brenden Aaronson (Leeds) looked amazing and he was unlucky not to come away with a goal against Wolves. I mentioned it earlier, but Pereira really caught my eye. In open play, he’s really advanced supporting Mitrovic and he can be a viable starter in your team, especially when Fulham’s fixtures turn more favorable in Gameweek 8.

Holly Shand: Jack Harrison (£6million) also put in an impressive performance in the heart of Leeds’ midfield. He appears to be taking over from Raphinha as this team’s creative force, with seven key assists and two big chances created putting him top of those metrics. Marcus Rashford (£6.5m) failed to impress, with Man Utd lacking a focal point for most of the game with Christian Eriksen playing the false role of nine.

FPLFamily: There are several good options in midfield. Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli (£6m) was in fine form, as was Pascal Gross (£5.5m). At £6.5million with his set-piece threat, James Ward-Prowse also appears to have continued the good returns we’ve seen from him in 2021/22. Managers can still go cheaper with Da Silva and Periera.

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Fulham’s draw with Liverpool in the Premier League

Is it too early for the joker?

FPLFamily: Yes – it’s too early. I like to have another Gameweek of data at least before making big decisions. Historically, some Premier League teams always start slower than others. I would be looking to get a wildcard in or around Gameweek 5 and will probably be looking to tie my wildcard to the international break. However, if you’re looking at your team and want to change eight or more players, the early wildcard might work.

FPL_Heisenberg: In a regular season I would say yes, however, with the unlimited transfers we get during the World Cup – in addition to the usual two wildcards – you can certainly use your wildcard now and still be fine. Don’t be afraid to use it if you need to.

Holly Shand: As mentioned, the early joker isn’t a bad thing this season. However, I would be inclined to give it at least another week. At this point, each team will have played a home game and the summer transfer window will have brought more considerations for our fantasy teams.

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