he second weekend of the Fantasy Premier League season is upon us, which means tougher FPL decisions after a rollercoaster slate of openers.
Mohamed Salah left him late, Erling Haaland pleaded his case, Harry Kane tripped up his loyal supporters and Gabriel Jesus fooled, well, practically all of us. As the next round draws near, today’s deadline is 11am BST – don’t forget.
So, without further ado, here are our FPL transfer and captaining tips for GW2…
Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City – £11.6m
Haaland is a bit of an obvious option for this week – best advice: buy it! – but early signs of De Bruyne providing the Norwegian with the ammo are quite stark ahead of facing Bournemouth at home, and his price tag has already risen.
The Belgian’s penchant for appearing with his own lens is also something to consider. Captain him or Haaland.
Darwin Nunez – Liverpool – £9m
Likewise, with Mohamed Salah hardly the most useful tip for FPL players, Nunez is our choice after coming off the bench to impress in both the Community Shield and the Premier League opener. Admittedly, Jurgen Klopp must establish him for Crystal Palace at home to fully release the Uruguayan striker.
Patrick Bamford – Leeds – £7.5m
No longer working under Marcelo Bielsa and following a nightmarish injury, the pessimists could be forgiven for doubting Bamford this season. But, a very decent performance against Wolves sets him up for a trip to Southampton – a side he has scored against three times in four encounters.
Jarrod Bowen – West Ham – £8.5m
Making hasty decisions after a round of fixtures is a typical path for an underperforming FPL manager and excluding Bowen after his weak outing against Manchester City would not be advisable given West Ham are heading to a Nottingham forest that had looks eerie and porous in Newcastle. A little risky, but going against the grain can pay off big in this game.
Oleksandr Zinchenko – Arsenal – £5.1m
A 12-point run for the Ukrainian represented a very good start to life at Arsenal for an advantageous option at the back. Marked as a defender, Zinchenko can either continue to tally assists from left-back or be moved into midfield by Mikel Arteta and continue to enjoy bigger rewards for clean sheets.