Two weeks of matches in the books equals double the data and we still have limited knowledge. Most who did well in-game week one by stacking midfielders wee left with a Salah captaincy blank but that doesn’t mean that you should move on from your plan this early in the season. I scored 65 points in the first week of the season hitting the average. In the second week, I scored 68 points, more than doubling my score. This kind of fluctuation is normal to begin the season as players and teams get up to speed which makes price rises this season a little confusing to me.
The wildcards have begun as teams want to get ahead of the curve on price rises and it comes down to how you’re feeling about your team on if you should pull the trigger or not. There’s no perfect way to time the wildcard so do what feels right. Let’s get some takeaways:
- Ayoze Pérez needs to play behind Jamie Vardy, not on the wing
- John Lundstram is my new favorite Premier League player
- Alexandre Lacazette is the most consistent striker in the league
- Adrián should never play the ball out of the back again
- Burnley is back
- Crystal Palace may not score a goal for a while
Top Transfer Targets will take a look at the ownership tiers breaking down the best option for each. The tiers will be broken down into 25-40 percent owned, 15-24 percent, 10-15 percent, under 10 percent and will also include each week’s Punty McPunterson who is a player under five percent that I’m backing to score each week. This article will also include players to offload, some due to injury or being dropped by their teams, and others due to performance.
Let’s look at this weekend’s fixtures (due to this coming out so close to the deadline, I’m going to be a little more concise than usual):
Friday 23 August
Aston Villa v Everton
Saturday 24 August
Norwich v Chelsea
Brighton v Southampton
Manchester United v Crystal Palace
Sheffield United v Leicester
Watford v West Ham
Liverpool v Arsenal
Sunday 25 August
Bournemouth v Manchester City
Tottenham v Newcastle
Wolves v Burnley
Players to offload:
Raul Jiminez (FWD Wolverhampton 7.5m, 18%): Europa is in full swing and most of the Wolves first team played in their midweek game versus Torino. Struggling to score goals to begin the season and with midweek commitments as well, downgrading Jimenez to Teemu Pukki to save funds seems like a solid move.
Ayoze Pérez (MID Leicester 6.4m 11.8%): Having already gone through a price drop due to his usage under Brendan Rodgers, Perez is reaching a point where he needs a break from your FPL squad as well. There are cheaper options who will be mentioned later, or you can go big with looking to upgrade him to Anthony Martial.
Raheem Sterling has finally Virgil Van Dijk as players who are over 40 percent owned who you’re playing with fire by not having in your team (I currently only have van Dijk because I love the flames). Mo Salah has left the untouchable category of players.
Don’t get caught out in the crowd (25-40 percent owned at the time of writing):
Lucas Dinge fitness rank. As stated last week, he will be the first name on my team sheet and he’s still not owned by enough teams. After a 22 point captaincy haul and now having been declared fit by Marco Silva, it’s full steam ahead on the Dinge train.
Harry Kane (FWD Tottenham 11.0m, 31.6%): Now the top owned forward in FPL, Kane bagged a brace in his last home clash versus Aston Villa and will now face arguably the worst team in the Premier League in Newcastle. The case is being made to triple captain Kane this week and while I wouldn’t go that far, he’s more than a fine choice for the armband and he should also be in your team.
Worth your consideration (15- 24 percent owned)
Sadio Mané (MID Liverpool 11.5m, 18.6%): The main reason why FPL teams are shedding Mo Salah is to pivot to Mane. Mane is a cheaper option who is also coming into the week on the back of grabbing a goal and an assist versus his former team, Southampton. While Liverpool will face Arsenal this weekend, it will be an open game that plays into Mane’s strengths.
Sergio Agüero (FWD Manchester City 12.0m, 15.9%): Aguero hasn’t played many minutes this season but he does have goals in back to back games. Manchester City will be going up against a Bournemouth squad that can’t score or defend. This has the makings of a massacre.
Solid if not stellar (10-15 percent)
Roberto Firmino (FWD Liverpool 9.5m, 11.5%): Firmino has put in the best shifts of any member of the Liverpool attack, in my opinion, it’s just hard to own him and Salah in the same team. But with teams switching to Mane on wildcards, owning Mane and Firmino is a great way to use your savings. A goal and an assist are attainable targets for Bobby this weekend.
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Lewis Dunk (DEF Brighton 4.6%, 11.8%): Brighton is a fun team going forward now but the bedrock is still there in defense. Dunk and Duffy are the anchors but Dunk has a new toy in assist potential. With Graham Potter playing a more attacking style Dunk already has an assist on the year and can grab another to go along with a clean sheet if the Seagulls play their cards right.
Rolling the dice (under 10 percent)
Kyle Walker-Peters (DEF Tottenham 5.0m, 3.8%): I’m going to pick on Newcastle again as Spurs have the highest probability of getting a clean sheet this weekend. Walker-Peters has looked good this season and will also bomb forward to link up with the attacking line. With Heung-Min Son returning, I smell an assist.
Nicolas Pepe (MID Arsenal 9.4m, 3.6%): Facing opposition like Liverpool, there’s no better time than now for Pepe’s first start. He has looked good in sub appearances and with the attention that must be paid to Lacazette and Pierre-Emrick Aubameyang, Pepe will slip through to score
Punty McPunterson: Luke Shaw (DEF Manchester United 5.5m. 2.1%): A defender who’s bombing forward and on set plays? Oh, and facing Crystal Palace? That’s Luke Shaw this week who’s going to close out my defensive love affair. I don’t understand why Shaw’s ownership is so low compared to his peers but as in investor, I’ll be waiting for my price rises in the near future.