27/02/2024

Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko celebrate in their win over Leicester City. (Image: Premier League/Twitter)

Gameweek two of the Premier League delivered clarity to several selections. A variety of results will give managers a headache ahead of gameweek three.

Managers are still waiting for points from big assets, while it may be time to have a look at different options in certain positions.

Hot:

Gabriel Jesus (£8.0m): 19 points vs. Leicester City

Following a slow start against Crystal Palace in gameweek one, Jesus found his pre-season form in GW2.

The Brazilian scored two goals and provided two assists, having a say in each of Arsenal’s scores. The performance granted him a monster score of 19 – which included three bonus points.

Jesus remains the highest owned player in the game, nearing 80 per cent ownership. He is simply a must-have selection at this point in time.

With upcoming fixtures of Bournemouth, Fulham and Aston Villa, Jesus has a great opportunity to earn more points, perhaps even more as a captain.

Ollie Watkins (£7.4m): 11 points vs. Everton

Aston Villa and Watkins got off to the worst of starts in GW1, losing to Bournemouth 2-0, resulting in a £0.1m price drop.

However, Watkins restored faith in Aston Villa’s 2-0 win over Everton. The Englishman provided the two assists, ultimately leading to both goals for Villa.

Watkins still has doubt surrounding him, so it would be a knee-jerk reaction to select him straight away. Nonetheless, a tasty fixture against Crystal Palace in GW3 awaits.

Villa’s fixtures after GW3 do look tricky, so select with caution.

Joao Cancelo (£7.1m): 11 points vs. Bournemouth

Cancelo proved yet again that he is a valuable asset. He provided another return with 11 points against newly-promoted Bournemouth.

Through Manchester City’s clean sheet and two bonus points, Cancelo earned himself a price increase to £7.1m.

Manchester City continue to have good opponents, in which a variety of players are expected to score big. Cancelo is another must-have in the early stages, with good fixtures up until gameweek 10.

Cancelo could be a good differential captaincy selection in these upcoming games, proving how valuable of an asset he is.

Ivan Toney (£7.1m): Nine points vs. Manchester United

Brentford’s front man has gone under the radar, with many managers opting for a two-headed attack. However, some managers who have selected three forwards, have been paid dividends.

Toney has made returns in the first two gameweeks. In GW2 he provided two assists in Brentford’s 4-0 drubbing of Manchester United.

Thus, he achieved his first price increase of the season, now costing managers £7.1m. Although this is a costly selection, it could pay off, as we are beginning to see more value in lower-priced midfielders.

If you decide to wildcard, don’t sleep on Toney, as he should be in your watch list. However, you shouldn’t lose sleep if he isn’t in your squad.

Gabriel Martinelli (£6.3m): Eight points vs. Leicester City

A headache that most managers faced at the beginning of the season was whether to select Bukayo Saka or Martinelli. Although some managers have selected both, it is evident that Martinelli is winning the argument.

Martinelli has welcomed two returns from the opening two weeks, whereas Saka is still yet to have an impact with two blank scores.

His price is continuing to rise, beginning at just £6.0m. He is now the highest-grower in the game, increasing £0.3m.

Martinelli is primed to be transferred in over Saka now, not only because of his price, but because of the positions he gets himself in, in comparison.

Rodrigo Moreno (£6.1m): 15 points vs. Southampton

Similarly to Martinelli, Rodrigo has grown in potential since the beginning of the season. Many opted for Leon Bailey and Pedro Neto, but Rodrigo has made further strides.

After one goal in GW1, Rodrigo backed his previous performance, netting two in GW2. He earned a 15-point haul, which included three bonus points.

The Leeds United maestro is yet another player that managers are seeking to get their hands on.

Following Leeds’ match against Chelsea in GW3, Rodrigo is set to face Brighton and Hove Albion, Everton, Brentford and Nottingham Forest.

Reece James (£6.1m): Seven points vs. Tottenham Hotspur

James has added another string to his bow, with a seven-point performance against Tottenham in a 2-2 draw.

The usual right-back started the match at right centre-back, leaving managers with the impression that he would be less attacking. However, this wasn’t the case, as James still managed to get forward, scoring a goal.

At his price point, it is hard to pass up on selecting James. He is affordable, even with the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andrew Robertson and Cancelo all in your team.

James and Chelsea also have a decent run of fixtures incoming, beginning with Leeds in GW3. With over 40 per cent ownership and two returns already, it would be worth looking into.

Jose Sa (£5.0m): 15 points vs. Fulham

Sa was a big asset in FPL last season, but due to the price drops, he was overlooked this season. He only has over four per cent ownership, which could provide good differential.

Wolves are notorious for close games, either winning or losing by a slender margin, in low-scoring encounters. This fares well with Sa, as if Wolves win, they are most likely to nil.

In GW2 against Fulham, Sa gave an appearance of a lifetime. Wolves kept a clean sheet and Sa saved an Aleksandar Mitrovic penalty. Points from those actions in the bank, Sa also claimed three bonus points.

If you are seeking a differential goalkeeper option, or are looking to downgrade a premium goalkeeper, Sa could be your man.

Josh Dasilva (£4.6m): Eight points vs. Manchester United

Another under-the-radar type player, Dasilva has raised eyebrows with two points scoring outcomes.

Beginning the FPL season priced at £4.5m, Dasilva has provided two returns, with a goal in each of the opening gameweeks.

His second goal of the season against Manchester United granted a price increase. Despite this, he remains a cheap option and a potential replacement for Bailey and Neto owners if they continue to dissapoint.

Dasilva should be looked at, but managers can afford to wait, as even if his price increases, he will still be cheap.

Neco Williams (£4.0m): Seven points vs. West Ham United

Williams is making his mark on managers, allowing himself to be a fielded option against some opponents.

At £4.0m, Williams should be a lock for most teams as a fifth defender. He starts for Nottingham and is one of the most attacking defenders in the game.

The Welshman gets in and around the box, providing threat through crosses and even shots on target. He has the highest xG for a defender without a goal, which proposes that he is unlucky not to have scored one.

Williams should be in most teams, with many owners opting to include in on the field in the GW3 teams, with Nottingham set to face Everton.

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Cold:

Darwin Nunez (£9.0m): -Two points vs. Crystal Palace

Darwin had an eventful Anfield debut in the Premier League. After an exciting debut against Fulham, he was expected to hit the ground running against Crystal Palace.

This was not the case, as he failed to register any attacking returns. To make matters worse, Darwin was sent off for head-butting Palace defender Joachim Andersen.

Darwin will now miss the next three matches, due to suspension, keeping him out of action until GW6 against Everton.

This will give headaches to many managers, especially those who transferred him in after GW1. Without taking a -four hit, managers have plenty of replacement options available.

Bukayo Saka (£8.0m): Two points vs. Leicester City

Saka has endured a rough start to the FPL season, despite Arsenal starting flawlessly. From the six goals it has scored, Saka has only had one direct involvement.

From this, the young Englishman has only provided one assist, totalling eight points across GW1 and GW2.

Saka and Martinelli were debated on heavily prior to GW1, and it is evident that Martinelli has proven more worth so far.

He still has time to turn things around, with Arsenal facing Bournemouth in GW3. If he fails to register any attacking returns, managers will most likely opt to transfer for Martinelli.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m): Three points vs. Crystal Palace

One of the most sought-after assets in FPL has now blanked from the two matches he has played.

Alexander-Arnold and Liverpool have appeared to struggle defensively, allowing Fulham and Crystal Palace to score three goals altogether.

Additionally, Liverpool has only managed to score three goals itself, with both results ending in draws. The Reds hope to turn their fortunes around, but it is still undoubted that Alexander-Arnold will make returns eventually.

Liverpool is expected to be a presence at the top of the table. To do that it will need clean sheets and goals on the board.

Philippe Coutinho (£6.9m): Zero points vs. Everton

Coutinho, in the eyes of FPL managers, was seen as a decent, mid-value differential midfielder. Yet, he hasn’t been able to prove himself as worthy so far.

From his two matches he has only managed to score two points collectively. From his price point, that is simply underachieving.

There are several other options, both more and less expensive than Coutinho. At this stage it would be worth a transfer, as he hasn’t looked to explode.

Aston Villa has a difficult block upcoming, with West Ham in GW4, Arsenal in GW5 and Manchester City in GW6.

Aleksandar Mitrovic (£6.6m): -One point vs. Wolves

Mitrovic flourished in GW1 against Liverpool, netting two goals. But since, he has come crashing down to earth with no return – a score of -one.

The Serbian striker missed a penalty which resulted in the points dive. But, he has proven to managers that he will be in those positions.

The sheer fact that he is on penalties and has already taken two, is promising, but penalties won’t be awarded every week.

Mitrovic is a tricky one, but if you have selected him, he is not worth selling. If you don’t own him, you most likely don’t need to transfer him in.

Pedro Neto (£5.5m): Three points vs. Fulham

Wolves have once again shown that their results can swing either way. This doesn’t particularly play into the hands of Neto, who has only managed five points from two games.

Neto was a promising selection at the start of the season. He has however disappointed managers with his luckless returns.

The Portuguese winger has shown that he can get into dangerous positions. This remains a positive for Neto owners who are holding out for a return.

Neto could be transferred out if managers decide to bring in someone more promising, yet this could be difficult at his price point.

Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.2m): One point vs. Leicester City

Arsenal’s new left-back showed the downside of a leaky defence, when Arsenal conceded twice against Leicester in a 4-2 win.

Zinchenko was unable to provide any attacking return, despite the threat remaining large.

His price increased to £5.2m before GW2 had even kicked off. This doesn’t affect his selection too much, as his price is still affordable to anyone.

Zinchenko will still be expected to provide an attacking threat, as he displayed against Crystal Palace in GW1. Managers will still be looking for solutions to select him in upcoming gameweeks.

Edouard Mendy (£5.0m): One point vs. Tottenham Hotspur

In GW1, Mendy displayed his ability to score points in FPL, with numerous saves against Everton in a gutsy 1-0 win.

However, when facing a team of higher calibre, Mendy was unguarded and outmanned. Tottenham put two into the back of his net, deflating Mendy’s score to one point.

Mendy is still regarded as a big asset, now the second-highest owned goalkeeper in the game, behind £4.0m Danny Ward.

Managers are not likely to sell nor buy goalkeepers unless during a wildcard. Chelsea has some tasty fixtures upcoming up until it faces Liverpool in GW8.

David De Gea (£4.9m): One point vs. Brentford

De Gea and Manchester United had a terrible showing in GW2, going down 4-0 in just over half an hour, before ultimately losing 4-0.

The Red Devils looked unbelievably unreliable out of defence, with De Gea being at fault at least twice.

The Spaniard misjudged the first goal which slipped through his hands and his poor distribution resulted in the second goal.

Just from the first two gameweeks alone, De Gea looks to be someone to avoid. His decision making, distribution and overall skill appears to be all over the place.

William Saliba (£4.5m): -One point v Leicester City

Saliba took man-of-the-match honours in Arsenal’s first outing of the season, but provided a contrasting performance in GW2.

Not only did the Gunners concede twice, but one of the goals came from Saliba – who scored an own goal.

Not keeping a clean sheet and scoring an own goal is obviously going to dissolve his points tally, but a knee-jerk reaction was presented.

It is not often that an own goal is conceded, and Arsenal has good looking fixtures ahead. Managers would be silly to sell because of one action that resulted in minus points.

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