Two gameweeks down and the season is starting to take shape. New midfield signings in the form of Payet, Ayew and now Depay are settling in very quickly in their new surroundings and offering up some tasty mid-price options.
Chelsea stumbled once more last week with Aguero’s return proving too much for them to handle. It’ll be interesting to see how Chelsea bounce back with intense media pressure and question marks surrounding their defence.
It’s worth keeping in mind that if you have suffered a slow start and are missing a large number of the in-form players, the wildcard is a valid option. With the change in rules, you now have one to use in each half of the season and a tasty double gameweek is unlikely to appear in the first half. Prices will also rise considerably in the first couple of months as player participation is at its highest with part timers getting involved along with us fantasy football addicts.
This week has two top games in the form of high flyers City visiting Everton who will provide a stern test, before the fixture schedule opens up kindly for the title challengers. Whilst Arsenal play host to Liverpool in our third Monday night fixture of the campaign.
Anyway back to business, here is our weekly FFA Select XI, where we’ve chosen 11 players in a valid formation who we think will score highly this gameweek…
- Thibaut COURTOIS [WBA(A), 5.4m] – Courtois has dropped by 0.1m since his opening day sending off and will be keen to atone for his error when Chelsea visit the Hawthorns. The Chelsea backline will also look to silence their doubters with a strong performance against a West Brom side that might be missing Berahino with interest coming from Spurs.
- Matteo DARMIAN [NEW(H), 5.5m] – Darmian has proven to be a bit of a bonus point darling with doubles picked up in each of United’s first games of the season. Another clean sheet looks entirely possible when they host a struggling Newcastle lineup at Old Trafford.
- Ashley WILLIAMS [SUN(A), 5.0m] – Swansea have started the season in an impressive fashion and a victory at Sunderland is on the cards. They followed up the strong draw at Stamford Bridge with a 2-0 win at home to Newcastle, where Williams picked up the maximum bonus point haul despite goals being scored as FPL showed their change to the bonus system.
- Aaron CRESSWELL [BOU(H), 5.5m] – Leicester proved too strong for West Ham as they kept up their fantastic opening to the Premier League campaign. However, if Bournemouth continue to lack their cutting edge up top, Cresswell could pick up points at both ends of the field as he provides an attacking thrust down the left side of the field.
- Jason PUNCHEON [AVL(H), 6.0m] – Palace’s attack has yet to set alight but with such talent in the form of Bolasie, Zaha and Puncheon, it seems like a matter of time before it clicks. Puncheon’s stats are the most promising with 4 attempts on goal whilst creating a further 6 chances for team mates in the first 2 gameweeks of the season. As Palace host Villa in Gameweek 3, goals are sure to flow.
- Memphis DEPAY [NEW(H), 8.5m] – Depay has looked dangerous for United where his pace and strength have threatened in the opening gameweeks. He finally fulfilled his potential in the Champions League game against Brugges on Tuesday with 2 goals and an assist. He’ll be full of confidence and Newcastle will have their hands full keeping Depay contained as he looks to build upon his terrific midweek performance, and gain further kisses from his manager.
- Dimitri PAYET [BOU(H), 7.5m] – Payet followed up his exciting debut against Arsenal with a finely taken goal that found the top corner against Leicester. He remains West Ham’s bright spark in attack and will be the man to stop when Bournemouth visit London looking for their first Premier League points.
- Alexis SANCHEZ [LIV(H),11.0m] – Sanchez may not be fully fit but that won’t stop him from terrorising opposing defences as shown in the Palace game. With Ozil feeding him with such efficiency, Sanchez is sure to find goals this season, which will more than justify his expensive pricetag. However, for those looking to free up cash, Ozil is an adequate alternative as the German looks sharp and keen to impress following his first full pre-season with the Gunners.
- Riyad MAHREZ [TOT(H), 5.7m] – Leicester have won 2 from 2 and a home matchup against Spurs will not frighten them in the slightest. With Mahrez providing plenty of attacking threat and currently leading the midfield charts with his 3 goals, he’s an excellent budget option for your midfield and has encouraged us to switch to the 3-5-2 formation this week.
- Bafetimbi GOMIS [SUN(A), 7.1m] – With our midfield spots taken, there was no room for Ayew, so we’ve turned to Swansea’s lone striker for our attacking coverage of one of the brightest sides of the season so far. Gomis made it 2 in 2 with a well taken goal as he rounded Krul to slot home. More chances are sure to fall his way as Swansea visit Sunderland looking to secure another victory.
- Sergio AGUERO (C) [EVE(A), 10.5m] – City have signalled their intent on challenging for the title with back to back 3-0 victories, with Silva showing why he is arguably the most talented playmaker in the Premier League. With the best striker too in Aguero who marked his return to the starting lineup with plenty of chances to notch against Chelsea, City are a serious threat to any team. Everton may sit back and defend deeply but City have such attacking quality that it’s hard to find a reason not to have the expensive Aguero in your fantasy team.
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