in this weekly blog post I present you 3 players which I recommend for upcoming Fantasy Premier League gameweek. Hopefully they’ll reward us with big hauls 😎
First of them is a Captain – in my opinion the most important factor in FPL. You can do everything right, but if you struggle with captain selection, almost always the red arrows will appear next to your overall ranking. Basically this choice will be also my choice for my own team, but sometimes I just won’t have the player I recommend you in my line-up.
Second choice is a ‘secret weapon‘, a player you should definitely consider to you line-up. This will be more a long-term choice rather than someone only for the next gameweek. My aim is to pick a player with good underlying stats & fixtures run so you can profit over next few gameweeks (let’s say no less than 3 GW’s but likely no longer than 5 GW’s).
Third choice is ‘niche‘, a differential pick with overall ownership less than 5%. This should help you to differentiate your team form the template – also from your mini-league rivals – and often turn your eye to someone who might be worth having because of his points to price ratio.
- CAPTAIN – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal vs West Ham)
It’s the same pick as in the previous week, I’ve mentioned then, that likely I’m going to recommend the same player for GW2. It’s part of my long-term strategy – always when it makes sense – to captain the same player a few (2-3) consecutive times. Leaving that aside, Arsenal just looked good in GW1 vs Fulham, they had 2nd best xG from open play (1,38) and Arteta’s impact was visible at first glance. They way they build actions is pretty impressive and I expect West Ham to struggle with Arsenal playing this way. The Hammers seems to be on the other side, in their 1st game they allowed Newcastle to create 13 chances and 15 goal attempts. I see no reason to overthink captain selection for GW2. Auba has just signed contract extension, said that he want to become Arsenal legend so he’ll have a great opportunity to open the new chapter in a style.
- 2. Secret weapon – Richarlison (Everton vs West Brom)
Richarlison is the player that impressed me the most in GW1. Of course he should have scored or pass to DCL in that 100% situation, but otherwise he looked very sharp and hungry for goals. In the meantime I heard his interview in which he said that Ancelotti expect from him at least 20 goals this season. He agreed that and added that he need only more passes from midfielders. So, they brought to Everton James Rodriguez who played well vs Tottenham, the connection between this two guys was visible from 1st to the 90th minute. Richarlison’s underlying numbers were incredible: 7 shots (1 on target), 11 (!!) successful dribblings. Everton will face WBA at home in GW2, CRY away in GW3 and BHA at home in GW3. I have no doubts there will be goals from the Brazilian over this period but he might be worth to keep longer then that. If I had no Everton assets (Digne & DCL) he would definitely be my pick.
- 3. Niche – Paul Pogba (Manchester United vs Crystal Palace) 2% ownership
It’s not something I got used to, Paul Pogba is owned by 2% FPL managers. Just to remind: he’s world cup champion and he scored 13 goals adding 10 assists in 19/20. Of course there was a lot mess around his person, about lack of his involvement, potential transfer request and injuries. It seems that is all behind him and he is going to start this season with a clean slate. Everyone are talking about Fernandes, Rashford, Martian even Greenwood but literally I didn’t see any single team with Paul Pogba. If you can’t afford United’s more expensive assets or perhaps your plan is to play an early wildcard, it might be worth to take the risk. Of course it’s a shot in the dark, it’s season beginning, we didn’t see United playing yet, there are no particular data to back this pick. Moreover I expected Crystal Palace to struggle over initial gameweeks, mainly because of their defensive troubles (injuries). Although they did the opposite and looked fine vs Southampton, I think they were a little bit lucky and Guaita also did some fantastic saves. Let’s see what happens…
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