After an eventful opening weekend, it’s time to reflect in order to prepare in the FPL Gameweek 2 Preview.
As always, this FPL Gameweek 2 Preview is packed with graphics, tweets, articles, podcasts and video content.
Fixtures always have a significant influence on our transfer plans. Ted Talks FPL brings the sides with the best schedules over the next six games for the FPL Gameweek 2 preview, and top of the list it’s Everton, following their impressive win on opening weekend. Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been a very popular transfer in.
— Ted (@TedTalksFPL) September 14, 2020
On the FPL Fan Show, it’s transfers which dominate the conversation, as the duo hone in on the best Everton asset to go for. However, there’s also a number of other names who have caught the eye and Manchester United players on the agenda too. Should you select Bruno Fernandes or Anthony Martial?
GW2: Best Players To Bring In? ?
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? Which Everton Asset?
? Hot Topics
✅ Best 11 Players for GW2
? Stats: @BigManBakar
? Fernandes vs Martial
Watch ? https://t.co/BLLgpkUFnC
— The FPL Fan Show (@FPLFanShow) September 15, 2020
Tom Campbell retuned to Twitter last weekend with his highly popular Match Of The Day musings and observations. There were plenty of notable performances on Saturday, with Mo Salah stealing most of the headlines with his hat-trick. Leeds United assets are also on the radar, having managed to net three past an unusually shaky Liverpool defence.
— Tom Campbell (@UtterlyTC) September 13, 2020
With six games of information, Always Cheating discuss all things FPL Gameweek 2 preview in the latest episode of their podcast. Their planned transfers ahead of the weekend dominate the conversation, with a need to jump on Manchester City and United assets. There’s also a nod to the captaincy debate early doors.
? Pod #240: We recap the first weekend of #FPL and discuss certainties vs knee-jerks. From Willian and DCL to Ings and Bamford, who's in or out? Then we look ahead to our #GW2 transfer and captaincy strategies. #hailcheaters #MFFA ? Listin & subscribe ⤵️ https://t.co/KUUnGeM2z4
— Always Cheating FPL (@hailcheaters) September 14, 2020
Over on Fantasy Football Hub, I’ve combined Gameweek 1 form with the the site fixture ticker to bring you the sides with the best balance of both form and fixtures. They are two metrics that dominate fantasy decision making. The data is then combined to produce my top three transfer targets for the upcoming gameweek.
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Form ? Fixtures by @FFCommunity_
Who has the perfect blend of form and fixtures going into Gameweek 2?
? Top teams to target
? 3 top player picks
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— Fantasy Football Hub (@FFH_HQ) September 15, 2020
One worrying flag on the fantasy website comes against Timo Werner who picked up a dead leg during the opening phase of Chelsea’s fixture against Brighton. He did manage to complete the whole game, which could be a promising indicator of his availability against Liverpool. Now certainly isn’t the time to sell following his lively performance on Monday.
Lampard: "Timo took a bump when he won the penalty, so it's more of a dead leg we hope. I wouldn't think too much in terms of next week, but I would like to think if it is, we've got a bit of time for him to get back and right. He obviously finished the game." #CFC pic.twitter.com/muihpfihCB
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) September 15, 2020
Penalties were key in Gameweek 1 for Mo Salah and Jamie Vardy in particular. Could it be part of a new emerging trend this season? On the latest episode of the Who Got The Assist? podcast it’s the key topic of conversation and will be a must-listen episode before making your transfers for the FPL Gameweek 2 preview.
WGTA S4E5: How important are Penalties in #FPL??️
This week we're back to discuss the hotly debated issue of spot kicks: should managers factor them in to our thinking? ?
Market Forces returns too, plus the usual Correspondence/Q+A.
— Who Got The Assist? (Tom) (@WGTA_FPL) September 15, 2020
One way of navigating the blank with a rush to jump on board performing assets could be to play an early wildcard. It’s a strategy being adopted by Josh, who plans to activate his wildcard ahead of Gameweek 2. There’s some interesting thoughts here, but obviously it might not be the optimal thing to do for your own team.
— Josh Paxman (@JoshPaxman) September 13, 2020
Jamie Vardy stole plenty of headlines last weekend and although his underlying statistics were unimpressive, he certainly justified his price tag. He’s the type of player who doesn’t need a lot of opportunities to deliver and he’s providing plenty of headaches given the promising run of upcoming fixtures for Leicester City.
? Jamie Vardy's #GW1:
0⃣ penalty box touches from open play
0⃣ shots from open play
1⃣5⃣ touches all game – fewer than WBA sub Rekeem Harper
But the one that matters…
1⃣3⃣ FPL points!
— Fantasy Football Scout (@FFScout) September 13, 2020
Perhaps the most intriguing game of last weekend was Spurs against Everton, with the outcome of that game largely unpredicted. Rebant has delved into the statistics, to help inform fantasy managers of next steps for their Spurs assets. The fixtures might not be enough to justify their inclusion in our sides.
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Spurs under Mourinho are one of the most uninspiring teams to watch. So if you do have them in your team (I do), I would give them a couple more games AT MOST (jump to last tweet if you want to know why) pic.twitter.com/BRUc2EwQCn
— Rebant Malhotra (@RebantMalhotra) September 14, 2020
Finally, for many it was captaincy success or lack of which really defined those Gameweek 1 scores. Those who went with Mohammed Salah were afforded huge swings in their overall scores. A reflection on the events and longer term strategy provide an interesting debate on the latest Planet FPL People’s Poll.
©️ "The Importance Of Captaincy"
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– After Salah's #GW1 haul we discuss what makes a good #FPL captain, why I think I've been wrong many times before, hoping on & off premiums, Salah: buy/sell/hold & best picks for the next 6 GWs ⤵️https://t.co/880nBuc5Ye
— Planet #FPL (James) (@PlanetFPLPod) September 14, 2020
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