The Fantasy Premier League 2018/19 season is finally underway.
We look ahead to the Gameweek 2 fixture charts and beyond.
Ones to Watch
After an interesting opening weekend, many managers are tempted to hit the transfer button to bring players on board. It’s important to consider the Gameweek 2 fixture schedule, for longer term transfer decisions.
Everton and Manchester City have the best schedule for the next 4 games, and the long term fixtures also look good too. Everton are difficult to measure, given the red card against Wolves altered the shape of the game.
Richarlison has to be the main transfer target from this Everton side, if he is declared fit for their Gameweek 2 fixture (he is currently yellow flagged on the FPL website but the substitution is assumed to be down to cramp).
Elsewhere in attack, Siggurdson and Tosun have the ability to perform well over the next four weeks. The defence was strengthened in the summer transfer window, but have yet to prove their worth.
Manchester City were very impressive: Ben Mendy stole the show and should be able to provide yet more attacking returns, along with plenty of clean sheets, over the next period.
Rotation is always a problem for Pep Guardiola sides. However, Kevin De Bruyne should see plenty of minutes after a late return from the World Cup. His consistency was fantastic over the course of last season.
Sergio Aguero is perhaps a riskier pick, in terms of gametime security. However, he looks to be a strong armband candidate for City’s home games in Gameweek 2 and Gameweek 4.
Best of the Rest
Burnley have a straightforward pair of fixtures coming up. They may be fatigued if they continue to feature in the Europa League, with centre backs Ben Mee and James Tarkowski wise options for clean sheet potential.
Elsewhere, Liverpool have a great run of games for the next three at least. Mo Salah reminded managers of why he’s worth his price tag, with Andrew Robertson and Sadio Mane providing great value elsewhere.
Ones to Avoid
It’s Fulham and Newcastle who have the trickiest long-term schedule, although Newcastle do have an easier Gameweek 2 fixture, away to newly promoted Cardiff. Jamaal Lascelles will struggle for clean sheet points.
For Fulham, 4.5 million favourite Kamara had limited minutes. Sessegnon and Mitrovic had excellent positioning last weekend, with the latter having 7 shots, but there may be better options elsewhere for the next few games.