Who will be your Gameweek 2 Fantasy Premier League captain? Here are 4 FPL players for your consideration
Earlier in the week, we published our Gameweek 2 Captaincy Poll where over 5000 Fantasy Premier League managers have since cast their GW2 captaincy picks. It comes as no surprise as to who the two front runners are, especially after Aguero and Zlatan’s performances in Gameweek 1.
As you can see from the image above, Sergio Aguero is currently leading the way with a massive 42% of the votes, whilst Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic sits pretty on 21%. Although neither player has since risen in price, their overall ownership percentages are crawling every-closer to the 50% mark.
Eden Hazard’s impressive performance against West Ham in Monday night’s evening fixture appears to have sparked a reaction amongst the FPL community, as his captaincy percentage votes on the poll jumped from just 2% to 9% overnight. It’s also worth noting that over 35,000 managers have transferred Hazard in to their teams ahead of Gameweek 2 and I fully expect this number to rise significantly before Friday’s 19:00 BST deadline.
Harry Kane, Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane are hovering around the 3%-6% mark, but, no real movement for any of the players outside the top 2 in the Gameweek 2 Captaincy Poll.
As it’s still so early in the new Fantasy Premier League season, it’s clear to see that the majority of managers are playing ‘safe’ without taking many risks, and whilst it might seem like our Gameweek 2 Captaincy Picks are stating the obvious (Andy Townsend style), we also share the majorities view – why take risks so early in the season – stay with the pack and get tactical further down the line, or, with non-captaincy players, right?
Here are this weeks Gameweek 2 selections.
Sergio Aguero – Manchester City
- Stoke City (A), West Ham (H), Manchester United (A)
A mouthwatering 46.5% of FPL managers own him, and they have already been rewarded with 1 goal and 3 bonus points in Manchester City’s opening 2-1 victory over Sunderland at the Etihad in Gameweek 1.
If Aguero’s name, price-tag and current captaincy percentage selection isn’t enough to convince you in to giving him the armband this for Gamweek, you might want to take a look at what both he and Manchester City did to Steaua Bucharest in Tuesday night’s Champions League qualifier… Here are the highlights – Manchester City vs. Steaua Bucharest
According to our friends at WhoScored.com Sergio Aguero had 10 attempts on goal last night, with 7 of those on target. It’s also worth nothing that whilst he missed two penalties, he also played the entire 90 minutes and scored a hat-trick. Now, some might wonder if he’ll be rested vs. Stoke City this weekend, but, I find that highly unlikely.
Pep appears to have drilled his style of football in to his Manchester City team already and in such little time. With the service that Aguero is likely to receive from Kevin de Bruyne, Raheem Sterling (yes, you read that correctly) and new signing Nolito, I expect nothing but goals, goals and even more goals from this City side.
Since Mark Hughes’ arrival, Stoke City have had problems defensively with injuries and found it hard to sustain that ‘Britannia Fortress’ tag they worked so hard to achieve over the years. Managing only a 1-1 draw against Premier League newcomers, Middlesbrough, I can’t see past a comfortable away win for the Blues and expect Sergio Aguero to once again be amongst the Fantasy Premier League points for Gameweek 2.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Manchester United
- Southampton (H), Hull City (A), Manchester City (H)
Following on from Sergio Aguero as our number 1 captaincy selection for Gameweek 2, this appears to be common sense. He has his doubters, but on the first day of the season, Zlatan Ibrahimovic opened his Premier League account with a fine strike from range against Bournemouth.
Whilst Zlatan had only two shots on goal vs. Bournemouth in Manchester United’s 3-1 win at Dean Court, both were on target, giving him a solid 50% conversion rate.
Some might say that Manchester United won’t create as many chances and shots on goal as Manchester City, however, Zlatan is and always has been prolific in front of goal so I feel no need to be distracted or put-off by those numbers just yet.
Southampton are usually defensively strong, especially when they set up away from home against the ‘big sides’ (I hate that saying) and will have been disappointed to concede against Watford in their 1-1 draw on Saturday. However, they face a genuinely quality attacking force in United this weekend and I can’t see them keeping a clean sheet.
Whilst many don’t like to have their Gameweek captain playing in the early kick-off, over 20% of FPL managers appear to have put their faith in the big Swede ahead of Gameweek 2 and I don’t blame them for doing so. He’s Manchester United’s target man and if the service can continue to improve from the likes of Shaw, Valencia, Martial and hopefully Mkhitaryan, then Zlatan Ibrahimovic could soon be an FPL must-have and will more than likely appear in this article, week-in, week-out.
Riyad Mahrez – Leicester City
- Arsenal (H), Swansea (H), Liverpool (A)
We use the word ‘Gamble’ very lightly here, as Riyad Mahrez is an expensive, premium midfielder who is owned by almost 30% of Fantasy Premier League managers in the game.
Leicester were arguably the worst team of Gameweek 1, in terms of both their result and Fantasy Premier League returns.
They lacked any real chemistry and understanding, which was so natural to them last year. However, up next for Gameweek 2 they face an Arsenal side who were almost as bad (if not worse in some people’s opinion). Defensively fragile, Arsenal will be shaky knowing that they could start the season with 2 losses and potentially find themselves glued to the bottom of the Premier League table.
Arsenal hero and legend, Thierry Henry was quoted as saying the following this week
“As soon as Liverpool applied a bit of pressure, Arsenal couldn’t cope with it…”
Leicester are back at the King Power and I think they could well find their feet against Arsenal, especially on the counter attack – Mahrez will most likely be central to that mini revival, hopefully bagging a couple of assists or goals, especially if he remains on some set-pieces and most importantly, penalties.
He wasn’t anywhere near his standard in Gameweek 1, but canny viewers will have noticed that he was involved in most of Leicester’s threat down the right flank – He’s a risk in comparison to the likes of Aguero and Zlatan, but one that could well be worth taking if you’re looking to either make up ground early on, or, grab a sneaky lead.
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