Overall this week we ranked 36.270th this week, and while we finished in the top 1% of teams some decisions have made this week feel like less of a success than it could have been. Between Sadio Mané and Aguero it was a coin toss for who should have been captained, only for Aguero to be chosen due to Mané being a rotation risk. It was the other Liverpool winger Salah who was benched, leading me to think Mané will be rotated sooner or later. This was a swing of 6 points for the team, but overall these decisions have to be made for the greater good, but it can still leave a bad taste in the mouth. Wayne Hennessey showcased that there is more to a keeper than a clean sheet, with the Crystal Palace stopper saving 12 shots, and getting 3 bonus points despite conceding the same amount as Rob Elliot.
The Odds On FPL side is currently ranked 16,276th in the world, it’s been a very good start thus far, and hopefully, we can keep it up. Here is our analysis of our players this week.
Rob Elliot – 4.0m – 2 points
The Irish keeper held onto his spot in the starting XI and looks to be Rafa Benitez’s first choice keeper for the team, despite the Spaniard looking for a “goalkeeper with more experience”. Huddersfield for all their hustle and bustle created very little, and we lucky that the Australian artist, Aaron Mooy, could score from a nicely crafted one-two. There wasn’t much that he could have done for the goal, but overall his play was poor, and his distribution left a lot to be desired. I expect Rafa Benitez to sign a replacement, and we could be left with a goalkeeper whose price could plummet.
Status: Keep (for now)
Vincent Kompany – 1 point – 6.0m
Kompany was one of the most likely defenders to keep a clean sheet this week. With that being said he managed to concede a yellow late on, and leave Rooney unmarked 8 yards out to go 1 down. Arguably at fault for the goal, the City captain will improve with more matches and a better knowledge of the system. The big Belgian didn’t offer much going forward from corners and looked a tad off the pace. I still feel City’s play at large will mean they won’t concede many goals.I also think Kompany will play in the majority of them. With Bournemouth up next, a clean sheet is likely.
Maya Yoshida – 5 Points – 5.0m
Southampton conceded 2 goals against 10 men, after going 2 goals up. The Japanese defender though got into attacking positions with regularity and managed to get an assist for winning a penalty late on. With Jack Stephens the more likely of the duo to be dropped if Virgil Van Dijk or Loedt comes into the side, the long term Southampton player will be a valuable offensive defender this year.
Eric Bailly – 15 points – 5.5m
The Ivorian scored the second goal of his career against the Swans after latching onto a bouncing ball on the line. Bailly has looked more composed this season and has had very little to deal with in his opening two fixtures with West Ham, and Swansea showing little attacking impetus. Bigger challenges await, but for now Bailly looks like one of the more surefire ways to keeping a clean sheet in Fantasy Premier League.
Marcos Alonso – 16 points – 7.0m
The uncapped Spaniard disappointed many in game week 1, managing to get 0 points against Burnley, when Chelsea were the most likely source of clean sheet points. Alonso hit the bar from a free kick, and almost scored with a shot from open play with his left peg, missing scoring points by fine margins. This week those fine margins swayed his way, with the 7.0m man showing exactly why he’s the most expensive defender in the game scoring twice, one a fantastic free kick, the other a winning shot. With Chelsea only conceding due to Batshuayi heading into his own goal from an Eriksen free kick, Alonso could feel hard done by for not keeping a clean sheet also. There is a reason why Alonso is the most expensive defender in the game, and it’s games like this.
Sadio Mane – 8 points – 9.5m
Oh Sadio, how I love you. The Senegal winger is fantastic and would be a bigger loss to Liverpool than Coutinho. A contentious statement, but a fair one. Mane has scored 2 in 2, and is in excellent form, but is a rotation risk and comes up against a better standard of defender next game week when Liverpool play Arsenal. Dele Alli gets onto our radar as a direct swap.
Willian – 3 points – 7.1m
Surprisingly Willian raised in a game week where many didn’t expect Chelsea to get anything against their London title rivals Spurs. The Brazilian missed some key passes, and hit the post, but was poor overall. The winger is likely to lose his position after the international break to Pedro and Hazard. Get ready to drop.
Henrikh Mhkitaryan – 10 points – 8.2m
Henrikh now has twice seemingly disappointed twice but has still managed to average 2 assists per game. The Armenian playmaker isn’t shooting enough and has missed the goalscoring exploits of the deeper playing Paul Pogba. I feel Mhky may be the more likely consistent attacking player for United, and think his ceiling can be higher, while this is as good as it gets for Pogba.
Manolo Gabbiadini – 7 points – 7.0m
The Italian hit the crossbar, made dangerous runs, and I was personally surprised to see him subbed off while chasing the game. The Italian is not on penalties, and is behind both Tadic and Austin were both to be on the field. With Southampton having some of the best fixtures over the next few weeks it is best off keeping the ex Napoli man, even if he was outperformed by another 7.0m striker on the day, cough, Chicharito, cough.
Status: Keep (for now)
Sergio Aguero (C) – 4 points – 11.5m
What a disappointing end to the game week. The forwards game week was effectively ruined when Walker was stupidly sent off by the referee after the blues went 1 down. At half-time, Gabriel Jesus was subbed off for Raheem Sterling, and while the ex-Liverpool winger scored, he fluffed a great chance created by Aguero. Many owners will be confident that Aguero is Pep’s first choice striker, but with heavy rotation the norm for Pep, he could be dropped sooner or later. It might be smart to look at swapping for another striker.
Romelu Lukaku – 6 points – 11.6m
A sign of a good striker is that they put away their chances when they don’t have many. Big Rom struggled this week despite scoring. While many want their forwards nowadays to drop deeper and get involved in the game, I feel that Mourinho wants Lukaku to be the scorer in his team if creators. Playing in front of Mata, Mhky, Martial, Lingard, Pogba, Rashford and a few others, as last year it was clear that the finishing touch was often missing. Mou will be happy if Lukaku has games like this as long as he does what a striker should do, score goals. I expect more of the same. 3 in 2.
Wayne Hennessey – 4.5m – 9 points
While Hennessey didn’t keep a clean sheet, the Welsh stopper was phenomenal saving 12 shots and arguably the man of the match. The Palace keeper though is never going to do right in the eyes of some Palace fans with some people clamouring for an upgrade. Hennessey is also in a similar position to Rob Elliot, with both managers looking to sign a new keeper before the window closes.
Kevin Long – 0 points – 4.0m
Kevin Long, once again benched by Burnley in favour of Tarkowski, may get a start next week off the performance at home to West Brom. Michael Keane’s replacement, Tarkowski, was at fault for the only goal of the game, and last week was at fault for 2 of the Clarets conceded goals. The Irish international could see himself starting for the Burnley side, sooner than later if Tarkowski’s form continues.
Jason Lokilo – 0 points – 4.5m
The Belgian youngster was brought in on the hope that a good pre-season. Playing under a manager who is known for bringing through youth players could have given us a player who could have overperformed his price tag, but so far, the youngster has been limited to bench sits, and a few u23 fixtures. With a low ownership of 4,672 and a net transfer of -599 in gameweek 2, I am delighted that value hasn’t dropped below the lowest for that of a midfielder in the game to 4.4. With a cup game against Ipswich on Tuesday, it could be last chance saloon for Lokilo before the inevitable drop. With Andros Townsend seemingly transfer listed, and Zaha still out for a few weeks, there is a glimmer of hope that he could get some minutes in the first team.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek – 2 points – 4.5m
RLC impressed again, but after another blank, some managers may be wondering if the points will ever come. The midfielder was pushed deeper by Jason Puncheon and I felt he was better suited to that role than wide on the left. I’ve compared him to a poor man’s Dele Alli, and he’s the most likely starter of our bench players.