Fantasy Premier League 2015/16- Gameweek 2 Review

The first gameweek was poor for a number of people so finishing with an above average score got me off to a good start. As a result I did not make any transfers going into gameweek two which by and large worked out.

Looking at the list of this week’s top performers makes for very familiar reading. As a result, anyone who already owned high-performing players from gameweek one or who transferred them in will have done well this week also.

Top Point-Scorers

  • Romelu Lukaku (Everton) 13 points– The Everton striker was almost unplayable in their surprising 3-0 away victory against Southampton. Having picked up an assist in gameweek one, the Belgian is certainly easing into the season nicely and may attract some attention despite playing Manchester City, Tottenham and Chelsea in the next three fixtures.
  • Seamus Coleman (Everton) 11 points– With Everton managing to hold off Southampton at home, all their defenders did well this gameweek. The differential in terms of Coleman was the extra points awarded for an assist and bonus points. Probably not wise to opt for him with their upcoming fixtures mind you.
  • Ross Barkley (Everton) 11 points– It is now two goals in two games for the Everton midfielder and this week he even added in an assist for good measure. His selection percentages are comparatively low but if early form is anything to go by he could be in for a good season. It is worth judging his performances over the next few gameweeks, however, against successive tough opposition.
  • Vincent Kompany (Manchester City) 11 points– Everyone who has had Kompany in their team for the past two weeks will be ecstatic about the number of points he has single-handedly accumulated. Everyone else will be angered at themselves for not putting him in. Two games, two clean sheets, two goals. His ownership will sky rocket over the next week.
  • Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) 11 points– Surprisingly started from the bench in Norwich’s opening fixture but his opening goal clearly earned him a place in the starting line-up for the second fixture. The midfielder rewarded his manager with another goal and at £5.5 million at the time of writing he could be one of this season’s surprises.
  • David Silva (Manchester City) 11 points– The Spaniard was incredibly unlucky not to be awarded points for a goal last week but this week he certainly cleaned up with two assists and two bonus points to his name. Having been able to accumulate 11 points against the current Champions, anything is possible in the upcoming weeks.
  • Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) 10 points– Having included Mahrez as one of the players to watch out for prior to the start of the season, he is one that I am now incredibly annoyed at not including in my team. The Leicester midfielder has now scored three goals in two games and his ownership will surely continue to grow.
  • Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) 10 points– Despite being taken off just after an hour, Hoolahan was able to create two goals. Add that to his assist in the opening game and the Norwich midfielder is clearly already creating opportunities for the newly promoted side. He could be an important player for the Canaries this season.
  • Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) 10 points– Last week Matteo Darmian, this week Joel Ward. What do these two players have in common you ask? High-scoring defenders I have left on my bench. Having faced Arsenal this week, I was not expecting much from the Crystal Palace defender. Oh how he showed me. With a well taken goal and three bonus points, it didn’t matter that he wasn’t able to hold onto a clean sheet. 10 points and all of them on my bench. Brilliant.
  • Boaz Myhill (West Bromwich Albion) 10 points– West Brom shipped three goals against Manchester City last week and defensively did not look promising. This week playing Watford away, I for one thought that they would have conceded at least one goal. How wrong was I. Myhill in the West Brom goal had a great game, keeping a clean sheet, making five saves and taking three bonus points. If you took a risk on him, he will have paid you back with interest.
  • Ashley Williams (Swansea) 9 points– Williams has cemented himself as one of Swansea’s most reliable defenders over the last few seasons. This week his Swansea side was able to keep a clean sheet against a strong Newcastle team and Williams earned himself three bonus points in the process. While he is not the most exciting players, he is a solid player that has the potential to accumulate a steady stream of points over the duration of the season.

With the top point-scorers detailed, here is how my team did this week:

Gameweek 2

Simon Mignolet (Liverpool) 6 points– Two games, two clean sheets. Liverpool have a 100% record from their opening games and subsequently Mignolet has been a consistent point scorer for me so far. This being said, their defence has not looked in complete control at times and with Arsenal next their defence may struggle.

Matteo Darmian (Manchester United) 7 points– While Manchester United cannot be relied upon offensively, defensively they seem to be a little more reliable thus far. Darmian has been particularly impressive in the opening games for his new side and an increasing percentage of players are becoming aware of this.

Cedric Soares (Southampton) 1 point– Defensively Southampton have been disappointing so far. Whether this is due to the absence of Fraser Forster in goal who knows, but as a result Cedric’s points haul has been underwhelming. This week he was unable to contribute on an attacking basis and subsequently was not able to repeat his assist of last week. Based on their first two games of the season, their defence is something I will be re-considering over the next few weeks.

Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) 2 points– Having missed out last week with an injury, my fantasy team could have really done with him being absent again. With two of my defenders playing each other this week, the one on my bench the clean sheet away from the one in my starting team and as a result I made the wrong choice again. Bellerin was unlucky to have an assist pried away from his grasp when Sanchez’s attempt was ultimately an own goal and subsequently ended with only 2 points.

Memphis Depay (Manchester United) 3 points– Oh Memphis. Depay was one of the players that I was particularly excited by prior to the start of the new season but he has been disappointing so far. As an attacking force in general United seem to be struggling and Depay in particular has played in two different positions, neither of which he has particularly excelled in during the early stages of the season. When he hits form, however, you feel he’ll be a hit.

Dimitri Payet (West Ham) (C) 18 points- With a large percentage seemingly opting with Rooney as their captain for this gameweek I decided to go somewhat risky. According to the statistics only a tiny percentage of people picked Payet as their captain but I had faith in the West Ham midfielder. It was not looking optimistic for a while but I cannot describe the relief when he popped up with a goal. 9 points doubled, thank-you very much. See you again next week.

David Silva (Manchester City) 11 points– It was the first big clash of the season with Manchester City taking on Chelsea. Despite his performance last week, the calibre of the opposition meant it was not wise on paper to captain Silva. Anyone who did, however, ended up making the right choice. Chelsea were poor, Aguero made his full comeback in style and Silva picked up two assists in the process.

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) 1 point– Who is this Eden Hazard? The question that I’m sure many people are asking up and down the country. Having two players from opposing teams is often a risk but when they are the calibre of David Silva and Eden Hazard you feel it is a risk worth taking. It would seem, however, that Hazard is yet to turn up this season and with a hefty price-tag he needs to be a consistent performer. The Chelsea we’re seeing so far, however, is a concern.

Jordon Ibe (Liverpool) 3 points– With the ever patient presence of Roberto Firmino, Jordan Ibe’s position in the starting line-up is never guaranteed. Thankfully he started once again against Bournemouth and picked up a clean sheet for his troubles. The youngster created a few chances for his side but once again as an attacking force as a whole Liverpool were not overly impressive. As one of the cheaper members of my squad he was always going to be a risk, but one that I may have to evaluate as Firmino builds his fitness levels.

Odion Ighalo (Watford) 2 points– Ighalo didn’t even start the last game but luckily for me came on and scored a goal. This time around he was handed a start but the game ended in a 0-0 draw. Watford will feel that they were unlucky to not find the net but Ighalo has already shown what he is capable of and will be hoping to add more to his account in the next few games.

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) 2 points- Rooney has scored the most goals in his career against Aston Villa. Rooney is now the main striker for United. This is just a couple of statements that were being lauded about prior to kick off and which made Rooney a tempting Captain choice. Sadly the England international was barely in the game and I cannot think of one shot he had on goal.

Bench

  • Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester)- 2 points
  • Cameron Jerome (Norwich City)- 2 points
  • Joel Ward (Crystal Palace)- 10 points (enough said)
  • Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea)- 0 points

Review

Two gameweeks gone and the 100 point mark already exceeded. I will take that! Having avoided using my transfer in gameweek one, I therefore have two transfers to make use of this week. With several members of my squad currently under-performing and the return of several big names to the forefront some transfers will be made going into gameweek three; You will just have to wait and see who these people are. What I will say, however, is that there were two players up for a transfer this week and one of them definitely saved themselves with their performance this week. The other, however, is already out.

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