Fantasy Premier League Game Week 2 Preview

19/08/2021 11:30

The 2021-22 Premier League season has just kicked off, with millions of Fantasy Premier League managers all over the world competing to score the biggest points totals with their collection of players, all for the princely sum of £100 million.

Game Week 1 was a particularly high-scoring week for the majority of managers and that owed plenty to the fact that Bruno Fernandes scored a hat-trick against Leeds United, with the Portuguese currently being owned by 56.6% of managers in the game, with that figure set to rise ahead of the Red Devils’ next clash.

Mohamed Salah has similar ownership and the Egyptian King has become an FPL banker since arriving at Liverpool from Roma, with the Reds forward finding the net and assisting a goal at Carrow Road to illustrate why he was the most popular choice as captain for Game Week 1 of FPL.

Should I Make Any FPL Transfers for Game Week 2?

Every FPL manager gets a free transfer to make for every Game Week of the season and the first of these are available for GW2. It should also be noted that if you don’t use this free transfer, there is the opportunity to carry this over and potentially have two free transfers to use for the following Game Week.

Now it might be really difficult to resist making a change at this point in the season, especially with so many high-scoring players during the opening round of Premier League games. However, we should note that we only have one week of data and there will be lots of kneejerk reactions from managers who want go chasing players who have scored big points.

Our personal opinion is that managers should try and carry over that free transfer and then potentially have two free transfers to use for FPL Game Week 2. The reason for this is that you can be a lot more flexible with your changes if you are making two changes, especially if you’re already maxed out with your £100 million budget (and most of us are).

However, we understand that the temptation to make a change might prove too irresistible for many FPL managers. Therefore, if you’re wanting to make a change, we highlight the players who make plenty of appeal at the moment.

The Best Ten Transfers for FPL Game Week 2

Mason Greenwood 7.5m

While Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes have been hugely popular when it comes to GW2 transfers, perhaps their Manchester United team-mate Mason Greenwood might be considered as better value. The England forward scored a peach against Leeds United when operating in the centre forward position and could continue in that role for the next few weeks.

Greenwood is a great price at 7.5million if he gets game time for an attacking Red Devils side, with the youngster playing a full ninety minutes in this opener and United continue to have attractive fixtures on the horizon, with a beleaguered Southampton up next and this could be a cheap way to get goals.


Dominic Calvert-Lewin £8.0m

It is becoming abundantly clear that Rafael Benitez wants to use DCL as his target man this season, with all crosses leading to the England striker and he found the net against Southampton, with more to come from a young forward who had a blinding start to the previous campaign.

Calvert-Lewin is a little injury-prone based on last season although he is sure to benefit from playing alongside Richarlison and the Everton upcoming fixtures look highly favourable, while his price is definitely value if it equates to a goal per game during this easy run.


Allan Saint-Maximin £6.5m

Saint-Maximin has often flattered to deceive in the FPL game since arriving at Newcastle, although the Frenchman was outstanding against West Ham in his first match and assisted Callum Wilson for his team’s early opener. ASM is one of the most skilful players in the division and his price makes plenty of appeal.

The Saint could continue to kick on from that bright start and we just need to hope that his finishing has improved in order to maximise returns. However, there were times when West Ham simply couldn’t live with this forward and it just comes down to his end product.


Ismaila Sarr £6.0m

Watford enjoyed a surprise win to the 2021-22 Premier League season when overcoming Aston Villa 3-2 and the scoreline was actually kinder to the Villans considering that they were soundly outplayed at Vicarage Road, especially in the first half of this clash where Ismaila Sarr was outstanding.

Sarr was highly potent when firing his team to promotion in the Championship last season, with the right-sided forward scoring and assisting against Villa, with Dean Smith having to sub off Matt Targett at half-time to try and counteract him. This price looks to be great value when Watford’s fixtures become favourable.


Said Benrahma £6.0m

Last season, it was Jesse Lingard who really lit up West Ham during his loan spell from Manchester United, although the midfielder is currently back at Manchester United and the Hammers therefore have to plough on without the England international, with Said Benrahma rising to the fore.

Benrahma wasn’t able to hit the ground running during his first season at the London Stadium, although a goal and assist at Newcastle highlights why so many FPL managers are keen to have this player in their squad. There’s surely more to come considering that David Moyes’ team are so attack-minded.


Son Heung-Min £10.0m

Son Heung-Min scored the only goal of the game as Tottenham Hotspur stunned champions Manchester City and it appears that the South Korean is going to rack up big points this season. He might actually prosper should Harry Kane depart for Manchester City – alternatively he should still be good for strong points totals.

Son has pace to burn, has an eye for goal and can also assist for Spurs, with FPL managers having to find a little more wriggle room for this player considering that £10 million takes up 10% of your budget. However, he does offer a strong captaincy option.


John Stones £5.5m

John Stones played no part in Manchester City’s opening match against Tottenham, with Pep Guardiola missing the England defender considering that Nathan Ake was left exposed by Son Heung-Min for Spurs’ winner, while Ruben Dias is sure to be a lot more composed alongside Stones.

Ultimately at the price point of £5.5 million, this is a fairly cheap way into a Man City defence who only conceded 32 goals in their 38 matches last term, while Stones offers a goal threat from set pieces and this could be a good differential pick.


Raphinha £6.5m

Raphinha was a very popular pick at the beginning of the season, with the Brazilian having enjoyed a fantastic first campaign for Leeds United and his price point means that we should consider having this attacking midfielder in our Fantasy Premier League team.

We were somewhat cautious to start with a player who was away at Manchester United in his first clash, although he had a bright scoring chance near the end of that clash and perhaps he’ll start motoring from Game Week 2 onwards.


Ivan Toney £6.5m

Brentford opened the season with a 2-0 victory over Arsenal, with Ivan Toney failing to deliver FPL points in that particular clash although the former Peterborough forward could be a dangerous operator in future weeks and it’s clear that he’s going to be a handful this season.

Toney top scored in the Championship last term and his price is cheap enough to slot into many teams, with Crystal Palace looking like favourable opponents for the Bees’ next game after they conceded three goals at Stamford Bridge. His aerial presence is outstanding but he’s also on penalties for the London club.


Adama Traore £6.0m

We might not have seen the best of Adama Traore for Wolverhampton Wanderers, although Bruno Lage is committed to operating with the Spaniard and there were plenty of bright spells from the Wolves winger at the King Power in his team’s opener despite the fact that they drew a blank.

It appears that Adama assisting Raul Jimenez could be a regular thing this season and the former continues to be a handful for any opposition defender. The pace of Traore has never been in question although it comes down to whether the decision-making can justify the gamble. The forward is playing in a different position this season, with the manager just wanting that end product.


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