Perhaps a harder week for fantasy managers this week as the team of the week is compiled mainly by differentials, however, the average points per player was only a slight drop from 47 to 44. Fixtures between big teams gave some managers some headaches, the game at the Etihad and at Goodison Park had many managers with defenders against attackers of the opposition. Now, let’s see who made the GW 2 Dreamteam.
In goal is the new American number one, Brad Guzan of Aston Villa. His side are yet to concede a goal this season and played out a well fought 0-0 draw against a promising Newcastle side. Guzan made 4 saves earning him 1 extra point to add the 4 for the clean sheet giving him 7 for the weekend. He is now on 13 for the season, putting him joint second for goalkeepers, which will please the 7.8% that own him. Currently at £4.5m he is likely to rise overnight to £4.6m.
The top scoring defender this week was FPL surprise package Eric Dier of Tottenham scoring 14 points. The Englishman was played at right back in the absence of Kyle Naughton through suspension and he rewarded Pochettino’s trust in him with a second goal in as many games, this time a header from a corner. As well as a clean sheet as Spurs also have yet to concede, Dier picked up two bonus points which is very impressive considering the performances all round the Tottenham team in their 4-0 victory against Redknapp’s QPR. He is currently the most transferred player in with over 145000 transfers already completed and at 5.2 looks a good option whilst Kyle Walker is out injured, however, Spurs do have harder fixtures approaching such as Liverpool this coming weekend.
Branislav Ivanovic, a real premium option, like having another midfielder at 7.1, the Serb got an assist against Leicester and looked dangerous all game, also managing to pick up 3 bonus points, making 12 for the gameweek, he has seemed to knock off any worries about his game time after the arrival of Filipe Luis. In his 8th season at the bridge Ivanovic has always been a high scorer for fantasy managers but still only 13.5% have him, I would imagine due to price tag and also impending more difficult fixtures.
Ryan Shawcross scored 11 during GW2 despite Stoke only managing a draw against 10 men Hull. Shawcross managed to get himself the equaliser to Jelavic’s opener and in doing so picked up the man of the match award and 3 bonus points. Shawcross is at the higher end of the mid priced defenders at £5.5m but with his attacking potential that he has shown for numerous seasons now it isn’t surprising. He also has a tough fixture upcoming, against Manchester City, at the Etihad, so I wouldn’t rush to get him in just yet.
At £4.5m Coloccini could become a real bargain this year. Newcastle picked up their first clean sheet of the season against Aston Villa but looked fairly solid against Manchester City in their opening fixture. Coloccini picked up 3 bonus points aswell making his gameweek total 9 and with their next three fixtures being agasint Palace, Southampton and Hull there could well be more clean sheets ahead for the Argentine.
Nacer Chadli was the highest point scorer this gameweek with 15 points and it’s safe to say not many people expected it. Only having an ownership of 1.4% Chadli could become a real differential at £6.0m. There is much competition for one spot in the Spurs team alongside Eriksen and Lamela and Chadli could well have nailed it with his performance on Saturday. Chadli picked up 2 goals, one of which ended a 48 pass move. Also getting 2 bonus points and 1 for a clean sheet, the Belgian has scored his way on to many people’s watchlist. I would though, hate to be one of the 498 people who transferred him out before the game.
Despite over 94,000 people transferring Mata out after his blank against Swansea, he showed his worth with a goal against Sunderland in the 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light. The transfers were understandable with United struggling and Mata not seeing much of the ball, mixed with a huge ownership of Rooney many people dropped him for options such as Sigurdsson, Sterling and Fabregas who all performed well on the opening weekend. At £8.9m now 0.3 less than Fabregas for those who have stuck by him he could become a real differential despite 19.4% ownership even if United themselves continue to struggle.
Let’s be honest no-one saw Downing on the list and thought, ‘yeah he could get me double figures’ but he has. Downing scored a fantastic goal against Palace on Saturday as West Ham won the game convincingly. He scored 10 points due to picking up the three bonus points. If Big Sam manages to keep the attacking football going Downing could be a real benefactor, as could his 1.1% of owners and at only £5.5m that ownership could well rise.
It wasn’t Sigurdsson who grabbed the headlines for Swansea this weekend but the small winger, Nathan Dyer. Monk’s use of the quick wide players is reaping in the rewards for not the only the team but for Dyer and Routledge themselves. A smart ball down the wing by Gylfi sent Dyer through to score. Picking up 2 bonus points aswell Dyer managed to get 10 points for the 1.0% that picked him, fair play to you guys, whoever you are.
Stevan Jovetic will be causing a few headaches this morning and not just for those City fans celebrating the win last night. Nearly 25,000 managers transferred him out after his blank first week and the goalscoring return of Aguero. With the Argentine scoring again last night Jovetic does still look like a short term option, but with Dzeko picking up a knock we could see Aguero and Jovetic together against Stoke, despite them looking like an unlikely pair. Basically, as always City are hard to predict for fantasy managers, however, his two goals and man of the match performance earned him and those who stuck by him, a mere 7.1%, 13 points.
Emmanuel Adebayor is the 3rd Tottenham player in this week’s Dreamteam after picking up 12 points from a goal and an assist aswell as picking up 3 bonus points. Adebayor seems to have cemented his place as the number one choice up front with the ever impressive Harry Kane as back up. The Togolese striker is owned by only 4% but could become the standout mid price striker at £8.5m with the injuries to Giroud and Dzeko aswell as Lukaku and Bony are yet to strike.
Courtois, looks set to nail his place as the best keeper in the league and with another clean sheet he picked up 7 points for owners
Ashley Williams, Danny Rose and Jose Fonte all scored 9 points after each collected a clean sheet, Rose got an assist whilst Williams and Fonte got 3 bonus points each.
Hazard and Ramsey both got themselves on the scoresheet this week collecting 9 points each and Erik Lamela picked up two assists against QPR to get himself 9 points also.
Bargain Steven Naismith scored 9 points for the second game in a row after playing up top against Arsenal with Lukaku placed out on the right wing.
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