Who is the best FPL Gameweek 2 captain? Our resident FPL captaincy expert Chris Tan takes a close look at the fixtures, poll and stats breakdown before concluding on his best pick for the best picks for the FPL captain's armband. 

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Gameweek 1 Recap

The Likely Challengers

Manchester United sit at the top of the league after a dominant display against Leeds without their striker and new centre back. Fernandes (£12.1m) rightly took the plaudits with his first hat trick for United (amazingly they were all from open play), but Pogba (£7.6m) also deserves a mention for recording a staggering four assists, which still wasn’t enough to earn praise from Souness and to be fair, he should also have scored a one on one.

Just below them are Chelsea, who comfortably dispatched Crystal Palace with their B team. Liverpool breezed past Norwich, however it wasn’t all plain sailing and Allison (£6.0m) had to bail them out a number of times.

Newcastle put up a good fight, but West Ham just had too much for them in the end, with both Antonio (£7.5m) and Benrahma (£6.0m) impressing. They will need to add some depth to their squad, though.

Everton started poorly against Southampton, but we instantly saw the Rafa effect, as his astute tactical changes and touchline management changed the game. Even with one dimensional tactics, if they maintain a solid defence, I expect them to finish the season well.

Leicester struggled against Wolves, but they came away with a clean sheet (CS) and three points and that’s the mark of a quality side.

The Premiums

Both Salah (£12.5m) and Fernandes (£12.1m) more than justified their premium price tag and rewarded those that captained them. Both their teams created a number of chances and the players looked hungry. It’s likely that the captaincy debate for this week will involve these two again.

Until Kane (£12.5m) and Lukaku (£11.5m) return, the premium debate is likely to remain a duopoly.

Mane’s (£12.0m) price means he’s never in consideration, De Bruyne (£11.5m) isn’t match fit yet and it’s unclear whether Sterling (£11.0m) has regained favour. Son (£10.0m) is just below what I would consider a premium price band and with or without Kane, he’s always worth consideration.

Who to Target

It’s difficult to judge a team from a solitary display, but without Phillips (£5.0m) and Llorente (£4.5m), Leeds look very vulnerable to midfield runners. Norwich are better than they were last time, but you’d always back an attacker against them.

Crystal Palace couldn’t do much about some of the goals scored against them, but they didn’t look that well organised and that was their strength under Hodgson. Southampton always look like conceding and without Vestergaard (£5.0m) their defence is noticeably weaker.

Newcastle are far more appealing to watch now, but they also leak chances and if they continue with this attacking style of play it will be worth targeting them.

How have we done to date?

FPL Gameweek 2 Best Captain = Our Performance

FPL Gameweek 2 Best Captain = Top Performers by Position

FPL Gameweek 2 Best Captain - The Fixtures

No Friday fixture this week, we have all Friday night to dwell over our decisions.

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FPL Gameweek 2 Best Captain - Fixtures

Twitter / @ChrisTanFPL FPL Gameweek 2 Captain Poll

Who do my Twitter followers think is the best FPL Gameweek 2 captain?

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FPL Gameweek 2 Best Captain - Twitter Poll

Old Hunting Ground – do any of the likely lads have a good record vs their opposition?

FPL Gameweek 2 Best Captain - Past Performance

De Bruyne (£12.0m) has an outstanding record against Norwich, he’s only played them at home.

Fernandes (£12.1m) scored the only time he played Southampton away, and he’s never blanked against them.

Mahrez (£9.0m) has only featured for 45 mins against Norwich and he scored.

Salah (£12.5m) doesn’t have a great record against Burnley. He’s only scored once at home in the 17/18 season and he’s blanked the last three games against them.    

The other records aren't worth talking about.

Members Stats breakdown - FPL Gameweek 2 Best Captain

As mentioned last week, I won’t be analysing the OPTA stats in great depth for the first few Gameweeks, but I will refer to a few choice aspects.

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