Who's 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 armband.
FPL Gameweek 1 Recap
Penalty Overload - with VAR switching to the FIFA protocol, referees utilising screens and clarification of the handball rule we've already seen an influx of penalty decisions this week. The bookies expect there to be around a 20% increase in penalties and that's certainty influencing some of my decisions going forwards.
Whipping boys - it's too early to draw any conclusions. Fulham didn't look great though, nor did West Ham or West Brom.
Who caught the eye - lots of players caught the eye or scored well, however these are the main players that caught my eye. Willian (£8.1m) appeared to seamlessly fit into the Arsenal side and provided the creativity they've been lacking. Zaha (£7.0m) looked "up for it", once a few players return from injury and the fixtures turn he could be a decent option at that price. Salah (£12.0m) is a prime example of how powerful penalties can be. It wasn't just about the penalties though, I previously commented how lacklustre he has appeared since the restart, however he certainly looked invigorated against Leeds. Wilson (£6.5m) looks to be the pick of the bunch for that price bracket and should get better when his mate Fraser returns. Similar to Salah, Vardy (£10.0m) began the defence of his golden boot with two penalties. He didn't have a single shot on goal though. Werner (£9.5m) despite a solitary assist looked electric. Once Ziyech returns or his team mates learn how to utilise him better he's going to score a lot of goals.
How have we done to date?
Congratulations for anyone that picked Salah. His Home record against non-top six sides is elite and penalties do make a difference.
FPL Gameweek 2 Captain - The Fixtures
Twitter / @FFH_HQ FPL Gameweek 2 Captain Poll
Who do our Twitter followers think is the best FPL Gameweek 2 captain?
Old Hunting Ground – do any of the likely lads have a good history vs their opposition?
It's slim pickings this week:
De Bruyne (£11.5m) – you can't read that much into this, however Wolves did the double on City last season and I expect us to give them a lot of respect. For our tougher games we tend to play De Bruyne in a more attacking role, which should increase his attacking potential.
Sterling (£11.5m) – scored a brace away to Wolves last season and he might be up against makeshift right back Traore who, despite his attacking prowess, might not be great defensively. Failing that, I don't think Burr will be able to handle him.
Salah (£12.0m) – doesn't have a bad record against his former employers, however only a single goal has been scored away from home.
Martial (£9.0m) – hasn't scored against Palace at home before, however the majority of games were played as a winger and without Bruno Fernandes.
Aubameyang (£12.0m) – has only recorded a solitary assist at home against West Ham.
Vardy (£10.0m) – has just a goal and assist at home. Burnley don't tend to leave much space for him to exploit.
Fernandes (£10.5m) - I wouldn't worry too much about his record and Transfermarkt don't include 'Fantasy' assists.
Members Stats breakdown - FPL Gameweek 2 Captain
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In all honesty, you can't read too much into these stats from a single Gameweek sample, especially as the opposition strength plays a major factor. It will take at least four weeks before we get anything meaningful and even then it's a tiny sample. What we can do is utilise these stats in combination with the eye test to help us make our decision.
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