The long-awaited new season of the Premier League kicked off on Friday when Liverpool took on Norwich City. The weekend that followed didn’t fail to live up to expectations (apart from VAR, maybe) … The opening 10 games saw a bucketload of goals fly in, 14 of which coming from just three games, as Sterling bagged a hattrick against West Ham, and Rashford hit a brace against Chelsea.
Your fantasy team will be looking in good shape if you owned these two, with Sterling gaining a massive 20 points on the opening weekend, and Rashford with 13 from his two goals, both players earning maximum bonus points. A shock for most FPL players and Manchester City fans came when Bernado Silva was omitted for Riyad Mahrez, who was only selected by 3.7% of people, yet he managed to secure a hattrick of assists to earn himself 14 points. Burnley’s Erik Pieters matched Mahrez’s points tally, assisting two goals in his game against Southampton and earning a clean sheet, tying the second-place rank on the points tally. But which players should you look to draft into your team for GW2?
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) – £11m
Scoring the only goal in the away win at Newcastle last weekend, Aubameyang has a good form of 6.0. This weekend Arsenal face Burnley at home, a game which should be an easy result for The Gunners with plenty of goals for the Gabonese striker. His hefty price tag may be risky though, considering he has games against Liverpool and Tottenham in the weeks after. Despite this Aubameyang is certainly a prolific option, especially considering he tied for last seasons golden boot award with Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane, only being at Arsenal since January.
Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) – £9.5m
Jesus was an unlikely starter in City’s 5-0 domination of West Ham, as Guardiola opted to leave Aguero on the bench. Scoring in the game, his form matches Aubameyang’s of 6.0, a solid start to the season for Jesus. This weekend he faces Tottenham, a tough game considering their recent transfer investment, but a game that promises goals too. If he is chosen over Aguero again, he will be expected to add to his 6 FPL points, and with Bournemouth and Brighton in the next two games, the City strikers will be hungry for goals.
Sebastien Haller (West Ham) – £7.5m
On the receiving end of City’s goal fest was West Ham’s summer signing, striker Sebastien Haller. Don’t let the poor result from Saturday fool you, Haller was a prolific striker for Frankfurt before his transfer and is bound to get on the scoresheet soon. With upcoming games against Brighton, Watford and Norwich, you’d expect the goals to be just around the corner.
Pedro (Chelsea) – £7.0m
Another player at the receiving end of a thumping was Chelsea winger Pedro, who despite playing the full 90 minutes, struggled to test De Gea when they faced on Sunday. Frank Lampard has started his managerial tenure at his former club relatively uneasily, but he has several winnable games coming up, with Leicester, Norwich and Sheffield United all before the end of the month. Pedro is a safe choice for points, and at only £7m, he could be the difference in your FPL team. But will his midweek trip to Istanbul affect the teams fitness against Leicester?
Theo Walcott (Everton) – £6.5m
A budget option for your FPL team, and an option you can rely on for the coming weeks is Everton’s Theo Walcott. At a bargain price of just £6.5m, and upcoming games against Watford, Aston Villa and Wolves, he’s bound to get some game time and not break the bank. Despite a dull, goalless draw against Crystal Palace in their opening game, Everton have a strong side, and depth in every position allowing rotation.
Tom Heaton (Aston Villa) – £4.5m
Villa’s first game following their promotion into the Premier League saw them away at Tottenham’s new stadium, a tough game where they took no points back home, despite the heroic efforts from keeper Tom Heaton. Heaton had a great game and has since unsurprisingly been transferred in by over 26,000 FPL players, especially when Villa face Bournemouth, Everton, Crystal Palace and West Ham in their next 4 games. With Liverpool’s Alisson being absent following a calf injury he acquired against Norwich, Heaton may be a strong choice for a budget short term replacement.