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Fantasy Premier League: Ones to Watch Ahead of Gameweek 2
90min
Tue, 13 Aug 2019 21:28

Fantasy Premier League: Ones to Watch Ahead of Gameweek 2

90min
Tue, 13 Aug 2019 21:28

The Premier League is back in town, and more importantly, fantasy football is back in our lives.

Fantasy Premier League: Ones to Watch Ahead of Gameweek 2

Three months of inactivity has left millions of us chomping at the bit, missing that feeling of dread every Saturday that youve forgotten to change your captain, or, worse still, that your mates have had a stonking week whilst youve endured a bit of a rotter.
Well, 90min takes fantasy extremely seriously. So seriously, that each week well be bringing you a series of articles designed to help you be the best fantasy player you can be. Ranging from telling you ​whos hot and whos not, to bringing you every ​man of the match winner from the previous week, as well as ​that weeks dream team, weve got every base on lockdown. 
Here, though, well delve a little deeper into who you should be keeping your eye on in the weeks ahead, with our very own ones to watch special. Lets begin ahead of gameweek two..

​Teemu Pukki
How He Did Last Week
On his Premier League debut, and against all odds, Pukki netted for Norwich away at ​Liverpool - though his strike against Jurgen Klopps Reds proved futile as the Champions League winners ran out 4-1 victors.
Upcoming Fixtures
Getting off the mark will have been a huge confidence booster for the Finnish striker, and things could get better over the coming weeks. Newcastle await this weekend, before Norwich take on Chelsea and West Ham - two teams who were absolutely spanked on the opening day of the season.
Current Value
Every team needs a cheaper striker in order to provide balance to the side, and who better than Pukki to provide that option? For £6.5m, youre unlikely to find a striker who scores as many goals as hes accustomed to netting. Yes, hes stepping up a level, but a goal at Anfield will be a mega lift for the Finn.

Anthony Martial
How He Did Last Week
​Manchester United had a difficult opening fixture on paper, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaers Red Devils wound back the clock to convincingly dispatch Chelsea. Fresh from reclaiming the number nine jersey, Martial was superb on the left - netting the second goal to open his account for the season nice and early.
Upcoming Fixtures
United had problems against their next weeks opponent Wolves last season, losing twice at Molineux in both the league and cup. Martial will hope to break that hoodoo, before coming up against Crystal Palace and Southampton before the months end. Whereas before, you werent sure the Frenchman would be picked, he now seems like a shoo-in on the left flank.
Current Value
Costing just £7.5m, Martial offers great value to your midfield five. Getting off the mark in the opening game of the season will be a huge confidence booster for the former Monaco man, and considering you earn five points for every goal scored, thats dynamite in fantasy land.
Sadio Mane
How He Did Last Week
Last seasons joint Golden Boot winner actually had his feet up for the majority of Liverpools opening game, with Mane confined to the substitutes bench after a summer of hard graft with Senegal. He did come on a late second half change, though, and looked razor sharp as usual.
Upcoming Fixtures
Youd be forgiven for thinking that Liverpool will win every game they play in, particularly after last seasons antics. This time around, they follow their opener against Norwich up with clashes against Southampton, ​Arsenal and Burnley. Unai Emerys Gunners might sound like hard work, but they collapsed at Anfield last year - and Mane loves taking advantage of shoddy defending.
Current Value
Getting the Senegalese international into your team is a costly exercise, it must be said. At £11.5m, only two midfielders - Mohamed Salah and Raheem Sterling - will set you back more, but his 22-goal haul last season shows hes no flash in the pan signing. Long-term investment is guaranteed by grabbing Mane, so striking before his price rises would be a wise move.
Ricardo Pereira
How He Did Last Week
Leicesters season got underway with a stalemate against Wolves at King Power Stadium, and youll never guess who picked up maximum bonus points for an imposing performance on the right-hand side of defence....(yes, it was Ricardo Pereira).
Upcoming Fixtures
A potentially tricky trip to Chelsea awaits this Sunday, but dented confidence could be the order of the day at Stamford Bridge - especially if Liverpool pile more misery on Frank and his boys in the UEFA Super Cup. After that, Pereira has Sheffield United and Bournemouth on his August menu - and we all know he loves marauding forward for some juicy assists.
Current Value
Prices for good, reliable defenders are higher than ever on this years game, so Pereira does find himself among the upper echelons at £6.0m. But having returned 146 points last season, as well as kicking off the campaign with a nine-point showing, youd be daft not to overlook his price tag in favour of long-term success.
Sergio Aguero
How He Did Last Week
Everyones favourite fantasy football striker was benched on the opening day, much to the chagrin of a whack load of fantasy managers. The good news is that Aguero climbed off the bench, netted a penalty and reminded Pep Guardiola that hes still the main man at the Etihad, despite Gabriel Jesus best efforts.
Upcoming Fixtures
Does it really matter who City are playing? Well, yes, to a degree, and thats definitely the case when you consider its Tottenham lying in wait this weekend. Aguero has a wonderful record against Spurs, though, scoring ten goals in 13 appearances against Mauricio Pochettinos charges. Add Bournemouth and Brighton to his upcoming fixture list, and things look rosey for the Argentine.
Current Value
Spoiler alert, Aguero does not come cheap. Not at all, as it goes. For £12.0m, you probably want the guarantee that Pep wont swap in Jesus for no apparent reason, nor sacrifice Aguero just after the hour mark for fresh legs. Those promises cant be made, but the man has scored 20+ Premier League goals for the last five seasons. Say no more.