FPL — Gameweek 2 | Spot The Difference
My 2nd article of the week and it’s time to look at who can make a difference in those Fantasy Premier League teams. Most of those chasing coveted FPL glory are almost all template — Kane, Lukaku, Salah…you name them, we’ve got em’. Below I will be taking a look at those players who can offer decent returns at less than 10% ownership.
Shkodran Mustafi (5.5m)
After a poor defensive display against a buoyant Leicester City side, Arsenal welcome back one of their first choice centre backs after injury. Mustafi should slot in alongside Monreal and Holding — with Koscielny expected back for Gameweek 3. After switching to a back 3 late last season, the Gunners back line held strong against some tough opposition —at less than 2% ownership, the German should give many a nice way into the Arsenal defence with the possibility of set piece returns to boot.
Antonio Valencia (6.5m)
At just shy of 10% ownership the Ecuadorian offers great potential both in defensive duties and going forward. United have strong fixtures all the way up to Gameweek 7, where they meet Liverpool. Antonio would make for an almost guaranteed starter in a very strong back line that are unlikely to concede under a very well disciplined Jose Mourinho.
Kyle Walker-Peters (4.5m)
Who needs the original when you have a double barrelled replacement waiting in the wings. KWP offers a cheap route into a strong Spurs side who has a decent run of games after this weekends battle against Chelsea. With Trippiers return date unknown, I anticipate his deployment at right-back to be assured — and I don’t fear the ‘Wembley’ effect to hurt their chances much.
Tom Carroll (4.5m)
The Swansea midfielder will be looking to flourish at the possibility of a more advanced role following the seemingly imminent departure of Gylfi Sigurdsson. Owned by a mere 6.5%, at the lowest possible midfield price of 4.5m and a guaranteed starter, it’s hard to see past the English midfielder with a reasonable range of fixtures all the way up to gameweek 10.
Mesut Özil (9.5m)
The German playmaker is owned by a lowly 2.5% and is sure fire way to garner interest in a promising Arsenal forward line. With the inclusion of Lacazette and the upcoming return of Sanchez, it’s hard to see past his appeal with strong fixtures. Having created the most chances against Leicester and having 3 shots himself, I find it hard to see many other creative players in the same bracket as promising as Mesut Özil.
Aaron Mooy (5.5m)
Nothing this past weekend was quite as surprising as Palaces thrashing at the hands of Huddersfield and at the heart of it all was Australian midfielder Aaron Mooy. He caused all kinds of havoc down the left wing and made a total of 7 crosses, with Steven Mounie meeting one of them to garner attacking returns. The newly promoted Terriers have a fantastic start ahead with 3 out of 5 home fixtures against relatively easy opposition and at just over 2% ownership he certainly offers variety in terms of those low price bracket mids.
Álvaro Morata (10m)
Having scored in his cameo debut appearance against Burnley, the former Inter striker looks set to take the reins ahead of teammate Batshuayi. His movement for the goal was decent and gaining 10pts from only 30 minutes game time looks promising. Its hard to pick between the premium priced strikers, with most teams having Lacazette, Kane or Lukaku (or all 3) — all of whom are owned by over 18% — so he seems like a worthwhile punt for those chasing mini leagues already.
Marcus Rashford (7.5m)
At of all the weekends games, none more impressed me without scoring than Rashford. He looked fast, spritely and eager to score — having 4 shots with 1 hitting the woodwork, there aren’t many other options at that price range than can potentially offer explosive returns. Although at risk of rotation with Martial — his possible attacking returns are hard to ignore if you’re in need of a 3rd spot striker at a reasonable price.
Olivier Giroud (8.5m)
The Frenchman came off the bench against the Foxes to secure 3 points for Arsenal in emphatic fashion and although his game time may be limited with the arrival of fellow countryman Lacazette, it’s hard to see past such great underlying stats. At 0.41 goals per game, Giroud represents a great plan B for the Gunners and looks like a great pick.