Captain Tips For Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 2

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You may or may not have noticed that we didn’t post a Captain Tips article for Gameweek 1. The reason for this is that there was already several online and with the small amount of data on hand, it seemed illogical to write an entire article when we could only really recommend Sergio Aguero.

We’ve decided to try a new approach to the captaincy article this season in order to make it more enjoyable and engaging for our users.

Each week the Fplbet pundits will pick their best bet, differential and defender to captain. We’ll also invite our users to comment theirs and track the results on a leaderboard that we’ll post in the upcoming articles. Then next month (GW4), the highest scoring commenter will replace the lowest scoring pundit for the following month.

This will reward the user who makes the best predictions with a platform to discuss his tips over the course of the next month. So if you think you know your fantasy football tips, get involved and earn yourself a platform.

Captain Tips For Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 2:



Approach: A man of his statistics.

Best Bet: Aguero vs. Stoke (A)
Differential: Llorente vs. Hull (H)
Defender: Ivanovic vs. Watford (A)


Does Sergio Aguero really need an explanation? He’s the reliable and fixture-proof, as he proved in Gameweek 1 and repeatedly over the last few seasons. I think that a few managers will be tempted by Eden Hazard, Philippe Coutinho & Zlatan Ibrahimovic based on their performances last week, but nobody oozes consistency quite like my main man Aguero.

Fernando Llorente may seem like shrewd pick based on the fact that he – unlike everybody’s new favourite 6.5m striker, Alvaro Negredo – didn’t score in Gameweek 1. However, as a man of my statistics I can resist the player who had the most shots on target (4) from the opening week. Especially when paired with the fact that he takes on Hull, who I expect to crumble this week after their shock win over Leicester.

Whilst watching the Chelsea vs. West Ham match I noticed Branislav Ivanovic in several advanced positions and for that alone chucked him on my watch list. I’ve since checked the stats and he had two shots (one on target), five touches in the opposition box and made three successful crosses. He should be given more room against Watford and I fancy him to grab either a clean sheet, goal or assist.



Approach: Trusts his gut.

Best Bet: Vardy vs. Arsenal (H)
Differential: Oscar vs. Watford (A)
Defender: Funes-Mori vs. West Brom (A)


Yes I’ve gone with Jamie Vardy over Aguero for my best bet… I have not gone crazy, he’s a very good alternative to the obvious candidate! First off, as an Arsenal fan, I can tell you that just about any striker with a bit of gumption will find the net against our makeshift backline at the moment. Combine this with the the fact Vardy turned down a move to the club last month, while missing a couple of big chances last week and you’re left with a instinctive striker with fire in his belly. The 56,750 managers who have already transferred him out are foolish.

Although Eden Hazard stole the show in Chelsea’s opening fixture, it was Oscar who stood out for me. The baby-faced Brazilian popped up in all sorts of dangerous positions and flourished as the central attacking midfielder in Conte’s system. Against West Ham, who are undoubtedly a stronger side than Watford, Oscar made more key passes (3) and forward passes (35) than both Hazard and Willian.

If you’re feeling really adventurous or have already thrown in the towel for the 2016/17 season, then you could look to a defender for a clean sheet and attacking returns. For both outputs, I think Ramiro Funes-Mori will deliver. Within weeks, Koeman has drastically improved Everton’s defence and the Argentine is a constant threat in the opposition’s penalty area. During the 2015/16 season, Mori scored a goal every 582 minutes on average – second only to Van Aanholt for consistent starters (25+ apps).  


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Approach: Capitalises on weak defences.

Best Bet: Hazard vs. Watford (A)
Differential: Routledge vs. Hull (H)
Defender: Kolarov vs. Stoke (A)


In Watford’s 1-1 draw with Southampton they conceded 24 shots on goal, the most in Matchday 1. In Chelsea’s 2-1 win over West Ham, Eden Hazard looked to be back to his mesmerising self and repaid all those managers who chucked him in their sides for Gameweek 1. He looked sharp on the ball and had a drive within him that we didn’t see last season, it’s clear that Antonio Conte has demanded a hard working, fluid style of play and will hope that continues against the Hornets.

Despite recording a shock opening day win over Champions Leicester, I can’t see Hull continuing their winning streak at the Liberty Stadium. Now on paper it looks like I’ve gone against my approach as Hull only conceded one goal but they conceded the most big chances (4) and the second most goal attempts (18). Despite not grabbing a goal or an assist I fancy Wayne Routledge to contribute something this weekend, he created four chances and had one shot on goal, he’s coming off the back of a great preseason and could provide a shrewd pick this weekend.

Following Manchester City’s 2-1 win over Sunderland Pep Guardiola said “I think Kolarov had one of the best performances vs. Sunderland I have seen in a central defender.” The last two words may be alarming to some, Aleksander Kolarov, previously a left back has been slotting in centrally for City with Gael Clichy occupying the left back position. Despite playing in his preferred position against Steau Bucaresti in the Champions League qualifier I could see Kolarov pushed back into the heart of the defence against Stoke City. The Serbian is deadly from a dead ball situation and his pinpoint passing could see him register an assist.



Approach: Takes the occasional risk.

Best Bet: Hazard vs. Watford (A)
Differential: Deulofeu vs. West Brom (A)
Defender: Walker vs. Crystal Palace (H)


At this point it should be fair to say that Eden Hazard is back. The Belgian looked like his usual creative, dynamic self when helped lead Chelsea to a 2-1 victory over West Ham. It was exhilarating to watch Hazard weave through defenders, link up with Costa and most importantly, smash a penalty just underneath the crossbar. It was clear that Hazard’s confidence has been fully restored under Conte, which means Watford may not have a chance of stopping the high-flying winger.

Out of position players can be some of the most valuable assets in fantasy, but sometimes it can take a little while for a player to acclimate to his new role. Fortunately for Everton and FPL managers, Gerard Deulofeu seemed more than comfortable in his new forward position. He had a few cracks at goal and created an excellent chance for Kevin Mirallas. Deulofeu was almost in on goal himself after snatching up a wayward pass, but the angle was against him and Michel Vorm got down to make a good save. Although West Brom are solid at the back, we already saw the Spaniard’s ability to wear down a team’s defense. Assuming he stays diligent, Deulofeu should hopefully be able to create and put away chances this weekend.   

Tottenham’s defense was uncharacteristically sloppy against Everton this weekend. A lot of that had to do with Jan Vertonghen’s lack of match fitness, but the center back should be good to go for the upcoming match. With Mauricio Pochettino’s defense back to full strength and Crystal Palace’s only attacking threat being Andros Townsend, the Spurs should be able to pick up a clean sheet. That’s great news for any Kyle Walker owners since the right-back looked sharp going forward, as well. He had three key passes and was the one who provided the lovely cross that Erik Lamela was able to score from. A clean sheet and assist shouldn’t be too far out of reach for Walker.   



Approach: Close your eyes and hope for the best.

Best Bet: Ibrahimovic vs. Southampton (H)
Differential: Nolito vs. Stoke (A)
Defender: Azpilicueta vs. Watford (A)


Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been in form since the conception of football, marking his Premier League debut with a characteristically impressive strike from distance last GW. He is able to create goal-scoring opportunities out of nothing: last season he managed a brace despite being kept on the bench for the full 90 minutes. This attribute, combined with a strengthened Utd midfield under Mourinho, means he will be a constant threat this season. Southampton looked defensively unconvincing against Watford, and I expect Zlatan to find his way onto the scoresheet one way or another.

Despite not having a first name, Nolito gets my differential pick this week. The Spaniard impressed me against Sunderland and consolidated that performance with a goal and an assist against Steaua Bucharest midweek. He seems to be forming a solid partnership with Aguero and, with the backing of Pep Guardiola, could play a crucial part in City’s title hopes this season. Ultimately, City are one of the few teams in the Premier League capable of scoring 5 or 6 goals in a singular match; assists and goals are inevitable for the creative midfielder. At only 1.3% ownership, there’s certainly legroom onboard Nolito’s bandwagon for the meanwhile, but it could get quite cramped on there before long.

Chelsea’s victory over West Ham may have been a narrow one, but their dominant display looked more like the Chelsea of old. Whilst this is bad news for virtually every football fan, it does present some tempting options for FPL managers this season. Cast your mind back far enough, and you might remember a time when Ivanovic and Azpilicueta were among the best fullbacks in the league. An age where Bowie still made albums and selfie-sticks were still mocked by the general population. Last week, the Chelsea pair were at it again. Azpilicueta won a penalty and never looked afraid to push forward. What’s more, despite conceding a goal, the back four looked more rigid than Adam Johnson at a Sports Day event. I fancy the Spanish left-back to register a clean sheet against Watford this weekend.



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By | 2019-06-14T14:25:05+00:00 August 17th, 2016|Fantasy Football Tips|17 Comments


  1. wadampad August 17, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    Best Bet: Hazard vs. Watford (A)
    Differential: Sterling vs. Stoke (A)
    Defender: Ivanovic vs. Watford (A)

  2. Nickahola August 17, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    Best Bet: Aguero
    Differential: Wijnaldum
    Defender: Dawson

  3. Bingbangbush August 17, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Best Bet: Aguero
    Differential: Oscar
    Defender: Valencia

  4. BigBang83 August 17, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    Best bet : Firmini
    Differential: Ramirez
    Defender: Ivanovic

  5. Costas August 17, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    Best Bet: Aguero
    Differential: Ramirez
    Defender: Alderweireld

  6. caseyd August 17, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    Best Bet: Firmino vs. Burnley (A)
    Differential: Ramirez vs. Sunderland (A)
    Defender: Terry vs. Watford (A)

  7. TheSpamJavelin August 18, 2016 at 12:27 am

    Best Bet: Aguero vs. Stoke (A)
    Differential: Rondón vs. Everton (H)
    Defender: Van Aanholt vs. Middlesbrough (H)

  8. Brad August 18, 2016 at 12:47 am

    Best Bet: Ibrahimovic vs Sou (H). Southampton faced a poor, 10-man Watford side in GW1 — and they still managed just a draw, giving up a goal. Against the firepower of Man U, with Ibrahimovic playing his first game at home for the Red Devils, on a Friday night. . . this could be a slaughter.

    Differential: Sterling vs Stoke (A). After a poor first season and a worse Euros, Sterling has come out firing in the preseason, and has carried that over to City’s first PL game and Champion’s League qualifier. He drew penalties in each, and his high-pressing style has resulted in a number of balls won in the opposition half.

    Defender: Alderweireld vs Palace (H). Palace couldn’t manage a goal at home against West Brom. Now they’re away to Spurs. A clean sheet is surely within Spurs’ reach. And with 4 goals and 3 assists last year, Toby is always a threat to get on the score sheet.

  9. August 18, 2016 at 1:26 am

    Best Bet: Aguero – Best player in the league, in flying form with a goal in his first game and a hattrick mid-week. You’d be mad to bet against him. Especially with Stoke potentially still missing their #1 keeper. I expect a lot of goals from City.

    Differential: Llorente – Had a lot of shots last game. Was unlucky not to score. Hull had a great first game but they are still the worst squad in the league by a mile and have only 1 fit centre-back.

    Defender: Kolarov – Clean sheet is very feasible for City. Kolarov was played at LB mid-week and if he can get named there again he will be able to add those forays forward for crosses and getting into the box (won a penalty mid-week). Add the set-piece ability and it makes for a potential high-scoring player.

  10. Keyurl August 18, 2016 at 6:26 am

    Best pick: Zlatan- A Southampton defence which seems to be unsettled, playing against a dangerours Manchester United side at the Old Trafford. Do you need any other reasons to get the United big man?

    Differential: Sterling- After his performances in the UCL and gw1 of the prem, Raheem Sterling is catching the eye and may be the differential you need to shoot up your mini league if he fires.

    Defender: Terry- John Terry will be part of a improved Chelsea defensive set-up with new boy Kante helping the back four. Terry also has the potential to pop up and score a header of a set-piece. He has scored in each Premier league season that he has played, so if things go right you may as well get lucky with a clean sheet, goal and 3 bonus points against a weak Watford side.

  11. tommass4 August 18, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Best Bet: Eriksen
    Differential: Routledge
    Defender: Valencia

  12. vtlove August 19, 2016 at 5:52 am

    Best Bet: Hazard
    Differential: Cazorla
    Defender: Ivanovic

  13. clueless August 19, 2016 at 6:10 am

    Best bet Hazard
    Differential Sterling
    Defender Walker

  14. jimmyo August 19, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Best bet: Aguero
    Differential: Sterling
    Defender: Alderweireld

  15. robdscarter August 19, 2016 at 12:16 pm


  16. mahkus August 19, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Best Bet: Lamela
    Differential: Deulofeu
    Defender: Shaw

  17. FPL Gaffer August 19, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    Best bet : Costa
    Differential : Raheem Sterling
    Defender : Antonio Valencia

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