Gameweek 1 started with a bang, as the five most expensive players got at least a goal. An average of 65 points was recorded in GW1, which is a good one by FPL standard. Sterling (£12.1m) led the way with a hattrick against West Ham, Kane (£11m) left it late but ended up with a brace at home against newly-promoted Aston Villa, and we got a goal and an assist from Salah (£12.5m).
At the back, Erik Pieters (£4.5m) of Burnley lead the way with two assists and a clean sheet to bag 14 points, while Maitland-Niles (£5m) of Arsenal also recorded 12 points with an assist and a clean sheet away at Newcastle.
The biggest winners were people that found a way to insert Salah, Sterling, and Kane in one team – (a hard feat to achieve going by the exorbitant price of players) as they all scored double digits and gave a cumulative of 45 points. Ashley Barnes (£6.5m) of Burnley and Teemu Pukki (£6.5) of Norwich were two low priced forwards that showed promise, recording 13 points and 7 points respectively.
Going into game week 2, Mo Salah and Raheem Sterling are the premium guys and should be present in anyone’s selection regardless of the teams they are up against. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11m) has a good record against Burnley as he has scored six goals in 3 meetings against them – He has the strongest case to get the captain’s armband this weekend.
Jamie Vardy (£9m) and Callum Wilson (£8m) have good away records and could bring in good returns this weekend. Vardy got ten goals away from home last season with only Harry Kane (11) netting more away from home. He will be up against a Chelsea defense that shipped in 4 goals against Manchester United last weekend. Callum Wilson, meanwhile, scored 9 of his 14 goals away from home last season.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7m) is great attacking threat from the defense and might record another assist away at Southampton this weekend. Also, in the defense, Maitland-Niles is another great option for his assist potential and clean sheet opportunity as they will be at home to Burnley. Lucas Digne (£6m) is also an excellent option to have at the back because of his assist potential, as they will be at home against Watford this weekend.
Ryan Fraser (£7.5m), Pedro (£7m), and Grealish (£6m) have good shouts for inclusion this weekend, while the differentials for the weekend include Norwich forward Teemu Pukki, Brighton’s goalkeeper Matt Ryan (£4,5m) and Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings (£4.5m).
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