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Week 2: Player Picks

There are so many options this week. Will go with the common view or try something different?

Guzan may say I'm all mouth but he can't keep a clean sheet this week
Guzan may say I'm all mouth but he can't keep a clean sheet this week
Marco Luzzani

First the big news if you don't already know, and you really should. For less than 6M you can still pick up Courtois, Alexis or is that Sanchez and Costa. That will be pretty hard to resist for most if not all of us.

Despite some of the frustration with Yahoo over the last 12 months the new boys and girls deserve some credit to reacting to last Saturdays glitch. Moving forward how shown they are listening to the customers and as the game progresses the future looks good.

Onto the players worth considering week 2.

Thibaut Courtois

We have him at 6m and he is the stand out keeper pick on price and fixture this weekend. Any concerns? Well there is a chance Jose messes us about and rotates his keepers.

Fraser Forster

Even cheaper than Courtois, the man mountain that is Forster offers you an alternative. Southampton clean sheets will be hard to come by but I'd imagine plenty of saves and a win is possible. Should he get the CS he could outscore Courtois.

John Terry

Chelsea's cheapest defender isn't cheap. Cs and goal threat from the club captain. I predict the same back four start this one as week one but if not JT is the safe route into doubling up on a potential Chelsea clean sheet.

Martin Kelly

Will he start? Bit of a gamble but is so he faces toothless West Ham at home. Good enough to play either right back or in the heart of the defence. Friday news that Palace's injuries are still a concern may tempt me.

Neil Taylor

Again will he start after being subbed last week? I assume he does and hosts Burnley. If he does he will find his opposing right back Trippier bombing into his territory meaning TW, PI will be needed.

Kieran Trippier

So then we must pick out Mr Trippier. A 3pt flop week one but don't be alarmed, this guy will deliver during this season. Swansea may have won at Old Trafford but they will not close the ball down or control the game in the manor Chelsea did. Burnley are a spirited bunch following their manager's lead and I do not see this as the easy home win some predict. Sure the clean sheet seems unlikely but I think Bunrnley will have joy with the ball and Trippier can phantom his way to 8pts plus.

Andrew Robertson

Quietly had a big game at Queens Park Rangers. 14pts including a clean sheet and plenty of attacking runs into the opposition half. A home tie this week makes him an interesting option if you think Stokes blanks continue.

James Ward-Prowse

A talent and set piece specialists. 11pts at Anfield with no goal or assist has tempted many on the

barn door. He will start and has a nice fixture.

Dusan Tadic

If JWP doesn't take your fancy then Tadic may do. A very promising debut in the real world did not match his fantasy returns. He seems a potential 20+pt type when he settles. Hard to fit in to saints middies and like it but if you missed JWP I'd snap him up

Eric Lamela

Brighter from the £30m man week one and on corners. I have yet to decide if he is a bench option or to give him a second chance, It will depend on the remainder of my team. Truth is, without his price he would not be on this list and I should be picking players just because there are cheap.

Christian Eriksen

Rested midweek, somehow despite only scoring 2pts he somehow went up in value not down. I'm not sure I will ever figure out how the player's values work. Home to QPR seems a game for him to get back to double digits.


Season keeper, as the kids say ----- END OF!

Aaron Ramsey

Tricky one this. "Rambo" was a 22pt hero in week one and continues to be Arsenal best attacking weapon. The problem is our budget. Ramsey probably scores 8-10 points without a goal most weeks but when you are trying to achieve 20+pts every week with your premium picks he will need a goal or multi SOT/assists every week. Away to Everton is tricky and following on the back of a midweek away game in Europe he may not be the best pick. Problem is drop him and can you get him back. Week two and I feel trapped already.

Cesc Fabregas

Picked up after his double assist man of the match performance at Burnley. Leicester may pay him closer attention than little old Burnley did but on Mondays form he could well again.

Eden Hazard

Quiet Monday and seemingly looking to find his feet post World Cup. Once again how can he have a mini points game and go up in price. He is a gut pick for me this weekend but I am struggling to get him in.

Andre Scurrle

Flying form during and post world cup has seen him steeling Willians starting spot. Greedy but won't play 90mins, I recommended him last week but talked myself out of it. Missed him on the BD so I may leave him again, however when on the pitch his outstanding movement and finishing make him Chelsea's number one attacking threat.

Jordon Mutch

Tottenham just mess up when you don't expect them to. After a solid win at West Ham a home tie over rangers looks a banker. QPR though have a number of characters who don't go down easy. I like a rangers goal here and i will be him as a very alternative midfield option.

Yaya Toure

0pts in week one and his price? Correct it went up??????

On the list because the man is a big game player and I have noticed a trend in him playing and scoring well in the night games

Remy Cabella

A real bright spark against City he already looks a real fans hero for Newcastle. I'm unsure if he can do it away from home and he is way overpriced but no way Villa keep back to back cs and Cabella seems certain involved..

Juan Mata

7pts week one and very poor game from the Utd playmaker. Perhaps Utd will be more comfortable on the road and the extra space for Mata could see him hit the big points the week after we all dropped him.

Raheem Sterling

My top player of last week. As an England fan I love watching him and I hope Roy uses him wiser at the Euros in two years. On Monday night It will be an absorbing watch to see who wills the battle between his pace and movement against Citys man handling approach. In UK commentary some referred to him taking over from Suarez in the teams influence. There you see the lack of intelligence of the english view. Sterling is being brought along perfectly so far by Brendon Rodgers bringing him in and out of the team as he progresses. At 19 he is still some way off his peak and the hot and cold performance will take a while to remove. He could become a world star but let the little lad grow. City will focus on him and as a result I expect him will be very tightly marked and he will pick up a few FW. I'm verging on dropping him with spurs away next week to follow, then I think of him in a race with Demichelis.

Alexis Sanchez

Would you buy him for the fixture if he cost you 10m plus? no right? could he match Rambo but only cost you 5m?

Bojan Krkic

He didn't do anything week one but faces a Hull side that played midweek. I like Stoke to prove a point and win this one with the fresher side.

Sergio Arguero

Will he start, he should do. Liverpools defending as a team did not improve against the Saints. He will take the chances they missed if given them. Few will pick him making him a great alternative.

Wayne Rooney

Certain to start and on form. Sunderland have proven big team spoilers in recent months and Utd looked as weak as last season in week one. Even at 17m Rooney looks a risk on the road. He does though have a habit of being streaky and the general feeling is Utd will bounce back at Sunderland. We thought that plenty last season didn't we!

Robin Van Persie

The barn door man of the week may start this tie. The side need experience on the pitch and with Wellbeck injured and little pea poor last time out it is possible. If he does he likely gets subbed around 65-70mins. If you knew he was starting would you drop Rooney for him?

Emmanuel Riviere

So like surely I said Villa can't go back to back clean sheets. He looked a little clumsy at times against City but he is powerful and fast. I get the idea he busts through the Villa defence but can he compose himself and take those chances? My gut says yes, but my head says I just trying to prove I was right about Villa after all. Damm you Stoke.

Emmanuel Adebayor

I hate picking him. One of those all or nothing picks. Scored negative last time but will have chances in this one. A sensible pick I just don't think I can make.

Diego Costa

In all or teams, he will return value at least. I just see him as a better player real world than fantasy. The fixture is great, his form is great so why do I not want to pick him? The Leicester CB's are big mobile guys who may be able to handle him better than Burnley. I wonder if we may get a brace of assists rather than goals this week from Diego. One things for sure he will get a more than a brace of fouls committed.

With the new budget/15 players and those mega cheap World cup players we already are seeing people trapped with discount.

Rooney, Ramsey, Alex, Costa, Sterling, JWP, Siggy are in most early teams we have seen. That's fine for this week but moving forward what will you do?

Lets say you hold Rooney(RVP), Costa and Alexis who now cost 20m, 14m and 15m.  What do you do when Kun or Sturridge faces Burnely at home etc? Is the correct way to win this thing still to pick the best 11 week in week out keeping only siggy? or has holding discounts become more important?

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