image

Fantasy Football

Premier League fantasy football 2018-19 tips: forwards to pick for Gameweek 2, most transferred in

Sergio Aguero is attracting a lot of interest with Manchester City set to begin a dream run of fixtures starting at home to Huddersfield this weekend

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 16 August, 2018, 3:26pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 16 August, 2018, 3:26pm

Right, you’ve had a few days to stew over your successes and failures from Gameweek 1 of Fantasy Premier League, so now it’s time to dust yourself off and get ready again.

The opening weekend of the new season really wasn’t one for forwards, with lots of big-name strikers failing to fire.

Of all the star names, only Jamie Vardy found the back of the net, and that was after the ball bounced from the post off his face and into the net.

Surely things will get livelier up front in Gameweek 2 – so if you’re looking to use your free transfer on a forward, then have a look at our transfer suggestions. You can also check out our tips for defenders, and our picks for midfielders.

Roberto Firmino (£9.5 million, 5 points) didn’t score in Liverpool’s 4-0 thrashing of West Ham but he still got an assist.

The Brazilian is always involved for Jurgen Klopp’s side, and could very easily get himself on the scoresheet at Selhurst Park this weekend.

Premier League fantasy football 2018-19 tips: midfielders to pick for Gameweek 2

You may be tempted to switch things up but you are more than likely to be rewarded if you show some faith in Firmino.

Remember, we’re only one week into the season, so no reason to panic just yet if your mega money stars aren’t firing on all cylinders yet.

Another forward among the assists was Wilfried Zaha (£7 million, 5 points), who has been rewarded for his loyalty and last season’s fine form with a new contract at Crystal Palace.

He’s been selected in 31.8 per cent of teams by FPL users, with over 83,000 transferring him in for Gameweek 2, so clearly a lot of people have just as much faith in the 25-year-old as Roy Hodgson and the club hierarchy.

Premier League fantasy football 2018-19 tips: defenders to pick for Gameweek 2

A tough test awaits at home this week, however, when Liverpool come down to South London. Klopp’s side are looking a lot tougher to break down at the back these days.

If you want a striker who actually scored last weekend, well your options are limited to just five.

Daniel Sturridge (£6 million, 5 points) came off the Liverpool bench to score with his first touch against West Ham, and looks like he could be Klopp’s main backup striker once again this season.

Whether Sturridge will play against Palace is a gamble, and he certainly won’t start, but 1.4 per cent of FPL users have included him in the hopes of snatching a few points.

Premier League fantasy football 2018-19 tips: rules for scoring points, bonus points system, free hit, wild card, triple captain

Another striker who came off the bench to score was Jamie Vardy (£9 million, 6 points), who is a much better bet for goals, with 72,000 FPL users transferring him in.

We all know Vardy’s FPL pedigree, with 183 points last season, and newly-promoted Wolves at home provides the England striker with a chance to continue his good start, after a freakish goal at Old Trafford that displayed his poacher’s instincts.

Wolves striker Raul Jimenez (£5.5 million, 6 points) will be looking to continue his own fine start at the King Power Stadium.

The Mexican on loan from Benfica earned Nuno Espirito Santo’s side a point in their opening game at home to Everton with a fine header.

Callum Wilson (£6 million, 8 points) was the highest-scoring forward in FPL, after a goal and an assist against newly-promoted Cardiff.

He can blow hot and cold – it’s anyone’s guess whether he’ll get among the points at West Ham on Saturday, though more than 104,000 FPL users have transferred him in.

While he didn’t find the scoresheet at Arsenal, it’s surely only a matter of time before Sergio Aguero (£11 million, 2 points) starts racking the goals up.

He had 169 points last season, despite having to settle for a role on the bench at times, and Manchester City’s upcoming fixtures should fill FPL users who’ve selected the Argentine with hope.

The Premier League champions’ next six games are against last season’s three promoted sides and this season’s three promoted sides, and with that in mind, over 75,000 FPL users have opted to bring Aguero in.

Pep Guardiola’s men start that run of games against Huddersfield at home on Sunday. Expect City to post big scores and Aguero to be integral to those.

In that regard, you may also fancy getting Riyadh Mahrez (£9 million, 1 point) or Leroy Sane (£9.5 million, 1 point) in your side, though it’s tough to know which, or if either, will start at the Etihad.

Guardiola has an embarrassment of riches, though Raheem Sterling (who is for some reason classed as a midfielder in FPL) will probably keep his place after his goal at Arsenal.

Kevin De Bruyne has been ruled out for a month or two with a knee injury, however, which means Guardiola may shuffle things around and get both Mahrez and Sane in. Perhaps best to play it safe and see how the Catalan’s plans take shape before you take the plunge.

Romelu Lukaku (£11 million, 1 point) is likely to start for Manchester United, after getting 20 minutes as a substitute against Leicester.

He spurned a good chance at Old Trafford, though, and may need a bit more time before he is back up to speed.

But the physical challenge of Brighton away could be just the type of challenge on which Lukaku can thrive, either with assists or goals.

Marcus Rashford (£7 million, 2 points) did not do much against Leicester to convince he can oust the Belgian in the No 9 role, and Jose Mourinho seems reluctant to take Alexis Sanchez off the left wing.

Harry Kane (£12.5 million, 1 point) surprisingly started at Newcastle, but despite looking knackered he is in over 30 per cent of FPL teams for the Wembley game against Fulham.

The England captain has never scored in August, though, and it seems he’s still in dire need of a rest after his efforts at the World Cup.

While 28,000 users have transferred Kane in, it’s best to maybe wait and see if he starts hitting the net before splashing the cash on him.