Fantasy Premier League | GW02 – Assessing the budget buys

It was an atypical weekend in the FPL on GW01, as the big guns faltered slightly and a swathe of reasonably priced players stole the limelight with eye-catching performances. It will be human nature to jump in and transfer the above-mentioned players into your squads asap but don’t jump blindly! Read through as we assessed whether it is a good idea or not to bring them in.

We will provide our verdict of BUY NOW | MAYBE | NO GO to some of these top performing players for GW01.

  • Aaron Wan-Bissaka (CRY | DF | 4.1)

Wan-Bissaka had a sensational start to his season, providing an assist and a clean sheet together with 3 BP. He is strong, fast and looks apt going forward. His position faces competition from Martin Kelly and Joel Ward but Hodgson is likely to give this youngster a run of games to prove his worth. Palace, other than an upcoming home fixture v LIV, do not play a top 6 again until GW10. BUY NOW

  • Jeffrey Schlupp (CRY | DF | 4.5)

Listed as a defender, Schlupp played 90 minutes as a left winger and found the net. He is a seasoned campaigner but Palace do have players coming in after this so it is not likely that he will keep his spot in the starting XI, unless Hodgson wants to stick to two outright wingers. Still, at this price, he is definitely worth a gamble. MAYBE

  • Roberto Pereyra (WAT | MF | 6.1)

Pereyra is the joint top-scorer of GW01 (with Sadio Mane). His performance from the left wing helped Watford dominate Brighton but as with Watford always, you never know which shade they will turn up in. Tough games against SPU (GW04), MNU (GW05) and ARS (GW07) are coming up so we don’t expect him to continue in a free-scoring mode. NO GO

  • José Holebas (WAT | MF | 4.5)

As mentioned, the Hornets do not have an easy start to the season. Clean sheets may not come by as freely too soo … NO GO

  • Richarlison (EVE | MF | 6.1)

Richarlison enjoyed a somewhat mixed debut in Toffees’ colours, scoring twice but limped off injured. He is facing a race to fitness for his next game and in the longer run, his position in the XI is not a shoo-in with new signings Bernard and veteran Yannick Bolaise waiting. MAYBE

  • Luke Shaw (MNU | DF | 5.1)

Shaw is an interesting case for United. Ashley Young started 34 league games as left-back last term and with no other left-back choices, Young was on the bench and Shaw was pushed into the XI. He reciprocated with a goal and got FPL managers looking at him again. His performance in GW01 should earn him another start in GW02 but there is no telling at this stage if Shaw will be United’s first choice LB for the season. He is no particularly cheap for a defender so be wary if you take risk on him. MAYBE 

  • Rúben Diogo da Silva Neves (WOL | MF | 5.1)

Neves had a sensational Premier League debut and his freekick that beat Jordan Pickford was top draw. Although he sits behind three other forward players, he likes to go forward and you have a feeling he will score a handful of goals with his abilities. Wolves play the Manchester teams soon (MCI, GW03 | MNU, GW06) but overall their first ten games look ok. BUY NOW

  • Alex McCarthy (SOU | GK | 4.5)

To be honest, a few FPL managers were surprised that McCarthy got the nod ahead of Saints’ new 10m pound signed Angus Gunn. The former did well of course, keeping a clean sheet, recording 6 saves and 3 BPs. There is no reason for Mark Hughes to drop him and Saints do not have a tough fixture until GW06 (Liverpool). He is one of the three goalkeepers with good value at 4.5, others being Joe Hart and Wayne Hennessy. BUY NOW 

  • Jorginho (CHE | MF | 5.0)

It was indeed very surprising to see Jorginho take that penalty at Huddersfield but one can only assume that he is the only player well trusted by new manager Maurizo Sarri, given their acquaintance at Napoli. The midfielder, however, do not have a good goal scoring record in Serie A. With Eden Hazard back to full fitness, you have to wonder if Jorginho will be tasked with Chelsea penalties in the future. He will continue to have a very defensive role at the Blues. NO GO

  • N’golo Kante (CHE | MF | 5.0)

Kante scoring with a flick in the penalty box was a rare sight but it gives some insight into how Sarri will play the Frenchman in games to come. He is likely to be given more freedom and space with Jorginho sitting deeper so is likely to make more lung bursting dashes into opponents’ box. Kante never seems to tire so we reckon the goals and the assists may come over the course of the season. BUY NOW 



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