fantasy premier league GW2 – the early bandwagons and sinking ships


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Here’s our first bandwagons and sinking ships article for fantasy premier league GW2 where we look at the 5 most transferred in and out players so far in the gameweek.

fantasy premier league GW2 – the early bandwagons and sinking ships

The bandwagons

These are the 5 most transferred in players so far in the gameweek

Mahrez

With the highest equal points of 15 consisting of  2 goals and the maximum bonus in the round it’s no surprise that the Leicester RM is the most transferred in so far in the gameweek.  The underlying shooting and creating chances stats were incredible so the 2 goal haul was no fluke.  He also showed that he is the pen taker although there were a number of forwards off the pitch who could also take them.  He didn’t play in the hole of 3-4-1-2 as expected but played on the right.  He is the sort of shoot on sight player that works well in FPL and Leicester, if Saturday is anything to go, by is going to continue as the attacking team of the end of last season.  Last season he got 4 goals and 5 assists at an FPL rate of 20.4 minutes which is slightly lower than you’d potentially like.  Last season he returned a goal or assist in 5/30 games which is a consistency rate of 17%.  Thats poor.  There was also only 1 return in the last 10 starts.  None of those are great stats. His fixtures are a little mixed

West Ham (A)
Spurs (H)
Bournemouth (A)
Aston Villa (H)
Stoke (A)
Arsenal (H)

Darmian

Man Utd certainly looked a very cautious patient team which may give them alot more clean sheets than expected although the stats didn’t really back them up.  Certainly they looked very shaky at times and coneceded alot of shots in the box.  Darmian didn’t really create many chances or have a particularly high average forward position.  However if you believe in the defence then for me the RB is the best option.  The next home game is certainly a time to do it if you’re going to

Aston Villa (A)
Newcastle (H)
Swansea (A)
Liverpool (H)
Southampton (A)
Sunderland (H)

Romero

Similar comments as above for the Man Utd GK.  However he has the extra dimension of David De Gea.  De Gea maybe linked with Real Madrid and situations like this where you are left out of the team for reasons that your head isn’t in the right place normally end up with the player going.  However he is still there and that must remain as a residual risk.  If De Gea goes then it’s a different story as he’s good value at £5.0m

Aston Villa (A)
Newcastle (H)
Swansea (A)
Liverpool (H)
Southampton (A)
Sunderland (H)

Cabaye

The Palace midfielder scored and got the maximum bonus in Palace’s 3 -1 win at Norwich.  Palace started last season where they left off scoring goals.  However while Cabaye will have still have a share of set pieces (he wont have them all by any stretch with Puncheon taking more corners) he played yesterday in the 2 of 4-2-3-1 and didn’t get forward to any great extent or have many shots or create many chances.  There’s no doubt that he will have a great influnece over Palace but as a fantasy player, the 2 of 4-2-3-1 is not the ususal place to do produce points.  Fixtures are awful.

Arsenal (H)
Aston Villa (H)
Chelsea (A)
Man City (H)
Spurs (A)
Watford (A)

Cech

I had a double take over this and had to check that I hadn’t accidentally clicked the transfers out button by accident but the Arsenal GK is indeed in the top 5 transfers in.  I’m assuming as a straight swap for Chelsea GK Courtois who was sent off.  I still believe in the Arsenal defence despite a pretty ordinary clean sheet record last year overall and this performance.  However the fact was they conceded very few shots and West Ham made the best of the chances they had.  I still think of Arsenal as one of the best defensive options.  The fixtures are pretty mixed.

Crystal Palace (A)
Liverpool (H)
Newcastle (A)
Stoke (H)
Chelsea (A)
Leicester (A)

The sinking ships

These are the 5 most transferred out players so far in the gameweek

Courtois

The Chelsea GK was sent off in the draw with Swansea and will be suspended for 1 game. In most teams he probably has a non playing £4.0m GK as a reserve so either FPL managers face a round with no GK or they sell.  It should be remembered that Chelsea had the most clean sheets and conceded the least goals last season and were easily the best defensive team.  It’s hard to think that this had changed.  Also if you’re going to have Courtois suspended, away to Man City is definitely the best time to do it

Man City (A)
West Brom (A)
Crystal Palace (H)
Everton (A)
Arsenal (H)
Newcastle (A)

Baines

I have alot of sympathy for the people who own the Everton LB as it seems he was injured in training on the Friday but as usual no one is told.  Who cares about your tactical reasons FPL is far more important!  It looks like a long injury as well although offically no return date.  Fixtures are diablolical anyway

Southampton (A)
Man City (H)
Spurs (A)
Chelsea (H)
Swansea (A)
West Brom (A)

De Gea

A strange one this as to why anyone had the Man Utd GK in their FPL team in the  first place.  The transfers out then are not surprising after being left out due to his head being in the wrong place.   It was also fairly well sign posted on the Friday as well so plenty of chances to get him out before the FPL season started.  What will happen from here anyone knows but situations like this often force a transfer.  I may have left a transfer out to a little later in the week to see if there was any more news though

Aston Villa (A)
Newcastle (H)
Swansea (A)
Liverpool (H)
Southampton (A)
Sunderland (H)

Ki

The Swansea midfielder has a hamstring injury although Physio room has him back fit for next week.  None the less it’s seen a wave of transfers out.  Not surprising as hamstring injury’s often take longer than 1 week.  He is a reasonable option for £5.5m but he was the least advanced of the Swansea midfielders.  Fixtures could be worse

Newcastle (H)
Sunderland (A)
Man Utd (H)
Watford (A)
Everton (H)
Southampton (A)

Jagielka

A pretty ordinary defensive perfromance against promoted side Watford on the back of an ordinary (albeit improved towards the end of the season) defensive 14/15.  Add to that some terrible fixtures to come make it’s no surprise that he’s being sold.

Southampton (A)
Man City (H)
Spurs (A)
Chelsea (H)
Swansea (A)
West Brom (A)
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