RTK’s Fantasy Premier league guru Michael Baddeley returns to bring you all his recommended tips and tricks ahead of game week two!
One week into the season and certain players are already showing us why they are considered as essentials in your Fantasy Premier League teams this campaign!
Lukaku bagged two goals for United while Christian Eriksen assisted both of Tottenham’s goals with Dele Alli converting one of the two. Striker Harry Kane might have only scored two points, but his performance was promising enough to show managers why he will be a must-have.
Let’s not forget the likes of Mohamed Salah, Alvaro Morata, Paul Pogba and Sergio Aguero who all managed to score points and should definitely be in your thoughts throughout the season.
Anyway, let’s get down to business, here are the three players that you should be keeping your eye on this weekend.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan: £8.1m
The Armenian was excellent all pre-season and he carried that rich vein of form into the first week of the season. Two assists, a clean sheet and two bonus points saw Mkhitaryan take home 11 points.
A favourable fixture away to Swansea gives the attacking-midfielder the chance to carry on with his excellent form and we expect him to do just that.
If we could have afforded him without taking a four point hit to our score then he would have been in our team this week, but we couldn’t, so now we can now monitor him more before ultimately making a decision on whether to put him in or not.
Mohamed Salah: £9.1m
It was an excellent debut for the Liverpool winger last weekend. A goal and an assist was enough for Salah to take home one bonus point and finish his first week back in the Premier League on 11 points.
His speed and trickery caused the Watford defence problems on several occasions and I expect nothing different when he faces a weak Crystal Palace defence this weekend.
With rumours of Sadio Mané missing out due to a knock, this could be Salah’s time to shine, however, there is a distinct possibility that he won’t play a full 90 minutes due to Liverpool’s involvement in the Champions League qualifier on Wednesday.
Steve Mounie: £6m
My third player of the week might be a shock to some, but after last week’s superb performance against Crystal Palace and his favourable fixture list we have got our eye on the Huddersfield big-man, Steve Mounie.
This weekend will see him make his home Premier League debut against Rafa Benitez’s recently promoted Newcastle United. The Magpies will be without Jonjo Shelvey in the centre of the park and that could be a huge miss for them. The ex-Montpellier striker is definitely a punt but could be a differential that pays-off massively.
The RTK team
Ben Foster keeps his position in net as he faces an away game at Burnley. They might not keep a clean sheet, but the Englishman could face a number of shots so will have the potential to rack up the save points.
We have changed from a back three to a back four this week.
Danilo keeps his place as he faces an Everton side who have played Hadjuk Split in the Europa League this week and will then travel to Croatia for the return leg on Thursday. Cedric faces a very poor West Ham side at home so clean sheet points are definitely on the cards for the full back.
The same goes for Bournemouth defender Charlie Daniels who also makes our side as he faces Watford in the Cherrie0’s first home game of the season.
Our fourth and final defensive choice is Trent Alexander-Arnold. After his stunning European debut against Hoffenheim the youngster will be on cloud nine and also has the potential to take set pieces for the Reds.
After his blank last week against Brighton we’ve kept faith in Kevin De Bruyne. Like Danilo, he will face a tired Everton side who will have one eye on the away leg against Hadjuk Split.
There are worries about Sadio Mané’s fitness so keeping him in the side could turn out to be a silly move, but fingers crossed he is passed fit and will run riot against Crystal Palace’s poor defence.
Willian was another player who played well but facing a Tottenham side who are defensively sound worries me a little bit. We have our fingers-crossed that the Brazilian is on song for the Blues.
Up top, we have the two heavy hitters in Lukaku and Kane again. Lukaku is our captain for the second week running as he faces Swansea and Kane will come up against a Chelsea defence that looked rather weak against Burnley last weekend.
Our third and final pick is Steve Mounie who we have transferred in to replace Benteke after the Belgian blanked against Huddersfield. As we said earlier on, Mounie will be making his home debut against Newcastle so the big-man will want to introduce himself into the Terriers faithful.
There we have it, our three players to watch and team for the week! Good luck!
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