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Fantasy football tips: Best Gameweek 2 picks, captain picks and price changes

How was Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 1 for you? Whether you’re putting your faith in Harry Kane or trying to suppress your disillusionment with Aleksandar Mitrovic’s leadership, mercifully it’s time for redemption.

That’s the theory, anyway. For act two, watch Kane prove his class against Chelsea and Erling Holland and Mohamed Salah – your sensational new signings, naturally – misfire against opponents who have been reborn as resilient underdogs with bite.

The twists and turns of the new season further mystify the dark art of successful tinkering, The Sporting News Can’t help but offer some ideas that might help.

After the value option for your precious free transfer? Want a captain who isn’t Holland or Salah? Take a break from staring at your team and ponder these tips.

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The best Gameweek 2 picks

Robert Sanchez (4.5)

Brighton’s Sanchez is in the sweet spot between goalkeepers who are busy enough to earn points for saves and defensive enough not to concede a points-threatening number of goals.

The Seagulls’ excellent start at Manchester United on Sunday provided a good example of that: Sanchez made five saves – two more than the number needed for an extra point – but avoided dropping a point as he didn’t concede twice.

Spain international Sanchez received the bonus of being one of the best starters at Old Trafford, despite reminders of his entertaining tendencies towards self-destruction. Brighton are coming off a reasonable run of fixtures between now and October, avoiding any team that finished in the top six last season.

William Saliba (4.5)

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta impressed fans and pundits alike with 21-year-old Saliba’s performance at Crystal Palace, where the debutant was part of an assured defensive display that helped the Gunners withstand the pressure en route to a 2-0 win.

Saturday’s visit from Leicester is Arsenal’s only game for the rest of the month against a team that finished in the top half of the Premier League in 2021/22 and United – on current evidence not expected to be a threat – are only top-12. Last season’s side will face them in September.

Whether Arteta opts to turn the youngster will be worth monitoring but Saliba is already one of the strongest potential budget signings at the back.

Gabriel Martinelli (6.1)

If goal-scoring midfielders in FPL weren’t enough gold dust, Martinelli was worth his weight for the manager who invested in the mid-priced Arsenal prodigy before the move began.

A clean sheet and Arsenal’s opening goal of the season after 20 minutes gave the Brazil international a promising start as they enjoyed themselves on the pitch.

A popular choice before the start of the season, Martinelli is now selected by more than 25 per cent of Fantasy Premier League managers.

MORE: Arsenal squad news ahead of Matchweek 2 clash against Leicester City

Erling Holland (11.6)

No prizes for originality here: Players waiting to see how Holland performed on his Premier League debut were cursing their choices as they watched the blasphemous scoring machine in Manchester City’s 2-0 win at West Ham.

City now have potentially their best games of August, starting with a visit to newly promoted Bournemouth on Saturday, followed by a trip to Newcastle – who fell victim to a 9-0 aggregate scoreline against the defending champions last season – and home games against Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest.

More: Explaining each of Erling Holland’s goal rituals

FPL Gameweek 2 Captain’s Picks

Kevin De Bruyne (12.0)

De Bruyne, the provider of the points, set up Holland’s second goal at the London Stadium and brought home the biggest tally of any City player in FPL in 2021/22.

De Bruyne scored 15 times and provided eight assists in 30 appearances in the Premier League last season and is another big-hitter who shines during City’s forgiving fixtures.

As a midfielder, De Bruyne is worth a point more than a striker for goals and clean sheets. He has been relatively ever-present by Pep Guardiola’s selection standards, completing at least 60 minutes in City’s last five league games in two-point wins.

MORE: Fantasy Premier League: Can you fit De Bruyne in your squad and still have Ronaldo, Lukaku and Salah?

Mohamed Salah (13.0)

Few FPL players will be happy to give Salah his captaincy without a review and his performance in Liverpool’s 2-2 draw at Fulham, where he became the first player to score on the opening day in six consecutive opening weekends in the Premier League. League, suggested it might be smarter.

Salah, who has the potential advantage of being classified as a midfielder, has seven goals and six assists in 10 games against Crystal Palace, who travel to Anfield on Monday and are on a 10-game losing streak in the tournament.

Lawyers are unlikely to stop Salah from armband residency with a visit to Liverpool United a week later – a hat-trick sight for Salah in 2021/22 – before hosting Bournemouth and Newcastle.

MORE: Liverpool squad news for Matchweek 2 clash against Crystal Palace

Erling Holland

Not to mention his terrifyingly prolific time with former club Borussia Dortmund, only devout opponents would contest that Holland could hit a hatful against Bournemouth if he continues the form he showed against the Hammers.

There is always the risk of rotation with Guardiola, especially against opponents he quietly feels are less dangerous. There is also a sense that Holland will want to continue their already-ominous momentum against a team that finished second in the second tier last season.

Kane’s absence for Tottenham in their 4-1 home win over Southampton showed, however, that there are no guarantees in selecting the strongest players even when their teams cruise to victory.

Darwin Nunez (9.0)

Although it would be foolishly reactive to claim that Nunez scores regularly in the Premier League, his goal, assist and bonus point in a 39-minute cameo at Craven Cottage will leave his managers expecting more against Palace.

Reds manager Jurgen Klopp will surely be tempted to make the same change he made in the 51st minute on Saturday to prompt Roberto Firmino with Nunez from the start of Gameweek 2.

Nunez is a more affordable option for players looking to add him this week and is currently ranked as the most likely player to score according to FPL’s Threat Index.

Fantasy Premier League price changes – which FPL players have gone up and down?

Kane and Holland started the season level as players worth 11.5 but they have gone 0.1 in the opposite direction – reflecting the target figure of around 700,000 managers who have signed the Norway phenom since Sunday, with 500,000 said to have fired the England captain.

While it is generally advisable to wait until closer to the transfer deadline each week when making changes, sometimes it may become urgent to sign due to changes in prices announced each day.

Martinelli and Oleksandr Zinchenko are both up 0.1 in price, while teammates Eddie Nketiah and Emily Smith Rowe are both down 0.1.

Aleksandar and Dejan Kulusevski have also risen in price in the first half of the week, while Aston Villa forward Marcos Alonso and Keenan Davies, who have struggled to be fully fit since pre-season, have slumped.

the player GW1 price GW2 price
Erling Holland 11.5 11.6
Harry Kane 11.5 11.4
Dejan Kulusevski 8.0 8.1
Eddie Nketia 7.0 6.9
Anthony Marshall 7.0 6.9
Alexander Mitrovic 6.5 6.6
Gabriel Martinelli 6.0 6.1
Emil Smith Rowe 6.0 5.9
Marcos Alonso 5.5 5.4
Keenan Davis 5.5 5.4
Oleksandr Zinchenko 5.0 5.1

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