The Headline Pick: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (11.0) – Burnley (H)
Arsenal have a plum home game to kick Gameweek 2 off at the Emirates, with Burnley in town. Aubameyang has a fantastic record against the Clarets, scoring a brace in all three games in which he has faced them. With a goal already in Gameweek 1 and spot-kick duty too, there’s plenty of opportunity for points.
Arsenal should have improved their fitness issues by this weekend, fielding a stronger starting eleven. With Lacazette still struggling for full fitness, Aubameyang should be able to adopt his preferred position as the central striker for this one: his fantasy returns are greater from this position.
Gameweek 1 proved to be the week for premium options and that trend looks set to continue, with the Gabonese striker looking to be the preferred option for the coming weekend.
The Budget Pick: Lewis Dunk (4.5) – West Ham (H)
The Brighton defense started the season in style, with a convincing 3-0 win on the road. This should dispel the myths that Brighton can’t keep clean sheets or pick up points away from home, they’re rejuvenated under new manager Potter.
It will be a feisty affair when West Ham visit the South Coast, with the Hammers failing to find the back of the net in their curtain raiser. Dunk accumulated a huge 11 points in Gameweek 1, chipping in with an assist and three bonus points to go alongside his clean sheet.
With the short term fixture schedule looking particularly good for the Seagulls, it’s an ideal time to jump on board this budget option.
The VAR Pick: Sergio Aguero (12.0) – Spurs (H)
VAR was the talk of City’s opening game against West Ham, with Aguero eventually grabbing himself a penalty for his efforts as a substitute. His record against Spurs is impressive, with eleven goals and four assists from sixteen appearances. I can fondly remember a four goal haul in this fixture back in 2014-15.
Although Jesus started the opening game, it’s Aguero who’s likely to be trusted in this more challenging fixture. We saw penalties awarded on opening weekend, with that trend set to continue for at least a few weeks as the rule familiarization continues.
Aguero has a fantastic record at the Etihad last season, despite the merits of the opposition and Spurs struggled against Championship play-off winners Aston Villa last time around.
You can back VAR and bet on Manchester City to score a penalty against Spurs at odds of 11/4.
The Sleeper Pick: Sadio Mane (12.0) – Southampton (A)
Sadio Mane might have seen around 100,000 transfers out ahead of Gameweek 2, but fantasy managers would be wise to keep hold of the Senegalese midfielder or consider bringing him in this weekend. Liverpool travel down to Southampton, where Mane faces his former employers.
He put in an excellent performance as a substitute against Norwich, creating chances and looking explosive. His late return to the season due to his duties at the African Cup of Nations means that he’s behind hand in the race to retain last seasons shared Golden Boot, with this fixture being an ideal time to address that.
Saints have had a poor start to the season, struggling to impress against an average Burnley side. They conceded three goals at Turf Moor, with the visit of Liverpool set to be an even tougher test.
The Wildcard Pick: David De Gea (5.5) – Wolves (A)
David De Gea put in an impressive performance against Chelsea to keep a clean sheet for the Reds, with seven saves and two bonus points. With plenty of managers owning the injured Alisson, De Gea could be an excellent replacement: he’s got an excellent short-term schedule with the long-term fixtures looking good too.
United face no top six sides in their next five games and just two in the next thirteen. Defensive additions in the form of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire should help to continue to sure up the Manchester United backline.
In 2017/18 De Gea was an essential fantasy asset, keeping 18 clean sheets, as well as bossing the saves and bonus points. His Gameweek 2 fixture has some appeal, Wolves could be jaded from their Europa League exploits, and failed to score in their opening game.