It was always going to happen, wasn't it? After all the hype surrounding expensive duo Mo Salah and Bruno Fernandes, gameweek two’s double blank was far too predictable. Fernandes’ return of one point from Southampton away in a week which will have seen many captain the Manchester United man, is one of the reasons why this game is so difficult to predict. To help steer you to a more successful gameweek three, here are our four tips for this weekend.
The Harry Kane conundrum - Is Son the big winner?
With Tottenham captain Harry Kane confirming he is staying in North London, he now becomes a viable option for FPL managers once again. The good news is that after his no-show at the start of the campaign his price has dropped from £12.5m to £12.3m, and although he will score loads of goals this season, it just feels like there are better options.
Chelsea’s new/old boy, Romelu Lukaku hit the ground running and is priced at £11.5m and I don’t think there will be that much between them points wise come the end of the season. It all depends on how Nuno Espirito Santo integrates him back into the team.
The effect this has on Heung-min Son (£10.0m) will also be intriguing. On the face of it, he will now lose his central striker position to Kane which is a negative, but the way the pair linked up last season was an absolute joy, with the Englishman often assisting Son’s goals. If you have him, keep hold of him for now and see how their relationship develops under a new manager.
Benrahma is the real deal as Antonio tops the charts
West Ham players have once again provided great value at the early part of this season with Michail Antonio (£7.7m) the top scorer in the entire game. Second to him is Said Benrahma (£6.2m), who many people thought could fill the void that Jesse Lingard left this summer.
Two goals and two assists in his opening two matches means that he is currently outscoring Bruno Fernandes, and he looks like the real deal. Having taken a season to acclimatise to the Premier League, he is now showing the form we saw at Brentford, and if like me you have had him in your team since day one, you are feeling quite smug right now. At £6.2m it isn’t too late to pick him up, while Antonio is a brilliant (and cheaper) alternative option to Danny Ings, Patrick Bamford or Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Tsimikas fun coming to an end as Robertson returns
Intriguingly, the fifth most transferred player in this week is none other than Liverpool left-back Konstantinos Tsimikas, who provided an assist for Diogo Jota, and kept a clean sheet last time out. At £4.2m, he is an incredibly tempting option, but this fun will not last much longer.
Andy Robertson was on the bench for that win over Burnley and certainly after the international break, will be back in as Jurgen Klopp’s first choice left-back. Despite good performances, the manager has reiterated that Tsimikas still has work to do to get onto Robertson’s level, and as soon as he is fully fit, the Scot will come back into the side.
Don’t touch that wildcard!
Do not panic. Unless you left out Bruno Fernandes and some of the other big guns and had an absolute nightmare at the start of the season, use your free transfers to make subtle changes until we get to the other side of the international break. Anything could happen when the players are away with their national sides, so keep your patience, even if it may cost you a couple of points here and there this weekend.