Gameweek 2 Differentiators and Captain Picks


Game week 2 is already upon us and after a lacklustre performance by my team in GW1 I think GW2 should be well above average. Fingers crossed anyway.

All pre-season I had Benteke in my squad… Took him out as a last minute panic transfer. When will I ever learn?

Other lesson learnt? Always captain RvP. Having scored two on the opening day and taking the usual 3 bonus points he seems to be a shoe-in for the armband most weeks again season.

Anyway, what’s done is done, back to GW2.

Few interesting fixtures here, especially City away at Cardiff. A lot of managers have selected Edin Dzeko (£7.5m) this week (14% in total) and after the performance from the last game (missed quite a few), I think he may right a few of last weeks wrongs and grab a brace or even a hat-trick. My only concern is Alvaro Negredo making his first start and Pellegrini may drop Dzeko to the bench. There’s always the chance City may also opt for a 3 man attack with Aguero leading and Navas and Silva just tucked in behind. Nevertheless I’m going to stick the big Bosnian up top.

Every manager has a problem this week. Teams will be packed with 3 Chelsea players (including Lukaku) and they play United at OT on Monday and then no game next game week. Take a -4 or -8 point hit now to take out those Chelsea players.


Spurs continue their run of easy games to kick off the season, mind you Palace wasn’t as easy as first thought, but I fancy speedy Aaron Lennon (£7.5m) to get a few assists against Swansea. He’s my first differentiator this week. His pace is likely to cause all sorts of problems and what he struggled to do against Palace he will look to rectify this week against the in-experienced Swansea full back Davies.

Southampton face Sunderland at home and Lambert looks odds on for some points this weekend if Sunderland continue their poor run of games away from home (lost 6 of 7). However, I’m going with Jay Rodriguez (£6m) as the differentiator. He can score as well as grab a few assists. He’ll also be desperate to try and impress the gaffer and keep his place after the new signing of Roma forward Pablo Osvaldo who they’ve coughed up a hefty £15m sum for.

Fulham are at home to Arsenal and after the Gunners performance midweek against Fenerbahce, I think the gunners will come out all guns blazing at the Cottage. But let’s not forget Darren Bent (£6.5m) who could make his debut today and lead the line for Fulham with Berba dropping back slightly. Arsenal’s mission to get back to winning ways may leave them slightly vulnerable at the back. Bent’s my third differentiator this week. Bent loves scoring on his debut and he’s also scored in 6 of his last 8 games against Arsenal.

Finally, Stevie Pienaar. I fancy the South African to go all out against the Baggies who have just lost their main striker Anelka on compassionate grounds. Everton played some good football last week against Norwich and will look to play that style of football under the management of Martinez. Suiting the likes of Pienaar to grab a goal and some assists.

Differentiators: Lennon, Rodriguez, Bent & Pienaar

Captain choices: Aguero, Silva, Jelavic

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