Top Transfer Targets: Week Two

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The Premier League season is back and we have one more day to bask in a high scoring week one before remembering that the average is usually closer to 50 than 70 in most weeks. But what an opening weekend it was with emotional scenes at Brentford and Watford. Spurs countered their way to a victory over Manchester City and seven matches had three or more goals scored. We thank the fantasy overlords for that kind of opening the season.

Speaking of opening the season on a strong note, congratulations to the manager of the week from our NBC Sports league Zaroon. Getting their triple captain out of the way early, Zaroon will be happy with the performances of Mo Salah pushing them to a whopping 137 points. Sprinkle in some differentials like Ricardo Pereira and Saïd Benrahma along with the two starting 4.0m defenders and it is a quick recipe for a good time.

MOTW W1
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There were so many impressive performances in week one but one of the most surprising things is that in Shane Duffy, Daniel Amartey, and Konstantinos Tsimikas we were gifted with three starting 4.0m defenders. While only Duffy and Tsimikas are expected to continue starting this week, it’s quite the advantage for early wildcarders giving them 1.5 million extra to flesh out their attacks and gain value on the defenders while gathering data for wildcarding during the international break when the starters are expected back.

Top Transfer Targets will take a look at the roster tiers in FPL breaking down the best options in each. The tiers will be broken down as 25-40 percent owned, 15-24 percent, 10-15 percent, under 10 percent which also includes my favorite punt of the week. The 40 percent club includes players who I won’t be writing about as how many teams they are selected in speaks for itself.

Let’s take a look at this week’s schedule:

Saturday 21 August

Liverpool v Burnley

Aston Villa v Newcastle

Crystal Palace v Brentford

Leeds United v Everton

Manchester City v Norwich

Brighton v Watford

Sunday 22 August

Southampton v Manchester United

Wolves v Tottenham

Arsenal v Chelsea

Monday 21 August

West Ham v Leicester

The 40 percent Club is made up of Bruno Fernandes, Mohamed Salah and Luke Shaw. The only member not in my team is Shaw so I’ll be a bigger Adam Armstrong fan than usual this weekend.

Don’t get caught out in the crowd (25-40 percent rostered at the time of writing):

Michail Antonio (FWD West Ham United 7.6m, 28.3%): Fresh off of a brace of assists and a goal scored, it’s wild that Antonio’s day could have been better versus Newcastle if he didn’t miss from the spot. While that likely opens the door for Declan Rice on penalties, it doesn’t lessen the appeal of Antonio one bit for me. On paper, Leicester’s shutout versus Wolves looks good but that leaves out the fact that Adama Traoré created .6 xG alone versus their defense but was let down by finishing only putting one of his six shots on target.

While West Ham may not have their own Traore, Pablo Fornals, Jarrod Bowen, Benrahma and Antonio will cause the Foxes some issues even if new signing Jannik Vestergaard makes his full debut in place of Amartey. I’m backing Antonio as he can shoot or create chances from anywhere.

Worth your consideration (16-24 percent rostered):

Mason Mount (MID Chelsea 7.5m, 20.1%): Mount’s importance to Chelsea grows by the week and he officially has a new toy at his disposal in Romelu Lukaku. After completing quarantine following his transfer, I don’t expect Lukaku to start this week but he will feature off of the bench giving Mount a much needed target from open play to up his FPL appeal. While facing Arsenal may not be the easiest fixture, Chelsea’s three goal performance versus Crystal Palace was important in showing that they can break down bunkered sides.

Adding in Mounts danger from set plays and open play, I think it will make him close to fixure proof this season which is why I’m not concerned about Liverpool and Manchester City on the horizon. While we’re spoiled for choice around Mount’s price range, I see him making the 7.5m tag look like a bargin sooner than later.

Solid if not Stellar (10-15 percent rostered):

Saïd Benrahma (MID West Ham United 6.1m, 10.7%): Beginning year two of West Ham life, Benrahma is out of the dog house in a big way. 87 minutes played with a goal and an assist will ensure that he stays on the pitch as well. It was Newcastle, but the understanding that the West Ham front four had with each other to start the season was impressive to see and it will give David Moyes something to think about when considering a back five versus a back four. At least for now, they’ll be unleashed versus Leicester to great effect and you’ll want to be in on it while Benrahma continues to translate the talent that got him the move to the Premier League.

Rolling the dice (under 10 percent rostered):

Sergio Reguilón (DEF Spurs 5.0m, 4.3%): Reguilon had a rough start to life at Spurs following the transition from Spain as well as the adjustments to a side that at times defended scared to lose a lead under José Mourinho. Against Manchester City, we saw none of that as Reguilon was able to get forward creating two chances but also got back to make well timed challenges in defense as well. It was a good start to what should be a bounce back year for the defender. Facing Wolves, Watford and Crystal Palace in his next few fixtures, there is a good mix of potential for attacking returns and clean sheets.

Punty McPunterson: Emmanuel Dennis (FWD Watford 5.0m, 3.8%): There may not be a bigger winner from week one than Dennis. There are question marks on who will lead the line for Watford this season with Ashley Fletcher, Troy Deeney, Cucho Hernandez and Dennis all in the mix. But the shift that Dennis put in along with his understanding with Sarr will surely lead to him getting a run before Watford’s fixtures open up in week five. While Hernandez also scored a belter of a goal, Dennis’ work rate during the game in downing Aston Villa can’t go unnoticed. Even if you don’t get Dennis in now, he has to go to the top of your watch list as it is rare for viable forward options that are this cheap to burst onto the radar. Could Dennis become the next underpriced must-have?