Hello, and welcome to the 2nd edition of this season’s Predicting the Dream Team brought to you by me, FPL Texan. In this article, we preview FPL Gameweek 2 of the 2021/2022 season.
In this series, I go head-to-head each week with Fantasy Football Fix to see who can select the best team of the week, their algorithm or myself. It is a classic battle of man vs. machine!
Lets see who won last weeks matchup
|Manager||Gameweek Points||Overall Points||H2H Score|
|Fantasy Football Fix Algorithm||105||105||0|
As you can see, I have won the matchup this week!
The main difference was my selection of Benrahma, who totalled 12 FPL points against Newcastle.
Moving on to Gameweek 2, lets take a look at Fantasy Football Fix’s team
Fix’s Predicted Team of the Week
Please note that this team is accurate as of Thursday 19th August. However, the algorithm team updates right up until deadline with news from press conferences and potential injuries.
Therefore, to stay completely up to date with the algorithm team, you can check it yourself at FantasyFootballFix.com.
Next, we will look at my predicted team of the week and reasonings behind each decision.
Texan’s Predicted Team of the Week
Important note before we begin – this is not my actual team for Gameweek 2, but instead my predicted team of the week (almost as though I had a free hit to choose as I wish).
- Price: £4.5m
- Ownership: 24.4%
- Projected Points: 4.2 Points
Sanchez makes the team of the week again this week, with a home matchup against Watford. Brighton’s defence was not great last week, conceding early to Burnley, but I still think they are great value and view Sanchez as the best cheap goalie option.
The possible return of Veltman this week would also bolster a defence that was statistically one of the best in the league last season. Watford looked great last week, putting 3 goals past a solid Villa defence, so I think Sanchez could be on for some save points in that regard too.
- Price: £7.5m
- Ownership: 33.1%
- Projected Points: 5.7 Points
Trent also makes the team of the week again this week, with a great matchup against Burnley this week. Trent was relatively quiet in the 3-0 against Norwich for returns, but he was still very active. He had 3 attempted assists and 4 successful crosses meaning he was probably unlucky not to get something. Burnley are not a great offensive team, ranking 4th worst in xG last season, so a clean sheet is definitely on the cards this week again.
Trent didn’t get a return last week, but I think this week he gets on the score sheet in some fashion.
- Price: £5.5m
- Ownership: 54.3%
- Projected Points: 3.3 Points
Shaw returns to the team of the week this week, with a nice matchup against Southampton. Southampton did not look great offensively last week against Everton, with their main chance and goal coming from a defensive error.
I would expect it to be even tougher this week against a United defence that ranked in the top 5 for lowest xGA last season. Shaw looked good last week, with an xA per 90 of 0.11, and 8 completed passes in the final third. Southampton had the second worst xGA last week, and I would expect that trend to continue until they are able to replace Vestegaard.
Shaw could be on for a double digit haul this week against a weak Southampton defence.
- Price: £4.1m
- Ownership: 26.5%
- Projected Points: 4.7 Points
Tsimikas rounds out the defence this week as I double up on Liverpool defence against Burnley. With Van Djik back in defence, the Liverpool backline improved immensely as expected.
Tsimikas also looked great filling in for Robertson, leading defenders in completed passes in the final third at 11. As mentioned in the Trent section, Burnley are not a great offensive team, so Tsimikas and the Liverpool defence are likely to get another clean sheet again.
Tsimikas is currently the best value pick in the game, and I can see another great FPL performance coming this week for him.
- Price: £7.5m
- Ownership: 20.4%
- Projected Points: 3.0 Points
Mount makes the team of the week against Arsenal. The Arsenal defence did not look great last week, giving up 2 goals to newly promoted team Brentford and now have to face a Chelsea attack that could see the debut of Lukaku.
Mount is a great fantasy option, being on most set pieces for the team. He completed 26 final third passes and had 12 crosses last week, displaying his involvement in this potent Chelsea attack. Once Lukaku enters this team I expect Mount’s (as well as other Chelsea assets) FPL returns to increase due to them now having a true main goal threat up top (sorry Timo).
Mount could be a great pick this week against a disappointing Arsenal defence.
MOHAMED SALAH (C)
- Price: £12.5m
- Ownership: 55.8%
- Projected Points: 7.0 Points
Salah is my captaincy choice again this week, with a nice matchup against Burnley. Salah started the season with a bang for the second season in a row, with a goal and 2 assists against Norwich ranking him second in the league for xA per 90 at 0.88.
He goes against a Burnley side this week that gave up 2 goals in Brighton last week, ranking them 7th worst for xGA which is on par with their stats for last season where they ranked 6th worst. This bodes well for the Liverpool assets who are firing on all cylinders at the moment.
Salah could be in for another double digit haul this week, so he’s my captain.
- Price: £7.5m
- Ownership: 8.9%
- Projected Points: 2.9 Points
Greenwood makes the team of the week with a nice matchup against Southampton. The Southampton defensive stats are not great, as mentioned in the Shaw section. Looking at Greenwood, he got off to a great start last week, with a goal against Leeds. Greenwood also played up top, making him an even more attractive option. With an xA of 0.25 he also is looking to create more as well.
If Greenwood plays up top this week again he could be a great option for managers.
- Price: £12.1m
- Ownership: 56.9%
- Projected Points: 6.1 Points
Bruno is in the team of the week this week coming off the back of his hattrick against Leeds. This week he goes up against a Southampton side that has been well documented in this article as a good side to target for attackers. Bruno ranks 4th amongst Midfielders for xG at 0.75. He also ranks third in the league for xFPL points at 9.53.
Bruno has started out the season red hot, and I expect that to continue this week against Southampton.
- Price: £6.5m
- Projected Points: 3.9 Points
Toney makes his debut in the team of the week series this week as Brentford face Crystal Palace. Brentford as a whole were very impressive in their Premier League debut against Arsenal, showing that they can be great options in FPL this season.
Toney is the main focal point of this Brentford team, and although he had a quiet FPL game, he was very effective with the 2nd most final 3rd passes for forwards at 14. I also would expect him to get much more involved in the goal threat department this week, with him recording zero shots last week.
Toney is a popular pick this season, and I think this week he officially arrives and gets some returns.
- Price: £8.0m
- Ownership: 38.4%
- Projected Points: 5.3 Points
Ings is back in the team of the week again this week, with a great matchup against Newcastle. Newcastle continued their poor defensive form of last season, with the highest xGA in the league in week one. This is comparable to their season long stats of last season where they ranked 5th worst in the league. Ings looked good in his first game for Villa, with the 5th highest xG for forwards last week at 0.76.
Villa will look to get back on track after losing to Watford last week, and I think Ings will be on the score sheet again.
- Price: £7.6m
- Ownership: 27.4%
- Projected Points: 4.3 Points
Antonio rounds out the team of the week this week with a fixture against Leicester. Antonio has started the season in fantastic form, leading the league with an xG of 1.47. He also ranks 4th amongst forwards in xA at 0.37. Leicester looked OK defensively, but might have been lucky to not concede, with Wolves having 17 shots and an xG of 1.33 in the game.
When Antonio is fit, he is one of the best options in FPL so he’s in the team of the week.
Man vs. Machine: Who Will Win?
Now you have seen our teams, who do you think will win this week? Man or Machine?
Will I extend my lead to 2-0, or will Fix level the score?
Let us know in the comments who you think will win?
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