Daily Fantasy Premier League Picks and Tips for FanTeam’s Gameweek 2 Full Round Classic contest.
Full Round is a weekly competition held on Fanteam.com where we choose a starting XI (no subs) from the teams playing that Gameweek, from a budget of 100.0M, with the objective of scoring as many points as possible.
My name is Kieran (@FPLRatchet) and each week i’ll be taking you through my 11-man weekly picks and tips for FanTeam’s Full Round weekly contest.
Players score points using the same system as in the €1M season-long game – a scoring system that will feel very familiar to those who play FPL
Entry to the Full Round game costs €5, with entrants sharing a minimum guaranteed prize pool of minimum €10,000, every week!
Players are priced in accordance with the match odds for each given fixture. This means that the price list will be different every week, and will read very differently to the season-long game, as prices are brought up or down depending on the quality of the fixture and the form of the player.
An example to illustrate this point from this week’s price list is that Patrick Bamford (11.5M) is priced higher than Sadio Mané (11.4M). This is primarily because of the difference in fixture difficulty – Bamford is at home to newly promoted Fulham, whilst Mané is away to Chelsea.
So, now I’ve briefly introduced you to the €10K Full Round game and how it works, let’s get into my selections for Gameweek 1!
My choice of goalkeeper for Gameweek 2 is fantasy hero of the 19/20 season – Nick Pope (5.3M), up against Leicester away from home.
Burnley were 9th in the league for the fewest goals conceded away from home last season, and Leicester’s 0-3 win on the opening day against West Brom was a result in stark contrast to the Foxes’ recent form from pre-season and the tail end of the last campaign.
At a bargain price of 5.3M, Pope is capable of racking up plenty of saves and even has a chance keeping a clean sheet in my opinion.
For my team this week I’ve opted for a “big at the back” strategy, targeting the best fixtures more strictly than I have in my selections further up the pitch. I’ve also picked defenders from four different clubs, avoiding any defensive double-ups.
My first choice is Aaron Wan-Bissaka (10.7M) vs. Crystal Palace at home. With the Eagles showing some defensive solidity to keep a clean sheet vs. Southampton on the opening day, this is in my opinion a better fixture for United’s defenders than their attackers.
At just a 0.3M premium on United’s cheapest defender, Wan-Bissaka seems worth the extra investment for the possibility of an attacking return.
Next up is Lucas Digne (10.0M) facing West Brom at home. Everton impressed hugely on the opening day, keeping a clean sheet away to Spurs whilst Digne grabbed the assist for the game’s only goal through an excellent set-piece delivery.
Facing West Brom at home, Digne therefore looks to have the ideal mixture of form & fixture heading into Gameweek 2.
The additions of Doucoure and Allan to Everton’s midfield looked to provide significant extra protection to the Toffees back line, protection I will be hoping Digne can benefit from again to keep a clean sheet for my Full Round side.
Kieran Tierney (9.3M) is my next choice, facing West Ham at home. With West Ham seemingly dealing with plenty of internal problems at the moment as seen by captain Mark Noble’s recent Twitter outburst, the signs are pointing to West Ham being a team to target for fantasy managers at the moment.
With Arsenal not conceding and West Ham failing to score on the opening weekend, my money is on another Arsenal clean sheet in this coming Gameweek…
My final defender is Trent Alexander-Arnold (8.9M), facing Chelsea away. Whilst Trent has looked somewhat off the pace in recent outings, I believe that his lack of involvement vs Leeds on the opening day was more to do with Bielsa’s tactical intent to stifle his creativity than Trent going through a period of poor form.
Whilst Andy Robertson (8.7M) looks livelier, I still believe Trent to carry significantly more goal threat, lest we forget that he registered both a goal and an assist vs. Chelsea in the Premier League last season.
For my midfield this week I’ve chosen two premium assets, funded by a cheaper budget enabler alongside them.
My first choice is Mo Salah (11.8M). The Egyptian king reminded us in Gameweek 1 why he’s such fantasy gold, bagging a hat-trick vs. Leeds.
Whilst he usually performs better at home, I feel that off the back of last week, his price was too generous to refuse, as I believe the Chelsea defence to be weaker than Mo’s price would suggest.
Liverpool managed five goals vs. this Chelsea side towards the end of last season, so I’ll be hoping for a repeat scoreline going into their meeting on Sunday.
My second premium midfielder is Sadio Mané (11.3M). Whilst I will talk more about my strategy later in this article, committing to my predictions and choosing combinations of players that others may not will be a feature of my strategies throughout my Full House sides this season.
Committing to the Liverpool attacking double-up could pay dividends massively if Liverpool manage to score multiple goals as I predict, and with the calibre of player we know Mané to be, he’s more than capable of putting up a big score versus anyone in my opinion.
My budget midfielder choice is Daniel Podence (5.7M) at home to Man City. Registering an assist in the opening Gameweek, Podence is a player I’ve liked the look of since I first saw him playing for Olympiakos last year, with incredible agility and pace to go with his direct style of football.
He also has the underlying statistics to back up my eye-test observations, recording an xGA/90 (Expected Goals & Assists per 90) of 0.67 last season.
Albeit from a small sample size, these are better expected stats than the likes of Marcus Rashford and Heung-Min Son. If he starts again this week, I believe he’s capable of returning, even against a strong Man City side like this.
My attack includes two enablers, as well as my most expensive (and favourite) asset from my whole team this week.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (13.0M) is my first attacker this week at home to West Ham. Having already discussed my stance that West Ham are a team for fantasy managers to target, it shouldn’t be too difficult to see why I’ve gone with the Aubameyang to lead my line.
He looks in sizzling form, and with the defensively suspect Ryan Fredericks likely to be the full back facing him, I’d frankly be very surprised if Aubameyang didn’t score at least once this weekend.
Raul Jiménez (7.1M) is my next pick at home to Man City. This is another example of my previous point about committing to my predictions for the upcoming matches, as I feel that Wolves are Man City’s “bogey team”.
Having beaten them in both meetings in the league last season, I fancy Wolves for an upset this weekend, and, also on penalties, here’s hoping the ever-reliable Jiménez is one of the beneficiaries.
The final player I’ve chosen for my team is Chris Wood (6.3M) away to Leicester. Also a player on penalty duty, Chris Wood had an excellent record in front of goal in the league last season, registering 14 goals in just 32 appearances with a monster xG/90 of 0.63.
With Johnny Evans still out injured for Leicester, backup centre-back Wilfried Ndidi may well lack the aerial presence to keep Wood from scoring a trademark header at the weekend.
With risks taken in my starting XI such as double Wolves attack vs. Man City, as well as triple Liverpool vs. Chelsea, I feel that I can choose the obvious and less risky captaincy choice this week, and that’s why my captain will be Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (13.0M).
Having already discussed the merits of him vs. a poor looking West Ham side, I’ll be hoping for multiple returns from Aubameyang to fire me and my team to the top of the Full Round rankings.
I’ve chosen to go with a 4-3-3 formation this week to allow me to target the big at the back strategy mentioned earlier in this article. I chose my ideal defensive line, then worked forward from there and decided my midfield and attack.
I also tried to take some risks with my selection, and choose some player combinations that I feel most players won’t select, in order to give me the biggest advantage possible, should these risks pay off.
I also made a concerted effort not to hedge my bets, but instead to predict outcomes for the matches, then commit to these predictions with my selections.
For example, having chosen double Wolves attack, I wouldn’t then choose a Manchester City defender, because to win the biggest money playing Full Round, I feel I’ll need most if not all of my players to return.
Whilst hedging my bets would raise the “floor” of the lowest score I could achieve, it also lowers the “ceiling”, as it would make it almost impossible for all of my players to return.
HOW TO ENTER
The Full Round game is available exclusively on FanTeam.com – you therefore must have a FanTeam account before creating and entering your Gameweek 2 team.
Once you’re registered and have deposited funds to your account, head on over their Lobby and there you will see the Full Round Classic contest – entry is just €5.
Using the 100M budget available, create what YOU think is the best 11-man lineup for Gameweek 2 ONLY and shoot for the €2,000 1st place prize.
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