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Fantasy Premier League 2017/18: 5 bargain players you must have for Gameweek 2

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | NICOLAI NAYAK
Published Aug 16, 2017, 7:45 pm IST
Updated Aug 26, 2017, 1:16 pm IST
Disappointed with your premium price range picks? Here are a few alternatives for puzzled FPL managers.
Budget Fantasy Premier League players have been a tough find for managers. (Photo: AFP/AP)
 Budget Fantasy Premier League players have been a tough find for managers. (Photo: AFP/AP)

Mumbai: The Premier League, as always, never fails to surprise as it did on Gameweek 1 of the 2017-18 season. A thrilling 31 goals were scored that also witnessed some major upsets, including Chelsea’s home loss to Burnley and Liverpool’s shocking draw to Watford away. 

With high profile players such as Harry Kane, Kevin De Bruyne and Gary Cahill disappointing on Gameweek 1, we’ve got you covered for the upcoming Gameweek 2.  

 

Irrespective of your requirements, below are some reasonable options that could do your FPL team a world of good. 

Goalkeepers: 

Rob Elliot (Newcastle) - £4.0m

Priced at just £4.0m, the lowest price category for any player in Fantasy Premier League, a purchase for Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot is a no-brainer. 
Now that the Magpies are done with the opening fixture against Tottenham Hotspur, Rafa Benitez's men have a favourable set of fixtures till Gameweek 7. 

On his day, the Irish keeper could prove to be a bang for the buck and is currently owned by 17.8 per cent of FPL managers (including me).  Elliot is also a pocket-friendly back up option and his price could help you invest funds in other departments. 

 

Honourable mentions: 

Fraser Forster (Southampton) - £5.0m, Jonas Lossl (Huddersfield Town) - £4.5m, Joe Hart (West Ham) - £4.5m

Defenders: 

Kyle Walker-Peters (Tottenham) - £4.5m

Mauricio Pochettino took a gamble when he sacrificed ball-winner Victor Wanyama in place of young right-back Kyle Walker-Peters on Game week 1. However, it paid dividends for the Argentine boss with the 20-year-old making an impression right away. 

With first choice right-back Kieran Trippier set to face a short spell on the sidelines, Kyle Walker-Peters is a dirt cheap option for your defence. The Lilywhites conceded the least goals last season and expect them to do the same this year. 

 

At £4.5m, the English defender looks worth the gamble and could help you shore up funds in attacking areas. 

Honourable mentions: 

Mathias Zanka Jorgensen (Huddersfield Town) - £4.5m, Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) - £5.0m, Stephen Ward (Burnley) - £4.5m

Midfielders: 

Pascal Gross (Brighton) - £5.5m

You might not be familiar with Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Pascal Gross, but his pre-season performances are signs of things to come. The former Ingolstad man emerged as the most creative player in the Bundesliga last season and takes free-kicks and corners for Seagulls. 

 

Though Gross is listed as a midfielder, he played as a striker in their opener against Manchester City and is likely to do so. With a price tag of £5.5m, the German could emerge as one of the surprise packages. 

Honourable mentions: 

Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town) - £5.5m, Christian Atsu (Newcastle United) - £5.0m, Matt Phillips (West Brom) - £6.0m

Forwards: 

Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town) - £6.0m

New boy Steve Mounie caught the eye of FPL managers on Gameweek 1, scoring a brace on his Premier League debut against Crystal Palace. 

 

Fixtures up until Gameweek 7 look flattering for the Terriers, consisting of 3 home games against Newcastle, Southampton and Leicester and away games at the London Stadium and the Turf Moor.

Ahead of Gameweek 2, the Frenchman has been bought by 89,114 FPL managers and could be an economic boost to your attack or even a budget third choice forward. 

Honourable mentions: 

Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United) - £11.6m, Sam Vokes (Burnley) - £6.0m, Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United) - £6.5m

Oh captain, my captain! 

 

Firmino (Liverpool) - £8.5m

Roberto Firmino may not be a modern no.9 but will guarantee you points leading the line for Jurgen Klopp’s men. 

The Brazilian is the third most selected forward after Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane, owned by 23.8 per cent of the Premier League managers. 

With a goal and an assist in Liverpool’s 3-3 draw against Watford, Liverpool host Crystal Palace at home that makes Firmino a favourite for your captain’s armband. Make sure to rack him up before his price tag skyrockets. 

 

Honourable mentions: 

Sadio Mane (Liverpool) - £9.5m , Dele Alli (Spurs) - £9.5m, Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) - £8.6m

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