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Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 2

Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 2

Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 2

Scene from Altman’s ‘The Long Goodbye’, which hopefully will inspire readers to don a suit and smoke a cigarette whilst pondering who to captain this week. Gould’s Philip Marlowe would not captain Salah. He’d probably let his cat decide.

Welcome to Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 2.  I hope this finds you all mentally sound, high on Boudin noir – and that you’re not in a brown study, brought on by premature wildcarding.

Given that most of the community will be captaining Salah this week – or will if they have any sense – then I did consider submitting one candidate for this article with the words ‘don’t overthink it’. Amused by this idea but wanting to give you, dear reader, something more, I tried writing a Haiku instead, but could only manage this unfinished and profoundly mediocre effort:

A heavy, hirsute boot runs
betrayed by the sea

However after a cold shower and a couple of stiff drinks, followed by a bit of head-scratching, staring at coffee grounds and rolling a dice or two I hope I’ve made a reasonable attempt to completely waste your time make you half-consider one or two others: with the emphasis on one or two.

Mo Salah

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool makes his usual compelling case for you to choose him as your captain. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Pros: Form and fixture. Salah’s started the season in fine fettle and rewarded his many owners in GW1 with a solid, double-digit return – the first, I am sure, of many. Given that the opposition this week is a poor looking Southampton side – if you believe the comments of their fans – who conceded three at Burnley, then you’d fancy Salah for a goal at least. His scoring record in Liverpool’s last four games against Southampton looks good: 5 goals out of a total of 11 scored*.

Cons: The air of old boys’ reunion adds a whiff of spice to this tie. On the subject, the return to the starting line up of Mané (one would imagine) may reduce the number of chances Salah gets.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Auba defies the laws of gravity. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Pros: Bit of form and bit of a fixture. A well-taken goal v Newcastle suggests Auba has his shooting boots on. For non-Salah owners then Auba may be worth a think. Has a great name.

Cons: The ‘bit of a fixture’ is Burnley, who started with an assured clean sheet, were well-organised by all accounts and who I doubt will roll over easily. They may, in fact, win the match. Auba’s very much a punt and I doubt many will be giving him serious consideraion just yet. He may come in handy in giving Pope save points. Less fancifully, some bizarre rotation may mess up things for his owners.

Raheem Sterling

‘Choose Mo as captain,’ guffaws RS, ‘what about me?’ (Photo by Tom Flathers/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

Pros: Very hot form and a home fixture against a slightly iffy looking Spurs. Top point scorer in GW1 and, crucially, top in terms of the influence** metric (with Barnes a very distant second) on the FPL site. I won’t insult your intelligence with any more of this waffle.

Cons: I wouldn’t have thought Spurs will be the pushover West Ham were. Despite their relative jitters v Aston Villa they still managed to prevail. May be a close contest. Won’t be allowed to take a penalty.

The Ones who Got Away
Wilson, Jimenez, Firmino, Mané. I gave Kane some thought but not much, given the opposition. Need to see more of Man U before tipping them.

Best of luck.

*source: Swirly’s article.
** Please don’t ask me about the influence metric.

Thanks for reading Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 2. This article was written by Kralin.




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  1. 7
    GentleBenAKA says:

    Many thanks Kralin, or as the Irish say, “drisín”. It’s Salah for me. Considering Moura to Martial this week. Thoughts?

    • 7.1
      Kralin says:

      Thanks Ben. I’ve just replied above about the Moura move (to AT). I don’t own him but Man City are not impenetrable; Spurs will have their chances. I would hold it for now.

      Man U do have good fixtures but Wolves away may not be the best place to start.

      And the week after Moura – assuming that he starts – will have Newcastle at home. Maybe with Spurs it’s all about Eriksen.

  2. 8
    Zed Leppelin says:

    Great article Kralinho!! I do know my side and hence I have three captaincy options this week: Salah, Bobbyson, and Trent… Among these three it’s quite easy to fall safely on Mo, we just looked that bad in GW1 and I suspect there might be some kind of panic developing at St. Mary’s as we speak… Should be a cricket score that! (God I hope I’m wrong but, in all honesty, have I ever been wrong?) wacko

  3. 10
    Jamie Mc says:

    Bagpuss intro

    God it was awful TV for a 70’s child.


  4. 11
    ALSED FC says:

    Hi guys. The home of Black puddings is Bury Market. They are also made locally. The black pudding you get for breakfast are slices from a large type of sausage this is not a black pudding. The genuine puddings are made individually tied at each end then boiled in hot water. You then slice along the length and put mustard on.these are much more moist. The ones you get for breakfast much drier. Not only that but in Ramsbottom just up the road ( 4 miles ) they hold the World Championships each year. They get good crowds.


  5. 12
    ALSED FC says:

    Hi Initt. Actually not now but many moons ago yes we used to go on Bury Market on Saturdays and there was a stall ( I think it is still there) and during the cold winter they were very good they have more fat in and they were very juicy but I have not had one for many years ( 50 ish ) I never eat the fakes. Not been around much I have had cancer cut out of my leg along with skin craft. Radiotherapy did not work. Last week I had 2 biopsy’s and still another one to go. Fortnightly treatment Salford Royal today, At least life doesn’t get boring.


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