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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. 43
    Gavy says:

    Mane turning a heads ?

  2. 44
    specialK says:

    I wonder what all this ET will mean for rotation at the weekend. Especially for Liverpool assets.

  3. 45
    beno1234 says:

    Is it just me or do Liverpool look no where near the defensive force they were last year? Wonder if my double up is best spent elsewhere…

  4. 46
    Kruzcampo says:

    VAR is gone after that penalty decision against Liverpool. Who was the ref as that is a totally wrong decision

    • 46.1
      Kralin says:

      Oh well – they prevailed in the end. Another penalty shootout evening in Istanbul. A humid and energy-sapping Istanbul.

      Thank gawd for that. Nobody on here will remember this game.

      But Adrian will, maybe. Will have done his confidence a bit of good.

    • 46.2

      Ref wasn’t at fault there; full speed it looked like one. She’s then at the mercy of VAR to correct it. And they stuffed it up by apparently not having the ‘correct angle’. They didn’t once review it from the conclusive angle that the TV broadcaster had. Go figure…

    • 46.3

      On the ref though, my wife made an excellent point that I’d never considered before; when she marked out a wall she strode 10 paces, as the men do. And she was tiny. The rule is 10 yards.

      My wife is a full 14” smaller than me, if she marks out 10 paces it’d be about 3 yards shorter than if I did it…

    • 46.4
      Kralin says:

      Having just (for some reason) watched the penalty shootout it looked like Adrian was miles off his line when he saved the final penalty. It looked like he’d ambled out to walk the dog, or mow the lawn. So maybe a bit of karma there.

      Liverpool will be buoyed by that and Chelsea weren’t too shabby. Having Kante back is very good for them. Their players may still be the ones I go for in GW3.

  5. 47
    Loud Atlas says:

    Liverpool win 5-4 on pens. Both teams will be tired at the weekend!

  6. 48
    beno1234 says:

    Mental how Adrian has gone from no club to saving the pen to win the Super Cup in a couple of weeks…

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