Since it was revealed Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne(£10.3m) will be out for the long-term, many fantasy gaffers have looked to the rest of the City’s squad for someone to lace the midfield maestro’s boots. And after this week’s run of fixtures, it looks like we have two immediate answers.
The Sky Blues continued their winning ways with a solid 1-0 victory over a well put together Newcastle United side, in which Phil Foden (£7.5m) linked up with Julián Álvarez (£6.5m) for the only goal of the game. Despite my suggestion to avoid both of the mentioned due to rotation concerns, De Bruyne’s absence has certainly shaken things up, with Foden starting on the right and drifting more centrally, allowing him to create the most chances of any player throughout the full ninety. Whereas his teammate and World Cup winning forward Álvarez finished brilliantly for his match winner, whilst aiming to create chances for Foden and Jack Grealish(£7.4m). The Argentine’s creative threat is what sets him apart from most forwards for me, which along with his low priceand kind run of fixtures makes him an even more valuable asset to have.
Although Chelsea dropped to a disappointing 3-1 deficit against London rivals West Ham on the weekend, recent signing Malo Gusto (£4.0m) impressed after being called up to fill in for recently injured Reece James (£5.5m). The French full back is now easily the best minimum price defender on the game, as Chelsea still have a few favourable fixtures regardless of their slow start this season.
I couldn’t go another week without mentioning Brighton’s incredible Pervis Estupiñán (£5.2m), who now has one goal and two assists to his name in just two games. The left back has averaged an impressive nine points so far, scoring the most points of any defender in the first two gameweeks, which is reflected by the fact he’s owned by nearly 60% of all managers. The Brighton starlet has established himself as easily one of the most essential players to have right now.
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A 10-man Arsenal held on to another nervy victory, this time against Crystal Palace as the scoreline finished as 1-0. Although he wasn’t able to bag the winner, Gunners striker Eddie Nketiah (£5.5m) won the winning penalty as well as a free kick for his side, and looked lively throughout the matchas he even struck the post on one occasion. With Gabriel Jesus(£7.9m) out with injury for now, the cheap forward is certainly a tempting and very possible purchase for your team.
Midfield dynamo James Ward-Prowse (£6.0m) made his much-awaited debut for West Ham last weekend, as he chipped in with two assists and a great performance as they took three points from Chelsea. For such a generous price, he has to be considered as an option, especially with his notoriously good set piece taking abilities.
With so many daily price changes already in this season of fantasy football, it really is difficult to acquire some of the most in form players, which is why I’d strongly suggest that you are quick to buy anyone of interest, as it may be too late if given more time. The vast majority of the watchlisted players from last week have already been bumped up in price, making their purchase difficult within the restraints of the £100m budget. As for one in particular who hasn’t hit the ground running, I’m still willing to give Nicolas Jackson (£7.0m) the benefit of the doubt, as Chelsea’s solid fixtures will hopefullyprovide the chance to get score his first for the Blues. I think my patience also comes from the fact that transfers are needed elsewhere, with John Stones’ return date unknown. In spite of this, it could easily be last chance saloon for the youngster, as Julián Álvarez’s price also hasn’t been bumped as of yet, making him more and more tempting by the minute as a cheaper alternative…