Fantasy Football Tip: Go big on Arsenal with Jesus and Martinelli

Fantasy Football Tip: Go big on Arsenal with Jesus and Martinelli

Alistair Bruce-Ball

So what have we learned after the first two gameweeks of the FPL season?

Gabriel Jesus is a good choice, if not an original, but the 591,013 managers who gave him the captain’s armband against Leicester stole a march on almost six million others who went with either Erling Haaland or Mo Salah in game week two.

You may well be tempted to follow suit in week three with Arsenal away to Bournemouth, and if you’re a Darwin Nunez owner who doesn’t have Jesus, then there’s a very obvious switch with the Liverpool striker now suspended for three games after red . card against Crystal Palace.

Apart from the obvious names of Haaland and Harry Kane, I think Brentford’s Ivan Toney is definitely a good Nunez replacement with a goal and two assists to his name already this season before a string of games against the likes of Fulham, Everton, Leeds and Southampton.

It will also give you a few million to strengthen the defense or midfield.

Going back to the Arsenal theme Gabriel Martinelli, now £6.3m, has definitely been worth saving on Bukayo Saka (£8m) so far, but if you’re a Saka owner like me then I’d stick to him, and I am even tempted to be greedy and go for both.

There is no harm in an Arsenal double, or even triple-up with Jesus, for games against Bournemouth, Fulham, Aston Villa, Manchester United and Everton in the next five gameweeks.

The double Manchester City defence, Joao Cancelo plus one of Ruben Dias, Kyle Walker or Ederson, looks like a very sound strategy as they simply haven’t looked like conceding goals so far this season. Walker is the best option there but his price has already risen to £5.1m with many managers adding him to their squads.

If you chose Kevin De Bruyne over Mo Salah or Son Heung-Min as your first-class midfielder, then it worked out very well in week two, but I wouldn’t sell Salah or Son if that’s the way you’ve gone because their time will come. .

However, De Bruyne is spinning at the start of this season and comes with less rotation risk than the likes of Phil Foden, Jack Grealish and Riyad Mahrez, hence his higher price tag.

Don’t ignore Ilkay Gundogan at £7.5m either, especially with Bernardo Silva’s future still up in the air. The German has started both games this season and continues to get into good attacking positions as evidenced by his goal against Bournemouth.

Speaking of attacking positions, I commented on Nottingham Forest’s 1-0 win over West Ham last weekend and Neco Williams really caught the eye, putting in some excellent crosses from set pieces and open play. If you’re looking for a defender, he’s your man at £4m.

I’m already walking away from the idea of ​​my two £4m Leicester goalkeepers – Danny Ward and Daniel Iversen – after the team conceded six goals against Brentford and Arsenal, so I think I’ll be putting one of them up against Brighton’s goal. Robert Sanchez, who costs just £500,000 more.

Leon Bailey also looks like an early problem in my squad as he will be for many other managers as he was owned by almost 15% of us in the game in game week two but there aren’t many reliable options at his £5m price point to replace him.

Brentford’s Josh Dasilva is an option for just £4.6m and his return to first-team action has been a heartwarming story this season, but will he continue to start regularly in a competitive Brentford midfield?

I still think Fulham’s Andreas Pereira is the best midfielder at £4.5m if he’s fit, or you could go for Brighton’s Pascal Gross at £5.6m if you can spend a bit more.

Your best bet, if you haven’t already got him, might be to make some money by downgrading someone else in your squad and pit Bailey against Martinelli – can you tell I’m really into him?

Finally, we’d love to have you involved in the Fantasy 606 podcast this season with me, Chris Sutton, and Statman Dave.

We have a team managed by the listeners going up against us, but unfortunately gameweek two hasn’t gone so well for you – Robbie from Brisbane picked a -4 to take Andy Robertson and Jesus out of the team to replace them with Oleksandr Zinchenko and Nunez, a move that actually ended up costing 26 points!

If you want to try, send us an email fantasy606@bbc.co.uk.

The first episode of the podcast previewing the new season is currently available on BBC Sounds App.

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