Fantasy football advice: Go big on Arsenal with Jesus and Martinelli

Alistair Bruce Ball

So what have we learned after the first two weeks of play in the FPL season?

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

You might well be tempted to do the same in matchweek three with Arsenal at Bournemouth and if you’re a Darwin Nunez owner who doesn’t have Jesus then that’s a very obvious change with the Liverpool striker now suspended for three games after his red card against Crystal Palace.

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

It would also give you a few million to strengthen your defense or midfield.

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

There’s no harm in doubling Arsenal, or even trebling Jesus, for fixtures against Bournemouth, Fulham, Aston Villa, Manchester United and Everton over the next five matchweeks.

Manchester City’s double defense of Joao Cancelo plus one of Ruben Dias, Kyle Walker or Ederson looks like a very solid strategy as they just haven’t seemed to concede a goal so far this season. Walker is the best value option there, but his price tag has already reached £5.1m and many managers have added him to their squads.

If you picked Kevin De Bruyne over Mo Salah or Son Heung-Min as your premium midfielder, it worked really well in the second game week, but I wouldn’t sell Salah or Son if that’s how you left because their time will come.

De Bruyne is purring at the start of this season, however, and is less of a rotation risk than Phil Foden, Jack Grealish and Riyad Mahrez, hence his higher price tag.

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

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, delivering excellent crosses from set pieces and open play . If you’re looking for a cheap defender, he’s your £4m man.

I’m already going off on the idea of ​​my two £4million Leicester goalkeepers – Danny Ward and Daniel Iversen – after the team scored six goals against Brentford and Arsenal, so I think I’ll do some drop one in Brighton. Robert Sanchez, which costs just £500,000 more.

Leon Bailey also looks like an early problem in my team as he will be for many other managers as he belonged to nearly 15% of us in the game in the second week of play but there is not many reliable options at its £5m price point to replace it.

Brentford’s Josh Dasilva is a just £4.6million option and his return to the first team 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 can go for Brighton’s Pascal Gross at £5.6m if you’re able to spend a little more.

The best bet, if you haven’t already, might be to make some money by demoting someone else on your team and replacing Bailey with Martinelli – can you tell I like him a lot?

Finally, we would love for you to get involved on the Fantasy 606 podcast this season with me, Chris Sutton, and Statman Dave.

We’ve got a listener-run squad playing against us, but unfortunately match week two didn’t go too well for you – Brisbane’s Robbie went for a -4 to drop Andy Robertson and Jesus from the squad for replacing them with Oleksandr Zinchenko and Nunez, a move that ultimately cost 26 points!

If you want to try, please write to us on fantasy606@bbc.co.uk.

The first episode of the podcast showcasing the new season is currently available on BBC Sounds Ap.p.

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