After gameweek 1 of Fantasy Football has been and gone, hopefully the beans are going and captaining Bruno Fernandes or Mohammed Salah has kept you interested for matchday 2. Chelsea’s parading troops weren’t massively high scorers in the forward line but cleansheet bonuses for those who were brave to pick Trevoh Chalobah, Andreas Christensen or Marcos Alonso (with his goal bonus making him the highest scoring defender) would have rewarded Thomas Tuchel’s backline beasts.
With the 2021/22 Fantasy Football season starting off similarly to how last season ended, defenders being the only idiot-proof way to score points with the Blues blockbuster players, gameweek 2 could spring some surprises.
Until Tuchel’s chosen, favourite lineup becomes clearer, the safest option for picking those to get the points is through the defenders yet again. Though that in itself isn’t a sure fire way to achieve success as Chelsea rotate their wingbacks, centre back choices should remain constant in the early season matches.
The top scoring defenders list for Fantasy Football included three (out of six) Chelsea players. Even though Chalobah isn’t a guarantee to play every week, with the Blues not conceding in gameweek one and the 22-year old bagging 14 points, he is considered by us to be a safe bet for a starter.
Elsewhere, Rudiger, who scored only six points on the opening matchday, is as sure as starting at the Emirates as anyone is. His six points may not be remarkable, but he is expected to be a consistent point scorer all season long, plus his threat from long range always holds the possibility of getting goal points.
The wingback choices are also not certain, though Marcos Alonso would expect a start after his free kick opened the scoring for the season at Stamford Bridge. Although Ben Chilwell will most likely play more games and score more points throughout the season, Alonso is a good early season pick.
At just 5.5m and selected by just 5.6% of managers, he could be a difference maker during the first few gameweeks.
As the season is still new, the Fantasy Football choices aren’t going to be exciting. Until Tuchel’s rotation slows up or becomes more predictable, finding solid choices is going to be important.
Edouard Mendy, a staple for Fantasy Football managers last season, is sure to be a good pick again this term. The 6m keeper banked an impressive 140 points last season, mainly due to his 16 cleansheets in just 31 games. For a keeper, six points a week on average is a good return and allows for a solid base to build from.
The only issue with Mendy is Chelsea’s tough opening schedule. With four rank four matches in the next five gameweeks, Chelsea’s likeliness to keep clean sheets during that time is slim. However, with Arsenal on Sunday, Chelsea could be quietly confident of a second shut out in a row.
The Gunners managed 22 shots at Brentford’s goal on gameweek one, with only four of those hitting the target there is a reason to back Mendy for this fixture.
Gameweek 2: Pick of the week
Are you prepared to take a risk and go after the big title chasing striker? If so, making room for the 11.5m Belgian, Romelu Lukaku, might be worth a go. With the new marksman of the Premier League likely to get minutes against Arsenal on Sunday, backing him to hit the ground running is a risky, but possibly worthwhile investment.
11.5m is expensive, the second most costly forward (behind Harry Kane), but in a Chelsea side that creates chances galore, the expectancy is that Lukaku will prove worthwhile throughout the year. Also, with no attacker getting more than one goal on gameweek one, Lukaku doesn’t have too much to make up for in terms of goals and points. The 13 scored by Michail Antonio was the most of any forward and with Harry Kane selected by only 10.7% of optimistic managers that are praying for a transfer or remain hopeful of a Spurs reunion, Lukaku is the sole remaining ‘gun’ striker in the game.
Even if the Belgian doesn’t start against Arsenal, he is likely to pick up some minutes and feature constantly throughout the year, bagging goals.
Written and edited by Tom Coley (@tomcoley49)
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