Premier League Gameweek 2: Champs and Chumps

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Southampton

We run through the very best and very worst of the Premier League’s fantasy performers for Gameweek 2.

Champs

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United)

PlayON Price: £14.1m

PlayON Points: 3150

Despite the doubts of many pundits Zlatan Ibrahimovic has delivered on his promises to take the league by storm with immediate effect.

His two well-taken efforts on Saturday – particularly his dominance over Fonte and van Dijk for the opener –  very much justified his bump in selection rate among fantasy managers. His physical presence looks tailor made for this league andthe Swede already looks close to a must own player.

Those who’ve managed the balancing act of getting both players into a line-up has proved an instantaneous reward for those fantasy managers, and we can expect Ibrahimovic’s selection rate to increase further for Gameweek 3 when Mourinho’s powerful-looking United outfit take a trip to Hull.

Nolito (Manchester City)

PlayON Price: £12.4m

PlayON Points: 2605

He didn’t start the game in his new club’s 4-1 rout of Stoke City, but Nolito did more than enough to catch the eye of both his boss and prospective fantasy selectors.

His cameo appearance and well-taken brace ranks him in the top brass of midfield players in Gameweek 2, perhaps just edging out Shaun Maloney and his impressive goal and assist performance for Hull.

A wide-midfield berth in Guardiola’s starting XI should become his in the coming fixtures, with the 29 year-old undoubtedly outdoing his more one-dimensional compatriot, Jesus Navas, in his short stint on the field.

Luke Shaw(Manchester United)

PlayON Price: £7.8m

PlayON Points: 970

The Manchester United left-back has started extremely well this season showing virtually no residual effects from the double leg fracture he sustained in last year’s Champions League clash with PSV. The 20 year old won the penalty for United’s second goal and kept a clean sheet in an impressive performance that showcased his talents at both end of the pitch.

Under the tutelage of Mourinho and with the acquisition of Eric Bailly, United already look a sterner or tougher opponent to break down and Shaw should benefit from this from both a defensive and attacking standpoint. Already a hugely popular fantasy pick – and a relatively cheap one at that – expect him to win over more fantasy managers coming into Gameweek 3.

Chumps

Jamie Vardy (Leicester)

PlayON Price: £13.9m

PlayON Points: 650

It’s been a tough opening two fixtures for Leicester City’s chief goal threat. The crushing opening day defeat was bad enough: the England international touching the ball more times than he did at any point last season, yet still unable to find the back of the net. In Gameweek 2, it was a similarly frustrating outing as Vardy fluffed his only two chances of the game. Chances you would regard as tailor-made for the Vardy of 2015/16.

Has he been sussed out? It’s unlikely if not too early to tell, but teams may be better able to deal with both the Vardy threat and the Leicester style of play that made them so effective last season. Marked at a higher fantasy price this season, if the Foxes’ number nine doesn’t start finding form soon, his continued inclusion in fantasy line-ups could prove costly as the more traditional striking powerhouses find their stride.

Ryan Shawcross (Stoke)

PlayON Price: £7m

PlayON Points: -550

On Saturday, Stoke were thoroughly outclassed by a Manchester City side that never really seemed to get out of first gear. The 4-1 victory wasn’t so remarkable for the City performance, rather than the porous and uninspired defending shown by the hosts.

Central to this was the subdued performance of captain Ryan Shawcross. Stoke, once a byword for resolute defending, appear to have now lost that aura in both the absence of Jack Butland as well as their continued quest for a more creative brand of football.

Shawcross may have won a penalty for his side, but  it was only after he gifted the opposition one in kind.  The City attack waltzed through for 12 attempts on goal and Shawcross more than any in the backline, looked off the pace.

Harry Arter (Bournemouth)

PlayON Price: £6.8m

PlayON Points: 85

In a drab affair to open West Ham’s new era in the Olympic Stadium, Cherries’ midfielder Harry Arter ensured that the hosts would get their ideal start at the new ground.

A bookin for dissent in the first half put him on thin ice before a clumsy pull on Cheik Kouyate saw him receive his final marching orders.

Seven minutes after his dismissal, the previously struggling Hammers found the breakthrough they desired through the head of Michail Antonio. As the only player to receive red this Gameweek, the Ireland international ranks as the worst performer of the round and deserving of a place on our notorious Chumps list.

To add Ibrahimovic, Nolito or Luke Shaw in your line-up for Premier League Gameweek 3, get to PlayON.co today!

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