Every week, we at Daily Fantasy Focus analyse the big hitters and wide misses of the weekend’s Premier League action.
Here are the makers and breakers from Gameweek 2.
GW2 PlayON Points: 1,854
PlayON Price: 8.3m
Man City cruised to yet another convincing display in Gameweek 2, mowing down a surprisingly weak Chelsea outfit and raising some important daily fantasy football questions in the process. The chief one of which – is Vincent Kompany back to his best? The Man City captain has now scored two from two this season and looked virtually impregnable in a backline comprised of Sagna, Mangala, Kolarov.
Much has been made of the domination of Branislav Ivanovic in the lead up to Kompany’s goal, what’s certainly become apparent is that for the first time in two seasons, Kompany has once more become a threat from the set-piece. Oddly, with the mooted arrival of Nicolas Otamendi, Manuel Pellegrini may inadvertently disrupt a defence that looks balanced for the first time in his tenure.
GW2 PlayON Points: 2,450
PlayON Price: 8.8m
So far, Ross Barkley carries the look of a player imbued with renewed confidence, and positioned behind the similarly reborn Romelu Lukaku, the two look a fearsome partnership. Claiming two goals and an assist over his past two games, the England international is clearly stepping up his goal threat with seven attempts in total. Gameweek 2 was actually the first such occasion in the Premier League that the dynamic attacking midfielder achieved both a goal and assist in one game. A sign of things to come?
GW2 PlayON Points: 2,450
PlayON Price: 10.9m
A resounding 3-0 display over Southampton will have served to convince the more critical viewers out there that Romelu Lukaku does truly have the capacity to become a leading top level striker. The 22 year old Belgian absolutely dominated a Southampton backline that featured some of the outstanding defensive performers in the Premier League last season. A display of sheer power, technique and pace.
Among players with over five attempts on goal, Lukaku has a leading conversion rate of over 40% and should see a sharp increase in PlayON selection over the coming fixtures, if not in time for the Manchester City clash in Gameweek 3.
GW2 PlayON Points: 45
PlayON Price: £7.4m
Highlighted in these very pages last week as one to look out for, it turned out to be a prediction some way short of the mark. The Spaniard was on the receiving end of two goals from a rampant Leicester City side which again featured Riyad Mahrez on the scoresheet. The offending act however turned out to be an honest, if a little mistimed kick to Jamie Vardy’s gut in a vain attempt to bicycle kick the ball in the dying minutes of the game.
Now serving suspension, his place is likely to be filled by ex-Birmingham man, Darren Randolph, as West Ham host the thus far win-less new boys, Bournemouth.
GW2 PlayON Points: -395
PlayON Price: £7m
The Newcastle right-back and Holland international was the second major victim of the now rampant Jefferson Montero in as many weeks. It took less than 45 minutes for Janmaat to commit two bookable and clumsy challenges on the Ecuadorian before receiving marching orders.
The Dutchman had clearly been made aware of the Swansea wideman’s decimation of Chelsea in Gameweek 1 and took the misplaced approach to show a little physicality. With the Newcastle defence already looking a precarious prospect in the infant stages of the season, his suspension hardly helps matters.
GW2 PlayON Points: 775
PlayON Price: £13.7m
It may be a little early in the season for talk on a player’s individual crisis/demise/attitude but Wayne Rooney is already garnering such attention from certain circles. The Manchester United number ten has not looked in peak condition and has starting rumblings and commentary as to whether he’s up to the challenge of supplying the quantity of goals that a club like Manchester United requires in order to challenge for trophies.
Facing a so far unimpressive Newcastle United side in Gameweek 3 might provide the England captain the ample opportunity to set the record straight, but with just two attempts on goal in two games, he’s got some improving to do.