Fantasy Friday: Week 2 Premier League Tips

Premier League Fantasy Tips

I will be working on bringing a new segment each week focusing on Premier League Fantasy tips. This will include some players, teams, and matchups to look at as well as some of the key players that will be suspended or injured for each week.

There are many different fantasy leagues out there for fans of the EPL. Some of these include ESPN’s Premier Fantasy, the official Premier’s fantasy league, and the Daily Mail fantasy league. These are all available for Premier League fans around the world.

Many of these leagues have differing rules and the values of players does fluctuate depending on which fantasy league that you are playing in. There are also various rules about how many transfers you can make and whether or not making a transfer has any additional penalty to it. For the purpose of this post I will be using ESPN’s Premier Fantasy league as a guide point. I will also be making the assumption that your league either has no penalty, or you are not so concerned with making transfers and changes to your team.

For the second week of the season there are some good matchups out there for the weekend as outlined in my Premier League Previews. Some teams to look at for possible defensive additions include Manchester City, Stoke City, Everton and Norwich City. These are teams that I have predicted wins for this weekend and should be the best bets for clean sheets.

For goalkeepers look to Joe Hart or Asmir Begovic to be able to keep clean sheets and do well. Defensively there are several good buys out there including Jan Vertonghen with Tottenham who is both a solid defender and a threat to score. In that same vein are Everton’s Leighton Baines and Manchester City’s Pablo Zabaleta.

For some solid defending you can look to Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross, who would also be a bargain buy in most leagues. Norwich City’s Michael Turner is a quality budget buy as well.

Some of the teams to look at for goals include Liverpool, Aston Villa, Southampton, Everton, and Manchester City. In midfield some good players to look at would be Manchester City’s David Silva who had a good first week and is always in and around the goals. Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho could have a break out week along with Everton’s Kevin Mirallas and Norwich’s Nathan Redmond.

Up front there are several quality strikers to look at especially the two with Aston Villa; Christian Benteke and Andreas Weimann. Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero is always a world class choice. Rickie Lambert could be one of the best budge purchases in this season and could also have a very good weekend against Sunderland.

For this weekend I would not recommend picking up players from Manchester United or Chelsea since that is a match that won’t have a whole lot of goals in it. The same could be said for Tottenham v Swansea while Fulham v Arsenal is one of those matches that could go either way.

Injuries and Suspensions:

For week 2 there are several players that are out through injury or suspension and several more that are questionable.

Arsenal: Koscielny: 1 match ban for his 2 yellow cards

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: out for 6-12 weeks

Mikel Arteta: out till late September

Thomas Vermaelen: out till late September

Diaby: out indefinitely

Aston Villa: Nathan Baker: questionable; ankle injury

Ciaran Clark: questionable; head injury

Chris Herd: questionable; calf injury

Charles N’Zogbia: out indefinitely following surgery

Cardiff City:

Chelsea: David Luiz: questionable; hamstring injury

Crystal Palace: Yannick Bolasie: out indefinitely: hamstring

Glenn Murray: out till October/November; knee

Jonathan Parr: questionable; match fitness

Jerome Thomas: out till September; ankle injury

Everton: Antolin Alcaraz: out till September; hamstring

Sylvain Distin: questionable; knock

Darron Gibson: questionable; knee

Tony Hibber: questionable; knock

Fulham: Fernando Amorebieta: out till end of August; knock

Kieran Richardson: out till late September; hamstring

Maartin Stekelenburg: out till end of August; shoulder

Hull City: Faye: out till end of August; calf

Stephen Quinn: out till end of August/early September; hamstring

Liverpool: Sebastian Coates: out indefinitely with ACL knee surgery

Martin Skrtel: questionable; knee

Luis Suarez: serving 10 match ban; tentative return on 9/21

Manchester City: Stevan Jovetic: questionable; match fitness

Vincent Kompany: out at least a month; groin

Matija Nastasic: out till end of August/early September; ankle

Micah Richards: out till September; hamstring

Manchester United: Darren Fletcher: out indefinitely; illness

Javier Hernandez: out till September; thigh

Nani: out till September; knock

Nick Powell: out till September; leg

Rafael: out till mid-September; hamstring

Ashley Young: out till end of August/early September; knock

Newcastle United: Jonas Gutierrez: questionable; hamstring

Ryan Taylor: out indefinitely; knee

Loic Remy: out till end of August/early September; calf

Steven Taylor: out till 9/14 serving 3 match ban for red card

Davide Santon: questionable; hip

Michael Williamson: out till end of August/early September; knock

Norwich City: Elliott Bennett: out for several months; knee

Gary Hooper: out till end of August/early September; shin

Stoke City: Wilson Palacios: out till end of August/early September; illness

Brek Shea: out for several weeks; leg

Sunderland: Phillip Bardsley: out indefinitely; broken foot

Wes Brown: out till end of August/early September; knee

Lee Cattermole: questionable; knee

Steven Fletcher: questionable; ankle

Swansea City: Nathan Dyer: questionable; hamstring

Tottenham Hotspur: Gareth Bale: out till end of August/early September; foot

Lewis Holtby: out till end of August/early September; knee

West Bromwich Albion: Nicolas Anelka: out till September; compassionate leave

Zoltan Gera: out for the season; knee

Steven Reid: out till September; knock

George Thorne: out for up to 8 months; knee

West Ham United: Andy Carroll: out till mid-September; foot

George McCartney: questionable; knee


Put in your comments below if you have a great fantasy tip for the Premier League. Do you agree with my tips or have some injury updates to add? Feel free to leave your tips here.