With news of the Queen of Soul passing yesterday morning, all universes were put on hold, including the FPL Universe. Aretha Franklin’s unique ability to powerfully belt out a tune from any genre of music truly made her a once in a century talent that has inspired millions of people to sing, dance and enjoy music in its purest form across the globe. This week’s FPL captains rankings will be a musical tribute to her:
R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Mo Salah, MF, Liverpool – After what he did last season, the almight Salah deserves everyone’s respect until something drastic changes or Liverpool’s form somehow fades. If he’s on your team, you captain him until you really are forced to do otherwise. Palace looked great last week, sure, but that was versus Fulham. Liverpool’s away form is just as good as their home, they will probably score 3-4 goals on the road this weekend. For those of you playing the Salahless version of FPL, cover yourself by rostering Mané and captain the Senegalese international…or continue reading.
Bridge Over Troubled Water: Raheem Sterling, MF, Manchester City – While Kun is being deployed by many this week as a “safe” captain pick to start versus Huddersfield at home, nobody has any clue what Guardiola is planning from one week to the next. News about KDB‘s knee injury certainly means Pep will be more worried about replacing the Belgian Ginger’s hard pressing style at the top of the pitch, and a younger, quicker striker such as Gabriel Jesus might factor into more minutes if Guardiola indeed feels the need for speed up top. Enter Radio Raheem aka Raheem tha Dream aka Sterling Pound, the player who finished second behind Salah last season for total points. He’s going to play every match until City have midweek fixtures, and he’s going to score a lot. If your team is a Salahless squad, put a big fat chain with the letter “C” over Radio Raheem and let him be your bridge over troubled water this week.
Wonder Pick: Aleksandar Mitrovic, FWD, Fulham – The 23 year-old Serbian took seven shots in GW1 against Crystal Palace, failing to score but with three chances finding the target. Mitrovic’s total was more than all players during the prem’s inaugural weekend, and while Spurs are certainly a step up from Palace and one of the most formidable defenses in the Premier league, this weekend’s match is a London derby being played at Wembley. While Spurs played well last season having Wembley as their “home” venue, let’s assume the Cottagers had this match circled in the preseason as one that they would come out firing and make some noise in their own backyard. Fulham’s manager Slaviša Jokanović transferred in a total of 12 players that cost them a staggering £100m, so their first week woes could be partly due to new players not yet acquainted with a new system. If the players are able to play more cohesively, Mitrovic will continue to get fed the rock up top and Spurs might yet again fail to keep the clean, with a hungry Mitrovic finishing GW2 as the dreamy wonder pick of the week.