Manchester City’s Premier League campaign finally got underway on Monday night and Kevin De Bruyne earned himself 13 points. It was just another evening’s work for a player who outscored every other midfielder in fantasy last year.
What’s more, with City’s squad depleted by injury, De Bruyne is playing as a No 10 and could stay there for a while yet. Plus, he’s on penalties. Against a Leicester City side without Wilfred Ndidi to mop up danger, De Bruyne could register a double-digit score again.
The one moment De Bruyne would rather forget from Monday night is being nutmegged in the build up to Wolves’ goal. That slice of impudence came from Daniel Podence, who is quickly emerging as the budget midfielder of choice.
Although the arrival of Nelson Semedo could see Adama Traoré pushed up to right wing, Podence is also able to play on the left and surely will not be sacrificed after setting up two goals in two games.
After just one fantasy assist in his first two games, those who invested in Werner at the start of the season are beginning to have some doubts. But if you’re wondering whether to move elsewhere, wait for one more weekend at least.
The Chelsea striker comes up against West Bromwich Albion, who have conceded eight goals already and were torn apart by Everton last weekend. Granted they were down to 10 men for the majority but still look like prime candidates for Werner’s first victims.
Though he gave away a cheap penalty on De Bruyne and though Ruben Vinagre may have found a way back into Nuno’s plans following Marcal’s injury, Saiss remains the best Wolves defensive option as they embark on a favourable run of fixtures.
Nuno’s side travel to West Ham for Sunday’s evening kick-off then have three home fixtures in their next four games against Fulham, Newcastle and Crystal Palace, none of whom are traditionally high-scoring. Sign a Wolves defender and you will be ahead of the curve.
As a rule, you want to spend very few transfers in defence and fewer still on your goalkeeper, though the emergence of Martinez as Aston Villa’s first-choice is worth monitoring as people consider whether to play their wildcards.
Villa are away to Fulham who, despite their goal rush at Elland Road last week, are still likely to be among the lowest-scoring teams this season. Meanwhile, Dean Smith’s side appear to have shored up at the back if their form since Project Restart is anything to go by.
Honourable mentions: Sergio Reguilon, Raheem Sterling, Ollie Watkins, Gabriel Jesus
Captaincy: Kevin De Bruyne