Captains

Captain Sensible – Aubameyang can challenge Salah and Hazard

It looks like a three-way battle for the Gameweek 22 captaincy this weekend.

Fantasy Premier League managers are having to think big as we head into the first round of action for some time.

With the wealth of premium options all in decent form at the start of 2019, choosing the right captain could prove harder than ever.

We’re here to analyse the debate from all angles by looking at individual data, team attacking statistics and opposition defences.

Captain Poll

Mohamed Salah (£13.3m) is set to win the Gameweek 22 captain poll as, at the time of writing, he has 40% backing from the voters. The Egyptian faces Brighton on Saturday afternoon having scored 12 points in three of his last four Premier League outings. Salah’s ownership continues to rise again, now just over 42% after his excellent recent form, which is probably the reason why he has done so well in our poll. The Liverpool man seems to be returning to the ‘auto-captain’ status he ended the 2017/18 campaign in.

Some way behind Salah in second place is Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard (£11.1m). It appears that 23% of our voters are confident the Belgian will deliver in Gameweek 22 after two consecutive blanks to round off the hectic festive fixtures. If we are to believe that Hazard tends to punish those who sell him after blanks, maybe he is indeed set for some attacking returns at home to Newcastle on Saturday. The Magpies have registered just one clean sheet in their last five away matches.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.4m) looks set to claim the bronze medal with his 11% backing ahead of Arsenal’s trip to West Ham. The Hammers still have just one clean sheet at home while Aubameyang has attacking returns in all but one away match against sides outside the top six this season.

Sergio Aguero (£11.2m) is the best of the rest with just 6% backing, the voters suitably afraid both of the Wolves defence and the form that Manchester City have shown in Premier League matches. As we discussed in our recent League Cup notes, a 9-0 win over League Cup opposition could mean little when the top flight action is resumed. Raheem Sterling (£11.3m) has just a third of Aguero’s support, with 2% of the vote, with Leroy Sané (£9.5m) even further behind on 1.25%.

Sandwiched amongst those options are Harry Kane (£12.6m) whose 2.49% share is reflective of a match against Manchester United, while Felipe Anderson (£7.4m) remains the most popular West Ham man. The Brazilian has garnered 1.9% of the vote at the time of writing.

Richarlison (£6.9m) is the only other player over 1% while Marko Arnautovic (£6.9m) and Son Heung-min (£8.8m) were close at the time of writing. The West Ham man on 0.95% and Spurs’ South Korean international with 0.83%.

 

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1,560 Comments Post a Comment
  1. meechamspowders
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    would you WC this?

    fabianski, hamer
    balb, Robertson, laporte, Doherty, digne
    hazard, richarlison, martial, pogba, son
    kane, jimenez, kamara

    if not, pogba > sane and WC next week? no salah makes me nervous.

    1. Johan Queef
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      No.

      Hold Pogba and maybe sort Balbuena.

    2. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 5 days ago

      No

  2. JoeSoap
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 5 days ago

    A. Hamer>Guaita
    B. Hojb>Westwood
    C. Jiminez>Arni
    D. G2G

    Have 2fts & 1m

    FAB
    Robertson, Alonso, Digne, AWB
    Pogba, Salah, Richarl, Anderson
    Kane, Rashford
    Hamer, Jiminez, Doherty, Hojb

    1. ElChapo
        1 month, 5 days ago

        C, and start him over AWB.

        1. JoeSoap
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Thanks. Will wait on Arni news first.

    2. NVP
        1 month, 5 days ago

        2FT, any changes?

        Gkp: Guaita / Fabianski

        Def: Robertson, Dunk, Alexander-Arnold (Bamba, Bednarek)

        Mid: Salah, Pogba, Son, Brooks, Herrera

        Fwd: Aubameyang, Kane (Kamara)

        1. teriyaki 69
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Herrera to Camarasa

      • teriyaki 69
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 5 days ago

        currently just Inside the top 20K, is a top 5k possible at this stage of the season?

        1. CALLOFDUTY 1 (2003)
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 5 days ago

          I’ve seen some ridiculous quesion here - but this has to be the worst ......

          1. teriyaki 69
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 5 days ago

            would have been far much easier to just scroll past. lol.

        2. Nascimento
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Yeah, that’s definitely recoverable. I was barely even inside the top 5k before last week and clawed it back to the point where I’m just inside top 2k

          Don’t give up

          1. teriyaki 69
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 5 days ago

            cheers mate. What was your strategy, more or less hits?

        3. el polako
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Subtle brag.

        4. CostaCoffee
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          I was at 200k at this stage couple years ago and finished 3k

          1. pompeyupnorth
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            same here

      • teriyaki 69
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 5 days ago

        It will be more painful if I captain Hazard and he blanks than if I fail to (c) and he hauls. Never again trusting him with the armband.

        1. scubasmithy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          I hear you - I'm torn between Salah and Hazard.....

          1. pompeyupnorth
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            I've decided Hazard if it helps? Saw Newcastle at Liverpool recently and they weren't good defensively.. Brighton are tough defensively, so I'm going Haz

      • FPL_WILDCARD
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Have 1ft and 1.9itb. Not sure what to do but feel like I need Liverpool attack...

        Pickford
        Alonso, AWB, Lovren*
        Hazard(c), Sane, Son, Snodgrass, Martial
        Kane, Jimenez

        Hamer, Kolasinac, Success, Jonny

        Any advice much appreciated...

        1. teriyaki 69
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Save ft and use the 2 fts next week to bring in salah.

      • Johan Queef
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 5 days ago

        Already got Salah back in this week and have 1 more FT.

        A) Do I save the FT in case surgery is needed next week?

        B) Or do I listen to Barnes' stats and bring him in for Ings?

        1. teriyaki 69
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 5 days ago

          B.
          go big or go home. Now is the time to start gaining on your rivals by being a bit more bold with your picks.

        2. Four Hit Wonder
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Don't listen to Barnes people. These have been on every 5.5-7.0 prodigy bandwagon so far.

        3. ElChapo
            1 month, 5 days ago

            chances are you'll be wanting Ings back in in 2 weeks when he has Palace (H), Burnley (A), Cardiff (H) - if you have a decent starting 11 this week, hold...

            1. Johan Queef
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Starting 11 isn't terrible so maybe you're right!

        4. Subzero (-4)
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 5 days ago

          Is taa Doherty and digne enough in defence on a wild card with bednarek and Kiko? Feels light but would allow this team

          Guaita
          Taa Doherty digna
          Salah hazard sane pogba Richarlison
          Auba rashford

          Button kiko bednarek Quaner.

          Any feedback would be great.

          Other alternative is

          Ethridge
          Robbo taa digne
          Salah hazard Richarlison pogba Anderson
          Aguero rashford

          Button Doherty bednerak kamara

          1. Kopkloppers
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 5 days ago

            8
            7 7 6
            8 8 8 8 6
            8 8
            3 4 3 1
            Total 93 pretty good
            7
            8 7 6
            8 8 6 8 6
            8 8
            3 7 3 2
            Total 93 pretty good

            1. Subzero (-4)
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Your doing to have to forgive my stupidity if this obvious but is this meant to be a predicted score??? Sorry I'm lost 🙂

        5. Aubazette
            1 month, 5 days ago

            1. Martial, Kamara, Kolasinac, Fabiański -> Bernardo Silva, Rashford, Bednarek, Button ( later I will switch Stekelenburg to Ryan, and Diangana to Puncheon) (-8 next week)

            2. Fabianski to Button, and Sane for Martial, later Diangana to Puncheon (-4 this week)

            What to do?

            1. Kopkloppers
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Ryan could be back in 2 weeks; just after Button faces Pool United and Fulham Yuk
              It might give you the few bob you need though. Find another way.

          • Gamer18
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Going into Week 1 of Last Man Standing who should I pick? Comment below

            • Kopkloppers
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Estimated points?
              A Son
              B Sane
              C Guita
              D Fab
              E Anderson
              G Preyra

            • sacana12
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 5 days ago

              FT 0.1 ITB

              Ederson
              Robertson - Trippier - AWB
              Sane - Salah - Pereyra - Richarlison
              Jimenez - Kane - Rashford

              Button-Holebas-Bennet-Billing

              Options on the table:
              A) Bamba or Camarasa --> Holebas or Billing (Save 1 FT)
              B) Trippier & Billing --> TAA & Camarasa (play 352)
              C) Robertson & Trippier --> TAA & Alonso

              Is B g2g?

              1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                D. Save

            • Old Gregg
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              Was planning on bringing Arnie in for Ings and playing 3-4-3.

              What to do now?

              a) go ahead
              b) Barnes
              c) Jimenez
              d) hold Ings

              1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                C

                1. Old Gregg
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 5 days ago

                  thanks

            • Pieterke30
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              On a WC, would you get

              A. Robertson
              B. VVD

              ... to complete Pool double up with TAA.
              Robbo more likely to assist, and VVD more likely to score?

              1. Feed tha Sheep
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                Robertson

            • Feed tha Sheep
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 5 days ago

              2Fts and 0ITB what to do?
              Fab
              Robertson WB Digne Doherty
              Salah Sane Pogba Son
              Kane Rashford

              Steele Ings* Bednarak Masuaku

              Will need to start Doherty or Bed over ings?

            • akhilrajau
                1 month, 5 days ago

                A.Kiko femina(def)
                B.Doherty(def)
                C. Gunnarsson (mid)

                Who to include in starting 11 and sub in order

              • Tatty Bojangles
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                Who scores more?

                a) Sterling (WOL), Anderson (ars)
                b) Salah (BHA), Camarasa (HUD)

                Basically 2FT to bring (b) in for (a) and will most likely captain Salah.

              • sminkypinky
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 5 days ago

                Good to save my transfer?
                Fab
                AWB Robbo Digne
                Haz Mo Fraser Pogba
                Auba (c) Rash Wilson

                Hamer Doherty Targett Hojbjerg

              • Colgz
                  1 month, 5 days ago

                  A:Aguero
                  or
                  B:Aubameyang people?

                  Many thanks

                • shalji
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 5 days ago

                  Best 6.0M midfielder suggestion please.

                  Besides Richarlison.

                  Thank you in advance

                • rodog
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 5 days ago

                  Deulofeu and Digne
                  OR
                  Richarlison and 4.4 defender

                  1. rodog
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 5 days ago

                    Thoughts lads?

                • Concrete
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 5 days ago

                  Brighton’s defensive stats are decent.

                  Ignore this with it being Liverpool for Salah capt or take note?