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Captaincy fails for over two-thirds of top 10k Fantasy managers

Manchester City’s unexpectedly narrow 2-1 win over Southampton came at a cost for a large chunk of the top 10,000 managers in Fantasy Premier League.

Between them, Raheem Sterling (£12.1m) and Kevin De Bruyne (£10.2m) were handed the armband by almost 70% of the FPL bosses who were inside the top 10k at the point of the Gameweek 11 deadline.

The premium midfield pair duly blanked against the Saints, with Sterling picking up a booking to compound his owners’ misery.

Just under 6.5% of this elite group had more joy with a Sergio Aguero (£12.1m) captaincy, at least, while around one in four top 10k managers overlooked the City trio altogether.

The highest-owned player inside the top 10,000 is Jamie Vardy (£9.3m).

The Leicester City striker, who faces Crystal Palace on Sunday, featured in only 33.25% of top 10k squads ahead of the Gameweek 10 fixtures but his 20-point haul against Southampton has understandably increased his popularity.

Of course, a fair number of the new entrants inside the top 10,000 would have been helped there by owning Vardy in the first place.

The Foxes’ forward was by some distance the most-bought FPL asset of Gameweek 11, being transferred in by just over 675,000 managers.

De Bruyne remains in one in three top 10k squads, with Tammy Abraham (£7.8m) and John Lundstram (£4.7m) – both of whom delivered double-digit hauls on Saturday – also widely owned assets.

Mohamed Salah‘s (£12.4m) popularity continues to dwindle, with just over one in four top 10,000 managers hanging onto the Egyptian.

Indeed, Salah doesn’t feature in the top 10k Wildcard template, with Sadio Mane (£11.9m) proving a much more popular buy.

A two-man strike force of Vardy and Abraham is being widely favoured, with budget asset Aaron Connolly (£4.6m) the third-most-popular FPL forward among the elite managers who used their Wildcard this week.

There is predictably a lot of crossover between the template Wildcards inside the top 10k and outside of it, with Salah and Andrew Robertson (£6.9m) proving more popular in the chasing pack.

We have now hit the 50% mark for Wildcard usage in the top 10k.

One in four of the top 10,000 FPL managers have already used their Triple Captain chips, with the Free Hit and Bench Boost chips not as heavily relied on.

Chip usage inside the top 10k

Just under 33% of the top 10,000 have yet to use a single chip but over 25% have used at least two already.

2.2% of the top 10k have maxed out on their allotted chips already, leaving only their second Wildcard to be used.

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2,449 Comments Post a Comment
  1. trinzoo
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Salah > Mane for free today or wait as there wont be any changes tonight?

    1. beric
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Wait

    2. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Depends what other issues you have. No brainer on wildcard.

  2. ZeBestee
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Who to go for?

    1) Grealish
    2) McGinn

  3. Brakos2k
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Sterling TC - why oh why did I pull the trigger... such a waste 🙁

    1. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Matches my TC haul from Sane’s DGW last year

    2. S.Kuqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      And you have already wasted free hit. Season over for you 😐

      1. Brakos2k
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Strange... I havnt played free hit but says I played in August. Still there to play along with BB.

    3. beric
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Ouch

    4. fr3d
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Most of us will waste it on a Kane 3 pointer in DGW31 anyways

    5. ZeBestee
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Went Aguero personally. I will forget about it and move on fast.

  4. Giggs Boson
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Is Janmaat now preferred over Kiko?

    Has nice rotation with Lundstram...

    1. beric
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      You wanna rotate lundstrum?

      1. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        I'd like options, just in case something happens with Sheffield over xmas. Mainly just looking for a cheapy to raise some money.

    2. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Stats are towards Watford but do you really want a defender from them?

      Better double up on Sheffield, dupijle points every home game

      1. Giggs Boson
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Janmaat is 4.3m

        Just looking for a low-priced, good value defender to sit on the bench most weeks. I suppose I could go O'Connell or Baldock...

    3. trinzoo
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      You should never bench Lundi

  5. Peter Ouch
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    A green arrow is as good as morning session in the toilet

    1. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Brown down arrow

  6. fr3d
    • 2 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Pope is useless. I'm converting in GW15

    1. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      I am waiting for Sheffield's next two, then hendo double up with Lundstram

      1. Do I Not Like Orange
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Same, probs wait until GW14 (when Pope plays CRY & Hendo has wol) is out of the way though.

      2. Pieterke30
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 24 days ago

        Same here

  7. No Professionals
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Pope
    VVD Lundstram Rico
    Salah Sterling KDB Mount
    Abraham Jimenez Maupay

    Button Cantwell Otamendi Kelly
    1.5m 1ft

    Maupay was a one week punt that backfired. That late mane haul broke me.

    Need vardy for arsenal at home.

    A) Salah and maupay to son and vardy (depending on how son looks tomorrow)
    B) sterling and maupay to son and vardy

    1. Podge
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Got rid of Son, don’t go there

  8. Team Cruel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    I need to apologise to everyone for giving poor advice on here. For the past month I've regularly been posting "Lundstram = NBNC". Today he completely proved me wrong

    1. Indpush
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      You're forgiven buddy. Besides, nobody listened to you anyways. Condolences on not having him for all his points thus far.

      1. Team Cruel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        I've had him for all his points. Don't think you're familiar with NBNC

        1. Indpush
          • 2 Years
          10 months, 25 days ago

          Ahh, very good then. Congratulations.

          Correct. I'm not familiar with it and it seems silly I spoke before enquiring of its meaning. I simply ignored it.

          Mind filling in?

          1. Team Cruel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            10 months, 25 days ago

            NBNC = never bench never captain

            I've been telling people that for a while now but with his third haul today he has proved that he can indeed be captained successfully

  9. alexdelarge
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    I was cheering in pure joy when alonso and Mendy didn’t play, had jimi (first) and Moussa (second) on bench. Then realised my only defenders playing was TAA and Lundstram. -14 points.
    Equivalent to my grandmothers funeral. Not exaggerating
    Why does fpl make up at least a third of my emotions in life?!

    1. Peter Ouch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      "Equivalent to my grandmothers funeral. Not exaggerating"

      There is an issue here, take a break mate

    2. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Get a grip

    3. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      I think you need to sit down turn the computer/ mobile devices off and take a long look in the mirror at yourself

      If fpl is impacting you in such a way you need to stop and have a think about this

    4. Podge
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      It’s a game of pretend footballers teams, cop on.

      1. Maddocio
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        If you really think that you should stop playing as others have pointed out 'its only a f*cking game' Otherwise you're just an attention whore if that's the case then you've failed because everyone now thinks you're a bit of a knob

        1. Twisted Saltergater
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          10 months, 25 days ago

          Bit harsh on Podge.

          😉

          1. Maddocio
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            10 months, 25 days ago

            Indeed, I was on my phone on a busy bus, it wasn't aimed there 🙂

    5. Conik
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      I hope at her funeral you prayed for all those (below) who are incapable or comprehending hyperbole. Lost souls.

      Btw, your link doesn't work.

  10. Galza
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    72pts with Vardy and Son(c) to go...
    God knows, I needed a week like this... 🙂

    1. ZeBestee
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Son (C). Scary.

      1. Galza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        I quite fancy him to get some decent returns against Everton.
        Like the fact it’s the last game of the week too...

        1. ZeBestee
          • 6 Years
          10 months, 25 days ago

          Yeah, wanted him soo much.

          Next is a bit difficult though.

          1. Galza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            10 months, 25 days ago

            He’s a great differential at 7.8% owned as well, especially when most teams have very similar midfields...

            1. ZeBestee
              • 6 Years
              10 months, 25 days ago

              True. I think he will do extremely well for you tomorrow. Good luck.

              1. Galza
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                10 months, 25 days ago

                Thanks.

  11. dark91
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Was Yarmolenko subbed for tactical reasons or injured?

    1. Yank Revolution
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Wish I knew (Owner)...need to trade him out, possibly for a returning Grealish

      1. dark91
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Will let you know in case I find out something

        1. Yank Revolution
          • 8 Years
          10 months, 25 days ago

          Hat tip

  12. SomeoneKnows
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Salah to Mane is a must right? No point on waiting and risking a price drop

    1. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Not especially. Salah scored last week. Think they'll largely match each other over the season and price isnt a big factor.

      However if its your only issue, I would do it.

      1. SomeoneKnows
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        I've also got Otamendi to take care of but what worries me about Salah is his injury

  13. ZTF
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Best defender for 5.5m?

    Current defence; TAA Soyuncu Rico Lowton ______

    1. ZeBestee
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Lundstram.

      1. ZTF
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Not sure I fancy that with the next 2

        1. Podge
          • 9 Years
          10 months, 25 days ago

          He’s not a defender, that’s the gravy.

          1. ZTF
            • 6 Years
            10 months, 25 days ago

            I’m aware, but find it very unlikely he scores or gets cs next 2.

    2. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      The one who will be out of reach if you don't act within a couple of GWs

    3. The_Fish
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Lundstram, obvs.

    4. Effe
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Lundstram

  14. antoinehude
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Hudson-Odoi to Martial or Pulisic (I have Mount and Abraham)

    or

    Mount and Hudson-Odoi to Pulisic and Martial?

    1. ZeBestee
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Keep Mount.

      CHO to Martial.

      1. antoinehude
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Mount better than Pulisic?

        1. ZeBestee
          • 6 Years
          10 months, 25 days ago

          Of course.

          1. antoinehude
            • 4 Years
            10 months, 25 days ago

            Ok, thanks 😉

        2. Yank Revolution
          • 8 Years
          10 months, 25 days ago

          Slightly safer, definitely not better.

  15. Iceball
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    1ft.
    A) Boly to Rico (mostly to have better bench)
    B) Salah to Mane since fitness and form issues

    1. fr3d
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      B since it's not 2017 anymore

  16. greggles
    • 10 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Well neither of the players I brought in did anything and my captain failed again but actually feeling good for first time in weeks.

    Question is, do ditch Pukki before WAT(H) or finally get rid of KWP?

    Heaton / Pope
    Guilbert / TAA / Lundstram / Soyuncu / KWP
    Mane / KDB / Martial / Mount / Maddison
    Pukki / Connolly / Abraham

    1 FT, 2.8 ITB

  17. F4L
    • 5 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    will the Ox be starting any time soon for Liverpool?

    Made a difference coming off the bench today, and he has the form

    1. ZeBestee
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Not nailed.

    2. Podge
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Not regularly no

    3. F4L
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      cheers both.

  18. Rinseboy
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Auba Yarm and Mendy to Greenwood Mane and Robertson for a -4? exact cash

    1. fr3d
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      How many hours was Mendy in your team?

      1. Rinseboy
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        2 weeks. Played once and benched once!

  19. DAZZ
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Salah > Mane has to happen now. Ownership mainly, and the money saving, he also scores heavier. Although Salah is a differential in my league 3/15 own, would you make the move?

    1. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      I'm not one for early transfers especially with European midweek games but go for it if you need the money

    2. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Depends what other issues you have

    3. Boberella
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      The same dilemma is killing me.
      For this week I had other issues to fix, but am seriously considering it.

    4. HollywoodXI
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Keep Salah. They’re both great players. I prefer Salah.

    5. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Double up on Mane and Salah. City defence awaits 😀

  20. FDMS All Starz
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Would you do the following for free?

    Auba - 4.4mid —-> Mane - 4.4fwd

    1. ZeBestee
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Not before City game.

  21. Old Gregg
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Best 6m midfielder.

    A) Trossard
    b) James
    C) Barnes
    D) McGinn
    E) any suggestions?

    1. ZeBestee
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      DABC

      1. FortunesAlwaysHiding
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        ACDB
        Buendia

  22. royals forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Does this team need a WC

    Leno Button

    Lundstram Montoya Fredericks Soyuncu Lowton

    Sterling KDB Mount James McGinn

    Aubameyang Vardy Abraham

    Any ideas would be welcomed

    0.9 ITB 1FT

    1. Galza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Definitely does not need a wildcard...

    2. Yank Revolution
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Nope

  23. Danstoke82
    • 6 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    TAA + Robertson double up too much?

    1. ZeBestee
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      After the City game.

    2. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Had my first experience with it this week am very happy, think it’s the way to go for their fixture run 100%

    3. Slouch87
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      No . Paid off today.

  24. FDMS All Starz
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Any changes needed here? 2FT & 1.2itb

    Pope
    Vvd - Robbo - Lunds - Rico
    Sterling - Kdb - Mount
    Vardy - Auba - Tammy

    Subs: Button - Soy - Dendonker - Nakamba

    1. ZeBestee
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Mane ane TAA.

  25. KGFC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Best replacement for Ota:

    1. Fernandez (NEW)
    2. Willems (NEW)
    3. Chilwell (LEI)
    4. Chambers (ARS)
    5. Someone else?

    Current backline is: TAA Lunds Janmaat Rico Ota*

    1. ZeBestee
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      Lascalles?

      1. KGFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Yep could be an option...

    2. Ask Yourself
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      2

      1. KGFC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Thanks!

  26. Lh909
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Green arrow at the moment but this season has been a slow burner for now, I kniw patience is key but getting itchy with the WC, your thoughts are appreciated

  27. TiAgoFPL
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    10 months, 25 days ago

    VVD playing Montoya benched - -‘

  28. Tibbs
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Bit stuck with this

    Aubu + Cantwell (2FT) to

    1) Stick
    2) Cantwell>> 6.1m MID
    3) Ayew + Mane
    3) Silva + Firmino (no Pool)
    4) Something else with 17.2m for MID and FWD

  29. ninjaskrtel
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    Is Lundstram now officially the best fpl player of all time? Or at least the best 4.0 player (to be less hyperbolic) ever?

    1. Tibbs
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 25 days ago

      If I recall in 16/17 Boyd at 4.5m MID did pretty well too

      1. Yank Revolution
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Nothing like this tho

      2. ninjaskrtel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        10 months, 25 days ago

        Good but no Lundstram!

  30. andres
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 25 days ago

    I think it is time to get jimenez.

    Also considering pulisic.