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Vardy in landslide majority for Gameweek 15 captaincy among top 10k

The power of Jamie Vardy (£9.9m) continues to rise as he dominates the Gameweek 15 captaincy statistics – especially among the top 10,000 Fantasy Premier League managers.

Ahead of the first midweek Gameweek of the season, a whopping 82.1% of managers at the highest level handed the Leicester City centre-forward the captaincy.

That’s the largest amount of support for a skipper among the top 10k all season while just under 2% of the top 10k have Triple Captained Vardy.

Vardy also won the Fantasy Football Scout captain poll this week and was selected as the best option for the armband both by the Captain Sensible article and our Scout Picks.

After scoring eight goals in six matches, Vardy now faces a Watford side without a manager and short of several key defensive personnel, while many of the other options do not come with such fortuitous circumstances in Gameweek 15.

That is best shown in the backing for Sadio Mané (£12.2m) among the top 10k.

The Liverpool man, preparing to face Everton on Wednesday night, was the second most-captained among the top 10k for Gameweek 15 but was still only backed by 6.6% of them.

That made for a massive gap between him and Vardy, one of 75.5 percentage points.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.9m) completes the top three with a measly 2.4% backing for the Gameweek 15 captaincy at the highest level of FPL.

It will be interesting to see if Vardy can continue to make the armband his own for the foreseeable future with matches against Aston Villa (away) and Norwich (home) coming up in Gameweeks 16 and 17.

It is probably worth pointing out just how much impact a Vardy captaincy could have at lower reaches of the worldwide rankings.

Despite overwhelming support from the top 10k for Gameweek 15, only 31.9% of Fantasy managers overall have handed him the armband for the meeting with Watford.

Vardy continues to show almost complete control over the top 10k in terms of base ownership too.

In Gameweek 14, the Leicester man was in 97.4% of teams at this level, which has now risen to 97.8% for Gameweek 15.

By contrast, a chunk of managers have decided to cash in on Tammy Abraham (£7.9m) amid his injury developments.

Going into Gameweek 14, 52.9% of top 10k managers owned the Chelsea man, making him the second most-popular forward at this level.

However, this figure has dropped to just 40.4% for Gameweek 14.

Meanwhile, Raúl Jiménez (£7.7m) has gone in the opposite direction, rising from third to second in terms of most fashionable top 10k forwards.

Interestingly, Christian Pulisic (£7.5m) has not yet shown up in the top 10k template just yet, his colleague Mason Mount (£6.6m) still inside the top-five (28.8%).

That just goes to show how much of a differential Pulisic could be as Chelsea host Aston Villa on Friday night.

That said, Mount does continue to fall from grace among the top 10k.

In Gameweek 14, he sat in 39.1% of teams at this level but has dropped to just 28.8%.

Travelling in the opposite direction is Son Heung-min (£9.8m), who is benefitting from the Jose Mourinho resurgence.

No Spurs attacker has scored more points than him across the former Manchester United manager’s, which is why his stock continues to rise among the top 10k.

Son sat in 30.9% of squads at that level in Gameweek 14 but is now owned by 38.2% of them.

Meanwhile, the goalkeepers and defenders preferred by the top 10k have stayed the same for Gameweek 15, including their popularity rankings.

As expected, chip usage was generally quite sparing for Gameweek 15 but there were still some interesting lines.

We’ve already mentioned that 1.6% of top 10k managers opted to Triple Captain Vardy.

However, despite fears over midweek rotation, the Bench Boost was actually the most deployed chip.

2.2% of managers in the top 10k have opted to add their substitutes’ scores into their total points tally for Gameweek 15.

That could be considered a brave decision considering that we have just embarked on the first midweek Gameweek of the campaign, of which many were concerned about rotation.

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1,179 Comments Post a Comment
  1. PogBruno
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    9 months, 25 days ago

    Do u think Villa can score at home to Leicester? Contemplating to start Grealish and bench soy

    1. Jullepuu
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 25 days ago

      I think that they can score but will that result in Grealish points though..

    2. Whatever100
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      Of course they can. Whether they do is another matter but of course they will have chances as every team does over 90 mins. All depends whether they take one as that cannot be predicted.

  2. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 25 days ago

    FPL Twitter
    #CRYBOU BONUS POINTS AS IT STANDS

    3 - Rico
    2 - Guaita
    1 - Schlupp

    Guaita only got 1..

    1. PogBruno
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      May be it was during the game

    2. Jullepuu
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 25 days ago

      The site I check these from had Guaita at 2 until very late in the match. Sadly Schlupp just edged him in baps.

  3. the dom 1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    9 months, 25 days ago

    What would you do with this team lads, got 2FT's too.

    Roberto
    Soy, Lunds, VVD
    Mane', Stirling, Mount, Moutinho
    Vardy, Auba, Tammy*

    Pope, Fleck, Kelly, Rico

    2FT, 0.0itb

    Cheers

    1. PogBruno
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      Sterling to son/alli

    2. Jullepuu
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 25 days ago

      Get rid of one of the keepers. Maybe Roberto to Martin

  4. Jullepuu
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 25 days ago

    So how will the palace defence line up next game?
    Dann, Cahill and PVA all injured?

    Are we looking at Kelly Tomkins Kouyate Schlupp?

    1. Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 25 days ago

      Exactly. Still solid though

      1. Jullepuu
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 25 days ago

        Agreed. One more injury would be a big blow right now.

    2. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      how seriously injured is PVA?

      1. Jullepuu
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 25 days ago

        No one knows yet. I heard it was a hamstring injury. Those usually take around a month I think but it can be anything from a week to 3 months.

  5. Ze_Austin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 25 days ago

    Any route to Alli/Guiata in this?

    Pope (4.6) | McGovern (4.0)
    TAA (7.1) | Robbo (7.0) | Soy (4.9) | Lund (4.5) | Williams (4.0)
    Mane (11.9) | KDB (10.1) | Son (9.7) | Madders (7.5) | Pulisic (7.4)
    Vardy (9.4) | Jimenez (7.6) | Greenwood (4.3)

    0.0M ITB, with 1 FT

    1. DandyDon
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 25 days ago

      Downgrade robbo or TAA!

      1. Jullepuu
        • 1 Year
        9 months, 25 days ago

        Yeah and then Maddison to Alli.

        Guaita is easier as you can downgrade Maddison or maybe Jimenez

      2. Whatever100
        • 3 Years
        9 months, 25 days ago

        I was looking at doing this myself to bring in spurs midfielder but then noticed they have Bournemouth then Watford so wait until their blank game week for that particular tx.

    2. Jullepuu
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 25 days ago

      You can get them both in at the same time if you are willing to part ways with KDB or Son (or even Mane)

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

      You don't want Guaita, he's overpriced.

      Looks like it should be Maddison > Alli. And unfortunately the only way to fund it is Robbo.

  6. DS29
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 25 days ago

    Damn it... I sold martial to kdb this week... If I had not done it I would have got rico off the bench... Now I got rico and Kelly with 15 points on the bench

    1. Jullepuu
      • 1 Year
      9 months, 25 days ago

      It was a good transfer still. You can't predict these kind of things.

    2. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      9 months, 25 days ago

      it was the right move, just didn’t come off ... these things happen but are very annoying.

      Nice to get some jam off the bench though, tough luck

  7. Jullepuu
    • 1 Year
    9 months, 25 days ago

    What are the best moves here? 1 free transfer and nothing in the bank.

    Guaita Button
    TAA Robbo Lund Soy Reid
    Sterling Mane KDB Mount Hayden
    Jimenez Vardy Connolly

    If Tammy is fit I'm looking at Sterling + Connolly to Tammy and Alli for a hit and then bench Mount.