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Mané no-show increases attention on Vardy for captaincy

Fantasy Premier League managers ranked inside the top 10,000 worldwide will be looking to Jamie Vardy (£10.0m) for the Gameweek 16 captaincy after Sadio Mané (£12.3m) failed to show for Liverpool.

The Leicester man remains the favourite captain option among this season’s highest-ranking managers, although his dominance is not quite what we saw in Gameweek 15.

The Leicester man was handed the armband by over 80% of the top 10k ahead of a midweek meeting with Watford but after he secured just five points on Wednesday night, and Mané exploded against Everton, the balance naturally swung away from him.

The top 10k captaincy picks for GW16

That said, Vardy’s majority at this level is still fairly large for Gameweek 16, a gap of 19.8 percentage points between him and Mané, who was backed by 22.5%.

Furthermore, it now looks as if those who backed the Senegal international with the armband will have to rely on Vardy now anyway, considering he was rested and remained on the bench at the Vitality Stadium, where Liverpool won 3-0 without him.

Vardy was vice-captained by 26.3% of the top 10k managers for Gameweek 16, a large portion of these likely to be Mané captainers.

A 5-0 win for Spurs was good news for those bold enough to hand the armband to either Son Heung-min (£9.9m) or Dele Alli (£8.6m).

The data shows us that, inside the top 10k managers, they were seen as the differential options for the armband this week with Son backed by 11.5% and Alli just 5.9%.

They both delivered for their brave backers, the South Korean registering a 12-point haul from a goal and an assist while Alli produced two assists for a total of nine points.

Support for Nick Pope (£4.7m) among the top 10k continues to diminish considering Burnley’s recent drubbings to top-six sides.

He was owned by 38.9% going into Gameweek 15 before conceding four in a defeat to Manchester City.

That led to just 33.8% for Gameweek 16, in which Pope and his team-mates were beaten 5-0 by Spurs.

However, the Clarets do go up against Newcastle at Turf Moor in Gameweek 17 so it will be interesting to see how many stick with Pope, with Vicente Guaita (£5.0m) recently bursting onto the scene.

A combination of defensive injuries at Crystal Palace and an upturn in clean sheets has helped Martin Kelly (£4.2m) climb the pecking order among the defenders.

He helped the Eagles to a third successive shutout on Saturday afternoon, in a 0-0 draw with Watford, earning two bonus points in the process.

Kelly is still a long way off John Lundstram‘s (£5.1m) ownership in the top 10k (90.5%), but a presence in over half of squads at that level is still worth noting, especially considering Palace’s appealing festive schedule.

In midfield, Son experienced a slight dip from 38.2% to 36.1%, punishing anyone who lost faith in him with that 12-point haul.

By comparison, there will be plenty of eyes on James Maddison (£7.7m), whose Gameweek 15 goal against Watford took him from 40.7% top 10k ownership to 50.3% ahead of the trip to Aston Villa.

Meanwhile, the in-form Alli is yet to surface in the top-five most popular assets among the top 10k, highlighting his continued potential as a differential.

The main shift among the forward players saw Tammy Abraham (£7.9m) consolidate his ownership inside the top 10k.

In Gameweek 15, just 40% of them were in possession of the Chelsea man, when he scored 12 points against Aston Villa.

However, that grew to 57.5% after the Gameweek 16 deadline, in time for Abraham to blank in a 3-1 defeat for Chelsea at Goodison Park.

By comparison, Raúl Jiménez (£7.6m) has lost considerable support among the top 10k.

He was owned by 50.7% of them for Gameweek 15 but has seen his ownership at this level plummet to 36.5% now that the Gameweek 16 deadline has passed.

It is believed that a number of his sales since Thursday have been influenced by the form of Marcus Rashford (£8.8m), although the Manchester United forward – who found the net at the Etihad Stadium – remains a potential differential among the top 10k as he is not in the top three for forward ownership.

It also means that, despite a goal in each of his last four Premier League matches, Danny Ings (£6.3m) can also be used as a differential at this level.

Finally, an examination of the chip usage shows that the Bench Boost was the most popular for Gameweek 16.

A total of 1.7% of the top 10k deployed it this weekend and may, therefore, have been somewhat frustrated by the number of rotated and blanking players across the division.

The Wildcard edges closer to complete consumption by the top 10k, as 0.8% of them played it for Gameweek 16.

At this point 78.8% of them have used it, while 21.2% are holding it to best exploit the Christmas period.

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2,657 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Trophé Mourinho
      1 month, 19 days ago

      haha my mate has 16 points lol, with 4 left. Jesus, he was getting close to me as well, now he plumetted 500k places 😀

    • S.Kuqi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Boring boring Joshua

      1. Slouch87 Nirvana Scott Tale…
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        It's just about winning , nothing else.

        1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 19 days ago

          No, It's all about the taking part.
          Anti Liberal post....Ban incoming.!#

      2. drughi
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        just gotta win this fight, boring if must

    • Gentle_Turks
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Anyone know what's up with FPLStats? The numbers have been stuck / haven't changed for two hours.

    • Ohh1454
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      Thoughts on Kdb > Alli ?

      1. drughi
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 19 days ago

        wait one week, kdb got arsenal next

    • JJeyy
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 19 days ago

      KDB to Son yes?

      1. Trophé Mourinho
          1 month, 19 days ago

          idk, i dont think its something you can really ask people, its your gut call

          1. Smurf
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 19 days ago

            You just asked below

            1. Trophé Mourinho
                1 month, 19 days ago

                it was rhetorical kind of :p

        • Trophé Mourinho
            1 month, 19 days ago

            Big decisions for my team coming up.
            Lose the double pool defence? KDB>Son and go cityless?

            1. Phil's Stamps
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              I would lose the Liv defensive double up after Watford. KDB is a hold for now, nice fixtures just over the horizon.

              1. Trophé Mourinho
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  thnaks, similar to my thinking. One pool > Pereira fairly obs as I have no Leicester defence. I like Robbo tho, hard to lose him

            2. Tsparkes10
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 19 days ago

              Thinking of TAA, KDB and Mount out as a -4 this week but all v nice fixtures. Hmmm

              1. g40steve
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Who for?

              2. Niho992
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 19 days ago

                why would you rid of TAA before Watford home ?

              3. Phil's Stamps
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                No way Jose.

            3. Fernando Torres
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 19 days ago

              KDB to Son and go for the spurs triple up in attack?

              1. Trophé Mourinho
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  no way

                • Lord Flashheart
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  No

              2. Alberto Tomba
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Who is the risk to Martin Kelly's spot at Palace?
                looking for a Tomori replacement.

                1. Railwayman
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Ward

              3. Phil's Stamps
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                A) Tomori Jimenez Connolly ---> 3.9 Rashford Abraham (-8)
                B) Step away from the computer

                1. Iceball
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  B

              4. Pep Roulette
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Is this -8 worth it for GW18?

                Out - Robbo, Zaha, Barnes, Jesus
                In - Aurier, Alli, Grealish, Rashford

                This will allow me to do Jiminez to Tammy in GW19!

                Schmeichel
                TAA Robbo Lundy Kelly Rico
                Mane Son Zaha Barnes Dendo
                Vardy Jesus Jiminez

                1. Bam Bam Bigelow
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  like it

                2. MoManeTaa
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  No

                3. Alberto Tomba
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Not for -8 sir.
                  Feels like some sideways movements:
                  Zaha has plum fixtures, Jesus is still deputising from Aguero, Aurier is still regarded as a weak link in Spurs defence, and Grealish is yet to look like he can offer consistent FPL returns, and Robbo has a strong next fixture.

              5. Niho992
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 19 days ago

                Why people bringing Spurs players know before WOL away and Chelsea home ? You're late.

                1. Pep Roulette
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Look at the fixtures after Chelsea

                2. Grievez
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Because Wolves and Chelsea are so watertight lol. Wise up

                  1. Life is a Fantasy
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    This

                3. Make America Greta Again
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Dem points. Have Aurier and Kane. Will get Son or Ali in for Mo gw 18.

                4. iL PiStOlErO
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    Because they will win all.

                  • Brosstan
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    Chelsea defense LOL!

                5. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Tomori Tomori
                  I loves ya Tomori
                  You're always a point away.

                  I swerved that rickety coach.

                6. Nightf0x
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Which ?

                  A) kdb laca ings -4 to tamy rash richar, Gw18 dendo to grealish (no city cover)
                  B) mount laca ings -4 to grealish rash tammy
                  C) laca mount or laca only to puli/richar/martial - tamy/rash, Gw18 taa dendo -4 to cheaper def. & Grealish

                7. MoManeTaa
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  G2G?

                  Gazza
                  Taa Soy Lund
                  KDB Alli Son Mane (c)
                  Vardy Raul Tammy

                  Kelly Baldock Dendonker

                8. UpAndAway
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 19 days ago

                  Burnley has conceded 11 goals in its last 3 games. Can't keep Pope any longer. Henderson the most logical replacement? Or spend the extra for Ryan?

                  1. Burger
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    All the cool kids ditched for Guaita...

                  2. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    Ryan is small for a keeper but I think his brain might be slightly larger.

                  3. iL PiStOlErO
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      Keep him, now they have 3 better games

                  4. Grievez
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    Time to use the 1st wildcard?

                    Pope McGovern
                    TAA Montoya Lundy Soy Aurier
                    KDB Mane Maddy Pulisic Dendonk
                    Vardy Greenwood Auba

                    Have plummeted from 20k to 90 in 2 weeks

                    1. Lord Flashheart
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      Yes

                    2. dunas_dog
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      I think it is

                    3. Balotellitubbies
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      If you wait just one more week it would be easier to navigate the Liverpool blank. Wolves next for Spurs so possible to wait one week jumping on their assets.

                  5. La Roja
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    AJ the champ

                    1. Skull And Gnomes 9 SCOTT TA…
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      Mr Blobby next.
                      Tough call tbh!

                  6. Lord Flashheart
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 19 days ago

                    A Sterling to son
                    B Jesus to Abraham

                    1. iL PiStOlErO
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        A

                      • danlynch13
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        Keep Jesus for arsenal

                        1. Lord Flashheart
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 19 days ago

                          Thanks

                    2. g40steve
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      Not sexy but job done AJ

                    3. Lord Flashheart
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 19 days ago

                      Magnus Carlson number 2in the world...

                      1. Monkey Hanger
                        • 6 Years
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        If he hits the top, fpl will probably get some serious press coverage.

                        1. Trophé Mourinho
                            1 month, 19 days ago

                            what in chess circles lol? It has 7 mil teams, if someone doesnt know about FPL at this point, FPL isnt for them

                            1. Monkey Hanger
                              • 6 Years
                              1 month, 19 days ago

                              Wait and see. An ex Liverpool squad player was at no.1, and the press loved that. This would be bigger.

                        2. Make America Greta Again
                          • 6 Years
                          1 month, 19 days ago

                          He should win, chips intact.

                      2. Joyce1998
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        Team A
                        Pope (button)
                        Taa, soy, Lund (dunk, 5.0)
                        Salah, kdb, son, mount, Cantwell
                        Vardy, Tammy

                        Or

                        Team B
                        Pope (button)
                        Taa, soy, Lund, (dunk, (3.9)
                        Salah, alli, kdb, mount, (Cantwell)
                        Vardy, Tammy, pukki

                      3. YEAH PITCH!
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        Mount > Alli?

                        Have Son.

                        1. Lord Flashheart
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 19 days ago

                          Hard to do before Bournemouth at home, but probably correct

                      4. Railwayman
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 19 days ago

                        Why so many KDB sellers ? Isn't he a "season keeper" putting tons of crosses and so on...

                        1. Trophé Mourinho
                            1 month, 19 days ago

                            thickle

                        2. Optimus.
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 19 days ago

                          Wow, Rob McCracken is actually a real name

                        3. Lord Flashheart
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 19 days ago

                          Is Jiménez (TOT) to Abraham (BOU) for free a yes or a no?

                          I have pulisic already

                          1. Jeremy Corbyn
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 19 days ago

                            I would

                        4. camarozz
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 19 days ago

                          Terrible gw

                          Nxt wk looks good (on paper)

                          Pope

                          TAA/Lund/Soy

                          Mane/Pulisic/Alli/kdb

                          Mousset/Rash/Vardy(c)

                          (Tieleman/Mings/Rico)

                          1ft 0.8itb.

                          Save FT or make a change??

                          1. Jeremy Corbyn
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 19 days ago

                            Wait

                        5. danlynch13
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 19 days ago

                          A) Rashford
                          B) Alli

                          I already own son

                          1. Jeremy Corbyn
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 19 days ago

                            A

                          2. Maneonthemap
                            • 1 Year
                            1 month, 19 days ago

                            I’d want both ideally, probably A for the next two

                        6. Jeremy Corbyn
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 19 days ago

                          Would you do Trent and Jimmy our for Kelly and Kane, for free?

                          1. Jeremy Corbyn
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 19 days ago

                            *out

                          2. Maneonthemap
                            • 1 Year
                            1 month, 19 days ago

                            Nah definitely not

                          3. baps sniffer
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 19 days ago

                            Tbh no. Kane was good, but Burnley did give him the space needed. TAA had his rest now. You have Son already?

                            1. Jeremy Corbyn
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 2 Years
                              1 month, 19 days ago

                              Yes. Trent is on 4 yellows and 1 blank, but might wait the Watford game

                          4. Niho992
                            • 1 Year
                            1 month, 19 days ago

                            Nope

                        7. Maneonthemap
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 19 days ago

                          Worth doing Firmino>Rashford tonight? Was going to wait until Firmino has Watford but will probably be a 0.3 swing by then and Everton at home isn’t exactly a bad fixture for Rash...any advice appreciated!

                          1. Jeremy Corbyn
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 19 days ago

                            Wait