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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.

Data from LIVEFPL.NET.

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2,657 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Niho992
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    In how many GWs are YC going to delete ?

  2. acesingh
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    This was the day last year when after 10 straight green arrows, salah (c) hatrick catapulted me to 3 digit intra-gw rank and then I kept sliding to end up at 100k

    This year I’ve had 11 straight red arrows and fall to over 1mio rank intra-gw. Let’s hope it continues it tradition of reversing last year trend.

  3. Hy liverpool
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Anyone still have his WC? If so when you are going to play it? Gw 18 was the plan but atm leaning towards gw20

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      18. I'm going to lose TAA and keep just Mane on the bench. Save a FT in 19 and then bring him back in 20.

    2. DMP
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Absolutely no idea.

      Team looks perfectly balanced. Can survive GW18 without using it.

      1. Hy liverpool
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        The best part is you can punt on anyone and plan for a very short term fixtures

  4. Double Treble
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Will Rashford rise in few hours?

    Ings to Rashford -4?

  5. When a Mané loves a …
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Jimenez owner here... Baffled as to why he is losing owners at such a rate, am I missing something?

    1. Hy liverpool
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Rashford form and abraham back ... Jimmy is still a good pick imo.

    2. Here Comes The Son ★
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I really can't decide what to do with him. Not keen on Wolves' fixtures but at the same time he could easily notch against Spurs.

    3. Ole Trafford
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Strikers this season is all about VAR. I’m talking about Vardy, Abraham, Rashford.

  6. Vlad Tepes
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    I have kept my patience with Sterling for to long. Have to get rid of him but I do not want to get Mane/Salah in before their blank in GW 18.

    Looking to get Alli in for GW17 so who should I replace?

    1. Sterling
    2. KDB
    3. Zaha

    Or should I wait one week and keep my patience with City, Arsenal is conceding alot and Sterling -> Alli may backfire....

  7. Louis Van Gaalstones
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    I'm super tempted by Rashford, but aren't we ignoring the fact that united just don't do well against teams that don't attack them? Those green fixtures are possibly a sign to stay away

    1. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      My thoughts as well.
      Bit like Leicester red & purple mean nothing to Vardy.

    2. Arfaish
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I think he’s a massive confidence player and his confidence looks up, good option for me

    3. baps sniffer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Thinking the same. If the bus is parked and there is no space where to run, what happens and who scores...

      1. Vlad Tepes
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        scored 12pts against Sheffield U?

        1. Vlad Tepes
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          goal and an assist

          1. Louis Van Gaalstones
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            They were pretty attacking from what I saw

  8. zdrojo187
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    2 gw ago I've swapped Aguero & Martial to Rashford & Son and I just jumped from 180.000k to 28.000k
    🙂
    Vardy,Lundstram,Soy and Cantwell to play...

    1. baps sniffer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Congrats. Wasn't certain that I definitely need Rashord now because of the fixtures, so transferred instead Alli in.

  9. Openboxman
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Last weeks transfers.

      Son > Ali
      Connoly > Abraham
      Martial > Grealish
      Disaster.

      Have a already rage transferred our Kdb and jimmy for Zaha and Rashford?

      Yes.

      Fpl will be the death of me.

    • baps sniffer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Hendo, 4.0

      TAA, Robbo, Lund, Soy, Tomori*
      Mane, Son, Alli, Pulisic, Dendonks
      Vardy, Tammy, Ings

      1 ft 0.0 itb

      How is everyone planning to deal gw18? I would like to get Rashford in gor Ings, but it seems like a luxury move now and has to wait at least one week. Everton looks also difficult now. Pulisic, (Mane) or Robbo out to finance it later? Tomori to Kelly this week if no injuries? Or does anyone see a better plan? Thx in advance.

    • Ole Trafford
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Thoughts on Jesus and Mount to Abraham and Martial? Have no spurs attack.

      1. Vlad Tepes
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Would stay away from Martial, way to injury prone

      2. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Martial very annoying to own.

      3. Arfaish
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Very sideways

      4. Ole Trafford
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Thanks seemed a bit sideways alright. I can get in Kane but would need to downgrade Mount or Maddison. I have 2ft.

      5. baps sniffer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Get Son imo

    • g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      What’s the better combo?

      KDB & Mousett

      Grealish & Rashford

      1. Arfaish
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        First one

      2. Vlad Tepes
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Grealish and Rashford

      3. JamieNumber4
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 12 days ago

        A likely to be better long term

        I’m wildcarding in GW19 and would much prefer B upto that point though

      4. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        50/50 🙂

    • KICKandRUSH
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Maddison to Alli when you already got Son and Vardy?

      1. Here Comes The Son ★
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Defo not this week man. Norwich at home is too nice of a fixture.

    • Arfaish
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Should I do Robertson (got TAA), Pulisic > Chilwell, Alli -4 or save FT?

      Would have to do it tonight as I have exactly money before Alli goes up.

      1. Vlad Tepes
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        wait, they may get injured tomorrow or during CL, just make the transfer later otherwise with a cheaper defender.

        1. Arfaish
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Yeah voice of reason, good point on the CL, forgot about that this week

    • The_FF_King
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      RMWCT

      Pope / 4.0
      TAA / Chilwell / Lund / Aurier / 3.9
      Mane / Alli / De Bruyne / Cantwell / Hayden
      Rashford / Vardy / Abraham

      1. baps sniffer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        KdB to Son, Dendo over Hayden imo, and upgrade 3.9?

    • moffnseath
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Sterling + pukki + jim to dele+ tammy+rash for - 4

      Or sterling+pukki/jim to Son+tammy/rash for free??

      1. rjcv177
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Go hit 😉

    • slavkob
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Disastrous week, fallen from 100k to 800k all thanks to my idiotic transfers and thinkinh that Abraham would be out for a while. It has cost me 50+ points, although I've got 6 players to go for this gw I seriously think about quitting..

      1. villa_til_i_die
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Woah!, that’s harsh. 700k places. Keep focused, it’s just one week!

      2. JamieNumber4
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Abraham missed a Gw, got a goal and an assist, before blanking again?! How did it cost you 50 points? I got rid of him and feel vindicated

        1. slavkob
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          That led me to other transfers, Sterling, Mane, Salah, Son i could have got all of them in the right time

          1. JamieNumber4
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 12 days ago

            I see- unlucky mate

    • IRBOX ⚽
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Vardy and Abraham to Rashford and Kane in GW18 is on the agenda

      1. Vlad Tepes
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I would stay away from Kane if I was you, way more value in Son/Alli

        1. IRBOX ⚽
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Already have Alli. Would take Kane over Son for busy Christmas schedule I think

      2. JamieNumber4
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Like it - got Kane myself and Alli and Son’s form coupled with the fact that most have one of Aurier or Gazza are making him quite the differential

      3. villa_til_i_die
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Wouldn’t do that!

    • martyhan
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Greenwood, tomori and KDB to rashford , Kelly and Ali for -4

      Have Son.

      Worth doing? Need to do it tonight if so.

      1. Arfaish
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I like it

    • JonSnow
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Rashford in form but it will be interesting to see how he goes when teams sit back unlike spurs and city. Still unsure on Utd's ability to break a team down.

      1. JamieNumber4
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Very valid point

      2. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Teams that attack he does well against, more just sit back & defend.

      3. Fit_to_drop
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Don’t forget though, with every win this Utd Team is gaining in confidence so I think they are going to figure out how to beat these lower teams. Though I take the point they lack midfield guile

      4. as33
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Pope
        Taa, Lundstram, Aurier(Kelly)
        Mane, Sterling, KDB, Zaha
        Vardy, Jimmi, Ings
        Sterling>Alli and Jimmi>Kane or Rashi??

      5. Whats the Mata?
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Get in Rashford for Kane now or wait for tomorrow and midweek fixtures?

        1. JamieNumber4
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Wait of course if you can afford to

      6. Grievez
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        What's the ultimate wildcard team looking like?

        I have 104.2 to spend 🙂

        1. Hot Toddy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 12 days ago

          SV is 104.2?

        2. IRBOX ⚽
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Guaita
          Lundstram Soyuncu Dunk
          Mane KDB Son Alli
          Vardy Rashford Tammy/Kane

      7. The_FF_King
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        What goal keeper to bring in for wildcard? Under 5.0 million

      8. Marc Jobling
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        2 FTs, 0.3m ITB

        What would you do with this?

        Mane, Sterling, Alli, Mount
        Vardy, Abraham, Jimenez

        1. rjcv177
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Sterling to son?

      9. slavkob
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Team for next gw:

        Ryan
        TAA, Soyuncu, Lundstram
        Mane, Maddison, Zaha, Mount
        Vardy, Rashford, Abraham

        Bench: Button, Alli, Willems, Ried

        Thoughts?

      10. rjcv177
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        A) zaha to martial (FT)
        B) kane+zaha to rashford+son (-4)
        C) keep kane, ignore rash+son

      11. Jullepuu
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Is there a point in keeping faith in double Pool defence?

          1. rjcv177
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            How many CSs in 16games?

            1. Jullepuu
                1 month, 12 days ago

                3 I believe. How many in the next 16?

          2. Link
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            What to do with Kane?

            Plan was to ditch for Rashford next week and whilst Rash still looks good, Kane feels like he could be a flat track bully and more advanced vs the lesser teams. So, keep or sell?

            1. rjcv177
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Same problem here...but to be honest good place to be (big money to spend and %own not killer rank)

              1. Link
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Was looking at Kane > Rash next week, followed by Zaha > Alli for their nice run over Xmas... Will check out stats later as only saw long range Kane goal, not sure if he was more advanced today?

                I watched the United Spurs game and he was awful

            2. JamieNumber4
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Hard to get rid after that today. I think I plan to keep for the time being - could be the start of something

          3. Nightf0x
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Which?

            A) kdb laca ings -4 to tamy rash richar, Gw18 dendonker 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 dendonker -4 to cheaper def. & Grealish