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Top 10k FPL managers refuse to ditch Kane and Son double-up for Gameweek 9

The top 10,000 Fantasy Premier League managers have largely kept faith with Tottenham Hotspur despite their recent fixture-swing.

And it looks as if they have already been vindicated in that decision.

65% of these managers held onto the attacking double-up of Harry Kane (£11.0m) and Son Heung-min (£9.5m) for a tricky meeting with Manchester City, each one of them registering an attacking return.

Specifically, 86.7% of this rank bracket took Kane into Gameweek 8, his ownership at that level shrinking only as low as 85.4% for Saturday’s visit of the Citizens to north London.

Counting his yellow card, Kane scored four points thanks to his assist for Giovani Lo Celso‘s (£6.9m) second-half finish, extending his run without a blank to eight matches.

And, despite the difficulty of this match on paper, 26.2% of the top 10k still trusted Kane with the captaincy. Only Bruno Fernandes (£10.7m), backed by 28.3%, convinced more managers in that bracket to captain him than the Spurs man.

That ensured Kane still wields significant power in the top 10k, offering effective ownership at that level of 111.4%, the most of any player.

With Fernandes, Kevin De Bruyne (£11.6m) and Hakim Ziyech (£8.2m) enticing Fantasy managers in midfield, it is unsurprising that Son Heung-min (£9.5m) suffered a higher loss of owners in the top 10k.

The South Korean boasted 87.1% ownership at this level for Gameweek 8, which dropped to 74.1% for Gameweek 9.

However, the majority of his backers kept faith in Son, despite the Manchester City fixture, as he remains the most popular midfielder in the top 10k.

These managers were richly rewarded at the first hurdle, as Son scored 10 points in Gameweek 9, finding the net, keeping a clean sheet and earning two bonus.

Courtesy of Mohamed Salah‘s (£12.3m) enforced absence, Fernandes bursts into the template for Gameweek 9, already selected by 48.9% of the top 10k.

He has already racked up significant sway at this level, considering that he was the most captained by top 10k managers for Gameweek 9. That made for effective ownership of 77.2%, the second-highest of any FPL player.

An 11-point score for Gameweek 9 means Fernandes has already made an impact on the upper echelons of the Fantasy rankings.

With Liverpool defenders falling even further by the wayside this season, it is no shock to see the majority of re-modelling in the top 10k came at the back for Gameweek 9.

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Ben Chilwell (£6.0m) remains the most-popular defender in the top 10k although his ownership at this level swelled considerably from 34.6% to 49.1%.

Romain Saïss (£5.2m) has left the top-five defenders among top 10k managers, replaced as the third-most-popular by Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.6m).

Meanwhile, even Kurt Zouma (£5.4m) has dropped out of the top five, Max Kilman (£4.3m) finally creeping in, sat in 23.9% of top 10k teams.

Sunday’s meeting between Fulham and Everton at Craven Cottage has boosted the Fantasy potential of Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.8m).

His top 10k ownership has increased by 8.4 percentage points over the international break while he arrived in Gameweek 9 as the third-most-popular captain option at this level (12.4%).

The number of managers in the top 10k who are yet to deploy a chip continues to get smaller.

After the Gameweek 9 deadline, just 28.6% of these have kept their entire complement intact, while 45% have now used at least one chip.

As you can see, the Wildcard was the most popular of those for Gameweek, used by 6.9% of the top 10k.

Interestingly, we see the continued commitment to Spurs players even here, with Kane kept by 59% of top 10k Wildcards and 41.7% of such managers retaining Son.

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1,428 Comments Post a Comment
  1. COK3Y5MURF
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    5 days, 10 hours ago

    Wow. So Bruno buyers actually got rewarded for blindly and casually chasing last gameweek's points. Took a soft penalty call and a retake for United to score in this "standout" fixture.

    1. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      5 days, 10 hours ago

      But you know this season is all about penalties. It is the way football has gone now with the handball rule and VAR reviews.

      1. COK3Y5MURF
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        5 days, 10 hours ago

        Handballs can happen in any game, even if United faced Liverpool or City. But Bruno cappers captained him because they thought WBA was a standout fixture and got lucky as usual.

        1. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          5 days, 10 hours ago

          That is the point. They can happen in any game. And they did. In this game. So by picking a penalty taker as a (c) in a standout fixture you get that extra marginal chance that you get the random penalty to save you if nothing is happening from open play.

          1. COK3Y5MURF
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            5 days, 10 hours ago

            No, because they wouldn't have captained him against Liverpool or City though. If they can happen in any game, they're not going to captain him every game for that reason. They still picked WBA because they thought it was a standout fixture which it evidently wasn't.

            1. CAPTAIN MO
                5 days, 7 hours ago

                Bro take your crying elsewhere you sound like such a sour non owner.. count your lucky stars that martial and rashford can’t shoot or else you would be looking at a -34 deficit instead of just -22

          2. Zalk
            • 9 Years
            5 days, 10 hours ago

            Well, it was the most obvious captain choice this week. Because of the fixture, him being the penalty taker and because the majority chose him. You have to overthink that a lot not to do it.

            1. COK3Y5MURF
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              5 days, 10 hours ago

              Clearly not by how the fixture panned out. No other goals.

      2. S.Kuqi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 days, 10 hours ago

        Could have been bigger haul

      3. ZeBestee
        • 6 Years
        5 days, 10 hours ago

        This game is sooo lucky, this time I admit I am one of the lucky ones.

      4. F4L
        • 5 Years
        5 days, 10 hours ago

        honestly, this isn't a standout fixture for United, next week's might be easier from an attacking point of view.

      5. xHaTr
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 days, 10 hours ago

        The salt is real. Ill take the 22 points thanks very much

      6. Destroyer of teams
        • 2 Years
        5 days, 10 hours ago

        I’ve had him all season

      7. Qaiss
        • 4 Years
        5 days, 10 hours ago

        Did you also go Mane captain in the end?

        1. COK3Y5MURF
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          5 days, 10 hours ago

          DCL

      8. Studs Up
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        5 days, 10 hours ago

        And?

      9. sully29
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 days, 10 hours ago

        Bruno will get "jammy" points all season as he plays for a team that will keep drawing the penalties he's very good as scoring as well as being central to anything good they do.

        That penalty isn't something that saves you from a bad Bruno pick. It's a factor in why you pick Bruno in the first place.

      10. Cholito
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 days, 10 hours ago

        Don't try to explain it to the people here and there. It's useless. Bruno xG from open play before this match was 0.81 (now 0.91). It means ~0.1 xG per game. It's a joke, really. He's joke. All his goals (even from open play) - long shots, ricochets, mistakes by defenders etc.

        All this hype about Bruno is just one big joke. People can't understand football, especially in the situation when they're playing fantasy and got some lucky points. They just can't.

        1. Who are all Lukakus
          • 4 Years
          5 days, 9 hours ago

          Lol, go buy Bruno and enjoy the jammy points. Like everyone.
          I used to complain like you do but now I understand why Bruno owners are so cocky haha.
          After all you play FPL for points no matter how it is jammy or deserved.

        2. Slouch87
          • 5 Years
          5 days, 9 hours ago

          Hilarious . Swallow the bitter pill and move on.

    2. diesel001
      • 4 Years
      5 days, 10 hours ago

      Bruno Fernandes!

    3. The Gambler.
      • 11 Years
      5 days, 10 hours ago

      Cheats

    4. ZeBestee
      • 6 Years
      5 days, 10 hours ago

      So are we now keeping Salah, Son and Kane?!

      Have them all.

      1. ZimZalabim
        • 4 Years
        5 days, 10 hours ago

        unfortunately there is no 'we' you will have to make a decision yourself

        1. ZeBestee
          • 6 Years
          5 days, 10 hours ago

          Well everyone makes their own decisions, but we are here to discuss and offer opinions, unless you tell us the reason you are here

    5. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 days, 10 hours ago

      48 with Robbo, Cresswell, DCL and Bamford to play.

      Scared of DCL cappers, Vardy, Rodriguez and Mané!

      1. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 days, 10 hours ago

        Van Aanholt?

        1. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          5 days, 10 hours ago

          Nah. Golden oldie but I don’t see it

      2. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 days, 10 hours ago

        53 with 4 to play.

        1. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          5 days, 10 hours ago

          Well played. Who do you have left?

          1. bitm2007
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            5 days, 10 hours ago

            DCL, Jimenez, Soucek and McCarthy.

      3. STEP rOVERS
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 days, 10 hours ago

        Jota has played with his PS5 for 2 days! I expect him to haul.

        1. Don Kloppeone
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          5 days, 10 hours ago

          Ha! Could def happen

    6. fr3d
      • 3 Years
      5 days, 10 hours ago

      Bruno (C), Kane, Son etc. Decent night for us serious managers

      1. DA Minnion
        • 8 Years
        5 days, 10 hours ago

        Didn't make up for Lamptey Martinez grealish and sterling though.

      2. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 days, 10 hours ago

        I quite enjoyed owning Telles for 1 match, was entertaining.. Those volleys need some work haha

        1. ZimZalabim
          • 4 Years
          5 days, 10 hours ago

          one day he will score a rocket and it will be replayed for years the rest of the time the fans are lucky they aren't facing those shots

    7. ZimZalabim
      • 4 Years
      5 days, 10 hours ago

      Man United are probably one of the best collection of players that combine to make one of the worst teams Ive ever seen.

      The can just about come up with a plan when they have a massive game otherwise they look absolutely clueless and completely disinterested. If u take Bruno out they would struggle to make the top half.

      1. davidfromkent
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        5 days, 10 hours ago

        Totally agree, OGS is and always has been a clueless manager.

      2. ZeBestee
        • 6 Years
        5 days, 10 hours ago

        I think they good thing about United is they do have players who can make damage even against the best, but they do lack clear game plan this season in particular.

        1. baps hunter
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          5 days, 10 hours ago

          Ole needs sign someone like Arteta to help him. Without Arteta, look at ehat has happened to Pep.

          1. ZeBestee
            • 6 Years
            5 days, 10 hours ago

            Ole need to be signed off for starters. 😀

      3. Warby84
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 days, 10 hours ago

        Give some credit to WBrom.. If it wasn’t for Jonno could have been 3 or 4

    8. afs2239
      • 3 Years
      5 days, 10 hours ago

      I didnt get Bruno, because i know he won't score unless united get a pen, and United got a pen
      Nice expectation but im. Below the average because of him

    9. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 days, 10 hours ago

      Bruno (c) and AWB owner. Thank god for VAR.

    10. Coys96
      • 3 Years
      5 days, 10 hours ago

      33 with 3 to play. Another tough week 🙁

      1. StayoutheSpiceZone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 days, 10 hours ago

        Not the end of the world. Apart from Bruno no one tore up any trees. If DCL remains quiet tomorrow you might be ok

      2. bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 days, 10 hours ago

        GW average is 26, 33 like you for top 1k.

      3. Stand By Mee
        • 4 Years
        5 days, 10 hours ago

        32 with 4 to go. Same feeling.

    11. Hansel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 days, 10 hours ago

      A) Son -> KDB, next week Jimi -> Bamford/Antonio
      B) Bissouma, Jimi -> KDB, Delap (-4), switch to 3-5-2

    12. StayoutheSpiceZone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 days, 10 hours ago

      VAR is a shambles

    13. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      5 days, 10 hours ago

      LMS safety score currently 18

      https://www.livefpl.net/LMS

      1. TorresMagic™
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 11 Years
        5 days, 10 hours ago

        LMS avg = 36.58 (-2.18) = 34.4
        PP = 7.28/12.01
        CP = 83.18%

      2. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        5 days, 10 hours ago

        Thank god in surviving even after my horror -8

    14. HM2
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 days, 10 hours ago

      Zaha > Bruno for free?

      Zah has great fixtures but bruno seems essential.

      1. S.Kuqi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 days, 10 hours ago

        Far from essential. Looking to sell him soon

        1. The Senate
          • 2 Years
          5 days, 10 hours ago

          your loss 🙂

        2. CAPTAIN MO
            5 days, 7 hours ago

            You must hate points

      2. Zalk
        • 9 Years
        5 days, 10 hours ago

        You have to be really thick if you, as a goalkeeper, steps off the line twice in that way.

      3. Vazza
          5 days, 10 hours ago

          Who’s a better pick-

          A. Bamford
          B. Watkins

          1. drughi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            5 days, 10 hours ago

            A

          2. StayoutheSpiceZone
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            5 days, 10 hours ago

            Bamford is a weird footballer but will score a few due to Leeds being very attacking

        • Duke Silver ☑
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 days, 10 hours ago

          Coote EO %?

          1. King Mo
            • 7 Years
            5 days, 10 hours ago

            Low because a lot of people already have 3 United.

        • drughi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          5 days, 10 hours ago

          So United will be average all season but Bruno will still get these easy goals I reckon, yuck

          1. ZeBestee
            • 6 Years
            5 days, 10 hours ago

            If you watch this guy Bruno, he is always thinking about either scoring or assisting, it is in his dna and in that sense, he is a rare fpl breed. Utd as a whole are unspectacular.

        • xHaTr
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          5 days, 10 hours ago

          46(-8) from 8. Decent I guess?

          Only coufal, DCL and Bamford to go..

          1. Esalman
            • 11 Years
            5 days, 10 hours ago

            I'm on 40 points from my wildcard team, with Coufal-Jota-Richarlison left.

        • CroatianHammer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          5 days, 10 hours ago

          50% template for me this week, and it probably shows, dropping 60K by full time tonight... If Cresswell, Souček and hopefully Antonio provide the same sort of performance from the 4&3-0 drubbing of Wolves and Leicester, I should see that -60K flipped fairly quickly into something like a +120K.

          Lamptey's red card gives me a headache to be sure, as I really didn't want to be spending my transfer at all for GW10 and not entirely thrilled with my first 3 defenders given the fixtures (Vesty, Dunne, Justin, Cresswell)

        • Teriyaki 69
          • 3 Years
          5 days, 10 hours ago

          Think I'm capping Bruno next week again.

        • ALI_G
          • 3 Years
          5 days, 10 hours ago

          53 from 7 and rank halved from 1m to 500k 🙂

          1. Dont_Win_Friends_With_Salah…
            • 3 Years
            5 days, 10 hours ago

            I am almost identical in points score and rank

        • Destroyer of teams
          • 2 Years
          5 days, 10 hours ago

          45 with Mane DCL Robbo Kilman and Bellerin to play. I’ll take that

          1. diabydoesgallas
            • 6 Years
            5 days, 8 hours ago

            Doesn’t get much better than that this week. Well played.

        • Hazz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          5 days, 10 hours ago

          Bruno non-owners moaning about luck but choosing to ignore the underlying statistics once again. Today:

          4 attempts (2 in box, 1 big chance)
          6 chances created (2 big chances)

          1. Sun Jihai
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            5 days, 10 hours ago

            He had 1.11 xA too
            That's huge for one game
            More than TAA, Mane, Robbo, Son, Chilwell etc. xA all season!

        • Shark Team
          • 3 Years
          5 days, 10 hours ago

          The dilemma is who is most essential Son or KDB?
          -none Is essential I know

          1. ALI_G
            • 3 Years
            5 days, 10 hours ago

            Son by miles

          2. ZeBestee
            • 6 Years
            5 days, 10 hours ago

            Spurs look like they will try to challenge this season, and for that reason Son. Kdb and City as a whole have not been themselves so far this season.

        • F4L
          • 5 Years
          5 days, 10 hours ago

          Newcastle, PSG and now today. How much longer do we think Bruno can hold onto penalty duties?

        • LǝgleSs e|even
          • 4 Years
          5 days, 10 hours ago

          Thanks Bruno!
          No thanks Grealish and Watkins

        • Will J 256
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          5 days, 10 hours ago

          Is Bamford and Antonio too cheap up top in a 3-5-2 with a power midfield?

        • Greenbackbøøg…
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          5 days, 10 hours ago

          Will never understand how some people don't own Fernandes yet

          1. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 3 Years
            5 days, 10 hours ago

            Had him since GW2, mainstay

        • Mufc202020
          • 1 Year
          5 days, 10 hours ago

          What did people think about Telles debut??

          1. Warby84
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            5 days, 10 hours ago

            I thought he looked good, also took corners from the left..