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Huge backing for Salah captaincy as Wildcard template for DGW19 forms

Mohamed Salah (£12.6m) was handed the armband by huge swathes of the top 10,000 Fantasy Premier League managers in Gameweek 15.

The Egyptian has accrued the largest captaincy backing in a single round at this level so far in 2020/21.

A whopping 82.8% of the top 10k chose Salah as their skipper ahead of an appealing home meeting with West Bromwich Albion.

The Baggies have conceded 29 goals in 14 league matches this season, an average of 2.1 per game, while Salah has blanked just once at Anfield in 2020/21.

As a result, it is no surprise to see so many high-level managers captaining him for Gameweek 15. 

Kevin De Bruyne (£11.8m) was the second-most popular captain among the top 10k but still only managed the support of 5.2% for his home meeting with Newcastle.

That makes for a majority of 77.5 percentage points between Salah and De Bruyne.

And those who handed the armband to the Belgian had no joy on Saturday, with the City playmaker taking only appearance and clean sheet points away from the 2-0 win over Newcastle United.

Meanwhile, we can expect the top 10k to deploy a flurry of Wildcards in Gameweek 16 considering the chip usage for the latest round.

As you can see from the bar chart above, only 1.9% of these managers assembled a new squad for Gameweek 15 – a fact perhaps influenced in some part by the proximity to Christmas Day and a desire to leave Blank Gameweek 18/Double Gameweek 19 planning to the last possible moment.

That takes the total usage for the Wildcard to 81.6% among the top 10k with just one deadline left before the first one expires.

That means almost one in five of the top 10k have less than two days left to use the first Wildcard.

As is to be expected with some of the early frontrunners at this stage of the season, a fair chunk have already eaten into their chip allowance.

Almost one in three of this leading bunch have used two or more of their chips, with 2.9% now only having a second Wildcard in their locker.

But what of the 191 managers who played their first Wildcard ahead of the Gameweek 15 deadline?

As the graphic above illustrates, many of them have Double Gameweek 19 – and a possible Bench Boost – on their minds.

Ten of the 15-man template above have two fixtures in Gameweek 19, while Son Heung-min (£9.7m) and Harry Kane (£11.0m) have very favourable matches in the shorter term.

Almost two-thirds of the Wildcarders kept hold of Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£8.0m), interestingly, although what many may have deemed a favourable match-up against Sheffield United on Boxing Day may have been his last hurrah and the blank at Bramall Lane may hasten his departure from some of these teams.

De Bruyne and Chelsea defenders are the big losers in the above squad.

As for the most-owned players in the top 10k overall, there were two changes to the ‘template’ squad above from Gameweek 14.

Ben Chilwell (£6.1m) and Reece James (£5.1m), who were both flagged with injuries before blanking at the Emirates, have been replaced by Stuart Dallas (£4.7m) and Andrew Robertson (£7.3m).

Chilwell and James’ ownerships both dropped by more than half among the top 10k ahead of Gameweek 15.

Statistics taken from LiveFPL.net

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1,489 Comments Post a Comment
  1. SuperG
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    To KDB or not to KDB, that is the question.

    1. Bobby Digital
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Not

    2. George Agdgdgwngo
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Keep

      1. SuperG
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Why do you say keep? Don’t get me wrong, I want to. I owned him all last season. But he’s burning a big fat hole in my budget and is delivering sweet FA.

        My decision this week is this: KDB —> Son or Grealish and Zaha —-> Son and Saka (or similar) -4

        Thoughts?

    3. BIG TONES
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Dumping for Son, assuming he comes through tomorrow's fixture unscathed. Can use the extra funds to upgrade my forward line with another DGW player

    4. n-doggg
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Ditch if on WC

  2. dshv
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    WC team

    Mccarthy nyland
    Taa dias coufal taylor douglas
    Son Salah Bruno Soucek Rafinha
    vardy bamford davis

    3.5 itb

    Any ideas

    kane or vardy ??

  3. TorresMagic™
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Last Man Standing Update (1678 teams)

    Current safety score = 20
    Top score = 62
    LMS average = 32.28 (-1.02) = 31.26
    Players played = 6.08/12.0
    Captains played = 7.28%

    4 games + autosubs to go.

    https://www.livefpl.net/LMS

    1. WE GO FOR IT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Just over the safety score after Bruno's BAPs get added, with 3 played. Hopefully TAA and Raphinga/Soucek get something to help me.

  4. Fantasydreamer
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    When we likely to know if Man U v burnley going to be scheduled before the double?

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Before the deadline if it's meant to happen.

      1. Fantasydreamer
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Thanks for the heads up - this weeks deadline I presume? Will help me decide whether to stick or sell for grealish...

  5. HARLEY
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Dallas or Coufal?

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Coufal

  6. vincentwsho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Will Watkins drop today? Seems not?

    Was planning to ship him out, but I guess can wait till tomorrow when the other games have been played?

    1. Tree House
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Doubt it

  7. Atimis
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    So it’s time to talk about DCL replacement, thinking about the ones below:

    1. Adams
    2. Rodrigo
    3. Barnes/Wood
    4. Martial
    5. Firmino

    Thoughts ?

    1. BIG TONES
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      What's your budget? I'm thinking of upgrading to Vardy

      1. Atimis
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Have Vardy and Bamford, budget depends on the pick, have 1.2ITB and yet could downgrade Grealish

        1. BIG TONES
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Wood will probably get a couple of 6 point returns over the upcoming fixture run. Relatively conservative option.

          Martial is potentially very explosive, would go for him.

          Hold Grealish.

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Tony I suppose. Although I really don't like any of them much haha.

      1. Atimis
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        That’s the problem, I’m also not sure about wasting -4 to just switch to 352

      2. sully29
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Martial has Cavani lurking for gametime, mind.

    3. Scholes Out Forever
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Same dilemma here. Was initially looking to get Martial closer to DGW19. Question is what will you do with the extra money if you go to Adam’s or Rodrigo

      1. Atimis
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        I’d rather start with choosing the best pick from these and just adjust the next moves

    4. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Bobby

    5. Atimis
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Cavani would be great but I’m not sure about his role in the team

    6. kingsingh88
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Martial standout if Cavani gets a 3 match or longer ban. Otherwise, he will share minutes with Cavani. I'm actually considering Wood for the next few - just a gut feeling/differential

  8. Right In The Stanchion
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 16 days ago

    What about Calvert Lewin to Cavani?

    Great fixtures, DGW and great link up with Bruno too.

    It’s obvious he should be starting for United now. Martial is awful.

    1. BENOIT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Nahhhhh

    2. Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Will he actually nail down that spot tho ?

    3. JBG
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Won't be starting, imo.

    4. Atimis
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Nailed Cavani would be gold

    5. BIG TONES
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Not nailed, so you're taking an obvious risk there.

  9. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Boring game incoming tomorrow. Wont even get a green arrow for Salah haul with ownership

    1. Salarrivederci
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      I will see a big red though 😉

    2. BIG TONES
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Better than being a KDB capper though.

  10. rozzo
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Mccarthy Steer
    Dias Cresswell Taylor Dallas Mitchell
    Salah Fernandes Son Grealish Anguissa
    Kane DCL Bamford

    2ft
    0tb

    Grealish and Cresswell to Raphina and Robertson sound OK?

    1. Ibralicious
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      DCL Creswell to Adams Robertson possible?

      1. rozzo
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        DCL has to be season keeper with value tied up in him

    2. BERGKOP
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      No

  11. Scholes Out Forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Martial shouldn’t rise this GW right?

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Pahhahhahha

    2. kingsingh88
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      More likely to drop

  12. jimmy.floyd
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    A KDB to Mane
    B KDB Wilson to Zaha Kane (-4)

    Have Son and Salah. Going without FH in GW18

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Why not Maddison & Kane?

      1. jimmy.floyd
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Maddison has blank gw18

  13. andres
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    what would you do with this team?
    (Fh18, bb19)

    McCarthy
    Coufal Dier Cancelo (Targett, Mitchel)
    Son KDB Bruno Salah (Soucek)
    DCL Bamford Adams
    1FT, 0.1

    Kdb & DCL out?

    1. jimmy.floyd
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Yes

      1. andres
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        how would you get?

        willl scout raphinha tomorrow, mads could be another option or stretch to Rash... that means going cheap on the forward though as I want to get robbo also

  14. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Thoughts on this WC team? FH18 BB19

    McCarthy Johnstone
    Coufal Dallas Taylor Balbuena Lowton
    Salah Bruno Son Raphinha Soucek
    Vardy Firmino Bamford

    Son to Rashford for free in DGW19

    1. TorresMagic™
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Pretty template outside Firmino & Vardy making the defence super cheap.

    2. umerlfc
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Won't go for double Burnley defense tbh
      Looks great otherwise

    3. WE GO FOR IT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Needs Chelsea &/or Chelsea defensive cover imo.

  15. cylus11 ( Manager) - Russia…
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Any idea when will Kyle Walker be back. Will he be fit to play for Gw 18 - 12th Jan .Then I keep him on bench.
    Thoughts on the same

  16. The Frenchie
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Maddison in Grealish out?

    1. jimmy.floyd
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Nah

    2. BIG TONES
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Hold Grealish. He teed up three of four big chances today. Only really poor finishing stopped him getting points

  17. Polka Wakey O'Dot
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Crikey, that’s a lot of Salah (c).....where’s my sofa.

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      You didn't (c) Salah? Who did you go for?

      1. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        He went with Bruno

        @Camzy, I did predict KDB would be the one to leave. you selling?

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Probably yeah.

          I'm eyeing KdB, DCL, Mitchell > TAA, Raphinha, Vardy -4

          1. _Ninja_
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Looks good

      2. Polka Wakey O'Dot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        I went with Bruno. The big fat bus that’s going to be parked tomorrow put me off Salah. I just fancied Lei and Utd would be a game where both came out to play.

    2. Dannyb
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Same mate, deffo not watching the game.

      1. Polka Wakey O'Dot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        It’ll go one of two ways, a thumping or a big fat disappointment, Those games are rarely the drubbing we predict. The SHU results against the bigger teams this season is testament to that. Only the CHE game went to plan.

  18. joey
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Watched a bit of the Man City game and although they look poor I don't want to be without Cancelo much longer. I know single gameweek and Everton and Chelsea to come (although Everton have lost some of their mojo recently). Who would you lose, baring in mind next few weeks, FH in 18 and BB in 19.
    A) Robbo
    B) Dier
    C) Dallas
    D) Coufal
    E) Targett

    Only got Dallas recently for decent fixtures, good double and some attacking threat but not against losing him again. Targett looking most likely although Villa look excellent, 3 tough fixtures coming up and no double, will probably get him back later for when they do have their doubles

    1. Jam0sh
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Probably B

    2. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      C

    3. kingsingh88
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      I'm with you on E.

  19. GreennRed
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Saka, 5.1m looks a decent GW18 punt, home to Palace

  20. tbhogal
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    KDB out he’s been rubbish !

  21. Ibralicious
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 16 days ago

    Chances of Coufal not playing tomorow? Bednerek’s 9 points grinning at me from the bench :/

    1. joey
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      Only 6 from Targett for me but fingers crossed he gets some paternity leave!

      1. Ibralicious
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        I’ll be writing to Moyes about it that’s for sure

    2. marcos11
        3 months, 16 days ago

        Wondering this also, have Targett with 6 waiting on the bench

    3. dshv
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 16 days ago

      WC team

      Mccarthy nyland
      Taa dias coufal taylor douglas
      Son Salah Bruno Soucek Rafinha
      vardy bamford davis

      3.5 itb

      Any ideas

      Am i should have 15 playing players...

      1. BeWater
          3 months, 16 days ago

          What is your strategy for 18 and 19?

        • Ëð
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          Very similar to mine below. I think I'd rather have Robertson over TAA though

      2. Gabbiadini
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 16 days ago

        1.8 ITB, I have Grealish at 7.7.
        Would you do a transfer to Rashford, double up alongside Bruno?

        United easily have better fixtures from here to GW25.

        1. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          He is a good option and gets plenty of chances but wastes them.

          1. Gabbiadini
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            6 goals and 4 assists in 14 games...
            That argument only supports him as having even greater scoring potential.

        2. sully29
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 16 days ago

          If it suits your plans, sure.

          1. Gabbiadini
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            I am just going with my best side.
            I will use BB chip later in the season in tandem with a second wildcard.

        3. gogs67
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Grealish in gameweeks 19-24 will haul.

            1. Gabbiadini
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 16 days ago

              He could definitely.
              United's fixtures through that stretch are sensational.

              1. gogs67
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  I'm a form over fixtures guy, if you play it the other way then Rashford's your man!

          • Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 16 days ago

            Best option for the last two FW spots?

            A. Kane and rodrigo
            B. Vardy and Wood
            C. Other combination budget 16.8

            Latest WC16 Draft:
            Martinez Johnstone
            Taylor Balbuena Robbo Coufal Cancelo
            Son Bruno Salah Raphina Soucek
            Bamford XXXXX XXXXX

            1. BeWater
                3 months, 16 days ago

                Quite like A.

                1. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  I'm not overly convinced with Rodrigo. He is only in the team to allow enough funds for Kane

                  1. BeWater
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      I'm looking at different drafts right now. I think I would prefer Coufal and Rodrigo over Dallas and Adams in my own team.

                      1. Tonyawesome69 WC31 & FH…
                        • 2 Years
                        3 months, 16 days ago

                        I'm not keen on Leeds defence. Adams is not a great option with ings out injured. It would've been good to see Walcott play up front with Adams today

                2. Jam0sh
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  Maybe A

              • marcos11
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  Best mid for 5.4? Leaning with Raphinha but could Soucek or someone else be an option?

                  1. JJeyy
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Raph

                  2. Ëð
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Raph best option in that price range

                  3. GoonSquad
                    • 10 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Soucek has a pretty ripe DGW

                • Taegugk Warrior
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  KDB to Fernandez....?

                  1. sully29
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Yes.

                  2. JJeyy
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Don’t rate Newcastle

                  3. Ëð
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Yep

                • Silecro
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  How far is Antonio from playing? I dont really like Adams, Wood or Rodrigo as an option for DGW

                  1. Ëð
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    I'd go with Adams for now, got a few weeks to see if Antonio can muster up some fitness

                • Niho992
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 16 days ago

                  anyone going without Liverpool and Chelsea defenders on WC ?

                  1. Ëð
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    Going without one is fine, but both is a bit too far

                    1. Niho992
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      Mine TV is crap tbf and i can afford Son, Salah, Bruno and Kane only without them.

                  2. BeWater
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      No. I've got TAA and James at the moment.

                  3. Ëð
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 16 days ago

                    RMWCT, will FH in 18 and BB in 19. £0.1m ITB

                    McCarthy, Johnstone
                    Robertson, James, Justin, Dallas, Balbuena
                    Salah, Bruno, Son, Raphinha, Soucek
                    Kane, Bamford, Adams

                    Kane might become Vardy for 19

                    1. JJeyy
                      • 5 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      Kane to Vardy now, Palace are woeful. 4xga against 10 men

                    2. BeWater
                        3 months, 16 days ago

                        That's almost exactly what I'm thinking of doing. Except I'll have Martinez instead of McCarthy, TAA instead of Robbo and Taylor instead of Justin. I'm also thinking of using one FT in 19 to go Kane to Vardy.

                      • Camzy
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        3 months, 16 days ago

                        Looks pretty standard. I like it.

                      • Niho992
                        • 2 Years
                        3 months, 16 days ago

                        Just checked. I'm 3.2 short for having team like you. LOL

                    3. luk46
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 16 days ago

                      KDB + DCL > Son + Vardy seems a no brainer right now, right? preparing for dgw as well with Jamie

                      1. ballsy_b
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        3 months, 16 days ago

                        Go for it.

                      2. Tree House
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        3 months, 16 days ago

                        Looks wicked