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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. tc93
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Moves for next GW, got 2 FT- time to bring Kane in? Gonna use TC in 19 and ride 18 with 6/7 players

    KDB + Davis --> Kane + Soucek

    Good moves?

    Team:
    Martinez
    Zouma / KWP / Dias
    Salah (c) / Fernandes / Son / Grealish / KDB
    Adams / Bamford

    Bench: Button, Ayling, Michell, Davis.

    1. Albrightondknight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      You know what I say - go for it. And let the rest of them ride the gameweek 18 unicorn right over the rainbow in search of a pot of gold

    2. Albrightondknight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      But you can’t lose KDB he is the leprechaun head honcho. You will never find the gold without him.

    3. Albrightondknight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Seriously just get a Grealish replacement the rest look really good

      1. tc93
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        Cheers- I'm also looking at Grealish + Ayling --> Bissouma + Robbo

        1. Albrightondknight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          TC just ignores the comedy genius and goes straight to FPL got to love it.
          And yes don’t look at that do it.
          #midtolateseasoncomeback 🙂

      2. tc93
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        KDB good for captaincy in gw18

        1. Albrightondknight
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 23 days ago

          That’s the whole point of this just C KDB 18 all the FH will anyway

  2. Live Lad
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Anyone still buying Vardy this week after Rodgers' comments?

    1. Jafalad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Just wondering whether to sell with the dgw in mind.

      1. Pi
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 23 days ago

        What was Rodger's comment?

  3. Albrightondknight
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Cmon dz give us a laugh.
    I am very drunk and might still get laid.
    Well laid out due to alcohol poisoning but it still counts. One final notch 🙂

    1. Albrightondknight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      And there was me thinking the admins had blocked all replies to the weirdo and there is a new article with 2 pages of replies. Might still apply tbf 🙂

    2. Jafalad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Isn't that second sentence an oxymoron?

  4. enrico.palazzo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Is there a thread for WC teams / bGW / DGW strategy

    1. Albrightondknight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Not that I heard of. If there was there would be a moan with a link every second post.

    2. Jafalad
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      DGW 19 tab above ^^

  5. aleksios
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    So Grealish to Son for free a no brainer?
    Have also Kane.

  6. Pi
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Hi Gents, it might be annoying but let me help predict KDB price
    by GW 17, 18 and GW19.

    GW15 (NEW) 11.8 ( -91.2% and dropping tonight)
    GW16 (eve) 11.7

    GW17 (che)?
    GW18 (BHA) BGW?
    GW19 (CRY) DGW?

    GW20 (wba)
    GW21 (SHU)

  7. Ronnies
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 23 days ago

    Any update on Coufal playing today ?

    Tnks.

    1. Bookkeeper
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 23 days ago

      Depends what time he's breastfeeding

  8. Colonial
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 22 days ago

    Wow - I have 14 of the 15 on the wildcard taken from the top 10K , so I hope it is good news. The exception was Cantello