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Captain free-for-all set to re-shape top 10k FPL managers as Wildcards remain intact

Fantasy Premier League managers are set for an intriguing captaincy battle in Gameweek 17, especially those currently ranked inside the top 10,000.

At that level of the game, four different players have soaked up at least 20% support for the armband, which could lead to a weekend of significant green and red arrows.

Spurs’ meeting with Leeds is the most popular match of the weekend with the top 10k but there was also interest in Manchester United and Liverpool’s Gameweek 17 fixtures.

As you can see, Son Heung-min (£9.7m) proved to be the most fashionable Gameweek 17 captain among the top 10k in the end.

Despite attracting votes from only 19.1% of votes in the latest Fantasy Football Scout captain poll, 26.8% of 2020/21’s highest-performing managers handed him the armband for an appealing clash with Leeds.

The Whites’ last four matches have featured an average of 5.3 goals, a statistic that has evidently also influenced the 23.3% who captained Harry Kane (£11.0m).

That was marginally more than the 20.4% of Fantasy Football Scout readers who voted for the Spurs striker in our captain poll.

However, it is of particular note that the relatively routine winner of that ballot Bruno Fernandes (£11.2m) had to make do with a bronze medal in terms of support among the top 10k.

Just 21.9% of them chose the Manchester United man as their Gameweek 17 captain for a solid 10-point haul against Aston Villa

Nevertheless, Fernandes is still the most powerful asset among the top 10k for Gameweek 17, offering an effective ownership of 114.3% among the top 10k.

Mohamed Salah (£12.6m) is not far behind the Manchester United man in that regard.

He may be only the fourth-most captained among the top 10k for this round but his effective ownership of 111.0% is still ominous for any not in possession of the Egyptian.

Son is the more dangerous Spurs asset for non-owners, considering he is the third and final asset with more than 100% effective ownership in the top 10k.

However, those worried about not having Kane for Gameweek 17 might be relatively (the keyword here) relieved to see his effective ownership standing only at 70.5%, lower than Patrick Bamford‘s (£6.6m).

A small portion of top 10k managers have pulled the trigger on the second Wildcard at the first time of asking.

After 9.3% of them used up their first Wildcard last time out, it 

perhaps suggests considerably fewer of the top-level managers have decided to get a new team in preparation for Double Gameweek 19.

We saw just 0.7% usage for Wildcards in the top 10k for Gameweek 14, 1.9% in Gameweek 15, 9.3% in Gameweek 16 and now 1.8% for Gameweek 17.

That adds up to just 13.7% top 10k managers preparing for Double Gameweek 19 with a Wildcard.

So, for all the talk of this tactic in the community, often combined with the view to Free Hit in Blank Gameweek 18, it means 86.3% of these managers were happy to approach the upcoming ‘chip season’ using only their free transfers.

Of course, some of these managers might use the Wildcard in Double Gameweek 19 (doing so in Blank Gameweek 18 seems unlikely) but that would, of course, prevent them from deploying a Bench Boost or Triple Captain.

That said, the most recent Wildcard template is still an important frame of reference for all Fantasy managers.

Fernandes (95%), Bamford (86.7%) and Salah (81.7%) are the must-haves, it would seem; unsurprising considering their Double Gameweek 19 fixtures.

However, 67.2% of this week’s top 10k Wildcarders are still interested in Son despite just one match in that round.

With 41.7% of these managers securing the services of Kane, it is clear that the argument of not overlooking single Gameweek players in a Double Gameweek is one shared by some at this level. After all, Spurs travel to face Sheffield United that week, the Premier League’s worst side this season.

And, of course, it shows plans to avoid Double Gameweek blinkers in the build-up to one either. Son and Kane face an obliging Leeds defence this weekend and boast a fixture in Blank Gameweek 18.

Meanwhile, Stuart Dallas (£4.8m) and Tomas Soucek (£5.2m) are the key budget enablers for those preparing for Double Gameweek 19, featuring in 55.6% and 43.9% of top 10k Wildcard squads in Gameweek 17.

The relatively differential options include Vladimir Coufal (£4.7m), Ezgjan Alioski (£4.5m) and Marcus Rashford (£9.5m), all included in between 20% and 26% of top 10k Wildcard squads.

There is some interesting disparity between the latest Wildcard template and the matrix of most popular players in the rest of the top 10k.

Andrew Robertson (£7.4m) appears in 31.7% of their squads but was not among the top-five most-fashionable defenders by those who Wildcarded for Gameweek 17.

Meanwhile, there is a gap of 13.2 percentage points between Son’s ownership among the top 10k as a whole and those who acquired his services on Wildcards at this level.

And it seems as if Jack Grealish (£7.7m) owners are at something of a crossroads. The most recent batch of Wildcarders are not too fussed with the Villa man (which was also the case for Gameweek 16) but he remains in 42.6% of squads at this level.

However, his stock has fallen significantly. In Gameweek 15, 68.5% of the top 10k owned Grealish. That number has fallen by 25.9 percentage points in just two Gameweeks.

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2,259 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    How many baps for Jack?

    1. brianutd-why always we? 20
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      3

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Confirmed?

    2. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      2 probably

    3. brianutd-why always we? 20
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      2 sorry

      1. Sloane426
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Ban

    4. antis0cial
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      2

  2. brianutd-why always we? 20
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Utd top

    1. Jag-z
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Second.. With other top teams left to play

      1. brianutd-why always we? 20
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Lol

  3. Steve McCroskey
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    LET THE GAMES BEGIN

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      ?

  4. Fudgy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 17 days ago

    I'd do anything to go back and captain Bruno over son

    1. Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Why?

      1. Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Huge Bruno haul and Son likely blanking

        1. Bubz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          😆

        2. Whazza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          1 return is huge now ?

        3. I Member
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          10 is huge?

      2. Flynny
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        As a kane captainer and bruno there is genuine hope for tomorrow

        And even if kane blanks its only an 8 point swing.

        1. Pukki Party
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          16

          1. ALI_G
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            no it's 8

            check your workings again and we'll test you

    2. ALI_G
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      what has changed between now and 4pm that tells you Son will blank?

    3. JIMMY764
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      I wish there was a mute function on here.

      1. Saves the day
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Ah that would be so extremely satisfying.

  5. Gudjohnsen
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Will Salah get a soft pen on monday?

    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      No

  6. ALI_G
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    Fernandes (34)
    Grealish (33)
    Wan-Bissaka (31)

  7. sentz05
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 17 days ago

    I have 5 players next week plus Lamptey and 1 FT. Should I play my free hit? Surely it’s better to keep it for a DGW?

    1. sentz05
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Sorry 4 not 5

    2. Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Play it if you have 5 mate easy choice for you

    3. brianutd-why always we? 20
      • 9 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Play it if you have only 4 otherwise you will crash

  8. The buck starts with me
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Does price changes affect my players this week even if I play fee hit? Should I sell Debruyne tonight for example before he drops ?

      1. Pukki Party
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Yes

      2. Avery
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Does he have Covid? - KDB? Is that why he is dropping fast?

      3. Big Ping
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Pretty sure your team goes to what is was before any transfers if you play free hit

    • Pukkipartyy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Grealish still top fpl pick!

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Yes

      2. drughi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        will bring him back in gw 20-21

    • HippY
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      16 from 2 and a fat red arrow, don't like how this is going already

      1. antis0cial
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        I have more than that on bench...

      2. Willmissudimitrypayet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        red arrow? you must be high up the rankings?

    • DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      6.9 K or . Getting a nose bleed.

      1. Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Nice

      2. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Very nice mate. I’m back to 200k. Horrible season

        1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Plenty of time for us to go opposite ways.

          1. RAFA THE GAFFA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Hopefully we both go further up matey? Best of luck

      3. Twisted Saltergater
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        awesome... keep doing whatever you're doing

        1. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Cheers Salt

      4. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Flying 😎

      5. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Well played mate!

    • RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      50k rank drop from that Bruno goal? Can’t even celebrate my own players scoring now

      1. JIMMY764
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Wow. Crazy that

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Was quite surprised tbh, went from 160k to 210k as an owner?

          1. JIMMY764
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Mad. I’m on 21pts own Bruno non capper, dropped 2k to 19k. Didn’t see how much his goal specifically affected it.

      2. Whazza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        No point in checking rank after two games

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          There isn’t I agree just found it strange I had a check at 1-1 and was 160k and then after the goal and BAPS and 210k.

      3. WE GO FOR IT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Same here. The premiums are so heavily owned. If you don't captain them, you will lose ranks. Just have to hope your captain outsocres the other premiums.

        1. RAFA THE GAFFA
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Yes, annoying as I was in Bruno(c) but moved to Son(c) by selling KDB. Has mistake written all over it haha

          1. UNDERWORLD7
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Until Son’s hatty

          2. WE GO FOR IT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            I did the same move but captained Kane as his ownership was lower. So, I thought there's more upside if he hauls.

            If Bruno was captained, Son goal would've pushed you down as well. We just can't win.

            1. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Haha yeah. Just got to hope for a Son hatrick then yeah? 🙂

    • Bubz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Decent start to the GW as a Bruno(c) and Grealish owner. Just need some jam with Cancelo/Lowton missing out so I can get Cresswell’s juicy 11 pointer off the bench!

      1. WE GO FOR IT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Decent choice Cancelo misses I guess.

        1. Bubz
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Hmm I think he’s fine tbh. Hoping Fulham match called off

          1. WE GO FOR IT
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Even that's 50-50. Hopefully more news tomorrow. Lowton could get 7/8 points himself anyway. Can see it being 0-0.

      2. Bleh
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        I need Dias/Stones and Mitchell to sit out! Knew I should’ve started Cresswell over DCL -.-

      3. Pumpy Pro
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Oh great. Well i need the Burnley game on and the famous Bubz jam is saying that isn't happening. Thanks for nothing 😆

    • diesel001
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Lollie Shitkins. Hurting Villa with his blanks.

    • ALI_G
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      36 from 5 (inc Bruno cap) it's all downhill from here

    • sentz05
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      38 from 5 and still captain Salah 🙂

      1. ALI_G
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        nice!

      2. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Excellent

    • Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      There's something I like about owning Watkins although he gives me blanks!

      1. Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Entertaining pick at least.

        He’ll score a hatty at some stage.

        1. Whazza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          I know right, keeps getting good chances.

        2. Amey
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Yup

      2. Royal5
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Awful finisher imo

        1. Whazza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Agreed, but so is Bamford

        2. Flynny
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Had Watkins from gw5...certainly been an interesting ride.

          Somehow I can't help but really like him

          Dunno if he is out of his depth or likely to come good

          Even though he hasn't scored for a while think he does a great job for villa!!

          1. Whazza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            He works really hard, no risk of getting dropped even if he doesn't score at least

      3. THFC4LIFE
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        I’m eyeing him up to replace DCL in 19, had a few chances tonight

      4. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Preferred the 25 minute Antonio cameo early tbh. 10 times the player

        1. Whazza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Each to their own, I prefer players who actually play.

      5. Jon Walter's Hatty
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        He is great Jack sets him up, he misses, jack collects baps

        1. Whazza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          😀

    • Dybala10
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      If you select FH, are you able to cancel or is it set in stone?

      1. ALI_G
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        set

    • Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Top of the table actually exciting this season.

      The best player in the league quite a loss for Liverpool, it’s catching up to them.

      1. Amey
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        City yet to get started ....

        1. Rainer
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Defence wins Championships... they finally look well see there again.

    • Jag-z
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 17 days ago

      Manutd fans are so naive.. They come out of their caves after several years and actually think they can win the league with this lousy bunch.. The jam won't last forever.. Villa robbed today with that dive from pogba

      1. Lukakwho
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        most man united fans myself included it are just enjoying it while it lasts, just try and smile

      2. clodhopper
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Nowt worse than sour grapes sad arse lololololololo

      3. WE GO FOR IT
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        It's neutrals who are putting us there more than United fans. We've suffered from enough heart breaks in the past 7 years to not hope much anyway. Liverpool still favourites.

      4. Pumpy Pro
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        They are the most annoying by far. Most live on another planet.

        1. Jag-z
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 17 days ago

          I agree completely.. Most annoying bunch of fans. Period.

    • Olson
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 17 days ago

      28 from 3 *champagne cork*

      1. JBF X1
          3 months, 17 days ago

          which players?

        • Lukakwho
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Soucek, Fernandes, Grealish

          1. Olson
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            Yes. Hope the week carries on as started!

            1. Lukakwho
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 17 days ago

              Same as you haha , who’s your armband on?

              1. Olson
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 17 days ago

                Kane. Hmmm

      2. michaelington
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        I have the exact cash to do Verrips to Johnstone and Mitchell to Coufal for GW19. I’m using my FH in GW18.
        I’m screwed aren’t I?

        1. Ruth_NZ
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Not necessarily. There will be alternatives come GW19 even if those rise.

      3. antis0cial
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Can I get away with not using fh 18? Could do Salah to KDB then get Salah back for -4 over son for dgw.

        Martinez
        Dias Mitchell*
        Bruno Son Grealish KDB?
        Kane DCL

      4. Amey
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        GGMU

        1. The Gambler.
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          LOL

        2. Jag-z
          • 1 Year
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Hahaha.. Funny guy

      5. Ruinenlust
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Is 6 players enough for BGW or should I FH?

        1. George Agdgdgwngo
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Probably not enough

        2. Shultan
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Depends which 6?

      6. Duke Silver ☑
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        Other than Dias, who's the 2nd most nailed City defender at the moment?

        1. michaelington
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Wouldn’t go near any others to be fair.
          Stones seems the be the second most nailed

      7. George Agdgdgwngo
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        My gw18 team

        Martinez
        Dias, Lewis
        Kdb, Bruno, son
        DCL, Brewster

        Would you take a 4 point hit to do

        Son & Brewster > Grealish & Wood

      8. drughi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        32 from 3, great start now just need son to haul tomorrow and I'm in the top 5k

        1. George Agdgdgwngo
          • 11 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Fair play

          1. drughi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            cheers

        2. THFC4LIFE
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Class well done

          1. drughi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 17 days ago

            cheers

        3. UNDERWORLD7
          • 9 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Luck seems endless for some

      9. Bookkeeper
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 17 days ago

        never understood why managers have Watkins, Championship player at best.

        1. Whazza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Bit like Calvert-Lewin last 3 seasons then

        2. dunas_dog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          More fpl points than Firmino Werner Abraham Ings- I’ll take that for his price

        3. TheBiffas
            3 months, 17 days ago

            You can't be called a championship player after being top scorer in the championship, then come to the prem and be as influential as he has been

        4. rupopo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 17 days ago

          Damn. Was umming and arrrring over Rashford to Son for -4. In the end bottled it. Son is surely odds on to get more than 6 pts against Leeds...