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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. Flynny
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Hi.....which of these 3 would you drop in dgw19 to bring in kdb (losing kane for a hit)

    A....raphinha (also got bamford)

    B....soucek

    C....grealish (also go watkins)

    All 3 of these players have dgw so v hard call. Thanks

    1. George Agdgdgwngo
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      C

    2. dunas_dog
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Reluctant to loose any but if pushed Raphinha

      1. Flynny
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Cheers....alternative is ignore kdb....not sure I want to do that....

        1. dunas_dog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Agree that best to get KDB

    3. wulfranian
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      a

  2. The Royal Robin
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Maguire or AWB on FH?

    1. Flynny
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      I'd just go whoever is cheaper

    2. nico05
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Shaw tbh

    3. BERGKOP
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Either will be fine.

  3. Tingate
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 28 days ago

    Guaita
    Mitchell - Dias - Targett
    Fernandes - Burke - KDB - Sterling
    DCL

    With a hit I can get the above team, worth saving the free hit for that?

    Thanks!

  4. Vazza
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Would you save your FH if you had this lot after making a few transfers (4pt hit) ahead of the BGW

      Dias Stones Wan-Bissaka
      Son Bruno
      Kane Watkins

      1. George Agdgdgwngo
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        Yes

    • HD7
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 28 days ago

      Mates, be sincere please

      Free Hit or it aint that bad with one more transfer?

      Taylor*
      Holding
      Mitchell
      Son
      Bruno
      Wood
      Kane
      Bissouma

      1. Bookkeeper
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 28 days ago

        i would definitely not FH that. for a hit you can take out Salah for KDB and bring in City defender, that way you have 10 players in GW18 and set up well for DGW19.

        1. HD7
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Im glad you think like this but I still feel players like Wood and Bissouma only cloud the judgement

      2. Vazza
          1 month, 28 days ago

          Don’t really like it mate to be honest.

          At a stretch, you could only expect returns from 5 players above including Wood.

          1. HD7
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            True quantity but no quality

            1. Vazza
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Afraid so

        • Monya Meow Meow
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 28 days ago

          I am thinking FH this lot right?

          Martinez
          Dias Taylor*
          Grealish Bruno Son
          DCL Wilson

          Potentially only 7 players and missing some big names like KDB and Kane

          1. Vazza
              1 month, 28 days ago

              I think there is no need to FH personally

              1. Monya Meow Meow
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                What sort of trades would you make then?

          2. FDMS All Starz
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Current bench for dgw19:
            Johnstone - O’Shea - Balbuena - Adams

            Would you:
            A) BB this bench
            B) -4 and do Balbuena to Dias and then BB
            C) just save the BB?

            Rest of team:
            McCarthy
            Alioski - Coufal - Justin
            Salah - Bruno - Kdb - Rashford - Raphina
            Watkins - Bamford

            1. Iceball
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Probably B, Dias likely around 8 points but Balbuena maybe less than 4 points, maybe even zero

          3. Pep Roulette
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Does this look good for DGW19 BB?

            McCarthy Johnstone
            Justin Dallas Coufal Targett Balbuena
            Salah Mane Bruno Son Soucek
            Wood Adams Bamford

            Son & Balbuena to Grealish & Dias for -4

            Will do Mane to KDB for free in GW20

            1. Iceball
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Nice

            2. Tsparkes10
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              I want kdb for the bb I think... Looks lovely though. Mine will be the same but Vardy, Raphinia, Robo, Lowton for Wood, Mane, Balbeuna, Targett atm 🙂

            3. BenDavies
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Looks good mate. Definitely worth the BB

          4. Tsparkes10
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Shall I FH? 😉

            Lowton
            Bruno Son

            1. BenDavies
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Lowton to score a triple hatty

            2. Nabs Kebabs
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              g2g

          5. bruuuno
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Guess I should FH with this team?

            Cancelo
            Stones
            Bruno
            Son
            Kane
            Wood

            1ft

          6. Dthinger
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 28 days ago

            Is DCL a good choice for a FH in GW18?

            1. Would Ed Woodward
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              I think there's better.

              1. Dthinger
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Wilson?

                1. Nabs Kebabs
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  good

            2. Nabs Kebabs
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              no

          7. Vazza
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Repost due to lack of response

              Would you save your FH if you had this lot after making a few transfers (4pt hit) ahead of the BGW

              Dias Stones Wan-Bissaka
              Son Bruno
              Kane Watkins

              1. BenDavies
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                if you can get out 9 players then yes keep.

              2. Keeptrying
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                I think only hindsight will tell.
                It is very thin, but could work.
                On the other hand it almost depends on whether KdB and Grealish will go off, and also whether some FH candidates like Rashford or Sterling will score.

            • nkhoughton
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              How does my Free hit look?

              Leno

              Holding Bailly Dier Stones
              Son Bruno Rashford Mahrez KDB
              Kane

              Fodder

              1. Fudgy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Id say it needs Grealish

              2. Gandalf
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Wouldn't trust Mahrez

            • The Suspended One
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Should I buy rashford?

              1. nico05
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                For who? Have you got Bruno?

            • I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 28 days ago

              To sell Salah for KdB/Sterling for next GW? Free hitting 19.
              Liverpool fixtures are kind of tough gw20-> and City has good ones

              Yay or nay? If yay to whom?

            • HD7
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Any idea whenever there will be blang GW again. Anybody tried to compare if it will be better used in the next expected BGW?

              1. TorresMagic™
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                GW29

              2. OneMan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Depends who you'll fielding. But it's a good chip to have, saved.

            • Mr. Mystic
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Exact money for Coufal -> Stones so I can field 11 for blank gameweek? Conscious it’s a while before next gameweek...

              1. Nabs Kebabs
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Is Stones really a better pick than Coufal?

                1. Mr. Mystic
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Coufal has a blank next gw whilst Stones has a game. This will allow me to field 11 instead of 10. So deciding whether it’s worth it

                  1. Nabs Kebabs
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    I read that in the OP, the point is, I'm thinking long term.

                    1. Mr. Mystic
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 28 days ago

                      Yeah you’re right, it’s probably not worth it - thanks. Especially as I already have Dias.

                      1. Nabs Kebabs
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 28 days ago

                        no worries!

              2. Would Ed Woodward
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Don't want Coufal for 19?

                1. Mr. Mystic
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  I mean I could literally switch him back a week later, but again, probs not worth it...

            • nico05
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              I'll have 3 players out for the next game week (Salah, Grealish & Bamford) What's the general consensus on what to do?
              Cheers

              1. BenDavies
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                free hit

                1. nico05
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Won't there be other game weeks when it makes more sense?

            • Labile
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              1st team is without FH 2nd is with thoughts yes or no??

              Martinez
              Targett Mitchell Stones Dias
              Son Bruno Burke
              Kane

              Darlow
              Stones Shaw Bailly
              Bruno KDB Sterling Saka Son
              Kane Wilson

              1. TorresMagic™
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Take away common players.

            • Kun Tozser
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Worth dropping Son down to Soucek to 3 x 4.5 defenders to Chilwell, Maguire and Dias - fixtures for united, city and Chelsea look to good over the next 8

              1. Kun Tozser
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                * to fund

            • dsefton
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              can get this team with a -4 hit, worth a free hit or not?
              Martinez
              Dias
              Bruno Son Sterling Podence
              Kane
              (Robertson, Chilwell, Zouma, Coufal, Soucek, Adams, Bamford)

              1. Kun Tozser
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Anything above 20 points for a chip is a win so guess the points for the players you'd bring in for the blanks

            • KUN+10
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              I see a lot of FH on 18...but not so many on 19. If I can field 9-10 on 18, you agree that playing FH on 19 to get all x2 players make sense right?

              1. Kun Tozser
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Or even a WC if you cover 19 and set yourself up 20 +

                1. KUN+10
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  I would hate to play it so early, but it could work out

              2. TorresMagic™
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Are you happy with your GW18 team in GW20?

                1. KUN+10
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Yes, somewhat content. haha.

              3. Alisson WondHaaland
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Well maybe, but the issue is it stops you from using BB/ TC in GW 19. If thats how you planned things, you could do that though

                1. KUN+10
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  BB not available, only TC. I feel like the TC chip is not going to be as popular for this DGWK. What are your thoughts? Are you personally using it?

              4. Keeptrying
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                I think most that have 9-10(or even 11) in BGW18 can easily get 9-11 DGW19 players with only 1 hit at most.
                So no FH required this early.

                1. KUN+10
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  Makes sense. I have to evaluate and see this option. I like the thought of saving my FH

                2. KUN+10
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 28 days ago

                  I have 8 at the moment. I can surely bring in another 2. I think it makes sense to save FH. Thank you

                  1. Keeptrying
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 28 days ago

                    All the best 🙂

              5. KUN+10
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Thanks for all the replies

            • It’s gonna Ben Mee
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Martinez
              Dier
              Bruno Son
              Kane Wood

              Should I FH or take a hit and roll with the punches?

              1. MikeS
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Fh for sure

            • Alisson WondHaaland
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Anyone got a bit of an unorthodox Free hit 18 draft? Most of the ones Ive seen look very similar but for example Im not totally convinced Spurs vs Villa is neccesarily a good fixture given Spurs form as of late

              1. waldo666
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Agree, Son probably enough Spurs for me.

            • HVT
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Is holding nailed?

              1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                yes

            • Gunner1290
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Who would you have for the next few gameweeks:

              A) Vardy Soucek
              B) Watkins Son +4

              1. Keeptrying
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                A) as of DGW19

            • Ajax Hamsterdam
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              one last for the road 🙂

              double leeds defence or attack for dgw19

              thanks

              1. waldo666
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Attack

              2. MikeS
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Attack for sure, with Dallas in defence

              3. Ajax Hamsterdam
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                thanks all 🙂

              4. Keeptrying
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Double attack, especially if you already have Dallas and Bamford (?)

            • Gunner1290
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Sorry let me correct that. Who would you rather have for double gameweek 19:

              A) Watkins Son +4 points
              B) Vardy Soucek

              1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                b

              2. Ragabolly
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                B

              3. BenDavies
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                b

              4. Keeptrying
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                B)

            • TheOrangeMan
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Watkins or Adams for the DGW?

              1. Ragabolly
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Adams

              2. waldo666
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 28 days ago

                Adams

            • Babit1967
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 28 days ago

              Pope or Martinez?