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Is it time to take captaincy punts as FPL premium assets continue to blank?

I’m writing this article in quite a good mood.

Despite having Tomas Soucek (£5.3m) on my bench and not taking a hit for the mighty Ilkay Gündogan (£5.7m) as I planned, the second half of the season has started pretty well for me.

João Cancelo (£5.9m) has finally delivered on all of his promise and Raphinha (£5.4m), who I’ve had for what seems a decade, got me a nice double-digit return.

I’m really hoping a decent Gameweek 20 can be the catalyst in my average season and I can start getting some decisions right. The last few seasons have seen me struggle until around this point and then I’ve managed to turn it around – so here’s hoping I can pull that off again this year.

I’ve got a plan going forward, so here it is:

Operation Target Everton and Manchester City players

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You don’t need to be an “expert” (and I’m certainly not) to know that a) Man City are pretty good and b) we should probably get in some of into our teams.

The question is, who do we go for?

Going with two defenders from the same team normally fills me with fear, but I don’t have any concerns when it comes to City. Going three at the back is also an option, where rotation looks less likely with the likes of John Stones (£5.1m), Ruben Dias (£5.9m) and of course Cancelo all looking strong.

Ederson (£6.0m) is the most nailed on player in the whole team – but getting in an expensive goalkeeper and missing out on defenders with an attacking threat, or limiting yourself to not being able to move for a midfielder, does not seem sensible to me.

For me though, I think it’s now time invest in a Man City midfielder and, Kevin De Bruyne’s (£11.9) has paved the way for quite a few options to come into the reckoning.

Mark and I talked extensively about Gündogan on FPL BlackBox and it was nice to see those who took a punt on him rewarded straight away.

Cancelo finally delivers big haul as Gündogan shines in KDB's absence 18

His stats are brilliant this season and any fears of him playing too “deep” were allayed with a fantastic performance against West Brom. He’s my pick of the lot. As my fellow Top Gun Luke said to me, if Gündogan was valued at £11m, people wouldn’t have hesitated to get him in and would probably have captained him against West Brom. I think he’s right, the German being such a cheap price, leaving people with lots of money in the bank and no idea what to do with it, probably puts people off.

Gündogan’s form doesn’t mean that players such as Raheem Sterling (£11.5m), Bernardo Silva (£7.4m) and Phil Foden (£6.3m) should be completely off people’s radar though. In fact, this might be the time to grab two midfielders, rather than two defenders. This would make the most of what promises to be a rather incredible run of games for City, likely involving lots of Double Gameweeks – and the likes of Sheffield United (home) and Burnley (away) who you would expect them to steamroll.

Everton

Returning Digne can help Everton's attacking assets return to form in Gameweek 20

So, along with my three City players (most probably Stones, Cancelo and Gündogan), I’m also looking at Everton who have literally just scored a goal against Leicester as I write this (it must be a sign).

They currently have two games in hand, have a couple of good fixtures to come against Newcastle (home) and Leeds (away) and crucially, they’ve got their players back. Losing the likes of James Rodriguez (£7.7m) and Lucas Digne (£6.0) is enough to unsettle any side – but these two are back and looking class when I see them play.

I’m hoping that this means extra service for Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.7m) and he can get back to his early-season form. Digne is playing on the left of midfield tonight. I’m going to find it very hard to resist him, knowing his quality and with the upcoming fixtures and this new potential out-of-position classification.

I think I’ll be getting both Digne and Calvert-Lewin in my team this week.

Time to take some captain punts

Calvert-Lewin offsets longest goalless streak with another Fantasy assist

It was a really interesting chat with Mark on BlackBox about how myself and most people I know are much more likely to take a punt on transferring in a player rather than rolling the dice with a captain option.

There’s an element of fear when it comes to captaincy, but this season should be teaching us to perhaps think outside of our normal realm. The likes of Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) and even the ever-reliable Bruno Fernandes (£11.4m) have all let us down on occasion and with the likes of West Ham, Leicester, Everton and Aston Villa surpassing our expectations, I believe it is time for us to start widening the net.

The likes of Cancelo and Gündogan were overlooked this week as people (myself included) flocked to Bruno Fernandes, who became the most captained player ever in a Gameweek (and the full-time whistle has just gone, he’s blanked at home to Sheffield United!!!). The logic of Fernandes was completely sound of course, but there is huge potential to get ahead if you can get the captaincy call right.

The captaincy allows us to roll the dice for one week and if we want to elevate our seasons to the next level, getting on the right end of some of these calls could be a great way to rise up the ranks.

It’ll be a fortnight until my next article, so I’m planning on mixing things up a bit and captaining my City and Everton players, who at this point, are likely to be flying a bit under the radar when it comes to captaincy and will hopefully mean I can maximise their potential in the games ahead. One of Gündogan or Calvert-Lewin (or maybe even Digne if I’m feeling particularly brave) is likely to be my captain in three of the next four Gameweeks.

I’d feel really good about captaining a Leicester player this week against Leeds too. Either Harvey Barnes (£6.8m) or my favourite player, James Maddison (£7.2m). I think I’d swing for Barnes in this one though as I expect Phillips to do a good job on Madders, with Barnes causing havoc down the wings. I think I need to prioritise getting Gündogan in this week, but if I had a transfer spare, it would likely be captain Barnes for me.

The biggest test for my new brave outlook on captains will be the Spurs vs West Brom game in Gameweek 23. With the Baggies conceding goals for fun it will be hard to back against Son Heung-min (£9.7m) or Harry Kane (£11.3m).

Can Chelsea can get their act together so we can consider one of their players versus Sheffield United? Or maybe Bamford can find his shooting boots again before they entertain a pretty woeful Crystal Palace side. Man City also play at Anfield in what could be a title-deciding match – we’ve seen goals in this fixture before, so depending on the Liverpool’s centre back status, the likes of Gündogan may still be a shrewd move.

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2,504 Comments Post a Comment
  1. S3
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Martinez
    Cancelo, Stones, Mitch
    Son, Salah, Bruno, Gundo, Soucek
    Bamford, Watkins

    Steer, Wilson, Cresswell, Holding
    1FT and 6.6 ITB

    Appreciate thoughts on the following:

    A. Wilson >> DCL and play in 11 instead of BamBam
    B. Soucek >> Barnes
    C. Soucek + Wilson >> Barnes + DCL
    D. Holding + Wilson>> DCL + Digne

    1. waldofeen
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      D

    2. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      A or D. D looks great if you want to take a hit.

  2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Re : If I'm happy with my team moving forward, I don't need to see having Rodrigo as my 8th attacker as a big problem right? It's not like I need the extra funds anyway at the moment...

    1. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      yep agree

  3. FantasyHero
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Play Mitchell
    Or
    bring in Stones for Dallas -4

    1. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Stones

  4. subhojit123
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Whom should I replace Kane with -
    1. Antonio
    2. Ings

    1. CroatianHammer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Antonio. Not even close.

  5. subhojit123
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Best keeper option with budget 5.1 ?

  6. CroatianHammer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Had the armband on Bruno, as had many. Tuesday afternoon I realised I needed to look elsewhere and gave it to If He's Fit. 5 into 10, could have been 16 into 32 easily.

    DCL has joined my XV for the first time ever, and in a show of good faith I'm entrusting him with the captaincy this weekend.

    1. Pad Randa (The OG)
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Same here. Captaincy, not first time ever.

    2. Alisson WondHaaland
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Same on both. As someone who never jumped on DCL early on in the season, Im excited to finally own him

  7. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Mane or Salah?

    1. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      If you have Salah hold. Otherwise flip a coin.

    2. Pops15
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      If I'm bringing one in right now it has to be Mane. Full of energy and leading the attack at the moment. Salah looks tired and not giving us anything

  8. The Units
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    I am set on doing this for a -4

    Wilson & Bednarek => DCL & Cancelo (Have Stones)

    but thinking a -8

    Coufal => Digne

    What to you reckon? or do the Digne move next week?

  9. Pad Randa (The OG)
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    1. Grealish > Salah (-4)
    2. Grealish > Son (-4)
    3. Play Grealish
    4. Bench Grealish, play Coufal/Dallas

    1. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      3

  10. waldofeen
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    On a wildcard. How is this looking?
    Guaita(McCarthy)
    Trent Dias Stones Digne(Dunne)
    Mane Bruno Sterling(Soucek, Saka)
    Watkins DCL Antonio

    Any suggestions on possible changes?

    1. Sharkytect
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Gundogan?

  11. Pad Randa (The OG)
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Play four:

    1. Robbo
    2. Coufal
    3. Dallas
    4. Grealish
    5. Soucek
    6. Raphinha

    1. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      1, 4, 5, 6

      1. Avery
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 18 days ago

        This ^

        1. Pad Randa (The OG)
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 18 days ago

          Yeah, that's what I'm on now 🙂

  12. Live Lad
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Play Adams or Bamford?
    Don't wanna double up with Raphinha against Leicester, but Adams does nothing recently.
    Thanks.

    1. Gabbiadini
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      Southampton v Villa last time around was an open 4-3 game.

  13. Gabbiadini
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Here's a team that actually fulfils my total budget in 2/3 gameweeks time through 4 trades.

    Martinez | Forster
    Cancelo | Stones | Coufal | Dallas | Mitchell
    Salah | Fernandes | Son | Grealish | Gundo/Saka/Soucek
    Vardy | Ings | Bamford

    What are people's thoughts at targeting something like this?

  14. Flair
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 18 days ago

    Looks like Bamford gets another week in my side... straight to the bench

    1. Gabbiadini
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 18 days ago

      I need to field 2 of him, Wilson & Soucek this week.

    2. Avery
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 18 days ago

      I moved him on for DCL.
      Came off early last match, just wasn’t working right or sharp

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 18 days ago

        I'm moving Kane to DCL. Will move Bamford to Antonio in a few GWs

        1. Finding Timo
            4 months, 18 days ago

            DCL best replacement for Kane ?

            1. Flair
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              4 months, 18 days ago

              For me, yes. NEW lee mun FUL upcoming fixtures with Rodriguez, Digne, Rich all back as the supporting cast.

              1. Finding Timo
                  4 months, 18 days ago

                  Yep totally agree so going for DCL

                • Andy_Social
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  4 months, 18 days ago

                  Bam will stay at the end of my bench this week as I move Antonio in for Kane. I got DCL last week. Next week Bam's out for Watkins. I can't really see past a current front 3 of DCL, Antoni and Watkins. With KDB out as well, some of us are going to need bigger pockets.

                  1. Finding Timo
                      4 months, 18 days ago

                      If bam benched who are you playing instead ?

                      1. Andy_Social
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        4 months, 18 days ago

                        4-4-2 this week

        2. Finding Timo
            4 months, 18 days ago

            Hi play bamford (leic) or Bowen (LIV)?cheers

            1. SharkyT
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 18 days ago

              Bamford

            2. I Must Break You
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              4 months, 18 days ago

              Bamford, surely

              1. Finding Timo
                  4 months, 18 days ago

                  Cheers will probably go bam then although risk he doesn’t start plus strong chance Leicester keep cleansheet

            3. SharkyT
              • 7 Years
              4 months, 18 days ago

              8m ITB 1 FT:

              A) Bissouma > Sterling (c)
              B) Bissouma > Salah
              C) Kane/Biss > DCL + Sterling/Salah -4
              D) Kane > DCL

            4. Andy_Social
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              4 months, 18 days ago

              Kane replacement:

              Top 2 scoring forwards are injured.
              3&4 I've already got
              5 is Wilson!
              Lacazette is up there but bad fixtures.
              Gotta be Antonio, right?

              1. The Units
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 11 Years
                4 months, 18 days ago

                Yep

              2. Flair
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                4 months, 18 days ago

                Best Forwards to own currently, IMO

                1. Antonio
                2. DCL
                3. Watkins

                Perfect.

                1. The Units
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 11 Years
                  4 months, 18 days ago

                  If you have 2 up front? DCL & Antonio?

                  1. Flair
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    4 months, 18 days ago

                    I'd say so. Watkins looks like he'll have the best DGW26, though.

                2. Andy_Social
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  4 months, 18 days ago

                  Heh, just replied the same thing to you above!

                  1. Flair
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    4 months, 18 days ago

                    Haha, great minds!

                  2. The Units
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    4 months, 18 days ago

                    Oh right it's in order.

                    1. The Units
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      4 months, 18 days ago

                      Hehe

                      1. Andy_Social
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        4 months, 18 days ago

                        Well not the best order for GW21. With Hammers at Liverpool, I'll sell Kane for Watkins this week and get Antonio (for Bamford) next week, thus avoiding a hit.

            5. aleksios
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              4 months, 18 days ago

              Kane+KWP to Watkins+TAA for a hit?

            6. Finding Timo
                4 months, 18 days ago

                Gundo or DCL c?

                1. Andy_Social
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  4 months, 18 days ago

                  The form guy

                  1. Finding Timo
                      4 months, 18 days ago

                      Assume gundo - only thing I am worried his scoring run will end ?!

                      1. Andy_Social
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        4 months, 18 days ago

                        The streak is due to a position change. Pep kept him higher after KDB injury, so it doesn't look like a flash in the pan.

                        1. Finding Timo
                            4 months, 18 days ago

                            Ok cheers will probably go gundo.

                        2. The Units
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 11 Years
                          4 months, 18 days ago

                          No.worse than KdB

                  2. Alisson WondHaaland
                    • 5 Years
                    4 months, 18 days ago

                    Is the Antonio benching justified?

                    Johnstone
                    Robbo Chilwell Cancelo Stones
                    Salah Bruno Son Gundo
                    DCL Watkins

                    Mccarthy Antonio Coufal Bissouma

                    1. Jebiga
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      4 months, 18 days ago

                      Realy ?
                      He almost scored 4 goals this week. So probably saved something for pool

                  3. Gemma817
                      4 months, 18 days ago

                      I have kept TAA in my team for 6 GWs, wanted to finally get rid of him this week by getting in Cancelo. Having second thoughts now, he seems to be back in confident. I already have Stones.. Thought guys? Should I do the move?

                      1. Andy_Social
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        4 months, 18 days ago

                        Liverpool still have CB issues, affecting TAA. City are super-stong at the back. Rotation is an issue but I'd still prioritise Cancelo.

                      2. WE GO FOR IT
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        4 months, 18 days ago

                        I did the move and despit there not being much between them this week, I still feel Cancelo is the better pick long term as City's defense looks much better than Liverpool's currently.

                      3. Jamb0
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        4 months, 18 days ago

                        I think 100% yes... Cancelo is OOP, cheaper, better fixtures, solid CB pairing at the back so better CS potential, better form... only downside is slight rotation risk so you need a playing 4th defender to own Cancelo

                    • Live Lad
                      • 6 Years
                      4 months, 18 days ago

                      Captain
                      (1) Sterling
                      (2) Gundogan
                      (3) Salah
                      (4) Bruno

                      1. Flair
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        4 months, 18 days ago

                        Sterling

                      2. UNDERWORLD7
                        • 9 Years
                        4 months, 18 days ago

                        Gundo

                    • Hotdogs for Tea
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      4 months, 18 days ago

                      A few weeks ago Bamford was a season keeper ... how the mighty have fallen and what a fickle crowd 🙂

                      1. Flair
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        4 months, 18 days ago

                        Nobody should ever be considered a season keeper

                      2. Andy_Social
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 8 Years
                        4 months, 18 days ago

                        People kept Pukki too long last season.

                        1. Pukki Blinders
                          • 1 Year
                          4 months, 18 days ago

                          Behave yourself

                      3. Pukki Blinders
                        • 1 Year
                        4 months, 18 days ago

                        We shall see who’s fickle when he starts banging them in again

                      4. Jamb0
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        4 months, 18 days ago

                        If you actually believe there is such a thing as a season keeper you are playing this game wrong

                      5. Bielsa Murderball
                          4 months, 18 days ago

                          Yeah and now people are taking -4 to get Watkins in who blanks 2 out of 3 times whereas Bamford blanked 9/19 times...

                      6. Wag the Drog
                        • 9 Years
                        4 months, 18 days ago

                        Absolutely dreadful week after taking a -8. Trailing ML leader by 130. Time to WC? 0FT with this lot.

                        McCarthy
                        Stones-Cancelo-Saiss-Justin-Kilman
                        Bruno-Rashford-Neto-Son-Biss
                        Kane*-DCL-Ollie

                        1. GuenDoozy
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          4 months, 18 days ago

                          Save your WC if you wanna cover 130 points

                          1. Wag the Drog
                            • 9 Years
                            4 months, 18 days ago

                            Neto to Gundo for -4 then?

                      7. Jamb0
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        4 months, 18 days ago

                        Pretty set on Bamford -> DCL as my free transfer this week...

                        worth it to do Robbo -> Cancelo for -4 too? Already have dias but just keep getting burnt with only 1 city defender!

                        Yay or nay?

                        1. GuenDoozy
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          4 months, 18 days ago

                          Cancelo pretty much OOP and one of their main creaters. Go for it IMO

                          1. Jamb0
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            4 months, 18 days ago

                            thanks mate, my thoughts too... would be my first hit of the season!

                      8. S3
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        4 months, 18 days ago

                        Martinez
                        Cancelo, Stones, Mitch
                        Son, Salah, Bruno, Gundo, Soucek
                        Bamford, Watkins

                        Steer, Wilson, Cresswell, Holding
                        1FT and 6.6 ITB

                        A. Wilson >> DCL
                        B. Soucek >> Barnes
                        C. Soucek + Wilson >> Barnes + DCL (-4)
                        D. Holding + Wilson>> DCL + Digne (-4)
                        E. Holding + Soucek+ Wilson >> Digne + Barnes + DCL (with the plan of holding all 3 till GW 25 when I wildcard)

                      9. Pukki Blinders
                        • 1 Year
                        4 months, 18 days ago

                        What to do this week?

                        A. Bissouma to Zaha
                        B. Wood to DCL
                        C. Both for a -4

                        1. Jamb0
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          4 months, 18 days ago

                          B

                        2. Weeb Kakashi
                          • 5 Years
                          4 months, 18 days ago

                          A.

                        3. Disturbed
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          4 months, 18 days ago

                          B

                        4. Pops15
                          • 4 Years
                          4 months, 18 days ago

                          B

                      10. UNDERWORLD7
                        • 9 Years
                        4 months, 18 days ago

                        Martinez
                        Dias - Robbo - Stones
                        Soucek - Son - Gundo - Salah - Bruno
                        Bamford - Kane
                        ________________________________
                        Forster: Dallas: Holding: Brewster

                        Was just messing around and figured I could do the following for exact budget:

                        Kane + Soucek + Robertson >> DCL + Mane + Digne

                        Thoughts on this? (Albeit at a cost of -8, eek)
                        Cheers.

                      11. kobewan
                        • 1 Year
                        4 months, 18 days ago

                        who starts against Liverpool who looked very dangerous?

                        Soucek or Cresswell

                      12. Weeb Kakashi
                        • 5 Years
                        4 months, 18 days ago

                        Leaning towards Keeping both Wilson and Bamford instead of going DCL.

                        Fixtures in next 3 for Wilson and Bamford are quite decent as well and they have Pens too.