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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. chaser123
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 7 days ago

    Thoughts on Rudiger as an option?

    1. Aster
        6 months, 7 days ago

        Rotation risk

      • slove
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 7 days ago

        Give him two more GWs to see if he is nailed , he’s unlikely to rise in price before then and you can just pick him up after the Spurs game

    2. HollywoodXI
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      6 months, 7 days ago

      Tempted by Saka and Kane > Mane and DCL for a hit

      1. Aster
          6 months, 7 days ago

          Do not touch Saka.

          1. Aster
              6 months, 7 days ago

              Devil is tempting you there.

          2. Buck The Trent
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            6 months, 7 days ago

            Keep Saka, enabler

          3. The VAR Team
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 7 days ago

            Saka is too good at the moment

        • The Train Driver
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 7 days ago

          My front 3 scored 1 + 1 + 1

          Still got 60 pts so can't complain.

        • Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 7 days ago

          Surely, surely, Salah will not blank 7x in a row!?
          A. Rashford > Salah
          B. Rashford > Grealish, Wood > DCL
          C. Wood > DCL

          1. The VAR Team
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 7 days ago

            C

        • Alisson WondHaaland
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          6 months, 7 days ago

          Time to pump some more money into defence?

          My current backline is: Robbo Chilwell Cancelo Stones Coufal

          Coufal -> Trent to complete the 5ATB? Hahahaha

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 7 days ago

            Nah

        • The Train Driver
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 7 days ago

          Doesn't sound like a serious injury on Kane based on Jose comment...

          1. Jimmers
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            6 months, 7 days ago

            No - only his two ankles injured. What's the problem.......

        • andres
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 7 days ago

          Can we trust Everton again?

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 7 days ago

            Yes we can

            1. Aster
                6 months, 7 days ago

                Make Everton great again.

          2. The VAR Team
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 7 days ago

            Was planning Wilson > Kane but now it's gotta be either Son or DCL. Salah is the only mid I'm unhappy with at the moment so best to go Wilson > DCL?

            Salah Bruno Grealish Gundo Saka
            Antonio Bam Wilson

          3. The Senate
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 7 days ago

            could Kane not have waited until Vardy was fit again to get injured?

          4. Stupendous
            • 8 Years
            6 months, 7 days ago

            Having so few premiums has now given me a benching nightmare potentially.

            Bench of

            Soucek Wilson Bamford

            Nuts.

          5. Londongeezaa
            • 2 Years
            6 months, 7 days ago

            Looking at Son’s form, and with the potential absence of Kane, it is a cause for concern.

            Trouble I have, I paid 8.9m and reluctant to get rid so easily.

            1. The VAR Team
              • 1 Year
              6 months, 7 days ago

              You wouldn't get rid ahead of Brighton anyway surely

              1. Londongeezaa
                • 2 Years
                6 months, 7 days ago

                Probably play him and see how he fares.

                But with so many decent budget alternatives, it’s making it hard to keep playing him.

            2. UshFPL
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 7 days ago

              He often does better without Kane, he'll be Spurs' talisman now

          6. dunas_dog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 7 days ago

            I need cash to make Bamford to DCL.
            Would you

            A Just keep Bamford
            B McCarthy to Forster-4
            C Robertson to Digne -4

            1. Buck The Trent
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              6 months, 7 days ago

              C

            2. The VAR Team
              • 1 Year
              6 months, 7 days ago

              A

            3. RAFA THE GAFFA
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              6 months, 7 days ago

              C could be great

            4. Aster
                6 months, 7 days ago

                C

            5. pundit of punts
              • 8 Years
              6 months, 7 days ago

              GTG? 🙂

              Martinez
              Dias - Dier - Mitchell
              Sterling - Bruno - Son - Grealish - Foden
              DCL - Bamford

              Button - Wilson - KWP - Holding

              2.5m in the bank

              1. Aster
                  6 months, 7 days ago

                  Only Foden to Gundogan.

                  1. pundit of punts
                    • 8 Years
                    6 months, 7 days ago

                    Not worth a hit. Is he?

                    1. Aster
                        6 months, 7 days ago

                        In my opinion, he is. He will outscore Foden by more than 4 points and is a great long-term investment.

                  2. Londongeezaa
                    • 2 Years
                    6 months, 7 days ago

                    Would try and get in Chilwell or a Robbo/TAA if the funds allow. More potential for attacking returns.

                • RAFA THE GAFFA
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  6 months, 7 days ago

                  Raphina > Raheem? 😯

                  McCarthy
                  Robbo, Dias, Coufal
                  Salah, Bruno, Gündo, Raphina
                  DCL, Bamford, Antonio
                  (Johnstone, Soucek, Dallas, Lowton)

                  1. Buck The Trent
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    6 months, 7 days ago

                    Yes .. nice team you got there

                  2. Londongeezaa
                    • 2 Years
                    6 months, 7 days ago

                    No Cancelo?

                    1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      6 months, 7 days ago

                      That’s the other move possible

                • Buck The Trent
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  6 months, 7 days ago

                  Who would you sell first?

                  A Holding
                  B Dallas

                  1. Casual Player
                      6 months, 7 days ago

                      Same deal for me. Thinking Holding.

                      Hilariously sold Justin weeks ago, that wasn’t my best move

                    • The Senate
                      • 2 Years
                      6 months, 7 days ago

                      I'm probably benching Dallas for *gulp* Dier in 21. I think he'll get back in the attacking returns at some point and he's easily cheap enough to sit on the bench IMO

                      1. The Senate
                        • 2 Years
                        6 months, 7 days ago

                        so Holding to go IMO

                  2. Holteendersinthesky
                    • 5 Years
                    6 months, 7 days ago

                    Afters Vardys injury I did Vardy>Kane for a -4. Not only is he now injured for the main game I wanted him for it also cost me souceks 15 points. This game can be cruel. Now I have no idea what to do. Already have 5.6 ITB

                  3. Casual Player
                      6 months, 7 days ago

                      So Salah had 5 blanks due to the witch doctor but one standard?

                      My team looks ugly AF next GW - terrible matchups, out-of-form players. And now instead of Brewster -> DCL it’s likely Kane -> DCL. I just can’t get rid of the worst attacking team in the comps 4th choice striker...

                      1. Alisson WondHaaland
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        6 months, 7 days ago

                        Hits!

                        1. Casual Player
                            6 months, 7 days ago

                            Yeah I haven’t taken one yet this season but inclined this week. Either DEF -> Cancelo/Digne or a 2nd striker for Brewster (so I can also bench Souceks next 15pt haul). But haven’t looked closely enough to make a call yet

                      2. g40steve
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 3 Years
                        6 months, 7 days ago

                        How to improve team with a -4 ( 2 transfers) or hold?

                        Foden to Gundo or could Phil explode?

                        Martinez
                        Maguire, Stones, Dias
                        Bruno, C Son, Foden, Salah
                        Kane, Bamford, Watkins

                        Johnson, Soucek, Coufal, Mitchell

                        3.3

                        1. pundit of punts
                          • 8 Years
                          6 months, 7 days ago

                          Could be foden’s turn this gw

                          I’m keeping

                          1. g40steve
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            6 months, 7 days ago

                            Bench Kane?

                      3. Casual Player
                          6 months, 7 days ago

                          Bold prediction: at least one of Bamford or Foden goes off this weekend to troll everyone here.

                          1. The Senate
                            • 2 Years
                            6 months, 7 days ago

                            well if Kane is properly inj I can't sell Bamford :/

                            1. HMC
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 10 Years
                              6 months, 7 days ago

                              It’s not like Bamford missing his chances is due to Kane...

                              1. Casual Player
                                  6 months, 7 days ago

                                  Bamford is missing his chances because he always has.

                                  But it’s swings and roundabouts, he’ll come good.

                                  Two weeks ago Watkins was useless and a must sell and Bamford was close to essential. Now I’ve seen people now wanting to take a -4 to get Watkins in for Bamford

                                  I also wonder how many people already did Bamford -> Kane?

                                  1. HMC
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 10 Years
                                    6 months, 7 days ago

                                    Not to mention Kane double rise this week without playing a game!

                                • The Senate
                                  • 2 Years
                                  6 months, 7 days ago

                                  true true - I was going to do Bam to DCL but now it'll probably end up Kane to DCL, and I wouldn't fancy Bamford to Antonio/Watkins for a hit

                                  1. HMC
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 10 Years
                                    6 months, 7 days ago

                                    I was going to do sterling + bamf to Gund + Kane
                                    Now looking at bamf to DCL with those fixtures via Dallas to Mitchell

                          2. n-doggg
                            • 9 Years
                            6 months, 7 days ago

                            Teams with most nailed chance of dgws coming up? City spurs and Everton?

                          3. The Invincibles
                            • 8 Years
                            6 months, 7 days ago

                            Any advice on this team?

                            McCarthy, Johnstone.
                            Dias, Stones, Dier, Justin, Balbuena.
                            Salah, Fernandes, Son, Gundogan, Soucek.
                            Kane, Antonio, Bamford.

                          4. Tinmen
                            • 7 Years
                            6 months, 7 days ago

                            Folks, is it worth -4 Bellerin to Trent?

                            1. Shark Team
                              • 4 Years
                              6 months, 7 days ago

                              Can't see Liverpool keeping a cs Vs WHU so it's a no

                            2. Qaiss
                              • 5 Years
                              6 months, 7 days ago

                              Liverpool’s defence isn’t good still man. All their main 4 centre backs are out.

                          5. jia you (The No BS League -…
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            6 months, 7 days ago

                            After doing Lacazette to Kane(-4) I'm not impressed waking up to this blank and injury!
                            Kane + Holding to Richarlison + Digne (-4) confirmed... love a good ole rage transfer lol
                            ... now for the obligatory one nil to the Toon result

                            1. GuenDoozy
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 1 Year
                              6 months, 7 days ago

                              Surely DCL is the one if you're going Everton

                              1. jia you (The No BS League -…
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 4 Years
                                6 months, 7 days ago

                                he's the obvious pick but Rich is looking sharp again so fancy the punt

                          6. Warby84
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 6 Years
                            6 months, 7 days ago

                            I would hold Kane unless confirmed and Red flagged.. I stupidly bought him in early so I have no choice but to hold...

                          7. slove
                            • 3 Years
                            6 months, 7 days ago

                            Son or Rashford for next few GWs? Have Bruno already

                            1. Nedvěd11
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 5 Years
                              6 months, 7 days ago

                              Son

                            2. Guru Mediation
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 6 Years
                              6 months, 7 days ago

                              I'm going both. If I had to choose it would depend on if I was chasing or not

                          8. Shark Team
                            • 4 Years
                            6 months, 7 days ago

                            Sell Bruno anyone?
                            I know it's a weird move but something pushes me to do it, he is not the same player with Pogba in pitch

                            1. HMC
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 10 Years
                              6 months, 7 days ago

                              Surely you have higher priorities?

                              1. Shark Team
                                • 4 Years
                                6 months, 7 days ago

                                The only other guy I can sell is Soucek but how can I do this to myself? But maybe yes Bruno is better than Soucek...

                            2. Milkman Bruno
                                6 months, 7 days ago

                                See my comment below. So many brilliant midfield options that he is the one catching my eye somehow to make way...

                            3. Jimmers
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 11 Years
                              6 months, 7 days ago

                              So Kane out for a few weeks according to Sky

                              1. Jimmers
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 11 Years
                                6 months, 7 days ago

                                Matip also damaged ankle ligaments

                              2. HMC
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 10 Years
                                6 months, 7 days ago

                                I’ve earmarked gw23 to bring him in. Would be a shame if he missed that west Brom game

                              3. The Hunt
                                • 12 Years
                                6 months, 7 days ago

                                Kane non essential.

                            4. Milkman Bruno
                                6 months, 7 days ago

                                Fpl suicide to go without Fernandes?

                                1. The Hunt
                                  • 12 Years
                                  6 months, 7 days ago

                                  He was shite against Sheffield United fwiw.

                                2. slove
                                  • 3 Years
                                  6 months, 7 days ago

                                  Do you really need to ditch him with most other premiums out ?

                                  1. Milkman Bruno
                                      6 months, 7 days ago

                                      Nope but I’m considering an early wildcard and I don’t think he is in my top 5 mids currently

                                3. YLK13
                                    6 months, 7 days ago

                                    Already on a -4 should i take a -8 , Kane to DCL?
                                    Seems stupid to me, just wait till next week and then do my transfers.
                                    But that will probably be a -4 that week anyway going to upgrade Brewster.

                                  • Alisson WondHaaland
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 5 Years
                                    6 months, 7 days ago

                                    All the big teams main players are out:

                                    Pool: Van Dijk
                                    City: De Bruyne
                                    Arsenal: Auba
                                    Leicester: Vardy
                                    Chelsea: Kepa
                                    Spurs: Kane

                                    Im calling it, Bruno. Is. Next.

                                    1. HMC
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 10 Years
                                      6 months, 7 days ago

                                      Hahahaha kepa good one

                                    2. Warby84
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 6 Years
                                      6 months, 7 days ago

                                      Let’s hope..

                                    3. Milkman Bruno
                                        6 months, 7 days ago

                                        Had a proper LOL at Kepa

                                        1. Alisson WondHaaland
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 5 Years
                                          6 months, 7 days ago

                                          Just checked, I assumed he was out since he wasnt getting minutes. Looks like I was wrong!

                                      • bench boost for every gamew…
                                        • 4 Years
                                        6 months, 7 days ago

                                        Huh kepa?
                                        I