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Salah the most powerful FPL asset inside top 10k for Gameweek 22

Mohamed Salah (£12.6m) has a firm grip on the top 10,000 Fantasy Premier League managers in Gameweek 22.

Ahead of a midweek meeting with Brighton, the Egyptian is, by far, the most heavily backed captain of the latest round.

As a result, his effective ownership inside the top 10k is sure to be ominous for anyone without Salah.

As you can see from the pie chart above, a whopping 80.8% of the top 10k handed Salah the captain’s armband for Gameweek 22.

That is a particularly staggering figure, especially in contrast to the latest Fantasy Football Scout captain poll, in which Salah won with just a 44.6% share.

The fact that previously popular premium assets such as Kevin De Bruyne (£11.8m), Harry Kane (£11.1m), Jamie Vardy (£10.0m) and Sadio Mané (£11.9m) are all facing injury problems appears to be a factor here.

But it is certainly telling that the top 10k were more certain of a big haul for Salah than Fantasy Football Scout voters this week.

The Egyptian’s majority compared to the other popular captains is also massive.

Just 7.2% of the top 10k captained Raheem Sterling (£11.6m) for Gameweek 22, making for a gap of 73.7 percentage points.

Bruno Fernandes (£11.4m) was close behind the Manchester City man with the backing of 7.1%, despite earning roughly double that share in the latest Fantasy Football captain poll.

Such is the extensive support for Salah, the fourth and fifth-most captained options for Gameweek 22 were picked only by 1.2% and 0.9% of the top 10k respectively.

Ahead of a trip to Burnley, those assets are João Cancelo (£6.0m) and Ilkay Gündogan (£5.8m).

Salah’s overall power to do damage to non-owners in the top 10k is gargantuan for Gameweek 22.

Thanks to ever-increasing backing and the glut of captain armbands, his effective ownership at this level has come in at 173.0%.

Fernandes is the only other player with over 100% effective ownership among the top 10k midweek although he is still 69.4 percentage points behind Salah in this department.

And following his 15-point haul against Leicester, Patrick Bamford (£6.6m) ranks third on this metric but still trails Salah and Fernandes by a significant amount.

The impact of a long injury list and out-of-form premium assets is also highlighted in the overall template of players inside the top 10k after the Gameweek 22 deadline.

Between the two most recent rounds, Salah’s ownership in the upper echelons of FPL has risen by 20.7 percentage points, the biggest shift in the template this week.

That came in a Gameweek where he was transferred into 600,000+ new squads, the top 10k playing their part in that trend.

Son Heung-min (£9.7m) may have been one of the players discarded in favour of the Egyptian as his top 10k ownership dropped from 57.9% to 50.2% between Gameweeks 21 and 22.

Despite his first blank since Gameweek 18, Gündogan’s ownership in the top 10k remains relatively stable, dropping only by 1.2 percentage points after Tuesday’s deadline.

With Salah at the heart of so many transfers this week, the defensive and forward positions have not seen too many fluctuations between Gameweeks 21 and 22.

Bamford has increased his share of managers in the top 10k by just over 11 percentage points, although that number is sure to be influenced as much by those who used his points to get a green arrow as well as those who signed him.

Meanwhile, Michail Antonio (£6.6m) has earned an increase of 2.9 percentage points despite his blank against Liverpool but Dominic Calvert-Lewin‘s (£7.6m) stock is already travelling in the opposite direction.

51.5% of the top 10k owned the Everton man for Gameweek 21, just 45.8% of them still in possession of him after Tuesday’s deadline.

It was another slow week for the chips among the top 10k with the Wildcard used by just 0.4% of them for Gameweek 21.

Chip Use Overall

However, it is worth noting how many managers worldwide pulled the trigger on a new squad in midweek.

1.9% used the Wildcard overall for Gameweek 21, roughly 150,000+ in total, perhaps influenced by the recent slew of injuries to highly-owned players.

Either way, it is certainly quite interesting to see any chip used more extensively by the rest of the world than in the top 10k this far into a campaign.

Even though the Wildcard was not widely used in the top 10k this week, it is still worth considering any emerging trends from those that did.

The template here largely brings Wildcarders in line with the main top 10k template with a few exceptions.

John Stones (£5.2m) appears to have lost favour following his Gameweek 21 benching, Cancelo and Rúben Dias (£6.0m) the more trustworthy options from this point onwards as far as Wildcarders are concerned.

And Stuart Dallas (£4.8m) appears to be more the popular sub £5.0m option for those looking ahead, interesting considering the absence of Vladimir Coufal (£4.7m) in this Wildcard template.

Meanwhile, the apparent lack of trust in Everton players is made clear by the fact that Callum Wilson (£6.7m) is the third-most popular forward – not Calvert-Lewin.

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1,546 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    Salah captainers, the stars are aligned for an old school and classic 2 pointer.

    1. Feed tha Sheep
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Yup

    2. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Of course. It is how it has been foretold for generations.

  2. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
    • 11 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    Martial told Bednerak it wasn't a foul

    1. Super Saints
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Martial is a sorry excuse for a person let alone him being a professional footballer

    2. The Point About It Is
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      How on earth did the ref manage to interpret that as a foul?

    3. threeputt
      • 12 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Didn't look like it to me but I guess the referee didn't agree

      1. threeputt
        • 12 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        I was expecting him to book Martial for diving

    4. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Ref bottled it.

      1. DycheDycheBaby
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Mike Dean has no bottle.

        1. DycheDycheBaby
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 16 days ago

          Never has done.

    5. Mr. O'Connell
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      I thought that's what he was saying. Looked a dive on top of that as well.

  3. diesel001
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    Like the new icons on LiveFPL on the 'Rank' page. Especially the 'spy' icon for the bad players.

    1. Harper (No more Penandes)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Why is there a shrug icon next to Bruno? Is LiveFPL taking the piss for not captaining? 😆

      1. Ragabolly
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Haha means you only get a meh green arrow from him. In other rank tiers, he is actually a spy who hurts your team although he's in it

        1. Harper (No more Penandes)
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 16 days ago

          That's really cool. Your website is amazingly useful!

        2. Nanoelektronicar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 16 days ago

          It's mint.

  4. Super Saints
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    Just so you all know Salah will be benched but come on for 1 point to block Bruno vice, never in my FPL career have I got that lucky

    1. DycheDycheBaby
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      I would be happy if that happens. And I have Salah captain

      1. Robman
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        +1 in same boat

  5. Feed tha Sheep
    • 9 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    Vardy expected back this weekend..bring him in or wait a while and go Antonio instead?

    1. FourLokoLeipzig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Vardy or Ings

      1. Feed tha Sheep
        • 9 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Ings really?

        1. FourLokoLeipzig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          8 months, 16 days ago

          Up against Newcastle next, potential doubles in 26 and 27

  6. Scots Gooner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    Several teams in my ML have AWB and Bruno (c). On 50+ points from 2 x players. Absurd.

    1. The Ilfordian
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Same here. Surprising number have Bednarek too. I’m suspecting some collusion at my workplace

  7. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    Martial told Bednarek it wasn’t a foul.

  8. ALI_G
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 16 days ago

    17 from 1 and a nice chunky red arrow!

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      A lot of Man U fans out there.

      1. Lord.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Unfortunately it’s allowed

  9. Aster
      8 months, 16 days ago

      How likely is Gundogan to miss the game?

      Anyone knows Pep's wife?

      1. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        eh?

      2. threeputt
        • 12 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        I think Pep has him down as KdB's sub when injured

    • Top Lad Dakes.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Ah well... tbf on recent form never considered Bruno captain over Salah. And obviously didn’t foresee this freak Southampton result (though I guess it’s becoming an annual occurrence now! 🙁 )

      17 from 1 does make a red arrow seem harsh... congrats to all double/triple United

      1. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        23 from 2 still red arrow

    • Sun Jihai
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Just saw the Adams replay again - such a joke that Man Utd got the clean sheet there

      1. DycheDycheBaby
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        And a pen.

      2. Mo Mane Mo Salah
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        And a second red

    • Elly88 > KTR (Kevin The …
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 16 days ago

      Bench 1 for Rudiger
      A. Dias
      B. Cancelo
      C. Stones

      1. Adetro
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        8 months, 16 days ago

        I have the same issue but AWB as another defender, so I'm benching Dias and Stones.

    • Finding Timo
        8 months, 16 days ago

        Is pope best keeper for next few gameweeks?

        1. Here's Tom with the We…
          • 10 Years
          8 months, 16 days ago

          I think so, yes.

          1. Finding Timo
              8 months, 16 days ago

              I reckon either pope or mendy

        2. FPL Kaka
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          8 months, 16 days ago

          Just did Mane to Zaha......

          So is Zaha out the Leeds game now?

          1. HellasLEAF
            • 12 Years
            8 months, 16 days ago

            Mistake to be making transfers before GW has played out imo.

          2. ALI_G
            • 3 Years
            8 months, 16 days ago

            why would you do that ?

        3. Alisson WondHaaland
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          8 months, 16 days ago

          Does anyone have Leno and Bednarek?

            1. Harper (No more Penandes)
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              8 months, 16 days ago

              Woah, talk about variance

            2. threeputt
              • 12 Years
              8 months, 16 days ago

              is there an easy way to find these ?

          1. Adetro
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            8 months, 16 days ago

            Bednarek in 12% of teams. That's a lot of pain out there.

          2. threeputt
            • 12 Years
            8 months, 16 days ago

            There ought to be a 'worst gw score' on ffl as well as the best gw score, we could all titter

        4. HellasLEAF
          • 12 Years
          8 months, 16 days ago

          Bruno sneaks in to grab the big haul and the max bonus.

          1. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
            • 9 Years
            8 months, 16 days ago

            Yeah a lucky pen as per usual.

          2. AMBELLINA PRISE
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            8 months, 16 days ago

            Literally changed him as captain 5 minutes before the deadline

        5. Right In The Stanchion
          • 1 Year
          8 months, 16 days ago

          United fans lapping up the jammiest 9-0. Would have been 0-0 or 1-0 had that guy not got sent off seconds in.

          Still won’t make top 4

          1. Nimby
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            8 months, 16 days ago

            How do you know that?

          2. Sun Jihai
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            8 months, 16 days ago

            More it would have been a different game at 4-1 IMO

        6. diesel001
          • 4 Years
          8 months, 16 days ago

          Ralph being salty in his interview.

          1. Super Saints
            • 5 Years
            8 months, 16 days ago

            Every right to be, did you see the officialling

          2. The Knights Template
            • 7 Years
            8 months, 16 days ago

            Any vinegar?

          1. Adetro
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            8 months, 16 days ago

            Poor b*stard.

          2. Super Saints
            • 5 Years
            8 months, 16 days ago

            Lol hilarious, awful team though

          3. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
            • 9 Years
            8 months, 16 days ago

            Brilliant

          4. Aster
              8 months, 16 days ago

              How did he miss Jankewitz?

          5. Duke Silver ☑
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            8 months, 16 days ago

            Peter Walton has some confidence for somebody that's wrong 99% of the time.

          6. OneDennisBergkamp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            8 months, 16 days ago

            from 1.5k to 5.5k in 1.5 GWs - worried

            1. Whazza
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              8 months, 16 days ago

              Lightning a candle for you rn

              1. Duke Silver ☑
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                8 months, 16 days ago

                😆

              2. threeputt
                • 12 Years
                8 months, 16 days ago

                mine has the word 'dynamite' on it

          7. Shark Team
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 16 days ago

            8,14,22 the next 17pointer comes in gw32, bookmark this

            1. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              8 months, 16 days ago

              Correction, not GW32. 03/02 😉

            2. Rupert The Horse
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              8 months, 16 days ago

              I love maths. My wife is an accountant but rubbish at maths. I don’t get it.

              1. Shark Team
                • 4 Years
                8 months, 16 days ago

                14-8 = 6
                22-14 = 8
                So the next one: x-22= 10
                x = 32 😉

                1. Rupert The Horse
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  8 months, 16 days ago

                  Haha. No I understood the pattern. As I said I like maths a lot. Did GCSE level at 9 years old. But my wife is rubbish but uses maths at works. Just knows the formulas.

          8. Top Lad Dakes.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            8 months, 16 days ago

            Welp.... Salah fail is inevitable now

            1. Mr. O'Connell
              • 9 Years
              8 months, 16 days ago

              My last 9.5 gameweeks (Salah captain this week):

              Captain goals 0
              Captain assists 1

              Vice captain goals 8
              Vice captain assists 8

              1. Top Lad Dakes.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                8 months, 16 days ago

                Dammit O’Connell... you’ve ruined it for us!

                Bruno not even my VC lol

              2. Super Saints
                • 5 Years
                8 months, 16 days ago

                Always the way, last season my VC outscored my captain 31 times

                1. Mr. O'Connell
                  • 9 Years
                  8 months, 16 days ago

                  16 returns to 1 is more than outscoring!!

            2. Sun Jihai
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              8 months, 16 days ago

              Horrible when I'm had the armband on him for the last two GWs
              I could have missed the deadline and been better off!

              1. Sun Jihai
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                8 months, 16 days ago

                Bruno that is. Salah blank is inevitable as you say!

                1. Robman
                  • 6 Years
                  8 months, 16 days ago

                  nah, couple more goals i think (hopefully as i have him as captain)

          9. Aster
              8 months, 16 days ago

              I hope Sterling has an anxiety attack ahead of Burnley game.

              1. Aster
                  8 months, 16 days ago

                  Mild

              2. dunas_dog
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                8 months, 16 days ago

                Wilson captain v Southampton at the weekend?

                1. Captain_Shirokov
                  • 3 Years
                  8 months, 16 days ago

                  nah that's their freak result out of the way

                2. Rinseboy
                  • 9 Years
                  8 months, 16 days ago

                  no way they'll go so tight now. Check their results after the 9-0 spanking last time

              3. Top Lad Dakes.
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                8 months, 16 days ago

                A penalty and a last minute assist to make the haul in a freak result saving Bruno captainers there, tbf 😉

              4. Rupert The Horse
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                8 months, 16 days ago

                Some idiot captained Bednarek. Haha

                1. AC/DC AFC
                  • 6 Years
                  8 months, 16 days ago

                  Why are you so nasty as a shite horse head?

                  1. Rupert The Horse
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    8 months, 16 days ago

                    Why am I nasty? It’s just a bit of fun. He obviously doesn’t take the game seriously.

                2. Salah’s Sonnet
                  • 10 Years
                  8 months, 16 days ago

                  I saw! -14

                3. Duke Silver ☑
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 6 Years
                  8 months, 16 days ago

                  Legend.

              5. Captain_Shirokov
                • 3 Years
                8 months, 16 days ago

                10k EO for Bruno? Less than 100%?

                1. Mr. O'Connell
                  • 9 Years
                  8 months, 16 days ago

                  Nope

                2. DA Minnion (Legendary manag…
                  • 9 Years
                  8 months, 16 days ago

                  Above

              6. camarozz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                8 months, 16 days ago

                Liv/City nxt wk means 5 players frm this game. Absolutely hate that.
                Might play Coufal and Soucek v Fulham instead

              7. Super Saints
                • 5 Years
                8 months, 16 days ago

                Can anyone tell me the point of VAR? Just get rid of it

                1. AC/DC AFC
                  • 6 Years
                  8 months, 16 days ago

                  We'll need a milometer replay on that now

                2. Champions League Varane
                  • 2 Years
                  8 months, 16 days ago

                  9.