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How the top 10k FPL managers set their teams up for Blank Gameweek 36

Mohamed Salah (£12.7m) returns to the summit of influence among the top 10,000 Fantasy Premier League managers for Blank Gameweek 36.

Two goals and one assist in his last three matches and a Sunday afternoon trip to West Bromwich Albion were enough to help him become this weekend’s most popular captain at that level.

The armband debate proved to be rather one-sided in the end as 77.3% of the top 10k handed it to Salah for Blank Gameweek 36.

As you can see from the chart above, that made for a huge majority against the second-placed Harry Kane (£11.8m); 63.4 percentage points.

Outside of those two premium assets, there was mostly pocket-change handed out to the other captain options.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin‘s (£7.6m) Sunday-evening meeting with basement boys Sheffield United was enough for 2.8% of the top 10k to take a calculated risk with their captain’s armband.

Meanwhile, Salah and Kane’s respective colleagues Son Heung-min (1.5%) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (0.8%) completed the top five armbandees.

Salah is some way clear in the effective ownership department as well, offering a figure of 170.7% in the top 10k.

Kane sits in second place with 96.5% effective ownership while Alexander-Arnold (76.9%), Jesse Lingard (74.2%) and Son (67.2%) complete the top five.

Chip season is very much in its closing stages as we approach the end of the 2020/21 campaign.

The Free Hit was the most deployed for Blank Gameweek 36 but attracted just 2.4% interest among the top 10k.

Just under 2.0% of them went for a Wildcard while 0.1% used the Triple Captain and just 200 managers at this level Bench Boosted.

With two Gameweeks left of the season, 94.9% of the top 10k have exhausted their chip supply.

Salah is now the most-owned asset in the top 10k, sat in 93.4% squads at that level after an increase of roughly 10 percentage points between the two most-recent deadlines.

Bruno Fernandes‘ (£11.5m) backing has dropped off considerably. His 88.8% top-10k ownership for Triple Gameweek 35 was perhaps influenced by Free Hit chips and he comes into the latest round owned by just 56.6% in the upper echelons.

Kelechi Iheanacho (£6.3m) has also seen his ownership drop off a cliff. He was the top 10k’s favourite player for Triple Gameweek 35 (95.1%) but is no longer among the top three most popular forwards.

Calvert-Lewin (51.2%) and Patrick Bamford (39.3%) have replaced the Leicester man and Ollie Watkins (£6.5m) in that regard.

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470 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Fred54
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 1 day ago

    Feeling a bit exposed with Dallas as my only Leeds but hopefully Burnley having two GKs will ease the damage.

    1. Zen Arcade
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 1 day ago

      I’ve got a terrible sense of deja vu.

  2. BeWater
      1 month, 1 day ago

      My history with Dallas:

      Man City (17) benched him
      Liverpool (1) played him
      United (6) benched
      Brighton (1) played
      Spurs (9) benched
      Burnley (?) played

      32 benched points from one player in 5 weeks.

      1. Holmes
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        2pts will be a success

      2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 1 day ago

        Lesson: Never bench a midfielder who has an applicability of a defender's points.

        1. BeWater
            1 month, 1 day ago

            When I look at my team for the weeks I benched him it made sense. He's playing every week for me until the end of the season now though!

            1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 1 day ago

              I know what you are saying. If you shift him to the mids or the strikers table he will be the 5th highest point scorer in both of them. My biggest regret has been transferring him out mid-season. And I was one of the earliest ones to get him.

        2. Kane and Ablett
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Same for me in the last six but I did captain him in the glorious gameweek 25 for which I’ll always be grateful

          • KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Spurs game was the first time I’ve benched him all season!
            Owned since the beginning

          • Nomar
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            I think I did exactly the same as you, Bewater.

            I think next season, if I get him I’m just going to play him every week regard of the fixture.

            In fact, next season I’m probably going to get Martinez, Dallas and 2 other attacking defenders and just plug and play every week.

            1. BeWater
                1 month, 1 day ago

                It's so frustrating when a player you actually own hurts your rank that much. I've had Emi from week 1 but sold him on WC this week. It's strange how you develop an attachment to these players.

              • Dark Side Of The Loon!
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                If Dallas will be classified as a defender!

          • EmreCan Hustle
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 1 day ago

            Didn't pick Dallas on FH. Please stay quiet 🙂

          • Parsnips
              1 month, 1 day ago

              Wait... pope injured? Remember what happened last time.

              1. Fred54
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                No.

                1. Parsnips
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    They let in 5 against Man City I believe and he had a shocker

                    1. Zen Arcade
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      I reckon that’s more to do with Dyche’s approach against City. Pretty sure he ends up losing heavily whoever is in goal.

                2. Holmes
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  I do remember last night

                  Ederson, Mahrez, Stones, Foden and few more got benched

              2. The Train Driver
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Raphina and Dallas start, 9 to go to field 11. Not too optimistic but still good start!

              3. Louis99
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 1 day ago

                Bit of a niche question here, and can't seem to locate the answer anywhere.

                So I captained Mahrez and he didn't play (I know - I put too much faith in Pep). Luckily Salah is my vice, but my mates reckon that since I have no subs coming on to replace Mahrez (all United players) then the captaincy won't be handed over, since the captain can't be in the final 11 and hand still it over.

                Tough one right? Does anyone know what will happen?

                1. No Kane No Gain
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Ignore your friends. You have salah captain.

                2. shaunyjames
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Your mates wrong, you'll get Salah capt points

                3. KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Pretty sure the captaincy will switch to Salah still so long as he plays

                4. Holmes
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  "If your captain plays 0 minutes in the Gameweek, the captain will be changed to the vice-captain."

                  No condition of auto-sub mentioned here...

                5. GoonerSteve
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  You vice captain will still kick in.

                  Although Mahrez might appear on the starting 11 screen, he didnt play.

                6. Louis99
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Quality cheers lads

                7. Cruyff's Eleven
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Awesome conundrum, that should be worth something.

                  Hope it works out well for you.

                8. Danno - Emre Canada
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Your mates are on the wind up!

                9. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Time to change your mates.

              4. Kane and Ablett
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Dallas at the double headlines coming up later

                • g40steve
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Salah showing as differential on live fpl?Glad I have Kane as he is close behind.

                  1. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Depends on your rank. Not showing on mine.

                • Original - Wolves Ay We
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Ciaran Rogers on the Premier League has written this headline on the Premier League site "Yorkshire derby at 1230 BST"

                  Which Yorkshire derby is this?

                  1. Nomar
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 11 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Burnley is in Lancashire, so not sure what that’s about!

                    1. Original - Wolves Ay We
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      The ignorance shown about Northern England by some people is shocking.

                    2. Fred54
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Heh

                • Plagued by indecision
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Looking for Lowton and Harrison points here. Come on boys.

                  1. AMBELLINA PRISE
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Got a feeling Harrison will score

                    1. Plagued by indecision
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Ummm... do you have any other brilliant predictions please?

                      1. AMBELLINA PRISE
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        Haha sure. I have captained Salah but I expect Kane to haul and surpass him. Not sure if this helps but well done for Harrison mate, gor an assist as well!

                      2. AMBELLINA PRISE
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        Just wow!!

                        1. Plagued by indecision
                          • 10 Years
                          1 month, 1 day ago

                          Party time!

                • Steve The Spud
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Bam and Raph

                  Let’s have a goal fest!

                • No Kane No Gain
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Any news on ings?! I was checking a few reliable predicted lineups and he wasn’t in them, they were updated today too.

                  Got him for -4 and a no show would be devastating lol

                  1. Steve The Spud
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Haha ffs I’ve captained him

                  2. FALSE PROFIT
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    I went for Marez. I will feel your pain.

                  3. Cruyff's Eleven
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    2 games in 4 days too much, predictions are he's rested.

                    No official source, just guessing here mods/bots/whomever cares

                • Ajax Hamsterdam
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  who are you eying up as a cheeky punt for gw38? auba, aguero?

                  also would you say bamford is a must for the game v west brom??

                  Thanks 🙂

                  1. Mweene
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Will probably just be boring and get Dallas and Bamford.

                • Steve The Spud
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Top 5 in my ml all have Leeds def and some are on the double! Really need woody to bundle one in

                • KAPTAIN KANE
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 1 day ago

                  Does anybody else think @Maximis Bonimus Pointimus should write articles on here?
                  Love his posts and comments

                  1. Steve The Spud
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Yes, if I ever start to actually read the articles I’ll be happy if it’s his

                  2. FPL Virgin
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    +1

                    I think he has been included in burning question articles in the past and his insight was excellent.

                  3. BeWater
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      His posts on this thread were really good. I enjoy reading his posts generally.

                  4. Jerse
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Scout has two Man City players in its starting 11. Do people never learn ! There is nothing clever in playing Pep (Russian) roulette 2 players with a 50% chance of playing in a blank game week when if you have 10 or 11 players, you are doing well.

                    1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      i think with city you just have to stick the whole season to see the benefits. unless you get aguero gw38 😉

                    2. FALSE PROFIT
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      I had 2 no shows but got bench cover in Dallas and Coufal.

                      1. Salan
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 11 Years
                        1 month, 1 day ago

                        You are the minority.

                        1. FALSE PROFIT
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          1 month, 1 day ago

                          The point I was trying to make is ownership depends on circumstances. My hope was Mahrez and Dias will play 2 from 3. 1 from 3 is ok provided cover on the bench is reliable.

                    3. Mweene
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Exactly - this was not the week to take a punt on players who aren't nailed. More understandable on a FH where you can have a decent bench though.

                    4. Salan
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 11 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Buy you point.

                    5. Major League Shocker
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      It's basically a FH team anyway. People who watch the video content can see that most of the experts weren't considering Man City this week, but a beginner could easily be fooled into thinking otherwise.

                  5. Zen Arcade
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Oh Dallas you shine with an evil light.

                    https://youtu.be/S8-sj-GdadU

                  6. Tomas_brolin
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    No Leeds as went for Antonio and Bamford with Raphinha coming in next week

                    With no Pope this could be awful...

                    1. Tomas_brolin
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Antonio over Bamford

                    2. Dark Side Of The Loon!
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Same here. But watch Mee and Tarkowski bully Rich Boy Bam.

                  7. Disturbed
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 1 day ago

                    Bur v Lee score predictions?

                    1. Major League Shocker
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 1 day ago

                      Draw, 1-1 or maybe 2-2.