FPL Captain Choices: Gameweek 6

We explore the best options for the Fantasy Premier League captain for gameweek 6, who will you choose?

Last week seemed to be very ‘boom or bust’ in terms of the captaincy.

Agüero, Salah and Lukaku all provided the boom for managers that backed them with the armband, whilst Kane (yet again), Firmino and Eriksen/Alli gave us the bust.

I was definitely in the ‘bust’ group of managers after quite possibly my worst gameweek rank ever (4.3 mill)!

This week is another week however, so we forget and go again – although I seem to be saying that to myself every week these days…

Anyway, let’s take a look at what our twitter poll is saying for GW6!

The Results for the Poll

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Unsurprisingly, the City lads lead the way in this week’s captain poll with 50% of the vote.

15 goals in the last 3 games for Pep Guardiola’s team prove they are in fine attacking fettle.

Agüero’s haul last GW has sparked a landslide of FPL managers throwing away heavy-hitters such as Kane, Lukaku and Firmino in order to acquire the services of the brilliant Argentine.

Don’t discount his strike partner Gabriel Jesus just yet though.

He may not have got the points owners hoped for when they saw last week’s 6 goal score line, but he still has 4 goals to his name for the season and outscored Kun the week before against Liverpool.

What we have to remember though, is that this is Pep’s Man City and that means that rotation can strike at any time.

In a week where City host Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions league 3 days after the game against Palace and then travel to Chelsea on Saturday evening, we have to expect rest and rotation for the City strikers.

The Citizens play West Brom in the EFL cup on Wednesday. I expect both of the South American strikers to be rested for this one, with Raheem Sterling getting some game time up top however, FPL managers should monitor their players in this one, as it may give us some clues for the weekend.

The way I see it; Agüero is more liable to be randomly dropped to the bench because he can’t do what Jesus can do in terms of the high press (as we’ve seen once already this year), whilst Jesus will probably start most, yet will keep coming off early as Pep wants to keep his golden boy safe, especially if City are already winning comfortably.

It ultimately comes down to whether you trust that City can bag 2/3 goals in the first 60 minutes and hope that Jesus can return for 2/3 of those goals, or whether you trust Pep to keep starting Agüero – because when Agüero starts, he’s finishing the games.

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This week is the first time one of Harry Kane or Romelu Lukaku hasn’t won our weekly captain poll. The Spurs man, surprisingly, does come in at second with 37%  of the votes.

He disappointed so many FPL gaffers in last week’s game against Swansea – one that most had down as a home banker (myself included).

He was back to hitting the woodwork and keepers pulling worldie saves off against him – you could just look at it as him being unlucky, but has he been unlucky in 4/5 games this season though? Or has he just had a poor start to the season?

I for one believe he has been very unlucky in the games he hasn’t scored in. Simon on the other hand, believes he’s been poor, but that’s open to interpretation in my opinion.

A player of his quality will always score goals, as shown against the mighty Dortmund in the Champions league.

Having bagged two goals away at Everton, are we seeing Harry, and Spurs for that matter, playing the better football away from (their temporary) home?

West Ham haven’t started the season well at all, and they themselves don’t have the best of records in their new(ish) home, albeit having one win from one there this season.

For me though, he’s still the same Kane that’s scored 20+ goals 3 seasons on the bounce in the Premier League – write Kane off at your peril.

Sidebar: Kane V Jesus

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For many managers, this week captain choice comes down to one of Jesus or Kane.

Both Simon and I have this decision to make this week and as the 1000+ votes show, most of the FPL community would go with Harry Kane given that particular choice – going somewhat against the form and fixture of Jesus for the hit and miss (more miss up to now) Kane.

You can see the logic behind not choosing Jesus. He has been taken off early in every game this season and with the game against Shakhtar coming 3 days after the Palace game, we have to expect Pep to rotate and rest his key stars should City be cruising to the win as expected.

That doesn’t necessarily make Kane the better choice between the two however.

He himself has the Champions league to contend with next Tuesday with an away trip to Cyprus. He isn’t in the goalscoring form that Gabriel is in (in the premier league anyway) and has much the tougher fixture on paper.

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I mentioned Kane coming in second surprised me. That’s because Romelu Lukaku is the player with much the better form and also, a pretty tasty fixture.

Southampton have faced none of last season’s top 10 in their opening 5 games and have taken a credible 8 points, although they haven’t exactly been convincing, especially at home where they have conceded 4 in 3.

United, as we all know, have started fantastically and there doesn’t seem to be any stopping Lukaku.

He is averaging a mammoth 7.4 points per game (that’s 281 points over a season!) and is proving that if you give him the chances, he will score goals.

Only 16% of votes on our captain poll went his way. I wonder why FPL managers don’t fancy the Belgian in this one?

Possibly more down to the fact that Aguero/Jesus’s fixture is much the better on paper, rather than people not fancying Lukaku to do well at Saints.

Differential Captaincy Picks

  1. Sánchez – With Welbeck confirmed injured, Wenger surely has to start Sánchez against West Brom on Monday night. He bagged a gorgeous curling goal in Arsenal’s Europa League fixture against Koln, serving a timely reminder to FPL managers of his devastating prowess. Alexis should be at 100% by now and with him looking likely to grab his starting position back at the weekend and at just 2.9% ownership, he could prove to be an extremely powerful differential.
  2. Silva – David Silva seems to be given the advanced playmaker role in Pep’s 3-5-2 system. Getting into the box more and generally looking more dangerous. Silva could be a potentially more reliable punt given the fact he’s started all 5 games in the PL so far and has finished them all but one, which was the last game against Watford where he was withdrawn on 77 minutes – by this point though he’d already provided 2 assists. Because of the chances he creates, Silva is also very bonus friendly, picking up 6 bonus points already with just the 4 assists he’s managed so far. A goal and an assist haul is on the horizon and I’ve a feeling this game could be the one.
  3. Salah – This game has goals in it. It’s a dangerous fixture for Liverpool however, as tonight’s prequel has proved with them losing 2-0 to the Foxes. Liverpool had 70% of the possession and 21 goal attempts, but Leicester’s 8 goal attempts proved to be clinical. I can see their Premier League tie going a similar route, but think Liverpool might score a couple in what I’m seeing as a high scoring 2-2 draw, perhaps with one of them knicking it 3-2. Neither defence is particularly great, but both know how to find the net and the Egyptian winger is in great form ahead of this one. He’s had the most shots on target of any player in the PL so far and looks great to continue the great start he’s had. Perhaps only the brave for this one!

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