FPL Captain Choices: Gameweek 11

We explore the best options for the Fantasy Premier League captain for gameweek 11, who will you choose?

Well, last week’s captain candidates, like many FPL teams, had a shocker.

With the Harry Kane injury news coming out early Wednesday, managers were left scrambling to repair their teams, with some managers leaving Arry’ on the bench and others who opted to shift him out.

Those who opted for the latter, didn’t exactly reap the rewards for that decision, as all of the high value replacements failed, more or less.

Sergio Agüero was well and truly Pep’d (although we could’ve seen this coming with the Wolves game midweek going the distance), Lukaku was Jose’d with his defensive tactics in big games and Morata just couldn’t convert his chances, along with the blanks of Jesus and Lacazette – transferring Kane out just didn’t work.

News has surfaced today that he’s been back training with the squad (pictured above) ahead of the Real Madrid match, with Pochettino stating that he needs to make a decision on Kane and with that, should welcome a flux of transfers in and an overwhelming support for the armband this coming GW.

Results of the Poll

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No surprise here then – Mr. Kane sits top of our weekly poll with 73% of the votes.

With his last Premier League game against Liverpool well and truly dismissing the myth that was the ‘Wembley curse’, he now faces a plum ‘home’ fixture against a Palace side that are still finding their way under Woy.

Much was made of his slow start to this campaign during his August woes, where he was getting shots off but just couldn’t convert, but now no-one is questioning the big man for Spurs and he really is flying.

Kane sits on 57 total shots for the season. That’s a massive 20 more attempts than next best Romelu Lukaku.

With Roy’s men in town next- a team that have conceded a mammoth 26 big chances so far this season – for Kane, there’s no doubt he’ll get plenty of shots away as well as good opportunities and as such, is by far the best captain choice this week.

The only worry with Kane is his fitness, but based on the news about him back in training today, the signs are looking good for Kane to be fit for Palace on the weekend (follow our Presser article this Friday for the latest on what Poch is saying and also keep an eye on @BenDinnery’s tweets).

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Based on the latest, it would appear Kane is touch and go for Real Madrid. I think an ideal situation would be Kane featuring, but not playing 90 mins. Palace is a game they can win without Kane, but I don’t feel Pochettino will take that risk with them being 8pts off league leaders City – they need to keep pace and they can’t afford to drop points in these kind of games anymore.

Mohamed Salah – 13% of the votes

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The Egyptian just keeps ticking along nicely for his owners however, that penalty miss last week will leave a sour taste in the mouth, but he did still manage some attacking returns with an assist.

The next penalty Liverpool receive will be interesting, as there are rumours circling that Klopp has dropped him from penalty taking duties – these only rumours of course.

Next up for Pool is an attacking players dream; West Ham United.

They’ve conceded a whopping 136 shots on their goal and stand the second worst team for conceding big chances (21), behind Palace and Stoke (26).

Not only that, but Salah is putting in some incredible underlying stats to date;

  • 65 penalty area touches
  • 34 goal attempts (85% of them coming inside the box)
  • 21 shots on target
  • 9 big chances
  • Mins per attempt ratio of 22.4.

Add all that together and it makes a recipe for a fine captain this weekend.

Furthermore, remember their penultimate game at the end of last season? A 4-0 win at the London Stadium.

Now I’m not saying to expect such an emphatic win this time around, but a West Ham side that can concede 3 at home to Brighton (no offence to Brighton) should be no match for the attacking talent the Reds have at their disposal.

Romelu Lukaku – 7% of the votes

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Romelu Lukaku started the season on fire bagging 7 goals in his first 7 games as a Red Devil, but with only 7% of the votes on this weeks poll, it’s obvious FPL managers don’t fancy the Belgian with the armband at Stamford Bridge with Mourinho surely set to park the bus again.

Whilst Lukaku has still been ticking over, he hasn’t scored in his last 3 and at that price, you want goals and some bigger scores. His last 4 gameweeks demonstrate a real downfall and when you compare them to Kane, it doesn’t make for pleasant viewing;

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A screenshot taken from the FantasyFootballScout members section – Kane left and Lukaku right

As you can see, Lukaku loses on every single stat bar one for goal threat statistics for the last 4 gameweeks.

United have not played anything like the fluid, free-scoring team we saw from the beginning of this season. It has slowly reverted back to the cautious, slow, controlled game that Mourinho got them playing last year, promoting their defensive assets more than their attacking ones.

Certainly not captain material this week, but owners will be hoping with the good fixtures coming up that it all reverts back to how it was earlier in the season.

City City City

We can’t have a captain article without a word on the best team in the league right now.

They host Arsenal at the Etihad in what is actually a Super Sunday – unlike the so-called ‘Super Sunday’s we’ve had so far.

Not many would bet against Peps men getting a fair few goals in this one, but does this make the attacking players Agüero, Jesus, Sané and Sterling viable captain choices?

If you have some big balls, or you have some inside information (pass it on if you do), you could gamble on the Pep rotation roulette wheel and really benefit in a high risk-high reward manoeuvre, as most will be very scared to go there. Be wary though, nobody is safe from Pep.

Differential captain options

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  • Sané – This boy can do no wrong at the moment. Everything he touches is turning to gold. Such composure and top decision-making for a player of his age really is a thing of beauty and he’s looking unstoppable. As Simon has argued on numerous occasions in articles and on Twitter, since they changed the system to 433 from 352, Sané is getting the minutes. That’s because he is the only natural LF/LW that they have, whereas on the other side (RF/RW) they have Sterling, Bernado Silva and Jesus who can play there and of course, Jesus and Agüero rotating for ST. Who rotates with Sané for that LW/LF spot? It’s Pep, so he’ll figure out a way to rotate him, but I think he’s less likely of the attacking City players to be rotated and he’s in scintillating form with 34pts in his last 3 gameweeks. Arsenal aren’t the most solid of teams defensively and I can see City banging in 2/3 goals against them and if they do, I’d be very surprised if the brilliant young German winger isn’t amongst them.
  • Eriksen – For those that don’t have Kane for GW11, Eriksen could be a brilliant alternative with Morata and Lukaku facing off against each other. Eriksen has blanked in his last 2 gameweeks, but he’s been Mr. Consistent this year and it doesn’t seem as though he likes going too many games without an attacking return and with Palace up next, I can see Eriksen getting back to business.
  • Vardy – Vardy loves a change in management and it showed again on the weekend when he got back to the goals from a lovely low-cross from Mahrez – rolling back the title-winning times. With new management at the helm – albeit Claude Puel – and Vardy and Mahrez looking like their re-kindling some of their form from the historic title-winning season, Vardy could be set for a purple patch ahead of the kind of fixtures Vardy likes to play in, including the one this weekend against a Stoke side who, as previously mentioned, have conceded the most big chances along with Palace (26). It would be a maverick move, but one that could pay off if you don’t own any Spurs attacking assets.

 

Statistics provided by FantasyFootballScout.co.uk

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