FPL Captain Metric: Gameweek 24

We explore the best options for the Fantasy Premier League captain for Gameweek 24 and reveal the results of our captain poll and our new captain metric, who will you choose this gameweek?

BEFORE WE BEGIN: If you haven’t already seen, we released an article earlier introducing the new ‘Captain Metric’, which explains the concept fully and it can be viewed here > ‘The Captain Metric Explained…’

Our captain article returns on the back of a particularly successful captain outing last gameweek, with 4 out of the 5 top captains of live teams returning points.

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For most FPL managers (42% of live teams), it was a fairly easy decision and it was completely justified as Kane went on to secure a brace against Everton at Wembley to take his ever-impressive tally to 20 goals.

Faith in Salah was still fairly high and seemingly well-placed, as the Egyptian continued his incredible season by returning another double-figure haul against Premier League runaway leaders Man City.

The story wasn’t as pretty for those who captained Agüero and Lukaku however, as both could only manage 5pts.

Sterling got booked and got hooked off before City added another 2 goals in the game, so ended on a measly one point, perhaps allowing the Liverpool crowd to get to him.

Moving onto GW24 and we have PLENTY of tasty options to explore in what is shaping up to be a big gameweek, with the template having some extremely favourable fixtures.

Let’s get to investigating…

Results of our Poll

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As expected, the poll is fairly divided between 4 top candidates for this week, but it’s the big Spurs man Harry Kane that takes the majority again.

His brace against the blue of merseyside, took him to 20 goals in the league for the 4th consecutive season and puts him well on track to picking up yet another golden boot.

It also meant he surpassed Tottenham’s all-time Premier League top goalscorer in Teddy Sheringham, with 98 goals from just 135 Premier League appearances, in comparison to Teddy’s 236.

The vote was very close between Mo Salah and City assets Sterling and Agüero, who both have a lovely home fixture against Newcastle to bounce back to after their first PL loss of the campaign.

Neither of the two boast explosive form, but they do have decent form, with Agüero netting and providing an assist in his last two games and Raheem bagging a goal in his last two.

Salah on the other hand, is the gift that simply keeps on giving.

On current trajectory (8.1PPM), he’s headed for a +300pts total! With just 5 blanks in his 22 appearances in the PL and 10 double-figure hauls already registered, he’s a shoe-in for a set and forget captain.

Given the strength of the main options this week, there wasn’t much love for the ‘other’ section of our poll, with only 2% fancying something different to those listed above however, it doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be considered, as there are plenty of great differential captain options on offer this week.

Let’s have a look…

Differential captain options

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  1. Arnautovic – Marko is on fire at the moment boasting 6 goals and 3 assists in his last 7 Premier League games. That’s 62pts in 7 GWs which equates to a ridiculous 8.9pts per match. Not only that, but Moyes deployed him up front in their 4-1 thrashing of Huddersfield on the weekend. At just £7.0m, he really is a must-have right now, especially if he’s going to continue to be fielded up front. Bournemouth next at home, represents a fantastic opportunity for a strong differential captain.
  2. Mahrez – Like Arnautovic, Riyad is on fire too, with 5 goals and 4 assists coming in his last 10 Premier League games. That’s 69 points in the last 10 PL games, an average of 6.9pts a game, which is higher than Kane’s overall average PPG. He faces a Watford side at The King Power that have conceded the 2nd most amount of big chances in the last 5 games (13). This is could be yet another fruitful game for the Algerian winger.
  3. KDB – Not quite in as good form as the previous 2, with 2 goals and 3 assists in his last 7 PL games, but he is arguably the best player in the league playing for the best team in the league and they will want a reaction after experiencing their first loss of the campaign at the hands of Liverpool. Newcastle have conceded 11 big chances in their last 5 games, so it could well be a demolition job if City are on their game and at the Etihad, they usually are, with them scoring 3 or more goals on 8 occasions out of their 11 home PL games. If they score big, KDB is usually involved.

My view…

You could argue that this week is a good time for a differential captain option, as the key options will probably be fairly divided but for me, those options are just far too strong to ignore.

Kane, Salah, Sterling and Agüero could all hit very big this week and I don’t think you want to miss that.

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I currently have mine on Salah, as I trust him to return me something more than I trust Kane to, given that Kane has blanked 12 of his 23 games and Salah only 5 of his, but either of these two are the ones to captain this week for me and if I don’t end up giving it to Salah, then it will be Kane.

You really could flip a coin between the two, but fortunately, you don’t have to, as our new captain metric has a definitive answer for you…

The Captain Metric says… 

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Harry Kane.

He wins this because Tottenham have created the most ‘big chances’ (19) over the last 5 gameweeks, he has the highest rating of any of the candidates on the ICT Index and his fixture is the easiest, based on the fact that the Saints defence has conceded the most big chances in the last 5 gameweeks (13).

But as you can see, it was a close call between him and Salah, meaning that Salah is near enough as good a captain option this week as Kane.

Agüero and Sterling however, were comprehensively beaten by both Kane and Salah on points and the ICT Index, as well as their respective teams creating far more big chances over the last 5 gameweeks.

But there you have it, on paper, Kane is the best captain choice for this weekend.

Stats obtained from fantasyfootballscout.co.uk

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