Last week we saw our top two picks blank as Kane scored a goal that wasn’t and Mohamed Salah was rested. Vardy and Aubameyang performed well and brought some good returns considering the gameweek average.
Before we look at this week’s FPL Captaincy Analysis, here’s a breakdown of how last week’s selections did:
1. Harry Kane – 1 point
2. Mohamed Salah – 0 points
3. Jamie Vardy – 8 points
Differential – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 6 points
Gamble – Romelu Lukaku – 2 points
Now onto this week’s picks:
1. Romelu Lukaku (WBA & BOU)
May be a surprise to some, but if you consider Lukaku’s fixtures, he actually seems like a sensible choice. It’s a double gameweek for Man United, meaning that players have double the chance of getting a few goals for your teams. This week, United take on both West Brom – who sit bottom of the table and have conceded nearly the most goals out of every side – and Bournemouth, a team who have only kept 1 clean sheet since gameweek 14. With this in mind, Lukaku is definitely the number one choice for this week!
2. Harry Kane (MCI & BHA)
Say what you like about Harry Kane, and believe me, many people have! He successfully appealed to have Eriksen’s goal overturned to be given to him. Correct decision? Who knows, but it means that he was robbed of a goal by the FPL, who cruelly awarded it to him, only to take it away before full time. He, like Lukaku, also has a double gameweek but I’m slightly more sceptical of his game time. After just coming back from an ankle injury, and looking very poor for the vast majority of the game last week, I’m not so sure whether he will start in both games, one of which is against City and the other against Brighton. He’s second top scorer and clearly wants to win the Golden Boot again, which leads me to believe that he may declare himself fit in order to catch up to Salah!
3. Jamie Vardy (BUR & SOU)
I’m quite vocal with my concern for Jamie Vardy in FPL, because despite scoring, he very rarely has any chances to score, which may not make sense but Vardy only ever scores 1 goal a game due to the lack of chances he has. This shocked me, but he has only scored 2+ goals in a game once this season, the very first game! Since then, he’s scored 14 goals in 30 games, nearly 1 goal every 2, but his form recently has been much better than that average. Considering it’s a double gameweek, he may prove me wrong, but going off of how the season has panned out, he may not be the player to get you a huge points haul!
Differential – Ashley Barnes (LEI & CHE)
Another player with a double gameweek, and one you probably didn’t expect to see. However, if you look at how good Barnes has been in the past few weeks, he may prove to be a great little differential! With 4 goals in the last 5 games, and with two home games coming up against Leicester and Chelsea, this may be a crucial period for Burnley. A win in either game will solidify their 7th place, but they could eye up 6th if they beat Chelsea too who are struggling for form recently! Given how good Barnes has been, he may be one to keep an eye on!
Gamble – Mohamed Salah (BOU)
Purely a gamble just because he hasn’t got a double gameweek, however, let’s be honest, the man is a machine. His reaction to Kane’s appeal said it all; he wants the Golden Boot just as much as Kane does, indicating that he’ll be playing this weekend. If he is, chances are he’ll probably score, considering how good he has been all season. You don’t need me to tell you that Salah, even in a single gameweek, can definitely outscore double gameweek players!
Written by Bonus FPL (@BonusFPL)