Josh (@whatthebiggsee on Twitter) takes us through five of the best captaincy options for GW10 in FPL.
The Obvious One
Mohammed Salah vs Cardiff (H)
Ah Cardiff, the Premier League’s whipping boys (unless you’re Fulham). Despite their 4-2 victory last weekend, I think it is fair to say many aren’t expecting Cardiff to put up a great fight vs Liverpool. They have conceded the second most goals in the league (19) and currently only have two clean sheets. As for the Reds, they have managed 16 goals this season and have had the third highest number of shots; it is fair to say that Salah and co will be relishing this fixture.
The main man Salah scored the only goal last weekend in a rather dull 1-0 win and scored his 50th goal for the club during the week. Couple this with the fact that we should see a return to a regular XI compared to the one we saw against Huddersfield, Salah will be hopeful of adding to his impressive goal tally. He makes a strong case to be the obvious captain this weekend for anyone not wanting to risk too much.
The Fun One
The Bournemouth attack vs Fulham (A)
Okay, not technically a player. Okay, not a player by any stretch. More of a collection of individuals that happen to play a team that have conceded 25 goals, not kept a clean sheet yet this season AND who have conceded the third highest shots in the league so far. The Bournemouth attack are a fun option because Fulham aren’t great, they are a team who do not like to defend. As mentioned above, last weekend Fulham succumbed to a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Cardiff, who hadn’t won a game prior to the fixture and had only managed four goals in the previous eight.
So onto Bournemouth. The highest owned attacking players are Wilson, Fraser and King with 24%, 21.7% and 5.2% respectively. Some other sneakier options could be Brooks or Stanislas, maybe even Lewis Cook. However one of the first three are probably the most likely to be in your squad and potentially captained this game week. The Cherries have scored as many goals as Liverpool and Tottenham this year and look genuinely good value to score in any game. They are prone to occasional busts, however, such as the 4-0 loss to Burnley or the 0-0 game with Southampton last weekend. Either way, they are a fun option to consider if you want to feel really smug when Josh King scores a hattrick.
The Decent One
Anthony Martial vs Everton (H)
Manchester United are either a good team playing poorly, a bad team playing well or just a team who hate their manager and want him to leave so they can get a new French upgrade. It’s hard to tell. Either way playing at home to Everton could present a wonderful opportunity to prove they are good and can play well.
Anthony Martial has started the last two games and has had a wonderful time of it, scoring three goals and getting an assist. He’s scored 28 fantasy points in two weeks and could very well continue on this amazing form. He is not the most reliable fantasy asset going though; before the last two games he had a grand total of 4 FPL points, but hopefully the young Frenchman can continue showing why United spent so much on him in the first place.
The Unlikely One
Matt Doherty vs Brighton (A)
The Wolves defence has been rather steadfast in the Premier League so far. Conceding only eight goals in nine fixtures is not an easy thing to do for a newly promoted side. To add to this, Matt Doherty has essentially been a budget Alonso this season playing more as a winger than a defender and reaping the rewards. In his first four weeks he managed a grand total of eight points. Since then he has managed 42.
For some, a shock defeat to Watford at the weekend may cause concern. However, I feel Wolves will wish to redeem themselves and the game against Brighton offers a perfect opportunity to do so. A clean sheet is very attainable and attacking returns could be up for grabs too. Matt Doherty may not be your first choice but if you like to surprise people he could be a great pick this week.
The Differential One
Mesut Ozil vs Crystal Palace (A)
No matter your opinion of Mesut Ozil, he is definitely a footballer of the highest quality and although inconsistent in terms of output, he is always somehow involved in scoring goals.
Although his 4.9% ownership is low, probably because nobody feels they can trust him, I am confident in listing him as my differential pick this week as, unless he hurts his back, he has good potential for massive points. Having hit double digits several times this season this could be a great time to capitalise on Arsenal’s good form and captain the German assist machine.
Thanks for reading, I hope these options work for you in this fantasy gameweek!