Hey my name is Josh (@whatthebiggsee on Twitter) and I write a weekly column for 90MAAT on five captaincy options for each FPL gameweek. Hopefully some of the options here score well and if you’ve picked any, they benefit you.
The Obvious One
Raheem Sterling vs Bournemouth (H)
Sterling is this year’s star man. Currently top of the table and playing in a free scoring city team it’s a wonder he only has 13.8% team selection. Most of that is due in large to his price which many thought was far too much. He has since then made a mockery of that price with 95 points so far with 7 goals and 7 assists and 7 clean sheets. He has missed two games this season and that’s partly the reason many won’t trust him.
However I think for this week he looks like a great option. Bournemouth have conceded 9 from 6 games and at home City have scored 27. It’s a recipe for success and with Sterling’s contributions for far he seems an obvious choice to score a haul at the weekend. If you have him I would captain him. If you don’t then maybe look at ways to fit him in. Either way I think he could be a very valuable asset this week.
The Fun One
Mohammed Salah vs Everton (H)
Liverpool vs Everton is a fun derby and it stands to reason that Salah would be a fun captain because of this. Liverpool are not as attacking this season as the last couple which may cause many to panic. However, Salah is still regularly scoring and Everton have only kept one clean sheet away from home so far this season. He has scored 7 goals and had 4 assists so far which isn’t as many as some would hope but are still good numbers. As a captain he feels fairly safe but with the game being, hopefully, an exciting one he’s pretty fun too.
The Decent One
Eden Hazard vs Fulham (H)
Oh Eden, you big troll. Hazard has a habit of doing very well, everyone buys him. He stops doing well. Everyone sells him. He starts doing well again. It’s a cycle and it’s fun but oh so annoying. His game vs Fulham should be nice and tidy for a captain choice but with Ranieri making changes and Hazard’s sudden dip in form he seems slightly riskier. This is why he falls under the decent category. He is by no means a bad choice but he’s also not the best choice out there. If you have him and are sticking with him he has the potential to be great so hopefully he can reward those who stick with him.
The Unlikely One
Solomon Rondon vs West Ham (H)
Now if like me you tend to not think of Newcastle all that often you may be surprised to hear that they’ve won their last three games. It’s shocking I know. In that time Solomon Rondon has scored twice. Not particularly thrilling but the home game against west ham perhaps offers some hope of a goal for him. A slim hope because, well, he’s Rondon. But still a hope. It’s unlikely you own him (Only 1.4% of managers do) and even more unlikely you’d captain him but if you love a risk then this is my pick for the week.
The Differential One
Aaron Mooy vs Brighton (A)
Having scored only three points in their first 10 weeks it would have been fair to say Huddersfield weren’t going to have a good season. However in the last three they’ve scored 7 in a thrilling reminder that they can actually play football. Aaron Mooy is perhaps not the most spectacular player but having scored twice last week he has shown he can at least do something for you. So at 1.7% owned he sits in our differential spot this week, the away game against Brighton provides Huddersfield with the potential to grab some more vital points and hopefully Mooy can contribute.
So that’s it for this weeks options. If any of them stand out to you then you’re welcome. If it helped settle any internal debates then again you’re welcome. Good luck to all and I hope whoever you pick as captain scores a hattrick!