Hey, my name is Josh (@whatthebiggsee on twitter) and I write a weekly column for 90MAAT on five captain options for each FPL game week. Hopefully some of the options here score well and if you’ve picked any, benefit you.
The Obvious One
Pierre-Emerick Aubamyang vs Huddersfield (H)
Ah Auba, a man exceeding his xG but still scoring so what to do? Well in my opinion he’s going to be a great option for the captaincy this weekend. Playing at home to Huddersfield is as good an opportunity to score big as there is and while the threat of Lacazette playing through the middle is there Auba still feels like good value.
At home, Arsenal have scored 16 goals, the third highest in the league. Meanwhile, on the road Huddersfield have conceded 16, the fourth highest in the league. Together that paints a picture of one side scoring easily and one defending poorly. Surely the perfect storm for owners and if you are looking to get someone in Auba seems a great pick for a transfer and a captaincy too.
The Fun One
Harry Kane vs Leicester (A)
Harry Kane started this season poorly, apparently, but has since gone back to normality as a fantasy asset of the highest order. Spurs have played three more games away than at home so his slightly better away form is to be expected with six goals in comparison to three at home. He is not always the most reliable asset, thinking back to the Cardiff game earlier this season, but the fun in captaining Kane is that little bit in the back of your brain that says he could score a brace or even better a hattrick. So here he is, the fun pick who can always score a bucket load or ruin your weekend. Let’s hope it’s the former.
The Decent One
Richarlison vs Watford (H)
Richarlison was back on the wing during the midweek and the result was clear to see. More attempts, more involvement with play, more crosses and a goal. Surely Silva can see that his best position is out wide; whether he stays there remains to be seen and that’s why he fills in our decent slot. There is also the tasty reunion between Silva, Richarlison and Watford meaning the Everton men could have a point to prove hopefully resulting in a thorough drubbing with Richarlison heavily involved. Not a brilliant choice but certainly a decent one if you’re struggling for an option.
The Unlikely One
Callum Paterson vs Southampton (H)
Callum Paterson is probably as good as it gets for an attacking player in the Cardiff side this season yet with only three goals to his name he isn’t the most prized asset in FPL. The Bluebirds have definitely improved as the season has gone on but still aren’t exactly fantastic. However, Southampton have been also very poor and defensively woeful. They’ve conceded 29 goals so far and despite a change in manager he is maybe a tad late to save this game. The hope here is that Cardiff use the poor form Southampton have been in to gain confidence and produce a display of good football. If they play well, Paterson will be involved and although definitely not a good choice, if you have some sort of masochistic view to fantasy football, he is my unlikely call for this week.
The Differential One
Lucas Perez vs Crystal Palace (H)
Lucas Perez hasn’t had a great deal of luck in the Premier League, bought by Arsenal to sit on the bench before being loaned out; sold to West Ham where he has also sat on the bench. Not ideal. However, the injury to Arnautovic could give him a chance to shine and coming off the bench to get a brace during the week certainly helps his chances. His current ownership is 0.3% making him a huge differential and at £6.2 he doesn’t break the bank. He is a risk but that’s why he’s so low owned. A potential rank booster of a captain but just as much risk for looking a tad silly. Your choice.
Well thank you for reading, hopefully this helped you make a choice for captaincy this week. Be it good or bad.