Josh (@whatthebiggsee on Twitter) takes us through five of the best captaincy options for GW5 in FPL.
The Obvious One
Sergio Aguero vs Brighton (H)
Possibly the easiest decision you could make all season; captaining Sergio Aguero at home to a bottom half club. At home so far he is averaging 11 points a game (slightly unbalanced because of his 20 points against Huddersfield) which is unreal. The potential for an explosive return is always there with Aguero and it’s only amplified against teams that are lower down in the table.
Brighton aren’t a push over, but they have conceded 11 goals so far, meaning City have a good chance of grabbing a goal. Aguero just makes sense as a captain, and there’s a high chance many of his owners (52.2% of all players) will be sticking the armband on him. Why not join them?
The Fun One
Raheem Sterling vs Brighton (H)
Okay I know, that’s two players from the same team in the same game. I promise the rest of these picks won’t be players from Man City, so moving on let’s take a look at Raheem.
Raheem Sterling was labelled by many as overpriced this year. Sitting at 11m many assumed he wouldn’t justify his price tag. 33 points across 5 games (he didn’t play GW2) shows that he is perhaps worth the value. 6.6 points a game on average and the same logic applies as it does to Aguero. Man City have the potential to score and Sterling could hopefully be involved.
His 3.3% ownership as well could mean a significant rank boost for his owners if he does haul, so if you are having great fun this season with exciting captaincy picks, look no further.
The Decent One
Harry Kane vs Huddersfield (A)
Harry Kane has not been at his scoring best in recent times, despite breaking his August duck the Spurs forward only has three goals so far, one of which was a penalty. They do, however, play against the team that have conceded the joint most goals with 14, tied with Cardiff.
Huddersfield’s leaky defence is surely the dream scenario to get Harry firing again. If you are one of the 25.4% of managers who have invested the 12.4 in Kane you might see this game as a last ditch attempt to rationalise keeping him, or you could be someone who has brought him in specifically for this week. Either way I think the England man has a decent chance of producing results for you this week.
The Unlikely One
Richarlison vs Fulham (H)
Before his red card in gameweek 3, Richarlison looked a great fantasy asset, scoring goals in an attacking side meant he seemed guaranteed to get points. The sending off then resulted in mass sales and people falling out of love with the enigmatic Brazilian. He returned to the side last week and blanked but a game against an open Fulham team could see him bag some points for those who kept the faith.
Perhaps not a definite option but definitely potential for a goal or assist to be found in the young Brazilian. Hopefully he can keep his cool and stay on the pitch, and if you take a risk on him may you be rewarded.
The Differential one
Kenedy vs Leicester (H)
Newcastle had a rough start to the season, some very tough games meant that their players didn’t have space to shine. It also meant they had to defend very deep and their attacking stars didn’t do much attacking.
The fixtures have eased up and they drew 0-0 with Palace away. Perhaps not the most encouraging sign but Leicester have shown themselves to be good at letting the odd goal in and Newcastle will be hoping they do giving them a much needed boost.
Of their forward players Kenedy on paper seems the most dangerous. Set piece potential as well as being able to get into good positions means he could be differential goldmine (1.1%). Whether you trust him or not is up to you, if you are one of the few managers that own him and feel like risking it why not give it a go?