Captain Picks and Tips - Gameweek 14
Posted by FFPundits
8:45am Dec 3 2016
Strikers from Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United and Spurs occupy the top 4 spots in our weekly Fantasy Premier League captaincy picks, but who will you captain?
Welcome to our Gameweek 14 premium FPL captaincy picks article, where we will identify 3 regular picks and a gamble for your consideration.
As this weeks article features some rather expensive picks, we will also feature a ‘Penniless Pick’ for those managers who are struggling for funds, but more on that later.
Last weeks Gameweek 13 article was very much the assist show, with Costa, Mane and Sigurdsson all contributing an assist and rewarding those FPL managers who owned them.
The latter also found the back of the net in Swansea’s 5-4 thriller against Crystal Palace – Who would have seen that scoreline coming?! Not me, that’s for sure.
It was another gameweek to forget for Leicester’s Jamie Vardy, who’s now gone a staggering 9 Premier League games without a goal, but surely this terrible form won’t continue for much longer?
Moving onto Gameweek 14, I think it’s fair to say it is quite difficult to pick a captain, especially with the 2 big names – Costa versus Aguero in Saturday’s lunchtime kick off.
For me, and many other FPL bosses as shown in our Captaincy Poll, the clear, stand-out out option for this week is Tottenham’s Harry Kane as they face Swansea at home.
Harry Kane – Spurs
- Swansea (H)
In his last home game, Kane dug Spurs out of a big hole against West Ham, with 2 very, VERY late goals to come from 2-1 down in the 89th minute to earn three valuable points in a 3-2 victory.
These two goals were Kane’s 4th and 5th league goals of the season, which by his standards is quite low fr this time of the year. However, it’s worth mentioning that he missed 5 matches through injury but looks set to claw back the points for FPL managers with a generous fixture schedule.
As a side note, Harry Kane doesn’t have the best record in this fixture and actually has as many goals for Swansea in this fixture as he does for Spurs, as he scored an own goal in the 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium last season.
The Englishman is the fourth most expensive player in FPL, priced at a hefty £10.9m. He has scored only 47 FPL points though, so you would expect more for your money – but as mentioned above, he has missed games through injury so as an average, his returns are still decent.
Many FPL managers, like me, think Kane will hit a purple patch of form as he’s now been transferred in by over 125,000 bosses ahead of Gameweek 14. All aboard the a Kane Train.
Kane has always been a slow starter to he season and he has taken a bit longer this campaign to get going, but I fully expect him to earn a number of FPL points on Saturday against Swansea and attract lots of attention from the FPL community. Grab him whilst you can!
Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Man United
- Everton (A)
Next up, making a return to our captaincy article after a 3 week absence is Manchester United striker, Sir Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
After a brilliant start to the season, Zlatan stuttered for the next few games but has recently picked up, scoring 2 league goals in his last 3 games as well as scoring a brace in Manchester United’s 4-1 hammering (no pun intended) of West Ham in the EFL cup on Wednesday night.
United face a tricky tie away at Everton on Sunday and go into the game with just one league win in their last 7 games as the pressure starts to mount on Jose Mourinho and his men.
Without doubt, Jose’s team are drawing too many games at present and failing to convert their chances, but with Henrikh Mkhitaryan performing well and Zlatan back on form, there’s every chance that Manchester United can get 3 valuable points on the board and start to close the 11 point gap between them and the leaders Chelsea.
Goodison Park hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for the Red Devils in recent timer, as they have won just once in their last 4 visits there. Having said that, Everton aren’t in the best form at the moment having won just once in their last 8 Premier League matches, so full expect United to turn the screw and take all 3 points.
Zlatan has 63 FPL points so far this season, which isn’t too bad considering he’s scored only 6 league goals this season. His cause has been helped by earning 12 bonus points, which come in so useful especially when your captain earns them.
Ibrahimovic is in 25.8% of FPL teams, which is a dramatic decline considering he was in over 60% earlier in the season, with many ditching him in favour of the more consistent FPL strikers, Diego Costa and Sergio Aguero.
Like our first pick Harry Kane, Zlatan is very expensive, priced at £11.1m so if you haven’t transferred him in yet you will need some funds in your bank to do so. However, if you do already have him in your team, I think you should seriously consider captaining the Swede this weekend.
Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal
- West Ham (A)
Sanchez has been on fire this season, with 8 goals, 4 assists and 11 bonus points to date, accumulating 87 FPL points in the process. This makes the Chilean the joint 2nd highest scoring FPL player this season so you are almost guaranteed points when it comes to Sanchez.
With Sanchez getting double-digit points totals on FIVE occasions already, he is a leading captaincy candidate.
Arsenal face a first visit to West Ham’s new London Stadium on Saturday evening. The Gunners were on a 19 match unbeaten run, however a shock midweek EFL Cup defeat at home to Southampton has ended this run of good form.
West Ham are struggling to adjust to life at their new stadium, winning just two matches both by a 1-0 scoreline out of their 6 games there so far.
They have endured heavy defeats to Watford and Southampton and I have a feeling Arsenal could inflict more misery on them. With respect to all teams that have visited the London Stadium so far, I’d say that Arsenal are the first ‘big’ team to visit them in the league so far.
I think Sanchez will be in the goal-scoring mix this weekend and again is a leading candidate for your captaincy, like Kane and Ibrahimovic.
Like the two previous picks, he’s premium choice and is valued at £11.4m. With Coutinho out for the next few weeks, if you happen to already have some leftover funds in your budget, Sanchez would be the perfect replacement for him and will fill the void left by the Brazilian.
Divock Origi – Liverpool
- Bournemouth (A)
Origi has found league game time hard to come by this season, due to the regular front 3 of Coutinho, Firmino and Mane doing well, with Sturridge the normal back up but also struggling to get minutes.
However, with Coutinho and Sturridge injured, Origi will get his chance this weekend away at Bournemouth in my opinion and could be the perfect differential for your Gameweek 14 teams.
Origi found the back of the net against Sunderland last week with a lovely finish and also scored in Liverpool’s rather lucky (I say that as a Leeds fan) 2-0 EFL cup win over Leeds.
The Belgian has just 16 FPL points to his name this season, but he has struggled for game time – hence his tally being so low.
Liverpool have a run of decent upcoming fixtures and if Origi takes his chance and performs well, he could leave those FPL managers willing to take the risk rubbing their hands for the next few gameweek’s.
21,000+ FPL managers have transferred him in for this gameweek, while strangely over 800 bosses have transferred him out. Divock Origi is a solid gamble this weekend and I think he will get a decent points return against Bournemouth.
Now as a one-off treat for readers of this article, we will finish off with a ‘Penniless Pick’ as our 3 regular picks this week are in the top 4 in terms of value.
Alvaro Negredo – Middlesbrough
- Hull City (H)
The Spaniard was absolutely superb last week away at champions Leicester in the 2-2 draw, with Negredo getting both goals for Aitor Karanka’s men scoring 12 FPL points in the process.
Middlesbrough face Hull City on Monday nights televised game and will be hoping to get their 3rd win of the season. Sat only 1 point above the relegation zone, this is a must-win game for Boro and I full expect them to take all 3 points at the Riverside.
Hull have won just once in 11 league games, but did progress to the semi-finals of the EFL cup with a penalty shootout win over Newcastle. It’s probably a good job this game takes place on Monday as it will give the Tigers chance to recover from the 120 minutes plus penalties they had to play midweek.
Negredo has 3 goals and 3 assists in the league this season and has scored 52 FPL points – for a player who is priced at £6.3m, this is a decent return. This is why over 73,000 FPL managers have transferred him into their teams for Gameweek 14.
Negredo is a far cheaper alternative to the above picks and has every chance of earning you similar FPL points this week.
For those of you struggling for funds, Negredo is the stand out differential option for this gameweek.
Thank you for reading ‘Fantasy Premier League Tips Captain Tips and Picks – Gameweek 14’ which was written by @holtdaniel123
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