Fantasy Football Captain Tips - FPL Gameweek 1

5:54pm Aug 8 2017

Fantasy Premier League Captain Picks and Tips from Liverpool, Arsenal and Crystal Palace

Hello to all Fantasy Premier League managers and welcome back to what will hopefully be another fun-filled year of FPL action  – packed with misery, regrets and massive double gameweeks along the way!

After a long summer with very little (exciting) football to watch, the Gameweek 1 deadline is just days away now, and my goodness have we missed it.

As is the case with the Premier League teams, getting off to a good start is vital – so why should your FPL team be any different?

As this is our first article of the season, we have only the pre-season form to use as a guide, so, we’ve decided to swerve the likes of Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku, as you don’t need us, or any other fantasy football channel to tell you how much of a captaincy catch they are.

Instead, we’re going to give you 3 captaincy alternatives who are NOT differentials, but should be considered by those Fantasy Premier League managers who’re wishing to go against the heavyweights in Gameweek 1.

As always, I thank you for taking the time to read my weekly article and wish you many green arrows for the weekend’s action.

Alexandre Lacazette – Arsenal [£10.5m]

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First up in this weeks top 3 picks is Arsenal’s record signing,Alexandre Lacazette, who will be hoping to get his Premier League campaign off to a flying start on Friday night at home to Leicester.

While Arsene Wenger forked out £52m to sign his compatriot, you only need part with £10.5m of your £100m budget, which seems like a fair price to pay for a premium Arsenal striker.

Lacazette scored a staggering 28 league goals in just 30 games for Lyon last season and will be hoping to replicate those returns at Arsenal this year.

If Wenger can keep a hold of both Ozil and Sanchez, the creative flair of Arsenal’s attack will most certainly lead to chances for the Arsenal front man regularly throughout the season.

Leicester struggled against the bigger teams last season in their Premier League title defence, and I fully expect that trend to continue on Friday evening at the Emirates.

Arsenal will be determined to reclaim their place in the top 4, after failing to qualify for the 2017/18 Champions League, so a strong start to the season is an absolute must for Wenger and co, with Lacazette relied upon for goals.

Arsenal gained a psychological boost by claiming a somewhat bizarre Community Shield against Chelsea at Wembley last weekend, which should help them push aside the Foxes in Gameweek 1.

With the likes of Kane and Lukaku being the most popular captain picks this weekend, Lacazette offers FPL bosses a healthy alternative for those looking to take an early gamble.

Mohamed Salah – Liverpool [£9.0m]

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Next up is another player making his Premier League debut for his new team – Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.

The Egyptian has looked in excellent form pre-season and could do all kinds of damage in Saturday lunchtime away trip to Watford.

Salah has looked dangerous since joining the Reds from Romaand has settled in nicely so far, netting 4 goals in pre-season.

He contributed 15 goals and 12 assists at Roma in only 31 Serie A appearances last season, while creating 71 chances – probably why Edin Dzeko bagged 29 goals.

Watford struggled towards the back-end of last season and conceded 6 against Manchester City on the final day.

Marco Silva, however, has proven to be an excellent manager in his short Premier League career so far and Watford will surely be a tougher nut to crack under his stewardship.

Silva is famed for his excellent home record and if Watford are to survive this season then Vicarage Road needs to become a fortress.

Having said that, I still expect an easy away victory, with Jurgen Klopp’s men taking all 3 points – with Salah amongst the FPL points.

Wilfried Zaha – Crystal Palace [£7.0m]

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Our final regular captaincy pick is Crystal Palace winger, Wilfred Zaha, who has also been in fantastic form during pre-season.

Zaha is a popular choice amongst the FPL community and is now occupying a place in over 23.5% of teams – no surprise really given his ridiculously low price-tag of just £7.0m.

The Ivory Coast international had by far his best season in 2016/17, amassing 7 goals, 11 assists and 13 bonus points.

Under the watchful eye of Frank de Boer, I think Zaha will carry on his recent improvement and have another excellent campaign, kicking off in the game against newly promoted Huddersfield Town at Selhurst Park this Saturday.

The Terriers have done extremely well to gain promotion to the Premier League and David Wagner has recruited well and got his business done early, however, I believe the new season and league nerves may get the better of them.

With a decent run of fixtures on paper and some good signings made, Crystal Palace may surprise a few people this season and with a man like Zaha in their team, there’s no reason why this can’t be the case.

I’m confident of a home win for Palace and Zaha hopefully finds the back of the net.

Marcos Alonso – Chelsea [£7.0m]

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Finally, our captaincy game for Gameweek 1 is Chelsea defender (midfielder) Marcos Alonso who should do well this weekend at home to Burnley.

While many people shy against having a defender as their captain, for me, Alonso should be pardoned from this rule and here’s why.

The Spaniard is undoubtedly a more attacking threat than most midfielders, as Conte plays him as an attacking left-winger, yet has the luxury of earning 4 points for a clean sheet.

Alonso has been priced as the most expensive defender on the Fantasy Premier League at £7m, but for me, he’s worth every penny.

He chips in with the odd goal (6 last season) and creates chances for his team-mates (5 assists last season) and with Alvaro Morata upfront for The Blues, both players could reap the FPL rewards.

Burnley, meanwhile, are the favourites to be relegated, and having lost their rock Michael Keane from the centre of defence without replacing him, could be vulnerable to concede a few goals in this match against the reigning Champions.

Unfortunately, for Burnley, I can only see a home win to nil and if we’re lucky, Alonso will bag a goal or assist in the process.

As ever, I wish you the very best of luck for Gameweek 1 and I hope your season gets off to a good start!

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