Fantasy Football Captain Tips - Gameweek 11 Picks
Posted by @FFPundits_Drew
10:56pm Nov 1 2017
With Tottenham’s Harry Kane likely to be fit for Gameweek 11, is your FPL captaincy pick made for you?
Many of you described Gameweek 10 as a Halloween Horror Story, well brace yourselves as Gameweek 11 is approaching and the fixtures look like it will be another interesting one.
Injury doubts, rotation and a couple of big Super Sunday clashes mean a captain choice may not be as straight forward as past weeks.
Fixtures suggest that there could be a number of 0-0’s on the cards for cheaper defensive assets, leaving the big guns to provide your attacking returns.
Which one will you entrust the armband with?
Below, I have looked at my top 3 candidates for your captaincy role, as well as a gamble for those looking to make up some ground.
I wish all FPL managers the best of luck whoever you decide to give the armband to – be sure to let me know your thoughts and continue the discussion on Twitter via @FFPundits_Drew
Harry Kane vs. Crystal Palace (h)
Well thank you very much, Poch!
The late announcement that Harry Kane was in fact injured and would take no part in Gameweek 10, led to mass sales and the words ‘Free Hit’ flooded our twitter time lines.
The announcement caused a transfer frenzy, where Kane’s ownership dropped from 41.7% to 28.2% – Did you keep hold of FPL’s prize asset? Or do you plan to bring him back in again before Saturday’s 11:30am deadline?
This week Spurs are at home to Crystal Palace, who are still bottom of the table and have conceded a staggering 21 goals so far this season.
I fully expect Spurs to be too much for Palace and for Kane to add to his 8 goals this season and looking at the fixture list this week, he’s the obvious captain choice for me.
UPDATE: Kane was in Poch’s starting 11 for Wednesday night’s Champions League Group Stage clash with Spanish giants, Real Madrid.
Whilst Kane failed to get his name the score-sheet, he did assist Christan Eriksen for Tottenham’s 3rd of the night, in an emphatic 3-1 win, with Kane managing 79 minutes before being hauled off for Fernando Llorente.
I would suggest you keep an eye on Friday’s press conferences and follow @BenDinnery, but the signs look good and Kane remains my number one pick for Gameweek 11.
Sergio Aguero vs. Arsenal (h)
What’s that? You’re ready to take on Pep’s Selection Roulette again? I hope you’ve brought a full wallet…
Well, who could blame you guys, with Manchester City’s attacking returns of 35 goals in 10 games – at this rate, they’ll eclipse the record set by Chelsea for 103 goals scored in one Premier League season.
The general advice with any City assets you own is to stick, take the returns and accept the blanks when they are dropped, and that’s the philosophy I am following for my captain pick this week, Aguero again!
If you do not want the weekly headache caused by Pep Guardiola’s unpredictable rotation, then dump your City assets and opt for more stable fantasy picks, who’re almost guaranteed to start each game.
For this week’s Super Sunday, Manchester City are at home to Arsenal – a fixture in which City will go on the offensive with The Gunners having conceded 13 goals this season.
I expect Arsenal to score, but Manchester City will score more in my opinion and should be an exciting game for the neutrals and fantasy football managers alike.
UPDATE: Sergio Aguero started for Manchester City in Wednesday night’s Champions League 2-4 away win at Napoli, where he bagged a 69th minute goal which makes him Man City’s all-time top scorer, with 178 goals – many congratulations, Kun.
With Jesus remaining on the bench until the 90th minute, before making a 3 minute cameo, the Twitter community appears to be divided – some say both will start on Sunday against Arsenal, whilst others predict Kun will start over Jesus, and vice versa – argh!
My personal opinion is that Kun starts on Sunday afternoon before heading off with Argentina on International duty.
Ignore Aguero at your peril and if you own him, captain him!
Mohamed Salah vs. West Ham (a)
With Mane injured and Coutinho still a doubt for Saturday’s trip to West Ham, Liverpool are looking to Mohamed Salah to provide their attacking returns.
After scoring in the 1-4 defeat to Spurs in Gameweek 9, he followed up with an assist in the 3-0 win over Huddersfiel and had it not been for a missed penalty, he would have surely made his way the FPL team of the week!
So far, West Ham have conceded 19 goals this season with only Stoke City, Everton and Crystal Palace conceded more, so goals are expected at the London Stadium in Gameweek 11.
Jurgen Klopp has hinted that the Egyptian has now been removed from penalty taking duty, but with Salah’s impressive underlying attacking stats, it’s safe to say that more returns are on the horizon for FPL managers.
UPDATE: Mohamed Salah featured in Klopp’s starting 11 against Maribor in in Wednesday night’s 3-0 Champions League win at Anfield, and managed to find the back of the net in the 49th minutes.
Salah was subbed off on the 74th minute for Daniel Sturridge, giving him additional rest for Gameweek 11, which is music to FPL managers’ ears.
In the 74 minutes he played against Maribor, Salah had 7 attempts at goal, with 3 of those on target, 2 off target and 2 were blocked.
A worthy Fantasy Premier League captain for Gameweek 11 and although his ownership us 36% at the time of writing, he’s likely to be a huge captaincy differential, with the masses opting for Kane and Aguero.
Riyad Mahrez vs. Stoke City (a)
With a price-tag of £8.4m, you could be forgiven for not taking a risk on the Algerian, after following up his 2015-16 PFA player of the year season with a poor 2016-17, he left fantasy football managers uninspired going in to the new season this year.
Puel favours a defensively solid and counter-attacking formation, suited to the Leicester City team of 2015-16 that Mahrez and Vardy thrived in.
With 1 goal and 3 assists in his last 3 Premier League outings, Mahrez is in great form and this week takes on a Stoke City side who’ve conceded 20 goals this season.
If you are looking to make up ground, fed up with Pep or ditched the injured Harry Kane last weekend, could the Leicester winger be the man to help you against your mini league rivals this week?
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