Fantasy Premier League - Captain Differentials for Gameweek 1

10:17am Aug 10 2017

Struggling to decide on who to captain for Gameweek 1? Here’s @FPL_Physio with some captaincy differentials to consider

Hello and welcome to my new weekly article called Captaincy Differentials, where I, @FPL_Physio will be scouring the captaincy polls and Twitter discussions to help bring you a small handful of shrewd captaincy picks.

We all know that the likes of Kane, Lukaku and Manchester City assets are likely to top the captaincy polls each week, but as the season progresses, some of you may feel the need to opt for a less popular choice, as you attempt to make up ground on your mini-league rivals.

Wayne Rooney – Everton [£7.5m]

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First up is Everton’s Wayne Rooney, who’s now owed by 16.4% of overall FPL teams.

Having left Manchester United this summer due to a lack of game-time under Mourinho’s stewardship, Rooney has returned home to his childhood club, Everton.

Rooney’s had a fairly decent pre-season for the Toffees, and having scoring two goals, he appears to be part of Koeman’s starting 11 plans going in to the Premier League season.

The Goodison Park faithful will welcome Rooney home with open arms this Saturday as he makes his second Everton Premier League debut against Mark Hughes’ Stoke City.

With Kevin Mirallas and new signings Davy Klaassen and Sandro Ramirez sat in behind and alongside Rooney, I wouldn’t bet against him finding the net against Stoke on Saturday afternoon.

Christian Benteke – Crystal Palace [£8.0m]

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The Palace target man has a plum home fixture against Premier League new comers, Huddersfield Town, but only 10% FPL managers have opted to have him in their teams ahead of Gameweek 1.

The Belgian international will be eager to improve on his tally of 15 goals last season, and with Zaha playing a more central, attacking role, the service he receives will hopefully increase and lead to more FPL points.

Having conceded 7 goals in their 3 last three pre-season friendlies, things don’t look good for David Wagner’s side and could be calved apart by Benteke and co on Saturday afternoon.

Gabriel Jesus – Manchester City [£10.5m]

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One man who’s slipping under the radar amongst the Lukaku and Kane love affair, is Manchester City’s star-man, Gabriel Jesus.

For every game he started last season, he returned FPL points (except when he went off injured) and a trip to Brighton and Hove on Saturday afternoon could kick off his campaign in style.

With the likes of Sane, Sterling, KDB and the Silva’s perched behind him, providing width and a constant stream of service, it’s frightening to think how many Man City could score this year.

Owned by just 13.4% of managers and priced as a respectable £10.5m, I was shocked to see that only 5% of FPL bosses had captained him in the Fantasy Football Pundits’ Gameweek 1 Captains Poll.

Roberto Firmino – Liverpool [£8.5m]

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Firmino is the cheapest Liverpool attacking option in FPL and also looks to set to stay on penalty taking duty.

With a midfield minefield of Mane, Coutinho and Salah playing behind and alongside the Brazilian, the FPL points are likely to be shared and rotated all season.

As mentioned above, if Firmino does stay on spot-kick duties, this adds to his FPL appeal in my opinion.

Already owned by 20.5% of FPL bosses, now could be the time to snap up his generous £8.5m price-tag before the bandwagon roles in to town.

Facing a Watford team who’ve scored only two goals in their last 5 pre-season friendlies, this could turn in to a goal-scoring-frenzy for Firmino and co at Vicarage Road in Saturday’s 12:30pm kick-off.

Many thanks for taking the time to read my article – if you’d like to continue the discussion or ask any questions, please follow me on twitter – @FPL_physio.

See you next week and good luck.

Thank you for reading ‘Fantasy Premier League Tips – Fantasy Premier League – Captaincy Differentials for Gameweek 1?’ which was written and produced by @FPL_Physio

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