Fantasy Premier League Captain Tips & Picks - Gameweek 15
Posted by @FFPundits_Drew
10:22pm Dec 1 2017
Struggling to decide on who to captain in Gameweek 15? Here’s our top 3 picks and a differential gamble
With the likes of Hazard, Morata, Kane and Salah all being touted as prime captaincy contenders for Gameweek 15, it’s been a tricky captaincy article to write this week – but, we got there in the end.
As always, I hope that my selections give you plenty of food for thought and help propel you up your mini-league leader-boards this weekend.
Best of luck to all and may your arrows be green.
Mohamed Salah vs. Brighton (A)
I’ll admit it – I’ve never been a fan of captaining midfielders and I’ll tell you why.
When investing £10m, £11m or even £12m+ of your £100m budget on a premium striker from a top 4 Premier League club, you feel a sense of responsibility to captain one of your super-stars, each and every week.
Folk on social media will say “There’s no point in owning Kane if you’re not going to captain him” and yes, you know what, I damn well agree with that sentiment – however, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has now opened a whole new can of wriggly worms which must be explored.
In Salah’s last 4 Premier League outings, the Egyptian has delivered 3 (yes, THREE) double-digit point hauls of 15, 16 and 13 against West Ham, Southampton and Stoke respectively.
In the 3 games just mentioned, Salah has scored 6 goals and grabbed 8 out of a possible 9 bonus points – I mean, come on, this is insane yet exciting form for an FPL manager like you and I.
Up next for Liverpool in Gameweek 15, the Reds will travel south to Brighton and Hove for a day by the sea – a team that’s managed a respectable 5 clean-sheets so far this season, but only 2 of those came at home.
Mohamed Salah, unsurprisingly, is currently topping our Gameweek 15 Captains Poll, with FPL managers evidently respecting his current club and fantasy form.
Eden Hazard vs. Newcastle (H)
My mother once told me as a boy growing up: “Son, everyone deserves a second chance in life…” so, as per my mothers philosophy, Eden Hazard shall get his second shot in two weeks at the captains table.
Now owned by 9.7% of FPL bosses at the time of writing, the Chelsea winger was transferred in to over 150,00 (net) teams ahead of Gameweek 14 – only for the bad news to break at 6:45pm Wednesday evening.
Hazard came off the bench in the 81st minute against Swansea to make a 9-minute cameo appearance with a 1-point return – a fixture which many of us expected both Hazard and Morata to deliver healthy returns in.
Up next for Hazard is a very winnable home game against Rafa Benitez’s Magpies – a team that has kept only 3 clean-sheets all season.
Newcastle have conceded a staggering 9 goals in their last 3 Premier League outings, which is music to an FPL bosses ears – especially those who own Hazard and/or Morata for Gameweek 15.
Well rested in Gameweek 14 and a return to form in recent weeks – bagging 2 goals, 2 assists and 6 bonus in his last 169 minutes for Chelsea, the gut feeling is strong with Hazard for Newcastle’s visit, with big returns expected.
Harry Kane vs. Watford (A)
In the 2016-17 Premier League season, Harry Kane didn’t score his 10th goal of the campaign until January.
As we enter the first week in December, Kane has already bagged 4 braces and 2 goals in his last 2 Premier League outings, taking his tally to 10 for the season already.
Sure, for someone who takes up £12.8m of our budget on FPL, we sometimes feel like we deserve better returns on a more consistent basis.
However, Kane is racking up the goals and returning bonus points for the 38.2% of us that own the Spurs striker, with that upward trend unlikely to derail in Gameweek 15.
Whilst Watford (impressively) sit 8th in the Premier League table, Marco Silva’s Hornets have conceded a staggering 25 goals already this season.
Straight off the back of an unexpected 2-1 away loss to Leicester City in Gameweek 14, Pochettino will hopefully have his team fired up and ready to steamroll past Watford this weekend, with Kane dominating the Spurs attack.
Alexis Sanchez vs Man United (H)
There are two words that shouldn’t be used in the same sentence as Alexis Sanchez and they are ‘differential’ and ‘gamble’ – however, for now, they’re two words which probably best suit the Arsenal front-man.
Owned by just 2.8% of overall, Sanchez missed the first two weeks of the new season, resulting in the Chilean international being disregarded from our pre-season team preparations.
Now, at £11.8m, it’s hard for us FPL managers to find a way of squeezing him in to our squads without taking plenty of hits – especially with the likes of Salah and Hazard and De Bruyne being preferred picks right now.
However, Sanchez is starting to attract the attention of FPL bosses once again, having scored 4 in his last 6 Premier League outings, whilst also attracting 5 bonus points.
With upcoming fixtures against Southampton (a), West Ham (a) and Newcastle (h) after Arsenal’s Gameweek 15 clash with United, could Sanchez be the shrewd move your team needs to help rescue your season?