It's Harry Kane vs Romelu Lukaku in the Gameweek 3 Captains Poll

10:57pm Aug 22 2017

Romelu Lukaku’s lunchtime 6-pointer felt mediocre, but Kane doesn’t score in August. Will Harry be given one last chance versus Burnley?

Hello and welcome back to our weekly Fantasy Football Captaincy Poll and article, where we review last week’s Gameweek 2 Captaincy Poll and give you, the FPL manager, an opportunity to cast you weekly captain pick anonymously, to our captaincy poll below.

We dusted ourselves down after Gameweek 1 and assessed our squads, replacements for Zaha seemed to be the main talking point, before the all-important captaincy decision needed to be made.

In 3rd place this week was Roberto Firmino with 10% of your votes.

Leading the line for Liverpool, the cheaper option from Liverpool’s attack, Firmino finished Gameweek 1 with 12 points, despite a quiet performance.

With a home game vs Crystal Palace next, many of you backed the Brazilian to continue where he left off – however, Firmino disappointed, managing only 4 shots (1 in the box).

Mohamed Salah with 7% of your votes was amongst the substitutes in a week when Sadio Mane (5%) was Liverpool’s attacking threat.

Tired from their midweek match?  One eye on the 2nd leg?  With plenty of other striking options for under £8.5m, Firmino’s place in many FPL teams could be questioned – especially with Arsenal and Manchester City in Liverpool’s next 2 fixtures.

In 2nd place, again was Tottenham’s Harry Kane.

After scoring 1 point last week, he couldn’t blank 2 weeks on the run, especially against a Chelsea side who lost at home to Burnley, could he?

Kane looked dangerous and managed to get 8 shots away – 3 were saved, 2 blocked and he hit the woodwork for the 2nd game running.

Despite these opportunities, as well as creating 2 chances, a yellow card in the 88th minute completed the frustration for FPL managers as Harry scored 1 point……again.

FPL Managers will count themselves unlucky but will they continue with FPL’s prize asset if he doesn’t provide weekly returns?

Finally, with another landslide victory in the poll, was Romelu Lukaku with 43% of your votes.

This season’s early ‘must have’ player saw his ownership increase further after last week’s 13 point haul, now in 56.5% of teams.

Lukaku was up first this week in the lunchtime kick off, ready to make or break Gameweek’s before they had even begun.

It was a tense watch, Lukaku wasn’t getting the ball, we were all thinking about those other captaincy options we didn’t choose.  United scored, but it was Bailly owners who were celebrating.  As the clock ticked on, a change in tactics for Swansea saw the flood gates open as Lukaku finally got his chance and took it well.

6 points, disappointed? At least you didn’t captain Kane.

The Gameweek 3 Captains Poll

On to next week – panic is setting in – the launch button is being pressed on FPL manager’s wildcards, but who do you give the captain’s armband to?

With his high ownership, Romelu Lukaku (56.9%) is likely to be topping the captains poll once again as he faces Leicester City at Old Trafford on Saturday evening.

Despite Leicester keeping a clean sheet at home to Brighton in Gameweek 2, we saw Arsenal create many goal scoring opportunities at the Emirates in Gameweek 1, conceding 4 goals in their 4-3 loss.

If you don’t own Lukaku by now, you’re either rolling the dice, or you know something we don’t…

This could be the week for other Manchester United options to come forward, with the likes Pogba and Mkhitaryan hitting double-digit returns in Gameweek 2.

With 23 and 21 points respectively, they have both produced more than Lukaku’s 19 points overall.

The question here is which one do you go for?

Mkhitaryan plays further forward for increased attacking opportunities,  Pogba has less game-time risk, but only got involved at the weekend once Herrera came on to release him.  It’s a coin-flip decision!

Sergio Aguero – is he the favoured option after Jesus was subbed off last night following Kyle Walkers red card dismissal?

I can see Javier Hernandez being a popular choice this week. Priced at just £7.1m and likely to rise again, over 300,000 FPL bosses have transferred the West Ham striker in to their teams after netting a brace against Southampton in Gameweek 2.

This week, West Ham are away to Newcastle and if the ball drops in or around the 6 yard box, Chicharito will be there to pounce and punish what appears to be a very weak Magpies defence.

Then there’s Harry Kane.  A total of 2 points after 2 games.  Sold on mass after Gameweek 1, a further 88,000 have sold him  after Gameweek 2.

Can’t score in August.  Wembley effect.  Why would you want to keep him? Well, he’s playing well and the stats back this up, producing 14 shots at goal with 11 of those in the box in 2 games.

He isn’t in my current team but I’d love to bring him in before the Gameweek 3 deadline versus Burnley. If I do, I might even captain him myself as he’s likely to be almost on level-par with Big Rom this week.

Be sure to let me know who you decide to award the armband and let me know how you get on in Gameweek 3

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