The Fantasy Premier League Captains Poll - Gameweek 2
Posted by FFPundits
6:46pm Aug 15 2017
Harry Kane blanked, but Romelu Lukaku stole the show in Gameweek 1 – can the roles reverse in Gameweek 2?
Hello and welcome back to this week’s Fantasy Football Pundits Captaincy Poll and article, where we review last week’s Gameweek 1 Captains Poll and give you, the FPL manager, an opportunity to cast your weekly captain pick anonymously, to our captaincy poll below.
So, after weeks of tinkering and over thinking your FPL line-ups this summer – 18:45 on Friday 11th August finally arrived.
Some of you were ready, others were still tweaking up to the deadline.
With your squad in place for the next few weeks the all-important captain decision could make or break your Gameweek.
The results of our Gameweek 1 Captain Poll were collated, and 3rd place went to Kevin De Bruyne with 10% of your votes.
Disappointingly for KDB owners – the ‘safe’ option didn’t pay off as he didn’t create a single chance during the game. He did however have 4 shots from just outside the box, with 3 being blocked and 1 saved.
For a £10m midfielder, he will need to return vs Everton, or FPL bosses may start to look at other premium assets.
Whilst it’s only been one game, I strongly suggest you stick with him – it’s worthwhile monitoring David Silva, whose stats were great and is £2m less than KDB.
Next up with 17% was Harry Kane – Golden Boot winner for the last 2 years VS never scores in August.
While Lukaku was hitting the back of the net on Sunday afternoon, Kane wasn’t. A 2-0 win for Spurs with those who used Alli as ‘cover for Kane’ were the ones smiling.
Kane managed 6 shots (5 in the box), 1 was saved, 3 blocked and he was desperately unlucky to only hit the post in the 90th minute.
A booking was salt in the wounds as Kane finished on 1 point for Gameweek 1
Finally, with a landslide victory in the poll, was Romelu Lukaku with 43% of your votes.
The highest owned played for Gameweek 1 and Manchester United’s favourable fixtures meant many FPL managers couldn’t risk the damage to their rank by not owning the former Everton striker.
While those without him had watched their captains earlier in the weekend, 4pm on Sunday arrived and they hoped Blankaku would show up instead.
Lukaku delivered. Those 43% of you who went with the masses were rewarded with 2 goals and 3 bonus points.
The Gameweek 2 Captains Poll
It is still early days, so most managers will be looking to their premium options once again to keep up with the pace.
Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane will be amongst the votes once again, but are Liverpool assets going to be popular too this week?
Romelu Lukaku – as I write this article on Tuesday evening, his FPL ownership is up to 51.5%.
Those with him last week are smug – those without are making plans to find room for him.
Up against Swansea this weekend, he has to be up there amongst the captaincy poll favourites – in fact, I can see him leading the poll by 15/20% within an hour of publishing this article.
Harry Kane, failed to produce last week, but up against a wounded Chelsea defence, the FPL community are confident of his returns.
First ‘home’ game of the season but that ‘Wembley effect’ was put to bed vs Juventus in pre-season wasn’t it?
Doesn’t score in August? Ignore him at your peril!
Liverpool at home to Palace? With the attacking options at their disposal, their players will surely split the votes.
Salah (£9.1m), Mane (£9.5m) and Firmino (£8.5m) shared the weekend’s returns.
Firmino looked quiet other than his penalty and an attempted lob, which was finished off by Salah.
Salah and Mane could be amongst the big points scorers this week if they can get though their Champions League qualifier unscathed.
Sergio Aguero – the FPL legend, scored in Gameweek 1, but more importantly, Pep started him with Jesus.
Aguero took his chance well, whilst Jesus had a hard time with a few of the referees dodgy decisions.
Lacazette, on his Arsenal debut, bagged a goal in the 2nd minute – Away to Stoke this weekend, the Frenchman hasn’t attracted much attention in the FPL markets, with only 30,000 of you bringing him in.
Vardy – this season’s early bandwagon after his 2 goals vs Arsenal on Friday night – will it be another Vardy Party against newly promoted Brighton?
It is still early days, but the best advice I can give is to play it safe again and captain a premium player – Lukaku is hard to ignore as he has form, fixtures and ownership on his side.
If you’re like me and find the temptation to roll the dice a little too much to resist, my advice would be to captain Lukaku and stop reading!
Those of you still with me – last week’s budget striker hero, Steve Mounie, is at home to a Newcastle side who have now lost two first team defenders to injury – tempted?
NB: If you’re casting your vote via a smart phone, please tap the player’s name twice, or until they have a green mark next to the left of their name – it gets stuck sometimes!