FPL Captain Picks and Tips - Double Gameweek 34

8:48am Apr 22 2017

It’s a (small) double gameweek in the world of FPL this weekend, but who deserves the precious armband?

Hello and welcome to Gameweek 34’s Captaincy Picks and Tips article, where some players have the luxury of a double gameweek, but does that justify you entrusting them with the precious armband of hope?

While the FA Cup Semi-Final’s take centre stage this weekend, there’s a bumper midweek of action coming up with games on Tuesday, Wednesday AND the Manchester derby on Thursday. The Premier League are well and truly spoiling us this week and for that, we thank you.

While those players with double gameweeks will no doubt dominate captaincy selections this week, we will also consider players who only play once – but, are you brave enough to go against the grain and avoid temptation by NOT captaining a potential 180-minute player?

We revert back to our 3 regular selections and a gamble this week as usual. See if you can guess who our gamble is from the following clues:

1. Made the Serie A team of the year in 2010-11

2. Capped 21 times by Italy

3. Was appointed captain at his club at the start of the 2014-15 season, only to be loaned to his current club in January 2017

Pick 1

Marcus Rashford – Manchester United

  • £6.6m
  • 12.0%
  • 8
  • Burnley (A), Manchester City (A)

“Hmmmmm” we hear your mutter with scepticism as you scratch your head with concern whilst asking yourself…

“Will he play both games?”
“He’s just played 120 minutes in their midweek Europa League fixture though?”
“Surely he has to start if Zlatan is going to be out through injury?”
“Jose won’t be a tinker-man and play Martial and/or Rooney instead, will he?”

If you’re one of the 30%+ who own the big Swede – we feel your pain, anguish and anger as Zlatan Ibrahimovic picked up what looks to be a rather nasty knee injury on Thursday night against Anderlecht – with reports surfacing from the likes of @BenDinnery that’s set to miss the remainder of the season.

For some FPL bosses, the time to pull the plug occurred last night, with 212,000+ managers already ditching Zlatan from their teams, with 343,500++ transferring Rashford in – making him the most transferred IN player ahead of Double Gameweek 34.

Having played only 109 minutes in his last two Premier League outings for Man United, Rashford has returned a goal in each game, whilst also picking up two bonus points – it’s also worth noting that he scored yet again in last nights Europa League Quarter Final showdown against Anderlecht, whilst also assisting  Mkhitaryan for his opening goal.

With the Twitter community paranoid that both Martial and Rooney might get a run-out against Burnley on Sunday, I see no reason for Jose to rest the England international whilst he’s in such a rich vein of form and I fully expect him to start this weekend at Turf Moor.

At £6.6m and TWO fixtures in Double Gameweek 34, it’s clear to see why FPL bosses are flocking to hire the services of the United front-man – and with that, he’s my number 1 captaincy pick for Double Gameweek 34.

Pick 2

Alvaro Negredo – Middlesbrough

  • £6.3m
  • 14.3%
  • 8
  • Bournemouth (A), Sunderland (H)

Next up is Middlesbrough striker Alvaro Negredo, who, like Rashford, also has a double gameweek to contend with this week, which once again looks like a tempting treat for FPL bosses around the world, regardless of his poor numbers this season.

Two wins against Bournemouth away and local rivals Sunderland at home could give them hope of Premier League survival this season, while two defeats will surely condemn the Teesider’s to Championship football next season?

While Middlesbrough are the leagues lowest scorers with just 23 goals this season, it may surprise you to hear that Negredo has had the most shots on goal from inside the box since Gameweek 28 – Have we tempted you yet?

Converting his chances has proved to be the problem this season, although the Spaniard did find the back of the net against Arsenal last Monday night, whilst picking up 2 well deserved bonus points for his efforts.

While Negredo may be a slight risk due to Boro’s poor goal-scoring record and recent form, at this stage of the season, many FPL managers are likely to be activating their ‘all out attack’  chip, or, activating their wildcards next week – so why not join the bandwagon and ride your luck for Double Gameweek 34?

Pick 3

Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool

  • £8.5m
  • 22.6%
  • 3
  • Crystal Palace (H)

Next up, and the last of our regular captaincy tips this week is Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho – who could perform well in the Reds’ home game against occasional bogey team, Crystal Palace.

“But he doesn’t have a Double Gameweek lads!?” we hear you cry at your screens… We know, we know – But, for those FPL bosses who’ve clearly stated they’re not interested in any Double Gameweek players as their captain, or, owning them in their squad, we’re trying to cater for all.

Getting Champions League football back to Anfield is very much in Liverpool’s hands and so they need 3 points against Palace if they are to further cement their place in the top 4, and whilst Coutinho’s form has been extremely inconsistent this year, he’s more than capable of bagging a 10+ point gameweek on his day.

The Merseysiders have fared well against the ‘bigger’ teams in the league and have occasionally slipped up against the ‘smaller’ teams. However, I doubt that will be the case this time around against Palace, as Liverpool look likely to earn all 3 points, with Coutinho hopefully finding the back of the net.

It’s worth pointing out that in the last 5 head-t0-head matches between Liverpool and Crystal Palace, there has been 19 goals scored, with both teams failing to keep a clean sheet in each of the 5 fixtures.

The Gamble

Andrea Ranocchia – Hull City

  • £4.5m
  • 1.1%
  • 5
  • Watford (H)

Last up, I think our gamble this gameweek could be the biggest of the season so far. Central defender Andrea Ranocchia of Hull City has the honours this week and here’s why.

Hull have significantly improved since Ranocchia joined the team and have picked up some decent wins along the way. With new boss Marco Silva unbeaten at home in THREE years, surely a home win is the order of the day with the Tigers facing Watford at the KCOM Stadium?

Ranocchia has earned 42 FPL points since joining Hull in late January and in his last 4 matches alone has contributed 2 goals and an assist. Not bad for a centre half!

If you’re mid-table in your mini-league and struggling to make ground on your rivals, Ranocchia could be a fun, differential to give the armband to this weekend.

Thank you for reading ‘Fantasy Premier League Tips Captain Tips and Picks – Double Gameweek 34’ which was written and published by @holtdaniel123

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