FPL Captain Picks & Tips: Gameweek 29

9:04am Feb 28 2018

It’s Kane vs Salah once again, but @FFPundits_Drew has brought two captaincy alternatives to the table for Gameweek 29

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Good day to all Fantasy Premier League managers and welcome back to my Captaincy Picks and Tips article ahead of Saturday’s Gameweek 29 deadline at 11:30am.

It’s going to be a tricky decision-making week for many FPL bosses once again, with many of the premium fantasy picks having favourable home fixtures for Gameweek 29 – bookies such as Betfred offer good bonuses this weekend with a high number of goals expected.

I will once again give you my Gameweek 29 captaincy picks in order of personal preference and attempt to give as much insight and reasoning for my picks.

I hope that this week’s selections and reasons give you plenty of food for thought and as always guys, the best of luck for this weekend’s action and may your arrows be green.

Pick 1

Mohamed Salah vs. Newcastle (H)

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After the hours we all spent agonising between Salah and Kane for our Gameweek 28 captains, a goal apiece meant it was only the Egyptian’s assist that separated the two.

It could have been a different story and as a Salah captain’er myself, it was a frustrating Saturday afternoon as he missed a number of opportunities, which included hitting the post early on in the game.

That’s now THREE consecutive double digit returns on the run, returning five goals and two assists in only four games – would you bet against him not doing the same this week FPL bosses?

This weekend sees Rafa Benitez return to Anfield with his Newcastle side – a game which I can see him wanting to make an impression.

Will he want to simply sit and park the bus in front of his old fans? I don’t think so.

There have been some classic high-scoring games in the past from this fixture, so let’s hope for another (particularly as I have opted not to bring in a Liverpool defender unlike most of you).

But what about Harry Kane vs Huddesfield I hear you cry?

Well, like most of you out there, I own both, which is a nice problem to have and a decision which will have to be made by following your gut.

With Tottenham playing an extra game this week in the FA Cup reply vs Rochdale, there could be some tired legs, so could Kane be in for some reduced minutes? Unlikely, but the doubt is there in my mind.

Liverpool, on the other hand, are out of the FA Cup and all but through to the next round of the Champions League – there are no distractions for Klopp’s men and I expect Liverpool continue their recent good form and put at least 3 past Newcastle this weekend.

There is no doubt that this is a tough one and is likely to divide opinion, but for me, for the second week running, it’s Mo Salah as captain for Gameweek 29 – infact, I might even have a cheeky tenner on Salah first goal scorer against Newcastle on the Betway App.

Pick 2

Harry Kane vs. Huddersfield (H)

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A similar story on Sunday for those who captained Kane to those who captained Salah, as he missed a number of good chances against Crystal Palace.

After going close to a blank, that last minute winner was a relief for all Kane owners, but especially those who had captained him.

Kane had six goal scoring opportunities on Saturday against Crystal Palace, with 2 of them being big chances which could have seen him netting his third hat-trick of the season, but it wasn’t meant to be.

This week, for me, the decision is even tougher – who do we captain out of Salah and Kane? Both are in solid form and both have favourable fixtures, at home.

As mentioned earlier, Tottenham have that FA Cup replay to contend with on Wednesday evening – the fixture may only be League 2 side Rochdale, but can Mauricio Pochettino afford to risk rest too many of his key players?

[We will return and update this section of the article once the Tottenham vs. Rochdale fixture has been played]

Huddersfield themselves can boast somewhat of a change in form, with two league wins from their last two games – albeit against Bournemouth and West Brom but, they all count and confidence will be high.

Huddersfield, however, do continue to leak goals this season – having conceded 16 goals during their last 7 games, that must wet the appetite of Kane owners? I know it does mine…

Looking at that Huddersfield defensive record, I am starting to convince myself to change my mind, but until we have the power of hindsight on Saturday evening, there is currently no right or wrong answer here.

We have to accept that while Salah has been the more reliable captaincy pick this season, Kane has the higher points ceiling (in my opinion) and is more likely to offer an explosion of points over Salah

Pick 3

Bobby Firmino vs. Newcastle (H)

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Double Liverpool for this week’s captain picks? Deservedly so in my opinion – personally, I have opted to own the full trio of Salah, Mane and Firmino in my FPL team.

After being switched from midfield to attack on FPL this season, many decided the Brazilian was no longer an FPL option, but with his £9.3m price-tag and the form he has been in this season, has seen his ownership rocket past 41%.

With three goals and an assist during Liverpool’s last four Premier league games, he may not be keeping up with the pace of Salah’s returns, but the potential is there to score big every week as Liverpool continue to score for fun.

We know the fixture is good and we’re convinced Roberto Firmino’s form is strong, leaving him with every chance of outscoring Kane and Salah this weekend – but there’s still something telling me not to captain him over Salah and Kane.

With Firmino likely to be the most transferred IN striker ahead of Gameweek 29, this could be the week that FPL bosses finally ditch Aguero from their squads.

Would you dare to do something a little different and take a punt on Bobby as your captain for Gameweek 29?

Going against the masses is always a risky option, but, for those looking to make up ground in their mini-leagues, this could be the week your captaincy differential pays off. Massively.

The Gamble

Riyad Mahrez vs. Bournemouth

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AWOL for two Premier League games, followed by a total of three points from his last two outings – doesn’t sound like a trustworthy captaincy pick, does he?

I was looking at both Leicester and Tottenham options for my transfer in Gameweek 28, after opting for Eriksen – I watched the lunchtime kick off (Leicester vs Stoke) and was impressed by the performance of Mahrez.

I expected to watch a sulky winger, dreaming of his failed transfer to Manchester City, but instead, he looked sharp and a constant threat to Stoke’s back-line.

Riyad Mahrez had SIX shots on goal last Saturday – equal to both Kane and Salah during Gameweek 28.

By the time the final whistle blew, he had failed to provide the 8% of FPL bosses who own him any returns – however, he was very unlucky and on another day could have rewarded his owners with a double digit haul.

My captaincy gamble pick this week was a toss-up between Vardy and Mahrez, although when is comes to Vardy, he tends to score against the big teams while Mahrez revels in performances vs the smaller clubs.

This week, Leicester take on (in my opinion) a smaller club in Bournemouth, who have conceded six goals in their last 2 games – losing to Huddersfield and drawing with Newcastle, games they would have hoped to be taking all three points from.

I expect Mahrez to cause Bournemouth problems as he did Stoke and I think he is a strong gamble pick this week – but as mentioned above, are you willing to go against the masses?

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