Gameweek 2 FPL Captain's Poll
Posted by @FFPundits_Drew
1:36pm Aug 13 2019
Liverpool’s Mo Salah and Arsenal’s Aubameyang battle for top captaincy honours in Gameweek 2
[Article written and published by @FFPundits_Drew]
After all those weeks of research, planning and over-thinking, Gameweek 1 arrived and it didn’t disappoint, did it FPL bosses?
With the likes of Salah, Sterling and Kane all appealing as the ultimate premium picks for Gameweek 1, which could we leave out? Was it possible to squeeze in all 3? Finally, which would you captain if you did own all 3?
Below I review how those three Premium captain picks fared in Gameweek 1, as well as an early look at who YOU think should wear the captain’s armband for Gameweek 2.
Gameweek 1 – Captaincy Review
First up, in the Premier League’s opening fixture on Friday night was Mohamed Salah (12 points) – scoring 1 goal, 1 assist and 2 bonus points.
As the leading FPL points-scorer in the previous two seasons, Mo Salah was always going to be the number 1 choice as captain for Gameweek 1 and boy did he deliver.
The Egyptian didn’t disappoint and while FPL bosses saw their clean-sheets go up in smoke after Teemu Pukki took advantage of Adrian deputising for the injured Alisson, a goal, assist and two bonus points saw Salah captainers claiming an impressive 24 points.
The new Fantasy Premier League season was underway and those that captained Salah could breathe easy for the remainder of the Gameweek 1 weekend.
That was until Raheem Sterling laced up his boots.
Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off saw Champions Manchester City travel to West Ham, where Raheem Sterling (20 points) has a fantastic record against the Hammers.
Well, those who captained Sterling over Salah were in dream-land – and despite VAR’s best efforts, the England International bagged himself a hat-trick, clean-sheet and 3 bonus points and total 40 FPL points for those who captained him.
Sterling’s was deadly in-front of goal and managed to hit the target with all four of his attempts, whilst scoring from three of them. Prolific.
Later that day, a gulf opened up within the FPL Community on Twitter – those with both Salah and Sterling were topping their mini-leagues, while those who opted for Kane feared the worse. He wouldn’t blank against Villa, surely?
Enter Harry Kane (13 points), who not only had his owners waiting until the Saturday evening kick-off – he even left them in a pool of their own sweat until the final four minutes of the game, before bagging his brace.
Added to his tally of two goals was a well deserved 3 bonus points – taking his captaincy tally to 26 points.
This was more like the Harry Kane we are used to seeing. The prolific Harry Kane who peppers the opposition goalkeeper with attempts on goal – eight of them infact. Double the amount of his next closest rivals.
Advantage to those that backed Sterling? Marginally, but this is only the begging of a very long season and I for one am fascinated by how FPL bosses will manage owning two or three of these prime premiums on a weekly basis.
[Image courtesy of our friend at fantasyfootballfix.com]
The Gameweek Two Captain’s Poll
The dust has barely settled on a weekend of FPL madness and already we are looking forward to Gameweek 2, but this is where the captaincy decisions get interesting folks.
With Manchester City hosting Tottenham Hotspur in the fixture of the round, will you follow the form of Kane and Sterling, or stick with the favourable fixture for Salah against Southampton away?
Then there is Manchester United – a team that surprised many by thumping Chelsea 4-0 on Sunday afternoon, but his week travel to Wolves who have midweek Europa League action.
A tricky fixture for sure, but is Marcus Rashford now an option after his brace in the opening weekend?
Not to rule out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who after scoring in Arsenal 1-0 win over Newcastle on Sunday, is at home to Burnley.
Burnley’s 3-0 win may have looked like a comfortable win on paper, however, it’s worth noting they allowed Southampton 11 shots at goal – Nick Pope should expect to be kept busy at the Emirates in Gameweek 2, that’s for sure.
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