Gameweek 38+ FPL Captain Picks and Tips

7:07pm Jul 25 2020

The FPL community choose red hot captain picks from Manchester City, Liverpool and Spurs for the Gameweek 38+ season finale

As it’s our very last Fantasy Premier League Captaincy Picks and Tips captains article and poll for the 2019/20 season, we decided to do something a little different.

This week, @FFPundits_Drew and @FFPundits_Scott reached out to some of our favorite FPL Twitter accounts and asked them the following question:

Q: Who will be your Gameweek 38+ FPL captain – and WHY?

Please note that many responses were similar and had the same player selection, so forgive any repetitiveness in the replies below and thank you to those twitter accounts that took the time to reply and get involved.

@aidanfawkesKevin De Bruyne

During pre-season, I debated the merits of including KdB in your FPL team for a few reasons: He was returning after a layoff; He was awkwardly priced for those wanting team flexibility; And he was a midfielder in a City side which plays a 4-3-3, a position that demands discipline, not frequent forays forward.

How he’s proved us all wrong. De Bruyne has not only been the best player in the Premier League this season, only Lewandowski had more claims on the Ballon d’Or.

He’s been a wonderful asset, a set-and-forget option who offered the returns of premium players at a discount.

In a bang average season for me, and with ground to make up in mini-leagues, I’m very tempted to captain Laporte, Alexander-Arnold, Doherty or Digne on a free hit. A clean sheet and assist/goal would be a handy differential.

But Norwich have nothing to play for and Man City are still building towards the resumption of the Champions League on August 7.

De Bruyne sat out the Bournemouth fixture and only returned an assist against Watford.

He hould be hungry to be among the action and could be on penalties after Sterling’s miss midweek, although Sterling is chasing the 20-goal mark.

@FPLCorfRaheem Sterling

I have the armband on Raheem Sterling for the final gameweek of the season!

He was subbed off in the 63rd minute against Watford midweek, so I’m taking that as a good indication that he should probably start against the down and out Norwich this weekend.

He’s mustered up 11 attacking returns in the 543 minutes he’s played since project restart – that’s one attacking return every 50mins. Yes please!

He’s in incredible form and going up against a very poor Norwich defence that’s conceded 18 goals in the last 8 matches – what’s not to like about that?

I don’t think it’s a case of ‘will Sterling return this weekend?’ – but, more a case of ‘how many will he return?’

All aboard the Raheem Sterling captaincy train. Good luck all,

@FFPundits_DrewRaheem Sterling

Here we go then, it all boils down to one final FPL captaincy – who will you entrust with that precious armband for the season finale?

Before you look at players, you have two routes to consider – are you pushing for overall rank or prioritising a mini-league title for the ultimate bragging rights?

With a current rank of 219k I have to be realistic and accept that my season is all about my work mini-league now, currently sat second – my plans now revolve not only around Sunday’s fixture list, but also who I think my rival will captain.

My initial plan was to bring in and captain Harry Kane, the Spurs Captain came out of lockdown looking sluggish but has looked sharp lately – scoring a brace in both of his last two games.

Unfortunately, my rival owns him so will surely captain him – so for my own team, what’s the point?

That means Manchester City vs Norwich City now has my undivided attention, just how many goals will Pep Guardiola’s side put past the already relegated Canaries?

I was left with two choices…

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The nostalgia and fun pick – David Silva.  His final game for Manchester City in which I expect ‘El Mago’ to play in a number 10 role and be heavily involved in every attack.

The explosive and exciting pick – Raheem Sterling.  Eight goals since the restart including a hatrick vs Brighton and a brace last time out vs Watford, the perfect blend of form and fixture.

I have decided to back Raheem Sterling, he’s currently four goals behind Vardy in the race for this season’s Golden Boot – although I don’t expect him to win this individual accolade this season, he’ll definitely try and make sure he is in with a chance.

@FFPundits_ScottRaheem Sterling

My captaincy pick has to be Sterling. He’s in brilliant form and is chasing the prestigious Golden Boot award.

He currently needs 5 goals to top Vardy and if there was ever a game where he could do that, it would be Norwich at home.

I don’t expect him to score 5, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see a hat-trick and an assist or two. I can see City winning 6-0, or maybe even more, so with huge upside and recent form on his side, Raheem will wear the captains band for me. Good luck to all.

@FPL_EnthusiastRaheem Sterling

I think I will undoubtedly captain Sterling, while playing the free hit chip. I can easily see City putting 5+ against Norwich so it’ll be a fairly simple one!

@FPLHintsDavid Silva

You shouldn’t normally make an armband decision based on nostalgia, but I think an exception can be made in the case of David Silva.

I fully expect him to start on Sunday which is due to be his final competitive match for Man City.

He’s also quietly chalked up 18 attacking fantasy returns this season, despite not completing many full games. I expect the City legend to add to his tally before he departs the Cityzens.

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@Fpl_EliteHarry Kane

Kane has been in fine form recently, with 4 goals in his last 2 games. He is coming up against a Crystal Palace side who haven’t won in their last 7 games, having conceded 17 goals in that time.

Kane is a guaranteed starter and he is high on confidence at the moment. We believe he will do very well. He is owned by 11.6% overall and 6.21% of the top 10k so to us, is the perfect captaincy differential for Gameweek 38+.

@FPLModeRaheem Sterling

It’s going to sound dullard and most people will go for him, but my pick will have to be Sterling.

Man City have Norwich on the final day, who have conceded 18 goals since lockdown and haven’t kept one clean sheet.

Sterling is being fed the ball and it’s obvious how much his team and Pep want him to win the golden boot.

I wouldn’t put it past him to get 2-3 goals on the final day and for me, there’s no better captaincy option. Good luck everyone!

@FPL_SweDavid Silva

Been set on David Silva all week, so I have to recommend him as my captain. 13, 17 and 9 points in his last 3 home game starts.

Fully rested for his final game for the club and I think every Man City player will want and try to get him involved, possibly even taking a penalty if City get one to celebrate his end of his career at the club.

@FPLFellaDavid Silva

My captain pick for GW38 will be David Silva, purely for the nostalgia of his last ever Premier League game.

Pep is surely going to start him, at home against rock bottom of the league it seems like an absolute no brainer to me.

Also, in his last 2 home games, the Spaniard has picked up double digit hauls of 13 and 17.

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@FPLFairyMo Salah

Reasoning? Ideally, I would choose a Man City asset for the Gameweek 38+ armband, but Pep roulette has hurt me too many times already this season to end the season on a low.

Sitting on 19 PL goals for the season, the Egyptian king does have a small chance of winning another golden boot to add to his growing trophy cabinet (4 behind Vardy at the time of writing).

Over the last 6 GWs, Salah sits 1st for shots on target, 2nd for shots, shots in the box, big chances and xG. Despite a midweek party for many of Liverpool’s players, I expect them to finish the season on a high against Newcastle, and for Salah to be amongst the FPL points.

@FplStrategyRaheem Sterling

My captain this week will be between Sterling and Salah. Most likely Sterling. Considering both are they are chasing the golden boot, I won’t be deviating elsewhere. Also, the fact they are both midfielders strengthens the view of captaining them because of the extra points they will acquire from a striker.

My tips (if you are free hitting) would be to build a strong 11 and concentrate your team on your midfield and attack. I would also be only going for a 3-5-2 due to the amount of options available to us.

If you are not free hitting I would go for a transfer that is tailored to your situation.

@FPLMarioRaheem Sterling

I’m a big fan of the motto ‘keep it simple, stupid’, and in Gameweek 38 we have the second best team in the league playing at home, having won 5 from the last 6 in the PL, with an aggregate score of 20-1 playing one of the worst teams in the Premier League era.

And let’s make no bones about it; Norwich are dreadful. They’ve lost 9 on the spin in the league, and have scored 2 goals in their last 13 outings.

City have the Real Madrid game in their sights, and this is their last rehearsal for it. They will not want to take their foot off the gas and I’m backing them, and Raheem Sterling, to finish the season with a bang.

With 7 goals in his last 6, Sterling is City’s man in form, and after being hooked on 64 minutes against Watford, he’ll be fresh and ready to try and gun down the golden boot in what could be a massacre at the Etihad.

Keep it simple: captain Raheem.

@BenDinneryDavid Silva

For this weekends’ romantic captaincy pick, look no further than David Silva, who after ten seasons at the club, brings an end to his Premier League career.

And, while the Spaniard may yet feature in the Champions League, Silva is fully deserving of the whole fantasy league shebang following his years of domestic service which have returned a goal or assist (153 in 308 appearances) in every other game.

Against the top-flights weakest side, and averaging almost 9 PPG when named in Pep’s XI since the restart, Silva looks more than just a sentimental choice for the armband…

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@appelsinjussRaheem Sterling

In GW38+ I’m keeping faith in Sterling and captaining him (triple captain) against Norwich.

I’m chasing upside and hopefully a spot in the top 10k.

Sterling has had four double digit returns since the restart, and is now facing an already relegated Norwich.

He has looked hungry for goals and seems to have the highest point ceiling. I will however be paying attention to early team news and will probably make a switch if it’s revealed that he doesn’t start.

@FPLAmyyDavid Silva

I’m going to David Silva. The stars have aligned for him this week. Got motive and support of his team for an absolute haul in a lovely fixture so, it seems a sensible and safe option.

Even with Pep involved, he starts… right?

@FPLObserverRaheem Sterling

I’m giving Sterling the armband for GW38. He’s been in sensational form, racking up 8 goals and 4 assists since the restart, with a hat-trick included.

He came off on the hour mark against Watford in GW37, so I would fancy him to start against Norwich and fair pretty well against them.

His record against Norwich is decent too. In 5 Premier League games against them he’s scored 3 and assisted 4. He is the standout captain for me and I’ll even be taking a -4 to get him in.

@allaboutfplRaheem Sterling

Our Gameweek 38+ captaincy pick is a fairly straight forward option and in our opinion, there isn’t a better player to put your captain armband for one last time season than Man City attacker, Raheem Sterling.

Since the restart, Sterling has been a beast – registering the most G+A since the restart with 8 goals and 4 assists to his name which got him 4 double-digit hauls since the restart.

Sterling has scored a remarkable 66 points from the last 6 games averaging 11pt per game – and the best thing about that stat is he’d had just 4 starts in that time.

Sterling is hungry for more having openly stated that he wants to breach the 20 goal mark and was subbed off in 63 mins in GW37+, meaning he is certain to start against a Norwich side who have nothing to play for and have conceded the most goals since the restart.

Norwich also have the worst xGA (14.60) since the restart. Yuck!

All of this indicates, to us, that Sterling is set for a monster haul and perhaps will look to end the season with a hat-trick, just like he started the 2019/20 Premier League season.

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And there we have it ladies and gents – our Gameweek 38+ FPL Captain Picks and Tips article, in association with some of our favourite accounts from around the FPL Community.

From all of us here at Fantasy Football Pundits, we thank you for your reading our content this season and for all your questions and kind comments on our twitter feed @FFPundits.

We’ll be back next week with some special content and news but until then, we wish you great success in Gameweek 38+ and as always, may your arrows be green.