Top 5 FPL Captain Picks and Tips - DOUBLE Gameweek 32
Posted by JackWoodfield
11:59am Mar 27 2019
Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero is the red-hot captaincy contender for DOUBLE Gameweek 32, but where’s the love for Harry Kane?
What a strange fortnight it’s been. A Huddersfield forward (Karlan Grant) was the joint-highest scorer in gameweek 31, England looked like world beaters, Free Hitters have endured sleepless nights drafting their double gameweek 32 squads, and Republic of Ireland fans threw tennis balls in protest of nothing to do with tennis.
But finally DGW32 – the first major bumper gameweek of the season – is close, and captaincy attributes to consider are wide-ranging. Will x player likely just start one game? Did x player play 180 minutes for his country? Who is playing against Fulham?
Man City and Chelsea have, on paper, truly splendid fixtures. But predicting which players will play the most minutes is challenging, almost guesswork.
The popular strategy this week will be to opt for who you think will start twice, however there are some names with just one fixture this week who too are worthy of your armband.
Without further Odoi, let’s delve into the top 5 captaincy picks for DGW32.
Raheem Sterling vs. Fulham (A), Cardiff (H)
> Involved in most FPL goals this season (28)
> 8 double figure hauls (joint-most)
> Fixtures vs. struggling defences
> Unlikely to start both games
> Played 180 minutes for England
Where do you even start with Raheem Sterling? His eight double-figure point hauls this season? His evolution into a genuine sporting role model? His two March hat-tricks? Or, that he has been involved in the most FPL goals this season (28)?
Arguably the player of the season so far, Sterling’s form is creeping into world class levels. And based on his performances since the turn of the year Sterling is the clear captaincy pick for GW32, a claim weighted further by Man City facing two of the Premier League’s bottom three.
However, as we learnt in GW25 when Sterling started just one of City’s two matches, it appears unlikely the City forward will start against both Fulham and Cardiff, especially after having played 180 minutes for England.
Considering City play Brighton in the FA Cup three days after the Cardiff game, Sterling should arguably start vs. Fulham and prospectively feature off the bench against the Bluebirds, both of whom he’s enjoyed success against already this season.
Sterling has 14 points from the respective reverse fixtures, and Fulham (most conceded) and Cardiff (third-most conceded) will inevitably present him opportunities, almost irrespective of how many minutes he plays.
Sergio Aguero vs. Fulham (A), Cardiff (H)
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> Fortnight’s rest through Argentina exile
> Partial to a devastating double gameweek
> Highest PL scorer (18), looking to extend Golden Boot lead
> Penalty taker
> Also at risk of starting just once
The Premier League’s top goalscorer (18) and highest-scoring FPL striker (165 points), Aguero’s 39.8% ownership (at the time of writing) will almost inevitably have spiked by Saturday morning.
No one will be ducking Aguero after his DGW25 exploits (19 points) and, like with Sterling, Fulham and Cardiff have already been stung by Aguero this season. The Argentinean notched a goal and two assists in the respective reverse fixtures.
As with Sterling, two Aguero starts seems unlikely. Gabriel Jesus will surely start one of these games – coincidentally the Brazilian is an interesting Free Hit/captain option too this week – but there is a potentially excellent variable here: Aguero’s Argentina exile.
With two weeks off recuperating from a heavy schedule, Aguero could yet survive rotation, even with the Brighton game impending. Jesus, meanwhile, featured in both of Brazil’s international fixtures this past fortnight.
Not only could City’s title bid be augmented in DGW32, but two chances to extend his Golden Boot lead (18) won’t be lost on Aguero.
Harry Kane vs. Liverpool (A), Crystal Palace (H)
> Very likely to start twice
> Kane’s recent record vs. Liverpool
> New home comforts vs. Palace
> Penalty taker
> Recent low scoring record vs. Palace
So he can’t be relied upon to provide an honest Brexit assessment, but if there’s one thing Harry Kane can be trusted with – it’s double gameweeks.
Kane is a divisive figure for Free Hitters ahead of GW32. At £12.5m some understandably see him as an obstacle to affording a more balanced squad. But the pros for including and captaining Kane bear consideration.
While Man City’s stars are unlikely to start twice, Kane surely will – barring an intervention from the FPL gods – play near to 180 minutes. And Kane’s form either side of his January injury has been characteristically strong.
Prior to his ankle injury suffered against Man United, Kane scored five and set up two in four league games. Since returning at Burnley the Tottenham striker has three goals in four games.
Liverpool are dominant at home, but it’s worth noting that Kane scored three times vs. the Reds last season, and even took two penalties at Anfield (missing one). That he is on penalty duty only heightens his captaincy claim for GW32.
Meanwhile, Spurs host their belated opening game at the new White Hart Lane against Crystal Palace and, stats aside, Spurs will be at peak emotional intensity in order to mark their inaugural home game with victory.
Of course, critics may point to the recent history between Spurs and Palace – all 1-0 scorelines in the last five Premier League games – but Spurs’ new home advantage should render that record irrelevant.
Kane scored 31 points in DGW37 in 2016/17, and scored in DGW30 last season. The guy loves a double gameweek.
Eden Hazard vs. Cardiff (A), Brighton (H)
> Will most likely start twice
> Scored 33 points in reverse fixtures
> 7 blanks in last 11 league games
Hazard is a cursory inclusion based on his fixtures, but certainly not on his form.
The Chelsea forward has blanked in seven of his last 11 Premier League games. Whether he has one eye on Madrid or not, he may as well be browsing for houses in the Spanish capital at this point.
Captaining the Belgian is only for the toughest this week, yet Hazard still feels like an essential GW32 pick.
Hazard bagged a hat-trick against Cardiff in GW5, and scored 13 points at Brighton in GW17. Furthermore, Hazard is likely safe from rotation; dropping the Belgian for either of these games would seal Mauricio Sarri a one-way trip back to Italy.
Interestingly, Hazard has scored in nine games this season and, incredibly, returned double-figure FPL hauls in eight of those games. When he hauls, he doesn’t mess around. And it’s that explosiveness that frustrates and rewards in equal measure.
It wouldn’t be surprising if Hazard is GW32’s top scorer, and that accounts for his place in this list.
Aubameyang vs. Newcastle (H)
> 8 goals, 4 assists in last 8 at home
> Arsenal’s Emirates goal-scoring record
> Just one fixture
It’s easy to neglect Aubameyang and those with just one fixture this week – the Arsenal striker only just made it into this list, predominantly because Arsenal aren’t part of the double gameweek fun.
But, while Gonzalo Higuain, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford all offer double gameweek value, Aubameyang’s consistency this season earns him the advantage. Free Hitters, ignore him at your peril.
The Gabon striker is one goal behind Aguero (17) and just one behind the Argentine in FPL striker points. He’s had an excellent season, and he’s lethal at the Emirates. In his last eight home league starts, Aubameyang has scored eight and assisted four.
Newcastle are without a win in their last seven away games, and Arsenal have the third-highest xG (32.72) and third-highest goals scored at home (37).
In an accumulator Arsenal are the pick, and Aubameyang is the striker pick.
Last week’s captain points: 4
Average captain score: 14.6
Total captain points: 436
This week’s Captain Obvious: Sergio Aguero
This may well be a very late, even last-minute decision. Aguero’s two starts in DGW25 combined with Jesus’s Brazil duty makes the prospect of two starts more likely than with Sterling (even if that’s all in my head), and his Golden Boot charge and penalty-taking duties add further incentives for giving him the captaincy.
For those reasons, my armband remains on the Argentine. For now.
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