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CAPTAINCY HYPE 2016/17: FPL Gameweek 38

Picking a Captain in the Fantasy Premier League is among the most important 38 decisions any person will make throughout the course of the season. There's a lot of self-help out there for FPL enthusiasts, with our Hype Team providing three major considerations for the armband Gameweek. We'll be detailing the Essential choice for captain, a popular alternative that's pushing the consensus, and a Wildcard pick to add to the chaos. Strap in tightly, it's time to lose your marbles. All aboard.

Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 38 Deadline

For the 2016/17 Premier League season, the FPL deadline will be one hour before the commencement of the week's first game. The Premier League website lists each FPL deadline, you can always ask on social media, and you can also view a real time countdown on our Weekly Hype page.

The transfer deadline for GW38 is Sunday 21st May at 14:00pm.


To help track our progress throughout the 2016/17 season, below you can check how our Core Captaincy selections have done by week to week in the Fantasy Premier League.


Essential: Sergio Aguero (Man City vs. Sunderland) - 9pts

Alternative: Jamie Vardy (Hull vs. Leicester) - 2pts

Wildcard: Nathan Redmond (Southampton vs. Watford) - 10pts


Essential: Harry Kane (Spurs vs. Crystal Palace) - 5pts

Alternative: Roberto Firmino (Burnley vs. Liverpool) - 2pts

Wildcard: Fernando Llorente (Swansea vs. Hull) - 2pts


Essential: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Hull vs. Man United) - 2pts

Alternative: Eden Hazard (Chelsea vs. Burnley) - 11pts

Wildcard: Romelu Lukaku (Everton vs. Stoke) - 2pts


Essential: Eden Hazard (Swansea vs. Chelsea) - 1pt

Alternative: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal vs. Southampton) - 1pt

Wildcard: Tom Heaton (Burnley vs. Hull) - 2pts


Essential: Harry Kane (Spurs vs. Sunderland) - 9pts

Alternative: Romelu Lukaku (Everton vs. Middlesbrough) - 12pts

Wildcard: Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace vs. Stoke) - 2pts


Essential: Sergio Aguero (Swansea vs. Man City) - 13pts

Alternative: Sadio Mane (Liverpool vs. Hull) - 7pts

Wildcard: Troy Deeney (Burnley vs. Watford) - 2pts


Essential: Alexis Sanchez (Burnley vs. Arsenal) - 3pts

Alternative: Philippe Coutinho (Swansea vs. Liverpool) - 2pts

Wildcard: Marcus Rashford (Man United vs. Stoke) - 2pts


Essential: Sergio Aguero (Man City vs. Everton) - -1pt

Alternative: Diego Costa (Chelsea vs. Leicester) - 9pts

Wildcard: Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace vs. West Ham) - -1pt


Essential: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal vs. Middlesbrough) - 3pts

Alternative: Theo Walcott (Arsenal vs. Middlesbrough) - 3pts

Wildcard: Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea vs. Watford) - 2pts


Essential: Alexis Sanchez (Sunderland vs. Arsenal) - 13pts

Alternative: Romelu Lukaku (Everton vs. West Ham) - 12pts

Wildcard: Troy Deeney (Watford vs. Hull) - 2pts


Essential: Sergio Aguero (Man City vs. Middlesbrough) - 6pts

Alternative: Charlie Austin (Hull City vs. Southampton) - 7pts

Wildcard: Wilfried Bony (West Ham vs. Stoke City) - 2pts


Essential: Sergio Aguero (Crystal Palace vs. Man City) - 2pts

Alternative: Jermain Defoe (Sunderland vs. Hull City) - 11pts

Wildcard: Harry Kane (Spurs vs. West Ham) - 13pts


Essential: Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool vs. Sunderland) - 1pt

Alternative: Diego Costa (Chelsea vs. Spurs) - 5pts

Wildcard: Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea vs. Crystal Palace) - 10pts


Essential: Harry Kane (Spurs vs. Swansea) - 13pts

Alternative: Alexis Sanchez (West Ham vs. Arsenal) - 23pts

Wildcard: Victor Anichebe (Sunderland vs. Leicester) - 2pts


Essential: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal vs. Stoke) - 5pts

Alternative: Diego Costa (Chelsea vs. West Brom) - 8pts

Wildcard: Divock Origi (Liverpool vs. West Ham) - 9pts


Essential: Harry Kane (Spurs vs. Hull) - 2pts

Alternative: Diego Costa (Sunderland vs. Chelsea) - 2pts

Wildcard: Marcos Alonso (Sunderland vs. Chelsea) - 7pts


Essential: Harry Kane (Spurs vs. Burnley) - 2pts

Alternative: Diego Costa (Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea) - 6pts

Wildcard: Marcos Alonso (Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea) - 6pts


Essential: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Man United vs. Sunderland) - 15pts

Alternative: Sadio Mane (Liverpool vs. Stoke) - 2pts

Wildcard: Marcos Alonso (Chelsea vs. Bournemouth) - 6pts


Essential: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Man United vs. Middlesbrough) - 5pts

Alternative: Romelu Lukaku (Hull vs. Everton) - 2pts

Wildcard: Marcos Alonso (Chelsea vs. Stoke) - 3pts


Essential: Sergio Aguero (Man City vs. Burnley) - 7pts

Alternative: Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace vs. Swansea) - 1pt

Wildcard: Olivier Giroud (Bournemouth vs. Arsenal) - 15pts


Essential: Alexis Sanchez (Swansea vs. Arsenal) - 11pts

Alternative: Harry Kane (Spurs vs. West Brom) - 17pts

Wildcard: Andre Gray (Burnley vs. Southampton) - 2pts


Essential: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal vs. Burnley) - 8pts

Alternative: Romelu Lukaku (Crystal Palace vs. Everton) - 2pts

Wildcard: Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth vs. Watford) - 2pts


Essential: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Man United vs. Hull) - 2pts

Alternative: Dele Alli (Sunderland vs. Spurs) - 3pts

Wildcard: Mesut Ozil (Arsenal vs. Watford) - 2pts


Essential: Harry Kane (Spurs vs. Middlesbrough) - 6pts

Alternative: Romelu Lukaku (Everton vs. Bournemouth) - 21pts

Wildcard: Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace vs. Sunderland) - 0pts


Essential: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal vs. Hull) - 15pts

Alternative: Diego Costa (Burnley vs. Chelsea) - 2pts

Wildcard: Gabriel Jesus (Bournemouth vs. Man City) - 1pt


Essential: Romelu Lukaku (Everton vs. Sunderland) - 6pts

Alternative: Sadio Mane (Leicester vs. Liverpool) - 2pts

Wildcard: Troy Deeney (Watford vs. West Ham) - 9pts


Essential: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Man United vs. Bournemouth) - -1pts

Alternative: Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea vs. Burnley) - 5pts

Wildcard: Manolo Gabbiadini (Watford vs. Southampton) - 5pts


Essential: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Liverpool vs. Burnley) - 2pts

Alternative: Romelu Lukaku (Everton vs. West Brom) - 12pts

Wildcard: Fernando Llorente (Hul vs. Swansea) - 1pt


Essential: Romelu Lukaku (Everton vs. Hull) - 16pts

Alternative: Diego Costa (Stoke vs. Chelsea) - 1pt

Wildcard: Josh King (Bournemouth vs. Swansea) - 8pts


Essential: Diego Costa (Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace) - 1pt

Alternative: Jamie Vardy (Leicester vs. Stoke) - 7pts

Wildcard: Troy Deeney (Watford vs. Sunderland) - 0pts


Essential: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal vs. West Ham) - 3pts

Alternative: Jamie Vardy (Leicester vs. Sunderland) - 9pts

Wildcard: Oumar Niasse (Hull vs. Middlesbrough) - 6pts


Essential: Dele Alli (Spurs vs. Watford) - 8pts

Alternative: Sergio Aguero (Man City vs. Hull) - 9pts

Wildcard: Mesut Ozil (Crystal Palace vs. Arsenal) - 2pts


Essential: Dele Alli (Spurs vs. Bournemouth) - 6pts

Alternative: Romelu Lukaku (Everton vs. Burnley) - 6pts

Wildcard: Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace vs. Leicester) - 6pts


Essential: Harry Kane (Crystal Palace vs. Spurs) - 4pts

Alternative: Alvaro Negredo (Bournemouth vs. Middlesbrough and Middlesbrough vs. Sunderland) - 2pts, 2pts = 4pts

Wildcard: Andros Townsend (Liverpool vs. Crystal Palace and Crystal Palace vs. Spurs) - 4pts


Essential: Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace vs. Burnley) - 1pt

Alternative: Dele Alli (Spurs vs. Arsenal) - 8pts

Wildcard: Benik Afobe (Sunderland vs. Bournemouth) - 1pt


Essential: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal vs. Man United and Southampton vs. Arsenal) - 3pts, 11pts = 14pts

Alternative: Dele Alli (West Ham vs. Spurs) - 2pts

Wildcard: Benik Afobe (Sunderland vs. Bournemouth) - 5pts


Essential: Alexis Sanchez (Stoke vs. Arsenal and Arsenal vs. Sunderland) - 12pts, 15pts = 27pts

Alternative: Harry Kane (Spurs vs. Man United and Leicester vs. Spurs) - 7pts, 24pts = 31pts

Wildcard: Gabriel Jesus (Man City vs. Leicester and Man City vs. West Brom) - 8pts, 11pts = 19pts


Essential Total: 9 (1), 5 (2), 2 (3), 1 (4), 9 (5), 13 (6), 3 (7), -1 (8), 3 (9), 13 (10), 6 (11), 2 (12), 1 (13), 13 (14), 5 (15), 2 (16), 2 (17), 15 (18), 5 (19), 7 (20), 11 (21), 8 (22), 2 (23), 6 (24), 15 (25), 6 (26), -1 (27), 2 (28), 16 (29), 1 (30), 3 (31), 8 (32), 6 (33), 4 (34), 1 (35), 14 (36), 27 (37) = 244pts

Alternative Total: 2 (1), 2 (2), 11 (3), 1 (4), 12 (5), 7 (6), 2 (7), 9 (8), 3 (9), 12 (10), 7 (11), 11 (12), 5 (13), 23 (14), 8 (15), 2 (16), 6 (17), 2 (18), 2 (19), 1 (20), 17 (21), 2 (22), 3 (23), 21 (24), 2 (25), 2 (26), 5 (27), 12 (28), 1 (29), 7 (30), 9 (31), 9 (32), 6 (33), 4 (34), 8 (35), 2 (36), 31 (37) = 268pts

Wildcard Total: 10 (1), 2 (2), 2 (3), 2 (4), 2 (5), 2 (6), 2 (7), -1 (8), 2 (9), 2 (10), 2 (11), 13 (12), 10 (13), 2 (14), 9 (15), 7 (16), 6 (17), 6 (18), 3 (19), 15 (20), 2 (21), 2 (22), 2 (23), 0 (24), 1 (25), 9 (26), 5 (27), 1 (28), 8 (29), 0 (30), 6 (31), 2 (32), 6 (33), 4 (34), 1 (35), 5 (36), 19 (37) = 167pts


Player: Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)

Position: Midfielder

Player Price: £8.6 million

Player Selection %: 21.0%


Player: The Hurrikane (Spurs)

Position: Forward

Player Price: £11.7 million

Player Selection %: 20.5%


Player: Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)

Position: Forward

Player Price: £9.6 million

Player Selection %: 1.1%

Making a trademark timed run, fooling the goalkeeper, and finishing neatly was how injury cursed Daniel Sturridge transported Liverpool supporters back to 2013. Once one of the most coveted strikers in the whole of Europe the England international has been living season-to-season nursing more injuries than games he had played. Making his return to the starting eleven against West Ham the man made of glass showed everyone his class and finishing ability, he was a threat all afternoon and deserved his goal in Liverpool's destruction of the Hammers. From out of nowhere Liverpool went to having no valuable strikers in their squad to having two on the final day where they must beat Middlesbrough to ensure Champions League football for next season.

Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge made a good combo, furthering the argument that Liverpool should have been playing their squad in the right positions when they had injuries; and with Coutinho moved into a deeper role there is more penetration from the central attacking areas. Middlesbrough won't be dealing with crosses, it will be quick movement around the box, an element of Sturridge's game that is excellent, so we are expecting him to prove his worth in a Reds shirt once again. Liverpool have made themselves a great differential for this gameweek because they have changed personnel, formation, and their attacking emphasis.

West Ham who had been keeping plenty of clean sheets lately were blown away; Sturridge a huge factor in this. The final gameweek of the season demands a key differential that has come out of nowhere, and we have it in Daniel Sturridge, a once loved asset in the FPL.

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