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CAPTAINCY HYPE 2017/18: FPL Gameweek 19

December 22, 2017

| The Hype Train |

Picking a Captain to double down on in the Fantasy Premier League is the most important question asked ahead of each of the 38 Gameweek's in the Premier League season. There's a lot of self-help out there for FPL enthusiasts, with our Hype Team providing three major considerations for the armband for each and every 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. Captaincy can make of break a Gameweek so strap in tightly, it's time to lose your marbles. All aboard.

 

 

Fantasy Premier League: Gameweek 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

 

 

CAPTAINCY HYPE: 2017/18 SEASON PERFORMANCE

In each Captaincy Hype article we track our progress throughout the 2017/18 FPL season. Below you can check how our Captaincy selections have performed by week to week in the Fantasy Premier League.

 

GW1

Essential: Romelu Lukaku (Man United 4-0 West Ham) - 13pts

Alternative: Roberto Firmino (Watford 3-3 Liverpool) - 12pts

Wildcard: Josh King (West Brom 1-0 Bournemouth) - 2pts

 

GW2

Essential: Romelu Lukaku (Swansea 0-4 Man Utnited) - 6pts

Alternative: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool 1-0 Crystal Palace) - 1pt

Wildcard: Steve Mounie (Huddersfield 1-0 Newcastle) - 1pt

 

GW3

Essential: Harry Kane (Spurs 1-1 Burnley) - 2pts

Alternative: Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Man United 2-0 Leicester) - 5pts

Wildcard: Alvaro Morata (Chelsea 2-0 Everton) - 12pts

 

GW4

Essential: Romelu Lukaku (Stoke 2-2 Man United) - 6pts

Alternative: Alvaro Morata (Leicester 1-2 Chelsea) - 6pts

Wildcard: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal 3-0 Bournemouth) - 1pt

 

GW5

Essential: Harry Kane (Spurs 0-0 Swansea) - 2pts

Alternative: Gabriel Jesus (Watford 0-6 Man City) - 6pts

Wildcard: Eden Hazard (Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal) - 1pt

 

GW6

Essential: Sergio Aguero (Man City 5-0 Crystal Palace) - 11pts

Alternative: Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal 2-0 West Brom) - 13pts

Wildcard: Benjamin Mendy (Man City 5-0 Crystal Palace) - 0pts

 

GW7

Essential: Romelu Lukaku (Man United 4-0 Crystal Palace) - 6pts

Alternative: Dele Alli (Huddersfield 0-4 Spurs) - 2pts

Wildcard: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal 2-0 Brighton) - 6pts

 

GW8

Essential: Harry Kane (Spurs 1-0 Bournemouth) - 2pts

Alternative: Jamie Vardy (Leicester 1-1 West Brom) - 2pts

Wildcard: Raheem Sterling (Man City 7-2 Stoke) - 15pts

 

GW9

Essential: Gabriel Jesus (Man City 3-0 Burnley) - 1pt

Alternative: Eden Hazard (Chelsea 4-2 Watford) - 5pts

Wildcard: Tammy Abraham (Swansea 1-2 Leicester) - 2pts

 

GW10

Essential: Sergio Aguero (West Brom 2-3 Man City) - 0pts

Alternative: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool 3-0 Huddersfield) - 4pts

Wildcard: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal 2-1 Swansea) - 2pts

 

GW11

Essential: Sergio Aguero (Spurs 1-0 Crystal Palace) - 2pts

Alternative: Mohamed Salah (West Ham 1-4 Liverpool) - 15pts

Wildcard: Riyad Mahrez (Stoke 2-2 Leicester) - 7pts

 

GW12

Essential: Romelu Lukaku (Man United 4-1 Newcastle) - 6pts

Alternative: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool 3-0 Southampton) - 16pts

Wildcard: Glenn Murray (Brighton 2-2 Stoke) - 1pt

 

GW13

Essential: Harry Kane (Spurs 1-1 West Brom) - 8pts

Alternative: Gabriel Jesus (Huddersfield 1-2 Man City) - 4pts

Wildcard: Callum Wilson (Swansea 0-0 Bournemouth) - 2pts

 

GW14

Essential: Alvaro Morata (Chelsea 1-0 Swansea) - 1pt

Alternative: Mohamed Salah (Stoke 0-3 Liverpool) - 13pts

Wildcard: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal 5-0 Huddersfield) - 8pts

 

GW15

Essential: Mohamed Salah (Brighton 1-5 Liverpool) - 5pts

Alternative: Alvaro Morata (Chelsea 3-1 Newcastle) - 8pts

Wildcard: Riyad Mahrez (Leicester 1-0 Burnley) - 6pts

 

GW16

Essential: Harry Kane (Spurs 5-1 Stoke) - 12pts

Alternative: Eden Hazard (West Ham 1-0 Chelsea) - 2pts

Wildcard: Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool 1-1 Everton) - 1pt

 

GW17

Essential: Harry Kane (Spurs 2-0 Brighton) - 2pts

Alternative: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool 0-0 West Brom) - 3pts

Wildcard: Alexis Sanchez (West Ham 0-0 Arsenal) - 3pts

 

GW18

Essential: Eden Hazard (Chelsea 1-0 Southampton) - 6pts

Alternative: Jamie Vardy (Leicester 0-3 Crystal Palace) - 2pts

Wildcard: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle) - 3pts

 

Totals

Essential Total: 13 (1), 6 (2), 2 (3), 6 (4), 2 (5), 11 (6), 6 (7), 2 (8), 1 (9), 0 (10), 2 (11), 6 (12), 8 (13), 1 (14), 5 (15), 12 (16), 2 (17), 6 (18) = 91 points


Alternative Total: 12 (1), 1 (2), 5 (3), 6 (4), 6 (5), 13 (6), 2 (7), 2 (8), 5 (9), 4 (10), 15 (11), 16 (12), 4 (13), 13 (14), 8 (15), 2 (16), 3 (17), 2 (18) = 119 points

 

Wildcard Total: 2 (1), 1 (2), 12 (3), 1 (4), 1 (5), 0 (6), 6 (7), 15 (8), 2 (9), 2 (10), 6 (11), 1 (12), 2 (13), 8 (14), 6 (15), 1 (16), 3 (17), 3 (18) = 73 points

 

 

CAPTAINCY HYPE: THE ESSENTIAL PICK

Our Essential picks for captain are selected each and every week on our main Twitter account, @RealHypeTrain, with four highly selected FPL options battling it out for alpha status amongst fellow FPL players.

 

Gameweek 19: Essential

Player: Raheem Sterling (MCI)

Position: Midfielder

Player Price: £8.6 million +

Player Selection %: 26.9%

 

Gameweek 19: Alternative

Player: Mohamed Salah (LIV)

Position: Midfielder

Player Price: £10.0 million +

Player Selection %: 57.9%

 

Another round of games, another essential captaincy poll, and an unexpected winner.

 

 

If you’re a regular reader of these captaincy articles, you’ll notice that there has been a rapid decline in the care and thought when trying to hype up captaincy picks, and it is partly because we’re receptive to what is put forward in front of us, and as the season grinds on there is just little encouragement that captaincy picks will matter. Instead of getting pumped about your choices as a Fantasy player, the common go to phrase, less than half way through the season, has been ‘here we go again’, whilst the voice in the back of your head is doubting every selection.

 

Ahead of Gameweek 19, Raheem Sterling’s selection as the essential captain has come out of nowhere, these picks have been dominated by high-priced forwards until now, but with the shifting power towards midfielders becoming a reality, the captaincy picks have shifted with it. The below tweet summarises the agony that we are having with pricey Forward picks – they’re just not getting the job done.

 

 

For our own sake of sanity we're not going to do any hyping for our first two picks, that being Raheem Sterling and Mohamed Salah. We'll just leave their stats below in some nice info-graphics, and just call it a week. The pair provide the best chance of success for Fantasy players, and it is obvious why.

 

They're goal-scoring midfielders, and that's enough to have our backing for Gameweek 19.

 

 

CAPTAINCY HYPE: THE WILDCARD PICK

Our Wildcard selection is one of the ten differential picks that is featured in our Weekly Wildcards article. This captaincy selection has a very small percentage of owners in the FPL, and is our left field option.

 

Gameweek 19: Wildcard

Player: Charlie Austin (SOU)

Position: Forward

Player Price: £6.2 million

Player Selection %: 5.5%

 

Fantasy managers must remember the good old days when Charlie Austin was a cheap forward option scoring goals for QPR, and the optimism that everyone had when he went to Southampton was rife, and we are in a moment where it has been reignited. After being dropped against Chelsea it was a mistake, the Saints are statistically better at scoring with the Englishmen in his team. Southampton have a cosy home fixture against a team that struggle away from home, and it is an understated selection for Austin in your team but one that could outshine ahead of other forwards in tougher fixtures.

 

The case for Charlie Austin has many interesting stats, the Englishman is worth considering this week as an outsider for the captain’s armband.

 

Key Stats (Charlie Austin):

  • Five goals from four starts. Four goals from starting, one substitute appearance goal in GW2 against West Ham.

  • Four goals whilst playing at home.

  • One goal whilst playing away from home.

  • Since Austin returned to the Saints starting eleven they picked up a habit of scoring in every game that he has started. The game against Chelsea where Austin didn’t start resulted in the Saints not scoring a goal for the first time in five games.

  • Austin is the main penalty taker at Southampton.

  • Huddersfield only have two clean sheets away from this season, these occurred earlier in the season during GW1 (CRY) and GW6 (BUR).

  • Huddersfield have scored in only two of their away games so far, this season, during GW1 (CRY), and most recently in GW18 (WAT). The Terriers are much more comfortable at home.

 

Resting on 45pts heading into the weekend, and @HypeTrainSam can’t look past including Charlie Austin.  

 

 

Want to know more about The Hype Train?

The Hype Train is an entertainment website founded in 2015, specialising in the Fantasy Premier League (#FPL), providing beautiful graphics and weekly insight for hopeful players attempting to climb ranking tables. We are also occasional media reviewers, with a keen interest to review movies, live sport, and professional wrestling.

 

As well as providing FPL articles on our website, we are a founding Contributor to the new Fantasy Football Hub, where you can find more unique articles, including weekly Power Rankings, from The Hype Team. You can support us and read exclusive members only content for just £2 per-month by clicking here.

 

The Hype Train were nominated and shortlisted for the 'Best Football Blog 2016' by the Football Bloggers Association at their annual Football Blogging Awards (The FBA's), with the final presentation held at Old Trafford in Manchester.

 

You can follow us on Twitter, Like us on Facebook, or visit our website here at www.thehypetrain.co.uk

 

All aboard.

 

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