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CAPTAINCY HYPE 2017/18: FPL Gameweek 21

December 30, 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

 

GW19

Essential: Raheem Sterling (Man City 4-0 Bournemouth) - 13pts

Alternative: Jamie Vardy (Arsenal 3-3 Liverpool) - 10pts

Wildcard: Charlie Austin (Southampton 1-1 Huddersfield) - 6pts

 

GW20

Essential: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool 5-0 Swansea) - 9pts

Alternative: Sergio Aguero (Newcastle 0-1 Man City) - 2pts

Wildcard: Charlie Austin (Crystal Palace 2-3 Arsenal) - 2pts

 

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), 13 (19), 9 (20) = 113 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), 10 (19), 2 (20) = 131 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), 8 (19), 2 (20) = 83 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 21: Essential

Player: Mohamed Salah (LIV)

Position: Midfielder

Player Price: £10.1 million +

Player Selection %: 59.6%

 

Gameweek 21: Alternative

Player: Alvaro Morata (CHE)

Position: Forward

Player Price: £10.6 million

Player Selection %: 21.0%

 

We're less than two hours away from the Gameweek 21 deadline and the issue of captaincy this week has been a heated cause as Harry Kane, who has 6 goals from his last 2 matches, is unavailable due to Spurs and West Ham featuring twice next week.

 

More so than ever our captaincy poll highlighted the two players to keep in consideration ahead of this round of games, with Alvaro Morata challenging the eventual winner, Mohamed Salah.

 

Salah scored a back-post header last time out against Leicester in a 3-2 victory, and has picked up a goal or an assist in each and every fixture since Gameweek 8's 0-0 home draw against Man United. Salah was also taken off early in Liverpool's 5-0 home win against Swansea which will aid his chances of starting the next match.

 

As for Morata, the Chelsea forward is back amongst the goals, being teed up by Azpilicueta for a 6th time this season in a dull 2-0 home win against Brighton. Morata faces Stoke, which is a return of the 4-0 win earlier in the season by Chelsea, and a game which saw Morata nab his first Premier League hat-trick.

 

We're probably going to advise against the use of Eden Hazard in the captaincy role for this Gameweek, with Morata the vocal point again, and with players already eyeing up removing Hazard, probably for Alli or Eriksen, as the season's first Double Gameweek looms.

 

 

 

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 21: Wildcard

Player: Alexis Sanchez (ARS)

Position: Midfielder

Player Price: £22.8 million

Player Selection %: 2.8%

 

Arsene Wenger must be a sweaty nightmare with the transfer market about to open again, it means all the clubs in the world can approach him for his two prized assets: Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez. We failed on our last attempt at trying to guess which of the midfielders would be up for it against Crystal Palace and we believed Ozil had upped his game, but it was in fact the other differential, Alexis Sanchez, who was on the scoresheet.

 

The Chilean is a great differential with his future up in the air with Man City lurking for his signature, so fantasy managers will be keen to steer clear of Sanchez with his future up in the air. Sanchez will be keen to show off his prowess and ability during this period, so it could be argued that he ups his performance to get a move away from Arsenal. This is both a win-win for Arsenal and Sanchez; Wenger gets his wins, and Sanchez sells himself to a new club. The Chilean’s performances have been getting better and against West Brom he is the best alternative captaincy pick if you’re looking for an ‘out there’ differential. 

 

Alexis Sanchez Key Facts:

  1. Alexis Sanchez scored two goals in his last Premier League appearance against Crystal Palace during GW20.

  2. Sanchez is now Arsenal’s top scoring FPL player with ninety points.

  3. Sanchez has three fantasy returns from his last five matches, with two of them occurring in GW19 and GW20. A return against West Brom would make it three in a row. 

  4. The last two fixtures at the Hawthorns between West Brom and Arsenal have resulted in two Baggies victories.

  5. Arsenal have scored against West Brom in every match during the Premier League era. The last time West Brom kept a clean sheet against the Gunners it was during a ‘League Division One’ match in 1985, thirty-two years ago, spanning twenty-eight matches.

  6. Arsenal are undefeated in their last five Premier League games (W2, D3).

  7. West Brom haven’t won a game since gameweek two, away to Burnley. All season they have struggled to pick up wins (W2, D9, L9). 

 

 

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