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: 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 11: Essential Captain
Player: Sergio Aguero (MCI)
GW11 Fixture: Southampton (H)
Player Price: £11.3 million
Player Selection %: 51.8%
The usual suspects were lining up to bat this week ahead of FPL Gameweek 11, with a majority winner once again gracing our essential captaincy poll. For the 5th time this season, Sergio Aguero took top owners.
The wider narrative suggests that the FPL Community has spoken. With Salah facing a tricky tie at Arsenal, and Hazard's captaincy suitors dealing with Mauricio Sarri potentially managing Salah's minutes this week, as well as Harry Kane and Spurs being largely out of form, the Argentine has plugged a hole that needed filling for this week.
Aguero, who has failed to score away at Liverpool (GW8) and Spurs (GW10), has scored in his last two home matches, first against Brighton (GW7) and Burnley (GW9). The Forward, who is only outscored by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (63) and Callum Wilson (63) at this stage of the season, finds himself with an attacking return in all 5 home matches this season for Man City, which is an argument in itself about his selection.
The major crux holding City's leading man back is early substitutions. You have to go back to Gameweek 4 the last last time Aguero has played more than 70 minutes in a Premier League game, and it is hardly surprising that with added force in attack with Riyad Mahrez's arrival at the club, that Aguero is getting the job done and then being yanked before risk of injury occurs.
Though we somewhat disagree with a large portion of the argument for Aguero this week, as he is truly capped to a goal here or there, the allure if we had him might be too much to resist given the current landscape of captaincy options this week.
CAPTAINCY HYPE: THE ALTERNATIVE PICK
Our Alternative selection for captain typically commands a smaller FPL ownership percentage, but can be reserved for The Hype Train's own gut instincts on who could be captaincy inspiration.
Gameweek 11: Alternative Captain
Player: Alvaro Morata (CHE)
GW11 Fixture: Crystal Palace (H)
Player Price: £8.7 million
Player Selection %: 2.1%
Living in the shadow of contention this week is a player who has slowly been creeping back into the minds of Fantasy players across the world. Perhaps this individual has been missing that one big haul before the supposed team at FPL HQ declare him a must-have entity.
We are of course referring to Chelsea talisman, Alvaro Morata. With Olivier Giroud likely out of Sarri's plans this week ahead of a home tie against struggling Crystal Palace, Morata looks set to be the spearhead of Chelsea's attack.
Morata's only home goal of the season came during Gameweek 2's 3-2 win against Arsenal, though the Spanish international has scored in his last two away matches, first against Southampton (GW8) and then against Burnly (GW10).
Two goals in his last 3 goals has done done Morata's persistent performances any justice as he could have scored at least four or five goals against Burnley, and ciuld have had a few against Man United in a 2-2 home draw.
Despite Crystal Palace winning three of their last four matches at Stamdford Bridge, Chelsea's new system should be enough to sweep aside a side that is crumbling from a defensive standpoint. With Eden Hazard's returnto action this week bolstering the likelihood of goals, Morata might be worth a think if you've decided to play your wildcard at the last minute.
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 11: Wildcard Captain
Player: Jamie Vardy (LEI)
GW11 Fixture: Cardiff (A)
Player Price: £9.0 million
Player Selection %: 5.0%
Following the tragic death of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha after the draw with West Ham, Leicester have a point to prove, and a man to honour. We are paying homage to the Thai owner of Leicester by entrusting the armband on Jamie Vardy this week. We can already see it now, Vardy with his arms pointed to the sky in memory. Cardiff have only kept one clean sheet this season, and that was against Newcastle (no surprise, honestly), so we can’t see another reality where Vardy helps piece together the recent disaster. One of Leicester’s most loyal players has the chance to start the healing process.
Football pays homage to a generous man this week. The tragedy at Leicester further fuels one of football’s most memorable stories in the past few years, and it can be safe to say that no team in the league has as many highs and lows in recent memory. Getting promoted, nearly getting relegated, winning the Premier League the following year, reaching the Champions League quarter finals, Leicester players in England getting to the semi-finals of a World Cup, and now the death of their owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.
It is warming to see so much faith in football again which has united over this disaster, and after a surreal few days, it will be a celebration of just how important football is, and here to hope that players are going to make this a special week in the world’s best league.
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