Our captaincy article is back to help you choose the right captain for game week 37. This year we are using data from the RMT Bot and our experience to make our recommendations.
We are finally at the end of the season and the Premier League have kept us all on our toes with a huge double game week. So many big name teams and players have two games this week so it makes perfect sense to choose a biggie for your captain armband.
I’ll begin with the Arsenal forward who took his time but finally delivered for his fpl owners with his goal against Southampton. This week Arsenal have two kind looking fixtures with games against Stoke and an already relegated Sunderland. Arsenal have been far from convincing recently and to be honest if it weren’t for the fixtures I’d suggest looking elsewhere this week.
My own gut feeling is that the Sunderland game in particular looks ripe for a big Sanchez haul and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him score at Stoke. Arsenal cannot let up as they fight to keep their hopes of the 4th placed trophy alive so will have to push until the very end.
I’ll tell you a story from my own fpl season and it is about a man named Jesus. Last weekend I really fancied City to tear Crystal Palace apart and I thought that when this happens the City striker will be at the heart of it all, nailed on to score double figure points so what a clever idea to captain a single game week player. As it turns out I was right….. Kind of! City duly destroyed Palace 5-0 but Jesus scored NONE OF THEM- A solitary assist was a poor return from my fpl skipper.
However, that wouldn’t stop me giving him the armband on a double game week with a pair of home games- good ones at that with West Brom and Leicester the visiting teams. City will score goals again this week but my big reservation is who is going to get the most with Sane, Sterling, KDB (even their defenders getting in on the act last week).
My other concern is that Guardiola may decide to be a pain in the fpl backside and rotate his players for no seemingly good reason and news of Aguero’s injury recovery may prove key in deciding if Jesus is good for both games. Jesus isn’t likely to be the most popular player in the captain polls this week but if you are feeling a bit brave then give it a whirl.
I’m not sure about Hazard this week, Chelsea are very close to wrapping up the title and a win over WBA will secure the title with two games to spare. Chelsea then play again on Monday (at home to Watford) where some rotation is bound to happen. I don’t know if Hazard is immune to being rotated and with the season so close to an end maybe Conte will play him right through knowing he hasn’t got to worry about any more games.
Hazard has been in pretty good form recently racking up 5 goals and 2 assists in his last 9 games, if he avoids rotation then expect a good score this week but I wouldn’t be rushing to trust him with the captain armband this week.
Kevin De Bruyne
A hugely popular pick on the back of his 17 point haul last week which was his 2nd double digit score in the last 4 game weeks. KDB often goes under the radar these days due to his price and the general good form and point returns of some of his cheaper colleagues which means he is something of a great differential this week with an ownership of under 9%. KDB hasn’t been prolific as a goal scorer but with 15 assists for the season he can certainly be relied upon to bring you points by setting up his teammates.
Relatively low ownership + good form + great fixtures = the perfect double game week skipper to shoot you up your mini leagues. Seems like an equation that makes perfect sense to me!
Petr Cech/Willy Caballero
Alright I’m sticking these two here for those who really feel brave but here me out…… the last 3 double game weeks have seen goal keepers emerge as some of the highest scorers in the round.
- GW27 Caballero got 13 points
- GW34 De Gea got 17 points
- GW36 Cech got 16 points/ Forster got 17 points
Cech and Caballero both have very good chances of clean sheets in each of their games and even at their most basic 6 points in each game that’s 12 points (24 for captaincy). Of course it only takes 1 mistake for this wonderful theory to blow up in your face as you see Sanchez or Jesus score 3 goals and get 2 assists but as a method of getting a steady reliable dgw score from your captain it is not without merit.