Fantasy Premier League Captain Picks Gameweek 24
Welcome to Fantasy Premier League Captain Picks Gameweek 24. Oh dear. Midweek matches are supposed to be class! These ones, for most of us, were a non-event at best. How can I recommend the likes of Sanchez and Costa to you after their combined score of 4 points on Tuesday night? Well, in fairness, they do play each other in the lunchtime kick-off this weekend… which is far from ideal. So, here are 5 theoretically ‘better’ candidates for your team’s captaincy, each of whom fits into at least a couple of the following categories: tragically inconsistent, severely lacking in confidence, plays in an underperforming team, chews on marbles whilst being interviewed, completely illiterate.
Harry Kane vs Middlesbrough (H)
Also, all of his double-digit returns have come against pretty lowly teams, too: West Ham, Swansea, Watford and West Brom… shame it’s not ‘Widdlesbrough’ that he’ll be facing on Saturday evening! Although, if you asked Harry himself, that’s probably what he’d say.
Right, enough savagery, and a quick look at Boro themselves. They’ve conceded 4 goals in their last 2 home matches (to the ‘West’ teams) but, admittedly, have conceded just 12 goals away from home all season. That’s only 2 more than the League-best! Spurs inherited the frustration and misery of David Moyes on Tuesday night and this fixture might not be the bounce-back walkover that Kane will be hoping for.
Kevin de Bruyne vs Swansea (H)
That aside, though, de Bruyne himself has finally found some form again, scoring in consecutive Premier League matches, after failing to do so at all in the previous 16 matches. That’s mental. Signs of a City beast awakening? Kevin should lead the charge.
If you happen to be an edgy, cool (or perhaps just ahead-of-the-pack) manager and own this beautiful man, then you have a secret weapon at your disposal. Use it wisely.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic vs Leicester (A)
Ibra, who has allegedly conquered England already, has blanked in his last 2 (very appealing) matches. That’s a pretty harsh way of phrasing “he has 6 goals, 4 assists, 62 points and a full 720 minutes from his last 8 matches”, though, let’s be honest. He’s been a frustrating player to have lately but, c’mon, this is Zlatan we’re talking about. I’m not actually sure what exactly that means… but it just sounds right. Never doubt the big man.
He plays a Leicester side who have lost 3 matches on the bounce — failing to even score in any of their last 4 in fact — conceding 7 goals in the process. No wonder Ranieri looked like he’d been told that Jamie Vardy had stabbed his entire family to death during his BBC SPOTY award presentation. Zlatan’s nose would be the perfect weapon… and his whole 1.95m frame could finish Claudio himself off on Sunday evening.
Sadio Mane vs Hull (A)
Hull away will suit Mane’s physical strength. None of that weak pussy stuff from the likes of Coutinho and Firmino the tranny. He got a 15-minute run out against Chelsea and so should be ready to tear Mike Phelan’s ex-boyfriend to pieces. Hmmm… wait… actually… maybe Firmino is the man to captain this weekend.
Seamus Coleman vs Bournemouth (H)
Seriously, though, right now Seamus is the only player in FPL who’s been averaging 10+ points per match over the past 3 gameweeks. Captaining defenders is nearly always a terrible idea, but so is reading this article, and Koeman’s wide deployment of Coleman makes him an effective midfielder: a marauding midfielder with a pretty good chance of an extra ‘goal’ (clean sheet… close enough) as an extra incentive.
You can just see it unfolding: the Spuds are frustrated once again (this time by a resilient Boro defence) and, in response, the Premier League champions shut down Zlatan and his mates. Liverpool continue to be woeful, whilst Swansea build on their midweek win against Southampton, upsetting City on their own patch. The resulting carnage? Yet more desolate FPL teams and failed captaincies… except for you, with Seamus Coleman wearing your team’s armband, sat on another healthy 15+ haul.
Anyway. Time to stop day dreaming. I’ll probably captain Kane this weekend.
Good luck with whoever you opt for!
Thanks for reading Fantasy Premier League Captain Picks Gameweek 24. This article was written by Jamesimmo
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