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Fantasy Premier League Captain Picks Gameweek 34

Fantasy Premier League Captain Picks Gameweek 34

Fantasy Premier League Captain Picks Gameweek 34

Welcome to Fantasy Premier League Captain Picks Gameweek 34. You always know you are coming to the business end of the season when the double gameweeks start coming thick and fast and this is the first of three in four weeks. It’s kind of an appetiser to the main course of DGW37 with just the three teams playing twice this time as opposed to ten of them in that one. And yet that fact may be an interesting one, as those lucky enough to have some valuable chips left will be eyeing up DGW37 as the perfect Bench Boost material. Which means if they have a Triple Captain chip left then it will most likely be deployed this week or on Sanchez in DGW36. Even if you aren’t in that situation then your captain will be all important in the closing weeks as you look to either win your mini league or just climb as high as you can in the rankings. Let’s be honest though, that all important mini league is the one though isn’t it?! It can be an awfully long summer in work, at home or indeed even in the supermarket (don’t ask :) ) if you lose that one. No pressure here then! As it’s such an important choice we thought we’d ask around for you this week and we’ve had no less than five of your regular writers all come to the rescue to tell us who their pick would be if money were no object. It’s an interesting mix too with both sides of the DGW argument debated. So without further ado…

Eden Hazard (home vs Southampton) – Cookie


Last week’s loss at Old Trafford has handed FPL managers a fantastic opportunity. While everyone is talking about Chelsea’s stuttering form and Spurs’ seven consecutive wins which has closed the gap to just 4pts as well as all the DGW captain opportunities (most of whom look awful if studied properly), I bring you Eden Hazard. Yep, the same Eden Hazard who was suffocated by Ander Herrera last weekend but will be free and back at home on Tuesday when Chelsea meet Southampton. The Saints don’t have a Herrera, nor do they have the appetite to carry out such disciplined tactics. Sunday’s loss at United was the first match in seven that Hazard has failed to register an assist or goal – the tiny Belgian has scored 14 goals this season and eight assists and you can include also 29 bonus points, a number only beaten by Lukaku who has played over 300mins more than Hazard. Ten of Hazard’s fourteen goals have come at the Bridge, six of his nine double-digit returns have come at home and he was instrumental in Chelsea’s win at Southampton in GW10 when he scored and assisted in the Blues’ 2-0 win at St. Mary’s. Should we be worried about Chelsea’s form though? In my view, the answer is ‘no’ – Conte will get them refocused and one look at their fixtures suggests they will be fine. There will be a reaction to the defeat at United and at times like this, the big players stand up and deliver and look no further than Hazard to drive Chelsea to the title, beginning with a resounding midweek win over the Saints, with the Belgian leading the charge. There is no finer captain this week.

Sergio Aguero (home vs Man Utd) – Gallant Pioneer

The Argentine is going about his business as quietly as a £13M region player possibly can in FPL terms. With the further strengthened claims of Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku this season, the tremendous debut made by Zlatan Ibrahimovic and a recent return to scoring of Jamie Vardy, many an FPL manager will feel they can justifiably ride without Sergio at this time. 22.7% of teams own him and one wonders how many of these are looking after their team still – I would estimate most of these owners have had him from the season’s beginning and they are FPL ‘ghost ships’. In this season’s climate and with the DGW here too, I would offer Sergio Aguero as a viable (and differential) Game-week 34 captain selection.

The fixture is their city rivals at home which to some might turn you off him right away. But stick with me. Aguero has only blanked once in his last eight games and to those worried about his game time, he has played 90 minutes in six of these (and 88 minutes in one of the others). For a striker who saw his growth stunted by his manager and the emergence of Jesus, he currently resides just fourth in the overall (strikers) Bonus Points chart and joint third in the goals scored column. Of the Citizens 33 matches in the league so far, Aguero has not played six times so this further bolsters a quite impressive points return, all things considered. Add in the attacking talent in support of him and also his record in such derby games – he has seven goals against the Red Devils – and there is obvious appeal.

He has 17 league goals this season and without turning this in to a ‘Tips’ piece, he has five really succulent fixtures after the Manc’ derby and I’m forecasting he could run his previous best total, 26 in 2014/15 very close indeed. I have news for you, this guy is back on form and he needs bought soon if you don’t own him.

A point of note in the interest of clarity and fairness, although Game-week 34 is not an FPL DGW for him, it is in reality as Manchester City play Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final on Sunday but I do however expect the player to feature from the beginning in each of these two crucial games.

Christian Benteke (away vs Liverpool, home vs Spurs) – theswirly

Ah come on now guys, it’s a DGW, where’s your sense of fun and adventure?! And unlike some he certainly won’t be getting rested for either game. If I was to pick any DGW player it’d be Christian Benteke. Coming it at just £7.2m (as we speak) he’s also very affordable and so nobody should have any real issue fitting him in. Which they absolutely should do, and here is why. With a match against his previous club Liverpool on the horizon – as well as a visit by on-form Spurs – there are two tricky matches. Don’t let that put you off him though. With three goals and an assist contributing to 23 points in the past four matches, the Belgian striker is on some great form at the moment. That’s coupled with the fact Sam Allardyce is really starting to energise the midfield, with Zaha, Townsend and even Cabaye contributing to the Crystal Palace strikeforce. I can’t help but imagine Benteke will want to get one over on his previous employers and make it the third consecutive win for the Eagles at Anfield. And I’m not sure if I mentioned this but he’s also ON A DGW!

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (away vs Burnley, away vs Man City) – FootyFantastic (Guy Sanchez)

I say Zlatan is the obvious pick because, as of this moment, he’s already owned by more than 30% of you in the game. And as the week moves along, I’m sure that number is sure to rise even a bit higher. He only trails Lukaku for ownership percentage amongst forwards, and he’s the 4th highest scoring striker on the board for fantasy points. Oh, and he has a DGW this round. Suffice to say, he’ll be getting his fair share of armbands this week from the herd.

And that’s not to say that the herd mentality doesn’t have some merit here. As I said yesterday, United have proven themselves perfectly capable on the road this season, and Ibra maybe even more so. Of the 17 goals that Ibra now has on the year, 10 of them have come whilst playing away. And that kind of makes sense when you think about it. To be successful, Ibra needs to be the center of attention, he needs everybody to know that he deserves every goal he gets. And my feeling is that the crowd at Old Trafford are just so full of self-entitlement and general haughtiness that is sort of drowns out Ibra’s ego a bit. And if his ego is muted, he’s just a tad less effective. But once he’s on the road and gets to be the true center of attention again? Bingo Bango.

This is all very scientific, by the way. We armchair analysts from the States have a very rigid methodology when judging such things.

I’m sure the rest of the writers on this panel have made some great cases for their picks this week (except Mito maybe, he drew short straw last I checked), but no matter what they say, Ibra will be one of the most popular choices for captaincy in practice. And that’s important to take into account. Picking a differential captain is good fun and all – but you’re not really betting on yourself being right. You’d be betting on the masses being wrong, and that can leave your board full of red arrows when the round ends if your bet was in error.

Harry Kane (away vs Crystal Palace) – Mito21

There was a story once about a young prince who would one day save England and Arsenal sorry, save Spurs. I can’t completely be sure if they meant Harry Kane, but for the purpose of this article, we will say it is so. Harry is developing into a world class talent (just play along) and the world will soon be at his feet. This young Englishman should not only be a top consideration for your captaincy this week, he is reaching the stage of MUST OWN! There I said it, he is slowly becoming the one forward you can’t be without.

The case against the others: For all of Hazard’s greatness, consider these numbers. Since the turn of the year Hazard has 5 goals and 4 assists. With less minutes because of an injury, Harry has 12 goals and 5 assists. So Eden might be great, but he hasn’t been Kane good in the last 4 months. Benteke doesn’t have a history of major hauls or being consistent. When you factor in that he plays two very tough teams in his double and that 12 is his biggest haul of the season ( that is Kane’s lowest in his last 3 starts ) then you quickly start thinking, man that guy is not even worthy of a dry hump. The once feared Aguero, couldn’t scare an FPL novice at this point. His last big haul came in October, yeah October! If you have a dog, he has basically aged 3.5 years since Kun last posted double digits. Plus he plays Manchester United. They have only allowed one goal in April on top of not allowing 2 or more since October. Ibra might be the top pick this week for many. Managers really want to get that major haul from the Burnley game. Yet there is one catch to all that. Jose just sat him against Chelsea to keep him fresh. We know he will start Thursday in the Europa and plays City after Burnley. I wonder what game he is most likely to sit? Unless you think he starts 3 games in 7 days after watching him be rested for Chelsea. Plus the fact that United won vs the league leaders, doesn’t help the case for Ibra playing straight through. United showed Jose they could win without him against the top team, why play Zlatan against lowly Burnley instead of having him fresh for City?

Well after covering all the pretenders to the throne, let us turn to the future king, Prince Harry. His last 3 starts have produced 20, 13 and 12 points. For you mathematically challenged individuals that is an average of 15 points per game. Tottenham has scored 22 goals in their last 7 games, so they are turning into a scoring machine, which is great, because all you can ask is that your captain of choice gets chances and he will. In his last 18 starts Kane has 18 goals and 4 assists. Oh sweet Jesus!! That’s a roll that would have him in 300 FPL point territory if he had played all games and started out like he has been for the last 18. By the way, Palace at home vs the top 5, 4 losses in 4 and have allowed 9 goals in them games.

It is up to you now, will you join me in feasting on the innocence of so many in going for them other choices? I think you will, if not please tweet me your address so I can mail you a shovel so you can dig your own grave. ;)

Thanks for reading Fantasy Premier League Captain Picks Gameweek 34. This article was written by Cookie, GP, Swirly, Guy Sanchez and Mito


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  1. Great article as usual, its certainly going to be a tough one to pick the right captain this week.
    Ive got 1FT and 2.1m ITB, my plan is to swap Vardy for Ibra this week and then swap Ibra for Kane next week (hopefully not having Kane this week wont punish me too much…)
    My only Issue is with Walker as he seems to be missing every other game. I was planning on taking a hit to take him out next week so i can get Kane in (as i already have 3 Spurs players with walker) but im just wondering if its worth taking a hit this week for him because ill only have 2 playing defenders this week if he doesn’t play.
    Decisions decisions.

    • Walker to Bailly or Rojo ? Frees up a Spurs spot and gives you a dgw player ?

    • I agree with brooky if you take the hit this week to a double game week player it could pay off easier

  2. Guys what would u do with this lot. I’ve 1ft and .2m itb. My original plan was to get cabaye and friend for carroll and bertrand. Now im thinking kane and friend for lukaku and bertrand. Really don’t know. My mail ml rival has kane.

    • I’d do Nyom to a Boro defender

    • Hi man u wouldn’t Cabaye simply create a benching issue? As for Kane then that just depends if you are chasing or leading.

      • I could use my aoa attack Initt for this week. I’m 2 pts off the lead in my ml, which i had held since the start.

    • man u man, I would actually bank your transfer. Lukaku has a great record against west ham so i would give him this weekend. Even tho you only have one dgw player, your team looks great

      • Cheers guys for all the feedback.

  3. I know that it might sound a bit mental but I’m thinking of captaining Ben Gibson. Am I mental? Middlesborough have got two easyish games and aren’t bad defensively. Am I mental? I must be I’ve asked it too many times now!

    • I’m actually seriously considering giving Negredo the armband,Boro have to score and defences dont come much worse than Bournemouths and Sunderlands….. :)

      • Very true that Brooky

        • Not you as well smash!! Your better than this pal!! ;)

      • True, my only problem with Negredo is the fact that I just don’t think he’s very good!

        • +1 he’s gash

        • I know its not saying much of late but he stuck one past the gooners the other night….. !! :)

        • Touché brooky, touché…..

  4. Thoughts on what to do here. Double GW I have 2 free transfers. It is however tough some of my players are in form. Early thoughts are to bring in Friend if Fabio is injured and either Chambers or Barragan? Any other more exciting options?

    • Yeah a Boro defender for Nyom or a United defender if you can afford it and roll the other transfer would be my advice..

      • Thanks Brooky. Yeah Nyom is the fall guy for some Boro defender. Got to wild card in GW36 so not sure if I’m best to just use transfer up.

    • Smash. Augers to Benteke if you still have your WC left. I did the same. Or else Nyom to Gibson

  5. Andros townsend 3 assist and 1 goal in last 3 games. Good captain choice? no risk of rotation and playing along site zaha and tekkers who all have decent form.

  6. Who’s playing there wildcard in game week 35?

    • i dont think many Shane but if you plan it well the you can certainly do that to take advantage of dwg 36 as well. One would have to decide closer to the time to see how strong your squad is for the gw36 fixture

    • Possibly the ones that still have and plan to use TC on 36 and BB on 37. I don’t have TC so will probably not WC on 35. The reason is that many of the big guys I want for 37 have tough or not favorable fixtures in 35, the exception being Saints and City.

  7. Guys any chance of a response for 14 above. Cheers.

    • man u man..there are already many responses up there. my suggestion is to keep Bertrand.. He has 2 DGWs coming up. Anyways Friend sucks

  8. And I thought there were more of “eccentric” guys here. No love for Negredo here
    Pretty sure I’m going with him. Easiest of fixtures and at the lowest. Negredo will try his best to save them just like Defoe last season.

    • It’s tough when he’s not a player that you’d look twice at on a normal GW but if Ibra looks unlikely to start both games then he does look strangely tempting.

      • Andy..That’s the only reason for him to be a captain choice this week. Can’t see Ibra to start the game just after he EUL tbh.

        • I guess that depends on whether he starts the European game or not, not many would have thought that he’d of been benched for the Chelski game either.

    • Used my 2 FT’s…
      Team is set…
      Negredo with the Cpt armband ;) !
      #eccentric

      • Haha..HL..i know that’d be a differential decision for us..cheers mate

        • Actually I did the transfers last night…
          It just coincided with your statement…

          So, for what it’s worth – you are not alone…
          #TeamEccentric #CptNegredo @heregoesnothing ))))))))

        • Hope he makes us proud..

        • An appeal is clearly needed here! :)

  9. Hi guys. Here is my team. Please advise the captain.
    Negredo/Ibra/Kane or Sanchez?

  10. great article as always guys :)

    here is my team (as it stands)
    Pickford
    Valencia,Walker Gibson
    Eriksen, Sane,Hazard,King,Zaha
    Lukaku,Costa

    Bench: Heaton,Barnes Azpili,Bertrand
    1FT 0 ITB

    Any thoughts? or good to go? Thanks as always!

    • Toughie but I think you’ve got too much team value locked in your defenders so I’d use the DGW to switch it around a little by downgrading Walker (Not 100% confident with this one but he might not play against Palace after the Semi game with Trippier looking so good as a back up) and moving Costa out for either Ibra if he looks nailed on to start both or Kane as DGW or not Spurs look pretty unstoppable at the minute.

  11. Considering Alonso & Costa out for Gibson & Tekkers/Negredo. Will only do it if Costa is likely out with sickness. Thoughts on this?

    • If I could have any forward at all for this GW I’d take Ibra as my first option over Negredo, I’d only really consider Negredo IF Ibra looked unlikely to start both games but we’ll have to wait until later in the week before finding out (basically see if he plays the European game as I doubt Mourinho’s presser will give much away.)

  12. Gents

    Current team for GW34; what other moves should I be doing?

    1.4 ITB

    • I’d be tempted to stick with that mate, I’m not sure if I want to just take a more concervative approach to this DGW.
      I think there’s a chance Ibra could be rested against Burnley and that Kun will score as well if not better than him same with your other two forwards.
      Then it becomes a case of who would you bench if you brought in another DGW player; your midfield is solid and I wouldn’t want to bench any of those, another DGW defender is likely to match or do worse than Alonso. The only place where you MIGHT get more points is replacing a keeper but again you could break even. I’m in a similar situation, I’ll probably bring in a Boro defender but after that I’m not sure if any moves are worth it, I’d like Kane but I have 3 spurs so I’d have to take a -4 and shift a spurs player and I’m not sure if it’s worth it this week.

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