Fantasy Premier League Captain Picks Gameweek 35
Welcome to Fantasy Premier League Captain Picks Gameweek 35. Well, woe betide the following unlucky players that I’m recommending in this article, as 3 of my last 5 picks were Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sadio Mane and Seamus Coleman, all of whom have since suffered a fairly nasty season-ending injury. There’s not long left of this one now, in fairness, which means time’s running out for us to catch that irritating mate who sits just above us in our mini-leagues: that process has to start with a great choice of captain! There is (in my meagre opinion) no stand-out option for this weekend, which will ensure a wide variety of captains across the boards, quickly followed by plenty of heartache across the FPL lands. Perhaps we should ask Joey Barton who he’s captaining? No doubt he’s already blown his ‘All Out Attack’ whilst out on the training ground. I bet Michael Keane was having none of it… right. Let’s crack on.
Christian Benteke vs Burnley (H)
One potential downfall is that Burnley, unlike Liverpool, didn’t squander £32 million to have him warm their bench; I doubt Christian is feeling quite as fired-up as he was against his old teammates on Sunday afternoon. Palace have also taken an incredible 19 points from the last 24 available (exactly doubling their tally for the season in less than a quarter of their total games played!) so they may also be lacking motivation in general: they’re safer than Walcott’s hairstyle choices now.
Sergio Aguero vs Middlesbrough (A)
Sergio scored in the FA Cup defeat against Arsenal and should be ready after a fierce midweek battle with United for a Champions League spot (although I don’t actually know how that game pans out as I type this!) and can be so explosive… he has (currently) scored in all but 1 of his last 7 games too. I will struggle to resist his allure once again.
Marcus Rashford vs Swansea (H)
Swansea haven’t won an away game for over 3 months. Ibra has, as mentioned in his obituary above, departed from the United striker scene for now. Rotation could still be an issue, but United have a full 4 days between this game and their clash with Celta Vigo in the Europa League, so there is a good chance of Marcus getting a 60/70 minute opportunity to run at Mawson and Fernandez in this Sunday lunchtime kick-off.
If you can afford to take the risk (or, perhaps more realistically, simply *need* to take the risk!) then I think Rashford could be your answer. His confidence is only second to Joey whilst sat on a 20-fold accumulator these days.
Harry Kane vs Arsenal (H)
The main reason for him not having an ‘8’ or ‘9’ out of 10 form rating is due to his injury lay-off that nestled within those recent home games. His penalty duty secures him the title of being one of the ‘safest bets’ (even for Barton) this weekend, regardless of the fixtures, as Spurs will be looking to cement what has been their most successful season since colour TV and the birth of Iwobi’s grandma.
Eden Hazard vs Everton (A)
Welcome back. He has 4 goals in his last 4 appearances in the Premier League and recently dazzled when he came off the bench against Spurs in the FA Cup: his influence is of such greatness that, whenever he’s amongst Chelsea’s goals, he rarely fails to claim either 2 or all 3 of the bonus points on offer.
Eden’s away success has, admittedly, been mixed. He’s put in 10-point (or better) away performances against Southampton, West Ham and Bournemouth so far, also with a fair few 5-10 pointers shows chucked in there for good measure. That’s not exactly great going from him, though, not when compared to some chronic away scorers like Sanchez… all that I can say is, it’s almost never a bad idea to captain a player of Hazard’s quality, and this perfect home record in 2017 must come to an end for Everton at some point. Chelsea do also have a *slight* incentive to win this game…
Finally, I think Joshua King, playing away but against a dire Sunderland team, also deserves a mention for this weekend. He offers a promising differential if you (a) need it and (b) are unfazed by the comparatively early 3pm kick-off.
All the best!
Thanks for reading Fantasy Premier League Captain Picks Gameweek 35. This article was written by Jamesimmo
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