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Captains Picks Fantasy Football Gameweek 12

Captains Picks Fantasy Football Gameweek 12 – Fantasy Premier League 2014/15

Captain picksWhat a wonderful time to have the opportunity to write an article for our great site. Although we didn’t win at the Football Blogging Awards this week, our stock has probably never been higher and I would personally like to place on record my appreciation for the time offered and dedication selflessly shown by our band of fantasy figureheads. They descended upon the National Football Museum in Manchester on Thursday to represent very smartly, the FF247 name. And whilst the local lads Init, B-Bash and Muts chucked on a shirt and rolled out the door five minutes before curtains up, some came by train and left with train (and hangover), our Erasure-loving Rich*. Some came by air, namely Kop and Calvin (Easyjet) and Monsieur Cookie (private jet).
* In the interest of balanced and fair reporting, Calvin was our Vince Clarke to Rich’s Andy Bell. Now no laughing please, show A Little Respect….

Here’s to next year gentlemen, and with another 12 months under our belts, I fancy us to make our mark (and not just on the free bar).

Anyway back to the business at hand.

How are you enjoying the international break? Me, you ask? As well as can be expected for a week without fantasy football, that was, until I heard Baines got injured…

C’est la vie.

Onwards. As I still bask in Scotland’s huge victory over the Irish (sorry Kop) and polish my sgian-dubh to attend tonight’s friendly against a Baines-less auld enemy, I can just about squeeze in my thoughts on the captaincy choice for this coming week.

Armband Aguero.

Thank you for reading….

The fixtures:
Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion
Everton v West Ham Utd.
Leicester City v Sunderland
Manchester City v Swansea City
Newcastle Utd. v Queens Park Rangers
Stoke City v Burnley
Arsenal v Manchester Utd.

Crystal Palace v Liverpool
Hull City v Tottenham Hotspur

Aston Villa v Southampton

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[/three_fourth]Well in truth, it will be a brave man who has SERGIO AGUERO and won’t captain him. The Argentine (or Argentinian, are we still doing this?) proved two weeks back at QPR, albeit with the benefit of an assistant’s (non) flag and a wee helping hand, that he can still bring home the bacon even if the City back line is hell bent on pushing the poor man’s individual ability to the limit by defending like, well, United I suppose. He scored both in the 2-2 draw and in total notched 13 points including all 3 bonus points. City can, for all I care, draw every game 2-2 until the end of the season as long as Aguero nabs me 26 points.

Therefore it won’t surprise you to hear that Sergio Aguero is my number one pick this week. In matches immediately after the last two international breaks, he scored once at Arsenal (but got booked!) and then four at home to Spurs (not forgetting missing a penalty too). Interestingly, both in the Saturday early kick off matches as well. This international break should be less testing as well as both Argentina’s friendlies have been played in the UK, at Upton Park against Croatia and Portugal at Old Trafford. It’s Swansea at home next, in case you are interested.


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[/three_fourth]This weekend is the downside (if there is really one) to having both Aguero and DIEGO COSTA. The dilemma simply being, who to captain of the pair. Now assuming Diego Costa hasn’t undergone secret surgery and we’d only find out when Jose Mourinho speaks to the press at the end of the week, Costa, like Aguero, has a fairly handy home fixture, against West Bromwich Albion. With no call up to the Spain squad this break, the big striker has finally had the rest everyone at Chelsea wanted him to have and they’ll be banking on him to be fresh as a daisy to face the Baggies and primed to add to his ten league goals. Chelsea’s other stand out choice might be EDEN HAZARD. The Belgian appears to have commanded penalty duties and that ticks a big box for owners of the midfielder. He seems to save his goals for The Bridge as well with his three strikes coming in home games against Leicester, Arsenal and QPR. The goals against Arsenal and QPR were penalties but a goal is a goal in fantasy terms and if you consider the amount of attacking talent making its way in to the opposition’s penalty box for Chelsea, then more penalties could be forthcoming. Of course, Hazard is a quite brilliant player in open play as we know but (like Aguero) there is always a nice comfort in captaining a penalty taker.


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[/three_fourth]Supposing I told you there was a player who has only played 90 minutes in the league on seven occasions but managed double figures in four of them (and nine in another). Interest you? Well Arsenal’s big summer buy ALEXIS SANCHEZ is laying claim to be the King of the ‘double figure’. His full list of scores when completing a full match reads: 5, 10, 6, 13, 16, 16 and 9. When he plays 90 minutes he has never scored worse than 5 which is a phenomenal record for a new player. As has been mentioned by some, I don’t see the return of Theo Walcott blunting the attacking play of the Chilean at all. If anything it may boost his assist tally. Sanchez also has proved he can hit a dead ball too with goals both at home and in Europe coming from free kicks at the edge of the box. He was also on target for his country this week in a friendly win over Venezuela and faces Uruguay tonight before flying home to a Saturday evening match against Manchester United. Although this is a ‘biggie’ and an intense rivalry in Premier League terms, this may make no difference to Sanchez who is unquestionably in brilliant form and sometimes that counts for more than anything in captaincy terms.


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[/three_fourth]At the start of the season when we all thought Tottenham were going to be there or thereabouts for the top four, we were swaying between Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela for the attacking coverage. Despite Tottenham clearly not being able to cope with these Europa appointments on Thursdays, there is a third attacking threat who (check it if you don’t believe me) is the second highest scoring midfielder. NACER CHADLI currently leads: Fabregas and Hazard, di Maria and Sigurdsson, Oscar and Sterling. In fact, only Alexis Sanchez outpoints him. The Belgian who began the season at a bargain £6.0M but would now cost you £6.7M, currently has six goals (one across the whole of last season) and has stockpiled 10 bonus points (a solitary bonus point for his efforts last season). Tottenham head to a Hull side who last time out meekly lost to Burnley (which can do no-one’s confidence any good) and I would back Chadli to continue to outshine his more illustrious midfielders and it would not surprise me for him to score for the third game on the bounce.


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[/three_fourth]If you follow my comments on the boards you will have noted that I am championing the cause of keeping the Southampton players despite the fixture list giving them City, Arsenal and United in a row, starting next week. Now, this isn’t the place to go over that again but if you do have GRAZIANO PELLE (Pell-uh) and you are getting rid then you may wish him to go out with a bang and you’ll captain him at Aston Villa. The big bear of an Italian (who has broken in to the Azzuri because of his start to his Saints career) so far has six goals, four assists and nine bonus points to his name and has risen a cool £1.0M from his opening value. Although some may point out that only one of his goals and one of his assists have come away from St Mary’s but he is facing a Villa side whose draw with West Ham last time out was their first clean sheet since the middle of September, also the last time they picked up any sort of points. Doubts remain over four key Villa defenders so that may sway. What else may? Well the match is the scheduled Monday night TV game and we all know the superstitious amongst us love a Monday night capo! If you fancy saving the best ‘til last, then Mr Pelle may well be the toast of your team before he is put in to hibernation or shot, depending on your views of what lies ahead.


This weeks recommendations:

RED (Take a punt if you have him): Nacer Chadli
AMBER (Proceed with caution): Alexis Sanchez
GREEN (If you have him, armband him): Sergio Aguero

A final thought:
We realise that it’s the same names appearing week after week, but we’ll make no apologies. We’re a reputable fantasy website and need to think of our member’s fantasy success first and foremost. We can’t just recommend the likes of Joey Barton just for a few cheap laughs.

Thank you for reading and may you all nail the captaincy choice! Enjoy your football.


Thanks for reading Captain’s Picks Fantasy Football Gameweek 12. This article was written by The Gallant Pioneer


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  1. 43
    KI says:


    Great stuff. It’s the little things that make a season (at least on 247). I have the same puzzle. Does the fact Moore came on mean that de Laet is trying to regain fitness, but just ran out of gas? Odd, with Moore there for 2 goals. Puzzles inside puzzles.

  2. 44

    Really hope everyone who fancied bringing Sturridge in, held off on those transfers.

    • 44.1
      RedVT says:

      Yes Gallant, and Sterling too! Boy, Liverpool are having a tough time of it. Sad to say as a supporter but I wouldn’t bring a single player into my fantasy team right now, we’re a mess. Hopefully we can get a class striker in January, I keep hearing rumors about different midfielders we’re linked with and we’ve already got enough of them!!

    • 44.2
      NIN says:

      Evening GP. Liverpool coverage is about as dead as can be these days. I fancied then to do well this year again, but losing Goofy along with some bad decisions by Brenda have left them in a pickle. Worse than United and that’s saying something!

      How’re you fixed this week, mate? Hopefully the ascent can continue smile

      • NIN,

        See above, I agree that its difficult to make a case for any Liverpool player and that looks like continuing.

        I’m fine thanks. I haven’t looked at my team yet but I think I have doubts on Baines, Wilson and Fabregas. I’m sure Fabregas will be fine and I’ll start Baines and see what happens.

        Got 1FT but not had a proper look for this week yet. Although I do have Hazard & Fabregas, I haven’t completely ruled out bringing Costa back (but that would be for -4)

        • NIN says:

          Yeah, i think everyone is sweating over at least one or two players this week. Baines and Cesc for me too.

          Wow: Cesc, Hazard and Costa. there would be some crazy GW’s with that set up! The way Chelsea are looking so far, hard to argue with it really. Just there’s always the risk of them blanking, although, that doesn’t look very likely with their fixtures over the next while.

  3. 45
    Respect1987 says:

    Hello everyone. Am I good to go?

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