Fantasy Football Captain Picks

The Captain’s Picks article, which will be released every Wednesday, will endeavor to sort out one of the most challenging problems FPL managers face – namely pick the member of your side who will accrue the most points and earn huge double point tallies for your fantasy team. We will concentrate on the most obvious looking selections each particular game-week and have a look at some comparable stats to see who, on paper, the best options are.

Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 23

Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 23 Gameweek 22 was a bumper week for those playing in claret and blue. Republic of Ireland’s Declan Rice did his chances of an England call-up no harm with an authoritative display belying his teenage years. Of course, now that he’s no longer a teenager, people will be expecting the West Ham starlet to produce 15 points every week. Burnley’s Jeff Hendrick, modest chap that he is, proved that it’s possible to create goals without any individual needing to take the credit. Clattering the ball against a couple of hapless Fulham defenders earned him 2 assists, a handsome 11 point tally and a lifetime membership with the UK Pinball League. It goes without saying you didn’t captain either of these players. I know this for a fa...[Read More]

Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 22

Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 22 Welcome to Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 22. A new year, a fresh start and the wide-eyed optimism that this will indeed be your year. Or the date has changed and we are still in exactly the same position as we were before except now we’re all 6lbs heavier. I don’t do New Year’s resolutions either, and there is nothing more annoying than people announcing them to the world. If I hear one more person being all righteous about ‘dry January’ then I will not be responsible for clocking them over the head with my pint glass (once I have emptied it of course). New Year’s resolutions are done by February so the only type of resolutions that I am going to make are FPL ones. Some context; the festive fixture pile-up is a period I usually enj...[Read More]

Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 18

Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 18 Welcome to Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 18 I haven’t even been able to keep up with my Advent calendar(s), let alone FPL trends this month (it’s hard to resist buying two when they’re £1 in Morrisons) and yet here I am: sat up in bed, fuelled by 2 x 18 pieces of chocolate for breakfast, trying to provide your game-weekly dosage of captaincy advice. The looming deadline — at 19:00 on Friday due to the FNF action — marks the start of an annual Christmas bonanza. We’ll be treated to 40 matches in a mere fortnight; 38 festive clashes occur within a 12-day period of what promises to be FPL chaos. It’s a deadline that’s also indicative of the traps that such a busy schedule lays out for managers. Many a mini-league has been dominated by the f...[Read More]

Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 17

Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 17 Huzzah! It’s that time of year again! No matter how bad one’s year is going, you can always rely on Christmas* to lift the spirits. (*Other festive celebrations are available). Sure, it would be so easy to fall into the trap of being a naysayer, deriding the flaws of how the relentless onslaught of TV’s multitudinous, twee commercials guilt-trip the working-class into spending more than they can afford. Pfft. Go home Scroogey McScroogeface. Nor will this writer blather on about how the festive period perpetuates the shallow fiction that materialism provides any kind of genuine, lasting happiness. That kind of negativity has NO place in this, the merriest of seasons, let me assure you. It’s a time to let our hair down to som...[Read More]

Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 16

Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 16 Welcome to Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 16. Much like the other day with AT, you only have me in this shortened gameweek (other than the Site Team) and again like the other day I’ll only be looking at who we should give the armband to. That may not be what you readers necessarily want but it is the most important question at this, or indeed any time of the season. We are rounding the corner into silly season and that means rotation, rotation, rotation and the biggest worry we all have is that our ‘primary’ captain is suddenly rested. And in some extreme cases, as evidenced in this past midweek, the back-up one is too! You can either man (or indeed woman) up or cry off home with your ball like Rosco. Every line-up matters now...[Read More]

Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 15

Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 15 Welcome to Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 15. You have just got me this week. Sorry about that. Well, that is not strictly true; the site team will be posted too. I saw that it was almost unanimous amongst site readers that you would have preferred to read Tips. Sorry about that. Hopefully my spreadsheet at least partly bridges the gap. If you take anything from this article, it should be that the deadline for Gameweek 15 is this Tuesday at 18.45. That’s right, the most important piece of information in this article is already on the website (in the top-right corner). It even comes with a countdown. Flashy. And before reading this article, in an attempt to make sure that everyone who reads it is in a good mood, make sure you watch Divock ...[Read More]

Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 14

Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 14 Welcome to Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 14.  I thought I’d keep it short ‘n’ sweet and offer you four clear candidates and four differentials. Without further ado, let’s have a look at the latter: Theresa May: Pro: Brexit; Currently (notional) captain of the Blues. Runs round, slightly crazily, in circles. Cons: (ervative); possibility she may longer be in play by the time GW14 comes around. Those circles will become ever decreasing and eventually result in a comical self-collision. Captain Mainwaring: Pros: The rotund captain was probably fitter in his middle age than 98.8% of the current population of the UK. Has Wilson and Fraser to call upon. Cons: In spite of his relative fitness, is unlikely to last 90 minutes; 98.8 seconds of ill...[Read More]

Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 13

Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 13 Welcome to Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 13. Twelve weeks of moving our captain’s armband between the home fixtures of Aguero and Salah with the occasional Hazard pick thrown in for good measure, we’ve had it easy. If not for my ill-fated Kane punt in GW8 I’d have a 100% captain success rate, I suspect I’m not alone. Well, I’m afraid such simplicity comes to a shuddering halt in what will undoubtedly be an unlucky for some GW13. With the three aforementioned go-to picks all playing away from home this week, we have a situation where there is no clear favourite. We may have to actually take some risks this week. Shudder. In my opinion, weeks like this are what make this game so compelling; pick the right man and you could make up se...[Read More]

Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 12

Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 12 Welcome to Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 12. It’s not even midweek yet — you probably haven’t had a chance to clean your bed sheets from last weekend’s action — but, given FPL’s intrinsic infidelity, it’s already high time to recommence the search for your next one-gameweek stand and gently feel thei- ok, I’m sorry, not again. We’ve reached November now; things are getting serious. Shall we discuss a selection of 5 players who’ve performed well recently? What a novel concept. If every FPL manager who read this weighed in afterwards, perhaps the consensus could be visualised via some sort of online poll, revealing the trustworthiest of long-term armband-bearers. Frankly, if the FF247 admin can continually clear up the digital mess that I ...[Read More]

Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 11

Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 11 Welcome to Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 11. In previous iterations of Fantasy Football Captain Picks, I’ve reached out to the world of social media; dipped into our mailbox; conducted a book review and even rewritten history as a work of fiction. This has led to accusations that I rely on gimmicks to get through these articles in a thinly veiled attempt to disguise my lack of FPL expertise and to add variation in having to write about the same f***ing players every time. Undeniably these are allegations that have hit home rather hard, but it is important to take on board criticism and learn from it. This week’s Captain Picks comes to you in vanilla. Just a packet of ready-salted crisps. A forward defensive prod. A pass back ...[Read More]

Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 10

Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 10 Welcome to Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 10. Gameweek 9 did not run to the script, did it? So many players brought home one point this weekend I felt like I was getting the same sh*t gift over and over. International-break-favourite Eden Hazard managed just one point – his worst haul all season – to the delight of his three million owners. Teammate Marcos Alonso didn’t get the memo either, also managing just the one point – his worst haul all season – to the delight of his 2.6 million managers. And it wasn’t just the lunchtime kick-off; Callum Wilson, Matt Doherty and Marko Arnautovic re-wrapped Chelsea’s generous present and posted it to us again. In fact, it felt worse than that. They sent their present via a delivery company which pos...[Read More]

Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 9

Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 9 Welcome to Fantasy Football Captain Picks Gameweek 9. Eeny, meeny, miny, moe / Kane may score, you never know. Well, he didn’t last week. While on one level I think the decision to keep Kane this week is an admirably cool-headed one, I appreciate not many of you will be doing that. So the focus of this article is to have a glance at who I think may outscore Kane this week. I thought I’d take a gander at the league’s leakiest defences and see who’d be able to take advantage. Fulham, Cardiff and Huddersfield have a nice, open-door policy; Southampton and Man United are close behind. Aleksandar Mitrovic – Cardiff (a) Sadly, for the purposes of this article, Cardiff and Fulham square up. Both are league leaders at conceding at home (ten eac...[Read More]

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