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In this article, I want to highlight captain options for Fanteam's returning €100K Weekly Monster tournament. Nailing your captain is a must if you want to pocket 10,000 in line for the winner of the €20 buy-in Classic. The categories include premium, differential and ultra-differential options. It goes without saying that the options presented can be used both as independent picks and as a part of an attacking stack.
Spurs’ assets are on fire right now and it’s almost impossible to ignore them. Spurs lead the EPL in Big Chances (17), and their 31 shots on target are the league-highest as well. Kane and Son are both great options, but I’m giving the edge to Kane, who is on penalties.
Kane is given a 52% chance to score
The Englishman has already registered 9 attacking returns in just 4 games. In terms of shots, no forward in the EPL has more goal attempts than Kane this season (19). 14 of these shots were inside the box. Moreover, Kane’s 4.78 xG involvement is the highest among all players of the league.
The home game against Arsenal might easily end up with the hosts’ huge win, that’s why we need City coverage. The most obvious and safe player here is Raheem Sterling.
Sterling is given a 47% chance to score
Sterling fired 5 shots in the previous game against Leeds and scored City’s only goal. His ability to brace was well-documented in the previous seasons, and I’m expecting him to be involved heavily in City’s goals.
Alternatives: Son (12.9), Kevin De Bruyne (14.5) – if plays
The return of Pulisic in the starting lineup is a huge boost for the Blues ahead of the game against Southampton. Pulisic was hot post restart, scoring 4 goals and picking up 4 assists in that period.
Pulisic is given a 38% chance to score
His underlying stats throughout the last season are great as well: 0.46 xG/90 + 0.22 xA/90. The American is definitely worth considering as a differential captain option, especially given how leaky the Saints’ defense looks at times. It’s worth noting that Pulisic’s presence might positively affect Chelsea’s other attacking assets, which include Havertz and Werner.
Captaining Bale in his first game after the arrival from Madrid may seem risky, but such a decision might exactly be what is needed to win the tournament. The explosiveness of this player is well known and the ceiling is sky-high.
Bale is given a 40% chance to score
Bale scored 80 goals in 171 La Liga games, which shows his overall, although slightly forgotten, sharpness. The player looks thrilled ahead of his second debut for Spurs, and a haul could be delivered this week. Just don’t forget to choose a decent vice-captain option in case the Welshman fails to start.
Alternatives: Kai Havertz (13.1), Jamie Vardy (12.9)
United’s players won’t be popular this week after the big loss against Tottenham. My ultra-differential captain choice is Markus Rashford. In the absence of Martial, he will be playing in his natural forward position and is likely to have more scoring opportunities.
Rashford is given a 36% chance to score
Newcastle is the fifth-worst team in the league in xG conceded (6.25) and the second-worst in shots on target conceded (24). Rashford could bang a couple of goals here.
Barnes is rather a gamble captain option, but he is shaping into a great footballer and has performed quite well this season. Among the midfielders, he trails only Salah in terms of goal attempts (13) and shots inside the box (11) over the first four matches.
Barnes is given a 30% chance to score
Barnes also had a disallowed goal against West Ham last week. The game against in-form Aston Villa might be tight but looks winnable on paper.
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Khan, a Ph.D. student in Economics, loves studying advanced sports analytics and using it to his advantage in DFS. Having started to play daily fantasy sports in 2017, he currently has a net profit of over 30000 euros. Sits in the top-3 of DFS-hockey players in Europe, finished 3rd in FanTeam's World Championship of Fantasy Football 2018.