8 months ago
Another quick turnaround in gameweeks and yet another tough captaincy decision to make with several candidates that need to be considered for the armband this week. In gameweeks like this, where there is likely to be a real captaincy split, it could be worth punting on a more differential option.
I anticipate that we’ll probably see the usual suspects as the most popular captain picks in GW28.
HARRY KANE (£11.3 / 38.8% TSB) vs Arsenal (A)
A 19-point haul against Crystal Palace in gameweek 27 saw Kane score two goals and muster up two assists, perhaps a week late for many FPL managers that triple captained the England frontman in the previous double gameweek 26. However, this most recent haul leaves Kane sat on 16 goals and 13 assists for the season and means he overtakes Bruno Fernandes as the highest points scorer in FPL going into the GW28 North London derby against Arsenal.
Despite being a tough fixture on paper, it’s one that Kane absolutely loves to score in with 11 goals in the last 13 league games against the Gunners. Harry Kane has 95 shots (1st) so far this season with 36 of them on target (2nd). He can often drop into the slightly deeper ‘quarterback role’ which has been frustrating for owners in the past but with Heung-Min Son and Gareth Bale in good form, you’d fancy Kane to not only score goals but create them too.
BRUNO FERNANDES (£11.5 / 57.2% TSB) vs West Ham (H)
Many removed Bruno ahead of United’s trip to derby rivals Man City in GW27, then just 2 minutes into the game United’s talisman left ditchers red-faced as he put away a penalty following a foul on Anthony Martial. Yet another Bruno return despite so many pre-empting that he and United would leave the Etihad with nothing. That converted penalty against City took Bruno to 28 returns in 28 league games so far this season (16 goals and 12 assists), a seriously impressive and consistent record that leaves him on 206 FPL points (2nd).
Bruno has racked up 86 shots (3rd) this season with 37 on target (1st), he’s also created 17 big chances (1st). In the earlier fixture against the Hammers this season Bruno started on the bench but came on at halftime as United were 1-0 down; a Bruno second-half masterclass which saw him change the game and nab himself a goal led to a 3-1 United win. West Ham will not be an easy game though so proceed with caution, they are in good form and managed three clean sheets in the last five gameweeks.
KEVIN DE BRUYNE (£11.8 / 17.8% TSB) vs Fulham (A)
Many have been critical of KDB since his return from injury, questioning if he is worth owning let alone considering as a captaincy option. Yet he proved that he’s still capable of a haul against Southampton with 2 goals and a 14 pointer in the 71 minutes that he played. By the standards that he set last season I can’t help but feel disappointed in KDB this season, but could this be the time he finally explodes?
Despite not hitting the heights of last season, the Belgian superstar has 11 assists (4th) and leads the way for big chances created (17). If he continues to play in the false 9 role moving forward, then I’m certain that we’ll see some big scores from him before the end of the season. That said, Fulham boast five clean sheets in the last six league games, so City might not have it all their own way this weekend. When the two sides met earlier in the season, City ran away with a 2-0 win with KDB bagging a goal and an assist. If I owned KDB, he’d be my GW28 captain.
JAMIE VARDY (£10.2 / 19.6% TSB) vs Sheffield United (H)
He’s scored just 2 goals since gameweek 13 so it would take a brave manager to trust Vardy with the armband this week. However, the fixture certainly appeals as the Foxes host the Blades who are currently propping up the rest of the league in last place. Sheffield United have conceded 45 goals (17th), 377 shots (15th) and 69 big chances (20th) so far this season and could be on the wrong side of a long-awaited Vardy party. If the pacey striker scores then the corner flags should look out!
Vardy scored the winning goal in a 2-1 win for Leicester in the reverse fixture earlier in the season. Vardy has 12 goals and 9 assists this season, mainly because of the good start he got off to early doors. Leicester are without Harvey Barnes and James Maddison so will be relying on Vardy to find his shooting boots in the coming weeks if they are to keep their Champions League qualification dreams alive. It will definitely take some guts but captaining Vardy could have a huge upside. If you're brave enough to put the armband on him, then I wish you all the very best!
They are not necessarily differential players as most are fairly well owned, however making one of these your GW28 captain could return a huge green arrow if they haul
HEUNG-MIN SON vs Arsenal (A)
If you don’t own Kane but own his team-mate Heung-Min Son, then there’s nothing wrong with considering him for the armband. 3 assists in the last 3 games but he's without a goal since GW23 and never scored at the Emirates Stadium. Son's not in a rich vein of form but he’ll always be a threat and have a feeling Spurs will get some joy from counter-attacks this weekend. With that in mind, I think he's definitely worth consideration.
MO SALAH vs Wolves (A)
The league’s top scorer with 17 goals, but owners are becoming frustrated with Liverpool’s Egyptian king following four blanks in the row. A goal in the Champions League in a much improved Liverpool performance will undoubtedly give loyal owners an excuse to slap the armband on him this weekend. If he bangs, as he did against Wolves earlier in the season with a goal and assist, then there could be some huge green arrows for captainers.
JOAO CANCELO vs Fulham (A)
Fully rested against Southampton in GW27 so you’d think that Cancelo starts against Fulham this weekend. Despite Man City keeping just one clean sheet in the last 6 league matches, I fancy their chances of getting one against Fulham who have scored just 22 goals (17th) so far this season. On top of the clean sheet potential, Cancelo gets forward at every opportunity so could easily find himself on the scoresheet or getting assists from wide areas. I really like the Cancelo captaincy punt for GW28.
RICHARLISON vs Burnley (H)
Four goals in the last five games for Richarlison who’s benefited from being moved more central by Carlo Ancelotti. A truly top-class player that has that bit of magic to make something out of nothing. Burnley’s defence can be especially tough to break down on their day so there’s a real risk with punting on Richie but for those looking for a real differential captaincy punt, I think he’s a worthy candidate.
Right now I'm leaning towards Harry Kane with my GW28 captaincy given his North London derby record and recent run of form. However, if I owned Kevin De Bruyne or Joao Cancelo I'd be probably be taking a punt on them over Kane.
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