Fantasy managers are always aflutter with panic as the deadline approaches - especially with their captain choice for the week. But no need to worry - we’ve got you covered. Here are our top 3 captain picks for this week.
1. Mohamed Salah (vs ARS A)
32 goals and 12 assists last season - we all know what Mo Salah can do at his best. After a slow start to this season, he’s gradually turning on the pace, and getting back in form.
It’s slowly getting back to that point where a Salah goal can almost be taken for granted. Transferred in by 250,000 managers before Gameweek 10, Salah rewarded his owners with a 15-point haul - he now has 4 goals and 2 assists in his last 3 appearances in all competitions.
On the face of it, Arsenal away might seem like a tough fixture - but it really isn’t. Arsenal-Liverpool has been an extremely high scoring fixture historically, with the last 5 meetings yielding 27 goals at an average of 5.4 goals per game - Salah scored 2 and assisted 1 against them last season.
Arsenal’s defense remains shaky as ever, with injuries dominating - Laurent Koscielny remains a long term absentee, Sokratis, Hector Bellerin are doubts while left-backs Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac are both out - Salah could be up against make shift left back Granit Xhaka.
When Salah is in form, it’s hard to argue against him.
2. Sergio Aguero (vs SOU H)
He only plays 65-70 minutes, but he scores in that anyway. As boring as captain picks get - yet as safe as captain picks get - Sergio Aguero. Aguero has returned a minimum of 6 points in each of Man City's home fixtures so far, scoring 6 and assisting 4 in just 5 fixtures this season. You can always bank on Man City scoring at the Etihad - and you can always bank on Aguero being amongst those goals.
Especially when it comes against picking off the weak teams - City are never too far away from a rout, and Aguero will fancy his chances against relegation strugglers Southampton. Aguero’s explosive potential may be limited by the fact that he gets subbed off early, but he offers a safe pick with at least 6 points almost guaranteed like clockwork. The highest owned player in the game at 52.0%, the Argentinean certainly represents the majority choice - it’s hard to go wrong with Aguero.
3. Marcos Alonso (vs CRY H) - Differential Punt
Conventional wisdom states that you shouldn’t captain a defender - simply because they don’t have a high enough ceiling. But Marcos Alonso is a beast that throws all conventional wisdom out of the window - he can be barely classed as a defender. The second highest scorer in the game, Alonso has a whopping 6 assists in addition to a goal in 10 games.
That would be considered a fantastic haul for any mid-priced midfielder - but Alonso is a defender, so he picks up clean sheet points and defender bonus too. With a defense as tight as Chelsea’s, you can always bank on a home clean sheet against lower half opposition - but with Alonso’s attacking threat and free-kicks, he makes for a fantastic all-round package who could make for a nasty differential punt as a captain - you can always rely on him to return on either aspect, and you’re in for a bonanza if he returns both offensively and defensively.
Opponents Palace are winless in their last 5 matches - having shipped 7 goals in their last 4 matches, while only scoring 3 in the same period. An Alonso assist and a Chelsea clean sheet means a double digit haul - whereas attackers have to get 2 or 3 attacking returns to match the same.
Alonso could be the punt you’re looking for in a week of no clear captain choices.