FPL Heisenberg’s Captain Series – Blank Gameweek 36
FPL Heisenberg’s Captain Series
Welcome to the latest article in a new series for the 2020/21 Fantasy Premier League season from @FPL_Heisenberg for FPL Bet. In this weekly series, Heisenberg will be looking into the best captaincy options, as well as ‘outside of the box’ captaincy choices for each Gameweek. Heisenberg has a proven track record in FPL, having finished inside the top 32k in each of the last 6 seasons, including a best finish of 836th. Let’s cook!
Gameweek 36 Captains:
Harry Kane (Fixture: Wolves, Home)
Harry Kane at home to a Wolves side with no clean sheets in their last 3 games, seems too good a chance to miss for many.
Kane has been a goal threat for many years in the Premier League, but his assist threat is something he’s added to his game. His passing ability has always been exceptional, but tactically he was more the man to get on the end of passes, now he’s creating chances for his teammates too. The stats show how much better he’s become creatively and he now has the most FPL assists of any player which is outstanding.
Spurs should benefit as a team offensively with Son and Kane both returning from recent injuries and getting game-time under their belts in recent weeks, coupled with Ryan Mason favouring Gareth Bale more than his predecessor did. Therefore, I see Kane’s assist potential as increasing with Sonny and Bale on the pitch to finish off the chances he creates. Son and Bale can also create for Harry Kane too. Another consideration is penalties and as we know, Kane rarely misses from the spot so there’s another route to points for England’s number 9.
If you’re playing catch up in your mini-leagues then maybe you fancy putting the armband on his teammate, the South Korean international Son who’s also a good choice this Gameweek. More on him later in the article.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Fixture: Sheffield United, Home)
After a great start to the season, Dominic Calvert-Lewin went off the radar following some blanks and then some injury issues. He returned with a bang against Leeds and Man United then picked up a knock. Since then, his form (and injury issues) have been an problem and his output in terms of FPL returns has been poor. However, he has back to back goals vs Aston Villa and West Ham.
In terms of the underlying statistics at the start of the season, he was top for non-penalty expected goals for all players in the league. He was getting himself into the positions where he’s most likely to score goals, in the central areas of the penalty area, with most of his goals being one touch finishes – something he and Ancelotti have been working hard on.
His output suffered recently when Lucas Digne, Richarlison and James Rodriguez all missed games through injury. With those players now back in the game along with the ever-creative Sigurdsson supplying chances to Calvert-Lewin he should have an increased chance to score goals.
Everton have a really nice fixture at home to Sheffield United who have been poor all season long.
Mo Salah (Fixture: West Brom, Away)
Liverpool have struggled this season, but this hasn’t stopped Salah from being in the mix for the golden boot race with 20 goals, just one goal behind ace marksman Harry Kane. Furthermore, his season-long form is still strong, with goals in Europe too.
He’s been consistently performing well in all the key attacking metrics and I have no doubt this will continue this Gameweek against a recently relegated West Brom side who although have improved of late, are still shipping goals. Furthermore, as Mo is on penalties, that is another route to points for the Egyptian King too.
With Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool visiting The Hawthorns in Gameweek 36, could we see Mo return with a bang and get his first double digit return since Gameweek 21 vs West Ham? Those who captain him will certainly hope so.
Heung-Min Son (Fixture: Wolves, Home)
Heung-Min Son is another fantastic captaincy option, and as mentioned previously, especially if you’re playing catch up to a mini league rival or hoping to make gains in the overall rank. You’d be betting on Son outscoring Kane – which is possible as he has done in the past couple of Gameweeks.
I won’t dwell on Son too much here, he has returned to the team with 4 goals and 1 assist in his last 5 games. He’s a lethal finisher and he only needs one chance to finish. He also gets an extra point for the goal and a clean sheet point as he’s a midfielder which might help him outscore Kane this week.
‘Outside of the Box’ captains:
Michail Antonio (Fixture: Brighton, Away)
The Englishman has been performing very well this season (when fit), getting plenty of shots away and performing well creatively too leading to 9 goals and 5 assists so far this season. West Ham are playing very well this season, with Jesse Lingard adding another positive attacking option to the West Ham side.
Since returning to the side after missing a few games with injury issues Antonio has scored 2 goals in his last 2 games, with a man of the match performance away at Burnley. He’s also getting used to playing large portions of matches again playing 90 minutes in each of the last 2 Premier League games since returning from injury.
Facing a Brighton side without their leader at the back Lewis Dunk, West Ham – and Antonio in particular – will be looking to build upon their impressive attacking displays this season.
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