Last week was a perfect example of how choosing the right captain can lead to some amazing scores. With the majority of fantasy managers picking Harry Kane, those who picked any of the other popular options (e.g. Romelu Lukaku, Mohamad Salah, Gabriel Jesus) made some useful ground.
If you picked Sergio Aguero, your score probably went through the roof! 100+ scores last week exclusively belonged to those who had the Manchester City star and captained him. Proof of the impact can be easily shown by checking out the teams currently at the top of the overall global rankings. Out of the top 10 managers, 6 captained him, while one did not captain him.
So for this week, I would like to focus on good captaincy candidates that could help you overcome those teams with the Argentine in it. Speaking of him, despite being rested for the League Cup that should see him start against Crystal Palace, he might get hauled off early due to a Champions League tie against Shakhtar Donestk and a visit to Stamford Bridge to come.
Harry Kane (12.5m, away to West Ham)
Last week was a frustrating weekend for fantasy owners of Kane. I stopped watching the match at half-time after seeing how determined Swansea were to stop Spurs from scoring. But away to West Ham should be a different story. West Ham themselves have kept two clean sheets in a row after a chaotic start to the season. However, one was against a promoted team, while the other was against clean-sheet-over-goals West Brom. It’s also a London derby, and Spurs should have enough quality to cause chaos in the West Ham defense and knock in the goals.
Mohamad Salah (9.2m, away to Leicester)
Forget the midweek Caribou Cup disaster (which Salah didn't play), Liverpool will be up for this game and desperate to overcome the last few disappointments. Salah is shaping up to be Liverpool’s key goalscorer but it’s been frustrating to see him get into good scoring positions but not score. It’s definitely something he needs to work on, but it’s bound to pay off.
Alexis Sanchez (11.9m, home to West Brom)
Since his start in the disastrous match against Liverpool, Sanchez has not started in the next two Premier League matches, instead playing the full 90 in the Europa League and the Caribou Cup. The absence of Danny Welbeck might force Arsene Wenger’s hand though. Sanchez will need to step up, and chances are he will, especially against historically stubborn West Brom.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (8.3m, home to Bournemouth)
After a run of tough games, the Toffees will embark on a much winnable set of fixtures here on in, which Sigurdsson should be at the heart of every good Everton play. Furthermore, with both them and Bournemouth stuck in the bottom three so early in the season, it’s almost a certainty that both sides will play to attack to get out of the relegation zone quick.