Who's the best FPL Gameweek 3 captain? Our resident FPL captaincy expert Chris Tan takes a close look at the fixtures, poll and stats breakdown before concluding on his best pick for the armband.
FPL Gameweek 2 Recap
Penalty Overload – I mentioned this last week, and since then we’ve had another eight penalties! This should definitely be something you take into account when deciding who to bring into your team and with regards to captaincy.
Whipping boys – Fulham and West Brom remain in this category and they’re joined by Southampton. Additionally, although Leeds aren’t ‘whipping boys’ their style of play does lead to them conceding a lot, which is ideal if you’ve got an attacker that plays against them.
Patience is a virtue, base decisions on the present not the past – a lot of players (myself included) got caught out this week by either sticking to their pre-season plans ignoring form or making hasty moves based on one week of data. I rushed to bring in Manchester United players and the team looked well off the pace, when I should have focused on addressing the fact that Alli (£7.8m) was out of favour, Everton and Rodríguez (£7.6m) looked good, and faced a leaky West Brom. Others were punished by selling Mitrovic (£6.0m), Antonio (£6.5m), Mane (£12.0m) and Barnes (£7.0m). My condolences to those that sold Son (£9.0m) or Kane (£10.5m).
How have we done to date?
Aubameyang (£12.0m) recorded another return, but it was so underwhelming after some of the monster scores that were on display in one of the most high scoring weekends of all time. Could this be a week to take a punt?
FPL Gameweek 3 Captain - The Fixtures
Twitter / @FFH_HQ FPL Gameweek 3 Captain Poll
Who do our Twitter followers think is the best FPL Gameweek 3 captain?
Old Hunting Ground – do any of the likely lads have a good history vs their opposition?
Fernandes (£10.5m) – it’s only one game, but he has an excellent record against Brighton away and, unusually, both goals were from open play.
Salah (£12.0m) – has an amazing record against Arsenal, particularly at Anfield where he’s recorded four goals and two assists.
Calvert-Lewin (£7.2m) – all his returns against Crystal Palace have come at home, but I expect that to change. Apologies, it's detailed as home in the table above, but he's actually away.
Son (£9.0m) – similarly, the majority of his returns (one goal and assist) have come at home.
De Bruyne (£11.5m) – only started taking penalties half way through last season, so his goal tally is understandable. All of his assists have come at home, including a game that featured a hat trick of them.
Ings (£8.4m) – he’s only scored once at home against his former employers. Can he do it on a wet Saturday night?
Kane (£10.5m) – has only scored a single goal at home against Newcastle, he seems to prefer playing them away.
Richarlison (£8.0m) – has a relatively poor record against Crystal Palace, but the midfield has been seriously upgraded.
Sterling (£11.5m) – both his returns have come at home against Leicester.
Members Stats breakdown - FPL Gameweek 3 Captain
These stats are pulled from the Fantasy Football Hub OPTA Stats tool that is available to all members to help you analyse the players and teams.
In all honesty, you can't read too much into these stats from a single Gameweek sample, especially as the opposition strength plays a major factor. It will take at least four weeks before we get anything meaningful and even then it's a tiny sample. What we can do is utilise these stats in combination with the eye test to help us make our decision.
I’ve shown these as per appearance, as some teams / players have only played one game.
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