This article takes a deep dive looks at the all important Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 15 captain decision. It's written by our resident FPL captaincy expert Chris Tan who takes a close look at the fixtures, poll and stats breakdown before concluding on his best pick for the armband.
FPL Gameweek 14 Captain Recap
Before we delve into the FPL Gameweek 15 captain, its important to cast our eye back to last weeks decision.
Sterling finally returned, KDB scored a worldie but City pretty much handed the title over to Liverpool with these dropped points. Zaha continued his attempt to put himself in the shop window for January. Chelsea failed to beat the supposed whipping boys, as West Ham fix their goalkeeper issue. Liverpool keep grinding out results and TAA finally returns, but still no Clean Sheet. Jose’s direct tactics bring out the best of Son and Alli but they still look very shaky at the back. Ings rewarded the thousands of managers that brought him in and Flores gets sacked, again!
We’ve gone back to the start of the season and Norwich has two great assets – Pukki and Cantwell to consider. Could the Auba resurgence have started under his new interim manager? With two goals and max bonus points his patient owners have finally seen some returns. Wolves and Sheffield United grind out a stalemate with another Jimenez attacking return, Mousset continues to impress and Doherty finally gets off the mark in the league. Vardy scores again, but a late Iheanacho goal cruelly takes the bonus points away from his faithful Captainers. Grealish turns a few heads, as he demonstrates again that he’s the Villa talisman and Man United continue to disappoint.
Who did I tip?
It was very underwhelming this week after such high expectations, some of those brave enough to go differential were rewarded:
Mane (2) – it just wasn’t to be, he made two excellent assists that weren’t converted and Ryan saved his one on one attempt. Rather than looking like they’re going to blow a team away this Liverpool side look like they’re going to keep grinding out wins.
Vardy (6) – another return from the unstoppable Vardy and he demonstrated why I felt he was the safest option. If it wasn’t for Inheanacho’s last minute winner he would have taken the maximum bonus points too.
What did we learn?
Dirty Sheets – there were only two clean sheets all weekend and if you haven’t already done so, you might want to consider going fairly light in defence or at least focusing on defenders that have some attacking threat, which leads me on to the next point.
Attacking Defenders – Clean Sheets may be few and far between at the moment but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some returns on offer with TAA, VVD, Willems, Schlupp, Dann, Cresswell, Dunk, Doherty, Pereira and Mings all returning this week.
We’re in a state of flux – City don’t look as fluid, Chelsea look to have lost momentum, the mid table teams jump in and out of form, Spurs look more lively now, but it’s only really Liverpool and Leicester that appear to be consistent.
FPL Gameweek 15 Captain - The Fixtures
It’s a quick turn around this week with a one day break before Tuesday’s fixture, as we start to hit the hectic Winter fixture run. With games coming in thick, this is where the serious Managers can start to break away from the pack. There are some seriously tasty fixtures this Gameweek.
Crystal Palace v Bournemouth – Bournemouth are going through a bad run at the moment and Harry Wilson’s goals flattered an otherwise dire performance. This the beginning of Palace’s kind fixture run, it starts off the back of a well deserved win and with Zaha eager to get in the shop window I expect a good performance here.
Burnley v Man City – will we see a strong City reaction after more dropped points at Newcastle or will a cold Away game in Burnley be enough to keep them in their lacklustre state?
Chelsea v Aston Villa – Chelsea sorely missed the presence of Tammy at the weekend and if he returns he could punish his former loan club. Villa will be buoyant after the United game though and will push Chelsea hard.
Leicester v Watford – an unstoppable Leicester against a Watford side without a manager, it’s already looking like another Vardy party.
Man Utd v Spurs – Spurs can’t defend at the moment and United do well against teams that attack them, but Jose knows them inside out and he will be desperate to show them that they made a massive mistake getting rid of him. I expect goals in this game, but I don’t think the long ball approach will work as well against United with the slab head at the back.
Southampton v Norwich – this should be an interesting one with the recent result keeping Hassenhuttl at the helm a little longer, will he gamble on Ing’s being able to handle another game so soon after the previous one? On current form he could really do with him, as they face a resurrected Pukki and Cantwell and this should be an open game.
Wolves v West Ham – Wolves appear to be able to handle the volume of games that come at them now, Jimenez just keeps delivering and prior to Gameweek 14 he would have been under serious consideration for Captaincy. However, West Ham shocked everyone by not only beating Chelsea but also keeping a Clean Sheet and the proud father son relationship for their goalkeeper was one of the most touching stories of the weekend.
Liverpool v Everton – in recent years Everton have proved to be a bit of a thorn in Liverpool’s side and they were very unlucky not to pick up a point against Leicester. The way things are going this season though, I expect Liverpool to get a narrow victory and not to get a Clean Sheet (especially without Alisson)!
Sheffield United v Newcastle – Captain Lundstram anyone? Newcastle don’t really carry much goal threat and this is a very winnable fixture.
Arsenal v Brighton – new Manager but still the same old Arsenal. Brighton give away a lot of chances Away from Home and for those that still own Aubameyang he could reward their patience again.
Twitter FPL Gameweek 15 Captain Poll
Who do our twitter followers think is the best FPL Gameweek 15 captain?
Old Hunting Ground – do any of the likely lads have a good history vs their opposition?
Abraham doesn’t have any history against Villa, but if he’s fit he’s another contender and so too is Pulisic despite his recent quiet game.
Jimenez – both of his goals have come at Home and he could be a tempting differential Captain choice.
Aubameyang – for those that have patiently held him this long (congrats James Drewery for not only holding but having the cahones to Captain), he has scored every time he has played against Brighton and this could be a great time to ride the new Manager bounce.
Vardy – all four of his goals have come at Home against Watford, they don’t have a Manager and he already looks to be the best option this week.
Spurs Boys – none of them have a particularly good record against Man United, but they are on fire, Jose has a point to prove and we will see how the stats look later.
Rashford – also doesn’t seem to have much history against Spurs, however he’s up against an Aurier that doesn’t appear to defend, so he might get quite a bit of freedom unless Jose has a plan for that (he probably does).
Mane / Salah - I didn't consider them at the time I created the table, but there have been some enquiries and the findings aren't that impressive. Mane has a goal at Home and one Away in six games for Liverpool against Everton. Salah also has one goal at Home from three games against Everton.
Members Stats breakdown - FPL Gameweek 15 Captain
These stats are pulled from the new Fantasy Football Hub OPTA tool that is available to all Members to help you analyse the players and teams. I have pulled the specific data from the respective Home and Away games dependant on the fixtures.
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