Hello internet! Welcome back to another edition of Fantasy Premier League Captain Choices, in which we review which players could give us a considerable return of double points if given the coveted armband.
But before we look at our options, let’s take a look at last week’s choices and see who performed and who flopped.
1. Sergio Aguero (2)
2. Diego Costa (9)
3. Romelu Lukaku (2)
4. Riyad Mahrez (1)
5. Wayne Rooney (1)
It was another poor week for our choices, with only Chelsea star Diego Costa in and amongst the points in Gameweek 26. Sergio Aguero was unable to continue his scoring streak against in-form Tottenham Hotspur, while Romelu Lukaku disappointed again at home to West Bromwich Albion. Riyad Mahrez was unfortunate to only play 57 minutes because of Danny Simpson’s red card against Arsenal, and Wayne Rooney’s yellow card didn’t help Manchester United’s cause as they fell to Sunderland 2-1.
This time though, four teams will not feature this weekend due to Cup action. But there are still enough players to choose from Gameweek 27!
Many managers sold Jamie Vardy (7.5) ahead of Leicester City’s trio of tough matches against Liverpool, Manchester City, and Arsenal, but during that time the league’s top scorer bagged three goals in those three games… reminding us that the England international is almost fixture-proof.
But, it couldn’t get much better for Vardy with Norwich City up next at the King Power Stadium. The Canaries have conceded a massive 15 goals in their last five games… giving Vardy a great opportunity to extend his lead at the top of the goalscoring charts as the Foxes chase for the Premier League title.
You cannot consider captaining Jamie Vardy without also looking at his partner in crime Riyad Mahrez (7.2), who is the current Fantasy Premier League top scorer with 184 points and one of the contenders for PFA Player of the Year.
Mahrez is also on decent form garnering three assists and one goal in his last four games, and was unlucky to only last 57 minutes against Arsenal last time out because of a red card to his teammate. But with the aforementioned Norwich City up next, the Algeria international could be once again in and amongst the goals with 14 strikes and 10 assists already to his name.
One season wonder they said… sorry they were absolutely wrong. Harry Kane (10.1) has continued his incredible form from last term and is once again in the golden boot race with 16 goals to his name, scoring five in his last five league fixtures.
And up next for title-challenging Tottenham Hotspur is Swansea City, who have had a below-par campaign just three points above the relegation zone in 16th place.
The Swans lost their last game against Southampton, but since Francesco Guidollin took over, the Welsh club have not conceded more than one goal in their last five matches. However, they have not yet faced a team of Spurs’ calibre, and could be found out at White Hart Lane this weekend.
Another player that has wowed the Premier League this season, Dimitri Payet (8.3) has been inspirational for West Ham United, despite only arriving at Upton Park in the summer from Marseille. He’s been so good that he has already become the Hammers’ highest ever paid player, and will definitely be in contention for the Fantasy armband this weekend.
Over 50,000 managers sold the France international before their clash against Norwich the previous gameweek, and they would have been furious to find out that Payet scored and assisted another in a 2-2 draw.
Up next for West Ham is Sunderland, who despite beating Manchester United in their previous game, have lost nine games on the road this term… and Payet could be heavily involved once again.
Odion Ighalo (6.2) is another player that has come out of the blue this season as a contender for the league’s top scorer, with 15 goals already this term.
The Nigeria international may have gone three games without a goal, but so far this season, that’s the longest number of games he has played in without hitting the back of the net. And up next for Watford is Bournemouth, who have conceded six goals in their last three games.
Ighalo could provide a big differential for those brave enough to hand him the armband, with the former Granada star hitting double digits six times in the current campaign.