Most of the time I love being a fantasy football manager, but there comes a time just before the gameweek starts when you have to answer a simple question, but which has a very difficult answer and furthermore is different for each manager: ‘Who will be my team’s captain?’. And then you start to analyze and to ask yourself dozens of questions, questions like does he have an easy fixture? does he have a double fixture? will he play? will he score? is he injured? is he suspended? what form is he in? and it goes on and on.
This weekend is Gameweek 35 . It’s not an ordinary week, in this gameweek we’ll have 11 fixtures instead of 10. Aston Villa and Hull City are playing double fixtures, so the obvious choice for the captaincy is player from these two teams, but which one?
Hull City are in a relegation spot and they have two difficult games, the first is away at Birmingham and the second is at home with Aston Villa, both opponents having very good defenses and Hull playing very poorly in attack this season scoring only 32 goals in 33 games. The team’s highest scoring player is Stephen Hunt but unfortunately he’s out injured. The team’s attack is very weak, the team’s ‘best’ striker, Vennegoor of Hesselink, scoring only 3 goals this season. The truth is that most managers won’t rely on a Hull City player to be their captain and the ones who do will probably go for the goalkeeper Myhill (priced at £4.1m) hoping that the he will get a clean sheet or go with Jimmy Bullard (priced at £5.6m) the team’s set piece taker hoping he’ll score from a free kick or penalty or maybe get an assist.
Most managers are probably gonna go with an Aston Villa player as their team’s captain. There is no obvious choice here, Aston Villa seemingly having two very easy fixtures and possibly scoring in both games and getting at least a clean sheet. Villa’s matches will both be away, one with Portsmouth (relegated and with little motivation) and with Hull City (a team facing relegation). Keep in mind that Aston Villa is still fighting for an european spot and is probably going to be very motivated. Now let’s see some possible candidates:
Brad Friedel (priced at £6.0m) is the team’s goalkeeper and hasn’t missed a minute this season from the team’s starting eleven. He could possibly get two clean sheets, but in a worst case scenario could get none. I still think that probably he’ll get one clean sheet and maybe some saves.
The defenders seem to be a better option than the keeper, having the possibility of scoring or getting an assist. If price is not a problem Richard Dunne (priced at £6.7m) and Carlos Cuellar (priced at £6.1m) are very good options together scoring 5 goals this season, but will they get that double clean sheet?
I think only two midfielders should be considered for the armband, James Milner (priced at £8.4m) and Ashley Young (priced at £8.5m). Both are assist powerhouses, 12 for Milner and 11 for Young and each scoring 5 goals and are similar priced. Young seems to be in better form and many will choose him, but keep in mind that Milner is relatively cheaper and has way more bonus points.
The team’s top goalscorer is Gabriel Agbonlahor (priced at £8.4m) with 12 goals this season and behind him is John Carew (priced at £7.7m), with 8 goals. The second is cheaper, but Agbonlahor is the man with the goal for Villa and probably will score at least once this gameweek.
Personally my team’s captain is going to be Ashley Young. I first wanted to go with Cuellar hoping that he’ll get tha double clean sheet, but I realised that wasn’t a realistic approach. So I’m going with Young, first of all because I don’t have Agbonlahor in my team (no place and no money) and second of all because I’ve seen him play and his game has improved in the last few matches and so I’m hoping for a big payout.
Fantasy football Premier League: The Captain