We pick out three of the best contenders for captaincy in gameweek 11 of Fantasy Premier League, looking at the in-form players and the teams they’re facing this weekend.
Make sure to listen to this week’s episode of The Fantasy Faithful podcast in which we discussed the big FPL topics ahead of GW11, including how to navigate the postponement of Aston Villa vs Newcastle United, what Man City assets to buy and avoid, and why Man United are the away day kings.
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Who to captain in GW11?
Kevin De Bruyne, Man City
After lumbering through the opening nine matches of the league, Manchester City got back to their old ways by destroying Burnley 5-0. Then again, they always smash the Clarets, so how much can we read into that game?
It was a pleasing sight for FPL managers with City assets at least, who may have a head start over everyone else should they click into gear during this run of easy fixtures. Next up is a home tie with Fulham, who are conceding 1.9 goals per 90, the most in the league.
Before Burnley, City hadn’t beaten another team by more than one goal since beating Wolves in gameweek 2, but they should start racking up the goals this month. Fulham looked good against Leicester, but it’s hard to see them getting anything out of the Etihad outfit.
Kevin De Bruyne for club and country 2020/21:
👤 Starts – 14
🅰️ Assists – 12
— KDB Report (@KDBReport) November 28, 2020
Although Riyad Mahrez stole the show, Kevin De Bruyne’s return to form can’t be ignored, bagging two assists at the weekend. In the past four gameweeks no one has completed more attempted assists (11) or goal assists (4) than the Belgian midfielder.
De Bruyne is also ranked first over that period for penalty area entries (passes or dribbles into the box) with 41, showing just how much he’s leading City’s attack.
Jamie Vardy, Leicester
Leicester City and Jamie Vardy were fairly disappointing in their two most games. The Foxes barely put up a fight against Liverpool, and they were thoroughly outplayed by relegation battlers Fulham.
That said, the 33-year-old striker did at least get an assist against the Cottagers and it’s hard to see them not putting an end to this losing run against Sheffield United.
Vardy when u captain him and Vardy when u don’t pic.twitter.com/PQbR72UyEO
— james (@jamesco_tt) November 30, 2020
Leicester are, generally speaking, better away than they are at home which is reflected in Vardy’s numbers; just one of his eight Premier League goals have come at the King Power Stadium.
Vardy has scored just twice in the last four gameweeks, with one of those being a penalty, but he has had five big chances and 3.18xG, suggesting he has hit a bit of a finishing rut. Although the Blades are gradually improving, you would expect the ageless forward to find the net at Bramall Lane on Sunday.
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Bruno Fernandes, Man United
Much like Vardy, Brunos Fernandes excels away from home, but to an insane degree. The Portuguese playmaker equalled a Manchester United club record by scoring against Southampton, the fifth consecutive away league game in which he’s found the net.
Fernandes now has 14 goal involvements in away matches since joining the club in January, the most of any player in their first ten Premier League away appearances. He’s returned in every away game so far this season, providing five goals and four assists in just four matches.
West Ham United will offer a tricky test for the visitors at the London Stadium; they possess the second best home record in the league behind Liverpool, conceding just four goals in five home matches.
— Fantasy Premier League (@OfficialFPL) November 30, 2020
But Bruno is Bruno, a virtually fixture proof talisman who seemingly always delivers. In the past four gameweeks no one has created more big chances (4) and only De Bruyne and Ziyech have more penalty area entries than his 35.
It’s always a gamble betting on which way the seesaw will go with United, but having played a part in 11 of their 16 league goals this season, he will be involved if his team do anything this weekend.