And we’re back! I haven’t been able to buy a good captain for a few weeks now, it’s time to change that. There’s a big decision to be made!
Hazard – Eden presents a viable option every week, and he’s a big threat in any Chelsea home game. However I think Everton will be extremely hard to break down and Chelsea’s attack has hardly been flowing. I can see a low scoring game here so I’d avoid.
Rooney – He’s just signed a 300,000 pound a week contract, so you’d bloody hope he steps up his game this week. Will continue to play in a deeper role and whilst you wouldn’t deny him a goal, captaincy is too risky with his up and down fantasy form.
Negredo – No. Just no. Will he start? Probably. Will he finish his numerous chances? Highly unlikely. He’s gone straight onto my most hated list (Let’s be honest, never say never again) and unless you want to be left soul searching I wouldn’t consider captaining him.
Oxlade-Chamberlain – He’s been extremely impressive in the last few weeks and provides great value at 6.7. He is a great chance to do well again this weekend, however captaincy seems a bit far fetched.
Koscielny – Not the worst idea. Arsenal have conceded just once at home in over 12 hours of football, so you would back them in for a clean sheet against Sunderland. I must admit Sunderland have looked much improved going forward in recent times, so whilst the potential is there I still wouldn’t risk it with SAS available.
Kolarov – Another cheeky defensive option. I am 99% sure he will start against Stoke, and if he does a clean sheet, attacking returns and bonus points are not out of the question. I am convinced he will go big one gameweek, perhaps this will be the one…
1. Sturridge – Basically it was between Suarez and Sturridge for the number 1 spot this week. I’ve been going with my gut the past few weeks and it hasn’t been paying off, so this week I just have to stick with the statistics. Since Sturridge first started after returning from injury he has 6 goals, 2 assists, 12 bonus and 50 points in just 5 games. In comparison Suarez has 1 goal, 4 assists and just 2 bonus! This has equated to 23 less points. We all know that the new bonus point system is weighted way too heavily on goals for forwards, and Sturridge is the one getting all the goals. He is playing up front, whilst Suarez is playing an unselfish role pulling out wide and dropping a little deeper. From what we’ve seen recently, it only makes sense to captain Sturridge.
2. Suarez – Unfortunately, I don’t operate on sense. I’m going to go down sinking in my own ship, no matter what. Suarez has scored just once in his last 6 appearances, which could be taken one of two ways. His role is no longer goal friendly, or he is due a big haul. He has hit the post at least 3 times during this period and I’m backing him in to light it up against Swansea. I should also mention that I’m hedging my bets. Suarez captain, money on Sturridge. It can’t lose!
3. Van Persie – Yeah well if you wanted to be different I suppose you could go Vanners, he’s 13.6 after all and playing Crystal Palace. Shows how little value he provides when I’m sure almost everyone will just skip past him here.
Adebayor – With the news of him carrying a knock aside, Adebayor is a great option if you’re losing your mind. I really don’t think this is the week to be taking a punt, however he is on fire at the moment and Norwich are struggling. He has scored most of his goals away from home and he is a great chance to continue that run this week. Don’t worry, he will start for sure.
So that’s it from me this week. Good luck to everyone this weekend, let’s rejoice in the fact that fpl is back! I always operate on a rule of captaining somebody on the Sunday, it’s just the worst feeling having to watch a game knowing you could of captained guys like Suarez or Sturridge, my advice is to play it safe! Cheers.