We find the best captain for Gameweek 34. With the help of the Fantasy Football Scout members area we can use the season ticker and underlying stats to find the best captaincy option for the Gameweek ahead.
Captaincy is one of the most important decisions a manager can make in fantasy football. Writing up a shortlist of options can be helpful but picking out the best captain for Gameweek 34 can be even more important for FPL managers.
Below you can see teams near the top with the easier fixtures, going all the way down the table to teams with the tougher fixtures. The season ticker can be very helpful. However, won’t always give us the full story on which players make the best captaincy options.
The options – Erling Haaland
Manchester City look like potential champions after dismantling their main challengers Arsenal in a 4-1 thumping. Goals have been aplenty for them this season and their threat is telling from their stats This season. When compared to all teams they rank the best for goals scored (82), first for big chances total (112) and first for shots on target (180).
West Ham and Fulham lay ahead for Manchester City this week. Both sides have shown major inconsistencies at the back this season. Fulham rank the second worst team in the league this season for big chances conceded (91) whilst West Ham have recently conceded between two and five goals against efficient attacks like Arsenal, Brighton, Newcastle and Liverpool.
One player many will be looking to is record-breaker Erling Haaland (£12.3m). As well as taking penalties Haaland is the focal point to the ruthless Manchester City attack. In addition, amongst all players the Norwegian ranks first for goals (33), first for shots in the box (93) and first for big chances total (50). Haaland is also the highest owned and highest scoring player in the game which should also be factored in.
Liverpool are gaining momentum in front of goal. This can be reflected in the fact they have netted more than two goals in all of their last four matches. The Reds underlying data is another example of their potent offensive line. This season they sit second for attempts on goal (507), first for shots in the box (373) and second for big chances (106).
They face Tottenham and Fulham in Gameweek 34. We have already seen that Fulham concede more big chances than any other team in the league. However, in terms of their second opponent Tottenham, they look like a defence to target after failing to keep a clean sheet in any of their last six games and conceding three or more goals in half of those same games.
Another player who should be considered for the captaincy is Mohamed Salah (£13m). The Egyptian has bagged 16 goals already this season whilst also producing seven assists. In terms of his most recent form, in the last six when compared to every other player he ranks second for goals (five), fourth for attempts on goal (21), second for shots in the box (20) and joint third for big chances total (six).
Manchester United have a double Gameweek this week. This means, like the other options, we have double the potential for captaincy. The Reds are having a fantastic season under their new manager, sitting amongst the top four teams in the league. In addition, amongst all teams they rank in the best seven for most of the key attacking data points.
Manchester United face Brighton and Aston Villa in the round ahead. Brighton may be having a great campaign but their still conceding goals. This can be reflected in the fact they have conceded two or more in three of their last six games.
The standout option in attack is Marcus Rashford (£7.1m). The winger has picked up an impressive 16 goals and five assists this season whilst also sitting as the fourth highest scoring midfielder in the game so far. Since the restart when compared to every other player in the league Rashford also ranks fourth for goals scored (11) and third for big chances total.
Who is the best captain for Gameweek 34?
Erling Haaland is the best captain for Gameweek 34. Marcus Rashford and Mohamed Salah are great options for the round ahead but their lack of consistency compared to Haaland is enough to give the Norwegian the edge.
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