Captain Obvious: Week 14

Greetings, and welcome once more for an extra spherical of FPL captaincy debate, essential decision of your gameweek.

As I’m sure you probably can understand, with solely about 48 hours between the highest of the ultimate spherical and the deadline for the next, and as we enter the busiest stretch of the season, a lot of the editions of Captain Obvious will be pared all the way in which all the way down to a additional concise mannequin, as can be the case with this gameweek’s column.

For now, it is not such a horrible loss. There are two causes I’m happy to present a shortened mannequin of the armband dialogue. For one, we’re nonetheless in the midst of an interval by which one participant has dominated the captaincy debate, Mo Salah, and there are solely so many distinctive traces of reasoning I can present sooner than I’m merely repeating myself identical to the proverbial broken file. The totally different trigger being, I acquired right here off a extremely disappointing spherical the place I began merely outdoor the very best 100k and accomplished barely inside the very best 200k.

I’m certainly not afraid to debate decisions that go terribly mistaken for my squad and though I nonetheless stand behind the logic of the transfers I made, it wound up costing me a lot of components as (*14*) was a participant that was moved out. It is easy to ask in hindsight “how do you take out a striker who has Watford next on the schedule?” But with out transferring into an extreme quantity of factor (okay maybe just a bit factor), I had always deliberate a switch to herald one different premium defender and at Vardy’s worth degree, I felt he was the participant to ship out and I could uncover one different promising striker for a lot much less money, using said money to get that premium defender who I felt was essential to have.

You see, a lot of weeks once more, I had Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joao Cancelo, nevertheless not a Chelsea wingback. Reece James had come off one different monumental recreation, whereas Cancelo had his second straight return of two components or a lot much less. At the time, the plan was to interchange Cancelo with James, as I had one free swap and James value a lot much less. The plan was to then roll the swap the next gameweek after which make a double switch to get Cancelo once more in. I figured with the Manchester derby and (*14*) the two opponents for Cancelo, I could dodge a disaster by not having Cancelo for merely two video video games. Instead, he locations up once more to once more double figures, and that made my plan to ship him once more in set in stone – vendor’s remorse and all.


Naturally, I take away the one participant who would have earned me a inexperienced arrow by himself (Vardy) and a defender who had achieved nothing nevertheless take up home on my bench, Brandon Williams, who proceeded to position up a 7-point return to Cancelo’s single degree. I decided to go for a differential at forward and had merely enough money to get him, so I took a chance on Gabriel Jesus, who blanked. My swap introduced on me to throw away 16 additional components as Harry Kane’s postponement and Phil Foden’s absence would have assured Williams’ seven-pointer included in my spherical ranking.

With Thanksgiving not too way back handed, I can as a minimum be grateful that I solely have two days to stew about my misFortune in Week 13 as the next deadline is solely hours away, so let’s cleanse the palate and take a look at the panorama with the Week 14 model of Captain Obvious…

The Case for Mo Salah

The case continues to be a straightforward one. Yes, it is true that Salah has not put up monumental hauls beforehand month. With one goal in his ultimate 4 video video games, his biggest return has been eight components all through this stretch. However, he has managed an assist inside the totally different three video video games and has now had an attacking return of some kind in every single recreation this season, other than Week 2 in opposition to Burnley.

This is why he has collected a whopping 131 components on the season whereas solely two totally different players inside the league have scored as many as 80 (Alexander-Arnold and Cancelo). Sure, you have to guess correct and hit the lottery by going with any individual like Diogo Jota orbthis earlier weekend. But, that leads to the other trigger why I actually really feel choose it’s sensible to roll with Salah…

Reason being, the velocity at which he is getting the armband, notably amongst these doing the easiest this season, managers inside the excessive 10k, is so vastly overwhelming, that the hazard of betting in opposition to him seems to be additional trouble than it is worth.

In my ultimate column, I had talked concerning the “holy trinity” of defenders that might probably be argued as challengers for the armband, for a lot of who merely have to wager on any individual other than Salah. All three candidates had a great deal of kind and hopes of a strong return heading into ultimate weekend, nevertheless in the end, you had a one-in-three likelihood of guessing correct on Alexander-Arnold. Had you gone with James or Cancelo, which had merely as quite a bit benefit as a result of the Liverpool defender, you’d have had a extremely unfortunate ultimate end result, tossing away seven additional components to your facet had you gone with Salah in its place.

Even with Alexander-Arnold, it was a state of affairs the place two good Liverpool players are clearly coping with the similar matchup, so what’s promising for Alexander-Arnold is equally promising for Salah, and as soon as extra, considering the massive collective backing of Salah, the hazard of getting it mistaken does not seem worth it.

But On the Other Hand…

I’ll say this about Alexander-Arnold going forward. If the opponent appears to be like a strong candidate for a transparent sheet, then I imagine you probably can afford the hazard of backing Alexander-Arnold with the armband over Salah if that is what you’d fairly do. If a transparent sheet likelihood is highly effective, then the odds of Alexander-Arnold dipping into bonus components are sturdy. So that combination of things would cancel out a single Salah goal. Then, you are most likely collaborating in with residence money and having a look at a a lot greater Alexander-Arnold haul should he add an attacking return to that clear sheet.

Typically, I won’t monetary establishment on a transparent sheet in a Merseyside derby, the character of the fixture is normally a bit too unpredictable in that regard. However, Everton are literally in a bind offensively, missing their star striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, whereas dealing with the newest return from accidents for the likes of Demarai Gray and Abdoulaye Doucouré. In my view, the odds of a transparent sheet listed under are respectable, not unbelievable, nevertheless respectable. So, I won’t fault a supervisor itching to go in opposition to the grain and take a chance on Alexander-Arnold.

The one issue that is good about backing each Liverpool chance is that, whereas many various golf gear will be making an attempt to rest a key participant or two with the heavier schedule ((*14*) has been hinted at by Brenday Rodgers as being any individual who won’t start this gameweek), you merely wouldn’t have to stress about that in relation to the Reds on account of, it does not matter what else is happening with their season, the expectation is always there to space the strongest facet you probably can inside the Merseyside derby. To see this recreation as a result of the one the place Jurgen Klopp gave a rest to each Salah or Alexander-Arnold could possibly be a complete shock.

The Guy Who’s Currently the Second-Most Captained Player Heading Into the Deadline

Right. I’m going to say but another candidate at measurement, and it is based additional on the polling correct now throughout the neighborhood higher than my very personal personal opinion and that is giving the armband to Harry Kane. As of this writing, he appears to be to be the second-most trendy various behind Salah, with about 10% of managers making an attempt to once more the Tottenham striker.

Now, I’ll admit, there are a number of very fascinating components at play involving Kane they normally every have to do with the postponed match in opposition to Burnley in Week 13. For one, he is one different participant, identical to the Liverpool duo, who’s all nevertheless assured to start in a gamweek the place we will certainly see some trendy nailed-on players getting a rest. Kane and his teammates had their rest already, simply by having the weekend off. So there is usually a complete XI of up to date legs going up in opposition to a Brentford facet who will be collaborating in after just some days off.

Remember with Brentford, points have been trending inside the mistaken course defensively every since their first-choice keeper David Raya suffered a long-term harm. That said, the Bees stepped up and saved Everton out this earlier weekend. Again though, the Toffees might solely space a shell of their most interesting facet, as Richarlison was moreover out of the mix, so it won’t be the easiest recreation to make the idea that Brentford are once more in good type defensively.

Also take into consideration that the Bees, like most small promoted golf gear, wouldn’t have a deep squad. They will potential have to space as many regulars as they’re going to, so will most likely be a lopsided matchup in relation to stamina. Yes, Tottenham have quite a bit to point out in relation to getting targets on the board, nevertheless I’ve a way they could run away with this recreation inside the final half-hour within the occasion that they haven’t established a lead already.

That said, I merely wouldn’t have the bravery to once more Kane, or Son for that matter, until Spurs present they’re going to ranking targets. I do think about it’s only a matter of time that they’re going to get to the aim the place Kane and Son are amassing attacking returns with regularity. I merely don’t actually really feel the need to try to be the best man inside the room and guess when that first recreation they activate the change will be. If I intend to make a leap of faith like that, I’ll wait a lot of days additional when Spurs host Norwich. If there could also be one opponent I’d lean on to be the medicine to get Tottenham’s assault going, will most likely be the Canaries.


We should say Manchester City. They have a great fixture, collaborating in a Watford facet that continues to cough up targets (whereas scoring their truthful proportion as correctly), so between the recognition of City’s assault and the opponent’s incapability to shut any assault down, one has to imagine as a minimum a lot of City players are in for a productive fantasy day. If you think about a transparent sheet is on the enjoying playing cards, then Joao Cancelo must be your first various from the pacik, nevertheless be aware, this is usually a state of affairs the place it won’t be a shock for Cancelo to be rested. In assault, guessing who will start this midweek match will get even more durable, though I would say Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva appear essentially the most safe of the bunch.

That’s about all I’ve for Week 13. Good luck to all, and may your arrows be inexperienced.

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