Fantasy Football Gameweek 21 Captain Picks
FPL Captain Picks for Gameweek 21
The FA Cup may still be the best football cup competition in the world, but I can’t help but be utterly chuffed that the Premier League returns this weekend so here are my captain picks for Gameweek 21 in Fantasy Premier League.
Twitter has been awash with discussions around the use of the wildcard, but if you are still unsure of the strategy to take then why not take a look at our GW21 – GW23 strategy or take a listen to this week’s fantasy football tips podcast. This week’s podcast sees Pickering get hammered by Quigliano for his opinions on Leicester City’s current form, and as an extra special treat in to the fantasy football tips world I switched the mic on after the podcast so you can all hear the internal bickering of your favourite hosts – they genuinely didn’t know – make sure you listen right to the end to hear it!
Anyway… enough of the self promotion and on with the tips…
Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 21 Defenders:
In addition to my Burnley defensive tips earlier this week I think it is well worth the mention of the West Bromwich defensive options. With the appointment of Tony Pulis at the Hawthorns he will undoubtedly bring his specialised (and successful) approach to management which will be focused around being stable defensively and being well drilled and hard to break down.
This means that any WBA defender will be a sound investment, particularly given their relatively low prices. For me Andre Wisdom is the top pick at just £4.4m and their current top points scorer. It is highly unlikely that he will not continue to be picked by Pulis and represents excellent value at this price (even though he started the season at just £4m!)
With WBA playing against Hull City this week, Pulis will see this as an opportunity to lay down a statement of intent for the remainder of the season. This game also comes hot on the heels of a confidence boosting 7-0 FA Cup romp and you can expect the home fans to right behind their team.
Top GW 21 Captain Pick: Eden Hazard
Chelsea take on Newcastle this week and will be looking to hit back following their defeat to Spurs last time out and also take revenge on The Magpies who were the first team to beat them this season and I fully expect Chelsea to be out all guns blazing this weekend.
Hazard has scored 6 or more points in each of his last 5 games and accumulated 7 or more points in 4 out of 5 of those games. A repeat of that form would see a very respectable return for your captain and I am looking no further than the in form Belgian.
The Alternative Captain Option: Harry Kane
Harry Kane will probably be the most transferred in player this week following his 18 point haul against Chelsea last week, but I have been raving about him for weeks now and although last week’s masterclass was unexpected it is not all that surprising given his recent form.
His form now reads 18, 2, 12, 8, 8. That is a phenomenal 58 point return from just 5 games (two of which were against Man Utd and Chelsea). Now that Fantasy Premier League managers have no fears over his selection in the starting 11 he will be a very popular player this month. With the exception of the 2 points scored against Manchester United, any of those last 5 displays would earn a very good captain score and so Kane is one to consider very carefully.
Spurs take on a Crystal Palace side who have kept two clean sheets since the departure of Neil Warnock although Alan Pardew is hardly famed for having defensively well drilled sides so it could be worth a punt on Kane in this game.
Big name to avoid this week:
Almost every week Alexis Sanchez gets in our captain shortlist but not this week. Although Arsenal are at home, the Chilean and the rest of his North London team mates will be facing an in form Stoke City side who beat The Gunners on home soil recently.
The physicality that Stoke will bring to The Emirates will no doubt upset Arsene Wenger, and you can understand why as it upsets his players who do not have the physical or mental strength to cope with the pressures of such a game. Although Sanchez could play a good game, there are more solid captain choices elsewhere for gameweek 21.
Don’t forget to take a look at our January Wildcard Strategy and our Gameweek 21 transfer tips here.