FPL Captain Picks Gameweek 31
Captain Picks Gameweek 31
With so much time to prepare for gameweek 31 the captain choice seems to become increasingly difficult. Who to pick as captain is usually the most difficult task that FPL managers face in each game week and GW31 is no different. Not only do we have Aguero’s poor form to contend with, we also see a double game week for Aston Villa and QPR to throw in to the mind mashing mix – so where are we looking to throw the captains arm band this week?
FPL Captain Picks for Gameweek 31
The Double Gameweek:
As I have already stated, QPR and Aston Villa have two games in GW31 – Villa take on Manchester United (a) and QPR (h) and with 2 wins out of 3 in March they represent the better value in terms of form. The difficulty with Villa is that they don’t really have a player who performs consistently – having said that – a player like Scott Sinclair or Christian Benteke would be worth having in your team this week, but maybe not for captain.
QPR on the other hand have two decent fixtures, but they are both away trips and given that QPR have lost all but one of their away games this season it would be a huge leap of faith to captain any of their players. Of course, the only player who should be a consideration is Charlie Austin who has scored more than half of their goals this season and sits on an impressive 140 FPL points for the season so far. He will have stern tests against West Brom and Aston Villa so it would be a brave manager who captains him – but two games represents a good chance, so you may be rewarded for taking the risk with him.
Harry Kane: Burnley Vs. Spurs
It seems like I write the same each week about Harry Kane and most of us are almost just waiting for the bubble to burst, but the 21 year old Spurs striker continues to just take things in his stride capping off his international debut with a goal, followed by another solid performance in tough conditions in Turin.
Spurs travel to Burnley in gameweek 31 who are coming off the back of a real tough run of fixtures. Although Burnley have not been disgraced in this time (remember the 1-0 win against Man City) they will find life difficult against the top scorer in the Premier League.
For me, Harry Kane is almost impossible to ignore. If you choose Kane as your FPL captain this week you should sleep easy – expect a goal at least – at least that’s what the stats would lead us to. A solid captain pick!
Sergio Aguero: Crystal Palace Vs. Man City
I stirred up a bit of controversy on Twitter this week when I asked the question about whether you should drop Aguero! Boy, some of you love this guy more than your wives, husbands, girlfriends, dogs etc! The point I was making was that Aguero has gone 4 games without a goal and how long will people put up with it for – and that perhaps he might not be the automatic choice that he was at the back end of 2014. Check out the Aguero article here.
Now of course, Crystal Palace represents a fantastic opportunity for the Argentine forward to net a goal or more. Palace usually afford their opponents a lot of scoring chances in a game and Aguero will pounce if this is the case.
My concern is that we have seen Man City falter in games like this before and Palace have no pressure following their up turn in form under Alan Pardew. On the other side, Man City don’t always deal with pressure well so there is more than a question mark over this game.
Aguero for captain? An average choice this week.
Marouane Fellaini – Man Utd Vs. Aston Villa
My wildcard pick for this week is the big Belgian midfielder who has enjoyed a much more prominent role in the United front line in recent weeks. In fact, he has become a pivotal player in a side who won all of their games in March and he continues to keep Radamel Falcao out of the side.
In Man Utd’s last home game he scored 13 points and with United on a roll at the moment he could be poised for another starring role alongside the in form Wayne Rooney.
Yes this is a risk, but it is a wildcard – and a decent proposition with bags of differential potential given that only 1% of FPL players have him in their teams.
Are you brave enough to say who you are going with as captain? Do you have a different opinion? Let us know with a comment below…