The Fantasy Football community has spoken and put forward these three men as captains elect for Gameweek 31; Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez. Read on as ATFPL discusses the potential prospects of each along with declaring our #RiskVsReward pick;
Wayne Rooney – West Ham (a) + Manchester City (h)
With a points per away game average of 7.42, Wayne Rooney does offer a lot of credibility if a Fantasy Manager so wishes to ignore the below Liverpool duo. Helping the cause of the 300K a week man is a good record against Manchester City – 8 goals in 16 League appearances for United – and on the face of it ATFPL can easily see Rooney returning a decent haul in Gameweek 31. Add that if David Moyes’ men can take the momentum created by their inspiring Champions League progression on Wednesday night and Rooney is a legitimate alternative. However, the opposition Rooney and United face are hardly receptive to assigning the armband with West Ham conceding just 1.36 goals per Upton Park encounter while their Derby rivals have an impressive away defensive record conceding just 1.29 goals per road trip.
Daniel Sturridge – Cardiff City (a) + Sunderland (h)
On the face of it Daniel Sturridge offers the best alternative to his playing partner this Gameweek as there is a lot to like statistically. The England International has returned nine goals in nine appearances since returning from injury at an average of nine points per game. Intriguingly all of these goals have been scored from chances that are described as a “big chance” according to Opta as Sturridge is often the focal point and last man to the Liverpool attacking onslaughts, so looking at the oppositions frequency of giving up these chances should provide us Fantasy Managers with the answer to how well Sturridge could do this Gameweek. Cardiff City at home give up an average of 1.87 per game – third worse in the Premier League – while Sunderland on their travels concede a similar amount, admittedly ranked mid-table from all Premiership clubs. Add that Sturridge in the previous nine appearances has had more of these gilt-edge chances than anyone else as few teams are able to contain Liverpool as an attacking force – 76 goals scored this campaign – and it’s an honest statement to suggest that Daniel Sturridge will be in the points this Gameweek. For further proof of this reliance from Daniel Sturridge to score from these gilt-edge chances, the previous two games where the Liverpool front man has failed to register – Southampton and Manchester United -, both clubs sit within the bottom half of the Premier League for conceding this type of chance at their home grounds. The question to answer then is will this be enough to outscore Luis Suarez, a player on the face of the statistics is a default selection this Gameweek? For ATFPL is won’t be but for Fantasy Managers out there that require to be different at the captaincy position this Gameweek in an aid to climb the overall rankings, this statistical find gives you something to cling to.
Luis Suarez – Cardiff City (a) + Sunderland (h)
If you have had the chance to read our Chalkboard article this Gameweek, you will know that Luis Suarez tops the list in 9 of our 12 statistical categories ATFPL looks at for any given Gameweek and simple put, if form is carried through this Gameweek, there is no other player to captain. This train of thought is clearly evident in the Fantasy Football community with the massive 68% plus monopolisation the Uruguayan holds in our Captain Poll. Just to add further to the argument, the opposition Cardiff City have conceded 13 in their last 7 home games while Sunderland have conceded three or more goals on four occasions away from the Stadium of Light in just 13 games, evidence they can be put to the sword by a Liverpool side averaging three goals per Anfield game.
Yaya Toure – Fulham (h) + Manchester United (a)
The risk isn’t necessarily associated with Yaya Toure himself but rather the potential of other players in a Gameweek where individual scores will be inflated by the Double Gameweek. Basically does Yaya have the points threat to compete with Luis Suarez and company against the opposition Yaya Toure faces? For any Fantasy Manager brave enough to venture away from Luis Suarez and answer the question with yes, the reward may arrive in Yaya Toure’s 7.75 points per home game record. This figure is the best from any midfielder in the Premier League and could be added too against a Fulham side that concede 2.27 goals per away game. Add that before the sending off of Vincent Kompany against Hull City, the man mountain of a midfielder had been deployed just off the striker and a repeat of this formation and assignment for the Ivorian will further increase his chances of returning a major points haul.
Our Captain Selection: Luis Suarez
Brave we are not but equally sitting where we are in the overall rankings, desperate for a differential at the captaincy position we are not either so Mr Default is selected once again.