FPL: Gameweek 1 Captaincy Picks

Months of boredom is going to come to an end in a little over 24 hours, as the new Premier League season kicks off tomorrow night. Managers are so busy coming up with multiple drafts for their team, that a lot of them don’t give too much thought to their GW1 Captain.

Since everyone on Twitter seems to be handing the armband to Big Rom, I’m going to suggest options other than him, as he is the obvious pick, and you wouldn’t have to read this article to know Lukaku is a decent option.

Below, are 3 picks and 1 differential captain…

1. Harry Kane
A lot has been said about Spurs playing at Wembley, and the major consensus seems to be that the North London side won’t perform well there. However, every season people seem to think that Spurs will not perform well this time, but they have been the Premier League’s most consistent team in the last 2 years. Last season, they kept the most clean sheets and scored the most goals, with an incredible Goal Difference of +60!
Harry Kane has been the league’s top scorer for 2 consecutive seasons now, and he won the Golden Boot last year despite being injured for quite a long time. Harry Kane is perfect captain material, as he scored FOUR hat-tricks last season, which included a 4 goal haul as well.

It only helps that Spurs are playing newly-promoted Newcastle in their season-opener, and with a ton of managers captaining Lukaku, Kane might just be your ticket to a great start this season!

2. Kevin De Bruyne
While Sanchez and Hazard rightfully grabbed the headlines last season, KDB silently performed. Even though City didn’t do very well in the league, he managed 199 points. He also was the player that hit the woodwork the most last season – 9 times! That’s 45 FPL points, without bonus points! He really has the potential to be the highest scoring midfielder in the game. Pep Guardiola has stressed how important KDB is to his system and the Belgian was in fine form in pre-season. Not only is his assist potential sky-high, but he also gets into a lot of scoring positions. Add to this that he takes corners and free-kicks, and he has the potential to be FPL Gold.
With Manchester City opening their season against newly promoted Brighton & Hove Albion, I’m backing KDB to start strong.
With Pep instilling a strong attacking philosophy, I’m more than sure that the team will score a lot of goals. They destroyed Spurs and Real Madrid in pre-season, and that was a definite sign of things to come!

3. Sadio Mane
Mane scored 156 points in his first season with Liverpool, scoring 13 goals and 7 assists in the process. Keeping in mind that it was his first season + he was injured + he was away at the AFCON, that’s a pretty good haul. Mane is also more explosive than any other Liverpool attacker, which makes him a good candidate for captaincy.

Liverpool plays a Watford side who don’t really have very good defenders, and I believe he could very likely rack up a 10+ points haul in Gameweek 1.

4. Differential Captain: Mkhitaryan
With an ownership of just 4.6% at the time of writing, he is an awesome differential. While everyone thinks Pogba is going to set FPL on fire, I prefer Mkhitaryan as he plays in a more advanced role, gets into the box rather than trying shots from distance, and is a far better finisher. Doubts remain over his game time in the long run, but for the short-term, I think he will be a good option at just 8.0m.
He is capable of getting a goal, maybe even an assist against the Hammers’ leaky back line (Arrival of Joe Hart makes it even leakier, in my opinion.)

All the best for Gameweek 1, guys and girls! Tweet and let me know who has the armband in your FPL team, and who you think will be the ideal differential captain!


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