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Fantasy Premier League Captain and Vice-Captain Tips

Fantasy Premier League Captain and Vice-Captain Tips

When striving for success in Fantasy Premier League, selecting the right captain is crucial. Your captain’s points are doubled each Game Week, making this decision pivotal to your team’s performance.

Here are some strategies to optimize your captaincy choices.

  • Examine fixtures: Prioritize players with an easy fixture, reducing the fixture difficulty and increasing the chance of an attacking return.
  • Player form: Choose a captain who is in good form, considering their recent games and not just their reputation or price tag.
  • Attack is best: Typically, attacking players – those who score goals or provide assists – have a higher ceiling for points.
  • Home advantage: Players with a home game often have better odds of securing bonus points and attacking returns.
  • Penalty takers: Players who take penalties or set-pieces are more likely to grab extra points; keep them in mind.
  • Risk management: Spread your risk by diversifying the types of players you captain over the season.
Fixture difficultyPrioritize players with easier opponents.
Player formLook for players who are currently performing well.
Player positionFavor attackers over defenders for higher potential scores.
Home gamesMost players perform better at home, statistically.
Set-piece dutyChoose players who are assigned penalties and free-kicks.

Lastly, keep an eye on the captaincy trends among FPL winners and experts, as they often have insights and strategies that help them stay ahead of the captaincy race.

Strategic player insights for the season

As you navigate the Fantasy Premier League season, focusing on the form and fixture difficulty of your players is crucial.

Your captaincy choice should reflect an astute understanding of the player’s chances of scoring goals, securing assists, and keeping clean sheets against their upcoming opponents.

Midfielders vs. Forwards: Who to captain?

Midfielders often have a higher ceiling for points due to their potential for both goals and assists, coupled with additional points for goals and clean sheets. Forwards, on the other hand, may have better odds of scoring goals, which is reflected in their ownership and captaincy rates. When choosing between the two:

  • Consult fixture difficulty: Midfielders may be preferable against teams who concede more from open play, while forwards may thrive against teams with a tendency to give away penalties.
  • Current form: A midfielder on a streak of both goals and assists, like those on penalty duties or operating out of position with a more advanced role, could outscore a forward over a stretch of games.

Injury reports and impact on selections

The impact of injuries on your team can be twofold; they not only remove a player from your line up but they can also affect the form and fixture outcomes for the entire team. Consider:

  • Direct impacts: If your captain or vice-captain is reported injured, it’s time to look at your bench players, who will be auto-subbed in. Your vice-captain’s significance increases dramatically in this context.
  • Team dynamics: An injury to key players in a team could reduce the attacking returns for other players in the squad. For example, a forward might see fewer goals without the creative midfielders who assist them.

Throughout the season, continue to analyze the data, monitor team news for potential injuries, and assess the risk versus reward of each captaincy decision based on the specific context of the forthcoming fixtures.

Selecting vice-captain: tactics and importance

Your choice of vice-captain can significantly affect your team’s performance throughout the season, serving as an essential component in safeguarding against the unpredictability of player participation and optimizing points during double Game Weeks.

Risk management: handling captain absence

Your vice-captain selection in FPL is a fundamental risk management strategy.

Should your captain be absence due to injury, rotation, or unforeseen circumstances, the role of vice-captain elevates from backup to front-runner, with your vice-captain’s points doubling just as they would for a captain.

Select a vice-captain with a high potential for scoring goals or earning assists in their upcoming fixture to ensure your team doesn’t suffer from a captain’s non-appearance.

  • Mohamed Salah has historically been a popular vice-captain pick due to his frequent scoring for Liverpool, making him a reliable backup for double points.
  • Ensure your vice-captain does not play in the same match as your captain to minimize the risk of both your captain and vice-captain being benched.

Using vice-captains to navigate Double Game Weeks

During double Game Weeks, where teams play more than one match within the same Game Week, the vice-captaincy decision can become even more impactful. This presents an opportunity for additional points that must be leveraged.

  • Opt for a vice-captain playing two matches, preferably from a team with a high likelihood of clean sheets or offensive returns to maximize the chances of scoring triple points should you play the triple captain chip.
  • Analyze the fixtures table; choosing a vice-captain from a team with favorable matchups adds a strategic layer, affording your FPL team an edge in the captaincy race of your mini league.

By employing these tactics, your vice-captain serves not just as a mere bench player but as an integral part of your FPL team’s success. Remember, making informed vice-captain choices is pivotal in climbing the rankings and staying ahead in the game.

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