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FPL GW5 Best Captain: Time for Son?

We’re in GW5 and the familiar pattern of a perma Erling Haaland captain is already looming.

Haaland’s recent hattrick reaffirms his captaincy status, while Tottenham’s home fixture against Sheffield United makes Son a differential option.

Let’s look at our top 5 captain picks for this Gameweek.

Erling Haaland

  • Fixture: West Ham (a)
  • Anytime Return: 69%
  • Predicted Points: 6.9

Erling Haaland’s recent performance against Fulham was nothing short of spectacular.

He scored 3 goals and provided 1 assist, accumulating a total of 20 fantasy points!

He has carried his form from last season into the current one, boasting an impressive 6 goals and 1 assist in just 4 games.

City do play an in-form West Ham away but as per our predicted points Haaland is still expected to deliver 6.9 points.

With a 60% chance of anytime goal and 69% anytime return, Haaland continues to be the standout choice for captaincy.

Son Heung-min

  • Fixture: Sheffield Utd (H)
  • Anytime Return: 63%
  • Predicted Points: 6.7

Son Heung-min thrived in an out-of-position role as a striker against Burnley.

In 71 minutes, Son delivered a hat-trick, amassing a week-high 20 fantasy points, matching the performance of Haaland.

This new change in Spurs tactics, coupled with an upcoming fixture against newly-promoted Sheffield United at home, positions Son as a great captaincy choice for this Gameweek.

He also offers a differential option for most fantasy managers, considering that he is currently owned by only 11% of managers.

Moreover, Spurs are ranked 1st for clean sheet odds this week at 49% and that extra 1 point for Clean sheet is always helpful.

Mohamed Salah

  • Fixture: Wolves (a)
  • Anytime Return: 63%
  • Predicted Points: 6.6

Salah found the net for the second time this season against Aston Villa last game with an xGI of 0.87.

So far, he has notched up 4 goals and assists, amassing a total xGI of 3.1 for the season.

He has the 2nd best anytime return percentage (63%) and 6.6 predicted points going into this GW.

With Liverpool set to face Wolves, he also presents a valuable differential captaincy pick, similar to Son.

James Maddison

  • Fixture: Sheffield Utd (H)
  • Anytime Return: 54%
  • Predicted Points: 5.6

James Maddison has emerged as the main force behind Spurs’ attack since the start of the season.

With at least one goal contribution in three out of four games, he has been nothing short of excellent.

Even with a value increase to £7.8 million, he continues to offer great value for fantasy managers.

His underlying stats align with his impact, with 4 G/A and an xGI of 3.4 in just four games.

As previously mentioned, the upcoming fixture against Sheffield United at home presents a golden opportunity for Maddison to shine once again.

Destiny Udogie

  • Fixture: Sheffield Utd (H)
  • Anytime Return: 28%
  • Predicted Points: 5.1

Udogie has come alive for Spurs in recent games, consistently providing assists in each of his past two appearances.

With Spurs leading the clean sheet odds this week, Udogie’s potential impact is reflected in his predicted points (5.1).

The combination of facing a weaker opponent in Sheffield United and a strong overall performance from Spurs could provide him double digit points.

It’s also worth noting that he’s currently averaging 5.8 points per match (4th most in defenders).

Udogie is owned by 14% of FPL managers but he won’t be captained by many, making him the biggest viable differential captain choice for GW5.