Who’s the best Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 26 captain?

Gameweek 26 is the biggest so far with 17 matches being played. That means it could be the highest scoring week yet.

To capitalise on all the points on offer you’ll need a solid captain to ensure you maximise your team’s potential. Here are the best captaincy candidates.

Harry Kane

  • vs Burnley (H) & Fulham (A)
  • Chances of scoring: 54% (BUR) & 57% (FUL)

Harry Kane is the standout pick for GW26. The Spurs captain has 13 goals and is the league leader for assists (11), averaging a goal or assist every 80 minutes this campaign. He is often presented with big chances, scoring 9 so far, and has an xG of 11.3.

His opponents are both in relegation fights and he has a great record against them both, having scored eight goals in ten against Burnley and six goals in four against Fulham.

Additionally he’s also the penalty taker, perhaps giving him the advantage over his Teammate Son, who would also be a great choice.

Jamie Vardy

  • vs Arsenal (H) & Burnley (A)
  • Chances of scoring: 41% (ARS) & 54% (BUR)

Since his return from injury, Vardy has a goal and assist in his last two games. In the last 10 he’s played, he’s been taking 3.05 shots in the box and averaging 1.08 big chances per 90. He is managing an attempt every 30 minutes this season and tops the xG table with 14.6, showcasing the amount of chances he gets.

His record against Arsenal is phenomenal, scoring 11 goals in 12 games facing them. Arsenal have conceded a shot on target every 17 minutes in their last six, Burnley every 21 minutes. However, now that Maddison is ruled out with injury, the number of chances created for him may decrease.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin

  • vs Southampton (H) & West Brom (A)
  • Chances of scoring: 44% (SOU) & 47% (WBA)

This DGW could be very enjoyable for the striker, as his opponents have conceded a combined 30 goals over the last six GWs. In addition to this, they’ve both conceded 2.3 big chances per 90 in their last ten matches, the joint second worst overall.

He’s a classic poacher, attempting the most shots inside the six yard box per 90 (0.7). As a result he’s having his best ever season, scoring 13 in the league. Furthermore, he has the highest non-penalty goals per 90 in the league (0.65).

West Brom have the joint worst home record in the league, picking up only seven points, and Everton have averaged 2.16 points per away game this season. Southampton are currently the most out of form team, with one point from their past 8 matches. The England international can definitely pile the misery on both this GW.

Ilkay Gundogan

  • vs West Ham (H) & Wolves (H)
  • Chances of scoring: 43% (WHU) & 47% (WOL)

Two favourable home fixtures make any Man City asset worth captaining this week, but it is the German who has been one of the most consistent performers for the league leaders.

In the last ten fixtures he’s averaging 1.22 goals and assists per 90, 2.45 shots in the box and one big chance in each game. These stats show how vital he is to the City attack, especially his productivity, key in making him one of the best options for the armband.

Additionally, their defence is the best in the league and could be on for consecutive clean sheets. He may also be back on penalties despite missing against Liverpool.

There is however the lingering threat that he could be rotated at some point due to City’s Champions League tie with Mönchengladbach being on the horizon.

Bruno Fernandes

  • vs Chelsea (A) & Crystal Palace (A)
  • Chances of scoring: 26% (CHE) & 47% (CRY)

The midfielder’s 15 goals and ten assists make him the highest scoring FPL player this season with 190 points. He’s created the most big chances per 90 in the last 10 matches than any other player (0.64) and has scored in four consecutive games.

United have 2.33 points per game in away fixtures, the most, and Bruno has 14 attacking returns in games away from Old Trafford.

Chelsea’s defence has been solid under Tuchel, yet Palace have one of the leakiest defences in the league, conceding 43 including 14 in their last seven. So far he also has ten double-digit hauls, the most of any FPL asset.