With the first of three matchdays to come in the next week, it’s time to go through who the best captains are for FPL GW16. Alongside front runner Mohamed Salah, there are some defensive alternatives to consider.
For the full list of captaincy options and to find out their chances in scoring head to the Best FPL Captains page.
- Chances of scoring: 62%
- vs Aston Villa (H)
For yet another gameweek, Salah remains top of the captaincy selection charts, and with good reason. He has provided returns in his last 13 league games. This means, his last blank came in GW2 at home to Burnley.
Heading into their Villa encounter, he did also get some game time in the Champions League. The Egyptian played 64 minutes and scored a goal in their final group-stage against AC Milan on Wednesday night.
The FPL leading points scorer also holds a respectable record against the Villains. He has registered three goals plus an assist in his four appearances against them. This included a goal in their corresponding outing last season.
- Chances of scoring: 54%
- vs Norwich City (A)
The Portuguese looms as a decent captaincy shout if you’re in favour of making up ground in the overall rankings. Starting at Carrow Road on Saturday, he is set to embark on a favourable run in fixtures. This includes four of his next 7 being rated 2 in the FDR.
The all-time leading Champions League scorer is facing on Saturday statistically, the worst defensive side in the league. The Canaries have conceded 31 goals from their first 15 matches, averaging a concession of 2.06 goals per game.
Despite the blank he came away with last Sunday, his recent form shows he has heaps of room for improvement. He scored three and assisted from the last five league starts he’s had. Furthermore, he didn’t feature in Man United’s midweek champions league affair against Young Boys.
During a 20-day festive spell for Juventus last December, he played a full 90 minutes in six of a possible seven games.
- Chances of scoring: 15%
- Chances of keeping a cleansheet: 48%
- vs Aston Villa (H)
Trent remains a formidable captaincy selection, should you opt for a defender with the armband. His consistency in returns from both ends gives the reason why.
He is equal, with being the most in-form player right now in the fantasy game, with a form rating of 8.8. This too is equal to Dennis, Bernardo Silva and the already mentioned Egyptian above. Five returns in his last six matches have built him to the status he is at currently.
Trent is ranked fifth in the points per million metric, returning 12.22 points per million. Meaning, he is the fifth-best player in terms of value in the fantasy game.
Alike Salah, the full-back also scored a goal in Liverpool’s clash with Villa at home last season. Another plus point for TAA is he didn’t feature in Liverpool’s Champions League match on Tuesday.
- Chances of scoring: 13%
- Chances of keeping a cleansheet: 64%
- vs Wolves (H)
Another defender alternative is City’s raiding full-back Cancelo. Although he has blanked in his last three, the clash against Wolves shows promise his returns are coming sooner rather than later.
Wolves have been lacklustre when it comes to an attacking sense. Lage’s men have scored just a mere one goal from their last five league outings. In that time, City has scored 12, with Cancelo providing three assists.
With his 84 points thus far, he still remains high in the points per million standings. He is ranked third for players providing the best value, with a return of 12.53 PPM.
The Portuguese also had a rest, as he didn’t partake in City’s away trip to Leipzig in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
- Chances of scoring: 18%
- Chances of keeping a cleansheet: 52%
- vs Leeds United (H)
The Spaniard hasn’t had the most promising of returns in place of Chilwell, with three successive blanks. However, the attacking-minded winger has the factors for him this weekend, to show he is worth the value.
The visitors have been poor defensively so far this season. Bielsa’s men have only managed to conjure three clean sheets from their first 15 matches.
Marcos is also refreshed heading to Saturday, playing just the 15 minutes in Chelsea’s Champions League match away to Zenit.
If you want a ballsy differential, however, he may be the man. Inside the teams owned ranked within the top 10k, he is acquired by 0.4% of sides.