Owned by 13.9 per cent, the Manchester City winger was a major differential.
Just 199,403 managers handed Sterling the armband and banked a 42-point haul.
But the pair managed just one assist apiece as Sterling’s tally shook up FPL mini-leagues.
Sterling has averaged 7.2 points per match this season, more than any other player, as he chases down top points-scorer Salah.
He also has form on his side and, at 198 FPL points, is just five behind the Liverpool star at the top of the player standings.
The winger has four double-figure hauls in his last six Gameweek starts and will be a major factor for FPL managers over the run-in.
But those managers eyeing a move for him should wait until the weekend’s FA Cup quarter-finals have passed.
City are without a fixture in Gameweek 31 as they face Swansea City in the last eight.
Should they beat Swansea, City's Gameweek 33 home match with Cardiff City would also need to be rescheduled.
That could lead to yet another Double Gameweek for Pep Guardiola’s men, further strengthening Sterling's claim as a must-have in FPL midfields.