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GW17 FPL stats: De Bruyne punishes sellers

By The Scout 16 Dec 2019
Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City

The Scout reveals the key numbers as thousands of managers regret moving on the Man City midfielder

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For many Fantasy Premier League managers, Sunday's match between Arsenal and Manchester City would have been a painful experience.

Going into the weekend, Kevin De Bruyne (£10.2m) and Raheem Sterling (£11.8m) were two of the three most-sold players in the game.

A combined 504,000 managers parted company with the City midfielders, who duly went on to rack up the points at Emirates Stadium.

De Bruyne's two goals and an assist gave him a Gameweek-leading 19 points, while Sterling claimed 10 points. 

GW17's most transferred-out players
Player Transferred out by ('000s)
 Jimenez  277
De Bruyne   264
Sterling   240
Captaincy troubles

For the second time this season Jamie Vardy (£10.1m) was captained by over two million people but this time managers were left frustrated.

No other player has breached that mark but Vardy has done so twice as 2,155,000 FPL managers backed him against Norwich City.

It beat the 2,014,000 who gave him the armband for his goal and five points against Watford in Gameweek 15.

But those managers will be cursing the Leicester City forward's failure to score for the first time in nine matches as he managed just five points after claiming an assist in the 1-1 draw.

Salah outscores Mane

Liverpool duo Sadio Mane (£12.3m) and Mohamed Salah (£12.2m) were the second and third most-popular captains.

Mane was backed by nearly a third more than Salah but it was the latter who achieved the bigger score in Saturday's early kick-off. 

Salah scored both of Liverpool's goals in the win over Watford, while Mane got just a single assist.

GW17's most-captained players
Player Captained by ('000s)
 Vardy 2,155
 Mane 940
 Salah 636

The trio's popularity was shared by the top 100 FPL managers.

Vardy was chosen by 74 of this elite group, with Mane second on 16. Sharing third spot with Salah on four was Tammy Abraham (£8.0m).

But the Chelsea forward blanked for a second successive match as Frank Lampard's side suffered a surprise 1-0 home defeat by AFC Bournemouth

GW17 captains by FPL's top 100
Player Captained by
 Vardy 74
 Mane 16
 Salah/Abraham 4

More than 426,000 FPL managers added Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford's (£9.0m) to their squads, making him the most-popular GW17 acquisition.

However, his recent fine form did not continue in Sunday's home meeting with Everton as he collected only two points.

In second place was Son Heung-min (£10.0m), who could not add to his recent goal tally at Wolverhampton Wanderers as he also claimed two points.

Budget defender Martin Kelly (£4.3m) is the third most-bought player with 266,000+ new owners. Crystal Palace have registered three successive clean sheets ahead of Monday night's encounter with Brighton & Hove Albion.

GW17's most transferred-in players
Player Transferred in by ('000s)
Rashford  426
Son  344
Kelly  266

See: Fantasy Premier League stats

Also in this series

Part 2: GW17 bonus points: Pukki strikes back
Part 3: GW17 FPL review: Fleck's home run continues

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