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GW21 FPL stats: Top captain Vardy missing again

The Scout 1 Jan 2020
Jamie Vardy

Fantasy managers will need their vice-captain to deliver as Leicester striker sits out trip to Newcastle

For the ninth successive Gameweek Jamie Vardy (£10.1m) was the most popular captain in Fantasy Premier League, but for the second Gameweek in a row, those 1.4million FPL managers will be looking to their vice-captains instead.

A tight calf ruled the Leicester City forward out of the trip to Newcastle United, after he missed Gameweek 20 because of the birth of a daughter.

Kevin De Bruyne (£10.6m) was the second most-picked captain ahead of Manchester City's match with Everton, but while the Belgian did play, he blanked in the 2-1 victory. 

With 87 points in his last 11 appearances, Sadio Mane (£12.3m) completed the top three most-selected captains ahead of Liverpool hosting Sheffield United on Thursday.

GW21's most-captained players
Player Captained by ('000s)
Vardy 1,479
De Bruyne  801
Mane  797

The top 100 FPL managers begin the year in complete agreement with the masses, the same trio were selected in the same order.

Leading GW21 captains by FPL's top 100
Player Captained by
Vardy  52
De Bruyne 18
Mane 14

Two double-digit hauls in four matches persuaded over half a million FPL managers to buy Adama Traore (£5.6m).

Wolverhampton Wanderers started 2020 with an enticing match at Watford, but, despite playing just 32 minutes in Gameweek 20, Traore was not able to deliver as Watford won 2-1.

After three goals in the last two Gameweeks, Anthony Martial (£7.9m) gained 257,000+ new owners for Manchester United's trip to Arsenal, but he was another to blank in the 2-0 defeat.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.4m) remained popular after his season-high 24-point haul in Gameweek 19. More than 246,000 people added the 21-year-old defender to their squads.

GW21's most transferred-in players
Player Transferred in by ('000s)
Traore 502
Martial 257
Alexander-Arnold 246

An ankle injury for John Lundstram (£5.2m) prompted just under 200,000 FPL managers to part company with the Sheffield United star, making him the most-sold player this Gameweek.

Jack Grealish (£6.4m) punished the 169,000+ who sold him by providing a goal and assist at Burnley. The Aston Villa midfielder has now blanked only once in the last four Gameweeks.

It was similar for the 160,000+ managers who lost patience with James Maddison (£7.7m), making him the third most-sold player for Gameweek 21, after no attacking returns in his previous four matches. The Leicester midfielder delivered a goal and a clean sheet in the 3-0 win at Newcastle.

GW21's most transferred-out players
Player Transferred out by ('000s)
Lundstram 199
Grealish 169
Maddison 160

See: Fantasy Premier League stats

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Part 2: GW21 bonus points: Robertson earns maximum
Part 3: GW21 Lessons: Hammers can be double differentials
Part 4: GW21 Lessons: Watford revived under Pearson

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