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GW28 FPL stats: Salah leads top captains' woes

1 Mar 2020
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The top three picks for the armband all fail to deliver for managers as Salah and Mane blank and Vardy misses out through injury

There was disappointment for Fantasy Premier League managers as the most popular captains in the game failed to deliver. 

More than 2.1million managers put their trust in Mohamed Salah (£12.8m), but the Liverpool star blanked in Saturday's loss to Watford.

They handed Salah the armband as he went into the fixture in excellent form, having returned 40 points across his four previous matches. But the Egyptian struggled, along with the rest of his team-mates, in the 3-0 defeat.

Sadio Mane (£12.4m) also blanked as the third most-popular captain pick, having been backed by more than 674,000 FPL managers.

The day before there was also frustration for the 707,000+ who handed Jamie Vardy (£9.8m) the armband. The Leicester City forward was ruled out of Friday's defeat to Norwich City at Carrow Road with a calf strain.

GW28's most-captained players
Player Captained by ('000s)
Salah 2,107
Vardy 707
Mane 674

The top 100 FPL managers were in complete agreement with the masses, selecting the same three players in the same order. 

GW28 captains by FPL's top 100
Player Captained by
Salah 67
Vardy 12
Mane 10

Bruno Fernandes (£8.3m) was the most transferred-in player ahead of the Gameweek 28 deadline with over 455,000 adding him to their squad, and he delivered.

The January signing scored and claimed 10 FPL points in Manchester United's 1-1 draw at Everton, taking his tally to two goals and two assists in his first four Premier League matches.

Richarlison (£8.3m), the third-most popular acquisition among Fantasy managers, blanked in the draw at Goodison Park.

Meanwhile, Vardy's 311,000 new owners will be hoping he can make a swift return from injury with an enticing fixture against Aston Villa to come in Gameweek 29.

GW28's most transferred-in players
Player Transferred in by ('000s)
Fernandes 455
Vardy 311
Richarlison 179 

The three most-sold players in Gameweek 28 are without a fixture.

With Manchester City facing Villa in the EFL Cup final, Sergio Aguero (£11.9m), Kevin De Bruyne (£10.7m) and Jack Grealish (£6.6m) will not feature in the Premier League until Gameweek 29.

GW28's most transferred-out players
Player Transferred out by ('000s)
Aguero 389
Grealish 349
De Bruyne 332

See: Fantasy Premier League stats

Also in this series

Part 2: GW28 Bonus points: Fernandes steals the show
Part 3: Sarr the star in Gameweek of differentials
Part 4: GW28 Lessons: Time to refresh your forward line?
Part 5: GW28 Lessons: Beat the drop with big differentials

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