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GW31+ FPL stats: Salah delivers as top captain

The Scout 25 Jun 2020
Mohamed Salah

Liverpool winger brings in 22 points with armband but third most-popular captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang blanks again

More than 1.3million Fantasy Premier League managers were rewarded for handing Mohamed Salah (£12.7m) the captain's armband in Gameweek 31+.

For the 10th time this season the Egyptian was the No 1 captain pick, and he produced a goal and an assist against Crystal Palace on Wednesday night, delivering a 22-point return with the armband.

The 846,000+ managers who backed Kevin De Bryune (£10.7m) were rewarded with a 16-point score thanks to the Belgian's spectacular free-kick in the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.0m) carried the hopes of over 609,000 FPL managers who handed him the armband against Southampton, but a fourth consecutive blank has led to over 70,000 managers parting company with the Arsenal forward.

Most-captained players in GW31+
Player Captained by ('000s)
Salah 1,303
De Bruyne 846
 Aubameyang 609

Bruno Fernandes (£8.7m) and Raul Jimenez (£8.3m) replaced De Bryune and Aubameyang as the most popular captains among the top 100 FPL managers, and they had mixed fortunes.

Fernandes blanked on Wednesday despite Manchester United beating Sheffield United 3-0.

On the other hand, Jimenez scored the decisive goal in Wolverhampton Wanderers' 1-0 victory over AFC Bournemouth and was rewarded with the maximum bonus, racking up 18 points with the captain's armband.

Captains by FPL's top 100 in GW31+
Player Captained by
Salah 26
Fernandes  20 
Jimenez  15 

Jimenez also delighted a raft of new owners, having been the No 1 target for managers in the lead-up to Gameweek 31+.

Meanwhile, a combined 463,000+ opted to add either Fernandes or Marcus Rashford (£9.0m) to their FPL squads. The England international provided two assists against Sheff Utd to pick up nine points.

Most transfers in, GW31+
Player Transferred in by ('000s)
Jimenez 284
Rashford 246
Fernandes 217

Aubameyang's performance in Double Gameweek 30+ divided FPL managers.

The third most-popular captain pick was also the second most-sold player ahead of the midweek round of fixtures.

Only the injured Sergio Aguero (£11.7m) was shifted in greater numbers than the Arsenal forward prior to the GW31+ deadline.

A red flag for Dean Henderson (£5.2m) contributed to his appearance in the top three transfers out. The Blades goalkeeper was ineligible to face his parent club Man Utd.

GW31+'s most transferred-out players
Player Transferred out by ('000s)
Aguero 529
Aubameyang 289
D Henderson 247

See: Fantasy Premier League stats 

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