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GW18 FPL stats: Kane rewards backers as millions Free Hit

The Scout 14 Jan 2021
Spurs 1-1 Fulham

Kane repays over 1.4m managers who captained him as same number activate their Free Hit chip

For the third time this season Harry Kane (£11.1m) was the most popular captain among Fantasy Premier League managers. 

More than 1.4million handed the Tottenham Hotspur forward the armband, with another million selecting his team-mate Son Heung-min (£9.8m).

Kane rewarded his backers with his 11th goal of the season in the 1-1 draw with Fulham which helped him total eight points.

Those who plumped for Son were less fortunate; the game's highest points scorer returned a rare blank.

GW18 most-captained players
Player Captained by ('000s)
Kane 1,467
Fernandes 1,402
Son 1,032
De Bruyne 1,028

Bruno Fernandes (£11.3m) was the second most-popular captain ahead of Gameweek 18. 

But the Portuguese also frustrated the 1.4m who entrusted him with the armband, blanking for only the second time in 14 away matches since joining Manchester United.

Furthermore, Fernandes picked up his fourth yellow card of the campaign and will face a one-match suspension if booked in either of his next two matches. 

Meanwhile, Kevin De Bruyne (£11.8m), chosen just behind Son overall, was the No 1 captain pick among the top 100 FPL managers.  

Most-captained by top 100
Player Captained by
De Bruyne 41
Kane 38
Son 11

The Belgian was also the top transfer target ahead of Gameweek 18, with Manchester City hosting Brighton & Hove Albion.

Against the Seagulls De Bruyne had three shots saved in the first half alone and also passed up the chance to take a late penalty, which was missed by substitute Raheem Sterling (£11.4m).

He did provide the assist for the only goal of the game, which was scored by Phil Foden (£6.2m).

The second most-bought player, Callum Wilson (£6.6m), disappointed his 545,000+ new owners with a blank in Newcastle United's 1-0 defeat by Sheffield United.

And the 413,000+ Fantasy managers who brought in Kieran Tierney (£5.4m) were shocked to see the Arsenal defender missing from the squad for the home match with Crystal Palace due to "muscle tightness".

GW18 most transferred-in players
Player Transferred in by ('000s)
De Bruyne 561
Wilson 545
Tierney 413

A hamstring injury for Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.8m) resulted in the Everton forward being shipped out by more than 917,000.

And the fixtureless Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) and Jamie Vardy (£10.2m) made way as Fantasy managers looked to redistribute funds in their squads.

GW18 most transferred-out players
Player Transferred out by ('000s)
Calvert-Lewin 917
Salah 646
Vardy 353

A season-high 1.4m managers deployed their Free Hit chip in Blank Gameweek 18, which features just six matches.

And a further 498,119 played their second Wildcard, no doubt taking into account the upcoming Double Gameweek.

GW18 chips played
Player Chips played ('000s)
Free Hit 1,410
Wildcard 498
Triple Captain 55
Bench Boost 19

See: Fantasy Premier League stats

Also in this series

Part 2: GW18 Bonus points: Guaita gets his maximum
Part 3: Which players are on or close to suspension?
Part 4: FPL Tuesday review: Pogba among differentials to shine
Part 5: GW18 Wednesday review: Another haul for Foden

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