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GW35 FPL stats: Fernandes shines in historic Gameweek

13 May 2021
Manchester United v Liverpool

Man Utd midfielder delivers a 19-point haul in his three matches for the 2.2m managers who gave him the captaincy

It ended up being an armband choice to remember for the 2.2million Fantasy Premier League managers who captained Bruno Fernandes (£11.5m) for his historic Triple Gameweek.

Manchester United played three times in Gameweek 35, the first time this has happened in an FPL Gameweek since 2005/06, so Fernandes was an overwhelmingly popular choice for the armband.

Indeed, 191,000+ managers used their Triple Captain chip on the midfielder.

Fernandes immediately repaid his backers with a goal and 10 points in the victory over Aston Villa on Sunday and although he was benched against Leicester City on Tuesday and returned only one point, he was back among the goals on Thursday night against Liverpool.

Fernandes scored the opening goal in United's 4-2 defeat at Old Trafford for a return of eight points - leaving him with a 19-point haul for the Gameweek.

GW35 most-captained players
Player Captained by (000's) Points
Fernandes 2,243 19
Kane 987 2
Salah 802 13

It is the 10th time this season that Fernandes has been the most popular Gameweek captain, the joint-most along with Mohamed Salah (£12.7m).

Salah was this Gameweek's third most selected captain and he managed an assist as Liverpool beat Southampton. He followed that up with a goal against Man Utd on Thursday.  

Those who instead captained Harry Kane (£11.8m) were left disappointed after the striker blanked in Tottenham Hotspur's 3-1 defeat at Leeds United on Saturday.

Most-captained by top 100
Player Captained by Points
Fernandes 82 19
Salah 13 13
Greenwood/Rashford 2 19/13

Fernandes was the overwhelming favourite among the leading 100 managers, with Mason Greenwood (£7.2m) and Marcus Rashford (£9.6m) replacing Kane in third place.

Greenwood matched Fernandes's total with the help of two goals in Man Utd's first two Triple Gameweek matches. He was a substitute against Liverpool and was unlucky not to score.

Rashford provided an assist at Villa and after featuring as a substitute on Tuesday, he scored United's second goal against Liverpool to end with a 13-point haul.

GW35 most transferred-in players
Player Transferred in by ('000s) Points
Greenwood 379 19
Cavani 337 11
Calvert-Lewin 308 11

Greenwood and Edinson Cavani (£8.0m) were the top two transfer targets ahead of Gameweek 35.

Cavani netted his ninth goal of the season after coming off the bench at Villa and claimed an assist against Liverpool to end up with 11 points.

Meanwhile, Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.6m) repaid over 308,000 new owners with the winning goal at West Ham United but he could only blank against Aston Villa on Thursday.

GW35 most transferred-out players
Player Transferred out by ('000s) Points
Bamford 462 9
Son 430 7
Kane 394 2

Ahead of Gameweek 35, Kane, Patrick Bamford (£6.3m) and Son Heung-min (£9.5m) were the most-sold players as the trio faced each other in their only fixture this Gameweek.

But Bamford and Son racked up 16 points between them by both scoring at Elland Road. 

See: Fantasy Premier League stats

Also in this series

Part 2: GW35 Bonus points: Firmino delivers for Liverpool
Part 3: FDR Analysis: Leeds can thrive over run-in
Part 4: FPL Saturday review: Dallas equals Lescott record
Part 5: FPL Sunday review: Greenwood and Cavani reward new backers
Part 6: FPL experts: Top targets for Blank Gameweek 36

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