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FPL experts' tips: How to pick your captain

22 Jul 2021
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Utkarsh Dalmia, Ben Crabtree and Sam Bonfield reveal what they look for when making a decision on the armband

For Fantasy Premier League managers, picking the right captain can make the difference between a good Gameweek and a bad one.

So how do the best managers make that decision?

Three FPL experts have revealed the factors they consider when figuring out what to do with the armband in the video above.

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"For my captaincy decision I usually turn to the heavy-hitters from the big teams," says Utkarsh Dalmia. "They're usually more consistent and the teams have a lot more to lose if they don't deliver."

Ben Crabtree, the 2016/17 FPL champion, has a similar method.

"I generally look at the big-hitters in my side and see who has the best fixture out of those options, giving preference to a home fixture," he says.

'Set-and-forget' approach

Sam Bonfield is planning to change her strategy this season.

Rather than picking a different player each week and hoping they have a good match, she intends to stick with one or two stars who tend to deliver the biggest scores over the course of the season.

"When you look at the underlying stats from players who have historically won FPL or done really well, the 'set-and-forget' captaincy choice seems to be a good idea," says Sam.

"The likes of [Mohamed] Salah, maybe [Harry] Kane or Bruno [Fernandes], over the course of the season their points totals do seem to level out and suggest that's the best thing rather than chasing the points."

See: Sam Bonfield's GW1 team: You have to invest in Toney
See: Ben Crabtree's GW1 team: Havertz can enjoy breakout season
See: Utkarsh Dalmia's GW1 team: Fixtures key to Antonio appeal
See: Chuck Booth's GW1 team: Saint-Maximin backed over Toney
See: Neal Thurman's GW1 team: Double up on Liverpool defence
See: Holly Shand's GW1 team: Calvert-Lewin can start strongly again
See: Ben McNair's GW1 team: Back Dias for clean sheets
See: Pranil Sheth's GW1 team: Double up on Aston Villa
See: Tom Cantle's GW1 team: Smith Rowe and Harrison are bargains

Also in this series

Part 1: How to make a strong start
Part 2: Must-have players for 2021/22
Part 4: FPL experts' tips: How to use your chips

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