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GW1 Lessons: Fernandes and Salah to continue as top captains

The Scout 16 Aug 2021
Fernandes Salah

The Scout says the opening weekend showed why managers need both premium stars in their squad

Bruno Fernandes (£12.1m) and Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) have immediately shown why they are among the most expensive players in 2021/22 Fantasy Premier League.

After just a single Gameweek, they are already the top-scoring players in the game. 

Fernandes’ hat-trick in Manchester United’s 5-1 home win over Leeds United earned him 20 points, his best-ever return in Fantasy.

Man Utd 5-1 Leeds highlights

Liverpool’s Salah almost matched the Portuguese’s haul with a goal and two assists against Norwich City, helping him to 17 points.

The pair are among the three most-popular players in Fantasy, each sitting in 55 per cent of squads.

Their high ownerships meant they dominated the contest for the Gameweek 1 captaincy. 

Salah was handed the armband by over 2.5million managers, while 990,000+ went for Fernandes.

By comparison, the third-top armband pick, Harry Kane (£12.5m), was chosen by only 331,000.

Fernandes has already risen £0.1m in price and is again expected to be among the top two captain picks in Gameweek 2, with both he and Salah having very favourable fixtures.

Man Utd visit Southampton, while Liverpool host Burnley in their first match at Anfield of the new season.

Son Heung-min’s (£10.0m) display against Manchester City on Sunday further strengthened the tactic of investing heavily in midfield.

He played up front for Tottenham Hotspur and scored the decisive goal in a 1-0 win to claim 10 points. 

The South Korean’s 11 double-figure hauls last season were second only to the 12 of Fernandes, while his average of 6.2 points per match was identical to that of Salah.

Finding the funds for all three could soon be a priority for Fantasy managers, with mid-price forwards and cheap defenders becoming increasingly vital to the strategy.

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Also in this series

Part 1: FDR Analysis: Spurs can thrive over short term
Part 2: GW1 FPL stats: Top captain Salah rivals Fernandes haul
Part 3: GW1 Bonus points: Antonio and Benrahma lead the way
Part 4: FPL Saturday review: Richarlison and Pogba in demand
Part 6: GW1 Lessons: Tsimikas among bargains in defence
Part 7: FPL experts: Are Son, Salah and Fernandes must-haves?

Remember, the Gameweek 2 deadline is at 11:00 BST on Saturday 21 August.

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