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GW12 Lessons: Consider full-backs for captaincy

The Scout 22 Nov 2021
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool

The Scout highlights fact that Alexander-Arnold, Cancelo and James have been outscoring Salah

Attacking full-backs who offer multiple routes to returns have emerged as the best alternatives to Mohamed Salah (£13.0m) for the captaincy in Fantasy Premier League.

Salah’s huge ownership of 72 per cent means he is near-certain to be the most-selected armband pick in any Gameweek.

Indeed, a massive 4.18million captained Liverpool's Egyptian against Arsenal in Gameweek 12.

While Salah rewarded their faith with a goal and a 16-point captain haul, his team-mate Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.8m) proved a huge differential.

Just 25,000 managers captained Alexander-Arnold, whose two assists helped him to 30 armband points in the 4-0 win. 

Trent's first assist v Arsenal

Notably, Alexander-Arnold has now outscored Salah in four of the 10 matches they have started together this season. 

The right-back has combined a goal, six assists and six clean sheets with 15 bonus points. 

His fellow full-backs Reece James (£6.1m) and Joao Cancelo (£6.6m), of Chelsea and Manchester City respectively, have also been among the most explosive players in 2021/22.

Indeed, all three players have scored at least 10 points more than Salah over the last three Gameweeks.

Salah compared with star defenders
Player Salah Alexander-Arnold Cancelo James
Double-figures 6 5 4 4
Blanks 1 3 4 3
Appearances 12 10 12 9
Points 125 79 79 75
Points last three GWs 18 28 28 40

Like Alexander-Arnold, James has three double-figure hauls over the last four Gameweeks.

Chelsea's right wing-back has amassed 53 points in that run, thanks to three goals, two assists, three clean sheets and 10 bonus.

Only 26,000 managers captained James for the Blues’ 3-0 victory at Leicester City, earning 24 armband points.

Cancelo has been Man City’s best performer in Fantasy this season thanks to his all-round potential.  

The Portuguese’s five assists, eight clean sheets and 12 bonus have earned him 79 points, 22 more than any team-mate. 

Just 54,000 managers picked Cancelo for the captaincy in Gameweek 12, with the defender earning his second successive double-figure haul in the 3-0 success over Everton.

Cancelo's assist v Everton

With just a single blank all season, Salah’s consistency means he will continue to be the go-to captain for millions of managers.

But for those willing to go against the majority, Alexander-Arnold, Cancelo and James' multiple routes to returns give them huge potential as armband differentials.

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