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