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Time to captain defenders? What the FPL experts say

The Scout 25 Nov 2021
Joao Cancelo, Man City

Top Fantasy managers reveal whether they're tempted to go against Salah

With three of the four top-scoring players in 2021/22 Fantasy Premier League being defenders, The Scout's panel of experts share their thoughts on whether they're considering captaining an in-form full-back.

See: GW12 Lessons: Consider full-backs for captaincy

What the experts say
Paul Gee (@FPLPaulGee)

Having played Fantasy for a long time now, the thought of captaining a defender doesn't sit right. Maybe Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.8m) is a good choice this week against Southampton, but you have got to be brave to overlook Mohamed Salah (£13.0m).

Sam Bonfield (@FPLFamily)

I've always felt uneasy with the idea of captaining a defender because if the clean sheet goes, the armband is likely wasted. However, this season the wing-backs’ attacking threat means they are viable captains as they are just as likely to get attacking returns as defensive ones.

The likes of Joao Cancelo (£6.6m) and Alexander-Arnold are both great options for the armband, but they don't offer the same consistency as Salah and this is something we need to be conscious of.

Pranil Sheth (@Lateriser12)

The sheer volume of shots and chances Salah is creating makes him a lot more predictable than trying to anticipate returns from a premium defender. I get why people are tempted but I'm not there yet.

Utkarsh Dalmia (@zophar666)

My main problem with captaining defenders is the risk of rotation. Reece James (£6.1m) and Cancelo could be left out of the starting XI in any match.

Alexander-Arnold is the only defender I'd trust with the armband but I'd still prefer Salah when Liverpool have a good fixture.

Tom Cantle (@WGTA_FPL)

I've captained defenders before and the likes of Alexander-Arnold and Branislav Ivanovic have scored to reward me for taking the gamble. But it is definitely a risk. If Salah returns and you don't captain him, it damages your rank.

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