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GW17 FPL stats: Captain Salah delivers for managers

16 Dec 2021
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Liverpool star shines for the five million managers who gave him the armband for Gameweek 17

A record 5.1million Fantasy Premier League managers were rewarded for giving Mohamed Salah  (£13.1m) the captain's armband for Gameweek 17 as he delivered in the comeback victory over Newcastle United.

Salah has been in outstanding form this term, blanking in only one of his 15 appearances, and he continued that run with the second Liverpool goal in the 3-1 win at Anfield to return eight points.

GW17 most-captained players
Player Captained by (000's) Pts
Salah 5,139 8
Ronaldo 735 0
Fernandes 356 0

Manchester United pair Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.5m) and Bruno Fernandes (£11.6m) were the second and third most-captained players. 

But their fixture against Brentford was postponed following a COVID-19 outbreak within the Man Utd squad. 

Most-captained by top 100
Player Captained by Pts
Salah 101 8
Alexander-Arnold 1 11

Every single one of the 102 managers occupying the top 100 places captained Salah - apart from Ayad Ahmad.

Ranked 56th in the world and the No 1 manager in Turkey, Ahmad entrusted Trent Alexander-Arnold (£8.2m) with the armband and that proved to be the right choice as the defender fired home a stunning third goal to claim 11 points.

GW17 most transferred-in players
Player Transferred in by ('000s) Pts
Dennis 772 0
Watkins 471 12
Gallagher 379 2

The best-value player in FPL, Emmanuel Dennis (£5.9m), was the most-bought player for Gameweek 17.

But Watford's trip to Burnley was postponed on Wednesday due to an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak within the Hornets' squad.

The second most-bought player, Ollie Watkins (£7.6m), rewarded his 471,000+ new owners with a goal, an assist and three bonus points as Aston Villa won 2-0 at Norwich City.

Encouragingly, seven of Villa's next 11 opponents are rated at two in the Fixture Difficulty Ratings.

Crystal Palace midfielder Conor Gallagher (£6.2m) completed the top three.

He returned to form in Gameweek 16 with a 15-point haul at home to Everton but could only muster two points as the Eagles drew 2-2 at home to Southampton.

GW17 most transferred-out players
Player Transferred out by ('000s) Pts
Cancelo 646 0
Ronaldo 384 0
Vardy 354 0

Joao Cancelo (£6.8m) was the most-sold player ahead of the deadline.

The Portuguese was suspended for Manchester City's 7-0 win over Leeds United having picked up his fifth booking of the campaign.

Ronaldo, shipped out by more than 384,000 people, also got zero minutes.

Meanwhile, over 354,000 lost faith in Jamie Vardy (£10.6m).

The 34-year-old was left out of the Leicester City side who beat Newcastle United 4-0 at the weekend, and he has missed out again in Gameweek 17 as the Foxes' fixture against Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday evening was postponed.

Also in this series

Part 2: GW17 Bonus points: James claims a maximum
Part 3: Who is suspended or close to a ban?

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