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GW35 FPL stats: Elite managers show why they know best

2 May 2022
Son, Spurs

While masses went for Salah, Kane and Ronaldo, 27 of world's top bosses are rewarded with huge Son haul

Twenty-seven of the world's leading Fantasy Premier League managers showed on Sunday why they are in the top 100 across the globe.

While the masses made Mohamed Salah (£13.3m), Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.2m) and Harry Kane (£12.4m) the three most-selected Gameweek 35 captains, these elite managers instead opted for Son Heung-min (£11.0m) with what proved to be an inspired decision.

Son scored two goals and got an assist in Tottenham Hotspur's 3-1 win over Leicester City for a 19-point return, or 38 as a captain.

The South Korean has now scored in nine of his last 11 home matches, combining 11 goals with three assists.

GW35 most-captained by top 100
Player Captained by Pts
Salah 32 1
Kane 31 6
Son 27 19

While Kane could not match Son's hefty haul he did at least get a goal and six points for the 715,000 FPL managers who made him the third most-selected captain overall. 

That goal was another blow for the 3.4million managers who instead opted for Salah, who was benched for Liverpool's 1-0 win over Newcastle United and returned only one point in a second-half cameo. It was only the ninth blank the Egyptian has had in 31 appearances this season.

GW35 most-captained players overall
Player Captained by (000's) Pts
Salah 3,403 1
Ronaldo 902 7
Kane 715 6

All eyes then turned to Old Trafford on Monday, when Ronaldo's 900,000+ armband backers were rewarded with a goal in Man Utd's 3-0 win against Brentford.

The Portuguese was unable to add to his five double-figure hauls at Old Trafford this season, producing a seven-point return this time. 

GW35 most transferred-out players
Player Transferred out by ('000s) Pts
Saka 242 4
Kane 192 6
Maddison 161 0

Despite being one of the top captain choices this Gameweek, Kane was also the second most-sold player.

Back-to-back blanks prompted more than 192,000 managers to part company with the forward, who were left to rue that decision.

Fitness concerns over Bukayo Saka (£6.7m) led to 242,000 shipping out the Arsenal midfielder, who started and got an assist in a 2-1 win at West Ham United. He also got booked, though, so returned four points.

Three successive blanks coupled with rotation fears resulted in James Maddison (£6.9m) being dumped by 161,000 managers, who made the right call as Maddison did not feature in Leicester's squad at Spurs.

GW35 most transferred-in players
Player Transferred in by ('000s) Pts
Jesus 282 8
Cash 242 6
Coutinho 229 3

Gabriel Jesus (£8.6m) was the most-bought player after his career-best 24-point score in Gameweek 34, when he scored four goals and assisted one as Manchester City beat Watford 5-1.

His 282,000+ new owners were rewarded as his form continued with a goal as Man City won 4-0 at Leeds United.

Aston Villa play five times over the next three Gameweeks, with their 2-0 win against Norwich City followed by back-to-back Double Gameweeks. 

Matty Cash (£5.3m) and Philippe Coutinho (£7.1m) both joined Jesus among the top three transfers in, with Cash rewarding his backers with a six-point return.

See: Fantasy Premier League stats

Also in this series

Part 2: GW35 Bonus points: Telles takes a maximum
Part 3: Saturday review: Jesus a top target for DGW36
Part 4: GW35 Lessons: Salah and Alexander-Arnold can profit from rest

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