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Who to captain in GW1? What the experts say

The Scout 5 Aug 2022
Son Heung-min

Some of the world's top Fantasy managers reveal who is getting their armband

The Scout's panel of experts give their verdicts on whom managers should captain ahead of the Fantasy Premier League Gameweek 1 deadline of 18:30 BST on Friday 5 August.

Pras (@Pras_fpl)

Mohamed Salah (£13.0m), and it's an easy one. Last season he became the first player to score in five opening weekends in succession. This includes 17 and 20-pointers against promoted teams in the last two campaigns. I'm not going to overthink this one.

Sam Bonfield (@FPLFamily)

Salah has returned in every Gameweek 1 fixture he has played, averaging 13.6 points per match. But I am planning to captain Harry Kane (£11.5m). He has a great record against Southampton, averaging 7.2 points per match, producing 17 attacking returns in 14 meetings. 

Ben Crabtree (@FC_CrabDogg)

I've been on Son Heung-min (£12.0m) since the game launched due to his form at the end of last season. I'm very tempted by Kane but Son’s extra routes to points clinches a very tight call.

Pranil Sheth (@Lateriser12)

Salah is facing a promoted team again in Gameweek 1. He likes a Gameweek 1 hat-trick, and I'm here for it.

Gianni Buttice (@GianniButtice)

He looked sharp in the Community Shield, he's recently signed a new contract and had the summer off - Salah is an easy captain choice for me. Historically, he starts campaigns very well. 

Holly Shand (@HollyShand)

I can't look past Salah. He's scored in every Gameweek 1 fixture for Liverpool, with a double-digit haul on four of those occasions. Fulham will struggle with a threadbare squad, so I'm even tempted to Triple-Captain him!

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Also in this series

Part 1: GW1 Captains: Kane can rival Salah for armband
Part 2: Scout Selection: Best FPL team for Gameweek 1

Don't forget the Gameweek 1 deadline is 18:30 BST on Friday 5 August.

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