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GW6 FPL stats: Haaland delivers after breaking captaincy record

4 Sep 2022
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Man City forward scores after more than five million managers give him their armband

A record number of Fantasy Premier League managers captained Erling Haaland (£11.9m) for Gameweek 6 and the masses' faith was repaid as the Manchester City forward scored in the 1-1 draw with Aston Villa.

The total of 5,398,620 who gave the Norwegian the armband is the most in a single Gameweek in FPL history, surpassing the 5,139,561 managers who handed Mohamed Salah (£13.0m) the armband in GW17 last season, when the Egyptian scored in a 3-1 win over Newcastle United.

But Haaland was unable to claim a third successive hat-trick and returned six points before bonus.

GW6 most-captained players
Player Captained by (000's) Pts
Haaland 5,398 9
Salah 1,597 3
Jesus 802 1

For the fifth successive Gameweek the same three players were chosen as the top three captain picks, with Salah and Gabriel Jesus (£8.2m) completing the line-up.

The most-selected player in Fantasy, Jesus had produced six attacking returns this term thanks to three goals and three assists. Only Haaland, with 10, had more before GW6.

However, the Arsenal forward blanked and was booked in the Gunners' 3-1 defeat at Manchester United.

Salah also failed to add to his three goals in his last two appearances at Goodison Park as Liverpool drew 0-0 with Everton

Toney sellers punished

Spare a thought for the 461,000+ managers who sold Ivan Toney (£7.1m) ahead of the striker's hat-trick in Brentford's 5-2 win over Leeds United that has brought 14 points before bonus. 

Not that Toney had much sympathy for them. 

GW6 most transferred-out players
Player Transferred out by ('000s) Pts
Rodrigo 2,085 0
James 692 1
Zinchenko 560 -

A shoulder injury to Rodrigo (£6.4m) meant the Leeds United midfielder was sold in abundance. It's only the second time a player has been ditched by over 2million people in a Gameweek.

Reece James (£6.0m) and Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.1m) were both absent in Gameweek 5 and suffered large sales as a result.

James returned in Chelsea's 2-1 win over West Ham United but picked up a yellow card and scored only one point.

Zinchenko started for Arsenal at Old Trafford but, like Gabriel Jesus, also msutered just one point.

GW6 most transferred-in players
Player Transferred in by ('000s) Pts
Gross 929 5
Haaland 834 9
Zaha 691 3

Haaland featured among the top three recruits for the third time this season.

In the last two Gameweeks alone more than 1.5m people have brought in the record-breaking forward.

But Pascal Gross (£6.0m) was the No 1 target once more, as he was in Gameweek 5, and he rewarded his buyers with an assist in Brighton & Hove Albion's 5-2 victory over Leicester City

Wilfried Zaha (£7.2m) was a popular replacement for the injured Rodrigo, picking up 691,000+ new owners, but could not add to his four goals in 2022/23 as Crystal Palace drew 0-0 at Newcastle United.

Also in this series

Part 2: GW6 Bonus points: Mac Allister takes maximum
Part 3: FPL Saturday review: Newcastle pair in demand
Part 4: GW6 Lessons: Salah and Liverpool a growing concern
Part 5: Time to sell Salah? What the FPL experts say
Part 6: Sell Liverpool defenders? What the FPL experts say

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