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Who is the best FPL captain for Gameweek 30?

By The Scout 7 Apr 2023
Marcus Rashford, Man Utd

The Scout analyses the prospects of Rashford, along with rivals Haaland and Kane

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Three of the five top-scoring players in 2022/23 Fantasy Premier League offer managers strong captaincy picks for Gameweek 30.

Erling Haaland (£12.0m) was sold by over 1.8million managers in the previous two Gameweeks, but has been declared fit and ready for Manchester City’s visit to Southampton.

Meanwhile, Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford (£7.3m) and Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane (£11.7m) are both at home, facing Everton and Brighton & Hove Albion respectively.

Last four matches
Player Points Shots in box Big chances Goals
Kane 28 11 4 4
Haaland 22 11 6 2
Rashford 17 5 4 1

Kane has been the most prolific of the trio recently, scoring four goals in his last four matches and collecting 28 points.

Although Haaland has netted only twice, he has been supplied with six big chances, more than the four of both his armband rivals.

Rashford’s lowly five shots in the box can be partly explained by the Red Devils’ schedule, with matches at Liverpool and Newcastle United in his last four.

Form since GW17
Player Points Goals Assists Blanks Points per start
Rashford 106 11 2 4 7.8
Kane 87 10 3 4 6.2
Haaland 80 10 3 4 6.2

Rashford, nonetheless, has been the top-scoring player in Fantasy since the season resumed, with 106 points.

He has blanked in just four of his 13 starts, averaging 7.8 points per match in those encounters.

Notably, all five of his double-figure scores in this period were recorded over his eight matches at Old Trafford. 

Haaland and Kane are identical for a number of statistics from Gameweek 17 onwards.

Each has 10 goals, three assists and four blanks, averaging 6.2 points per start (pps). 

Home/away form 2022/23
Player H/A Points per start Double-figures Blanks
Rashford H 9.3 7 3
Kane H 7.1 3 3
Haaland A 6.1 3 5

Rashford’s displays at Old Trafford lend more weight to his appeal as the best captain pick.

His 10-point return in the 1-0 win over Brentford on Wednesday was his seventh double-figure haul at home in 2022/23 Fantasy.

At home, he has averaged a hefty 9.3 pps and has amassed 122 points, just two fewer than Haaland.

Although Kane has blanked in just three of his 14 home outings, his 7.1 pps in those matches trails some way behind Rashford.

Haaland, meanwhile, averages 6.1 pps away from home and has managed only three double-figure hauls on his travels. 

While all three seem well-placed to deliver more attacking returns this weekend, Rashford’s post-FIFA World Cup 2022 form, combined with his home output, gives him the edge. 

Next: FPL experts: Who to captain in Gameweek 30

Also in this series

Part 1: The Scout’s FPL GW30 Ones to watch
Part 2: The Scout's FPL GW30 Differentials
Part 3: Scout Selection: Best FPL team for GW30
Part 5: FPL experts: Who to captain in GW30

Don't forget, the GW30 deadline is 11:00 BST on Saturday 8 April

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