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Captain Kane can lead us to glory next season

The Scout 28 May 2017
Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur

In the second of our five-part series, champion Ben Crabtree divulges what influences the award of his FPL armband

Newly crowned Fantasy Premier League champion Ben Crabtree earned 755 points from his captain alone – almost 30% of his title-winning total of 2564. 

He captained a forward in 28 of 38 Gameweeks, turning to Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero on 10 occasions – more than any other player.

We questioned Ben on the factors behind his selection, in a bid to glean further insight ahead of the new campaign.

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero was picked more often as captain by Ben than any other player

Ben Says:

Generally, I choose my captain based on a mix of form and fixture. I’m obviously looking for a big score so the ability to reward me with a double-figure tally is vital.

If someone has a favourable home match-up, then that is my first consideration and, as a rule, I rarely look beyond my strikers.

In past seasons this has been simple – if Sergio Aguero is fit and looks remotely on form, then he is my captain. But clearly, Harry Kane has now moved into that same realm.

I broke from tradition on one notable occasion.

Leighton Baines, Everton
Ben broke his forward-only rule once by giving Leighton Baines the captaincy, for a return of 15 points

In Gameweek 20 I gave Leighton Baines – from my beloved Everton – the armband.

There were a lot of fixtures around that period, with squad rotation on the cards but Baines appeared a certain starter and hosted a Southampton side that were struggling for goals.

Baines got me a goal, a clean sheet and three bonus points to return 15 points in total. So the one time I captained a defender, it really paid off.

The Scout Says:

Ben’s faith in his strikers is again highlighted by his selection policy when it comes to the captaincy.

He gave his armband to a forward in each of the opening six Gameweeks and was rewarded with double-digits in all but one fixture.

He did remain open-minded, however. The big call on Baines was fuelled by his fixture and the need to trust in an assured starter – both important factors.

But Ben suggests he will look to Kane next season.

Having averaged 7.5 points per match, the Spurs striker will likely dominate as the top-owned forward and therefore always contest for the captaincy.

Kane has shown that he can be both consistent with regular goals and devastating with big hauls. Producing a goal or an assist in 18 of his 29 starts, he delivered nine sets of double-digits, including five lots of 15+ point tallies.

Formerly crucial ingredients that we have associated with Aguero, they are now very much part Kane’s make-up as a Fantasy asset and, to a lesser extent, Everton’s Romelu Lukaku.

See: Crabtree: Forward faith focal to FPL triumph

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