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GW31 captains: Stanislas risk can reap rewards

The Scout 15 Mar 2018
Junior Stanislas, AFC Bournemouth

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Overlooking Mohamed Salah (£10.6m) for the Fantasy Premier League captaincy is a dangerous tactic, but could be worth the risk for managers.

Beyond the Egyptian and his Liverpool team-mates, there are some worthy candidates to consider in Gameweek 31.

Stanislas matching Salah

Junior Stanislas (£5.9m) is one such in-form option.

He has a favourable home fixture as AFC Bournemouth host bottom club West Bromwich Albion.

Since returning from injury in Gameweek 24, the winger has produced three goals and two assists in seven appearances.

And over the last six Gameweeks, Stanislas's eight shots on target rank him joint-top with Salah among all FPL midfielders.

Indeed, his tally of 22 shots over that spell is bettered only by the 29 of Harry Kane (£12.8m).

Mounie option

Huddersfield Town striker Steve Mounie (£5.8m) is another to consider.

Mounie has produced two goals and a pair of assists in the last four Gameweeks ahead of a home encounter with Crystal Palace.

Owned by just three per cent of managers, Mounie netted twice against the Eagles in a 3-0 win at Selhurst Park in Gameweek 1.

Shaqiri and an 'extreme differential'

Xherdan Shaqiri (£6.4m) and Cenk Tosun (£6.7m) also take strong form into their head-to-head at the bet365 Stadium. 

The Stoke City player has averaged 5.9 points per match since the appointment of Paul Lambert as manager in Gameweek 24.

Shaqiri has produced three goals and an assist in his last seven outings.

Tosun scored his first two Everton goals against Burnley and Brighton & Hove Albion in the last two Gameweeks.

The Turk is in just 20,000 squads, making him an extreme differential for those attempting to make up ground with their captaincy choice.

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Part 1: GW31 captains: Salah the firm favourite

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