🔥 THE GUARDIANS OF THE GAMEWEEK: GW28🔥
People of the #FPLCommunity! Are you tired of captain blanks? Then fear not, The Guardians are here to save the day!
Each week we’ll bring you our captain tips for the upcoming games, and hopefully some good laughs!
This week, the Friday deadline caught us a bit by surprise, so we are doing a prediction article rather than a captain advice article. This means that we will try and hopefully guess where the big points will come from this week, and then we’re back with regular captain picks next week. We are all very excited to see how the players we pick fare this week, and to hear how you, the reader, got on when the week is all done and dusted!
Let’s get to it!
Another jackpot for the Guardians the past week, and a big scoring one as well to make it even better! A massive 99 points combined, and ¾ of the picks scoring over 25 points with the armband is something we will definitely take! Who do we believe will return big this week? Wait no longer, it’s time for this GWs (possible) heroes.
For each GW we will bring you a captain option from 4 different categories, as shown in the picture below.
This weeks writers:
That’s all the info done, first captain pick coming right up!
Banker🏦: Bruno Fernandes (MUN)
How FPL players went about dealing with Bruno last GW had a big impact on how the week went, with seemingly half of the Twitter community either selling him or putting him on the bench. Neither of that group got particularly lucky with how things went, with United getting a confident win vs City where Bruno scored a penalty, unsurprisingly enough. The minority who kept and captained him got a welcome 20-point return for keeping the faith, and this can pay further dividends this week as United face West Ham. The Hammers have been a force to be reckoned with this season, but the same thing can also be said for Ole’s side, who seems to be back to winning ways. They will want to keep the momentum going with another win this week, and we reckon that the ever-present Bruno will be at the centre of the play as he usually is. We would not be surprised if we see another 2-figure haul from the Portuguese playmaker, with his penalties and supreme crossing ability, and that’s why is named the Banker of this week.
Banker Rating: 7.5/10
Medium Rare🥩: Mason Mount (CHE)
The 22 year old England star has been in superb form in recent weeks not least on passing the eye test – he is looking to get involved at every opportunity!
Since entrusted and integrated into the first team last season it hasn’t always translated into as many goals and assists for Mount as us demanding fantasy guru’s would like! However he has always stood out markedly for a blues side in transition and now looks to have nailed a consistent advanced attacking midfield role for the Blues under new manager Thomas Tuchel. It’s worthwhile to note he will miss the midweek game vs Atletico in the champions league following this GW which means he should be nailed on to start against a Leeds team struggling badly at the back, who are looking already like a mid table side on their summer holiday tailing off. They are vulnerable to Mount’s direct runs at goal, his dribbling abilities, drawing defenders out of position creating space for others bringing an present danger improving his key passes/crossing, and is also not shy to have a shot as stats recently show.
Although fans originally feared the worst when Frank Lampard was brutally sacked after a 2-1 win in which Mount was made captain against Luton in his last game in charge (then subsequently benched against Wolves). Since then Mount seems to have won over Tuchel’s trust and his talents and footballing brain look to be going from strength to strength!
With 3 goals in his last 6 premier league games and a largely favourable fixture run from now till the end of the season if you can still be in a position to navigate 29 with a chip or have 8-9 players already and need to shift those underperforming midfielders for budget then he could be a perfect choice for your team in the push towards the end of the season and winning those hotly contested mini leagues!
Fixtures after Leeds include West Brom, Crystal Palace and Brighton. Mulling over the numbers some more Mount has a 1.06 xG and 0.58 xA and has had 8 shots and 6 key passes in the last 3 games he’s started – missing only 50 minutes in 7 games before his surprise last GW benching v Everton. Even being dropped as a sub in a 25 minute cameo – he had a shot well saved by Pickford and looked sharp, confident and on it.
With Chelsea still in the FA cup and looking to push to the QF’s of the champions league rotation means no one’s place is safe however Mount certainly feels a no lose pick in the short term particularly if chasing and what more could you want than a chance to attack a combo of Leeds-WBA-Palace?
Medium Rare Rating: 8.5/10
Differential Gold💰: Ezri Konsa (AVL)
Ezri Ngoyo Konsa, now there is a name you never thought you would even consider putting in your team, never mind captaining. But as we all know times have changed and as if to prove that, if I owned him I would be seriously tempted to put the armband on this England International in waiting.
The reasons are simple, 1) Aston Villa are incredibly good at keeping clean sheets, 2) He is a preference at the other end of the pitch and probably should have had at least one goal last time out vs Wolves and finally 3) Newcastle are shorn of any attacking threat, with ASM, Almiron and Wilson all out injured until after the international break.
It is not beyond the realms of possibility that Konsa walks away with a goal, clean sheet and perhaps a bit of bonus as he will have plenty of time on the ball, as Joelinton won’t press in the way that the aforementioned players would have. So take the risk and try and Konsantrate on seeing Ezri get a double digit haul
Differential Gold Rating: 8/10
Maverick🦅: Kelechi Iheanacho (LEI)
Kelechi Iheanacho has started the last 2 PL matches for Leicester and scored in both of them, picking up max 3 bonus points in both the occasions as well. The Nigerian international costs only £5.6m and is owned by a mere 0.8% of FPL managers. Leicester face bottom team Sheffield Utd who have been hit hard by injuries this season and look destined to play in the Championship next season. With Maddison and Barnes still out with injuries, Iheanacho is guaranteed to start up front with Vardy for the third game in a row.
After falling apart in the final 10-12 games of last season, surrendering the top 4 place in the process, Leicester manager, Brendan Rodgers will be determined not to let that happen for the second season in a row. Leicester haven’t blanked at home since their 0-2 loss against Everton last December. So, if you are short of funds and looking to climb up the ranks why not captain this Nigerian in-form forward.
Maverick rating: 7.5/10
So that’s it! Hopefully these captain options will be the big heroes this upcoming gameweek. We hope the one you picked gives you big success and a green arrow, and that you enjoyed this article! We’ll see you again next week!