With the FA Cup semi-finals around the corner, managing rotation risk will be a key factor in selecting your FPL Gameweek 36+ captain.
After a few high scoring Gameweeks, it was a change of pace for FPL managers in GW35+. Owners of Michail Antonio and Raheem Sterling were flying high on Saturday, following their players’ massive 26 and 24 point performances. Unfortunately, the remainder of FPL managers experienced a much more modest Gameweek, with an average of 43 points.
Goals from Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford and Raul Jimenez felt more like a consolation than a reward. While another solid display from Wolves and Sheffield United defenders felt lackluster as unfavorable players dominated the bonus. And in spite of strong performances from Heung-Min Son and Gabriel Jesus, their low ownership (< 7%) meant that not many managers joined in celebrating their success.
Heading into FPL Gameweek 36+, player rotation continues to be the hot button topic in the FPL community. Star players Kevin De Bruyne and Mohamed Salah, who were expected to be rested on the weekend, both started for their respective clubs. With the FA cup semi-finals this weekend, there is growing speculation that both these players, as well as a number of others, will be rested this week. As such, the captaincy decision is especially tricky this week.
Having said that, here is who we believe should top your list of FPL Gameweek 36+ captain considerations.
As always, be sure to check out our FPL Captaincy Guide for more tips on selecting your FPL captain.
Raheem Sterling – BOU (H)
Fresh off a spectacular (21 point) hat-trick performance, Raheem Sterling headlines our list of FPL Gameweek 36+ captain options.
After a slow start to the season, the Manchester City star has quietly climbed up the total points standings, currently sitting in 7th place with 178 points. A strong push in the back half of the season puts the winger on 17 goals and 5 assists, with 8 double digit hauls.
In fact, no player has produced better numbers since the break. Over the course of the last 6 Gameweeks, Sterling has scored 6 goals and added 3 assists for a total of 60 FPL points. This is despite starting in only 5 matches, and playing the full 90 minutes in just 3 of them.
The stats are even more impressive when you look back at the last 4 Gameweeks. In his previous 4 starts, Sterling has recorded an astounding 48 points – courtesy of 5 goals, 3 assists and 6 bonus.
His prospects for another big haul will be helped by a visit from a feeble Bournemouth side, who will be without prominent defender Nathan Ake. Sterling will look to build on an already impressive resume against the Cherries, against who he has already recorded 11 goals an 2 assists in all competitions. This includes a goal in the GW3 reverse fixture earlier this year.
As with all City players, there is always some risk of rotation. However, having been rested two matches ago, the odds are certainly in his favor to start. A fresh, in-form Raheem Sterling is just too enticing to pass on and that makes him our top FPL Gameweek 36+ captain option.
Mohamed Salah – ARS (A)
Despite a frustrating blank on the weekend, Mohamed Salah returns as a top captain option for FPL Gameweek 36+.
Salah owners were incredibly unlucky to come away with nothing following an excellent display against Burnley. The Egyptian was second only to the Gameweek’s top performer, Antonio, in many key metrics. Over the course of 90 minutes, Salah had 9 penalty touches, 6 goal attempts, 4 shots inside the box, and 2 big chances. Owners could have easily walked away with a haul on another day, were it not for the hands of Nick Pope.
The Liverpool star will look to continue his chase for the Golden Boot with a visit to the Emirates. To the delight of his owners, Salah sports an excellent record against the Gunners. In his 6 previous appearances, the winger has scored 6 times and added 4 assists. He’ll also look to replicate his success from the reverse GW3 fixture, where he scored twice for a total of 15 points.
However, risk of rotation should be carefully considered before handing the Egyptian the armband. Salah has now played 5 consecutive 90-minute games, within a very condensed schedule. And although Liverpool will not be involved in the FA cup this weekend, Klopp will surely look to manage his minutes in the near future. This makes Salah a high-risk, high-reward FPL Gameweek 36+ captain option.
Phil Foden – BOU (H)
If you’re looking for a serious differential captaincy play this Gameweek, then you should strongly consider Phil Foden.
Despite Pep Guardiola’s track record for unpredictable rotations, there appears to be a consensus in the FPL community that two players are extremely likely to feature this week. Those two players are Phil Foden and David Silva.
Foden has been one of the brightest and most effective players in the league since the season restart. Despite playing only 300 minutes, the young star boasts an impressive 1.06 goals/90 and 0.26 assists/90. Numbers that are only bettered by Raheem Sterling over that period.
Given the importance of the FA cup semi-final for City on the weekend, there is general agreement that stars Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez will be rested. This makes way for a motivated Foden to attack a very fragile Bournemouth defense. As such, it is suggested that Foden could be a seriously underrated FPL Gameweek 36+ captain option this week.
Our Pick: Raheem Sterling
While we are tempted to go with the youngster Foden, the safe and sensible choice would be to captain Sterling. The break has really worked wonders for Sterling, who has certainly regained his scoring touch in the Premier League. Coming off a hat trick, and expressing his intent to challenge for the Golden Boot, his confidence is at an all time high. Now, he faces a weakened Bournemouth defense, against whom he has an excellent track record, is just too enticing. There is, of course, risk of rotation but that is a risk we’re willing to take.
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