The proof behind the most successful Fantasy Football manager’s captain picks for 2020/21

The proof behind the most successful Fantasy Football manager’s captain picks for 2020/21

Top captain picks

The choice for who the captain pick for the week should be is arguably the most important for Fantasy Football managers. The choice between Mohamed Salah and Kevin de Bruyne could be what costs you that spot at the top of the table.

Research conducted by FourFourTwo has looked into what the best Fantasy players in world have been doing with their picks over the opening weeks of the season. Looking at the most common picks and also the opponents they are selected against.

From 1000s of multi top 10,000 finishers, the results were filled with favourites and some surprised. The aforementioned De Bruyne and Salah were at the top with the Liverpool penalty taker top, with 29.9% of players picking the Egyptian. Followed by the Belgian with 18% of the vote. After Liverpool’s title-winning campaign it is no surprise to see how many put faith in the Reds talisman.

The surprise inclusion is Pierre Emerick Aubameyang at 11.8%. Arsenal have been woeful this season but many top managers have banked on the Gabonese forward to suddenly turn things around for the club, but that is yet to happen.

The proof behind the most successful Fantasy Football manager’s captain picks for 2020/21

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 29: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal looks on during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Emirates Stadium on November 29, 2020 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Full list:

  1. Salah – 29.9%
  2. De Bruyne – 18%
  3. Kane – 12.4%
  4. Aubameyang – 11.8%
  5. Bruno Fernandes – 7.9%
  6. Heung-Min Son – 7.2%
  7. James Vardy – 4.0%
  8. Raheem Sterling – 2.1%
  9. Timo Werner – 2.0%
  10. Dominic Calvert-Lewin – 0.8%

The perfect opponent

It is all well and good going and picking up as many of these top picks as possible but choosing who to captain when and where is also key. De Bruyne blanking one week in a game thought to be a sure bet could be catastrophic for your league position.

However, the safer option is typically how many of the most successful Fantasy managers have chosen so far this season.

Funnily enough, Fulham, despite not being bottom of the table and picking up a recent draw against Liverpool have seen the Cottagers have the highest opponent selection at 20.8%. Could that soon change after a run of good performances?

The proof behind the most successful Fantasy Football manager’s captain picks for 2020/21

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 13: (THE SUN OUT,THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Mohamed Salah of Liverpool scores the first goal for liverpool from the penalty spot during the Premier League match between Fulham and Liverpool at Craven Cottage on December 13, 2020 in London, England. A limited number of spectators (2000) are welcomed back to stadiums to watch elite football across England. This was following easing of restrictions on spectators in tiers one and two areas only. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Another interesting choice has been 6th place West Ham United. The Hammers have had a good season with Michael Antonio and Jarrod Bowen lifting them up the table with David Moyes at the helm. Despite this, 18.9% of the top managers have picked their captains when facing West Ham.

Leeds United also feature heavily at 10.5% expectantly after the 4-3 loss at Anfield on the opening day, goals seemed guaranteed against Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

Full list:

  1. Fulham – 20.8%
  2. West Ham – 18.9%
  3. West Brom – 15.5%
  4. Leeds – 10.5%
  5. Sheffield United – 8.0%
  6. Brighton – 5.8%
  7. Leicester City – 5.2%
  8. Burnley – 4.0%
  9. Everton – 2.5%
  10. Aston Villa – 2.3%

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester United FC 18 10 37
2 Manchester City FC 17 16 35
3 Leicester City FC 18 12 35
4 Liverpool FC 18 16 34
5 Tottenham Hotspur FC 18 16 33
6 Everton FC 17 7 32
7 Chelsea FC 18 12 29
8 Southampton FC 18 5 29
9 West Ham United FC 18 4 29
10 Arsenal FC 19 4 27
11 Aston Villa FC 15 13 26
12 Leeds United 18 -4 23
13 Crystal Palace FC 19 -11 23
14 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 19 -8 22
15 Newcastle United FC 18 -12 19
16 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 19 -7 17
17 Burnley FC 17 -13 16
18 Fulham FC 17 -11 12
19 West Bromwich Albion 18 -27 11
20 Sheffield United FC 19 -22 5
Premier League 20/21
Topscorers
Disciplinary
Assists
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 13
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 12
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 12
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 11
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 11
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 11
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 10
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 8
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 8
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 7
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 7
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion FC 7
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 7
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 6
Maddison, James Leicester City FC 6
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 6
Barnes, Harvey Leicester City FC 6
Abraham, Tammy Chelsea FC 6
Grealish, Jack Aston Villa FC 5
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 5