FPL 2022-23 | Gameweek 35 | Captain Picks
Many FPL managers hoped that Erling Haaland (£12.4m) would cash in during Double Gameweek 34 and indeed they were rewarded. The Norwegian netting against both Fulham and West Ham, gaining consecutive eight-point hauls and a Double Gameweek 34 score of 16 points in total. Elsewhere, there was a double figure haul for another of our captain picks in Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.6m), who backed up his assist in Liverpool’s 4-3 win over Spurs with a clean sheet bonus in midweek as the Reds defeated Fulham by a goal to nil.
Less than 48 hours following the conclusion of Double Gameweek 34, we’re set for another crucial round of Premier League fixtures for FPL managers as we reach the final stretch of the fantasy football season. Double points from your captain can be prove worth its weight in FPL gold, so we’ve picked out three premium captain picks, including a differential selection ahead of Saturday’s 13:30 deadline.
Erling Haaland (£12.4) vs LEE (H)
Premier League history was achieved by Erling Haaland this past Wednesday as he broke the record for the most goals in a single Premier League season after finding the net for a 35th time as Man City returned to the top of the table. Pep Guardiola’s star striker has scored in his last five consecutive Premier League fixtures, bagging seven goals across that period, including two assists and a whopping 54 fantasy points.
Haaland’s next opposition comes in the form of Leeds, the club he supported as a boy having been born in the city. It also serves as Sam Allardyce’s first game since taking charge of the club until the end of the season. The reverse fixture at Elland Road score Haaland score twice and record 13 FPL points, so the expectation once again is that he will comfortably top the captaincy charts in Gameweek 35.
Mo Salah (£13.0) vs BRE (H)
Another big Double Gameweek 34 haul came from Mo Salah (£13.0m), the Egyptian scoring in both Liverpool’s fixtures against Spurs and Fulham respectively. So often a hugely lucrative FPL asset, Salah has been accruing attacking returns with increasingly regularity of late, racking up six goals and 46 fantasy points since Gameweek 30.
Liverpool host Brentford in Gameweek 35 with Jurgen Klopp’s side hoping to make it six straight Premier League victories. The Reds have scored 15 goals over the course of those six wins, which bodes well for those FPL managers who opt to name Salah as their skipper. It’s also crucial to note that despite a number of recent misses, Salah has retained penalty duties which is of course so important from a fantasy perspective.
Harry Kane (£11.4) vs CRY (H)
Many would say that Spurs don’t deserve to have Harry Kane (£11.4m) among their ranks and when taking into account his attacking returns combined with recent results, you can understand that opinion. The last three gameweeks have seen the England international accumulate 25 FPL points, including two goals and two assists. Previously between Gameweek 27 and Gameweek 30, Kane had found the net five times and recorded 35 points over that period.
A London derby awaits Spurs in Gameweek 35 at home to Crystal Palace, a fixture the hosts can ill-afford to lose in their increasingly futile battle to finish inside the top four. If they are to find the net, the chances are that Kane will have played some part in it whether it be setting it up or scoring himself, which enhances his credentials in terms of FPL captaincy in what is a stacked field of options.
Callum Wilson (£7.0m) vs ARS (H)
Our differential pick for Gameweek 35 comes in the form of a forward who can’t stop scoring at present. Callum Wilson (£7.0m) is on one of his notorious hot streaks, having picked up consecutive braces and five goals in his last three Premier League appearances, averaging 10 fantasy points per game having accrued 30 points across his three gameweeks.
Wilson has proven in previous seasons and he’s a man to own when in scoring form and those FPL managers looking for not only a differential signing, but also a differential skipper should consider looking no further. However, it does represent a gamble when considering that his minutes are still questionable and Newcastle host Arsenal in Gameweek 35, a formidable opponent who are still embedded in a two-way fight for the Premier League title.