September 05, 2022 1:18 PM
Alex Sarwar

FPL 2022-23 | Gameweek 7 | Captain Picks

When FPL managers are disappointed that a player could only gain nine points in a single gameweek, it’s a testament as to how well they have been scoring of late from a fantasy perspective. That was the case for Erling Haaland(£12.0m) as he was forced to settle for just the one goal in Gameweek 6 against Aston Villa, although this was enough for him to accrue maximum bonus points, leading to that score of nine. Elsewhere, Harry Kane (£11.4m) continued his excellent scoring record against Fulham as he also picked up nine points having found the net and like Haaland secured three bonus points. Mo Salah (£13.0m) meanwhile, was frustrated by the brilliance of Everton keeper Jordan Pickford, who denied the Egyptian from getting on the scoresheet across the Merseyside derby. It was also frustration for our Gameweek 6 differential pick Jadon Sancho (£7.3m), who failed to gain an attacking return despite Man Utd beating Arsenal 3-1.

FPL managers now turn their attention to Gameweek 7, the first round of Premier League fixtures following a full midweek schedule of European group games. With that in mind, TSZ once again get to work on analysing the most enticing premium captain picks as well as a differential option ahead of Saturday’s 11:00 deadline.

PREMIUM OPTIONS

Erling Haaland (£12.0m) vs TOT (H)

We’re not going to waste much time here convincing you why Erling Haaland warrants being handed the armband for Gameweek 7, because his goal stats since joining the Premier League does that for you. Ten goals in six top flight appearances since signing for Man City, including a whopping 67 FPL points, comfortably the most of any player. As it stands, Haaland’s lowest FPL score so far was the five points he gained vs Bournemouth in Gameweek 2, when his only attacking return was an assist. Not a game has passed so far in which the Norwegian has failed to accrue a return whether that be a goal or assist.

Antonio Conte’s Spurs are arguably the toughest challenge facing Haaland, which doesn’t make this captaincy decision as straightforward as it would normally be. However, he clearly looks like one of those assets who are ‘fixture proof’ so to speak. Despite the difficulty of this match, Haaland is still more than likely to be the most captained player of the gameweek and when taking into account his huge ownership, it’s a huge risk not to give him the armband.

Gabriel Jesus (£8.1m) vs EVE (H)

It would be understandable if a few FPL managers are getting a little twitchy when it comes to Gabriel Jesus (£8.1m). The Arsenal forward for now remains the highest owned asset in FPL, although it feels like only a matter of time before Haaland overtakes him. Gameweek 6 saw Jesus pick up just one point for the second time in his last three matches. However, the Brazilian has garnered more success at the Emirates Stadium from an FPL perspective.

Arsenal host Everton in Gameweek 7, a fixture which on paper looks a good one for Jesus who has accumulated three goals, two assists and 26 FPL points across his last three home Premier League games this season. As is the case with a player who is owned so heavily, captaining Jesus is the best way of capitalising on a good performance, so consider him to lead a strong response from Arsenal after losing last weekend against Man Utd.

Aleksandar Mitrovic (£6.8m) vs CHE (H)

Whilst Aleksandar Mitrovic (£6.8m) may not command a premium price, no one can debate the performances he has put in so far this season which makes him a realistic captaincy candidate. The Fulham forward has already racked up six goals in 2022-23, netting in all but just one gameweek so far. He heads into Gameweek 7 having accumulated 27 points over the course of the last four gameweeks.

Although on paper, Chelsea at home appears a tough fixture for Mitrovic, it’s important to note that Thomas Tuchel’s side have failed to keep a clean sheet in the Premier League since Gameweek 1. Last weekend saw the Blues really struggle defensively against West Ham and it would be no surprise if Mitrovic managed to carve out more than one clear cut opportunity for himself. We’re at that stage now, where he must come into the debate in terms of being named FPL skipper.

DIFFERENTIAL OPTION

Luis Sinisterra (£6.5m) vs NFO (H)

It’s understandably gone very much under the radar, but new Leeds signing Luis Sinisterra (£6.5m) has enjoyed a very promising start to life in the Premier League. The attacking midfielder has now found the net in consecutive starts for the Whites and is clearly set to be a key weapon for them going forward as they look to replace the now departed Raphinha.

Leeds face Nott’m Forest in Gameweek 7, who are currently struggling from a defensive perspective. Fixtures haven’t been easy for Steve Cooper’s men, who have shipped 11 goals across their last three league matches, but confidence must be extremely low within the Forest dressing room after throwing away at two-goal-lead vs Bournemouth last weekend. At Elland Road, Sinisterra could well take advantage of the visitors’ defensive woes, making him a potentially golden differential captain.

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