Whilst we felt a twinge of disappointment over our Gameweek 6 captain picks, there were a number of bright spots. Most notably the success of our differential pick. The renaissance of Pedro Neto (£5.6m) continues apace, the Wolves midfielder scoring a magnificent goal at Kenilworth Road and picking up 9 FPL points. You have to go back to Gameweek 2 for the last time Neto failed to record an attacking return. Of our premium captain picks, Mo Salah (£12.5m) was comfortably the most successful in Gameweek 6, gaining 10 fantasy points after scoring his third league goal of the season and continuing his excellent goalscoring record against West Ham. Erling Haaland (£14.1m) was also on the scoresheet, but managed just 6 points against Nottingham Forest.
Mohamed Salah— Opta Analyst (@OptaAnalyst) September 24, 2023
Most goals vs. specific teams in the Premier League:
West Ham (10)
Man Utd (10)
Leeds (9) pic.twitter.com/HFveYcK1nr
Excitement is now starting to build ahead of the very first double gameweek of the 2023-24 season. This leads to a more varied list of potential FPL skippers. As always though, we’ve earmarked three premium captain picks capable of a massive Double Gameweek 7 haul, alongside a differential option ahead of Saturday’s 11:00 deadline.
Kieran Trippier (£6.6m) vs BUR (H)
There’s always an air of caution when it comes to potentially captaining a defender, as the risks can be extremely high. However, the rewards can be massive and that was demonstrated by Kieran Trippier’s massive score of 18 points that he accrued in Gameweek 6. The attacking full-back was utterly ruthless, setting up three Newcastle goals as the Magpies demolished Sheffield Utd by eight goals to nil.
Kieran Trippier is only the second player in Premier League history to assist three headed goals in a single game, after Jason Puncheon for Crystal Palace v West Ham in February 2015.— Magpie 24/7 (@Magpie24_7) September 25, 2023
Laser accuracy! #NUFC #NUFCFans #Newcastle pic.twitter.com/Q2EEgO5Uep
Newcastle host Burnley in Double Gameweek 7 and Trippier’s offensive threat both in terms of creating potential assists down the right-hand-side and his taking of set pieces makes him a worthy premium captaincy candidate. Eddie Howe’s side are also coming off the back of three straight clean sheets, further boosting Trippier’s appeal.
Mo Salah (£12.5m) vs TOT (a)
The only remaining player within the FPL playerbase to have acquired at least one attacking return in all six completed gameweeks so far, Mo Salah represents one of the safer options available to name as your fantasy skipper. The Egyptian has racked up consecutive 10-point-hauls and boasts three goals as well as four assists and 43 fantasy points in the Premier League this campaign.
Lijnders on Salah: "He's breaking record after record. He's a mentor, a leader. I see him in the gym, I see him coming in early. I see a real professional and a man who can lead this team without being the captain. It's special that he's with us. We should cherish these players."— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) September 26, 2023
Salah and Liverpool face a tough challenge in Double Gameweek 7 as they travel to Spurs, who are unbeaten in league competition. this season. However, Ange Postecoglou’s men have conceded five goals across their last three matches and Salah has long established himself as a fixture-proof asset when it comes to FPL. With an ownership that has only just broken 30%, captaining Salah would see you make significant gains should he return a big haul of points.
Erling Haaland (£14.1m) vs WOL (a)
Only once so far this campaign has Erling Haaland really managed the monster FPL score he is capable of recording at any given time, that being his 20 points accumulated vs Fulham in Gameweek 4. However, he is consistently finding the net, scoring eight goals across the six gameweeks played so far and it only feels like a matter of time before he ends up rewarding his giant ownership with another large score.
Goals in the Premier League since the start of last season:— Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) September 23, 2023
Erling Haaland: 44
Wolves: 36 pic.twitter.com/otnXwTg0wh
Double Gameweek 7 sees Man City clash with Wolves at Molineux, an opponents whom Haaland scored four goals against last season, including a hat-trick. The hosts have failed to keep a clean sheet in four of their fixtures this month in all competitions. Three of those games have seen them ship three goals and such defensive instability is likely to be pounced upon by Haaland. Despite the other attractive options on the table, Haaland will likely be the most captained FPL asset once again come the deadline.
Zeki Amdouni (£5.4m) vs NEW (a), LUT (a)
When it comes to owning and potentially placing the armband upon a player who benefits from two fixtures in Double Gameweek 7, the majority of fantasy bosses have had their eyes on Luton forward Carlton Morris. But it’s another forward that has caught our eye, who like Morris has two goals to his name this campaign in all competitions and like Morris should feature on two occasions this coming gameweek. Most importantly though, he is significantly lesser owned and represents a big differential option.
As someone who’s taking FPL seriously this year , and a Burnley fan , I’ve put Amdouni in for the forseable as he’s the main goal scoring threat in our side and we create a lot of chances— FPLTurf (@FplTurf) September 24, 2023
So take that as you like pic.twitter.com/uDFGUecy4O
Burnley’s Zeki Amdouni (£5.4m) is expected to remain a crucial part of Vincent Kompany’s attack whilst striker Lyle Foster is suspended and whilst the Clarets are away twice in Double Gameweek 7, both of Amdouni’s goals have come on the road. Whilst Burnley have struggled for points this season, only once since the opening night of the season have they failed to score in a match, that being against Man Utd. With that in mind, Amdouni could well be the sleeper captain pick of those Burnley and Luton assets.