It was a hugely profitable Gameweek 10 for all those managers who opted for one of our captain picks. All picked up one attacking return, with three getting on the scoresheet. Liverpool’s Mo Salah (£12.9m) maintained his record of at least one goal in every home league match, gaining 8 points in Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Nottingham Forest. Heung-Min Son (£9.5m) earned 10 points due to his goal against Crystal Palace, whilst Bukayo Saka (£8.6m) had to settle for 6 points with just the assist vs Sheffield Utd. Differential selection Hwang Hee-chan (£5.5m) finished on 7 points after scoring Wolves’ second goal in their 2-2 draw with Newcastle.
Following those lucrative returns, we’re now looking to back this up in Gameweek 11 with three more premium captain options, including a differential pick ahead of Saturday’s 11:00 deadline.
Erling Haaland (£14.0m) vs BOU (H)
Man City made light work of Man Utd at Old Trafford this past Sunday with Erling Haaland (£14.0m) leading from the front. The fact that his owners can feel disappointed that he finished the game with just two goals and an assist is testament to how he dominated the Red Devils and if not for United keeper Andre Onana, would have accumulated even more than the 16 fantasy points he did get.
Only Mo Salah boasts more FPL points than Haaland’s 79 over the course of the season so far and a home clash with Bournemouth in Gameweek 11 ticks the boxes for another potential monster-haul. Many will see this as an opportunity for him to equal or even exceed the 20 points he scored against Fulham in Gameweek 4. With 11 Premier League goals and two assists in 2023-24, not to mention five goals across his last three appearances in all competitions, it will take a brave FPL manager not to captain Haaland.
Ollie Watkins (£8.4m) vs NFO (a)
Gameweek 10 saw Ollie Watkins (£8.4m) draw a rare blank for Aston Villa despite Unai Emery’s side beating Luton 3-1. Failing to record either a goal or an assist was an outlier when taking into account Watkins’ xGI of 1.40 across the 90 minutes, his highest of any individual league match this campaign. For that reason, there is no need for his ownership to panic and if anything, reinforces his captaincy credentials for Gameweek 11.
Villa make the trip to Nottingham Forest in Gameweek 11 and they do so having scored 19 goals across their last six fixtures in all competitions. Over the past five gameweeks, Watkins is averaging ten points per match having accrued 50 points since Gameweek 6 with five goals and four assists. He’ll surely get plenty of opportunities for more attacking returns here when considering Villa’s potency going forward, so consider handing him the armband.
Darwin Nunez (£7.5m) vs LUT (a)
Mo Salah isn’t the only Liverpool asset who boasts vast captaincy appeal. The form of forward Darwin Nunez (£7.5m) makes him worthy of a mention when it comes to a potential Gameweek 11 skipper. His recent form in all competitions has been excellent and he heads into the weekend having racked up three goals and four assists across Liverpool’s most recent five fixtures, most recently netting the winning goal in his side’s 1-2 Carabao Cup triumph over Bournemouth.
The Reds make the journey to Luton in Gameweek 11, who are yet to keep a Premier League clean sheet this season after ten gameweeks. Always a tough nut to crack at Kenilworth Road, the class of Liverpool should see them fashion a number of big chances and with Nunez likely to start after being brought off the bench in midweek, he forces his way into the captaincy debate.
Callum Wilson (£7.8m) vs ARS (H)
Granted, it’s a difficult fixture for Newcastle in Gameweek 8, with Arsenal the visitors to St. James’ Park. But the recent cutting edge of Callum Wilson (£7.8m) in front of goal forces us to consider him as a differential Gameweek 11 captain. So often down the years has Wilson proven that he can be a ‘streaky player’ with the ability to go on a significant goalscoring run when in form. Well right now, Wilson has hit form, so capitalising on this may prove hugely lucrative for FPL bosses.
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Injury to fellow striker Alexander Isak has ensured Wilson’s place in the starting line-up for Gameweek 11 and his last two Premier League starts have been successful, Wilson scoring three goals and recording 19 fantasy points in the process. With 20 goals scored across their last five league matches, the Magpies’ attacking verve cannot be disputed and should Wilson find the net against the Gunners, it bodes extremely well for his FPL prospects.