Two fixtures per week means one thing, plenty of points to be picked up in our Fantasy Premier League captain picks this week. Using the FPL chips around this period can often be wise, but there is no better points booster than the captains armband every week. Hopefully the following players will score plenty of points for managers opting to select them as the recipient of the point-doubling armband.
Fantasy Premier League Captain Picks
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (vs Newcastle)
Newcastle fans have every right to be incredibly worried at the moment. Their team are sliding down the table quickly and could easily slip into the bottom three in the next few weeks. Therefore, it would be ridiculous not to consider an opposition striker as one of my Fantasy Premier League Captain Picks, which this week is Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
The English striker ended his goal draught against Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup last week, and he could easily add to his 11 league goals this season at the weekend. DCL is physical, lethal in the air and a poacher in the box – all the attributes of a modern-day target man. The 23-year-old uses his height well to hold up the ball and bring in the wide players of James Rodriguez and Richarlison, who are both hard to handle when inform.
Considering Newcastle have picked up just two points since the 15th of December, it is hard to see them winning this game, especially if Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton build on their recent win over Wolves. This game could easily be a three or four goal winning margin for the Blues, and if that was to happen then it’s hard not seeing Calvert-Lewin on the scoresheet.
Ilkay Gundogan (vs Sheffield United)
Manchester City are now odds-on favourites to win the Premier League. They have found their form in front of goal and solidified defensively, keeping 11 clean sheets in their last 12 games. A lot of praise has, rightfully, been handed to centre-back John Stones for strengthening the City defence, however one player who has also been immense recently is Ilkay Gundogan.
The German midfielder has scored six goals in his last eight appearances, which is made even more impressive considering he is playing in central midfield. Pep Guardiola’s side were desperate for a regular goalscorer in the opening first half of the season, and no one really would’ve expected it to be Gundogan to step up and be that player. The former Borussia Dortmund man is a cool, composed head on the edge of the box and can score with both feet, and his natural midfielder instincts means he is also unselfish in front of goal too.
Up against bottom of the table Sheffield United, this could be another routing for the Etihad Stadium outfit. Five? Six? Seven? Take your pick, as it could easily be a score line of that nature. Gundogan definitely could continue this rich vein of goalscoring form against The Blades, and even if he doesn’t then one would hope he would compensate for this with an assist or two.
Timo Werner (vs Burnley)
Of course, a player with four goals in 16 appearances with nine big chances missed is hardly a confident selection. However, Timo Werner has a point to prove. The appointment of Thomas Tuchel, who was supposedly picked to improve the form of German summer signings of Werner and Kai Havertz, should give the number nine plenty of confidence. The new boss is a fresh start for the former RB Leipzig forward, especially with the good form of Tammy Abraham meaning that his spot in the Chelsea starting eleven isn’t entirely secure.
There has been glimmers of Werner’s talents this season, and arguably he has been quite unlucky given how many goals he’s been disallowed due to marginal offsides. The £50m man has tonnes of pace and makes smart runs in off the left, however his end product has lacked and he looks a player doubting his ability massively.
Therefore, a fixture against relegation candidates Burnley may come at the perfect time for the striker. The Clarets have started to pick up points recently, most notably with a win away at Liverpool, but they could be vulnerable to a side keen to impress a new manager. Sean Dyche’s men have tightened up defensively but still look shaky in the midfield and fail to retain possession, which could invite plenty of pressure from Chelsea’s creative men.
Harry Kane (vs Brighton)
Tottenham Hotspur are in top form and haven’t lost since the 20th December, and that hot streak doesn’t look like changing when they take on Brighton on Sunday night. One man who has always been central to Spurs’ good form has been Harry Kane, and that doesn’t look like it will ever change until he retires or leaves the North London club.
Kane has the potential to be the best English striker of all time. His quality in front of goal, ability to bring other players into the game and also lead by example is simply brilliant, and he must be a dream to work with for manager Jose Mourinho. The striker has scored 12 goals and assisted 11 this campaign, as well as being influential when not directly impacting goals. The striker is also on penalty duty too, which is always important a bonus when playing against a team that gives away plenty of spot kicks for fun – like Brighton.
The Seagulls have conceded the joint-most penalties this season (7), which could see Kane pick up some very simple points from just 12 yards. But that won’t be Brighton’s sole concern on Sunday, they will also be wary of how poor they are defensively from set-pieces. Graham Potter’s men have an abundance of height in their defence but simply can’t stop conceding from set-plays, which will be music to the ears of Kane who is incredibly capable in the air. It is hard to see past Kane as a Fantasy Premier League captain pick.