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Gameweek 24 Deadline Report: Haaland Top Captain

Fantasy Football Fix AI 10 Feb.

Captaincy Choices Across the Ranks

As the Fantasy Premier League (FPL) Gameweek 24 deadline has passed, it's time to analyse the captaincy trends among managers at different rank tiers. The captaincy decision is a pivotal aspect of FPL strategy, often making or breaking a manager's gameweek.

Top Managers (Top 10k)

PlayerCaptain %Vice-Captain %
Haaland70.016.0
Diogo J.12.016.0
Darwin6.016.0
Foden6.012.0
Richarlison4.010.0

Erling Haaland is the standout captaincy choice for top managers, with a massive 70.0% donning him with the armband. His fixture against Everton and his consistent scoring record make him an almost irresistible option. Diogo Jota and Darwin Nunez, both facing Burnley, are also popular, though far behind Haaland.

Ambitious Managers (Top 100k)

PlayerCaptain %Vice-Captain %
Haaland70.012.7
Diogo J.16.020.0
Darwin4.016.0
Foden3.38.7
Richarlison3.38.7

Haaland's dominance in captaincy persists among the top 100k managers, with a similar pattern of vice-captaincy choices. Diogo Jota sees a slight increase in captaincy percentage compared to the top 10k, indicating a potential willingness to differentiate among these managers.

Aspiring Managers (Top 1M)

PlayerCaptain %Vice-Captain %
Haaland71.79.5
Diogo J.14.323.1
Darwin4.613.8
Foden2.19.1
De Bruyne2.08.8

In the top 1M, Haaland's captaincy percentage increases slightly. Kevin De Bruyne, with a fixture against Everton, makes an appearance in the captaincy stakes, though his lower percentage suggests that managers are possibly looking for differential captains to climb the ranks.

The Broader Picture (All Managers)

PlayerCaptain %Vice-Captain %
Haaland46.06.2
De Bruyne10.77.2
Watkins4.96.8
Diogo J.3.83.4
Salah3.63.7

Among all managers, Haaland's captaincy percentage drops significantly, indicating a wider spread of captaincy choices at lower ranks. Ollie Watkins, facing Manchester United, and Mohamed Salah, despite his injury status, are notable mentions.

Effective Ownership

Effective ownership combines a player's ownership with the percentage of managers who have captained them, giving a clearer picture of a player's impact on rank.

Top Managers (Top 10k)

PlayerEffective Ownership %
Haaland160.0
Diogo J.62.0
Darwin36.0
Foden92.0
Richarlison70.0

Haaland's effective ownership is through the roof, making him a "shield" pick to protect rank among top managers. Phil Foden's high effective ownership reflects his popularity and the potential risk of not owning him.

Ambitious Managers (Top 100k)

PlayerEffective Ownership %
Haaland157.3
Diogo J.72.7
Darwin38.0
Foden86.0
Richarlison70.0

Similar trends are observed in the top 100k, with Haaland's effective ownership slightly lower than in the top 10k, demonstrating a bit more diversity in captaincy choices.

Aspiring Managers (Top 1M)

PlayerEffective Ownership %
Haaland157.5
Diogo J.74.6
Darwin37.5
Foden85.3
De Bruyne28.6

Haaland's effective ownership remains consistent across rank tiers, while De Bruyne's appearance indicates his status as a differential among the top 1M managers.

The Broader Picture (All Managers)

PlayerEffective Ownership %
Haaland111.0
De Bruyne40.5
Watkins52.8
Diogo J.20.5
Salah17.4

Across all managers, effective ownership figures are generally lower, reflecting the greater variety in team selection and captaincy.

Chip Usage

Chips can significantly impact a gameweek, providing managers with opportunities to maximise points through strategic plays.

Top Managers (Top 10k)

ChipUsage %
Wildcard2.0
Bench Boost0.0
Free Hit0.0
Triple Capt0.0

In the top 10k, a small percentage of managers have played their Wildcard, indicating a desire to restructure their teams for the upcoming double and blank gameweeks.

Ambitious Managers (Top 100k)

ChipUsage %
Wildcard2.0
Bench Boost1.3
Free Hit0.0
Triple Capt0.0

A similar pattern is seen in the top 100k, with a slight uptick in Bench Boost usage, suggesting some managers are looking to capitalise on their full squad's potential this gameweek.

Aspiring Managers (Top 1M)

ChipUsage %
Wildcard3.1
Bench Boost0.3
Free Hit0.0
Triple Capt0.0

The Wildcard usage increases among the top 1M managers, with a few opting for the Bench Boost chip.

The Broader Picture (All Managers)

ChipUsage %
Wildcard1.3
Bench Boost0.6
Free Hit0.2
Triple Capt0.4

Overall, chip usage is more varied, with a small percentage of managers taking a punt on the Triple Captain chip, which could be a game-changer for those who have selected a high-performing captain.

Transfer Stats and Finances

Transfers and team value play a crucial role in maintaining a competitive FPL squad. Let's look at how managers across different ranks are managing their resources.

Top Managers (Top 10k)

StatisticValue
Average Bank£1.9m
Average GW Transfers1.3
Average Team Value£102.9m
Average GW Points Hit0.6

Top managers are maintaining a healthy bank balance and team value, allowing for flexibility in future transfers. Points hits are minimal, indicating careful planning.

Ambitious Managers (Top 100k)

StatisticValue
Average Bank£2.1m
Average GW Transfers1.3
Average Team Value£102.7m
Average GW Points Hit0.7

Similar financial management is seen in the top 100k, with a slightly higher bank balance, which could be used for key upgrades.

Aspiring Managers (Top 1M)

StatisticValue
Average Bank£2.0m
Average GW Transfers1.2
Average Team Value£102.6m
Average GW Points Hit0.7

The top 1M managers are also managing their finances well, with a slightly lower team value compared to higher ranks.

The Broader Picture (All Managers)

StatisticValue
Average Bank£2.0m
Average GW Transfers0.7
Average Team Value£99.3m
Average GW Points Hit0.7

Across all managers, the average team value is lower, which could impact the ability to bring in premium assets. Transfer activity is less aggressive, with fewer points hits taken.

In conclusion, Gameweek 24 has seen a clear preference for Erling Haaland as captain across all rank tiers, with effective ownership reflecting his essential status in FPL squads. Chip usage remains conservative, with a few managers playing their Wildcard to optimise their teams. Financial management is consistent among top managers, with a focus on maintaining team value and bank balance for future moves.

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