Manchester United are not in action until Thursday night when their midfielder maestro takes responsibility for 1.2 million captain’s armbands.
No asset enters Gameweek 13 supported by so many, although among the top 10,000 managers, they play a secondary role, but not insignificant.
As you can see, Fernandes was considered the best alternative to Kevin De Bruyne (£ 11.9m) for the Gameweek 13 harbor master’s office, supported by 28.1% at this level.
The strength of the Portuguese international’s following moves just 4.2 percentage points away from Manchester City’s No.17, who was picked as skipper by 32.3% of the top 10k – and was shut out in the ‘a favorable home game against West Bromwich Albion.
Meanwhile, at least 20% of the top 10k expect goals at Anfield on Sunday, despite Jose Mourinho’s predictions spoiling the occasion with his conservative approach to the big game.
This is because 11.0% of these managers led Harry Kane (£ 10.9million), FPL’s top performing asset with a single blank since Gameweek 2.
Meanwhile, Mohamed Salah (£ 12.3million) has shutout only once at Anfield this season, convincing 9.1% of the top 10k to become the Egyptian’s captain for Gameweek 13.
Jamie Vardy (£ 10.3million) rounds out the top five continuing as a niche captain at this level with 5.4% armband support ahead of facing Everton.
Incredibly, De Bruyne is still sort of a differential among the top 10k.
Although he entered Gameweek 13 as the most popular captain in this rank bracket, three other players can boast of higher beneficial ownership.
As already mentioned, Fernandes is the most prominent of these, making up 61.1% of the top 10k teams and his captain support leading him to beneficial ownership of 89.2%.
Kane (81.2%) and Son Heung-min (78.5%) remain powerful weapons of effective property, each at least six percentage points better off than De Bruyne in this department.
This season’s most successful fantasy managers are slowly losing patience with the Chelsea defense.
Ben Chilwell (£ 6.2million) entered Gameweek 12 as the hottest top 10k defender – sat in 56% of their squads as of the last deadline.
however, James Justin (£ 4.9million) topped it for Gameweek 13, topping 0.01 percentage points, although Chilwell still suffered a 5.6 percentage point drop.
Kurt Zouma (£ 5.7m) and Reece James (£ 5.3million) also suffered a slight drop in popularity at this level, held by 30.1% and 24.3% respectively for Gameweek 12 and only 29.7% and 23.5% after the date Tuesday afternoon limit.
For the second Gameweek in a row, the midfielder is the area of greatest fluctuation, although the top four players in that position have retained their places in the pattern.
Diogo JotaThe (£ 6.9million) injury pushes him out of the top five as De Bruyne eventually slips with 39.6% stake.
It’s hard to assess how the top 10k made room for him in their squads given that Salah’s ownership remained the same between Gameweeks 12 and 13, Son went from 79.9% to 77.3% , while Fernandes and Jack Grealish (£ 7.8million) have all increased their popularity to this level.
There has been no sign of sacrificing funds up front to facilitate changes in the midfield.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£ 7.9million) suffered only a slight decline in ownership (from 72.2% to 71.1%), Kane’s remained virtually flat and Patrick Bamford (£ 6.3million) became more popular, dropping from 54.4% ownership of the top 10k to 57.6%.
The Jokers continue to slowly fall into the top 10k as 1.2% of them pulled the trigger on a new team for Gameweek 13.
Not surprisingly, interest in the Triple Captain and Free Hit chips was indeed low, although there have been a handful of Bench Boost deployments.
In fact, about as many people have used the improved bench as the Wildcards this time around – an interesting move given recent announcements regarding Double Gameweek 19.
Continuing the trend for top 10k managers to finally notice De Bruyne, we can see that he is the most popular Wildcarders midfielder at this level for Gameweek 13.
Only Kane was picked by these managers more often for the midweek deadline, with the general theme of these Wildcard selections clearly involving model building among forwards and securing key premium midfielders more Grealish.
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