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FPL Gameweek 28 stats: Kane repays faith as top captain

In a Blank Gameweek 28 where the captaincy is a key issue, Harry Kane (£11.8m) justified his status as the overwhelming favourite among Fantasy Premier League managers.

The incredible success of Erling Haaland (£12.0m) has made the Norwegian the go-to armband pick throughout the season. But Manchester City are without a fixture in Fantasy this weekend, due to their participation in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

That gave FPL managers a tricky decision, with big consequences in mini-leagues this weekend.

Kane was given the armband by over 2 million people, the first time he has been backed by that many in exactly 70 Gameweeks.

And he rewarded his backers, scoring his 21st goal of the season in a 3-3 draw with Southampton.

He has now blanked in just one of his nine trips to St. Mary’s Stadium, amassing 66 points in the process.

BGW28 most-captained active players*
Player Captained by (000’s) Pts
Kane 2,074 6
Saka 694 18
Toney 625 2

Bukayo Saka (£8.6m) and Ivan Toney (£7.9m) completed the top three active captains.

Saka was backed by only a third of the number of managers who gave the armband to Kane, yet he produced his best FPL return with an 18-point haul.

The Arsenal star delivered two goals and an assist in Sunday’s 4-1 win over Crystal Palace, to make it 23 attacking returns in 2022/23, his best tally across his five seasons in Fantasy.

Those who backed Toney will be ruing their decision, as he blanked in Brentford’s 1-1 draw with Leicester City.

Managers deploy chips

Over 350,000 managers have used their Free Hit chip in Blank Gameweek 28 to navigate the problem that six clubs are without a fixture in Fantasy.

While that is a significant number of Free Hits, it is well below the figure from Gameweek 12, when over a million managers used the chip because Man City’s match against Arsenal was postponed.

A further 265,000+ have used their Wildcard to not only negotiate the reduced set of fixtures this weekend but to capitalise on the fact that 12 teams have a Double Gameweek 29.

Chips used in Blank Gameweek 28
Chip Total used
Free Hit 351,259
Wildcard 265,100
Triple Captain 13,541
Bench Boost 10,826

More than 965,000 managers snapped up Ben Chilwell (£6.0m) ahead of Chelsea’s home encounter with Everton.

However he was unable to deliver a strong return to his new owners, conceding twice and only claiming one point in the 2-2 draw. 

BGW28 most transferred-in players*
Player Transferred in by (‘000s) Pts
Chilwell 965 1
Watkins 905 5
Kane 670 6

Seven attacking returns in seven matches led to a surge in popularity for Ollie Watkins (£7.5m).

Over 905,000 managers turned to the in-form forward, and he provided an assist in Aston Villa’s 3-0 home win over AFC Bournemouth.

Since Gameweek 21, his tally of 55 points is the best among forwards.

BGW28 most transferred-out players
Player Transferred out by (‘000s) Pts
Haaland 1,297 0
Rashford 609 0
Salah 560 0

The three most-sold players are without a fixture in Gameweek 28 due to the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Haaland and Mohamed Salah (£12.8m) are next set to feature in the Premier League in Gameweek 29, when Liverpool travel to Manchester City.

For Marcus Rashford (£7.3m), Manchester United are in next in action at Newcastle United in the same round of matches.

See: Fantasy Premier League stats

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