Tottenham Hotspur duo Harry Kane (£12.5m) and Son Heung-min (£10.9m) are the standout captaincy candidates in Fantasy Premier League (FPL) Gameweek 32, ahead of their trip to Villa Park on Saturday evening. And there may be other viable alternatives, including Mohamed Salah (£13.3m) and Bukayo Saka (£6.8m).
Harry Kane wasn’t on the scoresheet in last weekend’s 5-1 win over Newcastle United but did provide an assist for Matt Doherty (£4.9m), which put Spurs in front early in the second half. He was also absolutely integral to their performance.
After a slow start to the campaign, the England captain has now racked up 12 attacking returns in his last eight matches. Whether popping up in the box to finish off moves or creating opportunities from deep, Kane seems to be heavily involved week-in, week-out these days.
As for Son, his attacking play over the last two games shows that whatever mini-slump he had is a thing of the past. The South Korean has five goals and one assist in his previous six Premier League outings and probably would have scored a hat-trick in Gameweek 31 with a little more composure. However, he has reached 20 goal contributions in each of the last six Premier League seasons, while this campaign is shaping up to be his most productive yet.
The Best defensive targets
Trent Alexander-Arnold (£8.4m) rightfully takes back his spot at the top of the pecking order for defenders with the other two premium picks, Joao Cancelo (£7.0m) and Andrew Robertson (£7.3m), in second and third. Matt Doherty (£4.9m) makes it above Reece James (£6.2m) as he is unlikely to get rotated and has a ridiculously high ceiling.
Fabian Schar (£4.3m) is one for the shorter term: the next three fixtures for Newcastle are vital to secure their Premier League survival, and the centre-back has great attacking potential from set-pieces and free-kicks.
If the Foxes do go out of Europe, James Justin (£4.9m) looks a great pick. He has looked far more advanced than Timothy Castagne (£5.3m) when he has played and is available at a budget price.
A trio of centre-backs – Marc Guehi (£4.5m), James Tarkowski (£4.9m) and Ben White (£4.6m) – round off the list.
Cristiano Ronaldo (£12.2m) should benefit from Manchester United’s lack of midweek matches, like Fernandes, and has a great pair of fixtures coming up. Jean-Philippe Mateta shoots up this list: he has nailed down the striker spot for Palace, where there has been rotation for most of the season, and at a price of £5.2m, he looks a bargain.
Jamie Vardy (£10.3m) appears to be farther from a return than initially thought, and in his absence, Kelechi Iheanacho (£7.0m) is likely to lead the line for the Foxes often. If Leicester do go out of Europe and Vardy is still struggling, he becomes an even more attractive pick for their run-in.