Top FPL Gameweek 37 Captain Picks Based on Analysis and Metrics

FPL Gameweek 37 deadline is fast approaching and the gameweek being a double gameweek has made captaincy decision slightly tricky. Few of the regular captaincy candidates have a good single fixture whereas there are decent captaincy options from teams that double. In this blog let’s analyze the top captaincy options based on our metrics.

Last week the metrics had KDB top who scored 30 points, Cancelo second who scored 14 points, and Salah third who blanked for a total of just 3 points.

Metrics record this season: 28/36 this season

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Richarlison dominates the votes this week getting close to 30% of the votes. Everton’s decent run of form and two home games mean the interest in Richarlison is quite high. Son is second with 17% of the votes, although he plays only once, Son is still a great choice considering they play Burnley and he’s just one goal behind in the race to the golden boost.

Salah is third with 14% of the votes, Salah will look to improve his golden boot chances, and Saints provide the perfect opportunity. Harry Kane is back as a popular option following his brace vs Arsenal and is fourth in the polls this week. Watkins is fifth in the poll this week, although his minutes is a concern with Gerrard stating he’s not been involved in training but has a good chance of being involved(Watkins update from the Press Conference).

Players going into the metrics this week: Salah, Son, Richarlison, Kane and Watkins.

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Underlying Numbers of the FPL Gameweek 37 Captain picks

Underlying Numbers of the FPL Gameweek 37 Captain picks

Watkins dominates the player stats and it isn’t a big surprise, the Villa forward is always up there for underlying numbers and in the last few weeks, he has been converting them into goals including a brilliant goal against Norwich. Kane is second for shots inside the box, chances created, and xG which shows his potential for attacking returns.

Son has the most chances created and joint most big chances. Although his xG is slightly lower than Kane, we all know how clinical Son is in front of the goal. Richarlison has also posted some good numbers with 13 shots inside the box, three big chances, and a good xG of 2.53.

Salah’s drop is something new as he’s the one that always dominates this section of our captaincy metrics throughout the season. His attacking numbers have dropped off massively which is seen above, but Salah just needs one good game to remind us all how good he is and the Saints game could be the one where he could easily score a few.

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Underlying Numbers of the Candidate’s Teams

Underlying Numbers of the Candidate's Teams

Liverpool dominates the team numbers which is hardly a surprise. The real surprise though is Aston Villa posting some amazing numbers as a team which is even better than Spurs. Aston Villa even beat Liverpool for big chances in the last six games!

Everton are plumb last when compared with the other three teams for attacking stats which is pretty much expected. But the majority of chances, xG is accounted for by Richarlison which isn’t bad.

Further Read: FPL GW37 Differential Picks to Consider | Double Gameweek Special

Fixture Difficulty of the candidate team in FPL GW37

In the Third Phase of the article, We use Drafthound’s odds for a Team scoring at least One goal in the Gameweek and the Odds of Scoring more than 2.5 goals in the Gameweek as a whole. You can check out the same as well for free on Drafthound along with fixture analysis, predicted analysis, and more.

Although Everton and Villa double the odds of one goal at least is dominated by Spurs and Liverpool considering how bad Burnley and Saints are defensively. Aston Villa dominates the odds of scoring 2.5+ goals with a 76% chance of scoring 2.5+ goals, Everton are second with a 70% chance of 2.5+ goals. In the end, Salah tops the fixture difficulty rank with Son, Kane, and Watkins third. Richarlison finishes last in comparison with the other four picks.

Projections Rank of our FPL Gameweek 37 Captain Picks

Projections Rank of our FPL Gameweek 37 Captain Picks

In the Fourth Phase of the article, We have used the Anytime Returns and Projected Points Tools available at Fantasy Football Hub.

The projections are really close this week with Salah topping the anytime returns with a 75% chance of returns closely followed by Watkins who has a 74% chance of return. Richarlison tops the points projection with 8.3 points just 0.1 above Salah. Salah once again tops the safety+explosion ranks with Watkins second and Richarlison third. Spurs duo Kane and Son are 5th and 4th respectively.

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Conclusion – Final Rank from our FPL Gameweek 37 Captaincy metric analysis

Final Rank from our FPL Gameweek 37 Captaincy metric analysis

In the Fifth and Final Phase of the article, I have aggregated the Ranks derived above to pull out the Cumulative Rank Factor (CRF). The Candidate having the lowest Cumulative Rank Factor is the most ideal Captaincy Option according to this metric.

Watkins comes out top with a CRF of 7, Salah is closely behind second with a CRF of 8. Son and Kane are joint third with a CRF of 12 whereas Richarlison is last with a CRF of 17.

Author’s Note:

Gerrard has been quoted saying “Ollie hasn’t trained yet since the game (against Liverpool), but he’s still got a chance” in the press conference yesterday ahead of Palace’s visit on Sunday. So the minutes are a bit of a concern for Watkins and he might maybe start from the bench against Palace. Although it is to be noted the window between Gerrard’s PC and the game on Sunday is two days and a lot could change during the period.

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