Captaining Jesus backfires as Salah lurks

The more than 899,000 Fantasy Premier League managers who chose Gabriel Jesus (£8.0m) as captain in Gameweek 1 suffered early frustration on Friday and are now at the mercy of Mohamed Salah (13, £0 million).

Jesus is only the second player to have been capped in over 6 million squads, following in Salah’s footsteps. And Arsenal’s new striker finds himself in a record proportion of squads, with his 77.0% ownership topping Salah’s peak of 73.6% from GW18 last season.

A host of FPL managers gave Jesus extra support by entrusting him with their captain’s armband, making him the second most popular choice for the first round of fixtures. But the Brazilian blanked in Arsenal’s 2-0 win at Crystal Palace.

More than 3.2 million managers have backed Salah for Liverpool’s trip to promoted Fulham.

In five Gameweek 1 appearances for the Reds, Salah has made four double-digit runs. During this run, he has scored seven goals and provided four assists, earning nine bonus points.

Captained No.1 35 times last season, Fantasy bosses will also be encouraged by his recent performances against promoted teams. The Egyptian has scored 60 points in his last six outings against Premier League newcomers.

GW1 Most Captains Players
Player Ordered by (000’s) Points
salah 3,293
Jesus 899 2
Kane 779

Harry Kane (£11.5m) completes the top three captains.

More than 779,000 managers are hoping he can extend his excellent record against Southampton on Saturday.

Kane has 101 points in 13 starts against the Saints, registering a goal or an assist in 10 of those appearances. Only against Leicester City did he amass more attacking returns, by 21-17.

GW1 Most Selected Players
Player Selected by (000) Points
Jesus 6,018 2
salah 4,848
Alexandre-Arnold 4,694

Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5million) is Fantasy’s most-selected defender.

In 2021/22, the England international posted an impressive 6.5 points per start as he racked up over 200 points for the second time in three years.

Bonus points have been key to his success, with 82 earned over the past three campaigns.

See: Fantasy Premier League Stats

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