Nothing is more frustrating and exciting as picking a captain for any given gameweek, and I am glad to be able to bid farewell to my 2017 selections. On to the final gut feels of the year…

  • A Short Goodbye: Mohamed Salah, Liverpool With 15 goals, 7 assists and 15 BPs in the 2017 portion of the current campaign. That’s a cool 154 points on the young season. The only reason you don’t captain the one called Mo is because you don’t own him. Keep the points humming in the new year, Motown Salah.
  • A Formal Handshake Goodbye: Jesse Lingard, Manchester United – Southampton are really bad, and with news of Virgil van Dijk leaving on January 1st, I don’t see big VVD playing this weekend. ManU should roll here, and Lingard has 6 goals and 2 assists since GW 14. The potential is there for any ManU midfielder to step up, but he’s the in-form candidate to bag some returns.
  • The Long, Hard Goodbye: Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal – This could be the Chilean’s last match as an Arsenal player, although I could also see his transfer saga carrying out until the later part of January. Alexis just bagged a brace yesterday and are facing Swansea at the Emirates three days later. Only owned in 2.6% of leagues, I could see someone captaining him in the absence of Harry Kane, potentially via funds made available using that free hit chip…I’m not entirely sure if it makes sense to pop that chip in the blank game week, but it can’t be a terrible idea to use it when people are missing the top scoring forward and you want him for the week after and you’re looking for a way to climb up a mini-league where everyone is captaining Salah.