Diego Costa (6 points), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (13 points) and Alexis Sanchez (5 points) were all strong captain options this week. In contrast, Harry Kane (2 points), Roberto Firmino (3 points), Mesut Ozil (2 points), Dimitri Payet (3 points) and Jamie Vardy (-2) were all poor captains.
The difference between each list is the former are all in-form players and the latter are either not in form or have been in and out of form in recent weeks. Costa's goalscoring exploits have so far been continuous, which is part of why he was the most popular captain pick for this gameweek. Zlatan's form has been erratic though he has showed brief scoring form, mainly during the opening gambits and the past three gameweeks after his rest during the international break. Alexis Sanchez' form has been explosive, and can still offer points when his team plays poorly, as shown on Sunday with an assist for Walcott's early strike. The choice between captaining Costa, Ibra and Sanchez over Christmas is a difficult one, but by using experienced FPL players' principles, the choice becomes easy.
The best thing to do when deciding on a captain for your FPL team may not be to choose a recently transferred in player who you think will come into form, but who is in the best form playing highest on confidence and has the highest ownership. The rewards will therefore be less but the risk of slipping down in the rankings is also reduced considerably. This is known in the FPL community as a 'shield captain'.
Supermane The Saviour Again (for now)
Mane's late strike earned Liverpool a win in the first Merseyside derby of the season. It topped off a great first half-season for the speedy attacker at Liverpool.
Sadio Mane has hit the kind of sustained run of scoring form that seasoned FPL players have been accustomed to over his time with Southampton. Mane was a hidden gem towards the end of last season when he scored for fun and has been over the past few months, with an average of 8.75 points per game in the last 8 gameweeks.
However, hold fire or be prepared to fire sale! Mane as he is off to the African Cup of Nations to play for Senegal in January. Along with many other African players, he will be out of FPL action over the next month.
The other absent players include: