The biggest sporting event didn’t take long to calibrate itself to its usual standards. The giants of Latin American and European football got a taste of the West and East Asian delicacies in the first week. A tournament that showcases underdog stories, stories of dominance often, would now venture into its 2nd matchday. With two free transfers ahead of the matchday, the fantasy managers need to reassess their plans accordingly. A critical asset of a good team is the captaincy choice. In this FIFA World Cup 2022 Fantasy Captaincy Choices guide, we’d be sharing our top picks for the upcoming matchday 2‘s armband.
FIFA World Cup 2022 Matchday 2: Fixtures
- Qatar v Senegal; Netherlands v Ecuador
- Wales v Iran; England v United States
- Poland v Saudi Arabia; Argentina v Mexico
- France v Denmark; Tunisia v Australia
- Japan v Costa Rica; Germany v Spain
- Belgium v Morocco; Croatia v Canada
- Brazil v Switzerland; Cameroon v Serbia
- Portugal v Uruguay; South Korea v Ghana
Best Captaincy Choices for FIFA World Cup 2022 Fantasy Matchday 2
Since FIFA World Cup’s Captaincy change rule is just like UCL Fantasy, you may change your captain after each day’s play. However, you can only give the captaincy to someone whose team hasn’t played yet, in such an instance. The top Captaincy choices for the upcoming matchday are as follows:
1. Cody Gakpo – 7.0 million
Apparently, ‘the Oranje‘ have overcome the only hurdle in their group, Senegal. Up next, they face the South American side Ecuador, who also have had the sight of victory in the 1st matchday. Besides being one of the goalscorers against Senegal, Cody Gakpo was a constant attacking threat in the Senegal box, especially in the second half. He finished the game with an xG of 0.14.
With the next opponent being Ecuador, the Dutch team would like to almost finalize their berth in the next round. The PSV teenager, with a lot of promise, might be their main man up ahead this week too, especially considering his club form, which has 12 goals and 15 assists so far in 19 games. Also, with 4.2% ownership, he might also be a decent differential captain choice for any fantasy team.
2. Bukayo Saka – 8.0 million
Maybe it is too early to say whether it is ‘coming home‘ or not, but surely, Gareth Southgate‘s team impressed against Iran. The highest fantasy scorer from the 1st matchday so far has been Bukayo Saka, for his brace that day. Being a midfielder in the game while playing as a forward makes Saka earn an extra 1 point for a goal from the forwards.
This rule makes Midfielders in the game top captaincy choices. Saka, with 11.9% ownership, might be a top captaincy choice this week in their fixture against the United States. The Arsenal winger has 5 goals and 6 assists so far this season for the Gunners. Besides, he also has 0.59 xG+xAG so far, and is surely a worthy captaincy choice.
3. Kylian Mbappe – 11.5 million
One thing managers look for while assigning captaincy is consistency. Kylian Mbappe is consistency. The French forward has started this world cup where he left it the last time out in 2018. Despite the early scare against the Socceroos, the French team managed a 4-1 win in their first match thanks to a goal and an assist from the PSG forward.
Undoubtedly, most of the managers would trust him with the captaincy choice, given his high ownership (36.5%). France plays the Danes up next and Mbappe surely would be one of their main men in front. He has had 19 goals and 5 assists for PSG so far this season with an xG of 0.71 per 90.
4. Mehdi Taremi – 7.0 million
Iran did get badly hammered by the Three Lions in the 1st matchday, but their forward Mehdi Taremi did manage a brace in that match. With 11 points in the first game, he is one of the top fantasy points getters as of now.
If Iran wants to make something out of this group, they need to do it against Wales in their next match. Taremi, a top differential choice in UCL fantasy, would be a top differential recommendation here too, due to his 0.5% ownership. He has had 3.70 shots per-game ratio for his so far this season and has had 18 goal contributions.
5. Ferran Torres – 7.0 million
Probably the only team that did look too convincing in the past matchday was Spain. Their 7-0 win over Costa Rica saw Ferran Torres score 2 and get 10 points for it. They face a tough competition up next against the Germans, who tasted defeat in their first match.
Ferran Torres, who is the penalty taker for Spain, has had a 0.56 xG for his club so far this season, can be another decent differential choice for your fantasy teams, given the promise the Spanish have shown in the first matchday.
Hope the suggestions help you in choosing your captains for the upcoming matchday. Don’t forget that you may change your captains but only once, in case your choices couldn’t deliver.
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