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Captain Sensible – Gameweek 18

Our usual pre-Gameweek members’ article arrives this Saturday evening, giving you ample time to assess matters ahead of Monday’s 11.30am Boxing Day deadline.

To get underway, we take a look at the main Captain Poll contenders, then examine the Opta numbers and Rate My Team rankings before highlighting a differential or two to help advise on your armband dilemma.

Captain Poll

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the runaway leader in this week’s Captain Poll as Manchester United prepare to entertain Sunderland.

Over 46% of voters have opted for the veteran, who has netted seven times in his last six league outings and faces a defence that has yet to record a single clean sheet on their travels.

Alexis Sanchez (21%) leads the chasing pack for Arsenal’s home match against West Brom.

The Chilean has produced points in each of the last five rounds of fixtures, cementing his place as the top scoring player in Fantasy Premier League.

Given that the Gunners are up against Baggies backline with just a single shutout in the last 14 Gameweeks, Theo Walcott – who has netted six of his eight goals at home – looks a very tempting differential, with a mere 1% backing in our poll.

With just one goal in his last five appearances, Eden Hazard earns only 11% of the votes for Chelsea’s home clash with Bournemouth.

His Stamford Bridge team-mate Michy Batshuayi (1%) could be another differential candidate: it’s far from certain that he’ll be leading the Chelsea attack in Diego Costa’s absence but, if he starts, he’ll surely be a factor against the Cherries.

Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne is again another overlooked option, with under 2% backing for a trip to a Hull City side that’s yet to keep a clean sheet in front of their own fans.

Back-to-back assists against Watford and Arsenal took the Belgian’s tally to 11 for 2016/17, already surpassing last season’s total. Yet, with a mere two goals to his name – his last back in Gameweek 5 – De Bruyne has been far from explosive in recent months.

Sadio Mane earns just 1% of the votes as Liverpool welcome Stoke City to Anfield.

Now just one point behind Hazard in the Fantasy Premier League standings, the Senegal international has produced returns in six of his seven home appearances and welcomes the Potters in fine form, with two goals and four assists in his last five Gameweeks.

The likes of Troy Deeney and Christian Benteke could emerge as mid-price alternatives as Watford and Palace’s porous defences go head-to-head at Vicarage Road.

Faith in Spurs pair Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen has plummeted in light of the weekend blank at home to Burnley.

Both sit around the 1% mark as they travel to a Southampton outfit that have conceded just five goals at St Mary’s, with Claude Puel’s men serving up a clean sheet in each of their last three home outings.

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  1. Moin ♖
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    24 days, 11 hours ago

    Merry Christmas Everyone! Hope all our captains score good points.

    1. Albrightondknight
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      24 days, 11 hours ago

      Happy Christmas. I am on Hazard so maybe not. 🙂

      1. Moin ♖
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        24 days, 11 hours ago

        Even I am on Hazard!

    2. mojoindojo
        24 days, 11 hours ago

        Merry Christmas.

      • Champ
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        24 days, 11 hours ago

        Merry Xmas moinito.

    3. Jack Wilshere
        24 days, 11 hours ago

        With arrive of gabriel jesus , will people buy kun immediately next week after ban ?! Or will wait?

        1. Moin ♖
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          24 days, 11 hours ago

          You Honestly think that arrival of Gabriel Jesus will have an impact on Aguero chances of starting?

          1. Champ
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            24 days, 11 hours ago

            Depends on many things. Possible.

            1. Moin ♖
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              24 days, 11 hours ago

              True 😛

          2. Jack Wilshere
              24 days, 11 hours ago

              Pep loves him so much

        2. OzilFozzil
            24 days, 11 hours ago

            Surely Payet > Theo (-4) is a bad idea?

            But I must say I'm considering it...

            1. Moin ♖
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              24 days, 11 hours ago

              You want to remove Payet for a hit in the GW where he is going to play against a team with the most unsettled defense and also the team that conceded the most goals in the last 4 GWs?

            2. Champ
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              24 days, 11 hours ago

              It's a shocker

              1. OzilFozzil
                  24 days, 10 hours ago

                  Complete and utter shocker but let's just say it's Payets last week this

              2. Holmes
                  24 days, 11 hours ago

                  Such feeling occurs every other week but as the time goes and final whistle is blown, those moves just look so bad for many reasons 😛

                  I wont do it to be honest, risky imo.

                • Scoredelario
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  24 days, 7 hours ago

                  Crazy move IMO

                  1. Rodney You Plonker
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    23 days, 23 hours ago

                    I have Theo and Payet but no Alexis. Will def hold Payet this week lol

              3. Gunner Boy
                  24 days, 11 hours ago

                  Good Morning All, G2G? 0FTs.

                  Cech
                  Alonso Holebas Amat
                  Payet Alexis (vc) Siggy Philips
                  Ibra (c) Kane Origi

                  subs: Pickford DeRoon McAuley Kone

                  1. The Head-Ake
                      24 days, 10 hours ago

                      I'm not so sure about Holebas and Swansea has a shaky defense. Kane is a big FPL troll. GTG? Not exactly but Id change it soon when I get the chance(take a -8 if needed) and Payet too is full of talent but in the wrong team but they're facing Swansea so keep him for this week.

                    • rainy
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      24 days, 10 hours ago

                      I'd play McAuley before Amat - neither likely for a CS, but big Gareth always in the mix for a set-piece goal.

                  2. Jack Wilshere
                      24 days, 11 hours ago

                      What is your plan for wildcard in 2nd half of the season ? Which gw ?

                      1. Holmes
                          24 days, 11 hours ago

                          Hopefully around GW30 if I can manage to save somehow

                          1. Jack Wilshere
                              24 days, 10 hours ago

                              For double gameweek fixtures ?

                              1. Holmes
                                  24 days, 10 hours ago

                                  Yep.

                                  If team gets messy before that, then no choice but to play WC

                          2. Jack Wilshere
                              24 days, 11 hours ago

                              Costa fixtures : STOKE spurs lei HULL liverpool ARSENAL
                              Will people keep him after stoke game ?!

                              Looks so hard after that

                              1. NATSTER | The Shuffling
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                24 days, 10 hours ago

                                He was so clinical and consistent. Also, he is being the center of Chelsea attack.

                                1. Jack Wilshere
                                    24 days, 10 hours ago

                                    Zlatan have better fixtures and with kun coming back it destroys your team to have all three

                                    1. NATSTER | The Shuffling
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      24 days, 10 hours ago

                                      Plan to lose Hazard instead of Costa and the team look ok.

                                      1. NATSTER | The Shuffling
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        24 days, 10 hours ago

                                        Hazard -> Phillips
                                        Origi -> Aguero

                                        These moves.

                                        1. Jack Wilshere
                                            24 days, 10 hours ago

                                            Good.
                                            But I cant fund all costa sanchez ibra kun coutinho walcott..

                                  • Holmes
                                      24 days, 10 hours ago

                                      That Hull game! 😮

                                  • Jeremiah
                                      24 days, 10 hours ago

                                      Merry Christmas folks 😀

                                      Costa owners shipping or keeping for his suspension?

                                      1. RamaJama
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        24 days, 10 hours ago

                                        Keeping

                                    • New Article Posted
                                    • Defoenitely
                                        24 days, 10 hours ago

                                        Will Sturridge start ahead of Origi?

                                      • VFORVANDETA
                                          24 days, 4 hours ago

                                          save kane?

                                        • AntonioKante
                                            24 days, 3 hours ago

                                            Guys there is a problem with fpl right now if im transfering a player out im getting the money i bought him for not for his current price.happened to my friend also plz check it out.

                                            1. Albrightondknight
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              24 days, 3 hours ago

                                              It's the Scrooge virus. 🙂

                                            2. technopride
                                                23 days, 20 hours ago

                                                i have this too; sorry im new and is this normal? i think so but good question. thanx and merry xmas

                                            3. Our Tiny Servant
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              24 days, 7 mins ago

                                              I can't switch Kane now. He has to return at some point.

                                            4. Fin
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              23 days, 21 hours ago

                                              Foster
                                              Taylor Alonso Jones Monreal
                                              Hazard Sanchez Firminho Walcott Sigurdsson
                                              Ibrahimovic

                                              Pickford, Barnes, Cedric, Anichebe

                                              Desperate times call for desperate measures and yes, I'd like Heaton over Foster.

                                            5. Rhinos - SF Bulls Deep
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              23 days, 11 hours ago

                                              Happy sport day everyone
                                              Anyone considered keeping Mane through afcon? How much you reckon his price will drop?

                                            6. meenabakery
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              23 days, 7 hours ago

                                              Don't have Ibra or Hazard so my options for captaincy are Sanchez or Sigurdsson. Right now it's on Siggy. Anyone want to try to talk some sense into me in the next 30 minutes?