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Captain Poll – Gameweek 19

Last Gameweek’s poll leader Zlatan Ibrahimovic (11.6) rewarded the 25% who handed him the captaincy with a goal and two assists in Manchester United’s 3-1 home victory against Sunderland.

Those 15 Fantasy Premier League points, his highest Gameweek tally of the season, are likely to ensure that the 41.6% owned forward once again emerges as a firm favourite in our latest poll.

However, Saturday’s Old Trafford visitors, Middlesbrough, may not concede as much ground to United and Ibrahimovic as an obliging Sunderland; Aitor Karanka’s side have only shipped ten goals in nine away matches.

For those eyeing up a Red Devils’ captaincy differential Henrikh Mkhitaryan (8.9) could be an enticing option.

The 1.9% owned Armenian’s stunning backheel goal against Sunderland should be enough to convince Jose Mourinho that he is deserving of a start on New Year’s Eve.

Paul Pogba (8.3) is another left-field captaincy prospect in the United ranks, with the 9.7% owned Frenchman earning a third assist of the campaign on Boxing Day.

Eden Hazard (10.4) also impressed in Monday’s matches, deployed in a false nine role for Chelsea in the absence of the suspended Diego Costa (10.7).

The Belgian’s penalty and two bonus points earned him a fifth double-digit FPL haul of the season to keep his points simmering. Backed by 8% of FPL managers with the captaincy ahead of the Boxing Day fixture, he is again set to factor at the top of our poll.

Costa’s return is likely to earn the Spanish striker immediate support, too, as he looks to add to his 13-goal tally.

The Potters will arrive at the Bridge having kept three clean sheets in their last six, allowing just six goals. However, they will have faced Liverpool in this afternoon’s encounter, giving them just three days recovering before the test against the runaway league leaders.

Another returning Golden Boot contender, Sergio Aguero (12.8), could also garner votes.

Still owned by 17.6% of FPL managers, the Manchester City striker faces a tough return match as he makes the trip to Anfield following a four-match ban.

The Reds have shipped just six goals and conceded the fewest shots in the box of any side in home matches over their seven Anfield outings.

However, it is worth noting that the Argentine is something of an away specialist, having already accrued four double-digit FPL hauls on his travels.

Arsenal face their second Emirates meeting in a week as they follow up their narrow 1-0 Boxing Day victory over West Brom by hosting Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Alexis Sanchez (11.9) failed to score against the Baggies but the 37.2% owned Chilean remains the Gunners chief attacking threat, having registered more shots than any other Premier League player over Monday’s matches.

Crystal Palace have failed to keep a clean sheet on the road so far, but with Sam Allardyce installed as manager, that will likely turn up in North London equipped to put up a stubborn rearguard effort.

Derailed by a “minor” calf injury, Theo Walcott (7.9) may make a return to the Gunners’ starting line-up as he seeks to extend a record of six goals at the Emirates over eight starts.

Spurs have a favourable away fixture against Watford, but interest in Harry Kane (11.1) is likely to be minimal unless he can impress at Southampton on Wednesday.

His failure to score at home against Burnley and Hull in the previous two Gameweeks may well have caused terminal damage to the striker’s long-term captaincy prospects.

His 14.8% team-mate Christian Eriksen (8.6), who has three assists and a goal on the road, may just fare better in our latest poll.

Romelu Lukaku (9.4) is undoubtedly among the top differential captaincy options on offer. Although found in 26.6% of squads, confidence in the Everton striker took a serious dent following a run of two goals in seven Gameweek appearances.

However, Lukaku notched twice against Watford in Gameweek 15 and followed that up with a fine solo effort at Leicester City on Boxing Day.

He faces another fragile backline when he travels to Hull on Friday evening. Only Swansea City have conceded more goals in front of their home fans than the Tigers tally of 18.

Away from home, Bournemouth have one of the worst records, conceding 19 goals on their nine trips.

The Cherries next travel to the aforementioned Swansea City, though interest in their playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson (7.5) may be muted.

Bob Bradley’s troops appear to be in freefall after conceding 10 goals in their last three matches, a period in which has seen the 9.9% owned Icelander fail to produce attacking returns.

We will be back to check in on progress in the poll prior to Friday’s Gameweek 19 deadline when we deliver our “Captain Sensible” article offering an analysis of the results and the statistics behind the leading contenders.

Jonty Community manager, Scoutcaster and writer. Tweets stats and stuff via @FFScout_Jonty” Follow him on Twitter

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  1. BobB
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    10 months, 29 days ago

    Benteke or Rondon (at 1m cheaper) on wildcard?

    1. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 29 days ago

      Tekkers

    2. kalmoffit
      10 months, 29 days ago

      Benteke

    3. jurgenizer | TRIPEIROS
      10 months, 29 days ago

      Benteke

    4. Nomar
      10 months, 29 days ago

      Rondon.

      Tekkers will get pens taken away from him now.

    5. tm245
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 29 days ago

      Rondon, because of the money saved.

      1. El Nino -The Kid
        10 months, 29 days ago

        Tekkers and Go with a Brom Mid!!
        Philips probably.... Nailed on
        And he is a Stamina beast.....

        1. pjscar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          10 months, 29 days ago

          Tekkers cost me in the FPL Cup........never again.

          I think the best option is Costa, Ibra, a cheapie and take the best midfield available...

          1. the snazzy viking - team mo…
            10 months, 27 days ago

            Tekkers kicked me out of the FPL cup and I took a -4 point hit to get him in and then he gets -1...

            The final score could've been 75-69

            But thanks to Tekkers...

            It was 68-69

            I find it really difficult now not to rage transfer him out

    6. JÆKS ⭐
      10 months, 29 days ago

      Would say Benteke but not really tempted by any now Benteke might lose pens and Big Sam is looking to be more solid at the back. Less goals for Palace means less goals for Benteke

  2. jurgenizer | TRIPEIROS
    10 months, 29 days ago

    Wildcard active draft #2. What do you think?

    Grant - Pickford
    Alonso - Aké - Chambers - Evans - Amat
    Sanchez - Sigurdson - Phillips - Allen - Capoue
    Aguero - Costa - Ibrahimovic

    1. Pep says
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 29 days ago

      Nope

    2. Venom Snake
      10 months, 29 days ago

      Too early for Kun. Invest in midfield

    3. kalmoffit
      10 months, 29 days ago

      Got to be a little better having lost Djilibodji

    4. Nomar
      10 months, 29 days ago

      Get Heaton in goal imo.

      I regret selling him on my WC now.

    5. Les Bleus
      10 months, 29 days ago

      That frontline is not worth it with that midfield.

    6. Knowledgeable meerkat
      10 months, 29 days ago

      Capoue > de roon for starters

  3. El Nino -The Kid
    10 months, 29 days ago

    Is Zaha definitely going to Afcon?

    Got 2 Options
    A Ozil Benteke Philips
    B Kun Philips Zaha

    If Zaha stays im going B!!

  4. FPL Virgin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    10 months, 29 days ago

    If Firmino gets a brace today, I will give Worzel a big, sloppy kiss 😀

    1. Venom Snake
      10 months, 29 days ago

      If Origi scores a brace I'll take the virgin out of your name

      1. FPL Virgin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        10 months, 29 days ago

        Dear God!

        1. Pep bites Kun
          10 months, 29 days ago

          You did open the gate ...

      2. THFC4LIFE
        10 months, 29 days ago

        Wow loooool

    2. Pep bites Kun
      10 months, 29 days ago

      That's worth a charity tenner! 🙂

  5. tisza
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    10 months, 29 days ago

    Any Liverpool fan tell if Wij is that much better than Can?

    1. Nomar
      10 months, 29 days ago

      Dunno, but I regret buying Can 3 GW's ago now.

    2. Berbinho's Forehead
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 29 days ago

      They do different things. Wij has been quietly brilliant. Emre has been inconsistent this season but is capable of controlling games alone. Lallana has the other MF spot given his form. Healthy competition I'd say.

      1. tisza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        10 months, 29 days ago

        all right so does Can have a realistic chance to getting his starting role back anytime soon?

        1. Berbinho's Forehead
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          10 months, 29 days ago

          Yeah. Course.

        2. Kiwivillan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          10 months, 29 days ago

          Should start next game because of fixture pile up

  6. tm245
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    10 months, 29 days ago

    Is Heaton at 4.8m now too expensive to buy? I've been on only Pickford all season but Heaton's points are killing me week in, week out.

    1. Baines on Toast...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 29 days ago

      Hell no, incredible FPL option

    2. Venom Snake
      10 months, 29 days ago

      4.8 is nothing

    3. Nomar
      10 months, 29 days ago

      Same here.

      1. tm245
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        10 months, 29 days ago

        He keeps beating PIckford by a point or two each week, it is starting to add up.

    4. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 29 days ago

      Reckon he's worth 6m.

    5. Özil
      10 months, 29 days ago

      1. Courtois (5.8m) - 83 points
      2. Heaton (4.8m) - 77 points
      3. de Gea (5.4m) - 63 points

      Heaton also missed 2 games because of an injury. Amazing value.

    6. Kiwivillan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 29 days ago

      Got Valdes instead this week to save 0.3 Stupid!

    7. tm245
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 29 days ago

      Cheers, all. Looks like I need to find some extra cash.

  7. Davidinho
    10 months, 29 days ago

    Costa + Defoe -> Aguero + 6.6 for a hit this week or for free next week?

    1. Venom Snake
      10 months, 29 days ago

      Good plan. Bench Costa for his one game ban then once he's back sell for a hit

      1. HuttonDressedasLahm
        10 months, 29 days ago

        ^^This

        I'd definitely sell Costa before that terrible fixture 😆

      2. Davidinho
        10 months, 29 days ago

        Aguero was banned too so I wouldn't have been. able to do it last week anyway. You're right though, prob silly for a hit.

    2. Tokyo Rising Sun
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 29 days ago

      Neither. Don't get rid of Costa, jeez

    3. *sigh*
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 29 days ago

      Just went Kane/Siggy to Kun/Chadli for a hit so I say go for it.

      1. *sigh*
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        10 months, 29 days ago

        Depends who your third striker is of course.

    4. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 29 days ago

      Ahaha. Next week mate. Bloody hell. You really need to grasp the basics of this game.

  8. Phil Dagger ⭐
    10 months, 29 days ago

    throw some combinations for 2nd 3rd 4th
    mid

    Max budget --- 21
    cannot include --- Sanchez. De Roon
    Note ** - hazard's value is counted 10.1
    eriksen 8.4 Siggy 7.4 if included in any
    combination

    1. HuttonDressedasLahm
      10 months, 29 days ago

      Much

      Too

      Confusing

    2. kalmoffit
      10 months, 29 days ago

      Pedro Lallana Antonio

  9. HuttonDressedasLahm
    10 months, 29 days ago

    Dear Stoke,
    Please give away loads of penalties

    Thanks, Hutton

    1. speedyboyzzzz-BALEGIUM
      10 months, 29 days ago

      and let grant save 1

      1. HuttonDressedasLahm
        10 months, 29 days ago

        He probably will, I'm playing Milner and and have Grant benched

      2. NATSTER
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        10 months, 29 days ago

        Yeah, hope for a few penalty saves.

  10. TheBusDriver
    10 months, 29 days ago

    Will Mkhi start vs Middlesbrough?

    1. Berbinho's Forehead
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 29 days ago

      Surely he does.

    2. Tokyo Rising Sun
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 29 days ago

      I think Mou will continue to manage his minutes. Explosive enough to do things off the bench, nevertheless

    3. Mkhi Magic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 29 days ago

      Very likely to

    4. Pep bites Kun
      10 months, 29 days ago

      Hang on I'll give Maureen a call ...

      - That's his wife's name right - Maureen Mkhitarian?

    5. Pep bites Kun
      10 months, 29 days ago

      likely, but not a def - also watching.

  11. Berbinho's Forehead
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    10 months, 29 days ago

    @TonyBarrett

    AS Roma have joined the race to sign Memphis Depay but Everton remain favourites to sign the Man United winger: https://t.co/Xoe4xEbNSH

    1. Tokyo Rising Sun
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 29 days ago

      Kid is talented but has some serious attitude issues, imo

    2. Morgs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 29 days ago

      Would much prefer we sent him out on loan rather than sold

  12. NATSTER
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    10 months, 29 days ago

    When will we know the future of Grant ?

    1. Skloppy Kops
      10 months, 29 days ago

      in the future most probably 🙂

    2. tisza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 29 days ago

      butland's out another 2-3 months. had an op before christmas.

      1. BananaNose Maldonado
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        10 months, 29 days ago

        I think he was asking about the loan deal and terms with Derby.

  13. King Klopp
    10 months, 29 days ago

    Me +12 Erikson
    Opponent; Clyne Walker Alli and Van Dijk

    Who do u think will win?

    1. The special 5
      10 months, 29 days ago

      You will win 🙂

    2. speedyboyzzzz-BALEGIUM
      10 months, 29 days ago

      2 of the 3 keep cs and you are in trouble

    3. fedolefan
      10 months, 29 days ago

      I think it comes down to Eriksen vs Alli. Think Clyne Walker and VVD will get 12 or so points between them.

  14. Purple Wayne
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    10 months, 29 days ago

    I love the way everyone is so sure of themselves on here with their "obvious" advice...

    ...Gameweek ends, everyone moans about lack of points, and crap advice given by the echo chamber...

    1. George Costanza
      10 months, 28 days ago

      Why are you here then?

      1. Purple Wayne
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        10 months, 28 days ago

        So I can see what the herd is up to...

  15. El Nino -The Kid
    10 months, 29 days ago

    Payet> Ozil for free??

    Then
    Carroll + Eriksen > Benteke + Rodriguez /Philips (-4) next week

    Thoughts?

    1. *sigh*
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 29 days ago

      Not sure on those moves mate seem a bit sideways and hard to tell without knowing rest of your team.

    2. Morgs
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 29 days ago

      I don't understand the second move for -4, you're downgrading both players....

    3. BDA Shadow
      10 months, 28 days ago

      Ozil is useless this season, Benteke probably isn't worth the outlay without penalties (and arguably is worse with them at this point), JRod is great but not nailed, Phillips good.

    1. Rupert The Horse
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 29 days ago

      🙂

    1. Ziroᶻ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 29 days ago

      The Horse is old now. 😉

    2. Ziroᶻ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 29 days ago

      Where have you been the last few months? Missed your posts.

  16. Morgs
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    10 months, 29 days ago

    Annoying I'll lose 0.1m on Kane when he drops tonight.... refuse to swap him for Costa until seeing tomorrow's game though.

    1. Pep bites Kun
      10 months, 29 days ago

      Sometimes you make and sometimes you lose - it's the nature of the beast 🙂 If it's any help I'm holding. Also like to have a look at the goods.

  17. Fuchs Mane Kante
    10 months, 29 days ago

    Defoe

    1. BDA Shadow
      10 months, 28 days ago

      Defriend

      1. Fuchs Mane Kante
        10 months, 28 days ago

        Triple (c)

  18. Kualilo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    10 months, 29 days ago

    Any suggestions?

    Pickford
    Alonso Brunt Jones
    Sanchez Walcott Hazard Phillips Siggy
    Ibra (C)osta

    (Grant Anichebe Kingsley Amat)
    1 FT, 0 ITB

    1. Klopphiphop11
      10 months, 28 days ago

      Amat in starting 11.Brunt out

      1. Floriszz17
        10 months, 28 days ago

        Are you dumb?... Brunt has attacking potential AND Amat didn't start the last game AND Amat has the worst defensive record in the league...

    2. Floriszz17
      10 months, 28 days ago

      Siggy for Lallana would be my shout mate, Swansea are just hopeless atm. Although, with a new manager they could rediscover form, so thats worth considering.

  19. Rohirrims
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    10 months, 28 days ago

    So how many people are considering a GW 20 or GW 21 wild card as the best way to bring back Aguero?

    I'm looking at a possible team of:
    Heaton - Foster*
    Monreal* - Williams* - Cedric - Ake - Amat
    Ozil - Lallana* - Cabaye* - Allen* - De Roon
    Costa - Ibrahimovic - Aguero*

    If Pickford is not injured then could look to do Chelsea defense by retaining him instead of Foster.

    Total transfers - 7

    Option A) 3 transfers GW 19, 3 transfers GW 20 - 16 point hit
    Option B) Bank, 4 transfers GW 20, 2 transfers GW 21 - 12 point hit
    Option C) 2 transfers GW 19, GW 20 WC - 4 point hit

    In all cases can't bring back Aguero before GW 20 but I'm okay to miss out on returns against Pool.

    1. Pino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      10 months, 28 days ago

      me

  20. Klopphiphop11
    10 months, 28 days ago

    Boruc
    amat walker alonso
    hazard mane sterling sanchez eriksen
    ibra anichebe

    jakupo Lovren Diamonde Kelly
    FT-1 ITB- 0.2

    Need review friends..should i go for siggy-->Mane..

  21. Murty.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    10 months, 28 days ago

    Kane on 14 votes up against Watford..
    Hopefully that will change after a big haul later.

  22. Floriszz17
    10 months, 28 days ago

    Lads, who's the best replacement for Holebas? He's not doing well and although hes got good fixtures I don't fancy him to do deliver. 0.0 ITB

  23. rnrd
    10 months, 28 days ago

    Do you guys consider Evans is Worth the 0.2 price difference with Nyom considering his security of start, goal threat and proven bonus potential ??

  24. jose249
    10 months, 27 days ago

    GW 19

    Courtois
    Clyne/Ward(Burnley)/Rose
    Zaha/Hazard/Lallana/Sanchez/Erikson
    Ibra/Origi

    Subs: Forster/Anichebe/Ake/Kingsley

    Guys this squad is fine for GW 19
    Any Suggestions ????????

    1. V
      10 months, 27 days ago

      hello!
      on my opinion, Ibra+Costa would be a good choice

      this is my line up:
      Heaton
      Alonso - Daniels -Azp -vanDjik
      Phillips - Sigurdsson - Eriksen - Routledge
      Costa - Ibra

  25. hazardous11
    10 months, 27 days ago

    Captain dilemma

    Between - Costa , Sanches , Hazard , Ibra

    C and VC ??