Captains

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
    8 months, 26 days ago

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

    1. Team Cruel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      8 months, 26 days ago

      Tekkers

    2. kalmoffit
        8 months, 26 days ago

        Benteke

      • jurgenizer | TRIPEIROS
          8 months, 26 days ago

          Benteke

        • Nomar
            8 months, 26 days ago

            Rondon.

            Tekkers will get pens taken away from him now.

          • tm245
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            8 months, 26 days ago

            Rondon, because of the money saved.

            1. El Nino -The Kid
                8 months, 26 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
                  8 months, 26 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…
                      8 months, 24 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

              • JÆKS ⭐
                  8 months, 26 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

              • jurgenizer | TRIPEIROS
                  8 months, 26 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
                    8 months, 26 days ago

                    Nope

                  2. Venom Snake
                      8 months, 26 days ago

                      Too early for Kun. Invest in midfield

                    • kalmoffit
                        8 months, 26 days ago

                        Got to be a little better having lost Djilibodji

                      • Nomar
                          8 months, 26 days ago

                          Get Heaton in goal imo.

                          I regret selling him on my WC now.

                        • Les Bleus
                            8 months, 26 days ago

                            That frontline is not worth it with that midfield.

                          • Knowledgeable meerkat
                              8 months, 26 days ago

                              Capoue > de roon for starters

                          • El Nino -The Kid
                              8 months, 26 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!!

                            • FPL Virgin
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              8 months, 26 days ago

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

                              1. Venom Snake
                                  8 months, 26 days ago

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

                                  1. FPL Virgin
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    8 months, 26 days ago

                                    Dear God!

                                    1. Pep bites Kun
                                        8 months, 26 days ago

                                        You did open the gate ...

                                    2. THFC4LIFE
                                        8 months, 26 days ago

                                        Wow loooool

                                    3. Pep bites Kun
                                        8 months, 26 days ago

                                        That's worth a charity tenner! 🙂

                                    4. tisza
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      8 months, 26 days ago

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

                                      1. Nomar
                                          8 months, 26 days ago

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

                                        • Berbinho's Føre…
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          8 months, 26 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
                                            8 months, 26 days ago

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

                                            1. Berbinho's Føre…
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              8 months, 26 days ago

                                              Yeah. Course.

                                            2. Kiwivillan
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              8 months, 26 days ago

                                              Should start next game because of fixture pile up

                                      2. tm245
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        8 months, 26 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
                                          8 months, 26 days ago

                                          Hell no, incredible FPL option

                                        2. Venom Snake
                                            8 months, 26 days ago

                                            4.8 is nothing

                                          • Nomar
                                              8 months, 26 days ago

                                              Same here.

                                              1. tm245
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                8 months, 26 days ago

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

                                            • Rupert The Horse
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              8 months, 26 days ago

                                              Reckon he's worth 6m.

                                            • Özil
                                                8 months, 26 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.

                                              • Kiwivillan
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                8 months, 26 days ago

                                                Got Valdes instead this week to save 0.3 Stupid!

                                              • tm245
                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                8 months, 26 days ago

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

                                            • Davidinho
                                                8 months, 26 days ago

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

                                                1. Venom Snake
                                                    8 months, 26 days ago

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

                                                    1. HuttonDressedasLahm
                                                        8 months, 26 days ago

                                                        ^^This

                                                        I'd definitely sell Costa before that terrible fixture 😆

                                                      • Davidinho
                                                          8 months, 26 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.

                                                      • Tokyo Rising Sun
                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                        8 months, 26 days ago

                                                        Neither. Don't get rid of Costa, jeez

                                                      • *sigh*
                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                        8 months, 26 days ago

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

                                                        1. *sigh*
                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                          8 months, 26 days ago

                                                          Depends who your third striker is of course.

                                                      • Rupert The Horse
                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                        8 months, 26 days ago

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

                                                    2. Phil DÆgge® ⭐
                                                        8 months, 26 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
                                                            8 months, 26 days ago

                                                            Much

                                                            Too

                                                            Confusing

                                                          • kalmoffit
                                                              8 months, 26 days ago

                                                              Pedro Lallana Antonio

                                                          • HuttonDressedasLahm
                                                              8 months, 26 days ago

                                                              Dear Stoke,
                                                              Please give away loads of penalties

                                                              Thanks, Hutton

                                                              1. speedyboyzzzz-BALEGIUM
                                                                  8 months, 26 days ago

                                                                  and let grant save 1

                                                                  1. HuttonDressedasLahm
                                                                      8 months, 26 days ago

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

                                                                    • NATSTER
                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                      8 months, 26 days ago

                                                                      Yeah, hope for a few penalty saves.

                                                                • TheBusDriver
                                                                    8 months, 26 days ago

                                                                    Will Mkhi start vs Middlesbrough?

                                                                    1. Berbinho's Føre…
                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                      8 months, 26 days ago

                                                                      Surely he does.

                                                                    2. Tokyo Rising Sun
                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                      8 months, 26 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
                                                                      8 months, 26 days ago

                                                                      Very likely to

                                                                    4. Pep bites Kun
                                                                        8 months, 26 days ago

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

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

                                                                      • Pep bites Kun
                                                                          8 months, 26 days ago

                                                                          likely, but not a def - also watching.

                                                                      • Berbinho's Føre…
                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                        8 months, 26 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
                                                                          8 months, 26 days ago

                                                                          Kid is talented but has some serious attitude issues, imo

                                                                        2. Morgs
                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                          8 months, 26 days ago

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

                                                                      • NATSTER
                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                        8 months, 26 days ago

                                                                        When will we know the future of Grant ?

                                                                        1. Skloppy Kops
                                                                            8 months, 26 days ago

                                                                            in the future most probably 🙂

                                                                          • tisza
                                                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                            8 months, 26 days ago

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

                                                                            1. BananaNose Maldonado
                                                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                              8 months, 26 days ago

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

                                                                        2. King Klopp
                                                                            8 months, 26 days ago

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

                                                                            Who do u think will win?

                                                                            1. The special 5
                                                                                8 months, 26 days ago

                                                                                You will win 🙂

                                                                              • speedyboyzzzz-BALEGIUM
                                                                                  8 months, 26 days ago

                                                                                  2 of the 3 keep cs and you are in trouble

                                                                                • fedolefan
                                                                                    8 months, 26 days ago

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

                                                                                • Purple Wayne
                                                                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                  8 months, 26 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
                                                                                      8 months, 26 days ago

                                                                                      Why are you here then?

                                                                                      1. Purple Wayne
                                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                        8 months, 26 days ago

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

                                                                                  2. El Nino -The Kid
                                                                                      8 months, 26 days ago

                                                                                      Payet> Ozil for free??

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

                                                                                      Thoughts?

                                                                                      1. *sigh*
                                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                        8 months, 26 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
                                                                                        8 months, 26 days ago

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

                                                                                      3. BDA Shadow
                                                                                          8 months, 26 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
                                                                                          8 months, 26 days ago

                                                                                          🙂

                                                                                        1. Ziroᶻ
                                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                          8 months, 26 days ago

                                                                                          The Horse is old now. 😉

                                                                                        2. Ziroᶻ
                                                                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                          8 months, 26 days ago

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

                                                                                      4. Morgs
                                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                        8 months, 26 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
                                                                                            8 months, 26 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.

                                                                                        2. Fuchs Mane Kante
                                                                                            8 months, 26 days ago

                                                                                            Defoe

                                                                                            1. BDA Shadow
                                                                                                8 months, 26 days ago

                                                                                                Defriend

                                                                                                1. Fuchs Mane Kante
                                                                                                    8 months, 25 days ago

                                                                                                    Triple (c)

                                                                                              • Kualilo
                                                                                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                8 months, 26 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
                                                                                                    8 months, 25 days ago

                                                                                                    Amat in starting 11.Brunt out

                                                                                                    1. Floriszz17
                                                                                                        8 months, 25 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
                                                                                                        8 months, 25 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.

                                                                                                    3. Rohirrims
                                                                                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                      8 months, 26 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
                                                                                                        8 months, 26 days ago

                                                                                                        me

                                                                                                    4. Klopphiphop11
                                                                                                        8 months, 25 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..

                                                                                                      • danman1
                                                                                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                                                                                        8 months, 25 days ago

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

                                                                                                      • Floriszz17
                                                                                                          8 months, 25 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

                                                                                                        • rnrd
                                                                                                            8 months, 25 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 ??

                                                                                                          • jose249
                                                                                                              8 months, 24 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
                                                                                                                  8 months, 24 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

                                                                                                              2. achkata11
                                                                                                                  8 months, 24 days ago

                                                                                                                  Captain dilemma

                                                                                                                  Between - Costa , Sanches , Hazard , Ibra

                                                                                                                  C and VC ??