Captains

Captain Sensible – Aubameyang can challenge Salah and Hazard

It looks like a three-way battle for the Gameweek 22 captaincy this weekend.

Fantasy Premier League managers are having to think big as we head into the first round of action for some time.

With the wealth of premium options all in decent form at the start of 2019, choosing the right captain could prove harder than ever.

We’re here to analyse the debate from all angles by looking at individual data, team attacking statistics and opposition defences.

Captain Poll

Mohamed Salah (£13.3m) is set to win the Gameweek 22 captain poll as, at the time of writing, he has 40% backing from the voters. The Egyptian faces Brighton on Saturday afternoon having scored 12 points in three of his last four Premier League outings. Salah’s ownership continues to rise again, now just over 42% after his excellent recent form, which is probably the reason why he has done so well in our poll. The Liverpool man seems to be returning to the ‘auto-captain’ status he ended the 2017/18 campaign in.

Some way behind Salah in second place is Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard (£11.1m). It appears that 23% of our voters are confident the Belgian will deliver in Gameweek 22 after two consecutive blanks to round off the hectic festive fixtures. If we are to believe that Hazard tends to punish those who sell him after blanks, maybe he is indeed set for some attacking returns at home to Newcastle on Saturday. The Magpies have registered just one clean sheet in their last five away matches.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.4m) looks set to claim the bronze medal with his 11% backing ahead of Arsenal’s trip to West Ham. The Hammers still have just one clean sheet at home while Aubameyang has attacking returns in all but one away match against sides outside the top six this season.

Sergio Aguero (£11.2m) is the best of the rest with just 6% backing, the voters suitably afraid both of the Wolves defence and the form that Manchester City have shown in Premier League matches. As we discussed in our recent League Cup notes, a 9-0 win over League Cup opposition could mean little when the top flight action is resumed. Raheem Sterling (£11.3m) has just a third of Aguero’s support, with 2% of the vote, with Leroy Sané (£9.5m) even further behind on 1.25%.

Sandwiched amongst those options are Harry Kane (£12.6m) whose 2.49% share is reflective of a match against Manchester United, while Felipe Anderson (£7.4m) remains the most popular West Ham man. The Brazilian has garnered 1.9% of the vote at the time of writing.

Richarlison (£6.9m) is the only other player over 1% while Marko Arnautovic (£6.9m) and Son Heung-min (£8.8m) were close at the time of writing. The West Ham man on 0.95% and Spurs’ South Korean international with 0.83%.

 

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1,560 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Rik Waller
    • 1 Year
    7 days, 15 hours ago

    What shall I get to eat?

    1. Holmes
      • 5 Years
      7 days, 15 hours ago

      Biryani

    2. #FPLBhuna
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 15 hours ago

      think i'm popping to a co-op myself sadly

      sandwich meal it is

      biryani sounds so appetising though.. :'(

    3. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 15 hours ago

      Soup and a sandwich - covers the bases.

    4. Jᴀʀᴠish
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 15 hours ago

      If that is you in your profile pic, a salad.

      1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
        • 3 Years
        7 days, 15 hours ago

        *Without the blue cheese dressing

      2. Rik Waller
        • 1 Year
        7 days, 15 hours ago

        haha, speak for yourself, thumb-head

        1. Jᴀʀᴠish
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          7 days, 15 hours ago

          😆

    5. GreenWindmill
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 days, 15 hours ago

      Sushi

    6. La Roja
      • 6 Years
      7 days, 15 hours ago

      B*llocks sandwich

    7. Four Hit Wonder
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 15 hours ago

      A bite.

  2. hsakrujd
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    7 days, 15 hours ago

    Any comments from Hodgson on how secure Guita starting position is?

  3. The 5% Team
    7 days, 15 hours ago

    For all the non Salah owners: are you bringing him in next GW or waiting a few more weeks...or going without altogether?

    1. Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 days, 15 hours ago

      I think it depends a lot on how he does vs Brighton

      1. DAZZ
        • 4 Years
        7 days, 15 hours ago

        So if Salah blanks against Brighton you wont be bringing him in for Palace and Leicester home?

        1. Whazza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          7 days, 15 hours ago

          Not talking about me, I'm captaining him this gw. But if he looks bad vs Brighton he is very expensive to bring in. Cry and Lei are two of the best defences recently too.

    2. Midlands Saint73
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 15 hours ago

      Getting him in next week. I could do Haz and Sterling to Salah and Dilva for -4 but think I will wait just one more week and do moves for free.

    3. T96
      7 days, 15 hours ago

      I have 2FT and I'm not bringing him in because I'd have to gut my defence therefore I'll be waiting until next week or the week after....
      Still have the likes of Aub, Haz, Eriksen, Sane, Rich and Pogba in my team so not too worried.

    4. The 5% Team
      7 days, 15 hours ago

      I really like the fixtures of most of my players for the next 3 GW, so my plan is to get Salah in GW 25 at the earliest

    5. Four Hit Wonder
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 15 hours ago

      I was a non owner and just brought him in on a WC. He was the reason for wildcarding in the first place.

  4. Eric Banternaaa
    • 4 Years
    7 days, 15 hours ago

    Any help lads? 2FT 1.5ITB

    Fabianski / Hamer
    VVD / Digne / Zanka / Balbuena / WanB
    Salah / Pogba / Richarlison / Hazard / Billing
    Auba / Jiminez / Rashford

    Appreciate any feedback:
    A Fabianski/Balbuena > Pickford/Trent - West Ham have an awful run of fixtures coming up and Valb seesm to be out for at least 2 weeks
    B Pogba/Balbuena > Sane/4.5 - Did Sane to Pogba last week big regret!
    C Valbuena > 5.8 Defender
    D Other

    1. Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 days, 15 hours ago

      Don't get Pickford. You have Digne already and Everton bad defence. I think C looks your best option, but not sure who to get in.

      1. Eric Banternaaa
        • 4 Years
        7 days, 15 hours ago

        Valb > TAA?

        1. Whazza
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          7 days, 15 hours ago

          Yeah, seems a no-brainer actually. Missed you have VVD not TAA. I'm getting both on WC.

    2. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 15 hours ago

      Definitely lose Balbuena. I'd double up with TAA myself.

    3. GreenWindmill
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 days, 15 hours ago

      C looks best for sure.

      Balbuena to Alexander-Arnold and keep the change.

  5. super zlatan
    • 7 Years
    7 days, 15 hours ago

    Pick one to start from

    Fraser
    Jiminez
    AWB

    🙁

    1. Eric Banternaaa
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 15 hours ago

      AWB

    2. GreenWindmill
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 days, 15 hours ago

      Oof, probably AWB but tricky call. Nice bench though whatever you do 🙂

      1. super zlatan
        • 7 Years
        7 days, 15 hours ago

        Cheers all

    3. Cruyff's Eleven
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      7 days, 15 hours ago

      I've picked the striker over the defender. Jimi stats are good against top 6 and all it takes is a cheeky deflection......

  6. GiorgioCanalia
    • 2 Years
    7 days, 15 hours ago

    Is it just stupid idea or good idea?

    2FT, 1.0 ITB

    Kane & Gunarsson -> Salah & Kamara/Success

    And then my GW team is

    Fabianski
    Digne TAA AWB Kolasinac
    Salah Hazard Son Anderson Pogba
    Auba

    Hamer Jimenez Kamara Doherty

    1. TaiwanHC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 15 hours ago

      Absolutely not

    2. Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 days, 15 hours ago

      It depends, do you want Kane or Salah long term

    3. Jᴀʀᴠish
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      7 days, 15 hours ago

      Even if you think Kane's fixture this week is bad, look at the ones afterwards.

      1. GiorgioCanalia
        • 2 Years
        7 days, 15 hours ago

        So its better to wait one week and do Auba&Son -> Rashford & Salah ? I will lose one transfer unfortunatelly or i can upgrade Gunarsson to Camarasa

  7. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 15 hours ago

    Better option...
    A) Pogba and sub 6 forward (Barnes I expect)
    B) FAnderson and Rashford

    1. Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 days, 15 hours ago

      B

  8. Son(G) Kane(A)
    7 days, 15 hours ago

    Alonso is getting a big score this week based on his recent performances imo. Really wanted him but I’m not hitting trippier out for him. Have to wait I guess

  9. Hazardous1983
    • 8 Years
    7 days, 15 hours ago

    Firminho or rashford on wildcard

    1. Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 days, 15 hours ago

      Rash

    2. TheKeeker
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 days, 15 hours ago

      Rashford for fixtures after this GW

    3. GreenWindmill
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      7 days, 15 hours ago

      I prefer Firmino in a straight shoot out as he's nailed and Rashford isn't but if you've got decent cover and the price difference allows some other good upgrades then neither are a bad option.

  10. britzdubb
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    7 days, 15 hours ago

    2 free transfers available, any suggestion(s)?

    fab
    azpi digne kola
    hazard(c) son pogba felipe
    kane zaha rashford

    hart lingard awb doherty

    1. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 15 hours ago

      I switch one of your keepers, possibly to Guaita.

    2. caldracula
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 15 hours ago

      Zaha to Kamara, Fab to Alisson.

      Next week - Azpi to Bednerak and Son to Salah doable?

  11. On minus four (-4)
    • 2 Years
    7 days, 15 hours ago

    Aguero vs. Auba

    I was all set to get Aguero because I am cityless.
    That move would give me this front 7:

    Salah - Hazard - Pogba - Pereyra - Camarasa
    Kane - Aguero* - Jimenez

    But since Kun is flagged with illness I am thinking to change the plan and get Auba instead and remain cityless for a while.

    What would you do? Any advice on this?

    1. britzdubb
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 15 hours ago

      get Jesus

      1. On minus four (-4)
        • 2 Years
        7 days, 15 hours ago

        I don't think he is nailed enough

    2. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 15 hours ago

      Wait for Pep's press conference in an hour, we should know more then.

      1. On minus four (-4)
        • 2 Years
        7 days, 15 hours ago

        thanks, I will do it for sure.

        I would be happy with Auba but I know I will need one or more more transfers to sort this cityless issue which I am not confortable with.

  12. Typo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    7 days, 15 hours ago

    Has F.Andersons numbers gone to scheit since people are selling? Not long since he scored 15 points

    1. Son(G) Kane(A)
      7 days, 15 hours ago

      Anderson is captain material this week

    2. Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 days, 15 hours ago

      I think it's because Arnie is back and will be WHU attacker to get. Unless he goes to China ofc

  13. Hazardous1983
    • 8 Years
    7 days, 15 hours ago

    Sane firmihno stephens
    Sane rashford fraser
    hazard camrasa rashford
    Sterling camarasa rashford

    What combo.is better

    1. Kenna
      7 days, 15 hours ago

      Haz one

      1. Hazardous1983
        • 8 Years
        7 days, 15 hours ago

        No city coverage?

        1. caldracula
          • 2 Years
          7 days, 15 hours ago

          Agree with the Hazard option

  14. Kenna
    7 days, 15 hours ago

    Felipe Anderson + Son > Sterling + richarlison

    0.0 itb

    That would make my team look like this

    Fab

    TAA Digne Doherty
    Salah Sterling Haz Pogba Richarlison
    Kane Jiminez

    Bench (Button, AWB, Kamara, Bednarek)

  15. sscot110
    7 days, 15 hours ago

    Wildcard what you think

    GUAITA

    WAN-Bissaka Shaw TAA
    Salah Pogba Redmond Richarlision
    Aguero Aubanmeyang Kane

    button, Camarasa , Bednarek Bennet

    Look good?

    1. Kenna
      7 days, 15 hours ago

      Redmond to Fraser ?

      1. sscot110
        7 days, 15 hours ago

        Dont have the money for that 0.9 away unless drop one of the big guns

        1. Kenna
          7 days, 15 hours ago

          Maybe brooks?

          1. sscot110
            7 days, 15 hours ago

            did think about brooks but have more a hunch on redmond tbh. Can chip in with a few goals and southampton have some good fixtures. def an option otherwise kante

    2. avfc82
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 15 hours ago

      Interesting, what a front line!

      I'd personally downgrade one of them and upgrade Redmond as there is always a good budget forward around (Rashford, Ings, Barnes etc), but that's just my opinion, nothing wrong with what you are proposing.

      Not convinced by Man Utd's defence either, so I would possibly look at moving Shaw but he does have good fixtures post Spurs so I can see why you'd select him.

      1. sscot110
        7 days, 15 hours ago

        Agreed. I had just before he peaked. With returns of Lukaku and martial i believe his time will be limited and he will be pushed out wide perhaps having less involvement. just an hunch.

        Shaw is a holder for lovern when he returns. Could put in place Bamba instead but would be easy for shaw to get assist passing it inside for someone to shoot was the logic. United have good fixtures after like u said.

        1. avfc82
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          7 days, 15 hours ago

          IMO Rashford isn't going anywhere, he's no1 till he stops scoring. Fair enough re Shaw, could pay off.

    3. Whazza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      7 days, 15 hours ago

      Wouldn't trust Redmond every week. You have 4 very expensive attackers but can only captain one. Meaning some of them might be bad value. I'd say Aguero to Rashford and upgrade Redmond.

    4. Four Hit Wonder
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 15 hours ago

      Lol I can afford the exact same team with 0.0 ITB.

      Wouldn't do it though. Too many sacrifices in defense and midfield to have these 4 big hitters. With Rash in form you don't need a 35m forward trio.

  16. HaffNanner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    7 days, 15 hours ago

    Who to drop for Salah is doing my nut in. Who would you sacrifice?

    A. Kane
    B. Hazard
    C. Auba

    1. Kenna
      7 days, 15 hours ago

      Gee that's tough

    2. BigBillyBass
      7 days, 15 hours ago

      B

    3. Valar(Keith)
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      7 days, 15 hours ago

      Same here.. Contemplating leaving them all in and going triple pool defense instead lol

    4. caldracula
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 15 hours ago

      Auba next week.

  17. BigBillyBass
    7 days, 15 hours ago

    I do think Richarlison can be a very good captain differential for any ML chasers this week.

    Bournemouth are the pits at the minute and potentially with 8 players out

    1. Son(G) Kane(A)
      7 days, 15 hours ago

      Rich stats recently are garbage

      1. BigBillyBass
        7 days, 15 hours ago

        He's due a big haul

      2. Whazza
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        7 days, 15 hours ago

        Wrong

  18. Here comes the Son
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 days, 15 hours ago

    Hazard or Salah captain?

    1. Son(G) Kane(A)
      7 days, 15 hours ago

      Hazard

    2. BigBillyBass
      7 days, 15 hours ago

      Salah by a mile

      1. super zlatan
        • 7 Years
        7 days, 15 hours ago

        Salad.

        1. BigBillyBass
          7 days, 15 hours ago

          This

  19. Wolves Ay We
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 15 hours ago

    Which one to do?

    A) Captain Hazard and keep Son

    B) Replace Hazard and Son with Salah and Fraser and captain Salah for -4

  20. Misteak
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    7 days, 15 hours ago

    Need to get rid of someone so I don't lose an FT. Will use two to get Salah in next week. But who goes? I'm thinking A.

    A. Fanderson > Richarlison

    B. Snodgrass > Camasara

    C. Alonso > Tarkowski/Digne/Pereira

  21. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 15 hours ago

    Fabs
    TAA Robbo Digne
    Martial Son Anderson Camarasa Hazard
    Kane Auba
    Button - AWB - Jimenez - Doherty

    What's the most useful move? Probably delaying the big Salah switcharoo until next week I think. 2fts 0.3itb

    A) Fabs to Guaita
    B) Martial to Richarlison (or Pereya/Fraser)
    C) Other

  22. Malwin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    7 days, 15 hours ago

    Would you do:
    Son + Lingard --> Salah + 6.0 mill for -4 this week or hold ?

    Current att:
    Haz - Pogba - Fraser - Son - Lingard
    Kane - Rashford - Rondon

  23. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    7 days, 15 hours ago

    This article makes me think that us that own Kane over Auba are going to get slaughtered in the rankings this GW! 🙁

    1. caldracula
      • 2 Years
      7 days, 15 hours ago

      Auba will do better this week but you have 10 other players in your team.

  24. MANGE TOUT RODNEY
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 15 hours ago

    Wilson owners, who is coming off your bench if he doesn't play?

    For me it's Kante.

  25. TheKeeker
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    7 days, 15 hours ago

    Deulefeu or Iwobi?

    1. Mr Q
      • 3 Years
      7 days, 15 hours ago

      Deu

      1. TheKeeker
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        7 days, 15 hours ago

        Thanks. Thought the same, now doubting myself

  26. tbhogal
    • 9 Years
    7 days, 15 hours ago

    Guys, which moves are best for my team let me know pls?. 2Ft's 2.3 itb.

    A) Patricio for Guaita & FAnderson for Sane
    B) Lovren for TAA
    C) Lovren for TAA & FAnderson for Eriksen

    Patricio (Hamer)
    Digne, Lovren, Alonso (AWB, Bennett)
    Pogba, Anderson, Rich, Salah (Hojberg)
    Rashford, Kane, Jimenez

  27. Mr Q
    • 3 Years
    7 days, 15 hours ago

    Two choices:

    Play one:
    1) awb
    2) shaw
    3) Doherty
    4) kamara

    Captain:
    A) Hazard
    B) Salah

    Thanks

  28. Aubazette
    7 days, 15 hours ago

    1. Martial, Kamara, Kolasinac, Fabiański -> Bernardo Silva, Rashford, Bednarek, Button ( later I will switch Stekelenburg to Ryan, and Diangana to Puncheon) (-8 next week)

    2. Fabianski to Button, and Sane for Martial, later Diangana to Puncheon (-4 this week)

  29. #FPLBhuna
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    7 days, 15 hours ago

    I have cantsaveatransfer-itus

    anyone else suffer from this condition?

    🙁

    1. Four Hit Wonder
      • 1 Year
      7 days, 15 hours ago

      No. I usually have needtotakeahitus.