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. DT42
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 16 days ago

    2FTs and no time to think about FPL this week so I’m outsourcing my team to you geniuses! HELP!
    O.2 ITB, happy to make 3 transfers:
    Fabs.
    Luiz. Shaw. Kiko
    Haz (c). Sterling. Erickson. Martial.
    Kane. Rashford. Chico
    Bench: Patricio Doherty Bennett Kahal

    Chico to Deeney?
    How to fund Salah?

    Actually, very few have good fixtures but I want most next week. Is the free hit an option?

    First reasonable reply will change my team!

    1. Benteke Fried Chicken
        5 months, 16 days ago

        chico and martial to arnie and fraser/deulefeu?!

      • Fantastisk
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Hazard -> Salah
        Fabianski -> Guaita

        1. Benteke Fried Chicken
            5 months, 16 days ago

            Learn to read, he has 0.2 ITB 😉

            1. Fantastisk
              • 1 Year
              5 months, 16 days ago

              Do another trade then, he says he can do three. Learn to read.

        2. markloe
          • 8 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          Martial, Chica -> McNeil, Firmino

          1. DT42
            • 7 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            Mark wins. Transfers made. My fastest transfer decision ever!
            If this works I might outsource every week!

      • Rupert The Horse
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Ive owned Hazard every season he's been in the league, and never got a goal out of him.
        I am the Hazard destroyer.

        1. Gravless are for Kinnear
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          liar

        2. The Big Fella
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          Capital D in destroyer mate

        3. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          surely not !

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            Certain players in the game I've never been able to time, Alonso is another one.
            Siggy and Son however I've always times to perfection.

            1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
              • 3 Years
              5 months, 16 days ago

              Agree on Son - has never let me down. But Hazard is kryptonite in my team.

        4. Pieterke30
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          Do you own him now?

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            Sorry, but yes.
            Getting rid next week though.

        5. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          key with hazard is just to keep him. imo 🙂

        6. Pigsinblankets
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          Taking Haz out this week then? (Pls)

          1. Rupert The Horse
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            Next.

      • barcaa7
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 16 days ago

        a-Martial to Sigurdsson
        b-Ings to Barnes
        ???

        1. MarkoSD
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          a

        2. Benteke Fried Chicken
            5 months, 16 days ago

            what are you asking?

            A for free maybe yes

            B - no, can you not push the boat to arnie or rashford? maybe get someone cheaper than siggy to afford this.

            1. barcaa7
              • 1 Year
              5 months, 16 days ago

              yes for free mate
              thanks

        3. Tonyawesome69
            5 months, 16 days ago

            team G2G?

            Alisson
            Robertson-alonso-AWB
            Fraser-Rich-Pogba-Son(vc)-FAnderson
            Rashford-Kane(c)

            Speroni-Kamara-Doherty-Laporte

            1. MarkoSD
              • 3 Years
              5 months, 16 days ago

              gtg

            2. Benteke Fried Chicken
                5 months, 16 days ago

                laporte 1st sub maybe?

                1. Tonyawesome69
                    5 months, 16 days ago

                    I've lost faith in man city getting a CS. He will be transferred with Son in next GW.

              • OBAMA
                • 4 Years
                5 months, 16 days ago

                help a brother out, how's this WC team looking?

                Gua / Foster

                Pereira / Trent / Digne

                Snod / Richarlison / Salah / Sané / Deulofeu

                Kane / Aubameyang

                0.9m in bank

                Thoughts???

                1. MarkoSD
                  • 3 Years
                  5 months, 16 days ago

                  don't like snod and deul

                2. Benteke Fried Chicken
                    5 months, 16 days ago

                    I like it actually. snod and deu can rotate, if you sold 1 and made the other fodder lilke punchoen realistically you could only afford fraser.

                  • Pigsinblankets
                    • 3 Years
                    5 months, 16 days ago

                    Bench?

                3. Pieterke30
                  • 2 Years
                  5 months, 16 days ago

                  Would that be a good WC team?

                  Kepa Guaita
                  VVD TAA Digne Doherty AWB
                  Salah Pogba Richarlison Camarasa Puncheon
                  Kane Auba Arnautovic

                  0.8 ITB, Arnautovic to Rashford for GW23 if Rash still seems to be the main man up front for Utd.

                  1. Hakim Ziyech
                      5 months, 16 days ago

                      Yes. She looks good to me

                    • caldracula
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      5 months, 16 days ago

                      Would't have Kepa in goal, question marks over Arnoutovic and would prefer Robbo to VVD considering you have the cash for it. Overall looks decent for a 433 which I haven't seen diployed by many if any this season.

                    • caldracula
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      5 months, 16 days ago

                      Sorry just read the last part in regards to transferring in Rashford, that looks a good move.

                    • Jaws
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      5 months, 16 days ago

                      It would if you value Camarasa as 4th mid. I think he's a bit overhyped here. I'd downgrade Kepa to cheap GK who rotates well with Guaita and upgrade both Camarasa & Puch to Redmond & Deulofeu if your budget allows it. (SOT/WAT rotate beautifully until 38 bar gw30).

                    • Ready Player One
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      5 months, 16 days ago

                      No City...

                      Kane or Auba --> Aguero?

                  2. AYLD28
                    • 3 Years
                    5 months, 16 days ago

                    Current set up, on a minus 8

                    Fab (Hamer)
                    Digne TAA AWB (Shaw Doherty)
                    Salah Sterling Pogba Pererya Hazard
                    Auba Jimenez (Kamara)

                    Possible wildcard team A:

                    Guita (Button)
                    Pereira TAA AWB Robertson (Bednarak)
                    Salah Sane Pogba Hazard Camarasa
                    Rashford Kane (Kamara)

                    *I could keep Aubam with money ITB for Kane next game week if I wildcarded.

                    Possible Wildcard team B:
                    Lloris (Button)
                    Periera TAA AWB (Bednarak Doherty)
                    Salah Sane Pogba Hazard Siggy/Rich
                    Firmino Rashford (Kamara)

                    Thoughts?

                    1. Benteke Fried Chicken
                        5 months, 16 days ago

                        i prefer A. B has firmino and i dont like he price. Rashford/Arnie at around 7 is better or auba and kane are better as they consistently deliver. Firmino doesnt deliver the points required at his price.

                        Midfield in A looks strong also.

                        1. AYLD28
                          • 3 Years
                          5 months, 16 days ago

                          If A is where I’d go if I wildcarded and taking my current team into consideration, would you Wildcard?

                          1. Benteke Fried Chicken
                              5 months, 16 days ago

                              i would but i am bias as im wildcarding myself this week. But your team looks a lot better on wildcard and thats without the -8! Your front 6 can all deliver. I personally would go auba over kane and spend the change but thats preference and its 50/50 on that.

                      • Drum8888
                        • 1 Year
                        5 months, 16 days ago

                        RMT Please:

                        Alisson/Speroni
                        Luiz/Robertson/Digne/AWB/Doherty
                        Pogba/Salah/Hazard/Eriksen/Snodgrass
                        Jimenez/Rashford/Ings

                        I realise Ings is out for a few weeks but I'm just going to bench him in the meantime I think. Other options?

                        1. Slitherene
                          • 1 Year
                          5 months, 16 days ago

                          7/1
                          7/8/7/6/7
                          7/9/8/7/4
                          6/6/5

                          1. Fantastisk
                            • 1 Year
                            5 months, 16 days ago

                            8/0
                            7/9/6/9/7
                            7/10/6/8/5
                            6/5/5

                            1. Zladan
                              • 1 Year
                              5 months, 16 days ago

                              Are these predicted points scored this week?

                      • JabbaWookiee
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        5 months, 16 days ago

                        In need of your help guys! Fallen drastically behind in my MLs and dropped about 300k in OR in a month. Just about ready to jack It in.

                        A) Fanderson & Aubameyang > Salah & Arnie (-4)
                        B) Lingard & Kane > Salah & Rashford (-4)
                        C) Lingard, Aubameyang & Fabianski > Salah, Rashford & Button (-8)
                        D) Wait a week and save a hit

                        Cheers

                      • Bavarian
                        • 1 Year
                        5 months, 16 days ago

                        Who to play?
                        1-Fabianski-AWB
                        2-Guaita-Jimenez
                        3-Guaita-AWB

                        1. Benteke Fried Chicken
                            5 months, 16 days ago

                            2

                        2. SADIO SANÉ
                          • 3 Years
                          5 months, 16 days ago

                          which trio scores more in the below fixtures? top or bottom

                          Kane (ful)
                          Rich (sou)
                          Anderson (bou)
                          vs
                          Rashford (BHA)
                          Sterling (hud)
                          Sane (hud)

                          1. I hate Moreno
                            • 7 Years
                            5 months, 16 days ago

                            draw

                          2. JabbaWookiee
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 4 Years
                            5 months, 16 days ago

                            Trio 2

                          3. the vanisher
                            • 2 Years
                            5 months, 16 days ago

                            first one

                          4. SADIO SANÉ
                            • 3 Years
                            5 months, 16 days ago

                            classic replies 😀 basically nothing in it I guess, cheers all

                          5. Zladan
                            • 1 Year
                            5 months, 16 days ago

                            It would’ve been 1 if it wasn’t for Anderson. Kane outscores all other 5.

                            2.

                        3. MarkoSD
                          • 3 Years
                          5 months, 16 days ago

                          2 ft 1m itb

                          fabianski button
                          digne doherty awb vvd alonso
                          salah camarasa richa fraser hazard
                          kane kamara ings

                          a. camarasa to assists king gundogan?
                          b. ings to set and forget jimenez?
                          c. something else?

                        4. Shark Team
                          • 1 Year
                          5 months, 16 days ago

                          Plz help...for gw23 which one?
                          A)Anderson + Hazard -> Sterling + Fraser
                          B)Anderson + Richarlison -> Sane + Camarasa
                          *A)My plan is to keep Raz for 2gws and then switch back to Eden for HUD(H}

                        5. ZLATAN'S PONYTAIL
                          • 3 Years
                          5 months, 16 days ago

                          Fellow scouters/maybe specifically United supporters,

                          I'm making my long awaited pilgrimage to Old Trafford in March. Ive secured tickets but am keeping my eyes peeled on better tickets. Any tips/advice for match day?

                          Thanks!

                        6. George James
                          • 4 Years
                          5 months, 16 days ago

                          Which players are you most worried about not owning this gameweek?

                          Auba and Haz again for me.

                          1. RamaJama
                            • 6 Years
                            5 months, 16 days ago

                            Have Auba, Salah, Pogba and Haz, so not owning a city mid is my biggest worry

                            1. George James
                              • 4 Years
                              5 months, 16 days ago

                              nice bunch of players there you will do well. City points will be spread out IMO so hopefully you will do ok to avoid

                          2. Hakim Ziyech
                              5 months, 16 days ago

                              Sterling and Kane for me. I would likely bring in 1 before deadline

                            • Holmes (specialist in failu…
                              • 5 Years
                              5 months, 16 days ago

                              none really, I'm more worried about my team's performance 😮

                              1. George James
                                • 4 Years
                                5 months, 16 days ago

                                if your not worried about any players you dont own your team should be pretty good. I wouldn't worry 🙂

                          3. the vanisher
                            • 2 Years
                            5 months, 16 days ago

                            bench

                            a. brooks (eve)
                            b. kamara (bur)

                            1. Pep Pig
                              • 2 Years
                              5 months, 16 days ago

                              Bench Kamara mate. I expect goals in the Everton Bournemouth game as always

                          4. Pontus Jansson's Magic…
                            • 3 Years
                            5 months, 16 days ago

                            No idea how to use my 2 FTs.

                            A) Fabianski, Schindler > Guaita, TAA
                            B) Hamer > Guaita
                            C) Schindler > Lindelof
                            D) Schindler > other 4.8

                          5. MC-HAMMERS-TROUSERS
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            5 months, 16 days ago

                            RMWCT
                            Etheridge - McCarthy
                            Bamba - Digne - W-Bassaka - Cedrix - Holebas
                            Hazard (c) - KDB - Richar - Erikesen - Sane
                            Auba - Rashford - Andone

                            No Liverpool I know !!

                            1. Bavarian
                              • 1 Year
                              5 months, 16 days ago

                              No Liverpool 🙂

                            2. SPorting
                              • 7 Years
                              5 months, 16 days ago

                              I looked at your defence and I threw up a little in my mouth.

                            3. Benteke Fried Chicken
                                5 months, 16 days ago

                                who is andone?

                                1 midfielder needs to be downgraded for a better defence maybe. Like holebas to TAA.

                            4. FeedTheGoatAndHeWillScore
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 1 Year
                              5 months, 16 days ago

                              Anyone know of any news on Lpool defensive situation?
                              Lovren, Matip and Gomez return dates?
                              Thanks

                            5. Right back Atsu
                              • 5 Years
                              5 months, 16 days ago

                              On W/C. Pick 2 of Aub, Aguero and Kane? Ta.

                              1. Deeney-is-a-god
                                • 2 Years
                                5 months, 16 days ago

                                Aub and kane

                              2. Holmes (specialist in failu…
                                • 5 Years
                                5 months, 16 days ago

                                Aubameyang and Kun

                              3. Pep Pig
                                • 2 Years
                                5 months, 16 days ago

                                I personally would be picking Kane for sure, then Aub this week anyway. Still not certain Aguero plays as there's been no insight to his illness other than "flu"?

                                1. Numb
                                  • 4 Years
                                  5 months, 16 days ago

                                  Flu is bad, more than a few days before he can start training again

                                  1. Pep Pig
                                    • 2 Years
                                    5 months, 16 days ago

                                    My guess would be it is a cold and as always they're trying to make it sound more manly 🙂

                              4. Numb
                                • 4 Years
                                5 months, 16 days ago

                                Kane only

                                1. Right back Atsu
                                  • 5 Years
                                  5 months, 16 days ago

                                  Thanks folks, I'll keep Kane and stew over Aub or Kun.

                                  1. Pep Pig
                                    • 2 Years
                                    5 months, 16 days ago

                                    I think Aub will be rubbing his hands with this fixture. Especially with the Arnie rumours. He's the one player who I I fear will explode this weekend and I'm one of the few in my leagues who don't appear to own him

                            6. sirmorbach
                              • 3 Years
                              5 months, 16 days ago

                              Guys, I could really use some help here. Here's my current WC team:

                              Fabianski / Guaita

                              TAA / Doherty / Pereira / Duffy / Wan-B

                              Salah / Hazard / Sané / Fraser / Camarasa

                              Kun / Rashford / Arnie

                              I'm worried about Kun's illness and Arnie's situation, so do you lads think I should do

                              A. Kun, Arnie, Camarasa out / Firmino, Jimenez, Richarlison in, or

                              B. Kun, Arnie out / Auba, Jimenez in, or

                              C. Keep it as it is, or

                              D. Something else?

                              1. Benteke Fried Chicken
                                  5 months, 16 days ago

                                  kun to auba and duffy to TAA? and if you cannot afford it maybe downgrade fraser as he could be rulesd out.

                              2. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
                                • 3 Years
                                5 months, 16 days ago

                                Is there any chance either of these moves are worthwhile?
                                A) Kane, Son and Martial to Salah, Sane and Barnes.
                                B) Auba, Son and Martial to Salah, Pogba and Barnes.

                                1. TONY123
                                  • 3 Years
                                  5 months, 16 days ago

                                  Not this week - next week yes and probably B

                              3. abzywabzy
                                  5 months, 16 days ago

                                  Do Arnie and Willian start tomorrow?

                                  1. Shark Team
                                    • 1 Year
                                    5 months, 16 days ago

                                    Willian 100%
                                    Arnie 50/50

                                    1. Benteke Fried Chicken
                                        5 months, 16 days ago

                                        whats your reason to arnie 50/50

                                  2. TONY123
                                    • 3 Years
                                    5 months, 16 days ago

                                    Who to start:
                                    A) Jimenez (mci)
                                    B) AWB (WAT)

                                    1. RamaJama
                                      • 6 Years
                                      5 months, 16 days ago

                                      A, he's the forward

                                    2. Shark Team
                                      • 1 Year
                                      5 months, 16 days ago

                                      Jimenez

                                    3. Pontus Jansson's Magic…
                                      • 3 Years
                                      5 months, 16 days ago

                                      I’d be tempted to start AWB, I’ve benched his points so many times this season.

                                  3. Riders of Yohan
                                      5 months, 16 days ago

                                      Start jiminez or AWB?

                                      1. Riders of Yohan
                                          5 months, 16 days ago

                                          Just seen above

                                        • Shark Team
                                          • 1 Year
                                          5 months, 16 days ago

                                          Awb

                                      2. redwiing
                                        • 2 Years
                                        5 months, 16 days ago

                                        Is this TOO heavy for a wc? It came down to basically being Digne / Fraser / Arnie or having Hazard..

                                        Patricio / Guaita
                                        TAA / Shaw / Wan Bis / Jonny / Bednarek
                                        Salah / Hazard / Pogba / Camarasa / McNeil
                                        Aguero / Aubameyang / Long

                                      3. Livinginapool - Top 100 Any…
                                        • 9 Years
                                        5 months, 16 days ago

                                        Play one of Camarasa, Jimenez or AWB?

                                        1. RamaJama
                                          • 6 Years
                                          5 months, 16 days ago

                                          Jimenez

                                        2. Shark Team
                                          • 1 Year
                                          5 months, 16 days ago

                                          Camarasa

                                      4. #FPLBhuna
                                        • 2 Years
                                        5 months, 16 days ago

                                        son + pogba > mane + rich/siggy (-4)

                                        thoughts?

                                        1. TONY123
                                          • 3 Years
                                          5 months, 16 days ago

                                          No, not this week

                                      5. Pontus Jansson's Magic…
                                        • 3 Years
                                        5 months, 16 days ago

                                        Who to bring in?

                                        A) TAA
                                        B) Shaw

                                        Rest of D; Robbo, Digne, Doherty, AWB

                                        1. TONY123
                                          • 3 Years
                                          5 months, 16 days ago

                                          TAA

                                      6. Casp123
                                        • 3 Years
                                        5 months, 16 days ago

                                        Wildcard team - please help save my season. Squad value gone down the pan.

                                        Foster Button
                                        Alonso TAA AWB Bennett Bednarek
                                        Hazard Son FAnderson Lingard Brooks
                                        Kane Rashford Deeney

                                        Are Kane and Hazard too damaging here? Could go for Auba and Sane to upgrade Deeney/Lingard but undecided who would be an improvement (guessing Arnie is on his way to China).

                                        1. Pep Pig
                                          • 2 Years
                                          5 months, 16 days ago

                                          Only problem I see is you'll have to take Son out after the Utd game. On a WC I would have suggested Son > Siggy
                                          Then you could turn Lingard into Pogba by making Deeney > Barnes or Alonso > Luiz

                                          Or you could look to making Hazard Salah with similar to the above?

                                          1. Benteke Fried Chicken
                                              5 months, 16 days ago

                                              or this^. Best time to remove son would be now in your case.

                                          2. Benteke Fried Chicken
                                              5 months, 16 days ago

                                              do not rate deeney, he can play well but just get 2 points.. Give arnie a go. Might stay, might even go to a premiership team!

                                              Arnie has wife/kids etc he may not want to go to china.

                                              Lingard will not constantly start and produce (i'm united fan). Maybe get an everton mid as it looks like bournemouth key players are all 50/50/