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
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 6 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
      2 months, 6 days ago

      chico and martial to arnie and fraser/deulefeu?!

    2. Fantastisk
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Hazard -> Salah
      Fabianski -> Guaita

      1. Benteke Fried Chicken
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Learn to read, he has 0.2 ITB 😉

        1. Fantastisk
          2 months, 6 days ago

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

    3. markloe
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Martial, Chica -> McNeil, Firmino

      1. DT42
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

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

  2. Rupert The Horse
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 6 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
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      liar

    2. The Big Fella
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Capital D in destroyer mate

    3. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      surely not !

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 6 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
          2 months, 6 days ago

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

    4. Pieterke30
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Do you own him now?

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Sorry, but yes.
        Getting rid next week though.

    5. Ajax Hamsterdam
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      key with hazard is just to keep him. imo 🙂

    6. Pigsinblankets
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Taking Haz out this week then? (Pls)

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

        Next.

  3. barcaa7
    2 months, 6 days ago

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

    1. MarkoSD
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      a

    2. Benteke Fried Chicken
      2 months, 6 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
        2 months, 6 days ago

        yes for free mate
        thanks

  4. Tonyawesome69
    2 months, 6 days ago

    team G2G?

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

    Speroni-Kamara-Doherty-Laporte

    1. MarkoSD
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      gtg

    2. Benteke Fried Chicken
      2 months, 6 days ago

      laporte 1st sub maybe?

      1. Tonyawesome69
        2 months, 6 days ago

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

  5. OBAMA
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 6 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
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      don't like snod and deul

    2. Benteke Fried Chicken
      2 months, 6 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.

    3. Pigsinblankets
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Bench?

  6. Pieterke30
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 6 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
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Yes. She looks good to me

    2. caldracula
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 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.

    3. caldracula
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

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

    4. Jaws
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 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).

    5. Ready Player One
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 6 days ago

      No City...

      Kane or Auba --> Aguero?

  7. AYLD28
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 6 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
      2 months, 6 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
        2 months, 6 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
          2 months, 6 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.

  8. Drum8888
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 6 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
      2 months, 6 days ago

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

      1. Fantastisk
        2 months, 6 days ago

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

        1. Zladan
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 6 days ago

          Are these predicted points scored this week?

  9. JabbaWookiee
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 6 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

  10. Bavarian
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 6 days ago

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

    1. Benteke Fried Chicken
      2 months, 6 days ago

      2

  11. SADIO SANÉ
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 6 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
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      draw

    2. JabbaWookiee
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Trio 2

    3. the vanisher
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      first one

    4. SADIO SANÉ
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

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

    5. Zladan
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

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

      2.

  12. MarkoSD
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 6 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?

  13. Shark Team
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 6 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}

  14. ZLATAN'S PONYTAIL
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 6 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!

  15. George James
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

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

    Auba and Haz again for me.

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

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

      1. George James
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 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
      2 months, 6 days ago

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

    3. Holmes
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

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

      1. George James
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

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

  16. the vanisher
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 6 days ago

    bench

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

    1. Pep Pig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

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

  17. Pontus Jansson's Magic…
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 6 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

  18. MC-HAMMERS-TROUSERS
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 6 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
      2 months, 6 days ago

      No Liverpool 🙂

    2. SPorting
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

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

    3. Benteke Fried Chicken
      2 months, 6 days ago

      who is andone?

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

  19. FeedTheGoatAndHeWillScore
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 6 days ago

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

  20. Right back Atsu
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

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

    1. Deeney-is-a-god
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Aub and kane

    2. Holmes
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Aubameyang and Kun

    3. Pep Pig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 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
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

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

        1. Pep Pig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 6 days ago

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

    4. Numb
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Kane only

      1. Right back Atsu
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 6 days ago

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

        1. Pep Pig
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 6 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

  21. sirmorbach
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 6 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
      2 months, 6 days ago

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

  22. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 6 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
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Not this week - next week yes and probably B

  23. abzywabzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Do Arnie and Willian start tomorrow?

    1. Shark Team
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Willian 100%
      Arnie 50/50

      1. Benteke Fried Chicken
        2 months, 6 days ago

        whats your reason to arnie 50/50

  24. TONY123
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

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

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      A, he's the forward

    2. Shark Team
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Jimenez

    3. Pontus Jansson's Magic…
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

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

  25. Riders of Yohan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Start jiminez or AWB?

    1. Riders of Yohan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Just seen above

    2. Shark Team
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Awb

  26. redwiing
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 6 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

  27. Livinginapool - Top 100 Any…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Play one of Camarasa, Jimenez or AWB?

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Jimenez

    2. Shark Team
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 6 days ago

      Camarasa

  28. #FPLBhuna
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

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

    thoughts?

    1. TONY123
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      No, not this week

  29. Pontus Jansson's Magic…
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 6 days ago

    Who to bring in?

    A) TAA
    B) Shaw

    Rest of D; Robbo, Digne, Doherty, AWB

    1. TONY123
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 6 days ago

      TAA

  30. Casp123
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 6 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
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 6 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
        2 months, 6 days ago

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

    2. Benteke Fried Chicken
      2 months, 6 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/