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. Js31
    • 4 Years
    6 days, 20 hours ago

    2FT
    Alonso & Anderson > Digne & Salah ?

    1. LosBlancos
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 days, 20 hours ago

      Sounds good

      1. LosBlancos
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 days, 20 hours ago

        no the best GW to ditch Alonso though

    2. HamezMace
      • 4 Years
      6 days, 20 hours ago

      I would.

    3. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      6 days, 20 hours ago

      I did alonso and anderson to Tomkins and Salah (had to go cheap and already have digne) so I recommend this move

      1. Js31
        • 4 Years
        6 days, 20 hours ago

        do like the idea of Alonso being bit of a differential now though, good fixture too. But only way i can get Salah in

    4. Teomi
        6 days, 20 hours ago

        not this week

      • 007 [RoboKlopp]
        • 2 Years
        6 days, 17 hours ago

        Can you do TAA instead of Digne?

        1. Js31
          • 4 Years
          6 days, 17 hours ago

          already got him

    5. Michelle Davin
      • 2 Years
      6 days, 20 hours ago

      Why Barnes over Deeney?

      1. BOATIES FC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        6 days, 20 hours ago

        Deeney might get a ban for after match comeents?

    6. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
      • 3 Years
      6 days, 20 hours ago

      Best way to save cash if needed? Think medium term and to fund Salah.

      A) Pereya/Fraser (instead of Richarlison)
      B) Arnie/Barnes/Wilson (instead of Rashford)
      C) Guaita (instead of Fabianski - have Button)
      D) Auba (sell Kane - A/B/C means losing Auba next week)

    7. JAMO97
        6 days, 20 hours ago

        G2G? Planning on either getting Richarlison in 352. Or either Salah for Haz depending on this GW.
        Fab
        Alonso, VVD, Digne, AWB
        Hazard, Sane, Martial, Anderson
        Auba, Wilson
        Button, Jiminez, Doherty, Obiang

      • ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
        • 2 Years
        6 days, 20 hours ago

        Play 3
        A) Anderson
        B) Digne
        C)AWB
        D)TAA(playing Robbo)
        E)Brooks

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          6 days, 20 hours ago

          ABD

          1. HamezMace
            • 4 Years
            6 days, 20 hours ago

            Same

        2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
          • 2 Years
          6 days, 20 hours ago

          Cheers, was thinking that too!

        3. CROCosta
            6 days, 20 hours ago

            abd

        4. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          6 days, 20 hours ago

          One last time, play one of:

          A) AWB (WAT)
          B) Mitrovic (bur)

          1. HamezMace
            • 4 Years
            6 days, 20 hours ago

            I'd go B

          2. BOATIES FC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            6 days, 20 hours ago

            B

          3. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
            • 3 Years
            6 days, 20 hours ago

            Definitely B

          4. wulfranian
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            6 days, 20 hours ago

            b

          5. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            6 days, 20 hours ago

            That settles it one last time. Cheers all

        5. BOATIES FC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          6 days, 20 hours ago

          Gua
          Alonso Lovren* AWB
          Sterling Hazard (v) Pogba Rich
          Auba Mitro Rashford
          Hamer Shaw Doherty Holjberg
          1ft 2.7 itb
          Just waiting on Lovren news now, I can play Shaw v spurs. Cash itb is for sterling or Hazard to salah next week so don't want to spend it!

        6. Yo Deli Alli
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          6 days, 20 hours ago

          Would appreciate some thoughts on a dilemma:

          (a) Fraser and Auba
          OR
          (b) Pogba and Firmino

          Am playing my wildcard and these are the two slots left to fill - Muchos Gracias

          1. wulfranian
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            6 days, 20 hours ago

            a

          2. HamezMace
            • 4 Years
            6 days, 20 hours ago

            It does depend on the rest of your team.
            If you have Salah, I'd say A.

            1. Yo Deli Alli
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              6 days, 20 hours ago

              A it is !! - thanks both

          3. JAMO97
              6 days, 20 hours ago

              A. Pereyera an option as well?

            • BOATIES FC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              6 days, 20 hours ago

              Tough one. What's the rest of the team?

          4. HamezMace
            • 4 Years
            6 days, 20 hours ago

            My personal captain poll, will be going with your help FFS community as I really can't decide for myself.

            A. Hazard (NEW)
            B. Sterling (WOL)
            C. Kane (UTD)
            D. Richarlison (BOU)

            Thanks all.

            1. Jamb0
              • 1 Year
              6 days, 20 hours ago

              Tricky between A/B.. leaning towards B

            2. Holmes
              • 5 Years
              6 days, 20 hours ago

              A

            3. Gudjohnsen
              • 1 Year
              6 days, 20 hours ago

              B out of those. A good differential and an entertaining monday.

            4. wulfranian
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              6 days, 20 hours ago

              a

            5. The 5% Team
                6 days, 20 hours ago

                C

              • Jᴀʀᴠish
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                6 days, 20 hours ago

                A and B close

              • Malwin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                6 days, 20 hours ago

                A

              • BOATIES FC
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                6 days, 20 hours ago

                The stats in the captain article suggest A quite strongly if I'm reading them right

              • kuzser
                • 1 Year
                6 days, 20 hours ago

                A or B, very close. Monitor Chelsea news. If Pedro and William are fit, then A

                1. HamezMace
                  • 4 Years
                  6 days, 20 hours ago

                  Lots of replies, A looks to be the winner, thank you all.

              • LosBlancos
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                6 days, 20 hours ago

                A

            6. Jamb0
              • 1 Year
              6 days, 20 hours ago

              Hello guys, GTG?

              Fabianski
              AWB, TAA, David Luiz
              Salah(c), Pogba, Hazard(v), Richarlison
              Jiminez, Arnautovic, Kane

              Patricio, Bednarek, Bennett, Hojbjerg

              1. Gudjohnsen
                • 1 Year
                6 days, 20 hours ago

                Arnie leaving or staying?

              2. HamezMace
                • 4 Years
                6 days, 20 hours ago

                Yes, gtg.

            7. Gudjohnsen
              • 1 Year
              6 days, 20 hours ago

              A. Luiz, Kolasinac, Kane
              B. Robertson, Digne, Aubameyang

              1. JAMO97
                  6 days, 20 hours ago

                  B

                • Holmes
                  • 5 Years
                  6 days, 20 hours ago

                  Out of those, B

                  Trent/Robertson, Luiz, Auba would be ideal though

                  1. kuzser
                    • 1 Year
                    6 days, 20 hours ago

                    This

                • HamezMace
                  • 4 Years
                  6 days, 20 hours ago

                  B

              2. Good Kompany
                  6 days, 20 hours ago

                  Capping Sterling as a necessity (Non Salah owner) but with such low ownership and even less caps it’s rare to get a shot at such a good differential... I’m looking forward to it!

                • EWH2020
                  • 5 Years
                  6 days, 20 hours ago

                  Does anyone think Hudson-Odoi will start this weekend?

                  1. Miguel Sanchez
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    6 days, 20 hours ago

                    Think Giroud will start so think it will be one of Willian or Pedro and Hudson Odoi on the bench

                • kuzser
                  • 1 Year
                  6 days, 20 hours ago

                  What to do here with lovren injured (already on -4)
                  1) WC
                  2) play Jimenez 
                  3) play schindler
                  4) do another hit for defender (4.9max)

                  Team is:
                  Fab 4.0
                  Lovren*** Digne awb Pereira 
                  Sane hazard Anderson lingard Salah
                  Kane
                  Subs:Jimenez kamara schindler

                  1. BOATIES FC
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    6 days, 20 hours ago

                    Play Jimmy

                  2. Jones Bond
                    • 2 Years
                    6 days, 20 hours ago

                    Yes play Jimenez

                • ViperStripes
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  6 days, 20 hours ago

                  Bench one:
                  1. AWB vs WAT(H)
                  2. Digne vs BOU(H)
                  3. Taylor vs FUL(H)
                  4. TAA vs BHA(A)
                  5. Anderson vs ARS(H)
                  6. Richarlison vs BOU(H)

                  Or really go for differential benching and bench one of Pogba/Rashford/Kane playing each other.

                  1. LosBlancos
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    6 days, 20 hours ago

                    3 > 1
                    Benching 4 or 6 is mad

                  2. kuzser
                    • 1 Year
                    6 days, 20 hours ago

                    1 or 3

                  3. Teddy Brewski
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    6 days, 20 hours ago

                    3

                  4. ViperStripes
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    6 days, 20 hours ago

                    Excellent choice guys. I had already benched Taylor of those.

                  5. HamezMace
                    • 4 Years
                    6 days, 20 hours ago

                    Bench all of Pogba, Rashford, and Kane.
                    Then you can be one of those people who post on the official FPL twitter feed with a ridiculously bench score claiming to be so unlucky.

                    ...serious answer 3.

                • Black Knights
                  • 6 Years
                  6 days, 20 hours ago

                  So Dejan injured... time for him to leave my team.

                  26 points in 3 games though; that really is befitting of the greatest defender to grace the game.

                  1. BOATIES FC
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    6 days, 20 hours ago

                    Is there an update then?

                • Please Answer Me
                  • 4 Years
                  6 days, 20 hours ago

                  martial and Anderson for Salah and 4.4?

                  1. Holmes
                    • 5 Years
                    6 days, 20 hours ago

                    1 player in exchange of 2, hmmm

                    1. Please Answer Me
                      • 4 Years
                      6 days, 20 hours ago

                      2 actually...read my comment properly

                      1. Holmes
                        • 5 Years
                        6 days, 20 hours ago

                        4.4 is of no use and has zero potential

                  2. HamezMace
                    • 4 Years
                    6 days, 20 hours ago

                    Does the 4.4m player need to play, or will they be bench fodder?

                • #FPLBhuna
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  6 days, 20 hours ago

                  pogba

                  4th most transferred in
                  5th most transferred out

                  i'm personally considering joining the 'out' gang - what are you doing?

                  1. Holmes
                    • 5 Years
                    6 days, 20 hours ago

                    holding

                  2. RamaJama
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    6 days, 20 hours ago

                    So many transferred him out only based on the fact he was a doubt. Now decleared fit and hasn't become a bad player after blanking one game. Seems to be nailed and IMO a better option than not nailed City mids and other mid priced mids

                    1. #FPLBhuna
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      6 days, 20 hours ago

                      fair comment mate

                      thinking to make the most of the everton fixtures in the short term

                      was considering pogba + anderson > richarlison + siggy (-4)

                      any thoughts?

                  3. Hasselbaink Forever
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    6 days, 20 hours ago

                    Easy keep

                  4. BOATIES FC
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    6 days, 20 hours ago

                    Hold for me. Decent fixtures after this game week. Good value and in form

                  5. danishdynamite
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    6 days, 20 hours ago

                    Keeping, he's a keeper.

                    Right up until he's not

                  6. g40steve
                      6 days, 20 hours ago

                      He plays, remember the Rashford exodus last game?

                  7. Here comes the Son
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    6 days, 20 hours ago

                    How will Chelsea line up? Thinking Hazard captain because of Salah traveling

                  8. Karan14 - (RoboKlopp)
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    6 days, 20 hours ago

                    Bench?

                    A) Jimènez (mci)
                    B) AWB (WAT)

                    Starting Pereyra (cry).

                    Cheers all! 🙂

                    1. Holmes
                      • 5 Years
                      6 days, 20 hours ago

                      A

                    2. LosBlancos
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      6 days, 20 hours ago

                      Wolves have scored against the top 6 regularly, and I expect Watford to score.

                      Id bench B

                  9. Kastodian
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    6 days, 20 hours ago

                    I have 0FT, 0.8ITB not sure who to bench?

                    Fab
                    Robbo Digne AWB WB
                    Salah Pogba Sane Camarasa
                    Kane Rashford

                    Stek Martial Kola Success

                    Thinking 3 ManU is overkill against an ok Spurs def?

                  10. Jones Bond
                    • 2 Years
                    6 days, 20 hours ago

                    Lingard to who?
                    To free up some cash
                    I’m thinking
                    A. Camarasa
                    B. McNeil
                    C. Someone else
                    Probably won’t play them often but will do this week cheers

                    1. Kastodian
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      6 days, 20 hours ago

                      A for me

                      1. Jones Bond
                        • 2 Years
                        6 days, 20 hours ago

                        Cheers for reply
                        Just a little worried about his injury or knock

                    2. Teddy Brewski
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      6 days, 20 hours ago

                      A seems the stand out at the sort of price if you have to play him occasionally. Particularly of course this week

                  11. _sidney_will
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    6 days, 20 hours ago

                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qN032N86d5I

                    Great insight into how badly Arsenal FC have been run over the last few years, absolute farce and so sad to see for a Gooner!

                  12. LosBlancos
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    6 days, 20 hours ago

                    A moment to talk about regression. Not regression is a phenomenon to be expected on a large sample size, but is something that does not happen gradually with xG usually.

                    That being said, Hazard is expected to outperform his xG (as is the case historically with him due to him being much better than the average player that xG is based upon) yet he is under performing it currently.

                    Newcastle are over performing their xGC, which could be in part due to a good goalkeeper, but luck as well.

                    Hazard scoring a brace or more is likely to put things in order instantly. Just to get that out.

                  13. Gudjohnsen
                    • 1 Year
                    6 days, 20 hours ago

                    Best defender for 4,9 or less?

                    1. danishdynamite
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 7 Years
                      6 days, 20 hours ago

                      Doherty, but surely you already have him ?

                      1. Gudjohnsen
                        • 1 Year
                        6 days, 20 hours ago

                        Yeah

                        1. danishdynamite
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          6 days, 20 hours ago

                          Holeba or Kiko, or double on Wolves nice run with Jonny

                    2. Teomi
                        6 days, 20 hours ago

                        shaw - after this gw

                    3. Teddy Brewski
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      6 days, 20 hours ago

                      My 11th player is a bit stinky this week. Which one to play?

                      Doherty (mci)
                      Bednarek (lei)
                      Kamara (bur)

                      1. Gudjohnsen
                        • 1 Year
                        6 days, 20 hours ago

                        B or C

                      2. Hasselbaink Forever
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        6 days, 20 hours ago

                        Kamara

                      3. danishdynamite
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        6 days, 20 hours ago

                        C

                    4. Gudjohnsen
                      • 1 Year
                      6 days, 20 hours ago

                      LFC defensive double up or 1 Chelsea defender (Luiz) and 1 LFC defender?

                      1. Teddy Brewski
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        6 days, 20 hours ago

                        LFC double up. TAA (best value) and VVD (only one who will never be rested in the league)

                      2. danishdynamite
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        6 days, 20 hours ago

                        I think you'll want Salah AND Mane once the blanks arrive, so one liverpool defender

                    5. The Head-Ake
                      • 2 Years
                      6 days, 20 hours ago

                      Patricio
                      Luiz - Digne - Kola
                      Haz - Salah - Pogba - Felipe - Martial
                      Auba - Jiminez

                      Subs: Button - AWB - Shaw - Kamara. 1FT and 1.4 ITB. Wise to bank the FT? What moves you look at doing later on?

                    6. gauzah
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      6 days, 20 hours ago

                      Hazard no goal at Stamford Bridge since GW7. Salah (C)

                      1. Gudjohnsen
                        • 1 Year
                        6 days, 20 hours ago

                        He's due then.

                      2. LosBlancos
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        6 days, 20 hours ago

                        Hazard has scored 2 goals or more twice as many times as Salah this season. Hazard (C).
                        😀

                      3. Rupert The Horse
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        6 days, 20 hours ago

                        Wow.

                        1. gauzah
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          6 days, 20 hours ago

                          I'm feeling salt after last week. Leave me be.

                    7. Giggs-Tosun Particle
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      6 days, 20 hours ago

                      What's this Fraser yellow flag?

                      101greatgoals.com says he's done his calf but 101greatgoals is probably the least reliable website in history.

                      1. PL Ball
                        • 7 Years
                        6 days, 20 hours ago

                        "Eddie Howe reports that Callum Wilson (hamstring), Joshua King (flu) and Ryan Fraser (hamstring) will all face late fitness checks ahead of the trip to Everton this weekend."

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                        1. Giggs-Tosun Particle
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          6 days, 19 hours ago

                          Prob should get on this Twitter malarkey, easier to just ask people here though and save myself the effort 🙂

                          Any particular Twitter accounts definitely needing to be followed?

                        2. Giggs-Tosun Particle
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 1 Year
                          6 days, 19 hours ago

                          Thanks btw

                      2. HamezMace
                        • 4 Years
                        6 days, 20 hours ago

                        Howe this morning - ''We've got a couple of knocks - Wilson, King was ill last week, and Fraser was limping at the end of the last game'' - all will face late fitness tests.