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
    5 months, 16 days ago

    2FT
    Alonso & Anderson > Digne & Salah ?

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

      Sounds good

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

        no the best GW to ditch Alonso though

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

      I would.

    3. dbeck
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      5 months, 16 days 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
        5 months, 16 days 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
        5 months, 16 days ago

        not this week

      • 007 [RoboKlopp]
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 16 days ago

        Can you do TAA instead of Digne?

        1. Js31
          • 4 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          already got him

    5. Michelle Davin
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 16 days ago

      Why Barnes over Deeney?

      1. BOATIES FC
          5 months, 16 days ago

          Deeney might get a ban for after match comeents?

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

      3. JAMO97
          5 months, 16 days 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
          5 months, 16 days ago

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

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            ABD

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

              Same

          2. ⚔★Vibudh★⚔
            • 2 Years
            5 months, 16 days ago

            Cheers, was thinking that too!

          3. CROCosta
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 16 days ago

            abd

        • Miguel Sanchez
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 16 days ago

          One last time, play one of:

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

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

            I'd go B

          2. BOATIES FC
              5 months, 16 days ago

              B

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

              Definitely B

            • wulfranian
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 16 days ago

              b

            • Miguel Sanchez
              • 2 Years
              5 months, 16 days ago

              That settles it one last time. Cheers all

          3. BOATIES FC
              5 months, 16 days 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!

            • Yo Deli Alli
              • 1 Year
              5 months, 16 days 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
                • 2 Years
                5 months, 16 days ago

                a

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

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

                1. Yo Deli Alli
                  • 1 Year
                  5 months, 16 days ago

                  A it is !! - thanks both

              3. JAMO97
                  5 months, 16 days ago

                  A. Pereyera an option as well?

                • BOATIES FC
                    5 months, 16 days ago

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

                • HamezMace
                  • 4 Years
                  5 months, 16 days 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
                    5 months, 16 days ago

                    Tricky between A/B.. leaning towards B

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

                    A

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

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

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

                    a

                  5. The 5% Team
                      5 months, 16 days ago

                      C

                    • Jᴀʀᴠish
                      • 4 Years
                      5 months, 16 days ago

                      A and B close

                    • Malwin
                      • 2 Years
                      5 months, 16 days ago

                      A

                    • BOATIES FC
                        5 months, 16 days ago

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

                      • kuzser
                        • 2 Years
                        5 months, 16 days ago

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

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

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

                      • LosBlancos
                        • 1 Year
                        5 months, 16 days ago

                        A

                    • Jamb0
                      • 1 Year
                      5 months, 16 days ago

                      Hello guys, GTG?

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

                      Patricio, Bednarek, Bennett, Hojbjerg

                      1. Gudjohnsen
                        • 2 Years
                        5 months, 16 days ago

                        Arnie leaving or staying?

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

                        Yes, gtg.

                    • Gudjohnsen
                      • 2 Years
                      5 months, 16 days ago

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

                      1. JAMO97
                          5 months, 16 days ago

                          B

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

                          Out of those, B

                          Trent/Robertson, Luiz, Auba would be ideal though

                          1. kuzser
                            • 2 Years
                            5 months, 16 days ago

                            This

                        • HamezMace
                          • 4 Years
                          5 months, 16 days ago

                          B

                      2. Good Kompany
                          5 months, 16 days 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
                          5 months, 16 days ago

                          Does anyone think Hudson-Odoi will start this weekend?

                          1. Miguel Sanchez
                            • 2 Years
                            5 months, 16 days ago

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

                        • kuzser
                          • 2 Years
                          5 months, 16 days 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
                              5 months, 16 days ago

                              Play Jimmy

                            • Jones Bond
                              • 2 Years
                              5 months, 16 days ago

                              Yes play Jimenez

                          2. ViperStripes
                            • 9 Years
                            5 months, 16 days 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
                              • 1 Year
                              5 months, 16 days ago

                              3 > 1
                              Benching 4 or 6 is mad

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

                              1 or 3

                            3. Teddy Brewski
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              5 months, 16 days ago

                              3

                            4. ViperStripes
                              • 9 Years
                              5 months, 16 days ago

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

                            5. HamezMace
                              • 4 Years
                              5 months, 16 days 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.

                          3. Black Knights
                            • 7 Years
                            5 months, 16 days 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
                                5 months, 16 days ago

                                Is there an update then?

                            2. Please Answer Me
                              • 4 Years
                              5 months, 16 days ago

                              martial and Anderson for Salah and 4.4?

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

                                1 player in exchange of 2, hmmm

                                1. Please Answer Me
                                  • 4 Years
                                  5 months, 16 days ago

                                  2 actually...read my comment properly

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

                                    4.4 is of no use and has zero potential

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

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

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

                              pogba

                              4th most transferred in
                              5th most transferred out

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

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

                                holding

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

                                Easy keep

                              4. BOATIES FC
                                  5 months, 16 days ago

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

                                • danishdynamite
                                  • 8 Years
                                  5 months, 16 days ago

                                  Keeping, he's a keeper.

                                  Right up until he's not

                                • g40steve
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 1 Year
                                  5 months, 16 days ago

                                  He plays, remember the Rashford exodus last game?

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

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

                              6. Karan14
                                • 3 Years
                                5 months, 16 days ago

                                Bench?

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

                                Starting Pereyra (cry).

                                Cheers all! 🙂

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

                                  A

                                2. LosBlancos
                                  • 1 Year
                                  5 months, 16 days ago

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

                                  Id bench B

                              7. Kastodian
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 2 Years
                                5 months, 16 days 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?

                              8. Jones Bond
                                • 2 Years
                                5 months, 16 days 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
                                  • 2 Years
                                  5 months, 16 days ago

                                  A for me

                                  1. Jones Bond
                                    • 2 Years
                                    5 months, 16 days ago

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

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

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

                              9. _sidney_will
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 2 Years
                                5 months, 16 days 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!

                              10. LosBlancos
                                • 1 Year
                                5 months, 16 days 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.

                              11. Gudjohnsen
                                • 2 Years
                                5 months, 16 days ago

                                Best defender for 4,9 or less?

                                1. danishdynamite
                                  • 8 Years
                                  5 months, 16 days ago

                                  Doherty, but surely you already have him ?

                                  1. Gudjohnsen
                                    • 2 Years
                                    5 months, 16 days ago

                                    Yeah

                                    1. danishdynamite
                                      • 8 Years
                                      5 months, 16 days ago

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

                                2. Teomi
                                    5 months, 16 days ago

                                    shaw - after this gw

                                3. Teddy Brewski
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 4 Years
                                  5 months, 16 days ago

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

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

                                  1. Gudjohnsen
                                    • 2 Years
                                    5 months, 16 days ago

                                    B or C

                                  2. Hasselbaink Forever
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 5 Years
                                    5 months, 16 days ago

                                    Kamara

                                  3. danishdynamite
                                    • 8 Years
                                    5 months, 16 days ago

                                    C

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

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

                                  1. Teddy Brewski
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 4 Years
                                    5 months, 16 days ago

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

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

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

                                5. The Head-Ake
                                  • 2 Years
                                  5 months, 16 days 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
                                  • 3 Years
                                  5 months, 16 days ago

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

                                  1. Gudjohnsen
                                    • 2 Years
                                    5 months, 16 days ago

                                    He's due then.

                                  2. LosBlancos
                                    • 1 Year
                                    5 months, 16 days ago

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

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

                                    Wow.

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

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

                                7. Giggs-Tosun Particle
                                  • 2 Years
                                  5 months, 16 days 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
                                    5 months, 16 days 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."

                                    See Tweets

                                    1. Giggs-Tosun Particle
                                      • 2 Years
                                      5 months, 16 days 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
                                      • 2 Years
                                      5 months, 16 days ago

                                      Thanks btw

                                  2. HamezMace
                                    • 4 Years
                                    5 months, 16 days 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.