Captains

Captain Sensible – Deciding between Salah and Mané

Fantasy Premier League managers who thought the Blank Gameweek 31 captaincy would be a simpler one may be disappointed after reading this latest article.

The depleted nature of this round of fixtures, with just 10 sides in action in the wake of the FA Cup quarter-finals, has gone some way to trimming the candidates for the armband.

But those at the top end of our poll are quite hard to separate, with form, statistical comparison and the famed eye-test all playing a part in a tricky decision, largely centred around Liverpool assets.

As per usual, the Captain Sensible article assesses each of the best options using data from the Fantasy Football Scout members area.

Captain Poll

Despite registering just a goal and an assist in his last seven Premier League outings, Mohamed Salah (£13.4m) is still the captain poll leader for Blank Gameweek 31. At the time of writing, the Egyptian has 47% backing.

That has him enjoying an advantage over colleague Sadio Mané (£9.9m) of 23 percentage points. The Senegalese international currently has the backing of 24% of voters in the poll, despite outscoring Salah over the last seven Gameweeks by an aggregate score of 58 points to 26.

Callum Wilson (£6.4m) is the key differential this week according to the people, with the Bournemouth striker looking at a 5% backing ahead of Newcastle’s visit to the Vitality Stadium. In his return from injury in Gameweek 30, the Englishman found the net and provided an assist for colleague Ryan Fraser (£6.2m).

The Cherries midfielder also features in our poll’s top five with 3.4% of our voters believing he is the best captain option for Blank Gameweek 31. The return of Wilson has made a big impact on Fraser, hence the interest, with him involved in four goals in his last two with the forward, compared to zero in his last eight without him.

Jamie Vardy (£9.0m) completes the top five in the vote with a 4.3% share. The fact that he is in the chasing pack for the best differential option is no surprise, considering the Leicester man’s five goals in as many Premier League outings. Also, Burnley are without a clean sheet at Turf Moor since Gameweek 20.

Even though he was the hero for Chelsea in Gameweek 30, Eden Hazard (£10.9m) has the support of just 2.5% ahead of a trip to Goodison Park. That may have more to do with the fact that he has not scored away from home since Gameweek 17.

Roberto Firmino (£9.2m), Marko Arnautovic (£6.8m) and Gonzalo Higuaín (£9.6m) are the only other options to have more than 1% of the votes in the poll.

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  1. Hy liverpool
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    CL quarter finals Draw predictions !

    For me

    Barcelona vs Ajax
    Juventus vs Spurs
    Liverpool vs manchester city
    Manchester united vs porto

    1. Jᴀʀᴠish
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Predicting random draws 😀

      1. kennethrhcp
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        I'm glad he clarified it with "for me" 🙂

        just his opinion n not stating fact on how the balls will come out :-p

    2. Jellyfish
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      As a supporter of none of those teams I would love it if Ajax went on and won the CL

      1. The 12th Man
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        I’m an Everton fan. Wouldn’t mind seeing Ajax win but will be rooting for United. Fond memories of OGS

    3. Amey
        2 months, 10 days ago

        I think all English SF would be great.
        Fed up of Spanish dominance on CL

        1. PlumaPiedra
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Is English dominance any better?

          1. Amey
              2 months, 10 days ago

              I'd love that tbh.

          2. Benteke10
            • 5 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            enough of all these smug Barcelona and Madrid "fans"

      • unitednations
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Wilson or Arnie?

        Already have King but a lot of people have Fraser/Wilson so don’t mind king and Wilson.

        Arnie should play but West Ham not in the best of form

        1. Dannyb
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Wilson, I'm gonna captain him.

        2. Longlatini
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Arnie might be good if you can wait til Saturday there might be some early news if he’s going to start or not

        3. Hy liverpool
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Arnautovic if he is going to start imo

        4. Tigers Time
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          But do you want him for GW33 against Chelsea?

        5. kysersosa
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          I think if you’ve some catching up to do - Arnie. The presser really hinted that he’ll start. Isn’t in the best of form as he’s played 110 minutes out of 450, with one assist. Also looked to be deployed on the left, when he came on against Cardiff.

      • LordEllison
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Got 8 players for GW31 Anything worth a -4? Using FH in GW 32

        Fabianski
        Wan Bissaka* - Robertson - TAA
        Hazard- Pogba* - Salah(C) - Brooks
        Aguero* - Vardy - Wilson

        Subs: Guaita* - Kolasinac* - Doherty* - Hojbjerg*.

        Thanks for the help

        1. brianutd-why always we? 20
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          WB to Azpilicueta

      • Longlatini
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Fraser or Hazard? (Have Wilson but no Che att)

        1. Hy liverpool
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Eden

        2. kennethrhcp
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          how many you have playing in 31 and 33? assuming you're on fh32 and WC 34

          1. kennethrhcp
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            just wondering if a hit for both is possible

          2. Longlatini
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Got 10 playing for definite in 31 and minimum of 9 for 33

            Fh32 Wc 34 yep

            1. Longlatini
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 10 days ago

              When I say definite I mean hopefully!

          3. Longlatini
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Both would cost -8

        3. Better Call Salah
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Live a hazardous life, yolo

      • bitm2007
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Chris Mepham nailed at Bournemouth, with Steve Cook out for 6 weeks ?

        1. Tsparkes10
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Would think so

        2. Jellyfish
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Own all the captains poll options and Tempted to give the armband to Wilson

        3. Clarity
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Is it mad to triple captain salah this week? Using free hit in 32 wc 34 bb 35.

          Should I wait until liverpool have hudders at home/see if theres another dgw?

          1. Better Call Salah
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Wait for more clarity

          2. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Go with your gut. But wait for Huddersfield

          3. Jinswick
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            It’s not the worst idea actually. FUL are woeful at the back. I was planning for HUD but this looks just as good. Just wish Salah had a bit of form to go with the fixture

        4. Denver Omelette
            2 months, 10 days ago

            For GW 31 & 33 only
            A. Hazard + TAA
            B. Mane + Pereira (-4)

            1. Clarity
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 10 days ago

              A

            2. B.D.
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              2 months, 10 days ago

              A

          • Dave Saves My Mane
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Thoughts on Emerson, is he first choice now?

              1. CostaCoffee
                • 5 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

                Yes he’s first choice now, but always prone to rotation. Alonso’s performance last night doesn’t help- would’ve had 2g 1a if not for a great save from the keeper

            • HarryB29
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 10 days ago

              Best Defender for 4.7 or less? I already have Fabianski, Robertson and Digne

              1. Tsparkes10
                  2 months, 10 days ago

                  Mempham

                • dbeck
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 10 days ago

                  West Ham double up imo

                • Becks
                  • 1 Year
                  2 months, 10 days ago

                  Tarkowski

              2. Tsparkes10
                  2 months, 10 days ago

                  Have Vardy, Wilson and Fraser... To join them in 31 and 33:

                  A) King
                  B) Maddison
                  C) Arni
                  D) Lanzini
                  E) Tielemens

                  1. dbeck
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 10 days ago

                    C

                  2. Becks
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 10 days ago

                    A

                  3. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 10 days ago

                    C or D would be jazzy and would be nice differentials. Not sure about E at all.

                  4. n14mul
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 10 days ago

                    Who no tieleman love?? Decent player and has got decent points last few games. Also has hudds gw33

                • Christina.
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  2 months, 10 days ago

                  Prob best to play it safe this week. Not taking a hit, saving FH and fielding 11 will be golden.

                • QuintonFortune25
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  2 months, 10 days ago

                  How's this FH team looking?

                  Fab
                  Robertson - D.Luiz - Rice
                  Salah (c) - Mane - Hazard - Fraser
                  Vardy - Arnie - Wilson

                  1. Clarity
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    2 months, 10 days ago

                    Very good. Really not keen on chelsea defence though think they will concede.

                  2. Amey
                      2 months, 10 days ago

                      Beautiful 🙂

                  3. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 10 days ago

                    Are we likely to hear anything on Higuaín pre-deadline?
                    Never quite sure on teams who play Europa as to whether we get a press conference.

                    1. kysersosa
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 10 days ago

                      No danger of him not playing. 6-0 up on aggregate at half time, if he was a doubt Giroud would of been hooked.

                      1. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 10 days ago

                        That's confident stuff!

                    2. n14mul
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 10 days ago

                      I just hope he hasn't ran out of Lemsip!

                  4. marzo
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    2 months, 10 days ago

                    Fabianski.
                    Pereira, AWB, TAA.
                    Pogba, Salah, Felipe, Son.
                    Vardy, Wilson, Rashford.
                    Hamer, Doherty, Bednarek, Camarasa.
                    1ft, 5.3m. 7 players atm.

                    Thinking one of these.. Which would you choose?

                    1. Camarasa/ Son/Rash -> Fraser/ Mane/Arnie (3.2m). -8
                    2. Camarasa/ Son/Rash -> Fraser/ Mane/Higuain (0.4m). -8
                    3. Doherty/ Son/Rash-> VVD/Hazard/Arnie (or Higuain)(2.3m). -8

                  5. dbeck
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 1 Year
                    2 months, 10 days ago

                    2FT to get rid of Jimenez and puncheon, which combo?

                    A) Arnie and Fraser
                    B) Wilson and Fraser
                    C) vardy and McNeil

                    Fab
                    Taa luiz Robbo
                    Salah hazard Maddison xxxx
                    Barnes Rondon xxxx

                    1. Becks
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 10 days ago

                      B

                      1. dbeck
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 1 Year
                        2 months, 10 days ago

                        Not tempted to roll the dice on Arnie becks? That’s hudds defense is awful

                    2. Karan14
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 10 days ago

                      B imo.

                  6. ZoumasBloomers
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • Has Moderation Rights
                    • 2 Years
                    2 months, 10 days ago

                    Really torn between Pogba to Maddison (costs 0.5) or Jimenez to Vardy (costs 0.6)

                    1. Karan14
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 10 days ago

                      Vardy a better option imo.
                      That 0.1 shouldn't matter much.

                  7. Karan14
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    2 months, 10 days ago

                    Fab
                    Robbo - TAA - Periera
                    Salah - Hazard - Brooks - ___
                    Vardy - Rondon - ___

                    (Button / Pogba / Doherty / AWB)

                    Maddison & Wilson in for (-4) to give me 11 starters?

                    Cheers! 🙂

                    1. dbeck
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 10 days ago

                      Good moves and worth one hit

                  8. Dave Bauer
                    • 9 Years
                    2 months, 10 days ago

                    I am probably the only serious player of this game who has no Liverpool defender. So, which do I bring in?

                    A) Robbo
                    B) TAA
                    C) Van Dijk

                    (Cost is irrelevant, I just want to get some opinions on who is most likely to score well for 31 and 33 and why)

                    Cheers!

                    1. dbeck
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 1 Year
                      2 months, 10 days ago

                      ACB imo

                    2. GAMBIT
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 10 days ago

                      Robbo

                    3. Karan14
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 10 days ago

                      Robbo

                    4. Amey
                        2 months, 10 days ago

                        I think take a gamble & get Bobby for Fulham away ??

                        Robbo is safest bet.

                      • Pompel
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 10 days ago

                        Robbo, as TAA slight rotation risk

                      • Dave Bauer
                        • 9 Years
                        2 months, 10 days ago

                        Thanks all - pretty conclusive!

                    5. kysersosa
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 10 days ago

                      I truly believe Salah is ahead in the captain polemsoley based on ownership. Similar to Kane last season, owners are praying for a haul and hanging in to him.

                    6. KGFC
                      • 2 Years
                      2 months, 10 days ago

                      Which teams are sure to play in GW 33?

                    7. Powers106
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      2 months, 10 days ago

                      Alonso -->
                      a) Azpi
                      b) Luiz

                      Thanks!

                      1. Pompel
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        2 months, 10 days ago

                        Azpi

                    8. GAMBIT
                      • 4 Years
                      2 months, 10 days ago

                      Am I mad for wanting to TC Mane and VC Salah?

                      I'm chasing and brought in Mane for a hit so I'd like to capitalize on the guys above me who don't have him

                      1. Amey
                          2 months, 10 days ago

                          Nope.
                          Brave

                        • The 12th Man
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 10 days ago

                          Better than TC Sane in that week!
                          Weep.
                          You know the risks. Difference is Mane will start and is on form.

                        • GAMBIT
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 10 days ago

                          Cheers both. I think I'm going for it!

                      2. cescpistols111
                        • 3 Years
                        2 months, 10 days ago

                        G2G with FH team?

                        Fabianski
                        Robertson - Azpilicueta - Rice
                        Salah (c) - Mane - Hazard (v) - Maddison
                        Vardy - Wilson - Arnautovic

                        Hamer - McNeil - Stankovic - Simpson

                      3. Catsandhats
                        • 2 Years
                        2 months, 10 days ago

                        Worth bringing in another defender for a total of -8?

                        Currently on a -4 for this:

                        Alison
                        Azpilli, Periera,
                        Fraser, Mané, salah
                        Barnes, Higuan, Vardy

                        FH 32, WC 34

                        1. GAMBIT
                          • 4 Years
                          2 months, 10 days ago

                          I'd take the hit for a Mid, not a Def

                          1. Catsandhats
                            • 2 Years
                            2 months, 10 days ago

                            Only option would be hojberg > Maddison for -4 (total of -8) m, worth it you think?

                            Or another mid 7.1 or under

                            1. CLASS OF 78
                                2 months, 10 days ago

                                It's gotta be worth it, it's -2 per gameweek for 31 and 33 really. Or Tielemans. I'd go Madd, personally.

                          2. Pompel
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 5 Years
                            2 months, 10 days ago

                            Only Pool defenders would be worth it , but seeing you're maxed out - no.

                        2. Konstaapeli
                          • 2 Years
                          2 months, 10 days ago

                          This is decent for 31, right?

                          Fab
                          TAA - Robbo - Digne
                          Salah (C) - Hazard - Fraser - F.Anderson - (Punchy)
                          Vardy - Arnie

                          Speroni - Kun - Doherty - WB

                          1. dbeck
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 1 Year
                            2 months, 10 days ago

                            Punchy kissed and made up? G2g as don’t see a mid you’re misisng really worth a hit

                            1. Konstaapeli
                              • 2 Years
                              2 months, 10 days ago

                              Punchy has been on my bench for a while. Don't expect anything from him but don't want to take hits either.

                        3. Lukakwho
                          • 1 Year
                          2 months, 10 days ago

                          Is 11AM when the first ball is taken out of the hat for the draw or when the coverage starts?

                          1. n14mul
                            • 1 Year
                            2 months, 10 days ago

                            When all the dancing starts. Put the kettle on then

                        4. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
                          • 3 Years
                          2 months, 10 days ago

                          Boruc
                          TAA Pereira Robbo
                          Almiron Anderson Salah
                          Vardy Higuaín
                          Non-playing: Guaita, AWB, Doherty, Pogba, Camarasa, Jimenez

                          Which moves to add for 31? (-4 each)
                          1. Pogba (loss 0.2) to Hazard
                          2. Camarasa (no loss) to Fraser
                          3. Jimenez to Wilson (loss 0.6)
                          4. Doherty (0.5) or AWB (0.2) to Azpilcueta

                          Have been hovering over doing 1 and 2 for (-8).

                        5. Lukakwho
                          • 1 Year
                          2 months, 10 days ago

                          As a VVD owner on a FH shall I keep him or get Robbo for the week? Can imagine Robbo will attack a lot against fulham but also aware if I pick Robbo and VVD hauls I will cry so what should I do? Who will score more in your opinion?

                          1. bench boost for every gamew…
                            • 2 Years
                            2 months, 10 days ago

                            Fulham week down their right side so Robbo is a goo option, Dijk vs Nordtveit and some other chap, good luck to them. I would not try to guess points for any of them but think Robertson more fun to own as he will be almost like a winger in this game.

                        6. Moorinho
                          • 5 Years
                          2 months, 10 days ago

                          Why can I read the members article?

                          1. Hakim Ziyech
                              2 months, 10 days ago

                              Lol. I asked myself the same thing but this a great article and very kind of ffs to help everyone for this gw 🙂