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. Dr Van Nostrand
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 8 days ago

    4 clear faves so semis should be Barca-LFC and City-Juve

    1. Differential (c)
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Likely.

    2. ZeBestee
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Ajax have played really well, won't be an easy fixture for Juve. City will have to be at their best as well.

      OGS will want to make this biggest upset in this year's CL, Barca are stronger but you never know.

  2. drughi
    • 10 Years
    11 months, 8 days ago

    Semis

    Juventus-City
    Barca-Liverpool

    Final

    Juventus vs Liverpool

    winners: JUVENTUS 😉

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Wake up now 😉

    2. ZeBestee
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      City would knock out Juve, caption this reply 😉

      1. ZeBestee
        • 5 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        will*

      2. drughi
        • 10 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        nah

    3. Make Arrows Green Again
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Yayyyy Buffon finally gets a CL winner's medal!

  3. fkmzcgp
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 8 days ago

    Ashley Barnes or David Brooks?? (got Wilson already)

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Barnes

  4. Super Saints
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 8 days ago

    No happy about selling Jimenez as purchased for 5.5 but think it has to be Wilson over Fraser. G2G?

    Aguero Son Jimenez > Vardy Mane Wilson -4?

    Boruc
    TAA Pereira Keane
    Salah Hazard Mane Westwood
    Vardy Wilson Rondon
    Ryan Pogba Kola Jonny

    1. Dee Lixon
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      I did exactly that (but for -8). Feels right

  5. Hakim Ziyech
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 8 days ago

    What a draw

  6. Rainer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 8 days ago

    Klopp got 1st pick 😮

  7. The Mighty Whites
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 8 days ago

    Brooks or H Barnes (got King)?

  8. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 8 days ago

    Blooming ek, resisted all week until last night making transfer and brought Fraser in and now see on FPL he’s a doubt? Seems like he should be ok tho lads am I correct?

    1. HamezMace
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Yes, should be fine.

    2. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Check the FFS twitter feed at the top of the page menu

    3. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Keep and hope. Don’t trust Howe with anything 😆

    4. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      I'm still getting - pics in training and they have injuries to cope with bigger then him.

    5. Numb
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      I know he said a similar thing a while back re King when I owned him “should be OK/fine” so I kept and then he didn’t play. I’m not saying it’ll be the same here but you’re right to be wary with Howe.

      1. 1912 F.A Cup Winners
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        sweet cheers gents

  9. #FPLBhuna
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 8 days ago

    so yeah... that's us done for this year's CL lol

    1. Differential (c)
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Honestly feel Spurs can do it. Not a lost cause.

    2. Amey
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Never lose the hope 🙂
      It's the worst draw atm though.

    3. Berbinho's Forehead
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      City are bottlers when it matters in Europe. They collapsed against us twice when it mattered.

      Lol, they are the PL Liverpool of the CL! 😉

      1. Konstaapeli
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Good thing spuds ain't no bottlers of any sorts 😆

        1. Ruth_NZ
          • 5 Years
          11 months, 8 days ago

          Yeah, you can just see them winning the first leg 2-1 or something and getting their hopes up again, only to go down in flames at the Etihad with Dier sent off late on.

          "It's happened again...
          It's happened again...
          Tottenham Hotspur,
          It's happened again."

          And then Poch will give an interview saying "we have done so, so well" and "it's a 5-year project". 😀

  10. Differential (c)
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 8 days ago

    Messi will now have fresh batch of new generation MU centre backs to give nightmares too after dispatching Vidic and Rio 10 years ago.

    1. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  11. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 8 days ago

    Boruc could well lose his place to Begovic or is that overthinking it?

  12. Amey
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 8 days ago

    At least Man United have got all players back/nearly fit now.
    Need a brilliant performance again Barcelona.
    Liverpool got a walk over 😀
    Semifinals would be fun if everything goes well.

  13. T96
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 8 days ago

    G2G?

    Boruc
    Robbo - Taa - Chilwell
    Salah(c) - Hazard - FAnderson - Hayden
    Vardy - Wilson - Higuain

  14. MeatPieSausageRoll Scott Ta…
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 8 days ago

    They’re going to be more scared of us than we are of them tbf

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 8 days ago

      😀
      No brother. Tbh they will be happy. It's on Manchester United to prove them wrong

      1. MeatPieSausageRoll Scott Ta…
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 8 days ago

        We need Herrera to have the game of his life but I’m confident tbh

    2. Garlana
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Who are you and who are they?

      1. MeatPieSausageRoll Scott Ta…
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 8 days ago

        I’m utd they’re barca

        1. Garlana
          • 4 Years
          11 months, 8 days ago

          I doubt they will be overly ..but who knows...PSG bottled it!

    3. Berbinho's Forehead
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      You guys are capable of pulling it off of course but you're kidding yourself if you think Barca fear you more than you fear them.

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Agreed !

    4. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 8 days ago

      I can imagine Lindelöf and Smalling shitting in their pants when Lionel comes to town

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Matic will tackle him till he's out 😀

  15. boc610
    • 8 Years
    11 months, 8 days ago

    Spuds city has upset written all over it

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 8 days ago

      City is not a minnow anymore 😛

    2. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      I thought that - wouldn't surprise me.

    3. Misteak
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Yeah... upset Spurs fans... pahahahahahahahahahhaha

    4. Ruth_NZ
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Yeah.

      "It's happened again...
      It's happened again...
      Tottenham Hotspur,
      It's happened again."

  16. StayoutheSpiceZone
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 8 days ago

    Anyone with any info on Higuain?

    Thanks guys

  17. TheNovocastrian
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 8 days ago

    Opinions welcome on who is the best West Ham midfielder to sign for GW 31 only (Free Hit, money no object):

    a) FAnderson
    b) Lanzini
    c) Snodgrass
    d) Antonio
    e) Noble
    f) Nasri
    g) Go without a West Ham midfielder

    Cheers.

    1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      B for me - quality player and acute differential I suspect

    2. Pompel
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      B for sure. Strongly considering it myself, bit worried he might not start though

  18. Cookie Kid
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 8 days ago

    For those planning on TC Salah in GW36 for HUD, have your plans now changed with CL draw?

    Liverpool have a great chance of getting through and playing Barca which would take place 3 days after HUD game away from home

    Definitely tempted by Fulham this weekend now

    1. Najoman86
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Not a bad idea, especially if you still have all 3 chips in tact.

      1. Cookie Kid
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        I’m on it!

        Please be better than Jesus last year 🙂 2 and 2 vs HUD and BHA

        1. Najoman86
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          11 months, 8 days ago

          Fingers crossed! I've not had much luck with my TC choices over the years either.
          I'm leaning towards pulling the TC trigger this week also

    2. Misteak
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      If Salah wasn't on bunghole form atm I'd probably consider playing it this weekend

  19. Berbinho's Forehead
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 8 days ago

    That was a wonderful draw.

    Have to fancy a Juve / City vs Barcelona / Liverpool final but footy isn't played on paper!

    1. Deulofail
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      It's all LCD screens nowadays

    2. Lets Talk About Six Baby
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Man City V Barcelona Champions League Final. Liverpool win the league, Yes please.

    3. Differential (c)
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Eaxactly, anything can happen.
      Although, Porto vs Liverpool last season was pretty one sided, wasn't it?

      1. Berbinho's Forehead
        • 9 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Yeah, we won 5-0 there and then had a 0-0 at Anfield. Might just be the reverse this time, I would be surprised if we don't make the semis from here.

    4. Berbinho's Forehead
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Is it a coincidence that the 4 best teams avoided each other in the QF's?

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 8 days ago

        No tbh

    5. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Messi at Anfield for a 2nd leg is what it’s all about 🙂

      1. Berbinho's Forehead
        • 9 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Would the 2nd leg of the semi be at Anfield? Assuming Pool progress.

        1. Dr Van Nostrand
          • 4 Years
          11 months, 8 days ago

          Yep Suarez will be welcomed but I doubt Coutinho will be

          1. Berbinho's Forehead
            • 9 Years
            11 months, 8 days ago

            That's going to be very interesting if it materialises. Imagine a United vs Pool CL semi final! I would dread that, the fear of losing outweighs the joy of winning imo.

            1. Dr Van Nostrand
              • 4 Years
              11 months, 8 days ago

              Reckon Klopp will stuff em just like 2 years ago but I'd rather get Barca that's what UCL should be all about and beating them will be a warning to any more players that might fancy heading there

    6. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 8 days ago

      United have done well, what a night at Paris. No such at Camp nou

  20. Do I Not Like Orange
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 8 days ago

    What GWs are most affected by the next round of CL fixtures, in terms of potential rotation?

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      QFs of both comps played either side of GW34.

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Thank you for information
        Thank God we'll have 15 playing that gw for BB in gw 35 to counter that rotation

      2. markloe
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        bonus for the GW34 WC

      3. Do I Not Like Orange
        • 7 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Cheers.

  21. Differential (c)
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 8 days ago

    The wry smile on Buffon's face when Juve finally win thr CL without him.

  22. The hope that kills...
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    11 months, 8 days ago

    Anyone know which matches are guaranteed to go ahead in GW 33? Contemplating a minus 8 or 12 this week, but don't want to bring in anyone unlikely to feature.

    1. GoonerByron
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Any that involve 2 teams that can't go through in the FA cup

      1. The hope that kills...
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Cheers. I now realise it was a stupid question. Thanks for humouring me

  23. Misteak
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 8 days ago

    Worth taking a hit to do Higuain > Vardy ? Only done a -4 for far...

    1. The hope that kills...
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Seems a bit sideways. If you're already fielding 11, I suppose it might be worth a punt

      1. StayoutheSpiceZone
        • 2 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Do u think Hig will be out then? Searching for news

        1. The hope that kills...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          11 months, 8 days ago

          Probably best to disregard my comment. Bit out of the loop and wasn't aware his availability was in doubt.

  24. Differential (c)
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 8 days ago

    Am really looking forward to see Messi vs VvD, if a Barca x Liverpool semi does materialize, would finally see if VvD can handle the GOAT.

    1. Berbinho's Forehead
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Messi needs to get past the mighty Smalling first.

    2. KingOllie
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Suarez will have VVD in all sorts. His movement is out of this world.

      Will be good to see Robbo vs Messi too

      1. Dr Van Nostrand
        • 4 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        Suarez isn't in his best form this year and VVD can handle him was fine against Mbappe and Neymer

  25. Donblaster
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 8 days ago

    Howe: "We're as we were, really. None of the longer-term injuries are back, so pretty much the same squad as last week.”

    Does this mean Adam Smith is fit then?

    1. _sidney_will
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Ugh please no! Can't have another Clyne benching

  26. _sidney_will
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    11 months, 8 days ago

    Best Replacement for Sterling/Kamara?

    Fabianski

    TAA Pereira Clyne

    Salah Mane F.Anderson ______ Puncheon

    Vardy ______

    A) Hazard/Barnes/0.1m ITB
    B) Fraser/Arnautovic/3.7m ITB
    C) Fraser/Wilson/4.1m ITB

    B and C would allow me to upgrade F.Anderson to Hazard for GW33 when Chelsea host West Ham

    FHing in GW32

    1. Mixed Bag
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      C

  27. Mixed Bag
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 8 days ago

    Can you keep any of your transfer value increases in a Free Hit week?

    For example, if Hazard went up 0.2 while I own him, if I sell him and buy him back within the Free Hit week, do I keep the 0.1?

    Yes I'm from Yorkshire.

    1. Webbinho
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Yes you can

    2. Amey
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Only till the deadline for another moves.
      You'll lose it after deadline is passed

  28. WHY ALWAYS MESUT?
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 8 days ago

    Do you think Balbuena starts this week? Have him my in auction h2h league - kinda need him to.

    1. Goonerly
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Don't think so, no. Read somewhere that he only just got back to full fitness, so he'll propably do some games for the reserves before being introduced back in to the Prem.

  29. Goonerly
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 8 days ago

    Already got Wilson & Brooks in my team.
    Should I go for Fraser or Pedro for this GW?

    1. markloe
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      I would worry about Pedro for GW33

  30. markloe
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 8 days ago

    Jiminez -> Wilson or Son -> Fraser if already have King?

    Think Wilson is marginally better option but will lose more value in Jiminez, and feels weird having two strikers from Bournemouth

    1. Nastradarmus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      11 months, 8 days ago

      Value means nothing points are all important esp this time of the season

      1. markloe
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        11 months, 8 days ago

        I guess the only potential other downside I can think of is that it will probably prevent me getting Higuain if he's looking like a good option for GW33