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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1,155 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Dr Van Nostrand
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

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

    1. Differential (c)
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 10 days ago

      Likely.

    2. ZeBestee
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 10 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
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 10 days ago

    Semis

    Juventus-City
    Barca-Liverpool

    Final

    Juventus vs Liverpool

    winners: JUVENTUS 😉

    1. Amey
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Wake up now 😉

      • ZeBestee
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        City would knock out Juve, caption this reply 😉

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

          will*

        2. drughi
          • 9 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          nah

      • Make Arrows Green Again
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 10 days ago

        Yayyyy Buffon finally gets a CL winner's medal!

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

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

      1. Amey
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Barnes

      2. Super Saints
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 10 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
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

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

      3. Hakim Ziyech
          2 months, 10 days ago

          What a draw

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

          Klopp got 1st pick 😮

        • The Mighty Whites
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 10 days ago

          Brooks or H Barnes (got King)?

        • 1912 F.A Cup Winners
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 10 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
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

            Yes, should be fine.

          2. Hotdogs for Tea
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

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

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

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

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

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

          5. Numb
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 10 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
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 10 days ago

              sweet cheers gents

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

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

          1. Differential (c)
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 10 days ago

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

          2. Amey
              2 months, 10 days ago

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

            • Berbinho's Forehead
              • 8 Years
              2 months, 10 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
                • 2 Years
                2 months, 10 days ago

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

                1. Ruth_NZ
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  2 months, 10 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". 😀

          3. Differential (c)
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 10 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
                2 months, 10 days ago

                Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

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

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

            3. Amey
                2 months, 10 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.

              • T96
                  2 months, 10 days ago

                  G2G?

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

                • MeatPieSausageRoll
                    2 months, 10 days ago

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

                    1. Amey
                        2 months, 10 days ago

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

                        1. MeatPieSausageRoll
                            2 months, 10 days ago

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

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

                          Who are you and who are they?

                          1. MeatPieSausageRoll
                              2 months, 10 days ago

                              I’m utd they’re barca

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

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

                          2. Berbinho's Forehead
                            • 8 Years
                            2 months, 10 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
                                2 months, 10 days ago

                                Agreed !

                            2. Hakim Ziyech
                                2 months, 10 days ago

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

                                1. Amey
                                    2 months, 10 days ago

                                    Matic will tackle him till he's out 😀

                              • boc610
                                • 7 Years
                                2 months, 10 days ago

                                Spuds city has upset written all over it

                                1. Amey
                                    2 months, 10 days ago

                                    City is not a minnow anymore 😛

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

                                    I thought that - wouldn't surprise me.

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

                                    Yeah... upset Spurs fans... pahahahahahahahahahhaha

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

                                    Yeah.

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

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

                                  Anyone with any info on Higuain?

                                  Thanks guys

                                3. TheNovocastrian
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 2 Years
                                  2 months, 10 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. AnzhiBabakin (AKA: FC Akhma…
                                    • 3 Years
                                    2 months, 10 days ago

                                    B for me - quality player and acute differential I suspect

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

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

                                4. Cookie Kid
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 2 Years
                                  2 months, 10 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
                                    • 9 Years
                                    2 months, 10 days ago

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

                                    1. Cookie Kid
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 2 Years
                                      2 months, 10 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
                                        • 9 Years
                                        2 months, 10 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
                                    • 4 Years
                                    2 months, 10 days ago

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

                                5. Berbinho's Forehead
                                  • 8 Years
                                  2 months, 10 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. Deulofale
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 3 Years
                                    2 months, 10 days ago

                                    It's all LCD screens nowadays

                                  2. Colonel ALISSON Decker
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 4 Years
                                    2 months, 10 days ago

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

                                  3. Differential (c)
                                    • 3 Years
                                    2 months, 10 days ago

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

                                    1. Berbinho's Forehead
                                      • 8 Years
                                      2 months, 10 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
                                    • 8 Years
                                    2 months, 10 days ago

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

                                    1. Amey
                                        2 months, 10 days ago

                                        No tbh

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

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

                                      1. Berbinho's Forehead
                                        • 8 Years
                                        2 months, 10 days ago

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

                                        1. Dr Van Nostrand
                                          • 3 Years
                                          2 months, 10 days ago

                                          Yep Suarez will be welcomed but I doubt Coutinho will be

                                          1. Berbinho's Forehead
                                            • 8 Years
                                            2 months, 10 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
                                              • 3 Years
                                              2 months, 10 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

                                    3. Hakim Ziyech
                                        2 months, 10 days ago

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

                                    4. Do I Not Like Orange
                                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                      • 6 Years
                                      2 months, 10 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
                                        • 2 Years
                                        2 months, 10 days ago

                                        QFs of both comps played either side of GW34.

                                        1. Amey
                                            2 months, 10 days ago

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

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

                                            bonus for the GW34 WC

                                          • Do I Not Like Orange
                                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                            • 6 Years
                                            2 months, 10 days ago

                                            Cheers.

                                      2. Differential (c)
                                        • 3 Years
                                        2 months, 10 days ago

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

                                      3. The hope that kills...
                                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                        • 7 Years
                                        2 months, 10 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
                                          • 7 Years
                                          2 months, 10 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
                                            • 7 Years
                                            2 months, 10 days ago

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

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

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

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

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

                                            1. The hope that kills...
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              • 7 Years
                                              2 months, 10 days ago

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

                                      5. Differential (c)
                                        • 3 Years
                                        2 months, 10 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
                                          • 8 Years
                                          2 months, 10 days ago

                                          Messi needs to get past the mighty Smalling first.

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

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

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

                                          Ugh please no! Can't have another Clyne benching

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

                                          C

                                      8. Mixed Bag
                                        • 2 Years
                                        2 months, 10 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
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 9 Years
                                          2 months, 10 days ago

                                          Yes you can

                                        2. Amey
                                            2 months, 10 days ago

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

                                        3. WHY ALWAYS MESUT?
                                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                          • 5 Years
                                          2 months, 10 days ago

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

                                          1. Goonerly
                                            • 1 Year
                                            2 months, 10 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.

                                        4. Goonerly
                                          • 1 Year
                                          2 months, 10 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
                                            • 8 Years
                                            2 months, 10 days ago

                                            I would worry about Pedro for GW33

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

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

                                            1. markloe
                                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                              • 8 Years
                                              2 months, 10 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