Captains

Title-chasers expected to headline Gameweek 38 captaincy debate

The title-chasing players at Manchester City and Liverpool are expected to be the front-runners for the final captain debate of the season.

The 2018/19 campaign comes to a close with Gameweek 38 on Sunday afternoon, with the destiny of the Premier League trophy virtually the only thing left to be decided.

Second-placed Liverpool have been a devastating attacking force at Anfield this year, which should see some interest in options such as Sadio Mané (£10.2m) and Mohamed Salah (£13.3m).

The Senegalese international may have an advantage given that he has a much more reliable record at home over a longer period, scoring 12 goals in his last 11 Premier League matches in front of his own fans.

Furthermore, he is currently completely fit while Salah has been placed in concussion protocol.

Jurgen Klopp has said that at this stage he is confident the Egyptian will play a part in Gameweek 38, but he will have missed training for most of the week – so it will be interesting to see how much of a party his yellow flag plays in the captain poll.

The vote is now live on our website and can be participated in either in the embedded section at the bottom of this article or in the sidebar.

Meanwhile, Manchester City face an appealing trip to Brighton on Sunday, knowing that a win will secure a second consecutive Premier League title.

The Seagulls have conceded nine goals in their last four at home, while Manchester City have scored at least twice in each of their last four on the road.

Raheem Sterling (£11.6m) may prove to be the most popular of the Citizens options given he has attacking returns in two of his last three away trips.

Meanwhile, Sergio Aguero (£11.9m), who recorded his first blank in a home Premier League start this season on Monday night, will also be considered. He has two goals in his last four on the road as well.

However, with Manchester City’s attack slowing down in favour of their defensive solidity, maybe Aymeric Laporte (£6.3m) will prove the most popular candidate.

Six clean sheets in his last seven Premier League outings has helped the centre-back become a seriously reliable option, especially with two attacking returns thrown in for good measure.

In fact, since the turn of the year, Laporte has posted a better points-per-game (6.79) than both Sterling (6.69) and Aguero (6.44).

Whether Liverpool defensive assets are strongly considered may depend on what Fantasy managers believe they can expect from Wolves’ attackers.

Raúl Jiménez (£7.0m) has been particularly effective against the top six this season although Wolves have not been in such impressive form away from Molineux in recent months.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (£5.7m) has been a hugely exciting option in recent weeks, stringing together consecutive scores of eight, 11, 10 and 10 points over the last four Gameweeks.

Meanwhile, Virgil van Dijk (£6.7m) has two attacking returns in that time, as well as benefitting from Liverpool’s three clean sheets.

The most reliable of them all from a long-term perspective this season has been Andrew Robertson (£6.8m), who assisted twice in the 5-0 win over Huddersfield.

However, with mini-leagues and overall ranking now the main focus of most managers, it is possible that we may see some bespoke captaincy decisions.

Those looking for differentials on the main players may have to roll the dice given the typically unpredictable nature of Gameweek 38.

Despite a blank against Manchester City on Monday night, Jamie Vardy (£9.0m) still has five goals and an assist in his last four home matches.

Coming to the King Power Stadium on the final day of the season are Chelsea, who have wrapped up Champions League qualification and are without a clean sheet on the road since Gameweek 20.

Huddersfield have been poor on their travels too with 15 goals conceded in their last four away matches.

That may cause some to consider their Southampton options for Gameweek 38, Nathan Redmond (£5.4m) the most likely.

He may have been rested for the trip to West Ham, but given the impact he made when he took to the pitch, he should return to the side on Sunday.

Crucially, Redmond has attacking returns in each of his last three home matches against teams outside the top six.

698 Comments Post a Comment
  1. SuperDan
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    What to do here with 2 FT and .02 ITB?

    Gunn, Guita
    Robertson, Shaw, AWB, Bednarek, Duffy
    Salah, Mane, Son, Pogba, Hoijberg
    Aguero, Jiminez, Vardy

  2. Girth Brooks
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    What was your major mistake (if any) this season?

    Mine was bad Captains (trying to be too clever) and not owning Jimmy enough (only owned since DWG)

    1. Kanchelskis
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Following captain poll most weeks.
      Mainly choosing Aguero over Sterling.
      Tinkering with my team and making unnecessary transfers when I was doing well.

    2. Brosstan
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Almost never owned Mane.

      Looked at Jimis stats and historical record after around 12 gws and concluded its not sustainable. Never got him in.

      Deviated from my original plan of having a big defense because a lot of the players I considered essential at the start (tripps, Alonso) turned bad. Should have stuck with the strategy with different players.

    3. pingissimus
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Not using my second WC early.

        I did quite nicely but it’s only working for 3/4 games and BB wasn’t near worth it. WC in 20/1 could have set me up for 7/8 matches.

        (Always prepared to take a hit or two so the DGWs were always navigable)

      • Atwood
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Captaining Duffy on the DGW
        Not owning Doherty at all

      • LSP FC
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        WC 34, BB 35

      • Stevie B
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Trust Aubameyang and Lacazette.

        1. Girth Brooks
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          I feel this! Auba burned me many times this season. Don't think I got a single haul from him.

          1. Stevie B
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Yes, this was a huge mistake. I was on overall rang 6.393 after game week 15 and I am on overall rang 69.751. This season was really terrible!

            1. Girth Brooks
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              I had my best ever start 70,000 usually up in the million. Never really gained any momentum and haven't moved much. Been between 40-120k most of the season.

      • Dakes.
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Selling Salah before his hattrick to get Kane instead.
        Keeping Auba rather than getting Aguero in DGW25...

      • Mika-eel
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Sticking with Salah and giving him the captain regularly when Mane was the better option.

      • TRASH BOAT
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Picking KDB and Sane (C) for first Man City DGW. Lost a stupid amount of points on the field.

        1. TRASH BOAT
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          ...also a Duffy (C) and Jimmy (C) in the other DGWs so played them very badly captain wise.

      • Sharkytect
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Transferred salah out, for a hit, the day before his 4-goal mega haul

      • VanDijksToWatchOutFor
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Owning salah for five weeks 😉

        But seriously, not trusting laporte or trent to start most games.

        1. Girth Brooks
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          Trent I was never too worried about because the price was so good to get into the pool back 4 but Laporte missing that 1 game put me off and I could never afford to get him back.

    4. Fantasydreamer
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Looking to cover lead over rival - which is better of his assets to have

      A. Pogba, sterling and Laporte
      B. Sterling, Salah
      C. Pogba, Salah +4

      1. Girth Brooks
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Is Salah even going to play?

        I wouldn't touch Pogba or Salah atm.

        1. Teddy Brewski
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Klopp said Salah will be fine for weekend. Protocol is keeping him out of tonight

    5. rohaansunil
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Keep vardy or sell for aguero?

        1. Kanchelskis
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Perhaps. Who else you got?

          1. rohaansunil
              1 month, 11 days ago

              I have to remove son with my ft and i can remove cathcart or jiminez instead of vardy....

          2. FPL Pillars
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Keep and else transfer elsewhere

          3. J - Gimme your Mané …
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            For free - yes, for a hit - no

        2. Invincibles
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Would really appreciate advice going into the final GW. So, I’m 10pts behind the leader in my ML. Team is:

          Foster
          TAA VVD Valery
          Raz Jota Eriksen Mane Redmond
          Jiménez Lacazette
          Subs: Ryan, Boly, Gray
          1FT, 3.3m itb

          Leader has
          Patricio
          Doherty Shaw Robbo Bednarek
          Salah Mané Fraser Sterling
          Jiménez King
          Subs: Rondón, Cathcart

          What are the best moves (-4 max) to catch him?

        3. ☠Cypress Chill☠
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          (c) who? Zaha or Vardy?

          1. Kanchelskis
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Vardy. Zaha's returns at Selhurst Park pretty miserable.

            1. ☠Cypress Chill☠
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Haven't noticed it.Thanx.

          2. J - Gimme your Mané …
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Vardy

        4. Sessegnon Blanc
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 12 days ago

          I read on here recently that the last game week matches can be unpredictable with lots of goals scored. It’s my first season playing after being an FPL widow for many years, so am not sure how true this is. Which teams would you expect to score a lot of goals this GW? Need to catch up on 7 points to beat my husband! So looking for a couple of differentials! Thanks.

          1. Christina.
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            who knows.

            Newc beat Chelsea 3-0 last season

          2. Gudjohnsen
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Southampton should do well.

          3. Kanchelskis
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Only 2 teams have anything to play for and they are not playing each other so any game really.
            Redmond or Wood. Vardy still less than 10% ownership.

            1. Sessegnon Blanc
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Thanks! Joined the Vardy party weeks ago and haven’t looked back! Definitely planning on Redmond. Have Hazard and Doucoure to move on. Possibly Son, depending on his appeal outcome. Tielmans did well for me - don’t know why I got rid.

          4. Brosstan
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Honestly think Redmond could haul hugely. Two mid table teams that are mediocre/poor defensively with nothing to play for.

            Arnautovic is another

        5. Atwood
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          What does everyone think of Pogba as a Son replacement?

          I know United are terrible, but it's Cardiff at home. There's surely a chance they get a penalty, and Pogba did come close at Huddersfield.

          1. Sessegnon Blanc
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 12 days ago

            I’m waiting to hear the outcome from Son’s appeal before transferring him out. Have avoided Pogba since GW29 when I captained him for -2 points!

          2. Kanchelskis
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Thought I was clever getting in him last week...

        6. Gudjohnsen
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          And the armband goes to?

          A. Salah
          B. Sterling
          C. Aguero

          1. Kanchelskis
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 12 days ago

            C

          2. Stevie B
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Agüero in my opinion. He is also leader in the poll.

          3. J - Gimme your Mané …
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            B

        7. Stevie B
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Duffy and Eriksen -> Laporte and Redmond for free (I have two free transfers).

          Yes or No?

          Thank you!

          1. Kanchelskis
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Absolutely

        8. FredrikH
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Son + Firmino (-4) -> Hazard + Zaha or just one FT and play one of Jota/Jimenez?

          1. Kanchelskis
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 12 days ago

            If both Son and Bobby out then get rid of both and be bold. Not sure about Hazard away at Leic and Zaha home form not great either.

            1. Sessegnon Blanc
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 12 days ago

              I’m getting rid of Hazard this week ... look at his points in his away fixtures!

            2. FredrikH
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Other suggestions om who to bring inn then? Think we'll get to know more hits on Son or Firm before the deadline?

              1. Kanchelskis
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Wait for more info. Just had a quick look at your team (pretty similar to mine). Salah and Long doable?

                1. FredrikH
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  0.1 off

              2. Sessegnon Blanc
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Redmond / Arnie ?

                Don’t have to use full budget.

        9. Christina.
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Doherty stats just too good to ignore. I'm keeping and playing vs Livp.

          1. FPL Pillars
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Liverpool away is awful fixture. Who else you have?

            1. Christina.
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Duffy Duck

          2. Dakes.
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Yeah?

            I think I’m playing Jimenez over him, and probably Bednarek too

        10. Fantasyamateur
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Very close in some important moneyleagues. Currently ranked as 735 overall and looking to get my best ever finish. But how should I approach the last GW with this team?

          Lloris
          Doherty - Laporte - Kolasinac
          Mane - Deulofeu - Sterling - Jota
          Jimenez - Agüero - Lacazette

          Bench: Foster, Son, Duffy, Dunk.

          2FT and 0.4M ITB.

          What should I do here? A hit seems stupid before the last GW, but not happy to play any of the Wolves-guys against Liverpool, and the bench is not very helpful.

          What would you do in this spot?

          1. Kanchelskis
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Lose Laca and Son, bench one of the Wolves' attackers (Jota?) Making bold moves with the FTs. I was top 1000 last year and big regret is how boringly I played GW 38.

            1. Dthinger
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              I don't know about selling Laca. Obviously Son has to go, but the 10 million dollar question is...to whom? I think that's what we're all struggling with. I'm currently thinking Moura might be the obvious choice.

              For this player's choices, I think it would be interesting to see what Vardy does. Could they afford Vardy and Moura for Jimenez and Son?

              1. Dthinger
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                OOH! or Vardy and Fraser!

            2. Slitherene
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Son + Doherty -> Pogba + PvA

          1. Kanchelskis
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Me too. This is the kind of player we should be going after.

          2. Roten Teufel
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Exciting prospect.

        11. Bubz
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Do we think Redmond starts?

          1. Christina.
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            cant see why not.

          2. Would Ed Woodward
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Yep, they'll wanna win their final home game, he's first choice and rotation didn't exactly work.

          3. Nightf0x
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Which?

            A) doherty to laporte, 442, valery/bednarek start
            B) doherty son -4 to pogba laporte, 352, bednarek valery bench

            1. Would Ed Woodward
                1 month, 12 days ago

                A

              • MartialMatas
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                B

            2. Stevie B
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              A) Eriksen -> Redmond or
              B) Jimenez -> Long?

              Thank you!

              1. Kanchelskis
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 12 days ago

                A

              2. RamaJama
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                A

            3. Bubz
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Is Boruc dropped now for that young lad? If he doesn't play I'll have Ryan vs Man City...

              1. Would Ed Woodward
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Should be, can't see why Boruc would come back in.

                • Dthinger
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  I don't think so. I think that was just giving the lad a taste of the premier league

                • Hulk Smash
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  I thought he was just giving the young lad a run out in their last home game.

              2. Stevie B
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Will Vertonghen play?

                Thank you!

                1. Dthinger
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Yes. Who else are they gonna play? Unless they switch to a back 4, they don't have an other central defenders.

              3. MartialMatas
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                What should I do with this mess?
                Martial and Son out? To who?

                Lloris
                Robertson VVD Laporte
                Sterling Mane Son Martial JWP
                Kun Jimenez

                Ryan Llorente Valery Duffy

                2ft 0.6m itb

                1. RAFA THE GAFFA
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Son+Llorente >> Fraser/Redmond+Zaha possible?

                  1. MartialMatas
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Yep
                    Could be a good shout

              4. RAFA THE GAFFA
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Who would you rather own for the last GW? Pick ONE 🙂

                A. Fraser
                B. Wilson
                C. Redmond
                D. Zaha

                1. Kanchelskis
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  C

                2. RamaJama
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  B

                  1. Rosy Lee
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    D

                3. FPL Pillars
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  B

              5. Özil
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                What are your predictions for these two matches? Who will reach the final?

                Ajax - Spurs
                Liverpool - Barcelona

                1. RamaJama
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  2-0
                  0-4

                2. Dthinger
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  I don't know about that first one. Spurs might have some fight left in them.

              6. The Royal Robin
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                £2.3 itb. FT played, Son > Fraser. Do I take a hit on Jimmy or Rudiger or stay?

                Alisson
                VVD Laporte Kola
                Sterling Mane Fraser Hazard
                Jiminez Rondon Wilson

                Ryan Doherty Camarasa Rudiger

              7. Rosy Lee
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                sadly Ajax & Barcelona

              8. All Out of Mounie
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Best goalie (non-pool or city) this GW?

                Travers? Guaita?

                1. RamaJama
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Foster, Lloris?

                  1. All Out of Mounie
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Foster a good shout, thanks

                    1. RamaJama
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      Cheers, between playing him or Lloris for me

                  2. All Out of Mounie
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Spurs not convincing.. they better make it their homeground soon. No more wembley explanations

                2. Slitherene
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Gunn?

                  1. RamaJama
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Also good if playing

                  2. All Out of Mounie
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Gunn not nailed...

              9. Slitherene
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Wilson Aguero
                Ryan Jimenez* Kolasinac Dunk

                Last FT
                0.9 ITB

                A) Son -> Sane/Dilva/Bilva/Moura
                B) Son + Jimenez -> Sterling (-4)
                C) Son + Jimenez -> Laca/Auba (-4)
                D) Jimenez -> Zaha/Rashford/Arnie

                Which option seems best?

                1. RamaJama
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  A Bilva

              10. VanDijksToWatchOutFor
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Has anyone collated a) captaincy total for each week's captaincy poll winner or b) captaincy total for each week's top ten k most captained player?

              11. OneDennisBergkamp
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Dilemma

                My GKs are Hamer & Boruc, so there is a good chance neither will play GW38. I have 2 FTs. Should I...

                Prioritise a GK with one of the FTs or do Hazard & Son > Sterling & B Silva

                I am top of my ML by 1pt to 2nd and 7pts to 3rd, so nothing in it, but my rivals have Sterling so I am worried that could be what costs me the title. I am happy with the rest of my team.

                1. RamaJama
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Sterling and gk

                  1. OneDennisBergkamp
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Can't do it that way no funds, would have to take a hit and do 3 transfers which I don't really want to do.

              12. unitednations
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                A: Start Jimenez or Kola
                B: Jiménez > any forward up to 8m (-4)

                Bench would be one of Jiménez/kola, Doherty, Gray

              13. lordkippe
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                I got Son, Jimenez & Martial. Should i get rid of all for a minus 8 ?

                1. RamaJama
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  No, just Son

                2. Dthinger
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  No. Martial might actually score some points. Just do Son