Captain Sensible

Who is the best FPL captain for Gameweek 1?

Fantasy Premier League managers are considering captains from three different clubs ahead of the Gameweek 1 deadline.

Liverpool host Norwich on Friday night, Manchester City travel to West Ham on Saturday lunch-time and Spurs conclude that day’s action by hosting Aston Villa.

For the first Gameweek of the new season, the majority of the captain attention is on these three games.

We’ve analysed as much data as we can to assess the individual potential of the key players, as well as the quality of defences they are going up against.

As this uses data from the Fantasy Football Scout Members Area, only those who have signed up for the 2019/20 season can access the full article.

However, non-members can still enjoy our analysis of the results of our captain poll.

It is also worth clarifying for those used to Captain Sensible articles from recent seasons that we can only start to look at the last four (or so) Gameweeks once we have more data in the bank for 2019/20.

Captain Poll

The results of the captain poll as of Thursday night

The poll for Gameweek 1 is perhaps one of the most one-sided we’ve seen in quite some time.

Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) has absolutely run away with it, securing 62.8% of the vote at the time of writing.

That is not surprising at all considering the Egyptian has been the top-scoring FPL asset in both of his seasons at Liverpool.

He was especially deadly at Anfield last season too, scoring 13 of his 22 goals at home (59.1%).

Meanwhile, Norwich arrive in the Premier League with concerns over their defence.

They conceded 57 goals in 46 matches last season and recorded clean sheets in just 28% of those.

Furthermore, the Canaries’ defence has suffered injury problems during pre-season, Christoph Zimmerman (£4.5m), Timm Klose (£4.5m) and Grant Hanley (£4.0m) all missing various summer friendlies with knocks.

In his Thursday press conference, Daniel Farke revealed that only the latter of those three would be fit for Gameweek 1.

Kane is the most popular differential option this week

Way off in second place in the poll is Harry Kane (£11.0m) who starts the new season at home to newly-promoted Aston Villa.

They shipped a total of 61 goals during their promotion-winning campaign and recorded just 12 clean sheets, the tenth-best in the Championship.

That record has obviously handed optimism to those looking at Kane as a differential this weekend.

The Spurs forward has never scored in Gameweek 1 of a Premier League season though.

Sterling faces a trip to West Ham on Saturday lunch time

Raheem Sterling (£12.0m) sits even further down the ranking with the backing of just 6.4% in our poll at the time of writing.

He faces a West Ham defence that did not inspire confidence in 2018/19 and upon his last visit to the London Stadium, he came away with a goal and an assist.

Manchester City generally have a good record at West Ham too, scoring at least four times in each of their last four visits to the Hammers.

For that reason, if he starts, Sergio Aguero (£12.0m) could reward the 1.9% of managers who are handing him the captain’s armband for Gameweek 1.

However, it must be said that his late return to pre-season from the Copa America, and his lack of minutes in the Community Shield final could suggest he could take up only a substitute’s role.

It says a lot about Aguero’s Fantasy stock right now that both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.0m) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.0m) won more support in the Captain Poll than him.

The Arsenal forward sits in fourth place in the poll with an admittedly small following of just 2.7%.

Arsenal are preparing for a trip to Newcastle, whose pre-season has been less than smooth sailing after Rafa Benitez left the club over the summer.

Meanwhile, Liverpool defender Alexander-Arnold currently has 2.3% support in the poll, his backers putting faith in his 14 attacking returns and Liverpool’s 21 clean sheets last season.

Sadio Mané (£11.5m), Callum Wilson (£8.0m), Virgil van Dijk (£6.5m) and Andrew Robertson (£7.0m) are the only other options backed by more than 1%.

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  1. Pogbros
      1 month, 11 days ago

      So who New to the game is on your season watch list .
      1. Moise Kean
      2. Pulisic
      3. Ismaila Sarr
      4. Nicolas Pepe
      5. Max Arons

      1. The Head-Ake
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Pepe

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

        1 & 4

      3. o0Ash
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Pulisic, Pepe and 6. Tierney. At 5.5 he could be a great alternative to AWB etc.

      4. Do I Not Like Orange
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 11 days ago

        Pepe for sure. Would've found money for him from the start if I knew he wouldn't begin on the bench.

        1. Pogbros
            1 month, 11 days ago

            With laca out and Iwobi gone any chance if he’s training well Pepe goes in from gw1 ?
            Don’t and won’t ever trust emery

            1. Do I Not Like Orange
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Of course there's a chance. I won't risk 9.5 on it at this stage, though.

            2. droginexile
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Is Laca out? thought he was ok to play?

        2. The 12th Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          1,4 and 2 in that order.

        3. It’s gonna Ben Mee
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 11 days ago

          1, 2 and 4. And of course 6, Haller.

          1. Pogbros
              1 month, 11 days ago

              I completely forgot Haller
              This is interesting maybe I’ll work on a proper list for later and get people’s feel .
              Very surprised nobody is looking at Sarr .

              The above was my order btw but I like Trossard as an unknown

          2. Skull And Gnomes 9
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            Who the hell's Max Arons?

            1. Pogbros
                1 month, 11 days ago

                The Norwich young fullback 4.5 m / assist machine , likely to be at Chelsea following year

                1. Skull And Gnomes 9
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  tx

            2. semiconductor
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              2, 4 and Tierney

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

              1 2 4

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

            Getting there..
            A. Fraser
            B. Moura

            TIA

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

              A if you don't already have Wilson / King.
              B. Otherwise

              In any case, both are probably good for the first two weeks only.

              1. Pompel
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Frasert is 100% nailed, Moura is not. But Moura could haul in GW1 and GW3

            2. semiconductor
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              I sent Moura

              1. semiconductor
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Went*

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

            Already have TAA.

            A. Double up with Robertson
            B. Double up with VVD and keep the 0.5 for flexibility

            1. MJFainty
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              I've done Robbo and VVD for that extra 0.5m flexibility. So B for me.

              1. semiconductor
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Same

          5. Do I Not Like Orange
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 11 days ago

            How much of a threat is 'the Egyptian Beckham' to Guilbert's starts at Villa?

            1. Zlatanzo
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Enough of a threat to go for Mings

            2. It’s gonna Ben Mee
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Best 4.5 defender to rotate with Diop? Already have Ryan.

              A) Lowton
              B) Bednarek
              C) Dunk (double Brighton defence!)

              1. Tshelby
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                C for me but with Ryan I would say A

              2. Kun Tozser
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Lowton

              3. It’s gonna Ben Mee
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Cheers! Lowton stays

            3. Zladan
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 11 days ago

              Here we have it:

              Heaton
              TAA VVD Digne Stones
              Salah (c) Sterling Barkley Robinson
              Auba King

              McGovern Greenwood Lundstram Dendoncker

              The key areas covered:
              Triple LFC - check
              City attack - check
              City defence - check
              Bournemouth attack - check
              Everton defence (with attacking promise) - check

              Robinson & Barkley gambles. Chosen the best 4.5m keeper (imo).
              Auba a final premium and 11m fwd price point with 2 opening fixtures than can’t be ignored.

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

                Loving this team.

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

                  Thanks. The obvious omission here is LCFC attack, but there is good reason.

                  No interest in them until GW3&4 and then after GW7. Funds will be available to bring their assets in when I sell Auba.

              2. Dribbles
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  You would be annoying to go camping with. Great team though.

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

                    Haha I felt like a proper Twitter user with an @FPL handle writing out those “check”s

                • tucaoneo
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Very nice. I can see Auba + one of the midfielders > Son + Haller in GW 3.

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

                    Yep, absolutely. Also have an interest in LCFC GW3&4.

                • The Man Pastore
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Barkley / Robinson is too punty for me and I don't rate King as a good option. Wilson or Fraser are the only good option for me

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

                    Thanks. Yeah King is certainly a BTEC Wilson, but he is on penalties and it’s a good option to test the VAR waters with to start the season.

                    Barkley looking good pre season and on pens.

                    Robinson playing OOP and possibly the pick of the 5.5m mids.

                    But that’s just my opinion. Thanks for input.

                    1. The Man Pastore
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      I can't argue with your points, it is more a personal feeling

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

                Hey guys asked this several times but last time for changes! What do you think about this?

                Doesn’t feel good that I’ve got 0.5 ITB...

                Score out of 10?

                Pope, Button
                Digne, VvD, Robbo, Montoya, Diop
                Salah, Sterling, Moura, Trossard, Dendoncker
                King, Vardy, Greenwood

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

                  8

                  1. Tshelby
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    What would you change?

                2. Miguel Sanchez
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Confident in Trossard?

                  1. Tshelby
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Yeah actually I am. At Genk he was really great and on set pieces, new coach,.. Could work. Thinkering to change him to get Jota in.

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

                    I have no trust in Brighton after last season lol

                    I understand Potter is in... I know him better than most as he managed my beloved ÖFK. But they’re so disappointing. Team full of garbage I can only see them going down.

                3. Zladan
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  I’d give it an 8/11.

                  1. Tshelby
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    That seems low? What would you change?

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

                      It’s basically that I like 7 of your starting XI and then added a collective 1 more of the XI.

                      I think it’s the commitment to the worst team in the league (Brighton). Even though their fixtures are green the teams that are green in their fixtures probably look at Brighton as an easier team to play against.

              4. chriscosta
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Hi All i think am set, after a long 1 hour of fixing my team lol,
                please rate or if there is any advice : D

                Pope (Ryan)
                AAT Ake Digne Zinkco (Kelly)
                Salah (C) B-Silva Maddison Wilson (dendonker)
                Kane Rashford (wesley)

                Thank You And GL to All

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

                  Lose Ake. Put VVD in and downgrade Rashford to 6.5

                  1. chriscosta
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    thanks m8, : )

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

                  Out of interest, why Kane over Auba? Particularly looking at the opening few fixtures.

                3. Zladan
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Will Harry Wilson get in ahead of Ibe?

                  1. chriscosta
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    after reading afew sites, i was part of loan that wilson will get playing time, also i think at the start he will be playing in brook posistion, as for kane vs aubu i think kane fixture are slightly better than aubu and kane plays more as a forward than aubu who is an out and out forward... just my thought

              5. The Head-Ake
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                1) Sterling, Laporte, King
                2) KDB, Montoya, Kane

                1. Tshelby
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  1

                2. semiconductor
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  1

              6. Yordan Letchkov
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                I think I am almost there:

                Pope, Button
                TAA, Zinch, Coleman, Cathcart, Rico
                Salah, Sterling, Siggy, Barkley, Dendoncker
                Vardy, King, Deeney

                I am currently thinking about to bring Ayew in. Is he a fix starter?
                This would allow me to reinvest 1.5 in to the defense....

                Thanks for your feedbacks.

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

                REPOST, opinions please:

                A - TAA & Wood
                B - Montoya & Vardy

                1. Garlana
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  A easily for me

              8. Marmalade Forest
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 11 days ago

                Thanks for taking the time to write up articles for us, but that really could’ve just said “Mo Salah”.

                At a push it could say

                “If you don’t have Mo Salah, then Harry Kane”

                And at an extreme push it could say

                “If you don’t have either Mo Salah or Harry Kane, what are you doing here?”

              9. Don Custard Rovers
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Any glaring mistakes or GTG ?

                  Ederson
                  VVD Keane Montoya A.Smith
                  Salah Sterling Siggy Moura
                  Firmino King

                  Button-Lund-Dendon-Greenwood

                  Thank you

                  1. Marmalade Forest
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Keane
                    Smith
                    Firmino

                    Firmino could be gold mind

                • No Totti No Party
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 11 days ago

                  Maddison or M. Kean at the same price/ Have Siggy / ?

                  1. semiconductor
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Kean we would want to watch 1st. I would avoid both if I have siggy though

                • Netters2018
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Am I the only person going 451 with Kane up top on his own???

                    1. Kun Tozser
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      2 x 4.5s with Kane?

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

                      No Bou interest?

                  • JariL
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    A) TAA + VVD

                    B) TAA + Laporte

                    No other City or Pool defs.

                  • Atimis
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Good enough?

                    Pope/Button
                    TAA/Digne/AWB/Rico/Lund
                    Salah/Sterling/Martial/Moura/Perez
                    Wilson/Jota/Green

                    Moura can be out with 2FTs after 2GW if needed and could then switch to 343

                  • tyiocoyg34
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    A) Siggy / King
                    B) Fraser / Keane

                  • semiconductor
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Few decisions to make it you would help. It is really appreciated

                    1. Heaton or pope
                    2. King or another 6.5m striker (besides Auba)
                    3. Best 2 4.5m defenders (besides Robertson and VVD)

                    1. My Name Is Prince
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      Pope
                      Jota
                      No idea 🙂

                    2. Make Arrows Green Again
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      Pope
                      King or Wood
                      ?

                    3. No Totti No Party
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      I'm gonna say: Pope, King, Dunk

                    4. The Man Pastore
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      Pope
                      Jota
                      Dunk / Guilbert

                  • My Name Is Prince
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Fraser or Moura? Currently on Fraser but mainly because of GW2 City for Moura and then Son comes to the picture as well...

                    1. semiconductor
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      I'm going with Moura

                  • Burger
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Looking at those SoT stats for last season, Mitro really was the biggest faker of the season.

                  • SPorting
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    So, it's been a while.

                    How is everyone? Busy?

                    1. semiconductor
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      I'm doing very good. Thanks mate for asking? How about you?

                  • as33
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Last call on my team, do i need changes: Ryan
                    Zinchenko, Robbo, AWB
                    Salah, Sterling, Moura, Perez, Hojberg
                    Auba, King?

                    1. semiconductor
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      Similar front and midfield

                    2. chriscosta
                      • 8 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      magiure for AWB better goal threat

                  • Acrux66
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Hi wich one:

                    1(more balanced).
                    Fabianski/Button
                    Robbo/VVD/KWP/ZInchenko/Lundstram
                    Salah/Sterling/KDB/Dendocker/Perez
                    King/Greenwood/Kean

                    or

                    2(risky).
                    Pope/Button
                    Robbo/VVD/KWP/ZInchenko/Lundstram
                    Salah/Sterling/KDB/Fraser/Perez
                    King/Greenwood/Wickham

                  • Do I Not Like Orange
                    • 7 Years
                    1 month, 11 days ago

                    Would you swap out Zinchenko for Cancelo in a draft league, or are they both much of a muchness?

                    1. My Name Is Prince
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      Yeah I'd take the risk in a draft league I think!

                    2. Pukki Party
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      No

                  • pljK_
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      Hello, A or B? thank you.
                      A
                      Ryan (BUTTON)
                      VVD Robbo Digne ZINC (Lund)
                      Salah Sterling Perez Siggy (Dendo)
                      WILSON Jota (Greenwood)

                      or

                      B
                      Ryan (POPE)
                      VVD Robbo Digne LAPORTE (Lund)
                      Salah Sterling Perez Siggy (Dendo)
                      KING Jota (Greenwood)

                    • Vitamin C
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 11 days ago

                      Who gonna start CBs for Eve tomorrow? Keane & .....

                      1. Rigid Digit
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        Mina?

                    • Clueless_91
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        4 5 1
                        Ederson Button
                        Robertson KWP VVD Montoya Rico
                        Bilva Salah Sterling Martial Moura
                        King Greenwood Wickham

                      • tjostolv
                        • 7 Years
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        I have 2 nailed defenders, but my 3rd has to be either Lundstram, Kelly (palace) or Guilbert.
                        How likely are they to play?

                      • SOTHPAW
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 11 days ago

                        G2G?

                        Ryan
                        TAA, Van Dijk, Digne, KWP
                        Salah, Sterling, Fraser, Martial
                        Wilson, Jota

                        Button, Greenwood, Dendonker, Rico