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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3,539 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Zlat-man
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Heaton, button;
    Walker-pieters, Zinchenko, Shaw, vinagre, lundstram.

    How is this defence for starters? Too risky?

    1. Brooksy86
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Vinagre won't play enough, no Liverpool is in risk of being left behind.

    2. Kaptenen
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Too risky imo

    3. MANGE TOUT RODNEY
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Needs more Liverpool and less Vinagre

      1. King Holebas
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Very much this

  2. 442lion
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 12 days ago

    A) BILVA MURRAY KEAN WILSON

    B) STERLING MURRAY AUBA WILSON

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

      B

    2. Brooksy86
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Maupay not a better option then Murray?

      1. ameisin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Not yet. That'll probably change in a couple of weeks.

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

    Help me, is Wilson a much better pick than King? Which combo would you rather have? (No Fraser)

    A) Wilson & KWP
    B) King & Walker/Laporte

    1. Jacky boy
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      a

    2. MJFainty
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      A for me. I think if you take penalties out of the equation (which you may not want to) then Wilson is a much, much better pick.

  4. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    This article from June 15th concludes «Wesley more likely to boost Villa colleagues than provide FPL value himself” https://www.fantasyfootballscout.co.uk/2019/06/15/wesley-more-likely-to-boost-villa-colleagues-than-provide-fpl-value-himself/

    Do we still agree after presesason?

    Ings a better choice for 6.0?

    1. Brooksy86
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I agree Ings from the off of you're on a 6m forward.

    2. droginexile
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      What about Che Adams, what do you reckon on him, I like the look of him for 6

  5. tyiocoyg34
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    A) Siggy | King
    B) Fraser | Keane

    1. MANGE TOUT RODNEY
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      A

    2. Kaptenen
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      A

    3. Winston.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      A

    4. antis0cial
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      A

  6. oah03
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    RMT

    Ryan

    Robertson VVD Digne Rico

    Salah Sterling De Bruyne Perez

    Wilson King

    Button Lundstrom Dendoncker Wickham

    Rico is the big risk, but if he plays, them I'm in business?

    1. Brooksy86
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Transfer waiting to happen

    2. Monkey magic 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Not a massive fan of the Wilson/King double up but could pay off nicely, otherwise looks good to me.

  7. gmando2011
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    which midfielder £8m and below is going to get the most points over the first 2 gameweeks?

    1. Brooksy86
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Imo Martial

    2. Zlatanzo
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Siggy or Fraser

      • antis0cial
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Sig

      • Andy'81
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Bilva

        1. gmando2011
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          nice!

          was surprised by the martial shout but i do think he'll have a good year

    3. Bubbles1985
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      My final pick...

      A - Roberston and Barkley
      B - VVD and Zaha

      Also have TAA!!

      1. MANGE TOUT RODNEY
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        A

    4. SPorting
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Too busy for me in here today.

      I'll come back tomorrow at 11.30am for the real deadline panic.

      1. MANGE TOUT RODNEY
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Good one

      2. VAR Star
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        There’s a game tonight so the deadline is today

        1. VAR Star
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Joke fail 🙂

      3. mad_beer ✅
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Except the deadline is tonight.

        1. MANGE TOUT RODNEY
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          That's the joke

    5. 442lion
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Sorry...

      A) BILVA WILSON KEAN AUBA
      B) STERLING KEAN MURRAY VARDY

    6. tim
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Zinc or Walker? Could use the 0.5mil to get two 4.5 goalies...

      1. MANGE TOUT RODNEY
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I've landed on Zinchenko.

        Walker possibly threatened by Cancelo soon?

        Although then Zinc will be threatened by Mendy soon!

        Tough one.

    7. Phlajo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Rip it apart, or GTG?

      Pope/Heaton rotation
      VVD Robbo Digne Cathcart/Guilbert rotation
      Salah Sterling Ziggy Robinson Martial
      Wilson (Greenwood Martinelli)

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

        G2G for now. I hope you have a plan for Wilson GW3

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

          Yeah, might be swapping 1 or 2 other fwds in, but can't decide in Haller, Kean, Abraham, Wood etc etc..

          So my plan is to stick with Wilson for starters and then adapt when I see who's playing good 🙂

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

        Def and mid looks safe for long term, so I think it might work.

    8. Monkey magic 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Hey chaps think i’ve narrowed it down to these 2.

      A) KWP - KDB - Trossard - Wilson

      B) Montoya - Sterling - Robinson - King

      Rest of team

      Pope
      VVD - Robertson - Digne - ****
      Salah - Perez - **** - ****
      Auba - ****

      4.0 - Targett - Dend - G’wood

      Which looks best thoughts please?

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

        Just about A for me.

    9. Moon
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      pope button
      taa digne zouma lowton diop
      sterling salah moura perez barkley
      wilson deeney

      1.0itb

      help.

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

        forgot greenwood

    10. deathcabofdevil
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      H2H League Code no knockouts. Fourth year running (max 20 players) : j6fkfd

      3 slots remaining.

      1. chriscosta
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        just joined : D, thanks

    11. Wakanda
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Is daniel James first team player for Man U ?

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        yes

      2. Zlatanzo
          1 month, 12 days ago

          unlikely

        • Lingard’s Shin Guards
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Nah, think he’ll be coming off the bench

          • Hampe
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Yes. Not nailed though.

            1. Gunners n' Roses
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Who instead?

          • Gregor
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • Has Moderation Rights
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            Looks it.

        • samlowe
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Pope (button)
          TTA, VVD, Montoya, Digne (rico)
          Sterling, Salah(c), Fraser, Wilson, Dendoncker
          Kane(vc), (Greenwood), (Wickham)

          struggling the most that I ever had this year! thoughts please?
          Do I drop Kane for jiminez and zinchenko or a better city defender?

          1. Zlatanzo
              1 month, 12 days ago

              drop kane to vardy and upgrade dendoncker

          2. Zlatanzo
              1 month, 12 days ago

              What to go with as a 4th defender in a 4-4-2 ?

              A) x2 rotating 4.5s
              B) a 5.5 def (and a 4.0 bench)

              1. Shaw must go on
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                a

            • jai1212
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              A. KDB + Wilson and extra 0.5
              B. Sterling + King

              1. antis0cial
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                B

            • Druze
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 12 days ago

              best fwd bench option?

              1. Gregor
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • Has Moderation Rights
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Greenwood.

                1. Double Treble
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Hi Gregor.. May I know ur team please? 😀

              2. MJFainty
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                I was on Greenwood until I swapped some bits around to have 3 starting fwds

            • 442lion
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 12 days ago

              Zinchenko or Tierney?

              1. Zlatanzo
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Tierney has 0 chance to play

                • Gregor
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 9 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Is Tierney fit?

                • Mike2795647
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Tierney injured as recovering from hernia op

              2. Gunners n' Roses
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Pope/Heaton
                VVD/TAA/Digne/KWP/Rico
                Salah/Sterling/Moura/Perez/Robinson
                King/Jota/Greenwood

                Not sold on Moura, or the front line. Any suggestions?

              3. mackan
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 12 days ago

                Siggy or bilva?

                1. Gunners n' Roses
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Siggy if you have Sterling
                  Bilva otherwise

                2. Double Treble
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Siggy in my draft earlier but scared. Not firing

                  1. juho
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    i have siggy
                    he'll come good if one is patient with him

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

                RMT and need some advice too!

                Pope (Ryan)

                Zinch Vvd Ake (Walker-Peters, Dunk)

                Salah (C), B.Silva, Moura, Sigurd (Townsend)

                King Firmino Deeney

                Thank you!!!!!!

                1. Pogbros
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Ake a huge risk however cheap !! They concede always have .
                    Better options than Deeney out there imo ;
                    King for example has great fixtures many are going for him .
                    I actually love the Firmino differential could see you gain on opponents.
                    Moura and Siggy solid enough .

                    **I’d fear no sterling**

                2. The Curse of Falcao
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  G2G?

                  Pope
                  Digne VVD Maguire Robertson
                  Salah(c) Sterling Siggy Perez
                  Wilson King

                  Button| Dendoncker| Lundstram | Greenwood

                  1. Gunners n' Roses
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Everton double up not my favourite, looked damn iffy in preseason.

                    Maguire?

                    Otherwise beautiful

                    1. The Curse of Falcao
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Maguire best United def option for sure, way higher threat than AWB and Shaw for goals.

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

                        AWBaps has Bonus Points and assist potential.

                  2. Fordy40
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Double Bournemouth attack ? Brave

                    1. The Curse of Falcao
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 12 days ago

                      Individually they're both good picks so why not have both? opening fixtures Vs Sheffield and Villa.

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

                      It’s not brave lol it’s smart. He won’t own Bou attack all season, he is playing the opening fixtures and they are better options than all but the premiums really.

                  3. Zladan
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Solid team. In my 2 premium only team I had almost exactly this.

                    (Heaton v Pope, Stones v Mag).

                    Love it though and should start well. Slightly inflexible to transfer though I felt.

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

                    Bar Maguire think I am rocking with something very similar myself. I was thinking 5 in midfield at one point but decided against it

                3. corderz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  A) Kane + Perez
                  B) Vardy + Fraser

                4. Fordy40
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Done, finally

                  Pope-Button
                  TAA-VVD-Coleman-Zinky-Lunds
                  Salah-KDB-Siggy-Perez-Doncke
                  Kane-King-Greenwood

                  Boom

                5. marzo
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Think this is it for me finally- Any last minute suggestions?

                  Ryan.
                  Robbo, VVD, Rico, Coleman.
                  Sterling (vc), Salah (c), Perez, KDB.
                  Wilson, King.
                  Button, Dendoncker, Wickham, Fredericks.
                  0.0m ITB.

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

                    Bournemouth double up worth it?

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

                  A. Digne, Martial, Wilson
                  B. Rico/Dendoncker or other4 million defender, Kane, King

                7. No Totti No Party
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 12 days ago

                  Maddy, Perez or Tielemans if money not a problem ?

                  1. Gunners n' Roses
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Perez atm, but Tielemans for the punt

                  2. Double Treble
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 12 days ago

                    Lei have bad fixtures imo. Clear after gw8