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. adstomko
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Who will score more points this weekend?
    A) Kane
    B) Sterling

    1. GE
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      B

    2. Steve Stiffler
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      b

    3. denial
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      I think Kane's going to go big and there'll be WC's come GW3

      1. adstomko
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Same. I've selected Aubameyang for GW1 and GW2, but Kane for GW3

    4. Free Hat
        1 month, 10 days ago

        I hope A and B. But more A.

    5. Goodish
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      A) Sigurdsson and Fraser
      B) KDB and Trossard

      1. GE
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        A

    6. trinzoo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Why no love for Deulofeu (hes super explosive) if he's ready to play ?

      1. Misteak
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        I guess cause he's been out injured. Garcia he's ready.

    7. BOATIES FC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Does it make more sense to set the defence up for the first six game weeks , or for the first half of the season?

      For example KWP Ake and Zouma rotate well playing any 2 from three to go with Robbo and VVD, plus i think they will all play for the first few weeks which means I have a decent defender on the bench, even if they have a poor fixture.
      Downside is KWP might be rotated when Aurier is back, Zouma might lose his please when Rudiger is fit , if Christensen is preferred and I wouldn't want Ake when Bournemouths fixtures turn...

      The other alternative is somthing like Maguire Zinchenko/Coleman Rico, which may not score as much points earlier , but shouldn't need as many transfers down the line, but if Rico doesn't play bench the bench is a lot weaker.

      the actual players above don't matter as much as what everyone thinks of the concept if anyone has any ideas..

      1. Free Hat
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Would look for the first 4 to 6 weeks, but with nailed defenders. There will always be a difficult fixture somewhere, so choose the best nailed defenders in the best defensive teams.

        • lugs
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          that's what i'm doing, having 5mil defenders from top 6 clubs is a gift i can't refuse

          1. BOATIES FC
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 10 days ago

            thanks both, I'm leaning towards going for the 5m defenders for a start

      2. Prison Mike
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        TAA or Robertson to pair with VVD?

        1. GE
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Robbie for safety

        2. Misteak
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Robertson for security of starts, TAA for the potentially higher points ceiling

        3. Tactical Focus
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Robertson every time for me. Remove the headache of TAA potentially being subbed or benched for Gomez in big games like last season

          1. trinzoo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            It won't happen in the first few months though

            1. Misteak
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Don't Liv play in the club world cup in September? Could happen then.

              1. Misteak
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Oops my bad it's in December

      3. Tactical Focus
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        I have Pogba in my team.

        1. Misteak
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Yessss lad

        2. La Roja
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Good pick and going under the radar

      4. Slitherene
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Coin toss?

        A) Bilva + Wood/Jota

        OR

        B) Zaha + Jimenez

        Cannot decide by myself.

        1. BOATIES FC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Bilva looks a much better pick then Zaha, especially if he has the arse

      5. Jam0sh
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        A) King, Vardy & Dunk
        B) Wilson, Jota & Zinchenko

        1. BlenkyLips
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          B

        2. BOATIES FC
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 10 days ago

          b

      6. theBoose
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Pope Henderson
        TAA Digne Montoya Rico ...
        Salah KDB Perez Dendoncker ...
        Wilson King ...

        A) Vardy + Barkley + VVD
        B) Kane + McGinn/Robinson + Zinch

      7. PAL
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        FRIENDLY ADVICE

        Sort out and save your team 1 hour before the deadline because FPL site/serves could crash.

        1. Evil Genius
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 10 days ago

          That never happens...

        2. Misteak
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Are you threatening me?

      8. revelc
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 10 days ago

        A) Walker & Fraser
        B) Zinch & Richarlison

      9. TheDragon
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        I’m now waivering on double pool defence:

        A) VVD & King (4-4-2)
        B) Trossard & Wilson (3-5-2)

        Thoughts appreciated

        1. Foogle
            1 month, 10 days ago

            A

        2. Link
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Final few decisions for me.

          Rotating 4.5s or Zouma + Rico? (rico covers gw1 nicely)

          1. Misteak
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Rotating 4.5s. Chelsea's team have been decimated and they have a newbie manager. I expect them to finish 6th this season.

        3. owen1251
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Stuck on 4 completely different options, Help?

            Option A
            Lloris
            Robertson TAA Zinchenko Digne KWP
            Salah Sterling
            Jota King Vardy

            Option B
            Ederson
            KWP Robertson TAA Zinchenko
            Moura Salah KDB Lamela
            Wilson Vardy

            Option C
            Alisson
            Zinchenko AWB KWP Chambers
            Zaha Salah Fraser KDB
            Vardy Kane

            Option D (Bench Boost)
            Alisson Lloris
            Ake AWB VVD Zinchenko KWP
            Fraser Barkley Sigurdsson KDB Moura
            Wilson Vardy Origi

            1. BOATIES FC
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 10 days ago

              if I'm honest I don't like any, C looks the worst though

          • EspanYOLO
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Finally sorted a team. Had such a rubbish season last year I lost all motivation for FPL.

            Have a bad bench as will probably early wildcard.

            Team below:

            Pickford (Button)

            Duffy Digne Robinson (kelly, Lundstrom)

            Salah (C) Sterling (VC) debryne Martial McGinn

            Jota King (Brewster)

            Thoughts?

            1. TheDragon
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Get a better bench so you don’t have to automatically early wildcard?

              1. EspanYOLO
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Yeah it's tempting. I do really want all those players though. I think having both KDB and Sterling with Salah and some premium defenders will be a winning start.

                1. BOATIES FC
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  downgrade martial to perez and and upgrade duffy and or upgrade kelly or lundstrum?

                  1. EspanYOLO
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    Martial has been playing OOP in pre season though, I reckon he could be amazing this season. Perez doesn't excite me at all.

          • Foogle
              1 month, 10 days ago

              A) TAA/Robbo + Coleman
              B) VVD + Digne

              1. Clem Fandango
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 10 days ago

                VVD + Digne for me

            • Ashy96
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 10 days ago

              RMT Please - This is the most happy I have been with it.

              Ryan Button
              VVD TAA Digne (Rico, Lundstram)
              Salah Perez Pedro KDB (Deddoncker)
              Auba King Wood
              £0 ITB

            • Mufc123
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Ryan
              Digne, robbo, zinchenko,van dijk
              Kdb , salah, grealish, b silva
              Kane, king,

              1. Mufc123
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 10 days ago

                RMT??

              2. Ashy96
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 10 days ago

                g2g

              3. BOATIES FC
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 10 days ago

                looks strong

            • Tabbara
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Which option is better:
              A: Siggy Wilson and TAA
              B: Vardy Fraser and VVD

              1. Fnug
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Coin toss situation, mate

            • How I met your Mata
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Greenwood or Wickham as third sub(Greenwood likely to drop in price)

              1. TheDragon
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 10 days ago

                How’s on earth can you predict he is likely to drop in price

                1. How I met your Mata
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  He is not going to start and he's highly owned, players like this usually drop

              2. moz_1983
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Greenwood likely to drop slightly, but much more likely to get minutes and the occasional returns.

              3. Kiwivillan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Both mud picks. Get starting 6m that have chance to score and grab the 4.5m if they do something. Does no one remember Macheda

                1. Misteak
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  Does nobody remember Negredo? Wesley and Joelinton will get 5 goals this season.

            • Rossonero
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Seeing a lot of post about Martial beeing a great pick when he plays but the minutes were problem with him in the past.

              I just can't see the logic in this...if he was great when he played (so he must have got a lot of goals and assists if he was great) then why would he be rotated then and had problem with getting minutes???

              From what i remember he did have some good streaks of few games but then goes completely missing and looking totaly uninterested in next few games and that was big problem with him. Stating that he was great every time he got minutes is just wrong.

              1. EMBOLOFAN
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 10 days ago

                because lukaku more senior player and rashy is the poster boy. his stats are great

                1. Rossonero
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  Sorry but i don't buy it...if he was that great there is no way he would sit on the bench while United were loosing game after game and miss out on CL. If he plays every game he is good value for 7.5mil but still way to early to predict how will he and United start the season

                  1. Misteak
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 10 days ago

                    Considering you only have preseason to go by, which is usually has no bearing on reality, you can't really predict how any player or team will start the season. Everton had a brilliant preseason last year and then they were pony when the actual league started.

                    1. Rossonero
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 10 days ago

                      I agree that beside Pool and City all the rest are shooting in the dark...i was more reffering to people claiming that when Martial plays he delivers which to me logicaly can't be true...if he was delivering when played he wouldn't be rotated and warming the bench then.

                2. Misteak
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  Yes arguably with Lukaku gone there's less risk to Martial. After all they've only got one senior striker now: Rashford. Sanchez could feasibly challenge both the Rash and Martial but he's shown no signs of doing so yet.

            • NestorC
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Was set on Haller but after another strong perfomance from Jota/Jimenez I’m having second thoughts. Any advice?

              1. Boz
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                I'm avoiding wolves for now. Europa league fixtures always lead to poor league form

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

                In the same boat. Have actually considered both too!

              3. NestorC
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Cheers

            • laveshp
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Hi gents!

              RMT Please 🙂

              Draft A:

              Ryan
              Robertson ⦁ Zichenko ⦁ WalkerPeters
              Milojevich ⦁ Siggurdson ⦁ Salah ⦁ Sterling ⦁ Lucas Moura
              King ⦁ Wilson

              Subs: Button ⦁ Rico ⦁ Lundstram ⦁ Wickam

              The Double Liverpool Defence Draft: (Draft B)

              Ryan
              Robertson ⦁ Zichenko ⦁ Van Djik
              Robinson (OoP SHU MID) ⦁ Siggurdson ⦁ Salah ⦁ Sterling ⦁ Lucas Moura
              King ⦁ Wilson

              Subs: Button ⦁ Rico ⦁ Lundstram ⦁ Wickam

              Thank you!! Good luck!

            • Vimes (No Arsenal Players)
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Please help lads! I think I've gone mad from too much tinkering. One minute I'm happy with my team, the next I'm chopping and changing again, and again and again...

              GTG?
              Ederson (4m)
              Robbo VVD Montoya Zouma (Rico)
              Salah Sterling KDB Robinson Perez
              Wilson (Greenwood Wickham)

              1. TheDragon
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Time for some more tinkering

            • Boz
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Best 6.5 mid? Perez?

              1. Fnug
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                I think so, yes

              2. moz_1983
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Yep

            • Fnug
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Think I'm set. Only worry is starting Hayden, but you gotta break some eggs I guess. Also going Auba over Kane due to Auba's tasty fixture in GW2. How does it look?

              Pope | (Button)
              TAA | VVD | Digne | A. Smith (Guilbert)
              Salah (c) | Sterling | Fraser | Perez | Hayden
              Auba | (2 x 4,5)

            • Colby
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Christensen v Zouma?
              Who is most likely to be the long-term CB partner of Riddler please? Zouma has played a lot more preseason than his counterpart.

              1. Valar(Keith)
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Chelsea fans in their forum seem to think Christensen.. Most others think zouma. Cointoss.. Though i thjnk it'll boil down to who plays better the first few weeks.. So it's a wait and see.

                1. Colby
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  Cheers Valar. Desperately need a strong third defender - have TAA and Digne

            • Pete Price The Lizard
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              My squad is all set not template by any means any feedback is welcomed as always lads G2G?

              Foster
              Boly Chilwell Robbo
              Hojberg Moura Sterling Salah
              Adams Auba King

              Subs: Button, Dendoncker, Montoya & Kelly

            • wasp3000
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Team as is stands

              Ryan (Button)
              Robbo VVD Zinchenko Digne (Lundstram)
              Salah (c) Sterling Moura Maddison (Dendoncker)
              Wilson Jota (Greenwood)

              Would love to have Aubameyang first 2 fixtures and switch to Kane then GW 3 but don;t know who to rid? Any thoughts or G2G?

            • adstomko
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Who will score more in GW1 and 2 combined?

              A) Aubameyang
              B) Kane