Captain Sensible

Who is the best captain for FPL Gameweek 8?

Fantasy Premier League managers have been presented with another tricky captaincy debate for Gameweek 8.

Liverpool host a Leicester side looking very committed to breaking into the top four while rotation and injury fears plague our Manchester City assets.

We’ve assessed the key candidates for the armband this weekend using individual and team data.

As this uses information from the Fantasy Football Scout Members Area only those signed up for the 2019/20 season can access it in full.

Captain Poll

After ending his Premier League goal drought in Gameweek 7, Raheem Sterling (£12.1m) has returned to the summit of the latest captain poll.

The Manchester City midfielder comes into the weekend backed by 28% of those that have voted so far (as of Thursday lunch-time).

His owners will have been encouraged by two things they saw of Sterling midweek.

Firstly, he was rested for the majority of the win over Dinamo Zagreb, emerging only as a 56th-minute replacement for Bernardo Silva (£7.9m).

Secondly, Sterling was involved in both goals after he arrived on the pitch, reminding his owners what he is capable of.

Playing in a much more central location than we have seen in recent Premier League outings, the England international scored the opening goal and provided the assist for Phil Foden‘s (£5.2m) stoppage-time strike.

Meanwhile, Wolves come to the Etihad Stadium with just one clean sheet in their last six and a goals conceded tally that reads 11 in that time – an average of 1.8 per game.

We thought that Sterling might have to fight off some interest in Kevin de Bruyne (£10.0m) for the Gameweek 8 captaincy but his recent groin problem has drastically affected the poll results.

Before the injury was confirmed, the Belgian ranked third with a 15% share of the vote but in the last few days, he has dropped to eighth and the backing of just 3.2%.

Currently second in the poll is Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.0m) who is still yet to blank this season.

He has scored in all but one Premier League match in 2019/20, and in all three at the Emirates Stadium so far.

Meanwhile, Bournemouth come to north London with no clean sheets on the road yet this season – which is why 20% of those who have voted in the poll fancy more attacking returns from Aubameyang on Sunday afternoon.

Sergio Aguero (£12.1m) has a fairly strong hold on third place in the poll, garnering the support of 12%.

His benching for the trip to Everton is probably enough to put some Fantasy managers off the Argentinian, especially given he registered 88 minutes against Zagreb.

However, if he does start, which he often does at the Etihad Stadium, Aguero is also without a blank this season. In three home matches, he has a total of four goals and two assists.

Teemu Pukki (£7.2m) may be without an attacking return on the road since Gameweek 1 but the Norwich forward has scored five of six Premier League goals at home.

Aston Villa come to Carrow Road this weekend having conceded seven times in their last three away matches in the top flight.

That combination of statistics will be why Pukki is the best of the rest in the top this week, pulling in 7.2% of the vote in the captaincy poll.

In fact, the Finnish striker has more support than Mohamed Salah (£12.5m) for the Gameweek 8 armband.

The Egyptian does arguably have a trickier fixture as Leicester come to Anfield in good form and praised for recent defensive displays.

However, Salah has been in exceptional form at home this season. In his first three Premier League matches at Anfield he has registered four goals and one assist, for an average of 12 points per game.

Should that form continue, the 6.7% of managers who captained him for Gameweek 8 will feel very happy indeed, especially with many looking elsewhere both for the armband and for transfers.

Son Heung-min (£9.7m) now has attacking returns in each of his last three league outings, and was one of the few players to score for Spurs in their absolute humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich midweek.

That has led to 4.7% of our voters backing him for the captaincy in Saturday’s lunch-time kick-off at Brighton.

Harry Kane (£11.0m) also found the net in that 7-2 defeat and has scored or assisted in each of his last four Premier League matches – hence the 3.2% interest.

Tammy Abraham (£7.6m) may have blanked in each of his last two at Stamford Bridge but he travels to Southampton on Sunday afternoon with six goals in each of his last three away matches in all competitions.

Therefore, 2.9% fancy him as an outside bet for the captaincy in Gameweek 8.

Sadio Mané (£11.6m) and Riyad Mahrez (£8.5m) are the only other options with more than 1% backing.

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Lessons Learned from Gameweek 7

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  1. andreyarshavin
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Struggling hard to decide on transfers this week, help please...

    A) Greenwood, Maddison & Digne > Abraham, £5.4m mid, Tomori (-4)
    B) Haller, Digne > Abraham, Tomori (£1.4m in the bank)

    Pope Button
    TAA Otamendi Digne Lundstram Kelly
    Sterling KDB Mane Maddison Mount
    Haller Pukki Greenwood

    Basically a toss up between Maddison and Haller and i'm leaning towards option B.

    1. Squeakybum99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 13 days ago

      B
      Why would you want to get rid of Maddison?

      1. andreyarshavin
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Because Haller is playing palace at home and has a decent run of fixtures

        1. Squeakybum99
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Leicester have better fixtures after Pool. And your replacements do as well. I would actually do nothing.

          1. andreyarshavin
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            this is my issue. but I feel like tammy's underlying stats means he needs to be in my team.

  2. CocoMonkey
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    really struggling to use my 2 ft this week

    Pope
    TAA Soy Ota (rico lundstram)
    Sterling Kdb Son Cantwell (Nakamba)
    Auba Tammy Haller

    any ideas?

    1. andreyarshavin
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      good team, how much is in the bank? I'd look to upgrade Cantwell

    2. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      4.0 GK to McGovern and roll the other FT

      1. CocoMonkey
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        considering this, or Cantwell to Saka for a short term punt

        no itb and have had kdb since gwk 1

        1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Don't sell Cantwell

          1. CocoMonkey
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            im very reluctant as well

    3. Blue&White85
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      If KDB is injured maybe sell and take a punt on someone like Mahrez or Mount?

      1. CocoMonkey
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        too much value attached to him really

  3. El Copo
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Play Rico or Kelly?

    1. Bavarian
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Kelly

    2. TheBrat
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Rico, just

    3. Cheesyzoot
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Kelly for me

    4. TheBrat
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Bench order help please!

      A Rico
      B Soy
      C Greenwood

      1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 13 days ago

        C A B

    5. Igzie08
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      WC team:

      Pope
      Ota Tomori Pieters
      Salah KDB Cantwell Mount
      Aguero Aub Haller

      McGovern Dendoncker Söyüncü Kelly

      Would prefer Yarmolenko+Pukki instead of Cantwell+Haller but 0.6 short 🙁

      1. Igzie08
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Current team:

        Pope
        Tomori TAA Ota
        Mount Cantwell Salah KDB
        Haller Pukki Aguero

        Heaton Pieters Dendonck Kelly

      2. PascalCygan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 13 days ago

        I like it, but I also like your current team!

        1. Igzie08
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Really want Aubameyang in the team, but could also do for a -4 next week

          1. The_Fish
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 13 days ago

            -4 after a WC?

            Madness

      3. Lord Tachanka
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Looks pretty awful use of WC,

        1GK change
        1 DEF change
        1 FWD change

        If you really want that team just take a hit.

        1. Igzie08
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          That’s three hits as I used my FT already. Don’t fancy it on the back of a -8 and a shocking gw rank last week ..

    6. PascalCygan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Dismal last few weeks, dismal season.

      What's best to do here?
      A) Aurier to Tomori
      B) Save
      C) Something else (still have WC)

      Pope
      Robbo / VVD / Lundstram / Aurier*
      Salah / Sterling / KdB / McGinn
      Vardy / Pukki

      McGovern / Rico / Greenwood / Dendoncker

      Thanks!

      1. TheBrat
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        A

        1. PascalCygan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Thank you

      2. Igzie08
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Did A

        1. PascalCygan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Thanks

    7. Le Bluff
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Ben Dinnery reporting that Cantwell has been named in the England U21 squad.

      Surely wouldn't be included if the 'injury' was anything close to serious.

      1. Hakim Ziyech
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Almost sold him yesterday, thanks for the update

        • Flaming Flamingo
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          I trust that random troll on twitter more than I do Ben Dinnery.

            1. Flaming Flamingo
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Yes, I already knew he was in the squad. My point was that he always seems to either repeat information or make a random comment that is later proven incorrect. Like that KDB has been training all week.

              1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Ben Dinnery is an injury data analyst. His job is to get info from press conferences or reliable sources from the internet that you can find if you decide to do so yourself. He's not a journalist, so he doesn't attend all conferences or go for training sessions or interview the coaches

                As an injury data analyst, he has noticed trends over the years and can give educated guesses on what he thinks might happen with a player's availability or what a coach might do with said availability. Not based on any special info he got, but pretty much an educated guess: like the FFS captaincy videos and articles. He knows he can be wrong, and he doesn't hide that.

                1. Flaming Flamingo
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Well his educated guesses are terrible from what I've seen.

        • Balls of Steel
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          sweet

      2. AFC49
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Pope
        Robbo, VVD, Lundstram, Digne
        Salah, Sterling, Mount, McGinn
        Auba (c), Pukki

        Button, Soyuncu, Greenwood, Dendoncker

        1FT, 0.2 ITB

        A.) Digne > Otamendi
        B.) Digne > Cresswell
        C.) Save

        1. TheBrat
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          A

      3. Nigel Knows
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Plenty of potential prices risers tonight with ownership ranging from 4-11%

        Tomori
        Rico
        Soyuncu
        Guendouzi
        Otamendi
        Son

        Or Pope 14.7%

      4. camarozz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        So i have Kdb (will play Cantwell or Mings.)

        Should I do

        Mane➡️Sterling(c) for free???

        Or save FT?

        1. Robe Wan
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Do it

        2. Bruno BaNani
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          What’s your captaincy options if not?

      5. Never a FT
          1 month, 13 days ago

          De bruyne and Mount to Saka and Sterling?
          Mount may be rested

          1. Balls of Steel
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Will Saka start?

          2. Igzie08
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Big gamble imo

            1. Never a FT
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Huge gamble I am willing to take if Saka was to start why wasn’t he included yesterday?

            2. Murder On Zidanesfloor
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Dont remove mount.

            3. Warby84
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Why mount, 2 week break coming up...

            4. MadDog86
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 13 days ago

              mount wont be rested

          3. Plymouth
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Does the Kammy-tool still work for predicting trannies? Anyone got the link?

          4. JenkoJunko
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Morning all!

            Need to get rid of AWB and Jota (don't ask why i still have him) ha! Ideally i wanted to hold the transfer for 2 after the IB but not sure i can.

            Squad:
            Pope Button
            Digne VVD AWB Soy Lund
            Salah Sterling KDB Mount Yarmolenko
            Greenwood Pukki Jota

            Give me your best replacements for AWB and Jota for a -4????
            Or any other suggestions 🙂
            All very welcome. Thanks.

            1. Bruno BaNani
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Tomori and Tammy.

              If you have enough cash I’d just to Jota —> Tammy.

              You could also do awb —> otamendi/Tomori for the FT.

          5. Clinton19
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Would you KDB and Aguero >> Mahrez and Auba for -4.

            I have sterling, pukki and Tammy as captain options also

            1. Never a FT
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Same here don’t know

              • Trodos
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Same dilemma to me

                • Bruno BaNani
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  No. Probably wouldn’t even do it for free.

              • Invincibles
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Transfer this week?

                Salah > Sterling
                Aguero > Auba
                both for -4

                I have KDB and Aguero currently.

              • Daghe Munegu
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Sorry for repost

                Ayew to Wilson - 4? Yes or no?

                1. Squeakybum99
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Do it next week

              • ‘Tis the Season
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Help from you FPL stats experts..if there are any one here at the mo..
                What are the percentages of these three going up in value tomorrrow?
                A) Söyüncü
                B) Rico
                C) Pope

                  1. ‘Tis the Season
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    Yip these are the top to rise on FPL stats. Know that. Asking around here for chances / percentages.

                1. Nigel Knows
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  All about 95-100%

                  1. ‘Tis the Season
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    Thanks

              • Yiod14
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                One Free Transfer what you reckon? Thinking salah to sterling(c)

                Pope (button)
                VVD Lund Dunk (Rico Soy)
                Son Salah Kdb Madison (Dendonk)
                Auba(c) King Tammy

              • jimmyabs1987
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Play 2:

                Digne
                Cresswell
                Pieters

                I already have Pope in goal so putting me off Pieters and pope double up...

              • lordkippe
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Anyone got info regarding AWB. Will United have a presser at all ?
                I already own and will keep KDB but if AWB is out my team looks a bit thin. Uniteds fixtures look great mid term but dont want to lose value

                1. Rotation's Alter Ego
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • Has Moderation Rights
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Looks 'likely' to be out according to MEN.

                  "But Solskjaer was fairly positive about the performance, despite the news that Lingard, along with Paul Pogba, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw, looks likely to miss this weekend's trip to Newcastle United."

              • Nigel Knows
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 13 days ago

                24 hours to deadline

              • FOO FIGHTER
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  Fabianski conformed out 3 months. Giving West Ham defence a miss now.

                  1. toca
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      Good call

                  2. corderz
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    Lose Salah to fund Greenwood > Aubameyang?

                    1. Squeakybum99
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      Nah.

                  3. farmerfat
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 13 days ago

                    Selling Kun for Auba feels so wrong but so right at the same time.

                    1. Invincibles
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      Auba more nailed to start and score, but Aguero more likely to bag a double figure haul.

                      That's basically the dilemma.

                      1. baps sniffer
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 13 days ago

                        And Auba more likely to get baps. I can sniff them already 😉

                    2. Squeakybum99
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      It's wrong. But hey ho, no one actually knows.

                    3. Cheesyzoot
                        1 month, 13 days ago

                        Keep Kun this week imo

                    4. TeddiPonza
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      Correct team and sub order?

                      Pope
                      Hanley Tomori VvD Lundstram
                      Salah Sterling (vc) Mount KdB(i)
                      Aguero (c) Pukki

                      Subs: Button Rico Greenwood Dendo

                      Currently thinking of doing KdB to Son for -4 and bring KdB back before gw 10.

                      Thanks

                    5. Wakanda
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      Seeking advice
                      With kdb likely to be injured this week.. I have no other city attackers
                      Should I
                      Kdb and Son to sterling and Maddison for minus 4 ?
                      Hold and hide behind the sofa ?

                      1. Nicepix
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 13 days ago

                        'B'

                        Get behind the sofa. Son is too good to lose and Maddison doesn't put the scores on the doors enough to make him a long term investment.

                        If BGK is going to be back after the IB then I'm holding. I had him from GW1 so there is too much investment to lose.

                    6. HAMMERTIME107
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      Aurier >>> Maitland-Niles worth a shout??

                      1. farmerfat
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 13 days ago

                        AMN didnt start last match,
                        I expect Chambers to start at right back

                        1. wildnothing
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 13 days ago

                          He was suspended.

                          1. Squeakybum99
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            1 month, 13 days ago

                            He wasn't. His suspension was covered in the league cup match.

                        2. HAMMERTIME107
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 13 days ago

                          I believe he was suspended. In great form this year so cant see being dropped?

                        3. The Overthinker - I blame R…
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 13 days ago

                          you sure?

                      2. Nicepix
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 13 days ago

                        For playing cards?

                      3. Murder On Zidanesfloor
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 13 days ago

                        A bit crazy when hector played 90 mins yesterday

                        1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 13 days ago

                          Chambers is also ahead of AMN at rb

                          1. The Overthinker - I blame R…
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 13 days ago

                            chambers better player than luiz too

                    7. The Overthinker - I blame R…
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 13 days ago

                      which westham defender is the best of all?

                      1. wildnothing
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 13 days ago

                        I'd go Fredericks

                        1. The Overthinker - I blame R…
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 13 days ago

                          cheers

                      2. Murder On Zidanesfloor
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 13 days ago

                        Cresswell

                      3. toca
                          1 month, 13 days ago

                          None

                      4. sailor x
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 13 days ago

                        KDB > Mahrez or Sterling ? No hits in both cases

                        1. wildnothing
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 13 days ago

                          Sterling

                        2. Squeakybum99
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          1 month, 13 days ago

                          Raz

                      5. Gunner Boy
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 13 days ago

                        Aguero > Auba for a FT ( don’t have Sterling)

                        Or Hold?

                        1. Squeakybum99
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          1 month, 13 days ago

                          Hold