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.

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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. ONGO GABLOGIAN
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 11 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
      2 months, 11 days ago

      B
      Why would you want to get rid of Maddison?

      1. ONGO GABLOGIAN
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

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

        1. Squeakybum99
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 11 days ago

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

          1. ONGO GABLOGIAN
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 11 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
    2 months, 11 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. ONGO GABLOGIAN
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 11 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
      2 months, 11 days ago

      4.0 GK to McGovern and roll the other FT

      1. CocoMonkey
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 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
          2 months, 11 days ago

          Don't sell Cantwell

          1. CocoMonkey
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 11 days ago

            im very reluctant as well

    3. Blue&White85
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

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

      1. CocoMonkey
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        too much value attached to him really

  3. El Copo
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Play Rico or Kelly?

    1. Bavarian
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Kelly

    2. TheBrat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Rico, just

    3. Cheesyzoot
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Kelly for me

  4. TheBrat
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Bench order help please!

    A Rico
    B Soy
    C Greenwood

    1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 11 days ago

      C A B

  5. Igzie08
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 11 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
      2 months, 11 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
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

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

      1. Igzie08
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 11 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
          2 months, 11 days ago

          -4 after a WC?

          Madness

    3. Lord Tachanka
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 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
        2 months, 11 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
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 11 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
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      A

      1. PascalCygan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Thank you

    2. Igzie08
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Did A

      1. PascalCygan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Thanks

  7. Le Bluff
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 11 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
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Almost sold him yesterday, thanks for the update

    2. Flaming Flamingo
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

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

        1. Flaming Flamingo
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 11 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
            2 months, 11 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
              2 months, 11 days ago

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

    3. Balls of Steel
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      sweet

  8. AFC49
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 11 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
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      A

  9. Nigel Knows
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 11 days ago

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

    Tomori
    Rico
    Soyuncu
    Guendouzi
    Otamendi
    Son

    Or Pope 14.7%

  10. camarozz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 11 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
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Do it

    2. Bruno BaNani
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      What’s your captaincy options if not?

  11. The Stretford End
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 11 days ago

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

    1. Balls of Steel
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Will Saka start?

    2. Igzie08
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Big gamble imo

      1. The Stretford End
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 11 days ago

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

    3. Murder On Zidanesfloor
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Dont remove mount.

    4. Warby84
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Why mount, 2 week break coming up...

    5. MadDog86
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 11 days ago

      mount wont be rested

  12. Plymouth
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

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

  13. JenkoJunko
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 11 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
      2 months, 11 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.

  14. Clinton19
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 11 days ago

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

    I have sterling, pukki and Tammy as captain options also

    1. The Stretford End
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Same here don’t know

    2. Trodos
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Same dilemma to me

    3. Bruno BaNani
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

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

  15. Invincibles
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Transfer this week?

    Salah > Sterling
    Aguero > Auba
    both for -4

    I have KDB and Aguero currently.

  16. Daghe Munegu
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Sorry for repost

    Ayew to Wilson - 4? Yes or no?

    1. Squeakybum99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Do it next week

  17. ‘Tis the Season
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 11 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
        2 months, 11 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
      2 months, 11 days ago

      All about 95-100%

      1. ‘Tis the Season
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Thanks

  18. Gunner1290
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 11 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

  19. jimmyabs1987
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Play 2:

    Digne
    Cresswell
    Pieters

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

  20. lordkippe
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 11 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
      2 months, 11 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."

  21. Nigel Knows
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 11 days ago

    24 hours to deadline

  22. FOO FIGHTER
    2 months, 11 days ago

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

    1. toca
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Good call

  23. corderz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    Lose Salah to fund Greenwood > Aubameyang?

    1. Squeakybum99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Nah.

  24. farmerfat
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

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

    1. Invincibles
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 11 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
        2 months, 11 days ago

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

    2. Squeakybum99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 11 days ago

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

    3. Cheesyzoot
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Keep Kun this week imo

  25. TeddiPonza
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 11 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

  26. Wakanda
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 11 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
      2 months, 11 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.

  27. HAMMERTIME107
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 11 days ago

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

    1. farmerfat
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

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

      1. wildnothing
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        He was suspended.

        1. Squeakybum99
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 11 days ago

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

      2. HAMMERTIME107
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 11 days ago

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

      3. The Overthinker - I blame R…
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        you sure?

    2. Nicepix
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 11 days ago

      For playing cards?

    3. Murder On Zidanesfloor
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 11 days ago

      A bit crazy when hector played 90 mins yesterday

      1. Murder On Zidanesfloor
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 11 days ago

        Chambers is also ahead of AMN at rb

        1. The Overthinker - I blame R…
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 11 days ago

          chambers better player than luiz too

  28. The Overthinker - I blame R…
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    which westham defender is the best of all?

    1. wildnothing
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      I'd go Fredericks

      1. The Overthinker - I blame R…
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 11 days ago

        cheers

    2. Murder On Zidanesfloor
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Cresswell

    3. toca
      2 months, 11 days ago

      None

  29. sailor x
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

    KDB > Mahrez or Sterling ? No hits in both cases

    1. wildnothing
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Sterling

    2. Squeakybum99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Raz

  30. Gunner Boy
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 11 days ago

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

    Or Hold?

    1. Squeakybum99
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 11 days ago

      Hold