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Captain Sensible

Who is the best FPL captain for Gameweek 11?

The moment Southampton conceded nine goals to Leicester last Friday, Manchester City players were locked in as Gameweek 11 captains.

Not surprisingly, their headline attackers have dominated the discussion for the armband ahead of this weekend’s fixtures.

However, there still remains some debate over which of them to trust with the captaincy, which is what we’re here to analyse in the latest Captain Sensible article.

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

Captain Poll

Captain Poll results as of Thursday lunch-time

Raheem Sterling (£12.1m) has taken the Gameweek 11 captain poll by storm ahead of that meeting with the Saints.

41.9% of our voters have handed their backing to the England international, almost certainly influenced by his night-off from midweek EFL Cup action.

Sterling was not in the matchday squad as a large number of his colleagues were tasked with pariticipating in a dry-run of Saturday afternoon’s Etihad Stadium clash.

Prior to Gameweek 10, Sterling had just one league goal between Gameweeks 4 and 9 but in his last five matches in all competitions for club and country he has rediscovered the golden touch.

Since England’s 2-1 defeat to the Czech Republic on October 11, Sterling has scored six times.

As already mentioned, the main thing hanging over Sterling had been how secure his place in the starting eleven, but that has all been cleared up after Tuesday night.

De Bruyne also had the night off as Man City beat Southampton in the EFL Cup

Also getting the night off in the EFL Cup, admittedly still on the bench, was Kevin de Bruyne (£10.2m).

He currently sits in a distant second place on the captain poll with 15.9% backing from the voters.

Those supporting the Belgian may be influenced by his reliable rate of returns in 2019/20, especially at home.

Not only does de Bruyne have more double-figures than Sterling this season (three to two), he is yet to blank at the Etihad Stadium.

In four starts there, he has scored a total of 47 points, from two goals and six assists, averaging at 11.8 points per game. That may be hard to turn down for his owners this weekend.

Aguero has stung his captainers in recent weeks but could reward them on Saturday

Sergio Aguero (£12.1m) completes the trio of Manchester City options art the top end of the captain poll this week.

9.9% of voters are doubling-down on the Argentinian after his disappointing one-point cameo against Aston Villa last time out.

There is certainly enough evidence to suggest that Aguero will be back in the side to face Southampton though. He has had plenty of rest in Gameweeks 9 and 10 while Gabriel Jesus (£9.5m) has started both of those matches, also registering 88 minutes midweek too.

While Pep Guardiola’s rotation policy is not an exact science, there are some signs pointing towards a benching for the Brazilian this weekend, allowing Aguero to come in after already scoring twice against Southampton this week.

Salah and Liverpool have an appealing trip to Aston Villa in Gameweek 11

Mohamed Salah (£12.4m), Sadio Mané (£11.9m) and Roberto Firmino (£9.5m) head up the best of the rest on 3.6%, 3.5% and 3.4% backing respectively.

While Liverpool won’t be treated to a meeting with Southampton’s atrocious defence, they are still facing a relatively obliging one at Aston Villa.

In all their clashes with top-six sides this season, the Villans have conceded three times.

However, Salah does remain goalless away from home this season, contributing just two assists in five road trips thus far.

Meanwhile, Mané has been the slightly more reliable option outside of Anfield, with a goal and two assists so far. That said, the Senegalese international is yet to register a single Premier League attacking return away from home since Gameweek 4, blanking at Chelsea, Sheffield United and Manchester United since.

However, with both Salah and Mané, it must be said that Villa’s defence is unlikely to present as much of a test of those last three opponents on the road.

Vardy registered a 20-point haul for Leicester in Gameweek 10

Jamie Vardy’s (£9.3m) Gameweek 10 hat-trick at Southampton has kept him in the captaincy debate for this weekend but not in a particularly big way.

Not surprisingly, most Fantasy managers have assessed an away trip to Crystal Palace to be a much harder challenge than Southampton.

That’s because before hosting Manchester City in their last home match, the Eagles had conceded just once in four Premier League matches at Selhurst Park this season. Even when Guardiola’s men did turn up, Palace still managed to make them work very hard for a 2-0 win.

Therefore, Vardy has been backed by just 3.4% for the captaincy this time around.

Anthony Martial (£7.6m), Mason Mount (£6.9m), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.1m), Callum Wilson (£8.0m), Marcus Rashford (£8.4m), Tammy Abraham (£7.8m) and Harry Kane (£10.8m) are the only other options above 1% support in the poll.

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741 Comments Post a Comment
  1. ryacoo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Currently own TAA and Firmino and looking to sell Sterling to Salah or Mane after this GW.

    Which one would you lean towards for the 6 games before their blank?

    1. ZeBestee
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Mane. But can't see much in between them. Mane for me personally.

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

        But if there's not much between them, is Salah worth the 0.5 for pens?

        1. D.Glynn
          1 month, 7 days ago

          I reckon Salah, let likely to be subbed off and on penos

          1. Mr Pink
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 7 days ago

            With Salah carrying a niggle with his ankle, I'd say he may be more likely to be withdrawn in the coming matches. I still think that the pens edge it though.

  2. DarkSideOfTheLoon
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Pope (Button)
    van Dijk, Otamendi, Rico, Lundstram (Kelly)
    De Bruyne, Mané, Sterling (Cantwell) (Dendoncker)
    Connolly, Abraham, Aubameyang

    A) Should I do Ota to Cancelo?
    B) I want to play Cantwell but who do I bench?

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

      If you want to play Cantwell, why not just let him sub in for Otamendi this week?

      1. DarkSideOfTheLoon
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        The thing is if Ota does not play this week I will have a 5.5 def on bench for two weeks running as I don't see Pep playing him against Liv. That's a waste of space.

        The other option is to transfer him out for a Leic defender.

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

          It's a waste long term but if you have players on the bench you're happy with, I don't see a problem short term.

    2. Baganuva Hatty
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 6 days ago

      Go 3-4-3 and Bench Rico. May come in for Ota if he doesn't play.
      If you bring in Cancelo is it for a hit?

  3. IRBOX ⚽
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    GW11 predictions:

    - Trossard usurps Connolly
    - Hernandez comes in for Cantwell and gets Pukki back on track
    - Vardy blank

    1. Slouch87 Scott Talent
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Can see all 3 of these coming true !

    2. ZeBestee
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Vardy red. And Aguero hatrick.

    3. badgerboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Strong chance for all three. Hernandez has looked really good in the minutes he's played the last two gameweeks.

      1. ZeBestee
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Hernandez looks like a good player. Norwich fans hold him high.

    4. mynameisq
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Trossard comes off the bench
      Hernandez does nothing to change Pukki's fortunes
      Vardy gets 1 goal but all 3 bonus

  4. FPL-(VAR)dy
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Keep one of STerling or KDB
    (Liverpool match onwards)

    1. Relaxing
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Leaning towards KDB but undecided

  5. Scheffert
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Do I sell Digne for Mendy?

    Digne: TOT(H), SOU(A), NOR(H),LEI(A), POOL(A), CHE(H); MUN(A)
    Mendy: SOU(H), POOL(A), CHE(H), NEW(A), BUR(A), MUN(H), ARS(A)

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

      I’m keeping for three weeks (although was wondering earlier on today)

  6. andre_c
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 7 days ago

    yes

    1. andre_c
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 7 days ago

      reply fail 🙁

  7. andre_c
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 7 days ago

    How does this look?

    GW11: I'm thinking of doing Wilson (MUN H), Janmaat (CHE H) > Maupay (NOR H), Mendy (SOU H) -4. I'll play Mendy and Maupay this week.

    GW12: Aguero > Vardy, and maybe Cantwell to Tielamans/Dilva/Martial/Maddison -4

    Trying to take a few hits to get a boost up the ranks as I'm currently around 2mil OR.

    Current team:

    Pope
    TAA, Lund, Soy
    Salah, KDB (VC), Yarmo, Mount
    Aguero (C), Tammy, Wilson

    Button, Cantwell, Rico, Janmaat
    0.0ITB, 1FT

    Cheers

    1. Relaxing
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      I like it

  8. Fernando Torres
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Maddison + Pieters OUT

    H.Barnes + Mendy IN

    2 FT

  9. damiang2233
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Is Mendy worth bringing in for Otamendi on a FT?

    1. Kaptenen
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Yes

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

    Is TC Sterling nuts?

    1. Relaxing
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      No

  11. FFCommunity_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Are we overlooking Raheem Sterling as a Triple Captain contender this weekend? Form and fixtures have converged, he looks set for a start and it seems to be one of the best single gameweek options for the season. I’ve never had much luck playing the chip in a double Gameweek, which is why I’m considering it now - we’ve seen plenty of high profile managers deploy the chip effectively outside of the doubles. The only thing holding me back is a dismal record for the captaincy this season!

    1. Corgzzzz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 7 days ago

      Nope ...I have TC him this wknd

  12. stevieme
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Need advice lads
    I made 4 transfers last Sunday ( steaming drunk )
    If I hit free hit now will I stil have the 4 unwanted players next week

  13. bigvern63
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Thinking of Mane to Sterling; I have De Bruyne, and Kane to Vardy. Any thoughts, please?

  14. Wag the Drog
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 7 days ago

    Captained Aguero GW 8 (4pts), and GW 10 (2pts). Leading my league by 2pts. Rival will captain Sterling whom I don't have.
    a) TRIPLE DOWN, captain him again
    b) Swallow your pride, captain KDB

    1. nerd_is_the_werd
      1 month, 6 days ago

      KDB solid choice