Captain Sensible

Who is the best FPL captain for Gameweek 12?

Liverpool and Manchester City’s Sunday afternoon clash has complicated the Gameweek 12 captaincy debate.

Fantasy Premier League managers are largely steering clear of their table-topping premium options this weekend, with a greater focus on the cheaper assets in their teams.

Leicester, Chelsea and Wolves appear to be three sides at the heart of the discussion according to the polls.

As ever, we’re here to assess each candidate on both their own merits over the last four Gameweeks as well as their opponents’ defensive form.

As this article uses extensive 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

It’s been tough keeping this to ourselves and making no comment at all, especially when some of the results have been leaked. Now we know for certain which player has won the captain poll.

We have saved and screenshotted the results which clearly show just one player has emerged as the winner.

It’s ………Jamie Vardy (£9.4m).

The results of this week’s captain poll

The Leicester City forward has been in exceptional form this season and currently sits top of the Golden Boot race with 10 goals.

Seven of those have come since Gameweek 7, where his form has really raced into life from a Fantasy perspective.

Since that 5-0 win over Newcastle, Vardy has averaged 9.6 points per game.

In Gameweek 12 he goes up against an Arsenal defence that has conceded an average of 1.4 goals per away game this season.

Furthermore, Vardy has scored eight times in as many Premier League starts against the Gunners.

All of that has contributed to 39.7% of voters in our poll selecting him as the best captain option for Gameweek 12.

Abraham is the second-most-popular option in the Gameweek 12 captain poll

Tammy Abraham (£7.9m) has his hands on second place with 23.4% of the vote.

This weekend, Chelsea host Crystal Palace in a match that could finally see their number one centre-forward even out the balance between his home and away form.

In the last four Gameweeks, Abraham has four attacking returns although all of those have come on the road.

Will some Fantasy managers be put off by the fact that just two of his 11 attacking returns in 2019/20 have come at Stamford Bridge? Perhaps. We recently did an analysis of this subject in a Members article.

Jiménez (left) is on course for a bronze medal in this captain poll

A long way off in third-place in the captain poll was Raúl Jiménez (£7.2m) who pulled in the support of 5.9% before hosting Aston Villa.

This Midlands rivalry contest could see plenty of goals, especially considering that Dean Smith’s men have conceded an average of 2.2 goals per away match this season.

Meanwhile, Jiménez is enjoying something of a Fantasy renaissance of late with four attacking returns (two goals, two assists), since Gameweek 8.

Despite going six league matches in a row without a goal, Teemu Pukki (£6.8m) is currently fourth in our captain poll with 3.3% of the vote.

That support is probably almost entirely influenced by the fact that Watford have conceded 23 goals this season – the third-worst.

However, it must be highlighted that Quique Sanchez Flores has been slowly improving the Hornets’ back-line recently.

In the last four matches, they have kept two clean sheets and went close to a third against Spurs.

Mané is the most fashionable asset for the captaincy from Liverpool’s next fixture

Sadio Mané (£12.0m) is the most popular asset from Liverpool and Manchester City’s encounter as far as captaincy is concerned.

2.9% of our voters have backed him for the armband and, on closer inspection, it hardly seems a strange decision to do so.

You have to go back to Gameweek 3 for the last time that Mané failed to register attacking returns in a home game.

Since then he scored 15 points against Newcastle, notched up a 12-point haul when Leicester came to Anfield and earned a penalty against Spurs in Gameweek 10 for five points.

Meanwhile, Manchester City’s defence has raised some eyebrows of late and they could also be without goalkeeper Ederson (£6.1m) on Sunday afternoon after he picked up an injury midweek.

There isn’t much backing for other cast members for this potentially title-deciding clash. 1.7% have voted for Sergio Aguero (£12.0m), 1.3% for Raheem Sterling (£12.1m), 1.1% for Mohamed Salah (£12.3m) and 0.9% for Kevin de Bruyne (£10.2m).

Harry Kane (£10.8m), Anthony Martial (£7.6m), Christian Pulisic (£7.3m), Todd Cantwell (£4.7m), John Lundstram (£4.8m), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.0m) and Marcus Rashford (£8.5m) are the other options on more than 1% support.

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1,114 Comments Post a Comment
  1. The King
    • 6 Years
    6 months, 18 days ago

    Gtg? 1ft 0itb

    Pope
    TAA - Rico - Tomori
    KDB - Mane - Martial - Mount
    Wilson - Abraham (c)

    Button Lund Connolly Hanley

    Cheers

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 18 days ago

      start lundy over rico

    2. ElliotJHP
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 18 days ago

      I'd personally squeeze in one more player and go for an XI but apart from that g2g

    3. JohnBlack
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 18 days ago

      Lund over Tomori

      1. The King
        • 6 Years
        6 months, 18 days ago

        Forgot to put mount in, so Lund will probably come on for him

  2. Daniel S.
    • 10 Years
    6 months, 18 days ago

    Cant wait to set my bus team tonight

    1. Daniel S.
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 18 days ago

      Other lads enjoying in it and well?

      1. Daniel S.
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 18 days ago

        *as well

  3. Pep Roulette
    • 2 Years
    6 months, 18 days ago

    When is Pep's presser?

    1. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 18 days ago

      1:30

  4. simong1
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 18 days ago

    A or B with a FT??

    A) Wilson (new) > Jimenez (AVL)
    B) Mount (CRY) > Martial (BHA) (already have Tammy)

    1. JohnBlack
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 18 days ago

      A

  5. CarrollsPonytail
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    6 months, 18 days ago

    2FT, £0 ITB. Who would you change to avoid burning a transfer...?

    Maupay the obvious one to go but not sure there is anyone in his bracket I like. Tempted to do KDB & Maupay >>> Martial & Jiminez

    Pope Button
    TAA Lundstram Willems Rico Janmaat
    Sterling Mane KDB CHO Dendoncker
    Vardy Abraham Maupay

    Thoughts?

    1. ElliotJHP
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 18 days ago

      Yeah that looks good mate, KDB dropping deeper it seems

      1. CarrollsPonytail
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 18 days ago

        I think so, I have very little valued tied up in him so it's not a massive loss for me especially with the upcoming fixtures.

    2. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 18 days ago

      CHO looks a bigger issue. If Mount is fit, good chance he doesn't start this week.

      I don't hate your proposed transfers if you don't have a ton tied up in De Bruyne.

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 18 days ago

        Sterling out would be preferred slightly imo. Not only is he more expensive he's on the suspension tightrope.

      2. CarrollsPonytail
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 18 days ago

        Agreed on CHO longer term. I had intended on doing 2-3 transfers this week to "fix" CHO and Maupay but now that Mount is a doubt think CHO might get a start this week.

  6. Daniel S.
    • 10 Years
    6 months, 18 days ago

    Who to bench from the two top scorers last week:

    Soyboy or Lord Lundstram?

    1. ElliotJHP
      • 8 Years
      6 months, 18 days ago

      Soy I reckon

      I am playing both

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 18 days ago

      soy

    3. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      6 months, 18 days ago

      Neither IMHO.

      1. Daniel S.
        • 10 Years
        6 months, 18 days ago

        Rico and TAA are others

        1. jtreble
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 18 days ago

          Sorry, I see CS possibilities for both LEI and SHU.

    4. Tsparkes10
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 18 days ago

      Lund. Higher ceiling

  7. Hakim Ziyech
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 18 days ago

    Where are the weather forecasters when I need them?! Tell me which game is likely to be post poned

  8. BigBillyBass
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 18 days ago

    Play one:

    A) Soy
    B) Rico
    C) Tomori

    1. Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 18 days ago

      B

    2. Hakim Ziyech
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 18 days ago

      Señor Rico

    3. JohnBlack
      • 1 Year
      6 months, 18 days ago

      B

    4. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      6 months, 18 days ago

      Tomori.

      Play Rico over Lundstram.

    5. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      6 months, 18 days ago

      B

  9. Tonyawesome69
    • 1 Year
    6 months, 18 days ago

    RP from previous page. g2g?

    1ft 0.6itb
    pope
    TAA lundy rico willem
    mane sterling KDB mount
    abraham vardy (c)

    ryan CHO dunk connolly

  10. FOO FIGHTER
      6 months, 18 days ago

      Why does it feel like Son will be going all out demon with his good looking fixture run?

      1. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 18 days ago

        I think Aurier is the one to watch out for

      2. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        6 months, 18 days ago

        Is it really that good?

        SHU isn't exactly easy, whu is alright, BOU not free flowing, mun.

        I don't think it's great honestly. I'm thinking good fixtures as Nor, Sou, Avl type of teams.

        1. FOO FIGHTER
            6 months, 18 days ago

            I want to jump on board. Thinking Mount to Son.

            Son is one hell of a differential.

      3. Nightf0x
        • 4 Years
        6 months, 18 days ago

        Which

        A) get son which means cant get auba next gw maybe jimenez
        B) get tielemans/madison can get auba next gw

        1. The Units
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          6 months, 18 days ago

          A

        2. GreennRed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 18 days ago

          A

        3. fuml_akimbo
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 18 days ago

          A

      4. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 18 days ago

        Saving FT for IB ... any worthy change to pursue folks?

        Gazzaniga
        TAA Lundstram Rico
        Mane KDB Maddison Mount
        Vardy [C] Abraham [VC] Rashford

        Ryan Soyuncu Mendy Saka

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 18 days ago

          g2g.

          Good luck on the Rashford punt.

          1. Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 18 days ago

            Thx got him last week ... should have been Jimenez ... but hey a bit of fun

            1. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              6 months, 18 days ago

              Not the biggest fan of Jimenez.

              I had a chance to bring him in for Pukki a few weeks back and didn't because of his weak underlying stats and Wolves' inconsistency. Think he's a bit overhyped here after 2 goals in 3 games.

              1. GreennRed
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                6 months, 18 days ago

                Me too but got him anyways. Europa League v Premier is only a sign that confidence is ok because standard is poor.

              2. Corgzzzz
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                6 months, 18 days ago

                Hi Camzy who did you replace Pukki with ??

              3. Magic Zico
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                6 months, 18 days ago

                Interesting ... I need him to get additional funds for Robbo ...

      5. MikeLowrey
        • 1 Year
        6 months, 18 days ago

        What’s more pressing? Getting in Vardy or removing CHO?

        Options are
        1. CHO to McGinn
        2. KDB & CHO to Martial & Maddo (-4)
        3. Sterling & Wickham to Maddo & Vardy (-4)

        Still have my WC in tact but my team isn’t in dire straights yet

        1. GreennRed
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          6 months, 18 days ago

          Vardy. Odoi may yet play and you've subs to allow for him, plus McGinn's unlikely to cover Vardy points.

        2. MikeLowrey
          • 1 Year
          6 months, 18 days ago

          Or Sterling & CHO to Son & Martial? I’m stuck here

          1. GreennRed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            6 months, 18 days ago

            I'm not a Martial fan. Or Madisson either but I'm weird and rank reflects that!

            1. MikeLowrey
              • 1 Year
              6 months, 18 days ago

              I have Wilson but I don’t mind him vs Newcastle. I could -8 to bring in Son along with Vardy but that seems excessive, especially when I still have my WC

        3. HarryB29
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          6 months, 18 days ago

          Id say Vardy in is bordering on essential at this point

      6. jimmy12
        • 5 Years
        6 months, 18 days ago

        Leeds to beat Blackburn
        Or
        Preston to beat Huddersfield

        Which is more likely?
        Both good home form but Huddersfield look to be on form

        ?

      7. fuml_akimbo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        6 months, 18 days ago

        Hi guys, need to catch a break to end the rot. Which is the best move?
        1 FT, 0.2 ITB

        Pope / Button
        TAA / Tomori / Lordstram / Rico / Soy
        Salah / Sterling / KDB / Mount / Hayden
        Vardy / Abraham / Connolly

        A) Mount > Tielemans
        B) Sterling > Mane
        C) Sterling > Son (bit of a punty move)
        D) Bench Mount, Play two of Rico/Lund/Soy

        Cheers

      8. jia you jia you
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        6 months, 18 days ago

        Oh good lord, my armband has ended up on Richarlison all of a sudden and I haven't even been drinking 😉

        1. Holmes
          • 6 Years
          6 months, 18 days ago

          C'mon, shift it to Jimenez 😉

          1. jia you jia you
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 18 days ago

            Jimenez is staying as VC, perfect steady Eddie for that role, between Vardy and the Rich punt now for the armband 🙂

        2. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          6 months, 18 days ago

          Captained Richarlison once last season. Never again.

        3. FOO FIGHTER
            6 months, 18 days ago

            I would get rid.

            1. jia you jia you
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 18 days ago

              Canny diffo for the next two...I live in hope 😉

          • GreennRed
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            6 months, 18 days ago

            Any chance Cenk starts?

            1. jia you jia you
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 18 days ago

              prob deserves to but seems very out of favour with Sila

              1. GreennRed
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                6 months, 18 days ago

                Silva seems a bit petty with some players. Hardly a good idea when they're not going well. Left Davies out for too long though an Evertonian told me he's too slow. Slow or not he'll scrap til he drops.

        4. Max City
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          6 months, 18 days ago

          For the 5th DEF:

          A) Janmaat
          B) Targett
          C) Lascelles
          D) Chambers

          1. Holmes
            • 6 Years
            6 months, 18 days ago

            C

          2. FOO FIGHTER
              6 months, 18 days ago

              B

            • MikeRyko
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 18 days ago

              C

          3. Tsparkes10
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 18 days ago

            Gtg? Working so last chance to change anything...

            Hendo
            TAA Perreira Lund
            KDB Mount CHO Mane Martial
            Abraham Vardy (C)
            (Button, Rico, Tierney, connolly)

            1. jia you jia you
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              6 months, 18 days ago

              All set, GL!

              1. Tsparkes10
                • 1 Year
                6 months, 18 days ago

                You too mate 🙂

          4. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            6 months, 18 days ago

            Planning ahead here...

            Next week:

            Sterling > Salah (keep Tomori)
            Sterling + Tomori > Son + Robertson (-4)

            Which looks better before this week's results skew our opinions and the International Break screws up all the plans? I have Mane and TAA.

            1. Twitter: @Ze_Austin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              6 months, 18 days ago

              Son + Robbo in GW13 could be filthy rich. The kind of risk I'd take

              Just not a fan of selling Sterling, but I do see why

              1. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                6 months, 18 days ago

                He's gone next week bar an injury crisis that needs to be handled. I have just 0.1m tied up in him, he has poor fixtures and is on a suspension tightrope with rotation looming since City are in so many different competitions.

                1. Pras Scott Talent
                  • 8 Years
                  6 months, 18 days ago

                  He is a captaincy shout for CHE at home - why sell before that

          5. phily4321
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            6 months, 18 days ago

            GTG?

            Pope,
            TAA, Lundstram, Willems, Rico, Soyuncu
            Salah, KDB, Sterling,
            Vardy, Wilson,
            Bench: Button, Mount, saka, Connolly

            Would I be mad to captain salah?

            1. phily4321
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              6 months, 18 days ago

              *Abraham not Wilson

          6. MikeRyko
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            6 months, 18 days ago

            Hi all

            Hows this wildcard team looking? £0 itb

            Gazz/McGovern
            Trent/Chilwell/Lundy/Rico/Janmat
            Mane/KDB/Son/Grealish/Hayden
            Vardy/Tammy/Jimmy

            1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
              • 4 Years
              6 months, 18 days ago

              Nice - TV not too high I'm guessing?

              1. MikeRyko
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                6 months, 18 days ago

                Ha no its terrible - most of its tied up in KDB and Lundstrum who I wouldn't want to lose anyway.

                Wish I had an extra 0.1m to get a slighty better 5th defender than Janmaat but think i'll just go with it.

          7. Benditlike
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            6 months, 18 days ago

            One week punt on Sterling -> Son?
            (Will use WC next week)

            1. I hate Moreno
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              6 months, 18 days ago

              I've brought Son in, but as a long term move. Think he's actually got a low ceiling this week (Sheff U won't give up more than 2 goals).

            2. redsallstars
                6 months, 18 days ago

                yes good move i think, got a feeling son's going to score big this week

            3. I hate Moreno
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              6 months, 18 days ago

              How much better is the first option?

              Mane and Soyuncu
              Trent and Son

              Both have Robbo and Salah

              1. Camzy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                6 months, 18 days ago

                I think Mane is better than Salah so A.

              2. Pras Scott Talent
                • 8 Years
                6 months, 18 days ago

                B and do Salah->Mane in a week or 2 if form doesn’t change

            4. MikeLowrey
              • 1 Year
              6 months, 18 days ago

              Last one!

              A) Sterling & Wilson to Son & Vardy (-4). Play Soyuncu on pitch
              B) Sterling & Wickham to Maddo & Vardy (-4).
              C) VVD & Wilson to Rico & Vardy (-4).

              Cheers all

              1. redsallstars
                  6 months, 18 days ago

                  A for me, chance of Soy clean sheet as well

                • ElliotJHP
                  • 8 Years
                  6 months, 18 days ago

                  You need a snickers

              2. tielleman
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 1 Year
                6 months, 18 days ago

                How about Son as captain? No Son in the captain poll...

              3. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
                • 4 Years
                6 months, 18 days ago

                If Mount is fit...
                A. CHO to Son
                B. CHO to Martial (or Maddison, have Vardy)
                C. CHO and Kdb for both (-4)

                1. MikeRyko
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  6 months, 18 days ago

                  Son

                2. Popcornharen
                  • 2 Years
                  6 months, 18 days ago

                  Marti

                3. Rhodes your boat
                  • 3 Years
                  6 months, 18 days ago

                  A

              4. Nightf0x
                • 4 Years
                6 months, 18 days ago

                Son or auba

                1. Popcornharen
                  • 2 Years
                  6 months, 18 days ago

                  Son

              5. Popcornharen
                • 2 Years
                6 months, 18 days ago

                I really don't wanna bench Mcginn but I don't see any other option?

                Pope
                Lundstram Robbo Lascelles
                Salah KDB Mount Martial
                Jimenez Vardy Abraham

                Bench: button - Mcginn Rico Diop

                1. HMC
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  6 months, 18 days ago

                  Yep similar. Have Mount starting and McGinn first sub
                  Can’t see how you play him over anyone else

                  1. Popcornharen
                    • 2 Years
                    6 months, 18 days ago

                    Let's hope Mount don't get like a 20 min sub or something while Mcginn hauls then

                    1. footballfreak
                        6 months, 18 days ago

                        thats my main worry having mount in lineup..lampard got lots of options so think he will play it safe

                        1. HMC
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          6 months, 18 days ago

                          Would make sense to give him extra rest with IB looming but stranger things have happened

                2. Planet_Marss
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  6 months, 18 days ago

                  3-1 liverpool

                3. Yankee Toffee
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  6 months, 18 days ago

                  Anyone else considering Mane (c)?

                  Or Salah? I don't own him though, just curious.

                  Cheers

                  1. HMC
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 9 Years
                    6 months, 18 days ago

                    Salah vc Jimmy armband!

                  2. Cruz88
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 4 Years
                    6 months, 18 days ago

                    Mines on Mane at the moment. Also own Jimi and Abraham and jumping between the trio.