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Who are the best FPL captain candidates for Gameweek 13?

With the final international break of 2019 out of the way, Fantasy Premier League managers must once again make big decisions.

The most important one ahead of Gameweek 13 is, naturally, the captaincy.

In a season characterised by difficult debates for the armband, the latest one has followed suit.

As per usual, the Captain Sensible article is here to help you out by analysing the form of the candidates and the defensive capabilities of their upcoming opponents.

Captain Poll

Captain poll results as of Thursday lunch-time

For the second Gameweek in a row, Jamie Vardy (£9.6m) sits at the top of the captain poll results.

That should be no surprise to Fantasy managers, considering that Leicester’s number one centre-forward is in the form of his life.

Over the last four Gameweeks, Vardy has found the net six times and has not blanked since the Gameweek 8 trip to Liverpool.

He is fast becoming a very reliable option for the captaincy as his ownership (36%) continues to rise. 32.9% of our voters have backed him for the Gameweek 13 captaincy too.

This weekend pits him against a Brighton defence that has kept two clean sheets in their last four at the Amex Stadium, although captain Lewis Dunk (£4.6m) will be missing through suspension.

Adam Webster (£4.4m) is also touch and go to start for the Seagulls.

It looks as if the 14.7% who have voted for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.0m) this weekend are relying on the fixture rather than the player.

Southampton’s 9-0 to defeat at home to Leicester in Gameweek 10 has very much cemented their place amongst the ‘captain against’ category.

However, Aubameyang himself has registered just one attacking return in his last five Premier League matches, scoring against Wolves in Gameweek 11.

Furthermore, Southampton have tended to struggle more in front of their own fans than any way from home recently.

They held Manchester City to just two goals in Gameweek 11 and even managed to earn a 1-1 draw at Wolves in Gameweek 9.

So it will be interesting to see whether they can prove to be frustrating on the road once again when they travel to Arsenal on Saturday afternoon.

Not far behind Aubameyang in the captain poll standings is Sadio Mané (£12.1m), who has the backing of 12.9% as of Thursday lunch-time.

The Liverpool man remains the top-scoring midfielder heading into Gameweek 13 after finding the net late-on against Manchester City last time out.

No Liverpool player has more attacking returns away from home than Mané this season (four) which arguably makes him the most likely to secure a breakthrough against Crystal Palace.

Furthermore, as things stand, he is much more likely to start at Selhurst Park than Mohamed Salah (£12.3m) who comes into Gameweek 13 as an injury doubt and backed by just 2.6% for the captaincy.

Despite a swathe of sales over the international break, a portion of Fantasy managers are keeping faith in Raheem Sterling (£12.0m).

He may have just one attacking return in his last four league starts at home but Chelsea come to the Etihad Stadium still without a clean sheet away from home this season.

That is enough to convince 10.3% of our voters to back Sterling for the captaincy in Gameweek 13.

Heading up what Joe and David would describe as ‘barrel scrapers’, is Harry Kane (£10.8m) who prepares to face West Ham on Saturday lunch-time.

Just 4.5% of you have decided he is the best captain this weekend but interest in his services has certainly increased somewhat with the arrival of Jose Mourinho at Spurs.

Kane does only have one attacking return in the last five Premier League matches but West Ham’s defensive form has been particularly poor of late.

Kevin de Bruyne (£10.2m), Son Heung-min (£9.6m), Richarlison (£7.9m), Raúl Jiménez (£7.3m), Sergio Aguero (£12.0m), Sébastien Haller (£7.2m), Alexandre Lacazette (£9.3m) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.2m) are the only other options selected by more than 1% of voters.

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1,327 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Atwood
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Thinking Yarm > Tielemans/Maddison
    Sound good?
    2FT's and 2.5 spare.

    Pope
    TAA - Rico - Soyuncu
    Mane - KDB - Mount - Yarmolenko
    Vardy - Abraham - Jiminez

    Button - Lundtsram - Tomori - Dendonker

    1. Ragnar Lothbrok
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Yes you should've already

  2. Arse Craic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 1 day ago

    Raheem Sterling brace incoming

    1. Captain Casual
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Chelsea are leaky so he should get something, and he's due

      • Ragnar Lothbrok
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        hope so

      • Tshelby
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Just sold him so I hope not

      • Reacher
        • 9 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Agreed, becoming a nice differential

      • Lets VARdy Party
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 1 day ago

        I am considering bringing him in for Salah, should i be put off by yellow away from ban and go KDB? Already have Mane

    2. Captain Casual
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Gaz,
        Taa, Rob, Lund,
        Mane, kdb, mount, tielemans
        Vardy (c), Abraham, Jimenez

        McGov, Mendy, Rico, Hayden

        Starting IX and sub order looking okay?
        Any suggestions please

        1. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
            3 months, 1 day ago

            I would start Mendy over Mount

            1. Captain Casual
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Really? Why's that? I'm just curious to know. I'm happy with mount playing away to city as their defence isn't the best. Mendy is quite unlikely to get a clean sheet even if he does play. Starting to wonder if peps lost patience with him

          • In ole we trust
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Currently on a wildcard hows this?
            Pope
            Taa, lundstram, pereira
            Mane, kdb, martial, grealish
            Abraham, vardy, ings
            Bench, mcgovern, jonny, jaanmat, jorginho

          • DAZZ
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Sterling. The whole Gomez debacle will be forgotten this weekend after a Raheem haul

          • Sickboy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Salah & Maupay to Maddison & Kane for -4?

            Already have Manè.

            Thanks in advance.

            1. Magic Zico
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Kane ... what's the attraction there?

              1. Will Kane
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                I'm tempted by Kane too, based on a gut feeling that he will be rejuvenated under Mourinho and also just because it would be fun to have him for the televised game tomorrow! Given that neither of these are a good rationale for making a transfer which would cost me -4, as well as the fact that I don't want to drop any of my current strikers (the template trio) I won't be doing it yet... But good luck to Sickboy if he goes ahead with it.

                1. Sickboy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  Cheers mate

              2. Sickboy
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                New manager bounce

                Playing as an actually striker

                Poor opposition

                And he’s quite a good player!

                I agree there’s risk though

            2. Yank Revolution
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 22 hours ago

              Cant buy into the Kane pickup

          • Magic Zico
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Rashford's stats not bad at all and SHU without Henderson ... so Rashford (C) or a bit too far?

            1. Arse Craic
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Risk it for a biscuit

            2. Ragnar Lothbrok
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              I've got him but I have better (safer) captain options. Utd still v inconsistent, Sheffield nothing but strong defensively thus far

          • Tmel
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Is Digne too rogue as a captain shout?

            1. Jontharon
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Yes.

            2. Ragnar Lothbrok
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Depends if you don't care to have a bad GW

          • Atwood
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Start Mount or Rico?

            1. Am sorry to say again it�…
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Mount

            2. Will Kane
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              I think Mount as well, now that Rico doesn't seem to be on corners he's less of an attacking threat

            3. JustPark
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Mount easy.

          • Le Bluff
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            I think what it boils down to for me, is that I almost EXPECT a return from Vardy this weekend. And I'd be surprised if he isn't in the points.

            Sterling, on the other hand, I'm more HOPEFUL for points.

            Therefore, Vardy (c).

            1. kysersosa
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Good reasoning and whilst, with Sterling, the ceiling may be higher so is the risk.

          • fakelund
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Mane or Sterling captain?

            1. kysersosa
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Mane

          • kysersosa
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Klopp didn’t seem to say anything about Robertson (going off the tweets on here)?

            1. JustPark
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Zaha against Milner? I doubt it.

          • Mini Mahouse
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Not really sure based on the comments here, is Robertson out?

            1. hustler7
              • 7 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              From Sky Sports

              Virgil van Dijk was also a doubt for the match after withdrawing from the Netherlands squad for their final European Qualifier against Estonia due to "personal reasons".

              However, Klopp has confirmed the defender will be available to face Palace, although he is unsure over a number of his other players including Andrew Robertson (ankle) and Joel Matip (knee).

              "Virgil van Dijk is 100 per cent available. It's that time of the year when players can pull of the squad overnight unfortunately with some other things with feeling sick," said Klopp.

              "On the others I cannot say 100 per cent. Today's a very important session, especially for the players that came back late. Fabinho, Roberto Firmino and Alisson played on Tuesday, so did [Georginio] Wijnaldum.

              "We need to have a look at how they react and what makes sense for them. It is always like this the first game after the international break, we have to wait pretty much until the last second before making decisions.

              I think Robbo will play but it could be a coin toss...

          • The Orienteer - find me in …
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Mane for me.

          • Aaaatsu
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Thniking og captaining Kane over Sterling to hopefully gain some rank in my ML.

            Stupid?

            1. Queens of the South Age
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Not at all. I'm thinking about bringing Kane in for Aguero and will captain him if I do.

            2. kysersosa
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              It depends on how much ‘shield’ you have. If you have a lot of highly owned players then if Kane doesn’t perform, your losses will be reduced. If you don’t have Mane, Vardy, TAA, etc then it might not be worth the risk. At 15.4% ownership having Kane is a differential.

          • tobz102
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Double Shef defensive or Rico?

          • Queens of the South Age
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Aguero > Kane or wait a week?

            Will use the funds to do Mendy > TAA but doing both would cost me a hit this week.

            1. Will Kane
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Do it! I fancy a Kane brace tomorrow

          • Fnug
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Pope
            TAA, Rico, Lun (Mings, Tomori)
            Salah, Sterling, KdB, Cantwell
            Vardy, Jimi, Abraham

            2FT, 0 ITB
            Planning on doing Sterling --> Mane next GW

            A) Salah & Cantwell --> Son & Tielemans (0,6 ITB)
            B) Salah & Cantwell --> Maddison & Pulisic (2,0 ITB, that I won't get to spend for a while)

          • HUATSHOOTER
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Mount and sterling for kdb maddison?

          • Kung Fu Football
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Just read Klopp's press conference updates and still none the wiser what to do with Salah & Robbo, both sound 50/50 to me? Grrreat!!

          • Brosstan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Sterling only fourth in captain poll 😮 *licks lips*

            1. Ask Yourself
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Bet it tastes of sweaty casualness

            2. avfc82
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              I'm a little surprised by this too, Chelsea give up plenty of Big Chances on the road, despite playing the likes of Watford, Burnley and Southampton. If those teams are getting 2, or 3 in Burnley's case, it looks positive for City.

              1. CroatianHammer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                While the FFS poll tends towards a more reasoned approach, and is often a better pick than the overall FPL #1 choice, I cannot see them diverging this week. Vardy will be #1 pick by players at the top and across the board.

                So, time to pass that (C) back to the midfield line and cross your fingers.

              2. tg04
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 20 hours ago

                Would you captain Sterling over Grealish? My current dilemma...

          • Bucket Man
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Heaton
            Robertson, Lundstram, Soyuncu, Rico
            Salah, Sterling, KDB, Mount
            Vardy, Abraham
            Tomori, Connolly, Cantwell

            What to do with Salah and Robertson now, if Heaton is out?
            A) Heaton, Salah, Connolly to Gazzaniga, Tielemans, Jiminez -4
            B) Heaton, Salah to Gazzaniga, Mane
            C) Heaton to Gazzaniga

            Thinking A or C personally with A, can get Mane next week it’s weather Jiminez and Tielemans can outscore Mane and Tomori by 4 that’s it Robbo plays.

            1. Fnug
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              B

              1. Bucket Man
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Thanks

          • HAMMERTIME107
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 1 day ago

            How's this for a free hit?
            Help appreciated!

            Schmeichel
            Holgate | Lovren | Chambers
            Mane | Mcginn | Sterling | Richarlison
            Aubameyang | Deulofeu | Vardy

          • checkit_j
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Rashford or Jimenez ?

              I have Martial.
              Would swap Maddison > Tielemans to get Rashford.

              1. JustPark
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Jimmy. Cheaper, similar output. Why pay more

            • Monkey Hanger
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              OH NO. Mo Salah still has an ankle.

              Thanks Jurgen. 🙂

            • aapoman
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Got 2ft and 0.6itb.

              Pope
              TAA Soy Coady
              Salah Mane (c) KDB Mount Tielemans
              Tammy Jimmy

              4.0; Lundstram, Greenwood, Lascelles

              Lascelles to Guilbert seems good and start him over Coady?

            • Dreadful
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Lundstram explaining why he's classified as a defender on SSN

              1. JammySprat
                • 1 Year
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Link?

                1. Dreadful
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  It was on skysports news, you will have to google it. When asked, he basically laughed, said he doesn't play fantasy, and said it probably stems from an old write up somebody did, wrongly calling him a defender.

            • Horlicks esq.
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Pulisic - 75% chance of playing.

              If he doesn’t make it does CHO come straight in?

              I’ve got King out after my transfers so I’m hoping he starts. Any Chelsea fans know anything more than this?

            • manu4life99
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              A) Salah,Ota > Son,Robbo (-4) then KDB > Mane next week
              B) Salah > Mane then Ota out next gw

              Heaton
              TAA Soy Lund
              Salah Mount KDB Maddison
              Jiminez Vardy Tammy

              Pope,Ota,Dend,Tomori

              1. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  Why would you transfer in a doubt player with a hit? Thats massive gamble. Therefore B

              2. Hy liverpool
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                I will be in london next week.
                Anyone knows how to get a ticket for chelsea vs westham game at stamford bridge?