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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. Rolls-Royce
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Lads, what's the deal with Salad then, keep or ditch for Mane?

    1. Pu-li-sick (sic)
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Keep until it's gone off.

      1. Rhodes your boat
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        This, can always cut off the bits which don’t look right

    2. pumpkinhead
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      salads are ok

    3. JustPark
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Never skip your greens.

  2. CelticBhoy1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    What are the chances of Salah starting?

    1. Pieterke30
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      70-30 he starts imo

    2. DAZZ
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Klopp said he cannot say if Salah or Robertson are available, so if Klopp doesnt know himself, im afraid nobody here will know either.

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

      Game time decision.

    4. Hands Guber
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      I'd say 60/40 - Liverpool medics have a somewhat spooky (some might say controversial) ability to keep all of their key players fit almost all the time.

    5. CelticBhoy1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Fair enough, seems like a coin toss at the moment going by what Klopp has said

  3. Mr Frost
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    I have Auba, but feel like getting Kane for a - 4! Hatty incoming.

    1. Pieterke30
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      ... or 1 goal after 5 mins then Mourinho forbids his players to cross the halfway line. 0-1 win for Spurs, Mou happy.

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

      Surely hold out on Auba, especially this week. He's my C

    3. DF
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Yeah. Aubameyang isn't much fun at the moment. Tough fixture to put your balls on the table with that move though.

  4. My neck my back my Saed Kol…
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Got 2 FTs and no idea what to do with them. Was all set to get in a Liverpool triple but worried now with the salah Robertson news. Any thoughts?

    Pope

    TAA Lund Soyunco Rico

    Sterling mane KDB Maddison

    Vardy Abraham

    McGovern Tomori Dendoncker Connolly

    1. Liber
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Good team. Any mib?

      1. My neck my back my Saed Kol…
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Yeah 0.6, potential sideways move from Connolly or Pope to Gazzaniga?

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

    This look good to go? Am I playing the right defenders?

    Pope (wat)

    Soyuncu (bha) - Lundy (MUN) - Sidibe (NOR)

    Mané (cry) - Son (whu) - Maddison (bha) - Richarlison VC (NOR)

    Auba C (SOU) - Tammy (mci) - Vardy (bha)

    Bench: Button - Rico (WOL) - Janmaat (BUR) - Cantwell (eve)

    Thanks all!

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

      Great team.

  6. TeddiPonza
    • 9 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Best midfield benchfold?

    Cantwell, Dendo, Hayden, Douglas, someone else?

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

      I've got Cantwell, but just as I don't want to waste a transfer on changing him.

      Maybe Hayden?

    2. JustPark
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Cantwell back to second fiddle to Hernandez. Not him.
      Hayden I guess.

  7. DS29
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Mount keep or sell?
    Replacement options are madders, tielemans, dilaane pulisic
    Thanks!

    1. Liber
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Keep 4sure

  8. Liber
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Aguero (c). Why not.

  9. sentz05
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Why has Taylor from Burnley played the last two games? Pieters has been dropped for the last two. Is he nailed?

    1. Prisoner B5160-8
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 3 days ago

      It was always Taylor's spot.

  10. Kno
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Was thinking about doing greenwood->jimenez this week but it would leave me with a benching headache this week of one between soiboi, lundy and mount.

    Prob not worth it right?

    1. Fuddled FC
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      For free I would as I would play Jimi ahead of any of them

    2. Annie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      bit risky going for Jimenez this week

    3. Corgzzzz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      You are going to need a benching headache for the coming weeks.....its a good problem to have

  11. Fuddled FC
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Bench order correct?

    Lowton WAT(a), Rico WOL(H), Dend BOU (a)

    1. Corgzzzz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Yes

  12. DAZZ
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    My love hate relationship with Sterling continues this weekend (c), i just cant stay away

  13. Smell the Lavender
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Please play one and bench the other 3 (in order).

    A/ Lundstram
    B/ Mount
    C/ Tomori
    D/ Hayden

    1. Fuddled FC
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      A
      B,C,D

  14. wildnothing
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    What to do herr? Do I need Tammy now? 1 ft 0.2 itb.

    Pope Henderson
    TAA Robertson Lundstram Söyüncü Burn
    KDB Maddison Pulisic McGinn Mount
    Agüero Vardy Jimenez

    Would you captain Vardy or Agüero?

  15. Rhodes your boat
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Doing salah to mane was tough!

    Praying for sterling haul and YC to make simple switch from sterling to salah next week!

  16. KingOllie
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Smith you legend ''Tom will be ready for Monday''

    Thats what we like, honesty. The anti-fraud Smith

    1. Corgzzzz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      To sit on the bench........lol

      1. KingOllie
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Pls no

  17. Dave Bauer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Personally I’m using my 2 FTs to do Salah and Robbo > Mane and TAA. Fitness concerns around ankles aren’t going to go away that quickly and could come back at a moment’s notice even if they do play this week, plus points-wise I fancy Mane and TAA to shade it during their good fixture run.

    When it’s that close in terms of expected points, may as well go with the two who are (at least at the moment) the fittest.

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

      Alright then!

      1. Dave Bauer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Haha was originally meant as a reply 🙂

    2. fcsaltyballs
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      I’m in a very similar position mate with 2FT, definitely thinking Salah >> Mane, it’s just whether I do Robertson >> TAA too (or play Rico)...

      Have you made the moves? What’s the rest of your team?

      1. Dave Bauer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Yep, moves made. Rico first sub.

        Gazz
        Soy Lund TAA
        Mane Sterling Mount James
        Vardy Abraham Jiménez

        Rico Mings Cantwell Button

        Planning to take a hit next week for Sterling and James > Martial and Maddison - but I felt like those moves could wait a week whereas if Salah and Robbo don’t play and say Liverpool win 2-0 with at least one Mane goal...ouch!

  18. Daniel Son
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Jose doesn't like playmakers from what I've read/remember, so that rules out Eriksen I guess

    1. Giggs Boson.
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      He loved to play Mata out wide for both Chelsea and United. One of the wide players coming inside is a fairly consistent staple in his teams. Eriksen will be RW imo.

      1. Daniel Son
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        He sold him at Chelsea though

    2. Tempestic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Wait I thought the number 10 often does good under Jose?

      1. Tempestic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Its the wingers that usually suffer I thought. Anyways, maybe things will be different this time

      2. Daniel Son
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Kaka was a player he wasn't keen on

        1. Monkey Hanger
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Too lazy for Jose.

          1. Daniel Son
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            3 months, 3 days ago

            Well on current form, Eriksen wont be favoured much

    3. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Ozil and Sneijder were key players for him at Madrid and Inter.

    4. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Didn't Ozil have his best season under Jose?

    5. Daniel Son
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      KDB, Mickey are other playmakers he didn't use much/rate

  19. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Vardy Captain feels incredibly boring.

    Shall I be maverick and do TAA? Or maybe Salah (C) with Mané (v)?

  20. sentz05
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Charlie Taylor or Martin Kelly. Wish I had 0.1m for Rico

    1. KingOllie
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      taylor

  21. DAZZ
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Pope Button
    TAA Willems Chilwell Lundstram Montoya
    Sterling KDB Mane Mount Cantwell
    Vardy Abraham Greenwood

    WC intact, would be looking at bringing Henderson, Robertson, Maddison Jiminez in next week, worth using WC or just a -4 to revamp the team? Is it worth just holding WC at this point? Im sitting pretty in the top 40K so im not in a bad position. Thanks guys

  22. CelticBhoy1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    I have one FT.

    A) Keep Salah

    B) Salah > Son

    C) Salah > Sterling

    D) Other

    1. CelticBhoy1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      *(Got KDB & Mane)

    2. Kaptenen
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      A

  23. KingOllie
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Robbo -> Trent is a lovely sideways move. But think its the right one

  24. Fernando Torres
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    A) Kane + Pulisic
    B) Son + Jimenez

    First to 2

    1. gaurava1216
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      B

    2. JustPark
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Alli is a choice 😉

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

      I'm on A

  25. GARY AND JAMIE
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Sir Lund doesnt even play FF lol

  26. Giggs Boson.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Over the last 4 GWs, Crystal Palace have faced City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Leicester. Of course they're one of the highest for shots conceded.

    I don't understand why looking at the last 4 GWs is such a popular range for data in these articles and is in any way informative of the of the defensive capabilities of a team. There are many sides yet to play against the likes of City, and so their defensive data will naturally be skewed significantly, to the point of uselessness.

    1. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      I say this all the time. No idea why it's given such importance in the captaincy articles. I've seen people saying Chelsea's defensive numbers are good as an argument against captaining a City player this week. Well of course their defensive numbers are good over the last 4 GWs. They've played Palace, Watford, Burnley and Newcastle.

      1. Geoff
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 7 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Yeah, fully agree. Looking at a set period of time is flawed because it totally ignores opponents, which is vital to understanding recent history.

    2. JustPark
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Need to weigh in who they have faced as well and make your judgement I guess.

  27. Kaptenen
    • 3 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Will Heaton play? Should i take him out for a hit?

    1. gaurava1216
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      He s in training.. looks positive. HOLD

    2. JustPark
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Sounds like he will.

  28. andres
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    did Richarlison have international duty?

    1. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Don’t think he did then

    2. Zim0
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Yes

    3. Mo Salah No Mane
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Yes he did. Didn't travel as much as usual though. Games were in the middle east.

  29. gaurava1216
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Little bit of a Dilema... have 0.3ITB and exact funds to bring in Tomori who i want from next week- but not this week. With Tomori set to rise should i bring him only to bench him so i don't get priced out?

    I don't know why it just feels so wrong to bring in a player only to bench him.

    1. Bojam
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Using a FT right? No other pressing moves? If not, could be a good move. Chelsea really good at home defensively and got two pretty plum home fixtures coming up.

  30. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 3 days ago

    Captain Vardy or Mane?

    1. Prisoner B5160-8
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Leaning towards Mané, personally.

    2. Mo Salah No Mane
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 3 days ago

      Mane