Captain Sensible

Who are the best FPL captain candidates for Gameweek 21?

Fantasy Premier League managers will have to start 2020 making another tough captaincy decision.

Liverpool host a stubborn Sheffield United side while a resurgent Everton travel to face Manchester City.

To help you make the right choice for your team, the Captain Sensible article is back once again.

We will compare the top candidates’ statistical form over the last four matches and compare them against the opposing defences they are about to do battle with.

Captain Poll

Jamie Vardy (£10.1m) returns to the top of the captain poll for Gameweek 21 having earned 36.6% of the vote.

Leicester travel to face Newcastle on New Year’s Day, who have just one clean sheet at home since Gameweek 9 while Vardy himself has only blanked against Liverpool since Gameweek 6.

In distant second place is Kevin de Bruyne (£10.5m), who has accrued 13.1% of the vote.

The Belgian has been in excellent form of late, registering attacking returns in each of the last four Gameweeks, two of them ending up as double-figure hauls.

This week de Bruyne faces Everton who, despite recent improvements under Duncan Ferguson and new manager Carlo Ancelotti are still short of clean sheets on the road.

They are without one on their travels since Gameweek 1 and have conceded 19 goals in such matches this season, only Watford (20), Newcastle (21) and Aston Villa (22) have shipped more.

10.6% of the voters are backing Mohamed Salah (£12.3m) for the Gameweek 21 meeting with Sheffield United. Despite two blanks in a row, the Egyptian has been unfortunate not to have rewarded his owners recently and still has two double-digit returns since Gameweek 16.

Sadio Mané (£12.3m) is not far behind his colleague, backed by 9.1% of the voters in the poll, having returned in each of his last four starts.

Amid all the clamour for Spurs midfielders of late, Harry Kane (£11.0m) has proved the steady option recently, registering attacking returns in both of the last two Gameweeks.

That makes him the most popular of Jose Mourinho’s men going into a Gameweek 21 trip to Southampton, backed by 5.1%, while Dele Alli (£8.9m) has just 1% of the vote.

Tammy Abraham‘s (£7.8m) winning goal for Chelsea at Arsenal has put him back in the captaincy conversation to some extent.

Ahead of a trip to Brighton, who have just one clean sheet since Gameweek 8, Abraham has been backed by 4.3%, while his opposite number Neal Maupay (£5.8m) has the support of 2.9%.

Trent Alexander-Arnold‘s (£7.4m) recent resurgence has led to 2.3% selecting him as the best captaincy option for Gameweek 21 when Sheffield United come to Anfield.

Sergio Aguero (£11.7m), Marcus Rashford (£9.1m), Raúl Jiménez (£7.5m) and Danny Ings (£6.6m) are the only other options with more than 1% support.

Player statistics – Last four matches

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768 Comments Post a Comment
  1. BigDaveSaves
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 27 days ago

    Probably posted a million times but.. Is Mane likely to be benched this week? With Shaq out it's looking likely he'll start isn't it?

    1. BigDaveSaves
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      Apologies for such a mundane top comment lol

    2. Lord of Ings
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      He should.

    3. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      No , starts imo probably off early ?

    4. Aubamazette
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      He’s so fit he hardly has rests

      1. Cricket_Badger
        • 8 Years
        8 months, 27 days ago

        Alright mate he’s not going to.... 😉

  2. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 27 days ago

    Going for the WC week 2 and 21 double!!! Was minus 8 and decided to click the button.

    Almost went for the KdB Sterling Mo Mane midfield but ended up with this set of losers
    Jim over Ings my biggest call really.

    Ryan (Button)
    TAA Kiko Kelly (Lund Rico)
    Mane KdB Salah Maddison Martial
    Vardy Jiminez (Greenwood)

    1. Cto
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 27 days ago

      What’s your TV?
      I think this team is really nice.. I can’t even do it with traore instead of martial though ...

      1. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 27 days ago

        With this 107.1

        Helps that Lund KdB Vardy and Mane all came cheap - collectively 0.2 over base value. Also cashed in on Soy and Ings also at base value - could well live to regret that of course.

        Traoré is a really neat option imo and nearly went there with Ings up top. That was my plan B - but I’m wedded to Jim really.

    2. Cricket_Badger
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      Really good side! Best of luck.

  3. Jafooli
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 27 days ago

    What yah reckon Vardy’s goal scoring bambino celebration will be?

    I’m going for miming pushing a pram, using the babby to distract security whilst shop lifting in JD Sports.

    1. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      Bebeto esque

    2. badgerboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      😀

    3. badgerboy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      He'll rip his shirt off to display the new arrival's name in a gothic script tattoo complete with the token spelling mistake.

    4. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      😆

    5. fantasyfog
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      hope he has to call her Hattie after tomorrow!

  4. fridge
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 27 days ago

    Couple of bad weeks but looking good to save transfer this week?

    Ramsdale
    TAA. Soyuncu. Aurier
    Salah. KDB. Maddison. Alli. Martial
    Ings. Vardy
    Button. Greenwood. Kelly. Lunds

    1. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 27 days ago

      Save for sure

      Lacking Mane but that’s A1 in my book otherwise.

    2. Cricket_Badger
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      Really nice side. Good to go

  5. vmang
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 27 days ago

    A: Mount > Maddison
    B: Ings > Jimenez

    1. pingissimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 27 days ago

      Thing is Jim has returned in more than fixtures than any other player in the game over the last 2 seasons - barring Mo with whom he’s equal

    2. Aubamazette
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      A

    3. Cricket_Badger
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      A for now. Though you might ditch Maddy later on for double Pool

    4. sthelenslad92
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      A. Ings has been in good scoring form, though tbf after this week I think his fixtures get a bit tougher.

  6. SuperDan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 27 days ago

    A) Fab & 5.0 Defender or
    B) Ramsdale & Sou

    1. SuperDan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      Soy*

    2. Lord of Ings
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      A

    3. zdrojo187
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      B

    4. Aubamazette
      • 6 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      B

    5. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      Just fail to see the Ramsdale love , Bournemouth are really bad at this time so A

      1. SuperDan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 27 days ago

        Fixtures and he’s just 3 points behind the leading gk

  7. Lord of Ings
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 27 days ago

    Captain Kane or vardy? How's Southampton been recently defensively

    1. sthelenslad92
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      Vardy

    2. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      Vardy , Saints better of late . Spurs hardly firing too

    3. The Dance
      • 9 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      Vardy, confidence will be doubled, new kid effect 😉

      1. Sharkytect
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        8 months, 27 days ago

        Don't footballers get sleep deprived when a new born arrives?

  8. Cricket_Badger
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 27 days ago

    Anything worth the transfer here?

    Guaita
    TAA - Kelly - Rico
    Salah - KDB - Maddison - Martial
    Vardy - Ings - Jimenez

    Button - Lundstram* - Cathcart* - Dendoncker (0.5m ITB + 1FT)

  9. sthelenslad92
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 27 days ago

    Start 1 of:
    Aurier
    Rico
    Kelly

    1. Trophé Mourinho
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 27 days ago

      Aurier, but might get benched possibly.

    2. Cricket_Badger
      • 8 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      Aurore for me

  10. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 27 days ago

    Evening pals, i would apreciate any help.

    1 FT and 0.3 ITB

    Heaton
    Kelly-TAA-Soy
    Maddison-Grealish-Salah-Alli
    Vardy-Kane(C)-Jimenez

    Button-Tomori-Lund-Nakamba

    What to do here fellas ?
    GtG ? No KdB...

    1. tyron
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      Would start lunds over Kelly

  11. tyron
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 27 days ago

    Hey guys this is my team for gw 21. Saving ft for 2 free gw 22.
    Heaton
    Rico lundstram taa (kelly tomori)
    Kdb alli maddison martial (Cantwell)
    Vardy(c) kane tammy

    Bench correct? Am I missing a trick in defense?

    1. sthelenslad92
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      Defence isn't amazing but on the whole the team looks good. I see a lot of people varying between kelly & rico but other than that g2g

      1. tyron
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 27 days ago

        Thanks mate. I'm worrie about no lfc attack but that will change soon

  12. Jindaljain
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 27 days ago

    Grealish or Traore?

    1. Niho992
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      Grealish. Villas talisman. Traore scored all his goals vs City and one vs Tottenham.

    2. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      Traore , better value is all. Loss of Mcginn seems to be impacting Villa big time

  13. SuperDan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    8 months, 27 days ago

    Best gk to have not named Schmeichel or Alisson?

    1. Unliklinho
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      I've got Ryan. After this week they've got great fixtures for ages.

      1. SuperDan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 27 days ago

        Would it be too much to have Dunk and Ryan?

  14. pingissimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 27 days ago

    Could Laporte break the template? Just spotted he’s due back soonish. I’d thought he was out for the whole season pretty much

    6.3 looks tempting

    1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      I was excited... then I read that Laporte back to training in 10 days - which surely means an additional 7 days training before first sub appearance, and another 7 days after that to first start

      Would put him tentatively back in 24 days / GW25

      Just in time for:

      tot, WHM, lei, ARS, mun, BUR, che, LIV, sou

      In the middle of champs league & FA Cup

      *Robbo & VVD are the ones who are about to break the template 😉

      1. SuperDan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        8 months, 27 days ago

        No Salah for you?

        1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          8 months, 27 days ago

          Salah got me 58 points in 7 days a couple of GW’s ago... but I’m seeing him & Vardy going tick tick tick tick every week on points & it’s frustrating

          I think Vardy perma captain might better them both with his lack of european distraction in second half of the season

          Enables the holy trinity in defence then - who also generate a silly amount of attacking returns into the bargain

          WC poised

          1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            8 months, 27 days ago

            *Him & Mane going tick tock - not Vardy 🙂

      2. pingissimus
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 27 days ago

        Ah fair point - it’s be a punt on City reproducing their late season defensive form. Long shot I guess right now.

        Agree on Robbo and VVD - until Leicester there was one point between the 3 defenders.

        Think VVD is the interesting pick. Cheap by comparison and with a high ceiling with his goals - think he’d be the one I’d punt on.

    2. Debauchy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      Monitor , no rushi

  15. phily4321
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    8 months, 27 days ago

    Pope
    Lundstram/Soy/TAA
    KDB/Alli/Grealish/Mane
    Vardy/Abraham/Rashford
    Bench: Button/Kelly/Rico/Saka

    2FT

    Rico & Grealish to Traore & Joe Gomez?

    Or roll transfers

    1. sthelenslad92
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      Gomez is interesting one

  16. McGlynn8
      8 months, 27 days ago

      Guita
      TAA Zouma Kelly
      Mane KDB Grealish Traore
      Vardy (c) Kane Ings

      Subs Rico Dendoncker Lunstram

      G2G?

    • tractorjess
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      Bit of a mess, any suggestions? Stupidly sold KDB a few gameweeks ago and regretted it ever since!

      Gazza, Ryan
      Mendy Baldock Kelly Soy Webster
      Alli Mane Grealish Traore James
      Vardy Auba Abraham

      1. Infected by ebolasie
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 27 days ago

        Try to get Aguero in for Auba. Would be a nice differential.

      2. Sailboats
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 27 days ago

        Auba and Grealish > Salah and Ings?

    • AC Me Rollin’
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      Pope
      TAA, Söyüncü, Aurier
      Maddison, Alli, De Bruyne (v), Mount
      Jiminez, Vardy (c), Rashford

      (Henderson, Cantwell, Kelly, Lundstram)

      Good to go? No transfers made, looking to bank it so I can get a Liverpool asset in with a double change.

    • Tony Martial
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 27 days ago

      Did Dean Smith say anything about Matt Targett??

      1. TheBrazilianRonaldo
        • 1 Year
        8 months, 27 days ago

        That his surname is badass and Villa are leakier than a farmers bucket

    • GoonerGirl
      • 1 Year
      8 months, 26 days ago

      My defender's atm are:

      Rico, Soy, Kelly, Lundstrum, Doherty

      I want to get TAA in, who would you take out?