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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. Darthshearer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Gazza
    Robertson | Femina | Kelly
    KDB | Mane | Alli | Grealish
    Vardy | Ings | Abraham

    Button | Dendoncker | Lundstrom | Holgate

    2FT and 1.5m ITB

    Any suggestions?

    1. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Good opportunity to do Gazza to Fabianski for the double. Team looks good

    2. Jullepuu
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Abraham to Jimenez

    3. Ospina Colada
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I have the same starting front line and mids as you, I've decided just to do Hayden to Cantwell for a better bench player. In your case this would be Donkey. Perhaps worth it for you as well?

      1. JabariParkersEyelid
        1 month, 17 days ago

        The problem with doing that is it leaves less money to upgrade grealish now his fixtures are getting tougher.

        Depending on how much Abraham was bought for I would be tempted by him to Jimenez as it could allow for grealish to maddison the week after I think.

  2. Pukki Party
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Captain:

    A) Aguero
    B) Vardy

    1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Kun

    2. aborg
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      You have a nice choice to choose from.
      Aguero (c) Vardy (vc)

    3. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Thanks

  3. Jullepuu
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Got a big red arrow this game week. What should I do for the next one? 1 free transfer and 0.6 in the bank.

    Guaita Button
    TAA Aurier Lund Soy Reid
    Mane KDB Salah Grealish Hayden
    Maupay Jimenez Vardy

    1. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Looks good to save FT

    2. JabariParkersEyelid
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Replace aurier or save it imo.

  4. greggles
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    1) Save the FT?
    2) captain right?
    3) bench Grealish?

    Ramsdale
    Sidibe / TAA / Rico
    KDB / Salah / L Moura / Traore
    Vardy(c) / Rashford / Ings

    Subs: Button / Grealish / Cathcart / Lundstram

  5. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Which pairing would you most want going forward?

    A Rashford and Richarlison
    B DCL and Martial (plus 3.2 m in bank)

    1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      A if any

    2. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      A

  6. Pass it to Demba
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 17 days ago

    If you had to choose one to face city who would you pick?
    Digne
    Sidibe

    1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Digne

      1. Pass it to Demba
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Cheers

    2. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Make it so this isn't a thing.

      1. Pass it to Demba
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Would love to but I'm playing draft and if William's doesnt start for united digne pops up

    3. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Digne

    4. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      1

    5. rilo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Digne

  7. Pukki Party
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Most nailed West Ham defender? Fredericks?

    1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Diop or Fredricks I guess

      By the way, when is next Pukki party?

      1. Pukki Party
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Cheers. Tomorrow

  8. Hryszko
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Am I G2G this Gameweek?

    Pope

    Kelly - Soy - Trent

    Mane - KDB - Alli - Martial - Tralee

    Vardy (c) - Jiminez

    Subs: Henderson / DCL / Lundstram / Williams

    1. PascalCygan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Yep, all the best!

    2. rilo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Nice 🙂

  9. rilo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Hi 🙂

    Gazzaniga
    TAA, Soy, Zouma
    Salah, KDB, Grealish, Alli
    Rashford, Ings, Vardy (C)

    Thinking about
    Gazzaniga-> Fabianski
    Aurier->Rico

    What do you think?
    2FT

    Happy New Year !!!

    1. Pass it to Demba
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Fabianski all the way

    2. PascalCygan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Look decent to me!

  10. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Grealish, Abraham to Traore, Vardy (C) for -8?

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Do it, you need Vardy

  11. PascalCygan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Hello!

    Don’t like not using one of my 2FTs but struggling to see how I can make use of it here.

    Thinking ahead to when Son returns, would you rather Kane and Maddison or Jiminez and Son?

    2FT 0.0ITB
    Ramsdale
    TAA Soyuncu Kelly
    Mane KdB Maddison Martial
    Vardy Kane Ings

    McGovern Rico Lundstram Dendoncker

    thanks!

    1. Pass it to Demba
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Kane and maddy more prolific

      1. Pass it to Demba
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Free kicks corners and pennies against pennies and the odd goal or assist

      2. PascalCygan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Thanks. Also partly swayed by the fact Kane is a relative differential in a lot of my mini leagues

    2. El Lobito 10
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Rico to Holgate

      1. PascalCygan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Thanks but unfortunately I’ve had Rico from the start so I’m 0.2 short. I’ll keep Holgate in mind though

  12. in sane in de bruyne
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Anything you would change on this WC?

    Fabianski 4.0
    TAA Digne Lund Rico Kabasele
    Salah Mane KDB Martial Cantwell
    Vardy Ings Calvert-Lewin

    1. rilo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Looks good 🙂

      1. in sane in de bruyne
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Cheers 🙂

    2. JabariParkersEyelid
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Don't think digne justifies the price, otherwise looks good as you're set on double pool attack.

      1. in sane in de bruyne
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        I agree hasn't justified it yet, hoping for it to turn. He's an exciting one imo.

  13. jason_ni
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    McCarthy - Fodder
    TAA - Soy - Rico - Lundy - William's
    Salah - KDB - Maddison - martial- Dendo
    Vardy - Rashford - Abraham

    1ft, worth doing
    A)McCarthy to Fabi
    Given Southampton's tricky fixtures and west ham new manager bounce and double?

    B) Save ft

    1. Klein
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Dont like fab with those fixtures. How do you expect liv vs wham to go down? I see it as a 1 pointer for fab. Dont think dgw is gonna be any benificial.

      1. jason_ni
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Save points.. and you never know.. but its not just for the double, they have nice fixtures up to pool,and Southamptons are the opposite!

    2. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      A

    3. JabariParkersEyelid
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Get rid of our keeper doesn't matter who to. I'd prefer Ryan to Fab.

  14. stupendous
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Gtg yea?

    Ramsdale
    Soyuncu TAA Kelly
    Mane KDB Salah Maddison Adama
    Vardy (c) Ings

    McGovern Ayew Lundy Webster

    1. JabariParkersEyelid
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Looks fine. Would have Lund 3rd bench personally.

      1. stupendous
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Ok thanks

    2. PascalCygan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Yup, strong! All the best

  15. JabariParkersEyelid
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Only taking the next 2 fixtures into account would you all rather have maddison or martial?

    Upgrading grealish have Rashford and vardy.

    1. rilo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Martial

    2. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Martial

      1. JabariParkersEyelid
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Thanks both confirms my thoughts. Can decide what to do with the United double up when they face Pool.

  16. Ajax Hamsterdam
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Is Hanley nailed ? Thanks

    1. Tony Martial
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Have him ages

      He has played 90 minutes the last 3 weeks so I presume so!

      1. Ajax Hamsterdam
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        Cheers

  17. Niho992
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Kane or Salah for C? Think Salah could get rest

    1. rilo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I would go Kane.

    2. JabariParkersEyelid
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Kane for sure.

    3. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Salah

  18. Kimmich
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Potential Wildcard team, just looking for opinions.

    Pope - Fabianski
    TAA - Evans - Holgate - Kelly - Lundstram
    Salah - Mane - KdB - Martial - Mooy
    Vardy - DCL - Ings.

  19. Stoic
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    So surprised that David Silva is being overlooked in most of the PL team of the decade.

    1. stupendous
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Shearer had a nice 11 including him

    2. stupendous
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Every team should have him

      1. Stoic
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 17 days ago

        True. Over the decade, I would put Silva ahead of KDB

        1. stupendous
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 17 days ago

          And yaya

    3. El Lobito 10
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      People are short-sighted. He is amazing.

    4. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      He'd be my first pick!

    5. Niho992
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      David Silva is best player of decade alongside with Eden Hazard.

  20. Trilogist
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    How is Newcastle away a standout fixture for Vardy? There is no way he should be running away with captaincy poll.

    1. Tony Martial
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 17 days ago

      They have quite a number of injury’s but I was thinking the exact same!

    2. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I'm considering selling him lol

    3. JabariParkersEyelid
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I'd say probably because he's guaranteed to start and no other popular captaincy choices can say the same.

    4. El Lobito 10
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Cos he was rested and they beat them 5-0 last time out. I'm on Kane.

  21. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Hmm just realised I’ve only captained Vardy 4 times in the 10 GWs I’ve had him so it makes it feel a bit less boring if I do it this week 😆

  22. jia you jia you
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Vardy + Richarlison to Mane + DCL

    1. in sane in de bruyne
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Think you would regret getting rid of Vardy mate

    2. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      No

  23. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Southampton yet to keep a clean sheet at home but would you do..

    Ali ~ Traore

    Targett ~ Taa

    With 0.3 left ITB and for a -4?

    1. JabariParkersEyelid
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Do you have no other way of getting Trent? If you don't I suppose you kind of have to but I don't like losing a Spurs asset right now.

      1. Tony Martial
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 17 days ago

        You are probably right

        I have Salah and Mane also - unsure would you think it’s worth the hit if I did do it?

        1. Tony Martial
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 17 days ago

          Alternatively

          Soyuncu to Gomez?

          1. JabariParkersEyelid
            1 month, 17 days ago

            It's tough that. Can you put out a good defence for 3 weeks without Pool? They could easily concede in all and Leicester have some very good CS potential next few games.

            I can't in good conscience advise against getting Trent in, so I say take the hit if you can't downgrade elsewhere. This is one of the reasons I don't like the Salah Mane combo.

  24. Whatever100
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Cresswell a good option?

  25. Nightf0x
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Which? Deulfoeu to

    A) wilson
    B) DCL
    C) jimi (have traore)

    1. JelliedSpark968
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Or maybe Deeney?

    2. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      C

  26. JelliedSpark968
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Kelly > TAA for a -4 hit? Or wait until next week?

  27. lindeg
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Play one:

    A: Richarlison (mci)
    B: Greenwood (ars)
    C: Kelly (nor)

    Cheers!

    1. jia you jia you
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      A

    2. JelliedSpark968
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 17 days ago

      A

    3. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      A

  28. George James
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Play Cantwell or Grealish?

    1. OLLY G
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Grealish. At least he's nailed for 90 mins. Maybe on pennos too.

    2. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      G

  29. tbhogal
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Grealish owners giving him one more chance or getting rid?

    1. OLLY G
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Probably ditching tonight for Traore or Martial.

    2. Annie
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      gone today

    3. JelliedSpark968
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Get rid, there are better options

    4. Root
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Keeping, there are no better options.

    5. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Sold for Traore

    6. JabariParkersEyelid
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Selling for Martial.

  30. OLLY G
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 17 days ago

    Ings is obviously on fire, but it is naive to expect him to get good returns from:

    Spurs H
    Leicester A
    Wolves H
    Palace A
    Liverpool A

    ?

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Yeah, I'm giving him the Spurs game then probably gonna depart.

    2. JelliedSpark968
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 17 days ago

      I'm keeping until he blanks

    3. JabariParkersEyelid
      1 month, 17 days ago

      Counterpoint. If we score he's going to be involved we have no one else.