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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  1. Darthshearer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 29 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, 29 days ago

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

    2. Jullepuu
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Abraham to Jimenez

      • Ospina Colada
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 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, 29 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.

      • Pukki Party
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 29 days ago

        Captain:

        A) Aguero
        B) Vardy

        1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Kun

        2. aborg
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

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

        3. Pukki Party
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 29 days ago

          Thanks

      • Jullepuu
          1 month, 29 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, 29 days ago

            Looks good to save FT

          2. JabariParkersEyelid
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Replace aurier or save it imo.

          3. greggles
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 29 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

          4. dunas_dog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 29 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, 29 days ago

              A if any

            2. RamaJama
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              A

          5. John Arne Pizza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 29 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, 29 days ago

              Digne

              1. John Arne Pizza
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Cheers

            2. Hot Toddy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Make it so this isn't a thing.

              1. John Arne Pizza
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 29 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, 29 days ago

              Digne

            4. in sane in de bruyne
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              1

            5. rilo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Digne

          6. Pukki Party
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

            Most nailed West Ham defender? Fredericks?

            1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Diop or Fredricks I guess

              By the way, when is next Pukki party?

              1. Pukki Party
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Cheers. Tomorrow

          7. Hryszko
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 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, 29 days ago

              Yep, all the best!

            2. rilo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Nice 🙂

          8. rilo
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 29 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. John Arne Pizza
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Fabianski all the way

            2. PascalCygan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Look decent to me!

          9. Gudjohnsen
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 29 days ago

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

            1. RamaJama
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Do it, you need Vardy

          10. PascalCygan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 29 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. John Arne Pizza
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 29 days ago

              Kane and maddy more prolific

              1. John Arne Pizza
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                1 month, 29 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, 29 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, 29 days ago

              Rico to Holgate

              1. PascalCygan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 29 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

          11. in sane in de bruyne
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 29 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, 29 days ago

              Looks good 🙂

              1. in sane in de bruyne
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Cheers 🙂

            2. JabariParkersEyelid
                1 month, 29 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, 29 days ago

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

            3. jason_ni
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 29 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, 29 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, 29 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, 29 days ago

                A

              3. JabariParkersEyelid
                  1 month, 29 days ago

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

              4. stupendous
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 29 days ago

                Gtg yea?

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

                McGovern Ayew Lundy Webster

                1. JabariParkersEyelid
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    Looks fine. Would have Lund 3rd bench personally.

                    1. stupendous
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      Ok thanks

                  • PascalCygan
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 29 days ago

                    Yup, strong! All the best

                2. JabariParkersEyelid
                    1 month, 29 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, 29 days ago

                      Martial

                    2. Holmes (specialist in failu…
                      • 6 Years
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      Martial

                      1. JabariParkersEyelid
                          1 month, 29 days ago

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

                    3. Ajax Hamsterdam
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      Is Hanley nailed ? Thanks

                      1. Tony Martial
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 29 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, 29 days ago

                          Cheers

                    4. Niho992
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 29 days ago

                      Kane or Salah for C? Think Salah could get rest

                      1. rilo
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        1 month, 29 days ago

                        I would go Kane.

                      2. JabariParkersEyelid
                          1 month, 29 days ago

                          Kane for sure.

                        • RamaJama
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 7 Years
                          1 month, 29 days ago

                          Salah

                      3. Kimmich
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 29 days ago

                        Potential Wildcard team, just looking for opinions.

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

                      4. Stoic
                        • 3 Years
                        1 month, 29 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, 29 days ago

                          Shearer had a nice 11 including him

                        2. stupendous
                          • 7 Years
                          1 month, 29 days ago

                          Every team should have him

                          1. Stoic
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 29 days ago

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

                            1. stupendous
                              • 7 Years
                              1 month, 29 days ago

                              And yaya

                        3. El Lobito 10
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 29 days ago

                          People are short-sighted. He is amazing.

                        4. jia you jia you
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 29 days ago

                          He'd be my first pick!

                        5. Niho992
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 29 days ago

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

                      5. Trilogist
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 29 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, 29 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, 29 days ago

                          I'm considering selling him lol

                        3. JabariParkersEyelid
                            1 month, 29 days ago

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

                          • El Lobito 10
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 29 days ago

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

                        4. Don Kloppeone
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 29 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 😆

                        5. jia you jia you
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 29 days ago

                          Vardy + Richarlison to Mane + DCL

                          1. in sane in de bruyne
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 3 Years
                            1 month, 29 days ago

                            Think you would regret getting rid of Vardy mate

                          2. RamaJama
                            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                            • 7 Years
                            1 month, 29 days ago

                            No

                        6. Tony Martial
                          • 1 Year
                          1 month, 29 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, 29 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, 29 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, 29 days ago

                                  Alternatively

                                  Soyuncu to Gomez?

                                  1. JabariParkersEyelid
                                      1 month, 29 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.

                            • Whatever100
                              • 3 Years
                              1 month, 29 days ago

                              Cresswell a good option?

                            • Nightf0x
                              • 4 Years
                              1 month, 29 days ago

                              Which? Deulfoeu to

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

                              1. JelliedSpark968
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                1 month, 29 days ago

                                Or maybe Deeney?

                              2. RamaJama
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 7 Years
                                1 month, 29 days ago

                                C

                            • JelliedSpark968
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              1 month, 29 days ago

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

                            • lindeg
                              • 1 Year
                              1 month, 29 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, 29 days ago

                                A

                              2. JelliedSpark968
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                1 month, 29 days ago

                                A

                              3. RamaJama
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 7 Years
                                1 month, 29 days ago

                                A

                            • George James
                              • 5 Years
                              1 month, 29 days ago

                              Play Cantwell or Grealish?

                              1. OLLY G
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 3 Years
                                1 month, 29 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, 29 days ago

                                G

                            • tbhogal
                              • 10 Years
                              1 month, 29 days ago

                              Grealish owners giving him one more chance or getting rid?

                              1. OLLY G
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 3 Years
                                1 month, 29 days ago

                                Probably ditching tonight for Traore or Martial.

                              2. Annie
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 7 Years
                                1 month, 29 days ago

                                gone today

                              3. JelliedSpark968
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                1 month, 29 days ago

                                Get rid, there are better options

                              4. Root
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 8 Years
                                1 month, 29 days ago

                                Keeping, there are no better options.

                              5. RamaJama
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 7 Years
                                1 month, 29 days ago

                                Sold for Traore

                              6. JabariParkersEyelid
                                  1 month, 29 days ago

                                  Selling for Martial.

                              7. OLLY G
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 3 Years
                                1 month, 29 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, 29 days ago

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

                                2. JelliedSpark968
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  1 month, 29 days ago

                                  I'm keeping until he blanks

                                3. JabariParkersEyelid
                                    1 month, 29 days ago

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