Captain Sensible

Who are the best FPL captain candidates for Gameweek 22?

The captaincy debate for Gameweek 22 may not be as simple as Fantasy Premier League managers are hoping.

Heading into the first round of action since the FA Cup third round, we now embark on the second half of the current campaign.

Every season, the January transfer window proves a major landmark for change and shifting templates.

For example, Southampton spent much of 2019/20 as whipping boys but they come into Gameweek 22 much improved at the back – perhaps the biggest issue with this week’s captaincy conundrum.

To help guide you to the right skipper for your team we will analyse the recent statistical form of each candidate and compare them with the defensive performances of their upcoming opponents.

As this article uses data from the Fantasy Football Scout Members Area, only those signed up either as a season-long, monthly or discounted Member will be able to access it in full.

Captain Poll

Despite missing the last two Gameweeks, Jamie Vardy (£10.0m) has returned to the Captain Poll’s summit once again.

Just shy of 39% of you had voted for the Leicester City forward ahead of Southampton’s trip to the King Power Stadium.

The last time the two sides met saw Vardy bag a hat-trick and an assist in a 9-0 win and it appears that a large number of Fantasy managers are hoping for something similar.

It may feel like a while since Vardy truly rocked the Fantasy world but if we forget his last two absences, influenced by paternal duties and a subsequent injury, he is still a reliable option. Between Gameweeks 9 and 19 he started every match and blanked only once.

However, the chances of another 9-0 drubbing for Southampton do look unlikely. Their defence has improved of late, resulting in two clean sheets in their last four, one at Chelsea and the other at home against Spurs.

A long way off in the poll’s second place is Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne (£10.6m) who faces Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon.

Despite a spirited EFL Cup semi-final first-leg performance against Leicester on Wednesday night, Dean Smith’s defence has been in recent Premier League displays.

In their last four outings, they have conceded three times on two occasions, while across their last three at home, Villa have let in an average of 2.3 per game.

De Bruyne himself has attacking returns in four of his last five, two of them double-digit returns.

It appears that the Belgian remains the most trustworthy asset in Manchester City ranks considering the rotation and patchy nature of some of his colleagues.

Sergio Aguero (£11.7m), with just one start and one goal since Gameweek 14 is the next most-popular among Pep Guardiola’s charges, backed by just 3.5% in the poll.

Meanwhile, Raheem Sterling (£11.8m), with two double-digit hauls but four blanks in his last seven, has the support of just 2.9%.

Marcus Rashford (£9.2m) looks set for third place in the vote, backed by 9.1% ahead of Manchester United’s meeting with Norwich City.

The Canaries have kept just one clean sheet since Gameweek 10 although have largely fared better on their travels than at home.

Each of their last three at Carrow Road has seen Norwich concede twice, but they have let in just one goal in each of their last three on the road.

Rashford is in good form at Old Trafford though, blanking there just once since Gameweek 4.

John Lundstram (£5.1m) has been considered an outside captain option by many this season but Gameweek 22 sees him get more support than usual.

5.1% of the voters are backing the Sheffield United man ahead of a meeting with West Ham.

The Hammers may have scored four times against a hapless Bournemouth last time out but it’s still early days in David Moyes’ second spell as manager.

Meanwhile, only Leicester (eight) have kept more clean sheets than Sheffield United (seven) this season.

Mohamed Salah (£12.3m) is the most fashionable captain option at Liverpool as they prepare to face Spurs, although the Egyptian is backed only by 3.9%.

Jose Mourinho has struggled to turn around the defensive fortunes in north London, conceding in all but one of his matches since taking charge – which could open the door for Salah and his colleague Sadio Mané (£12.3m).

The latter has accrued just 2.7% of the votes but has outscored Salah over the last three matches by 8.3 points per game to 5.3.

Tammy Abraham (£7.8m), Raúl Jiménez (£7.5m), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.8m), Anthony Martial (£7.9m), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£5.9m) and Richarlison (£8.0m) are the only other options backed by more than 1%.

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  1. HD7
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 9 days ago

    Maddison update?
    Chances of starting?

    1. antis0cial
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      High I think but Lampard Press Conf at 13:30 may give an indication.

      1. farmerfat
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Lampard ? :p

        1. antis0cial
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Oops, yeah maybe Lampard will know as little as me! Rodgers might be a better shout!

      2. linkafu
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Wait Lampard for Maddison infos?

          1. antis0cial
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            See above 😛

      3. farmerfat
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Wait for presser

    2. Dannywaz
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Please be fit to play madders

    3. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 9 days ago

      Are there press Conferences today. Want the Word on maddi

      1. Binny
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Yes full schedule

      2. Le Bluff
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Rogers at 1.30pm according to Scout Tweets.

      3. antis0cial
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        They were tweeted earlier:

        Bruce - 8:45am
        Howe - 9am
        OGS - 9:30am
        Klopp - 10:30am
        Smith - 1pm
        Hodgson - 1pm
        Mourinho - 1pm
        Nuno - 1pm
        Farke - 1:15pm
        Lampard - 1:30pm
        Ancelotti - 1:30pm
        Rodgers - 1:30pm
        Guardiola - 1:30pm

    4. linkafu
        1 month, 9 days ago

        Mount a starter this GW?

        1. Le Bluff
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          He usually is.

      • amit1964
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        if maddisons out, who do you prefer:
        a) martial
        b)grealish
        c) someone else

        *** i have salah kdb dilva

        thank's

        1. balint84
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          a

        2. Fulchester's New Centr…
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          A - just look at this week's fixtures.

      • drughi
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 9 days ago

        How sexy does she look ? saving my transfer

        Ryan
        TAA Soy Lundstram
        Mane Salah(vc)KDB(C) Traore
        Vardy Ings Jiminez

        button rico dendoncker targett

        1. antis0cial
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Looking good, I have Guaita/Madds over Ryan/Jimi, rest the same, so hope you have a great week! Can't decide on Cpt between Salah, KDB, Vardy. If KDB was guaranteed to start in attacking position it would be KDB.

          1. drughi
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            yeah it is a tough decision between those you mention, just feel city will steamroll villa and hopefully kdb is heavily involved

            1. antis0cial
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              I have a feeling Pool may do the same to Spurs!

              1. drughi
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                yeah could be mayhem but having both salah and mane feels sufficient

      • OFord
          1 month, 9 days ago

          Can someone talk me into doing Kane & Madds to Ings & Mane please. (Already have Salah)

          Is it not mental to double up on both??

          1. farmerfat
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Dont take Madds out this week unless confirmed injured.

          2. Le Bluff
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 9 days ago

            Points last 4 GWs:

            Mane: 6, 6, 11, 8
            Salah: 13, 3, 3, 10

            Double up is good if you like points.

            1. OFord
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Can’t argue with that simple logic haha

            2. antis0cial
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 9 days ago

              Nobody else you can lose instead of Mads?

              1. OFord
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  I could get rid of Richarlison instead but leaning towards keeping him as he’s a bit more of a differential

              2. drughi
                • 10 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                If its for free it is a no brainer for me, the double up is a must for the dgw and now the up against a shaky spurs defence.

                1. OFord
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Yea i have got 2 FT’s, definitely want the triple up on Liverpool and can’t really make a defensive double up work

              3. Karan14
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Is Jimenez a sell after the 2 good fixtures?

                Fixtures from GW24:
                LIV, mun, LEI, NOR, tot

                From GW29 though they have another great run of fixtures.

                1. balint84
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  plenty of options, good forwards are, better to have a free tansfer

                2. Aubamazette
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  He’s more or less fixture proof wolves typically play well against top teams, mun nor and tot defences are not the best either

                3. teneighty
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  I need to sell to afford Salah for the DGW. Will probably buy him back pretty soon though.

                4. Holmes (specialist in failu…
                  • 6 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  I'm planning to get him after Manchester game

                5. drughi
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  jimenez loves a hard fixture

              4. Le Bluff
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Points last 4 GWs:

                Mane: 6, 6, 11, 8
                Salah: 13, 3, 3, 10

                Double up is good if you like points.

                1. Le Bluff
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  *Reply fail to OFORD

              5. Aubamazette
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                GTG? 0FT

                Gazza
                TAA Chilwell Lund
                Salah(c) Mane KDB Maddison Doucore
                Vardy Jiménez

                Button Martinelli Williams Hanley

                1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Maybe do something radical if Madds out

              6. Rock Papiss Cissès
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Hello great minds of FFS, would you please use said great minds to help me out a little?

                Pope McGovern
                TAA Lord Chilwell Rico Reid
                Mane Grealish Maddison KDB Cantwell
                Kane Tammy Vardy
                0.1 ITB, 2 FTs

                A) Chilwell, Grealish Kane -> Holgate, Salah, Maupay +0.5
                B) Chilwell, Maddison, Kane -> Sidibe, Salah Maupay +0.6
                C) Reid, Chilwell, Kane -> Sidibe, Robertson, Maupay +2.4
                D) Suggestions? preferably that don't include a hit like the above

                Thanks in advance and good luck for GW22

                Bottomed last page sry

                1. antis0cial
                  • 3 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Kane> Greenwood and Grealish to Salah maybe?

                  1. Rock Papiss Cissès
                    • 4 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    That would force me into playing Cantwell or Rico every week

              7. Jimjam
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 9 days ago

                Mane or Jimenez (c)?

                1. Chelsea91
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  mane

                2. Aubamazette
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Mane

                3. linkafu
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Jimmy

                  • The Legend Squad
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Mane

                  • Old Man
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    I think Jimmy is a nice shot

                4. zdrojo187
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 9 days ago

                  Pick one to play please:
                  A Tomori(BUR)
                  B Gomez(tot)

                  1 Grealish(MCI)
                  2 Cantwell(mun)

                  1. antis0cial
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    A2

                  2. Aubamazette
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    B2

                  3. linkafu
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      A2

                    • Arse Craic
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      A1

                  4. OptimusBlack
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Choose two To play ?
                    A- Grealish MCI (H)
                    B- Cantwell MUN (A)
                    C- Traoré NEW (H)

                    1. Aubamazette
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      BC

                    2. antis0cial
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Def play C. Then probably B

                    3. The Legend Squad
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Bc

                    4. Arse Craic
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 10 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      AC

                  5. Farns Foxes
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Lundstram or Grealish this week

                    1. antis0cial
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Lund

                    2. Aubamazette
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Lund

                      1. Farns Foxes
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        Thanks guys

                    3. Chelsea91
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      lund, can get cs and attacking points

                  6. The Legend Squad
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Last check. Bench looking okay?

                    Gazza
                    TAA Chilwell Lundstram
                    Mane KDB Maddison Martial
                    Jimenez Ings Vardy (c)

                    Button Grealish Gomez Kelly

                    1. Chelsea91
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      gazza out

                  7. ResultatFar
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Is Lacazette worth a punt, not for captaincy but in general?

                    1. The Legend Squad
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      It would be a proper punt. I’d avoid

                    2. Pépé Pig
                      • 1 Year
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Currently on a goal drought, so depends if you think that will end this gw

                    3. antis0cial
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      No I don't think so. So many better options at that price point and below

                  8. Chelsea91
                    • 1 Year
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    Pretty Set WC team

                    Allison
                    Lund,Soy,Holgate
                    Mane(c),Kdb,Salah,Traore,Martial
                    Vardy,Ings

                    Good to go guys?

                    1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Allison???
                      Find a way to get Trent.

                    2. antis0cial
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      I'd say on a WC TAA is pretty essential (rather than Allison), other than that it's good.

                  9. OptimusBlack
                    • 6 Years
                    1 month, 9 days ago

                    If You Have Salah Who to get Till GW 24 ?

                    1. linkafu
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        Mane

                    2. quayle99
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Maddison or Perez?

                      If I choose perez I can swap Martinelli (3rd benched striker, I use Vardy and Tammy) to Maupay or DCL next week.

                      1. Chelsea91
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        maddy

                    3. Old Fashioned Parisian
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Maddison >> Martial?
                      Anyone think that's a goer this week?

                      Thanks

                      1. Chelsea91
                        • 1 Year
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        wait for press

                    4. corderz
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Save FT this week?

                      Guaita Martin
                      TAA Aurier Rico Kelly Lundstram
                      Salah KDB Alli Grealish Cantwell
                      Vardy Rashford Ings

                      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        Defence and Dele looking a bit iffy.

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

                          Alli > Martial?

                          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            Oh, yeah.

                    5. Baines on Toast...
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      This article fails to mention Saturday is Vardy's birthday.

                      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        Also fails to mention that it is also the birthday of Emile Heskey, Mary J Blige, Rachel Riley and Alexander Hamilton.

                        1. teneighty
                          • 5 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          Heskey (TC)?

                          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            Quite fancy Riley

                            1. teneighty
                              • 5 Years
                              1 month, 9 days ago

                              She always scores so good option!

                        2. Baines on Toast...
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          Journalistic oversight

                          1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                            • 2 Years
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            FFS turning into a bit of a rag nowadays.

                        3. Old Man
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 8 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          Rachel Riley(tc)

                    6. teneighty
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Damn, didn't think Alli would drop until tonight. Now I can't afford Salah + DCL. Will have to settle for Salah + Maupay instead.

                      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        Surprised it wasn't earlier in the week. Don't think there is much between Maupay and DCL after this weekend.

                    7. There's Always One!
                      • 9 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Anyone considering Haller as 3 gw punt? I've to replace kane and I need a forward around 8m to free funds for Salah. Jim is obviously the stand out pick but I'm so tempted to all get Haller for the dgw

                      1. drughi
                        • 10 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        not bad at all, might go jimenez>haller for dgw 24 and west ham also have a nice gw 25

                      2. Hands Guber
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        There are too many strikers firing at the moment cowboy.

                        I'd be going Felipe Anderson if I'm going West Ham attack and while Haller could spark there is fierce competition with Ings/DCL/Jiminez firing at the moment to gamble on Haller.

                        1. There's Always One!
                          • 9 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          I've no room for Anderson and I have to get a forward this week to replace kane. So if I am to get Haller for the dgw it has to be now or not at all

                          1. Hands Guber
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            I would say not at all then my chief, but I have had Haller for 8 weeks this season already waiting for him to fire and with little to nothing to show from him. The West Ham double return potential is paltry at best, I would be inclined to say don't let a poor DGW cloud your mind.

                            1. There's Always One!
                              • 9 Years
                              1 month, 9 days ago

                              Sound advice. Thanks

                    8. SHOOTER MCGINN
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Any of the 3.9 defenders better than the others? Or, as I expect, all as bad as each other?

                      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        Nope. Not sure any would start even with a serious injury to one of the current starters.

                        1. SHOOTER MCGINN
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          Thought so. Cheers

                    9. olidooley
                      • 7 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Hey guys...gtg?

                      Gazzaniga
                      Robertson TAA Söyüncü Lundstram
                      Salah KDB Maddison Grealish
                      Rashford(c) Vardy(vc)

                      McGovern Greenwood Dendoncker Kelly

                      1. Fulchester's New Centr…
                        • 2 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        #PrayforMaddi

                    10. Johnny Drama
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      How did Vardy look yesterday?

                      1. Berbinho's Forehead
                        • 9 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        Not sure. Stalking footballers on non-matchdays isn't my thing.

                        1. Johnny Drama
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          Haha, Friday morning...

                          Wednesday's game of course!

                          1. Berbinho's Forehead
                            • 9 Years
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            He was ok. Had one or two chances but Nyland was pretty good for Villa.

                    11. Tamagotchi Massacre
                      • 5 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Anyone got the guts to captain Doherty this week

                      1. Hands Guber
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        You got this, cowboy.

                    12. Differential (c)
                      • 4 Years
                      1 month, 9 days ago

                      Rumours and whispers among Saints fans and sources that KwP is very close to joining Southampton on loan. Deal in principle is set between the two clubs, now down to player to agree. Palace is the other club who are interested, but Southampton have popped them to his signature, apparently.

                      1. Hands Guber
                        • 4 Years
                        1 month, 9 days ago

                        I think you mean 'pipped' there cowboy.

                        I'm an idiot, I have no idea who KwP is though. Kevin Wince Poateng?

                        1. Differential (c)
                          • 4 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          Haha, Kyle Walker Peters. And yes, pipped. Friggin autocorrect xD

                          1. Hands Guber
                            • 4 Years
                            1 month, 9 days ago

                            Ah, interesting.

                        2. Fulchester's New Centr…
                          • 2 Years
                          1 month, 9 days ago

                          Me too. Couldn't get Hula Hoops and Space Raiders out of my mind.