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Captain Poll

Vote in the Gameweek 23 FPL captain poll

The Gameweek 23 captain poll is up and running and you can cast your vote either via the sidebar or at the foot of this article.

Fresh off the back of their 6-1 victory over Aston Villa, Manchester City’s players will likely be popular picks for the armband when Crystal Palace visit the Etihad this weekend.

At the time of writing, four of the leading ten candidates in our poll are on City’s books: Kevin De Bruyne (£10.7m), Sergio Aguero (£11.8m), Raheem Sterling (£11.8m) and Riyad Mahrez (£8.4m).

Crystal Palace will likely provide sterner opposition than Aston Villa on Saturday and the Eagles, despite all of their injuries in defence, haven’t conceded more than one goal in a league match since November.

That said, Pep Guardiola’s troops have scored at least two goals in 19 of their 22 Premier League games this season and defeated Palace 2-0 in the reverse fixture, racking up 21 shots (including seven big chances) in the process.

De Bruyne averages 7.7 points per match at home this season, although ‘only’ 5.1 points per game in his last seven run-outs at the Etihad.

Sterling, remarkably, has registered just three attacking returns on home soil in 2019/20.

Like Manchester City, Liverpool have scored on 29 occasions in their 11 home fixtures this season.

The Reds are this weekend up against Manchester United, who have an unbeaten record against the top four this season and who are the only club to take points off Jurgen Klopp’s league leaders.

Marcus Rashford (£9.2m) has five goals in his four meetings with the sides currently in the UEFA Champions League spots, while Anthony Martial (£7.9m) has two goals in as many starts against these clubs.

Liverpool are formidable on their own turf, however, with Mohamed Salah (£12.3m) and Sadio Mane (£12.4m) registering ten and 12 attacking returns at Anfield respectively.

At the back, Klopp’s troops are on a run of six straight clean sheets and face a Manchester United side that are scoring at a modest rate of 1.09 goals per game on their travels in 2019/20.

Jamie Vardy (£10.0m) currently sits second in our captain poll and will no doubt be handed the armband by legions of FPL managers again this week, particularly as Leicester City face a Burnley side that have conceded more goals than any Premier League team bar Aston Villa over the last nine Gameweeks.

Vardy has scored in his last five league appearances on the road, averaging 12 points per match in that time.

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Among the differentials, Ismaila Sarr (£6.2m) is attracting a fair bit of support.

Watford are this weekend facing Tottenham Hotspur, who have kept only one clean sheet in the ten league matches that Jose Mourinho has taken charge of.

Sarr, meanwhile, has registered five attacking returns in as many Gameweeks, with only De Bruyne and Mahrez able to beat that total among FPL midfielders.

One or both of Lucas Moura (£7.1m) or Son Heung-min (£9.8m) may well be lining up ‘out of position’ for the Lilywhites in that fixture, deputising for Harry Kane (£10.9m) in attack, but Watford have really tightened up of late and kept clean sheets in four of their last seven matches.

Neal Maupay (£5.8m) and Brighton and Hove Albion are next up to have a pop at Villa’s leaky defence, while Chelsea’s fine away record – 25 goals scored in 11 matches on the road – may see Tammy Abraham (£7.8m) pick up a captaincy nomination or two.

Abraham has attacking returns in each of the last three Gameweeks and has scored eight goals in 11 starts on his travels this season, assisting a further three.

These are the reverse fixtures of the matches contested in Gameweek 9, when goals were in fairly short supply: not one team scored more than twice in that set of games.

For those who like their omens, Raul Jimenez (£7.5m) and the in-form Danny Ings (£6.8m) both scored when Wolves and Southampton last met back in October.

There is further encouragement for Ings this Saturday: no side has kept fewer clean sheets than Wolves (one) over the last 14 Gameweeks.

Vardy, Rashford and Jack Grealish (£6.5m) were also on target against this weekend’s opponents back in Gameweek 9, with the Aston Villa man registering one of his two double-digit hauls of 2019/20.


David and Joe will be bringing you their captaincy video this Tuesday lunchtime, while the Captain Sensible article will be out in its usual slot on Friday morning for a more in-depth look at the runners and riders for the armband in Gameweek 23.


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737 Comments Post a Comment
  1. claretparrot
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Traoré & Pope >>> Grealish/Doucouré & McCarthy?

    Already tripled up on 'pool (Mo, Trent, Virgil) and have 2 FTs.

    Will hurt as did Grealish > Traoré two weeks ago!

    1. sovietrockettes
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Go for Doucoure or Sarr

      1. claretparrot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 19 days ago

        Thanks. Really like the look of Doucouré in that 10 role, though want to make sure he's fit after Pearson comments

    2. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Better to rectify the mistake asap rather than not accepting the mistake.

      1. claretparrot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 19 days ago

        Yep got to suck it up!

  2. wilson007
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Ryan
    TAA Soy Lund Stephens
    Mane Salah KDB Grealish
    Vardy Rashford

    Button Greenwood Kelly Dendoncker

    2FT 0.0 ITB

    Any suggestions?

    1. claretparrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Not a lot of wiggle room! Ideally you want rid of Kelly but with nothing to spend that's tricky

      1. Your Man With The Hair
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 19 days ago

        Why get rid of Kelly?

        1. claretparrot
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 19 days ago

          He's not got long left in the XI

    2. RIDZ
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Grealish to Noble and you may ditch him after dgw. Or just Kelly to Balbuena and play him for dgw

  3. sovietrockettes
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Have Martial and Rashford and holding Martial, what to do with Rashford for Liverpool?!

    A) Hold
    B) Rashford>Aguero(c), Alli>Sarr for -4, followed by Aguero>Firmino for GW24 (Salah, TAA, Firmino)
    C) Rashford>Ings for free (which then allows Rico>Robertson for free in GW24 with Salah, TAA, Robbo)

    1. claretparrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 19 days ago

      C of those I think. Really don't like bringing someone in with a plan to immediately ditch them

      1. sovietrockettes
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 19 days ago

        Cheers, my ML rival is a few points behind me and has Kun(c). He destroyed me with red-hot Kun last year at pretty much the same stage of the season......so I guess I’m scared

  4. wasp3000
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Morning lads....have 2 FT 0.1m ITB

    Guaita Button
    TAA Robbo Lundstram Soyuncu Rico
    Salah KDB Traore Grealish Cantwell
    Vardy Abraham Tammy

    Thinking
    A) Jimmy -->> Ings (as I don't want DBL Wolves attack)
    and maybe
    B) Button -->> Martin (as Guaita is away to City & Martin may get the DGW also)

    Thoughts appreciated?

  5. Little Red Lacazette
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    1FT 2.9ITB

    Who goes for Robertson?

    A. Rico
    B. Kelly

    McCarthy
    TAA Lundstram Soy
    KdB Maddison Mane Traore
    Vardy Jimi Tammy

    Henderson Cantwell Rico Kelly

    1. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      A

  6. Atimis
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Probably Vardy (c) in last chance saloon.
    If nothing changes, probably KDB to Salah for GW24. Ideas?

    Henderson
    TAA/Lund/Soy
    Mane/KDB/Mahrez/Maddison
    Vardy/Rash/Ings

    Button/Dendo/Rico/Targett

    1. Stimps
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Why wold you ditch KDB? Absolute Madness

  7. zhiren
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Who should be my 3rd Liverpool player - Salah or Robbo?

    1) Salah + Kelly [0.9 ITB]
    2) Martial + Robbo [2.7 ITB] and then use cash to upgrade Cantwell to Moura/Grealish/Sarr?

    Current squad:

    Foster // Stekenlenburg
    TAA // Lunds // Soy // Rico // Kelly
    Mane // Martial // KDB // Cantwell // Dendoncker
    Vardy // Ings // Jimi

    1. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      2

  8. Soto Ayam
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Guita to McCarthy for a minus 4 anyone? Thinking about freeing up cash for later moved and at 4.3 it seems worth it. Guita home to man city might not be to pretty either

    1. claretparrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Could work. Comes down to whether or not you think Wolves will score and/or City hit 2, 4 or 6!

      1. Soto Ayam
        4 months, 19 days ago

        Don't think McCarthy can cover the minus 4 to he honest. a move based on increasing TV to be honest and thought guita against city might off set that somewhat, if not completely

        1. claretparrot
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          4 months, 19 days ago

          In that case I wouldn't do it. If you don't think it'll pay now, do it as part of a move that you do think will pay off in a later week

          1. Soto Ayam
            4 months, 19 days ago

            Logic. Cheers

    2. Happy Chappy
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Silly

    3. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Not worth it as McCarthy plays Wolves. Just hope for saves

    4. Soto Ayam
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Cheers all

  9. Stoichkov#8
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Hendo, McGovern
    TAA, Soy, Lund, Stephens, Kelly
    Salah, Mane, KDB, Madders, Grealish
    Vardy, Ings, Greenwood

    1FT, 0.2 ITB. Any ideas guys?
    What would be your next move here? Who am I missing here?

    1. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      I'd save

    2. RIDZ
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      save and reassess Soy+Maddison next week as fixtures getting weaker

  10. Pukki Party
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Better option for the blank?
    A) Gomez
    B) VVD -4

    1. claretparrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Do you mean the DGW?

      A

      1. Pukki Party
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 19 days ago

        Yeah sorry dgw 24.

    2. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Only double? Gomez
      Long term? Van Dijk

      1. Pukki Party
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 19 days ago

        Cheers. Will probably keep for a while as the fixtures are good.

      2. Happy Chappy
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 19 days ago

        This

    3. RIDZ
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      should be Gomez. But if you want for long term, VVD still not the answer, Robbo if you need that 0.5 from TAA

      1. Pukki Party
        • 2 Years
        4 months, 19 days ago

        Thanks you're right.

  11. sovietrockettes
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Any chance Alli might rediscover any semblance of attacking form or is it time to write him off?

    1. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      I think Moura and Son are better options now with Kane out.

    2. Happy Chappy
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Write off

    3. claretparrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 19 days ago

      I'm avoiding Spurs like the plague. Not looking good and tough to predict where the returns will come from if they do perform

    4. sovietrockettes
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Cheers

    5. RIDZ
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      I'm avoiding Spurs until they perform well. Only 1 win from last 5 makes me do that.

  12. Stram Dunk
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Ryan (Button)
    Soy TAA Lund (Rico Kelly)
    Salah Maddison KDB(c) Cantwell (Traore)
    Vardy (vc) Rash Ings

    0FT, 1.3ITB

    Which is the best option for gw24?

    A) Kelly, Traore -> VVD, Dendoncker
    B) Kelly, Maddison -> Robbo, 6.2 mid

    1. Stram Dunk
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Possible other options?

      Thanks!

    2. Stimps
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      B with Sarr

      1. Stram Dunk
        4 months, 19 days ago

        cheers

  13. cnewman7
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Anyone looking at Masuaku for the DGW?

    1. Happy Chappy
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Problem is, after the dgw, he's still there.

    2. Soto Ayam
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Nah...if he was nailes to start maybe. Think he'll be out once Antonio is fit. Plus he'll rack up minus points as defender against LFC and Leicester

    3. RIDZ
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      just did Kelly to Balbuena just to waste 1 FT from 2 this week

    4. markloe
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      he didn't really look that good against Sheff Utd, too early to say if he's got that position

  14. 1zverGGadeM
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Any chance for Roberto to start as goalie this week instead of Martin?

    1. Happy Chappy
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      There is a chance but i can't quantify it.

  15. Bubz
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Finally managed to get into the decent rank area of 16k this week. Time to push on hopefully.

    Bit of advice on what to do next? I have 2FTs and 0.8 ITB

    Pope - Button
    TAA, Soyuncu, Aurier* - Lundstrum, Rico
    Salah, KDB, Richarlison, Martial - Dendoncker
    Ings, Jiminez, Rashford

    Obviously wanting triple Pool in there. Not sure the double up on Man U will continue to be good for me either?

    1. markloe
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      have you decided on which triple Liverpool option you want to go with? Would be tempted in your position to get another defender given that you have Aurier to get rid of anyway and already have Salah

    2. DAZZ
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Have you considered Gomez?

      1. Bubz
        • 6 Years
        4 months, 19 days ago

        I think it's Robbo or Mane for the 3rd pool

    3. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      I would keep them (Utd) and ride out the trip to Anfield. 3 decent home matches in 4 after that. You have rightly starred Aurier - he'd be out of my door very quickly. JImi is great but with his fixtures he's the obvious cash cow. I don't think Soy would give you enough - even for, say, Willams.

      1. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        4 months, 19 days ago

        VVD a possibility?

        1. Bubz
          • 6 Years
          4 months, 19 days ago

          Would need downgrade elsewhere, would probably prefer Robbo if I did that

  16. 03farmboy
    4 months, 19 days ago

    I’m chasing in my mini league nobody has Aguero?
    Is it a good move to get him in

    1. Happy Chappy
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Yes

    2. markloe
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Man city have 5 games in 16 days, if you want to make a call on how they're going to rotate their strikers in that time then go for it

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 19 days ago

        I take that as a No 😛

  17. fcsaltyballs
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Who scores more next 5 gameweeks:

    1. Dunk DCL
    2. Dunk Martial
    3. Holgate Sarr

    Thanks

    1. Happy Chappy
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      2

    2. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      2

    3. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Gut feeling is 2

  18. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Anyone triple captaining a Pool player?

    1. Happy Chappy
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Already have

    2. Holmes
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Many are

    3. teneighty
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Haven't decided yet. A lot of talk about saving it for a better DGW but that might be risky if the other chips look more valuable when that better DGW comes around. We also have to factor in teams taking the foot off the gas when there is less left to play for. So, I'm leaning towards using it on a Livepool midfielder next GW.

    4. Soto Ayam
      4 months, 19 days ago

      For dgw? Taa baby

  19. Adzy
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Play
    A lundstram
    B traore

    1. Happy Chappy
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      A

  20. cnewman7
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Abraham or Maupay this week?

    1. markloe
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      probably Maupay given Villa's defence

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Abraham

  21. DAZZ
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Anyone considering Trossard?

    1. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 19 days ago

      No room at the Inn. Rotation nightmare too.

  22. gomez123
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Fabianski & Auba to Kun(c) & McCarthy -4 Y or N

    1. Soto Ayam
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Yeah

    2. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 19 days ago

      No

  23. Soto Ayam
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Dunk for captain this week, home to villa, anyone?

    1. Hot Toddy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Not a hope

      1. Soto Ayam
        4 months, 19 days ago

        Cheers

  24. bigdip
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    0FT, 3.3mn ITB. GTG?

    GK: Ryan (Button)
    DEF: TAA,Targett, Dunk (Lundy, Kelly)
    MID: Richarlison, KDB (c), Son, Martial, Grealish
    FWD: Vardy, Ings (DCL)

  25. HarryB29
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Start Two:

    A: Grealish (Brighton Away)

    B: Rashford (Liverpool Away)

    C: Cantwell (Bournemouth Home)

    1. Soto Ayam
      4 months, 19 days ago

      A, c

    2. Happy Chappy
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Tough, i like cantwell this week

  26. Disturbed
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Start Soy or Lund?

    1. Happy Chappy
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Lund

  27. Dynamic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    If you owned Sterling, would you hold this week for CRY?

    Will he start?

    1. Amey
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 19 days ago

      I'd hold for this week

    2. Happy Chappy
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      Hold, but warn him beforehand he's on the chopping block

    3. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      I'd keep

  28. bigdip
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    GTG? (0 FT, 3.3mn ITB)

    GK: Ryan (Button)
    DEF: TAA,Targett, Dunk (Lundy, Kelly)
    MID: Richarlison, KDB (c), Son, Martial, Grealish
    FWD: Vardy, Ings (DCL)

  29. fcsaltyballs
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    Henderson
    TAA Soyuncu Lundstram Rico
    KDB Mane Salah Grealish
    Vardy Ings

    McGovern Greenwood Dendoncker Kelly

    1FT 2.1ITB

    Best move for GW23:

    1. Kelly >> Holgate (whu) play 442
    2. Kelly >> Dunk (AVL) play 442
    3. Greenwood >> DCL (whu) play 343
    4. Dendoncker >> Sarr (TOT) play 352

    Leaning towards improving defence this week and then improve mid or fwd next... thoughts??

    Thanks

    1. Pukki Party
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      1 or 2

    2. Happy Chappy
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      2. Whatever you do, do not drop Dendoncker!

  30. Marc Jobling
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 19 days ago

    I'm about to remove Alli for this and the plan was always to go Salah:

    Mane, KDB, Alli, Grealish
    Vardy, Rashford, Ings

    Would you rather have:
    A) No Rashford (alternative is Maupay)
    B) No Salah (alternative is Richarlison)
    C) No De Bruyne (alternative is Fleck)

    1. Happy Chappy
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 19 days ago

      A