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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.

How I went from 1.3m to a 50k Overall Rank in FPL

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. HMC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    What's needed this week- any obvious moves? Have 2FT and don't want to burn one. Keeping the other for DGW. Only 0.2itb

    Guaita
    TAA Soy Dunk
    Salah Kdb Richarlison Sarr
    Vardy Rashford Ings

    Button Lund Traore Rico

    1. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Rico -> B Williams

      1. Rhodes your boat
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        This

  2. Rhodes your boat
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Gtg all? 0ft 0.6itb

    Guiata
    Taa Lund soy
    Salah mane kdb moura
    Vardy(c) ings dcl

    Button rico kelly dendo

    1. Quackadoodz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Don’t get all the love for DCL but gtg.

      Love the Lucas pick!

      1. Rhodes your boat
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        Good price though and thanks at least you do! Had him for 5 gw’s and he’s got me 10 points aha!

      2. Pinky and De Bruyne
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        Son for me

        1. Rhodes your boat
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 19 days ago

          No budget

  3. HUATSHOOTER
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Pope
    Dunk aurier soy
    Mane kdb richar cantwell
    Rash vardy ings(C)

    Subs: button, grealish, vvd, lund

    Good to go? I know pope will concede but nt intending to minus 4 to get ryan or henderson

  4. Quackadoodz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    5 months, 19 days ago

    How’s Ings for captain this week? Too much of a risk?

    Also have Vardy, Salah, Mane, KdB as viable options in my team

    1. Quackadoodz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Heck, even Rich could be an outside chance!

  5. Goat
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Is it worth taking a -4 to remove Abraham for Ings?

    1. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Surely not this week

      ....I say this every week though

    2. Quackadoodz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Do you see Abraham scoring? If yes, then it ain’t worth cos assuming that Abraham doesn’t get BPS, you’d need Ings to score 10 or above to make your hit worth, which has only happened once this season

    3. FALSE PROFIT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Do it! I have stared at Ings with dismay for far too long now!

    4. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Ha ha. Good one. 🙂

    5. BERGKOP
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      No

  6. The SK
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Those with Aguero, will you trust him with an armband this GW? Will he get rotated?

    1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Haven't got Aguero, and I hate to try and pre-empt Pep, but I can't see him being rested after a week off having just scored a hatty - I'd be rubbing my hands if I had him.

  7. iL PiStOlErO
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 19 days ago

    I am going with different approach here. Now with Kane out, bought Son for Alli and then maybe next week I will do triple pool or maybe even not (currently have Mo and Trent as season keepers). I know Spurs form is far from great but I actually like their next two fixtures and hope that my feeling is good and that Sonny could deliver. Will have 2ft again next week to reassess the situation.

  8. Hitmonlee
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 19 days ago

    McCarthy or Hendo?

    Already have Lund - thinking long term!

    1. PascalCygan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      I went Ryan over McCarthy this week. Had to correct my Ramsdale error and Ryan's fixtures were better over the next few weeks but I'll keep an eye on McCarthy and consider him when Saints' fixtures turn really good in GW26.

  9. Pinky and De Bruyne
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Son brace incoming, anyone jumping on ?

    1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Depends if you are from the future or not

      1. Pinky and De Bruyne
        • 7 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        Son flourished last time Kane was out

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

      Think Watford will beat Spurs personally

    3. BERGKOP
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      No

  10. AJ24
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    G2G for this week and next GW?

    Pope
    Trent, Robbo, Soyuncu
    Salah, KDB, Grealish, MAddison
    Ings, Tammy, Jimmy

    Gazza, Lundstram, Rico, Dendoncker, 0.6M ITB

    Thanks

    1. Pinky and De Bruyne
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Try and fit some Utd in

      1. AJ24
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        Maddison to MArtial next week perhaps!

        1. Pinky and De Bruyne
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 19 days ago

          Aye, id rather have Vardy and Martial

  11. the dom 1
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    whats everyone who owns Rashy doing with him?

    Keeping or Selling?

    Cheers

    1. PascalCygan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      I'd be keeping him if I had him. I'm keeping Martial.

      1. the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        thinking of doing Rash > Firmino for GW24 so might save my second FT.

        thoughts?

        1. PascalCygan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          5 months, 19 days ago

          That could be a fun move for GW24, bit of a differential and saves you the second FT. But if you could triple up on Liverpool any other way, maybe worth considering seeing as Rash has Burnley at home GW24?

    2. Pinky and De Bruyne
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Thinking of shipping him for Firmino...

      1. the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        Same here too

        1. Pinky and De Bruyne
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 19 days ago

          I can fit in Mane but it means a -4 so im still undecided.

          1. the dom 1
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            5 months, 19 days ago

            My original move was Rash & Rich > DCL & Mane as I already have Salah and VVD but now swaying to keep Rich and just ship Rash.

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

      Decision time in re: Rashford, also have Martial and keeping him for now:

      A) Keep and roll FT
      B) >Aguero(c) for -4
      C) >Ings for free
      D) >Firmino (SalahTAA Firmino with Salah TC)

      Leaning towards D

      1. Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        Tempted by B for a one week cap punt

    4. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Keeping look how many points the guy has?

    5. BERGKOP
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Easy keep

  12. PascalCygan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Used one of my FTs but saved another to get in Salah this week, I think for Maddison. Worth waiting for Utd's replay tomorrow to check Martial is OK? I'll keep an eye on prices tonight too...

    So Maddison to Salah?

    1FT, 4.8ITB
    Ryan
    TAA Soyuncu Lundstram
    Mane KdB Martial Maddison
    Vardy Ings DCL

    McGovern Dendoncker Rico Kelly

    Thanks!

  13. kuzser
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Maupay rose last night and now I'm priced out of Salah and Maupay combo...
    What combo for starting 11 in gw24 would you prefer now?

    1) ROBBO - Alli/Martial - Jimenez (Hayden fodder)
    2) Kelly- Alli - FIRMINO (Hayden fodder)
    3) Kelly - SALAH - Ayew (Fleck fodder, will be rotated with Ayew)
    4) GOMEZ - Martial - Alli (Ayew fodder)

    Ramsdale
    Taa- Soy - XXX
    Mane- Kdb -Maddison- XXX XXX
    Vardy -Ings - XXX

  14. PocketZola
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    rashford injured?

    1. the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      going by OGS comments it sounds like he may miss this GW?

      1. Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        He said he may miss the cup game tomorrow

    2. Wild Rover
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Solskjaer on Rashford: "I don’t know [if he'll be fit to face Wolves], he might not be. If he’s ready and if I decide to play him, you’ll see. He’s played many games. I might have to look at it, how we can manage him. But, we’ve got a week off very soon in Feb."

      Should be fine for the weekend I reckon

  15. Hktrader88
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Foster/ Roberto
    TAA - Gomez - Soyuncu - Lundstram - Rico
    Mane-KDB- Alli - Martial-Grealish
    Vardy - DCL - Jimenez

    1FT 0OTB
    Hold this week.
    Next week Gomez/Alli/Jimenez to Williams/Salah/Greenwood for -4
    Save transfer the following week
    Greenwood/Grealish to Ings / Hayden for GW26

    2 transfers on Greenwood seems a waste, but can't see a better way to do it?

  16. Lav
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Rank these players based on who needs to be transferred out the most.

    1. Guaita
    2. Rico
    3. Grealish
    4. Jimenez

    1. fgdu
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      2,1,4,3. Grealish is at least a hold if you ask me

      1. Lav
        • 3 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        Yeah I reckon 1 & 2 are main priorities. Think I will bin 2

        1. fgdu
          • 6 Years
          5 months, 19 days ago

          yeah theres quite a lot of good defs at 4.4-4.6 now (at least better than rico)

          1. fgdu
            • 6 Years
            5 months, 19 days ago

            holgate is the cheapest

  17. Bavarian
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Any news about Ramsdale, will he be fit for the weekend?
    Not aiming to take a hit for a replacement 🙁

  18. wilson007
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Ryan
    TAA Soy Lund Stephens
    Mane Salah KDB Grealish
    Vardy Rashford

    Button Greenwood Kelly Dendoncker

    2FT 0.0 ITB

    Any ideas?

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

    Play 2 out of these 3 this gameweek:

    A) Lundstram (ars)
    B) Soy (bur)
    C) Dunk (AVL)

    1. wilson007
      5 months, 19 days ago

      BC

  20. OldBenKenobi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Keep Pope or get Reina?
    (Also have McCarthy)

    On WC

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Reina won't change the amount of chances Villa are conceding. May get save points but I wouldn't go there personally.

  21. J0E
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • Has Moderation Rights
    • 10 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Captaincy live stream getting underway shortly

    https://twitter.com/FFScout_Joe/status/1217055986873262086

    12:30pm start

    1. Warby84
      • 4 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Trent being discussed as an option?

  22. Monkey Hanger
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Anyone watched the Elite fpl MOTD Challenge on YouTube?

    Very funny, but will also make you squirm seeing someone have a complete FPL meltdown.

    If you have a couple of hours to kill, well worth a watch.

  23. sovietrockettes
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Decision time in re: Rashford, also have Martial and keeping him for now:

    A) Keep and roll FT
    B) >Aguero(c) for -4
    C) >Ings for free
    D) >Firmino (SalahTAA Firmino with Salah TC)

    Leaning towards D

    1. fgdu
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      B

      1. FPL ElasticO
        • 5 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        Get Kun & Ings

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

          That would cost -8

    2. OldBenKenobi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      C

    3. Wheato182
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      D could pay off big style, i'd imagine most will stick to pool midfielders and a defender.

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

        That’s what I’m thinking....and minimum transfers

  24. FPL ElasticO
    • 5 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Is it worth taking -8 for these transfers??

    Rashford / Alli/ Connolly >> Aguero/ Fleck/ Ings
    Or
    Rashford >> Aguero for free

    1. LSK
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Rash to Aguero for free. -8 is too much imo

  25. Chelsea91
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 19 days ago

    How was this wildcard guys?
    Mc Carthy
    Taa,Gomez,Robbo
    Kdb,Mahrez,Rich,Martial
    Vardy,Ings,Aguero

    Button Hayden Marriapa william(Man u)

    Any changes needed? Just activate wc

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Who you gonna captain next GW? TAA?

      1. Chelsea91
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 19 days ago

        yup thinking to do that , scared on rotation mate

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          5 months, 19 days ago

          Love it! Best of luck, looks amazing and really hope it comes off for you.

          1. Chelsea91
            • 1 Year
            5 months, 19 days ago

            thanks mate , u too

    2. Monkey Hanger
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Chasing last weeks pts imo.

      1. Chelsea91
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 19 days ago

        hopefully could get nice points

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

      If only Gomez could be Van Dijk. Looks a real interesting team setup though. Bound to be some stupid gwks with silly scores and some disasters too. Good luck.

      1. Chelsea91
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 19 days ago

        thanks mate you too

  26. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    5 months, 19 days ago

    What needs to be done?And if i save what would you do Gw 24?

    Guiata Button

    Sidibe Taa Lundstram Soyuncu Hanley

    Kdb salah mane Richarlison cantwell

    Ings vardy Greenwood

    0 ITB 1 FT

    Thanks all and good luck.

    1. Wheato182
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Assuming you're going 3-5-2 I think you're good to go, not a bad team!

      1. Tony Martial
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 19 days ago

        Thanks!

        Yes 352..but what about gameweek 24 even if I did save what would you do?

        1. Wheato182
          • 7 Years
          5 months, 19 days ago

          Depends on if you want West Ham coverage, i'm not fully convinced by them yet. That said you'll have 2 free transfers so could decide after this week.

  27. Wheato182
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Doucoure a decent alternative if you can't stretch to Sarr?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Yup

      1. Tony Martial
        • 1 Year
        5 months, 19 days ago

        If he is going to continue to play as a CAM yes 100%

  28. LSK
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Bit of a benching headache this week. Any ideas?

    Play one
    a) Dunk (AVL)
    b) Lundstram (ars)
    c) Soyuncu (bur)

    Bench one
    a) Maddison (bur)
    b) Grealish (bri)
    c) Cantwell (BOU)

    1. ritzyd
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Play A easily and therefore bench B to maximise points potential

      1. LSK
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        thanks, was considering this actually.

  29. Pinky and De Bruyne
    • 7 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    Everyone using their TC this liverpool DG?

    1. FALSE PROFIT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Obvious choice I suppose.

    2. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Waiting to see if Leics or City get a double.

    3. Wheato182
      • 7 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Probably, i would be interested to hear the strategy of others who are planning on using it in a different game week tho!

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

      Nope

    5. LSK
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      I'll probably save for a Man City or Leicester double

      1. CC22
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        5 months, 19 days ago

        I don't fully get the logic with this in respect of City in particular. Pep is notorious for rotation at the best of times, and it's highly likely any City double will likely be when the league is all but over, and they're focusing on the Cups/Champions League.

    6. CC22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      Yeah, given the space between the games I think it's unlikely there'll be a better opportunity to TC a player who will get about 150mins or more over the two games. Plus, Liverpool will still be playing to secure the league, and it's clear they have no intention of taking their foot off the gas with that given their recent history.

  30. FALSE PROFIT
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 months, 19 days ago

    All the experts saying pre-season and beyond "One of mane or salah; you can't have both"!

    1. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      ... and they may be proved to be correct. LIV form has dropped of late.

    2. TheDragon
      • 2 Years
      5 months, 19 days ago

      That obviously doesn’t apply to a gameweek where only Liverpool have a double

      Outside of the double I personally think it is still correct