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. HMC
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 13 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
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Rico -> B Williams

      1. Rhodes your boat
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        This

  2. Rhodes your boat
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 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
      1 month, 13 days ago

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

      Love the Lucas pick!

      1. Rhodes your boat
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 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
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Son for me

        1. Rhodes your boat
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          No budget

  3. HUATSHOOTER
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 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
    1 month, 13 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
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Heck, even Rich could be an outside chance!

  5. Goat
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

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

    1. TheDragon
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Surely not this week

      ....I say this every week though

    2. Quackadoodz
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 13 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. Kopkloppers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

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

    4. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Ha ha. Good one. 🙂

    5. BERGKOP
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      No

  6. The SK
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

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

    1. Jarvish Scott Talent
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 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 month, 13 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.

    • Patrick.22
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 days ago

      McCarthy or Hendo?

      Already have Lund - thinking long term!

      1. PascalCygan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 13 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.

    • Pinky and De Bruyne
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Son brace incoming, anyone jumping on ?

      1. Jarvish Scott Talent
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Depends if you are from the future or not

        1. Pinky and De Bruyne
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Son flourished last time Kane was out

      2. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Think Watford will beat Spurs personally

      3. BERGKOP
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        No

    • AJ24
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 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
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Try and fit some Utd in

        1. AJ24
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Maddison to MArtial next week perhaps!

          1. Pinky and De Bruyne
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Aye, id rather have Vardy and Martial

    • the dom 1
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      whats everyone who owns Rashy doing with him?

      Keeping or Selling?

      Cheers

      1. PascalCygan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 13 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
          1 month, 13 days ago

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

          thoughts?

          1. PascalCygan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 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
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Thinking of shipping him for Firmino...

        1. the dom 1
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Same here too

          1. Pinky and De Bruyne
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 13 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
              1 month, 13 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
        1 month, 13 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
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Tempted by B for a one week cap punt

      4. g40steve
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Keeping look how many points the guy has?

      5. BERGKOP
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Easy keep

    • PascalCygan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 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!

    • kuzser
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 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

    • PocketZola
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      rashford injured?

      1. the dom 1
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

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

        1. Wild Rover
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          He said he may miss the cup game tomorrow

      2. Wild Rover
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 13 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

    • Hktrader88
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 13 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?

    • Lav
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 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
        1 month, 13 days ago

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

        1. Lav
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

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

          1. fgdu
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 13 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
              1 month, 13 days ago

              holgate is the cheapest

    • Bavarian
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

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

    • wilson007
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Ryan
        TAA Soy Lund Stephens
        Mane Salah KDB Grealish
        Vardy Rashford

        Button Greenwood Kelly Dendoncker

        2FT 0.0 ITB

        Any ideas?

      • cnewman7
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Play 2 out of these 3 this gameweek:

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

        1. wilson007
            1 month, 13 days ago

            BC

        2. OldBenKenobi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Keep Pope or get Reina?
          (Also have McCarthy)

          On WC

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

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

        3. J0E
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • Has Moderation Rights
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Captaincy live stream getting underway shortly

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

          12:30pm start

          1. Warby84
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Trent being discussed as an option?

        4. Monkey Hanger
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 13 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.

        5. sovietrockettes
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 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
            1 month, 13 days ago

            B

            1. FPL ElasticO
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Get Kun & Ings

              1. sovietrockettes
                • 1 Year
                1 month, 13 days ago

                That would cost -8

          2. OldBenKenobi
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            C

          3. Wheato182
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

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

            1. sovietrockettes
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 13 days ago

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

        6. FPL ElasticO
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Is it worth taking -8 for these transfers??

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

          1. Dreadful
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 13 days ago

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

        7. Chelsea91
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 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
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Who you gonna captain next GW? TAA?

            1. Chelsea91
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 13 days ago

              yup thinking to do that , scared on rotation mate

              1. Miguel Sanchez
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

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

                1. Chelsea91
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 13 days ago

                  thanks mate , u too

          2. Monkey Hanger
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Chasing last weeks pts imo.

            1. Chelsea91
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 13 days ago

              hopefully could get nice points

          3. Hot Toddy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 13 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
              1 month, 13 days ago

              thanks mate you too

        8. Tony Martial
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 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
            1 month, 13 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
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Thanks!

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

              1. Wheato182
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 13 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.

        9. Wheato182
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

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

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Yup

            1. Tony Martial
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 13 days ago

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

        10. Dreadful
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 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
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Play A easily and therefore bench B to maximise points potential

            1. Dreadful
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 13 days ago

              thanks, was considering this actually.

        11. Pinky and De Bruyne
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Everyone using their TC this liverpool DG?

          1. Kopkloppers
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Obvious choice I suppose.

          2. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Waiting to see if Leics or City get a double.

          3. Wheato182
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 13 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 (specialist in failu…
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Nope

          5. Dreadful
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 13 days ago

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

            1. CC22
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 13 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
            1 month, 13 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.

        12. Kopkloppers
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 13 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
            1 month, 13 days ago

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

          2. TheDragon
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 13 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