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. Mitchstone
    • 8 Years
    5 days, 18 hours ago

    Looking to do KdB > Salah for the double, so looking for opinions on which of the following seem best:

    a) Jiminez > Ings, Martial > 6.4 (maybe a Watford or Brighton mid). 1 hit

    b) Rashford > Ings. 0 hit


    1. Wheato182
      • 7 Years
      5 days, 18 hours ago


      Would also try and find a different way rather than taking Kevin out.

    2. Dacra
      • 5 Years
      5 days, 18 hours ago


      Or keep kdb and rething the whole thing 😀

    3. Mitchstone
      • 8 Years
      5 days, 17 hours ago

      Thanks both.

      Would love to keep KdB for sure, but I don't have any other enablers to double on liverpool mids.

      I suppose I can do C) Rashford > Firmino, Jimi > Ings for 0 hits. Keeps KdB in the squad.


    4. TheBrazilianRonaldo
      • 1 Year
      5 days, 17 hours ago

      Unless kdb gets to 12 mill he’s still the best value player. I’d find another way or head not do it and head to world of furniture to watch the game

      1. Mitchstone
        • 8 Years
        5 days, 17 hours ago

        Thanks. I do lose a fair whack on KDB if I want to get back later (which inevitably I would). Other than the above alternative option I posted, if I want Salah it needs to be for Martial, which means one of Rashford or Vardy needs to go for someone like Greenwood, which I don't particularly think is worth it.

        Alternatively, I look at bringing Robertson in instead for Soy and Rashford > Ings.

  2. theBoose
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    5 days, 18 hours ago

    Tempted to play my WC.. would appreciate any thoughts on this mob?

    McCarthy Henderson
    TAA Gomez Lundstram Kelly Webster
    Mané KDB Son Traoré Mooy
    Vardy Rashford Ings

    1. Dacra
      • 5 Years
      5 days, 18 hours ago

      Nothing wrong with that team.

      1. Dacra
        • 5 Years
        5 days, 17 hours ago

        *Nothing wrong (enough to use WC) with that team.

        1. theBoose
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          5 days, 17 hours ago

          That is the WC team I'm looking at getting in, haha!

          Current team is:
          Henderson Pope
          TAA Kelly Rico Lundstram Aurier
          Mané KDB Alli Traoré Cantwell
          Vardy DCL Deulofeu

    2. Your Man With The Hair
      • 8 Years
      5 days, 17 hours ago

      What changes do you want to make to justify a WC?

    3. BERGKOP
      • 8 Years
      5 days, 17 hours ago


    4. Steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      5 days, 17 hours ago

      Can you get Martial rather than Son. KElly may loase his place soon as injured players come back and besides that i think Stephens (SOT) is a better option than Kelly

  3. Dacra
    • 5 Years
    5 days, 18 hours ago

    Finally made a DGW decision for now.

    Save FT and rethink it later 😀

  4. migas2k7
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    5 days, 17 hours ago

    Pick a forward up to 7.8

    A) Abraham
    B) Jimenez
    C) Maupay
    D) name another one

    1. migas2k7
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      5 days, 17 hours ago

      Could also consider calvert (but got richarlison already)

  5. FPL ElasticO
    • 5 Years
    5 days, 17 hours ago

    Is triple Leicester worth having for upcoming fixtures or only Vardy??

    1. Jarvish Scott Talent
      • 5 Years
      5 days, 17 hours ago

      25 to 28 could be: CHE wol MCI blank - think you will want less of them rather than more based on this.

    2. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      5 days, 17 hours ago

      Only Vardy is fine

  6. ‘Tis the Season
    • 1 Year
    5 days, 17 hours ago

    Captain Podcast:- agree with Joe and David about palace game not going to be a villa drumming. Hodgson sides are well drilled and organized. Vardy captain for me this week

    1. TheBrazilianRonaldo
      • 1 Year
      5 days, 17 hours ago

      Palace beat city 3-2 at city like 18 months ago. Stats says city win scoring 2 max 3. If we’re all lucky Palace bang in a screamer to make it fun. So yeah agree

  7. TheBrazilianRonaldo
    • 1 Year
    5 days, 17 hours ago

    Is vardy still essential? Ings, Jiminez and Abraham allowing more bucks into midfield or hold vardy all season?

  8. Mortal.Swinbat
    • 9 Years
    5 days, 17 hours ago

    Any advice on what to do with this lot? I’ve got 2ft’s and 0.0 itb

    TAA, Soyuncu, Lundstrum
    Salah, Mane, KDB, Grealish
    Vardy, Jiminez, DCL
    Button, Kelly, Reid, Hayden

    I want to WC and freshen everything up, maybe go double pool defence, being in Rashford/Aguero

    Or I could just smarten up my bench a bit and stick with the Liverpool double mid for DGW

    1. silvxo
      • 3 Years
      5 days, 14 hours ago

      Save your wilcard until later, not worth doing yet.

  9. Slitherene
    • 1 Year
    5 days, 15 hours ago

    Rashford + Rico -> Ings + Robertson (-4)

    Yes or No?

    1. silvxo
      • 3 Years
      5 days, 14 hours ago

      Not worth the hit imo

  10. silvxo
    • 3 Years
    5 days, 14 hours ago

    My captain choices:-

    - De Bruyne
    - Ings
    - Vardy

    I'm going to take the risk to be honest and go Ings ; )

    Who's with me?

  11. kingmeister
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    5 days, 14 hours ago

    Am chasing in ML. Thinking of:

    Jimenez to Ayew
    Vardy to Aguero (for a -4)

    I know the risks of Aguero being benched but IMO he's the best striker in the league and Ayew is actually not far of Jimenez (+ they have tough fixtures)

    Already have 3 Liverpool for DGW (TAA, Robertson, Salah)

  12. Come on you Kante
    • 1 Year
    5 days, 11 hours ago


    for next 4 who scores most?

  13. fantasyleague
      5 days, 9 hours ago

      G2G ??

      Soyuncu - Lundstram - Rico
      Sterling (VC) - Maddison - Mane - KDB
      Vardy(C) - Calvert Lewin - Ings

      Bench: Martin - Kelly - Tomori - Hayden

      I have 0.5 in the bank. sterling -> salah worth it? liv face utd, tough game while city plays palace at home

      1. silvxo
        • 3 Years
        4 days, 20 hours ago

        I'd rather have De Bruyne in my team with his current form. Maybe bank the transfer and get Salah and another player in next week?

        1. fantasyleague
            4 days, 19 hours ago

            Oh KDB is Kevin De Bruyne !
            I guess I'll keep Sterling for this GW then

      2. FantasyHero
        • 3 Years
        4 days, 10 hours ago

        Is William's from ManU nailed ? Is he worth bringing in?

      3. MikeNash404
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 days, 21 hours ago

        Need to bench one of the following:

        A) Rico
        B) Lundstram
        C) Soyuncu