Captain Sensible

Who are the best FPL captain options for Gameweek 23?

The captaincy debate for Gameweek 23 of Fantasy Premier League is not proving to be as straight-forward as many would have hoped.

Manchester City blew away the competition last time out but arguably face a sterner test this time.

Meanwhile, Leicester’s defeat to Southampton was certainly a damaging one for Fantasy confidence, but a trip to Burnley provides the perfect opportunity to make amends.

And let’s not forget that Liverpool host a Manchester United side that has made a habit of frustrating their arch-rivals in recent years.

As ever, the Captain Sensible article is here to help Fantasy managers make the right choice for their captaincy.

We will be assessing the key candidates based on their recent performances and compare them against the defensive showings of their upcoming opponents.

As this uses data from the Fantasy Football Scout Members Area, only those signed up to a Membership package will be able to access it in full.

Captain Poll

Kevin De Bruyne (£10.7m) tops the Gameweek 23 Captain Poll having accrued 31.9% of the vote.

It comes off the back of his nine-point haul in Manchester City’s 6-1 win at Aston Villa, which saw him outscore Gameweek 22’s most popular skipper Jamie Vardy (£10.0m).

De Bruyne’s latest haul ensured he goes into this weekend averaging 8.8 points per game over the last six matches.

Crystal Palace come to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon without a clean sheet since Gameweek 16 although the last time they conceded more than once on the road was at Chelsea in Gameweek 12.

In a straight swap from the Gameweek 22 poll results, it’s Vardy sitting in second place this time around.

Ahead of a trip to Burnley, the Leicester man has the support of 20% of the voters.

Despite failing to register a shot against Southampton’s revitalised defence last weekend, Vardy does have a much more appealing fixture in Gameweek 23.

The Foxes are set for a trip to Turf Moor, where Burnley have recently lost their defensive edge.

Sean Dyche’s men have played seven matches against last season’s top-six in 2019/20 conceding 23 times in the process, an average 3.3 goals per game.

While Leicester did not fit that description last season, their attack has shown it is capable of competing with the best sides in the Premier League this campaign, so it seems likely that Golden Boot front-runner Vardy will enjoy his trip to Lancashire.

Sergio Aguero‘s (£11.8m) monster haul at Aston Villa has fired him into outside consideration for the Gameweek 23 captaincy, with 12.3% of the voters lending him their backing for the visit of Crystal Palace.

It must be said that the centre-forward has only started two of the last four Gameweeks and there is another fixture coming up for Pep Guardiola’s men on Tuesday evening…

After assisting in Liverpool’s win at Spurs, Mohamed Salah (£12.3m) is considered the most likely to break through Manchester United’s defence on Sunday afternoon.

The Egyptian has two double-figure hauls in his last three outings at Anfield, yielding a 6.3% backing in the captain poll.

By contrast, Mané has the support of just 3.1% of the voters despite proving more reliable at home recently.

The Senegalese international has registered attacking returns in each of his last four at Anfield, while Salah has two blanks in that time.

Raheem Sterling‘s (£11.8m) no-show against Aston Villa appears to have boosted his chances of a start against Crystal Palace, and his captain credentials in the process.

3.6% of the voters have decreed him as the best option for Gameweek 23, although his last league goal at the Etihad Stadium came against Aston Villa in Gameweek 10.

Danny Ings‘ (£6.8m) continuing form keeps on pushing him higher in the captaincy consideration. 3.2% have backed him for Southampton’s Gameweek 23 meeting with Wolves, who appear increasing threadbare and in need of January signings.

Ismaïla Sarr (£6.2m), Son Heung-min (£9.8m), Riyad Mahrez (£8.5m), Marcus Rashford (£9.2m), Neal Maupay (£5.9m) and Tammy Abraham (£7.8m) are the only other options with more than 1% in the captain poll.

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1,300 Comments Post a Comment
  1. primal33
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Would you rather transfer:

    A) Evans ---> Robbo
    B) Jimenez ---> Firmino

    I already have TAA and Salah

    1. The_Bucc
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      A no doubt

    2. Jambot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Close one, Jiminez has some tough games in an ugly fixture swing starting 24 so it’s a good week to sell him and firminho has scored 7 in 10 away games with both in the double away! Not the easiest clean sheets to target in the double with two away games and one the custard bowl (molineaux) I think I’d do B out of the two but personally prefer TAA Mane Salah as the three to own

      1. primal33
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        I'd have to sell KdB to get Mane which isn't an option. I'll see if I can squeeze Mane in but I prefer Jimmy to Bobby personally thanks to the fixture swing as you say. Cheers!

        1. Jambot
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Better move I think. Evans has Burnley then West Ham too so he’s a better hold probably.

  2. Dele
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Aguero or KDB captain?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Aguero

    2. Big Steve
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Aguero if I had him!

  3. Daghe Munegu
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Would you save ft guys? Or get rid of Pope for McCarthy?
    Also would you start Cantwell or Martial?

    Pope
    TAA Robertson Sidibé
    Salah KDB Cantwell Grealish
    Vardy Ings Abraham

    Button Martial Rico Reid

    1. Jambot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      If you have the three pool players you want may as well fix Pope while you can

  4. Big Steve
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Alli and Abraham to Maddison and DCL or Ings?

    1. fgdu
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      ings

      1. Big Steve
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Done

    2. Dele
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Ings

  5. No Pukki, No Party!
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Thoughts?

    Ryan
    Soyuncu, Sidibe, TAA
    DeBrunye (v), Salah, Maddison, Mane, Doucoure
    C Lewin, Vardy (c)

    Foster, Greenwood, Holgate, Baldock

  6. Ragnar Lothbrok
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    It comes down to the opposition defence doesn't it - City against Palace at home is stronger than Vardy against Burnley away. So KDB captain it is

    How's my team btw please?

    Ryan (Button)
    TAA / Sidibe / Lund / Dunk (Kelly)
    KDB (c) / Salah / Mane / Rich (Dendon)
    Vardy / Ings (Greenwood)

    Thanks!

    1. The_Bucc
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Will KdB start though? And I can't ever remember Palace getting whalloped at City (correct me if I'm wrong)

      1. Aftermath
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        City scored 16 goals in their last 4 home matches against palace

        1. The_Bucc
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 12 days ago

          They have actually scored 7 in the last four PL games against them...

          1. Ragnar Lothbrok
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            they won 5-0 twice against them in 2017.

            Also, on 20th Feb 1926 they beat them 11-4

      2. Woy_is_back
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Kdb came of early last game so should start

  7. Mufc202020
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Who would you play out of these 2!

    A) Traore
    B) MAUPAY

    1. AnyLaporteinastorm
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      B

    2. markloe
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      B

    3. Hasselbaink Forever - UJFC
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      B for sure

    4. Dele
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      B

  8. AnyLaporteinastorm
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Is ditching Alli a priority? Might impact on my salah or robbo quandary!

    1. Jambot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I don’t think ditching Alli is a priority in isolation at all. Getting pool Players for 24 is though and depending on your team he might be the best way to do it.

    2. kuzser
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      not for me and not with 2 good fixtures ahead. Alli can even outscore some of top Liv assets in gw24

      1. Woy_is_back
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Watford away is not a good fixture anymore. Besides Son will more likely score than Alli

  9. ElBuffalo20
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 12 days ago

    On a wild card, would it be mad to go 3 pool def? My team looks like this

    McCarthy Button
    TAA VVD Robbo Lund Williams
    KDB Martial Maddi Richarlison
    Cantwell
    Vardy Ings Rashford

    1.1 in the bank

    What you think?

    1. markloe
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I don't see why you'd rather have triple Liverpool defence + triple Utd rather than dropping Rashford/Maddison to get Salah

    2. The_Bucc
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I'd drop one of them to Mane. Midfield too weak.

    3. Old Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      You'll have at least one fan in Maximus Bonimus Pointimus (I thinkemus) - he's been expound the merits of such a move. You'll need nerves of steel. And Andrex

      1. Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        *expounding

  10. altomfredrik
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Maupay eller Calvert-Lewin?

  11. fcsaltyballs
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    I’m sure this has been asked but who to captain and a reason why please:

    1. Vardy (bur)
    2. KDB (CRY)

    Thanks all

    1. Feed tha Sheep
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I’m on KDB C and Vardy VC currently

      1. Feed tha Sheep
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        City starting to turn it on again..

    2. Dele
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      2

      1. fcsaltyballs
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        What’s your reason bro?

    3. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      2

      1. fcsaltyballs
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        What’s your reason hombre?

        1. Miguel Sanchez
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Vardy looked poor last game. No shots and one penalty box touch. Has a record or 3 goals in 9 starts against Burnley. Possibly struggles against their low block defence.

          KDB and Man City appear in top form and can't see anything less than a 3-0 win.

    4. potatoace'scott talent
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Vardy

      CPA haven't conceded more than 1 goal since gw13

      Burnley are appalling.

  12. Peter Ouch
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Why Lascelles hot substituted on the 57th min vs rochdale?

    Any injury?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      What was the score at the time?

  13. PickleRick
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Bench one:

    A) Maddison (bur)
    B) Grealish (bha)
    C) Ings (WOL)
    D) Calvert-Lewin (whu)
    E) Richarlison (whu)

    1. The_Bucc
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      One of the Everton boys I think, West Ham look solid(ish) under Moyes.

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      B

    3. I SPEAK ENGELS AND DRINK GI…
      1 month, 12 days ago

      D

    4. Dele
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      D

  14. wonkeydonkey
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Best Def under £5.3m?

    1. The_Bucc
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Probably still Lundstram.

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Gomez
      Holgate
      Webster/Dunk
      Stephens
      Williams

    3. Dele
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Lord or Dunk

  15. Vimes (No Arsenal Players)
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    GTG?

    Ryan
    TAA Soy Lund
    Salah Mane KDB(c) Grealish
    Vardy DCL Ings
    (Button/Cantwell/Rico/Ramsay)

  16. screamer73
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Start Rico or Lundy?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Lund

    2. Dele
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Lord

  17. MiechuPL
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Rico

  18. MiechuPL
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Gazzaniga/Ramsadale
    TAA,Sidibe,Webster
    Salah,De Bruyne, Mahrez, Maddison
    Vary, DCL, Ings

    Gazzaniga or Ramsadale?
    De Bruyne/Mahrez/Salah (c) ?

  19. WHYYYY
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Start deulofeu or cantwell? tough choice...

  20. aidmata
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Bench Martial or Cantwell?

    1. Dele
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Hmmmm Cantwell?

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Martial

    3. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Martial

    4. NielsvanDelft
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Martial

    5. La Roja
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Cantwell

    6. markloe
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Martial

    7. aidmata
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Martial takes it 4-2, thanks guys!

      1. Hakim Ziyech
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 12 days ago

        This should never be a contest.

        Martial

  21. Dele
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Am I G2G? Got no idea what to do with Traore, run out of cash.

    McCarthy
    TAA, VVD, Dunk
    Traore, Salah, KDB, Maddison
    Ings, Aguero(c), Vardy

    Button, Lundstram, Dendoncker, Williams

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Is this a WC team?

      1. Dele
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Nope, I went -4 this week and got in McCarthy, Williams & Aguero.

    2. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      I'm planning to downgrade him to cheapie and upgrade 4th defender to someone with decent fixtures.

    3. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Get Cantwell

      1. The 12th Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 12 days ago

        Or Doucoure

        1. Dele
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 12 days ago

          Like the look of Doucoure

          1. potatoace'scott talent
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 12 days ago

            He's looking great. And his positioning is often highest up the pitch.
            One word of caution though he is playing through an injury

  22. footballcandy
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    %Chance on David Silva to start this GW?

    1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Good chance I would say

  23. Runaway
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Planning to hold Martial only for BUR next GW but it will his 4th game in 11 days, given his injury record and Greenwood's recent form, how likely do you think he will be rested at BUR game?

    1. markloe
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      when he's fit he tends to play though, see Christmas

  24. Fuddled FC
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Have 2 FT. Would you do

    a) Ramsdale > McCarthy
    b) not bother and hope Ramsdale plays

    1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      A

  25. Nightf0x
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Bench 1
    Soy lund sidibe traore dcl

    1. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Traore

  26. nomanenomata
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Guaita

    TAA Van Dijk Soyuncu

    Salah KDB Willian Cantwell

    Ings Rashford Jimenez

    Subs:Maddison Lunds Baldock

    I was thinking Rashford Maddison to Aguero and Noble for -4. Is this nuts?

    1. The Units
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      A bag of nuts

    2. The 12th Man
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      It could work out.

  27. The 12th Man
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    So so tempted to do Vardy,Rashford >> Firmino, Aguero -4.

    Would give me-
    Ryan
    TAA,Lundstram,Soyuncu
    Salah,KDB, Maddison Sarr
    Aguero,Firmino,Ings

    Button,Cantwell,Rico,Kelly

  28. ShaunGoater123
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    All set?

    Gazza

    TAA / Targett / Soyuncu

    Sarr / Grealish / Mane / KDB

    Aguero (C) / Vardy / Ings

    Button / Dendonker / Lundstram / Kelly

  29. footballcandy
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Maupay vs VILLA

    or

    Tammy vs. Newcastle

    1. Holmes (specialist in failu…
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 12 days ago

      Maupay

  30. Mufc202020
    1 month, 12 days ago

    Need assistance please!

    A) Rashford & Traore
    B) MAUPAY & KDB -4 points

    Thanks a lot!!!