Captain Sensible

Who are the best FPL captain options for Blank Gameweek 28?

Liverpool and Leicester assets are at the centre of an intriguing captaincy debate for Blank Gameweek 28.

With Manchester City out of the picture thanks to the EFL Cup final, we have fewer options to draw on – but that does not make picking a skipper any easier.

As the Friday night deadline hurtles closer, we have executed a deep-dive into the Opta data to help you chose the best captain for Blank Gameweek 28.

As this article uses data from the Fantasy Football Scout Members Area, only those signed up for the 2019/20 season, the half-season package or a monthly membership can access it in full.

Captain Poll

After scoring in Monday night’s 3-2 win over West Ham, Mohamed Salah (£12.8m) tops the Blank Gameweek 28 captain poll by a considerable margin.

The Egyptian faces a Watford side that has lost the momentum of Nigel Pearson’s December appointment, conceding at least twice in three of their last four matches.

Returning to the scene of his first-ever Premier League goal for Liverpool, Salah has scored four times since Double Gameweek 24, more than any of his colleagues. That has led to 42.1% of voters lending him their support for the Blank Gameweek 28 captaincy.

However, Salah has struggled for goals on the road in 2019/20, netting just twice in league games outside of Anfield. In fact, Salah is still yet to score in an away match that Sadio Mané (£12.3m) has started this season.

The Senegalese international has scored in back-to-back games since returning from his Double Gameweek 24 injury and has a total of five goals away from home this year, compared to Salah’s two. Involved in three assists in such matches, admittedly fewer than the Egyptian’s five, Mané still has more goal involvements on the road than his colleague on the other flank of the attack (eight to seven).

Despite that, the former Southampton attacker is a long way off the top of the captain poll, with just 12.1% of our voters selecting him as the best option for the armband this weekend.

Ahead of him is Jamie Vardy (£9.7m), who, despite not scoring a Premier League goal since Gameweek 18, when Leicester were beaten 3-1 at Manchester City, has attracted the backing of 20.2% of the voters.

The Foxes face a Norwich side that, despite recent improvements at the back, were well-beaten by Wolves in Gameweek 27, conceding three times at Molineux.

Daniel Farke’s men remain in one of the worst sides defensive at home so far, averaging two goals conceded per match at Carrow Road after 13 outings there. That’s the second-worst in the Premier League.

The question is whether an out-of-form Vardy can capitalise on that this weekend. Interestingly, only 1.9% have leant their support to his team-mate Harvey Barnes (£6.0m), who has outscored the forward by 33 points to 14 from Gameweek 19 onwards.

That is good enough for fifth-place in the poll, just behind Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.7m) on 7.6%. The Liverpool right-back has not blanked in a game he has started since Gameweek 13, still on a remarkable run of reliability.

He did not even need a clean sheet to get two assists, maximum bonus and 10 points against West Ham, suggesting there could be more to come against Watford.

Despite his Gameweek 27 blank against Aston Villa, Danny Ings (£7.1m) has been backed by 1.6% of our voters as Southampton prepare to face West Ham. Meanwhile, his colleague Shane Long (£4.6m), who outperformed and outscored Ings last weekend, was chosen by 0.2%.

Roberto Firmino (£9.7m) comes into Blank Gameweek 28 with more away goals than any other Liverpool player this season but only 1.6% of the voters believe he is worth captaining against Watford.

James Maddison (£7.4m) and Ayoze Pérez (£6.2m) are the other alternatives in the Leicester attack for the trip to Norwich, pulling in 1.5% and 1.3% support respectively.

Teemu Pukki (£6.5m) and Bruno Fernandes (£8.2m) are the only other options backed by more 1%.

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663 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Is Martial ded again

    1. Tony Martial
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 2 days ago

      No 🙁

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

      Why?

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Rest tonight.

        Will be fresh on sunday.

        1. SHOOTER MCGINN
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Not even in the squad? Seems odd

          1. Gudjohnsen
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Nah, Solskjaer thinks they can win the game without him. Just a rest. Don't overthink it.

            1. SHOOTER MCGINN
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Don't own him and to be honest don't have much interest in owning him, but fair point

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

              It does seem a bit weird, yes. Probably he will get some questions about it

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

            Not even at the Hotel.

        2. Yank Revolution
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Injured

    3. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Hopefully it’s a rest and they’re just freshening him up for Sunday

      Not in the squad looked odd at first

    4. THFC4LIFE
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Strange he’s not in the squad, Ole should shed some light before/after KO

    5. Tube!!
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Injured in training OGS said he doesn’t know how long he is out for. (BBC)

  2. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 2 days ago

    Yay or nay?

    KDB +Gomez TO Mane+6.0 defender =-4

    KDB back for Burnley.

    1. Garfield1001
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Not worth the hits. KDB could yet have a double next week

    2. FOO FIGHTER
        1 month, 2 days ago

        That is if KDB plays vs Burnley 3 days before Madrid.

      • Leon_v
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Mate if there is one game id be nervous about KDB being rested its against Burnley...when they play Real on the Tuesday after.

        Surely Pep wont risk him.

        Thats a few blanks over next few GW for him

        Im taking him out myself depsite risk of being hurt on the high ownership

        Will wait though to see on DGW news tomorrow though, but even then ill prob still do it

    3. Drogba Legend
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      1FT, 3.1 ITB

      Pope
      TAA - VVD - Aurier - Soy
      Salah - Traore - Cantwell
      Vardy - Ings - Jimmy

      Button - Rico - KDB** - El Ghazi**

      Pretty set on El-Ghazi out for:
      A) Bruno
      B) Martial
      C) Maddison
      D) Alli
      E) Someone else

      1. wulfranian
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        c

    4. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Hope this is just a rest for Martial.

      1. Team Cruel
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Wouldn't make sense as it's a knockout game

        Think it's time to sell for Bruno

        1. I Member
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          I tend to agree with you, just said I'm hoping.

      2. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Course it is. Isn't it? 🙂

      3. Tube!!
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Injured in training OGS said he doesn’t know how long he is out for

    5. Garfield1001
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      If you owned both of Auba and KDB and had to sell one who would it be?

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Auba

      2. SHOOTER MCGINN
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Auba

      3. sunnyh
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        so many other factors to think about it

        Value? team set up? number of FTs?

        For me its KDB

        1. Garfield1001
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          2FTs and 1.3m ITB

          Guaita £4m
          Trent Soyuncu Stephens Rico Holgate
          Salah Traore Cantwell Grealish* KDB*
          Vardy Ings Auba*

          Thoughts?

          1. sunnyh
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Id just sell Grealish and Rico for Gomez + Barnes/McNeil/Mount/Perez etc

            1. Garfield1001
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              That’s the other route. Gomez is just not very inspiring though. Also don’t love the midfield options

    6. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      I was smug and ready to roll a FT.
      Now I might sell Martial and Traore 🙂

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Why sell Martial?

        He ticking over quite nicely

        1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Only if he was injured - happy to keep

    7. Donster
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Hi lost a bit of intrest this season after bad results.

      Have 2ft and dont know what to do. Any help would be appreciated!

      Henderson (martin)
      Gomez, Soy, Lascelles (Lund, Rico)
      Maddison, Mane, Salah, Dendoncker (KDB)
      Jimenez, Vardy, DCL

      1. in sane in de bruyne
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Lund or Rico out

    8. John Arne Pizza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Good luck all

      1. in sane in de bruyne
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        It's only Thursday but GL to you too.

    9. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      Will Auba rise tonight?

      1. Kung Fu Football
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        If his missus is wearing the correct lingerie he's odds on with Ladbrokes. Other than that i wouldn't know as fplstatistics is down?

    10. melvinmbabazi
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 2 days ago

      What to do this week ? Any suggestions?
      1FT 0.1 ITB

      McCarthy
      TAA-Aurier-Williams
      Salah-Martial-Traoré-Cantwell
      Vardy-Firmino-Ings
      (McGovern / Rico / KDB / Stevens)

      Thanks

      1. Gazza2000
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Save or sell Traore to Barnes

    11. Cheesyzoot
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Traore yellow = early sub 😉

      • Zinedine Kilbane
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Thinking about;
        KDB & Firminho to Mane & Jiminez? Would get me 11 players out this week

      • fcsaltyballs
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Pope
        TAA VVD Soyuncu Dunk
        Salah Traore Dendoncker
        Ings Jimenez Vardy

        Henderson KDB Grealish Lundstram

        0 FT, 1.5 ITB

        Is anything worth a hit here to play over Dendoncker??

        Thanks all

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

        Kicking myself for bringing in Traore in last week. Oh well,

        1. Would Ed Woodward
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Same.

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

            I’m thinking about shipping him for a gw 31 blanker now and using the FH then.
            WC gone maybe I need to concentrate on getting DGWers in.

            1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Leaning that way myself

          2. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Selling mate?

            1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              For Ed sorry

            2. Would Ed Woodward
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Nope, I think he has a chance of starting against Spurs, was their best player in the reverse fixture, only remember because even Kane got booked for chasing back and hacking him down. I couldn't sell even if I wanted to though, too much to do elsewhere. Remember me saying that I wasn't convinced about him as a pick? Wish I'd been wrong!

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

                I’m keeping for Spurs.
                I may sell Digne though for Periera

              2. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                I was happy enough before these games. Bloody Martial possible injury now and a 1pt threat on Traore. Bairy hollocks I say!

        2. melvinmbabazi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          samee

      • Willmissudimitrypayet
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Doherty or Pereira?

        Anybody know who has a better chance at double in either 31 or 34?

        1. Garfield1001
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Doherty for me

      • Mind över Mata
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Thoughts on this:

        Grealish -> Mount

        Already have three Leicester so Barnes isn’t possible. Other options are Sarr or Armstrong.

        1. Gazza2000
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Mount best pick but I do like Armstrong though

        2. Geordie19
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Sarr is good as he’s back but they have Liverpool. Is Mount nailed?

      • Gazza2000
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 2 days ago

        Thoughts on this lot ?

        1 FT 2.6 ITB

        McCarthy
        TAA Fernandez Stephens Taylor
        Salah Bruno Barnes Hayden
        Jimenez Ings

        Henderson, O'Connell Mahrez Aguero

        A) O'Connell to Robertson and bench Hayden
        B) O'Connell to Robertson and Aguero to Vardy -4 and bench Hayden and Stephens
        C) Save

        1. Mind över Mata
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          B actually

        2. Young Lingard
            1 month, 2 days ago

            A
            Risk it and monitor Vardy v Norwich (on tv)
            As you can opt for auba as an option if you find that preferable

            Good luck

        3. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 2 days ago

          Martial has a slight thigh injury which he sustained against Watford. He hopes to be fit for Sunday's game against Everton #mulive [rmc]

          1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Just sharing - don't know about the source

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

              Lea & Perrins

        4. 03farmboy
            1 month, 2 days ago

            Who to transfer in?

            Richarlison or Martial

            1. Geordie19
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Rich now, martial injured but if he wasn’t, I’d have said him

          • Garfield1001
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 2 days ago

            If you owned both of Auba and KDB and had to sell one who would it be?

            Cheers

            1. Gobigorgohome
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              auba

            2. Geordie19
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Auba

            3. FOO FIGHTER
                1 month, 2 days ago

                Auba was on fire this past weekend and has the fixtures.

            4. Gobigorgohome
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Martial slight injury i heard

              1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                He's done this before. Very annoying if so because ole led us astray then from memory

                1. Would Ed Woodward
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  He does it with every injury we get, Martial, Rashford, Pogba.

            5. melvinmbabazi
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Solskjær: "He [Martial] didn't feel right after training. He walked off. He's injured. Hopefully it won't be too bad. I don't know how long it will be." #mulive [mutv]

              1. Richard Richard (AKA: Anzhi…
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                Cripes that doesn't sound good

              2. Gravless are for Kinnear
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                Is there anything he does know?

              3. DA Minnion
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                For Fuchs sakes.

            6. Geordie19
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Tempted to put either Perez or Barnes in this week but they will blank in 31
              Or go Sarr who will play (but has Liverpool this week). Thoughts?

            7. Salarrivederci
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Gtg? Right starting 11 and bench?
              WC, FH & BB left to use.
              1 FT - 3.5 ITB

              Ryan
              TAA - VVD - Stephens - Lascelles
              Salah - Maddison - Traoré
              Vardy - Jiménez - Ings

              (Button, Doucouré, Rico, ***Mahrez***)

            8. GREEN IS GOOD
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              The ref in this Wolves is ignoring Espanyol fouls

              1. GREEN IS GOOD
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                *Wolves game

              2. Gravless are for Kinnear
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                Probably a remainer

            9. Goonsquad245
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Hey guys - bit of advice needed! Pretty set on taking a hit I think..

              A) Aguero, Grealish, Lascelles -> Vardy, Barnes, Pereira (-4)
              B) Aguero, Grealish, VVD, Traore -> DCL, Mane, Bruno, Saiss (-8)

              Pope
              TAA VVD Lascelles Stephens
              Salah Traore Cantwell
              Ings Jiménez

              Hendo KDB Aguero Egan

              Thanks!

              1. Gazza2000
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                Would not take the hit, just Aguero and Traore out should do it

            10. I Member
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 2 days ago

              Martial -> Fernandes -4

              Who's with me?

            11. FOO FIGHTER
                1 month, 2 days ago

                Martial crocked again. Nothing new or seen here 😀

              • Garfield1001
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                What are Aubameyang owners doing this week? Keeping or selling?

                1. Revival
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  Would just bench and keep if no other issues

                2. Gazza2000
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 2 days ago

                  not an owner but I would keep

                  1. Flynny
                    • 5 Years
                    1 month, 2 days ago

                    Benching

              • Brosstan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 2 days ago

                The egotistical Egyptian is the obvious pick again. The selfish Senegalese is a good runner up. Imagine if those two played for the team instead of playing for themselves

                1. FOO FIGHTER
                    1 month, 2 days ago

                    Yawn

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

                      Do you disagree? Deluded

                  • bench boost for every gamew…
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 2 days ago

                    Absurdity hits a new unprecedent level. Are you spouting out these nonsens Just to troll or do you not watch pool games,?