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.

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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. Van La Parranormal
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 4 days ago

    All the hype last week about Wolves beating the bottom team in La Liga. They will not win the Europa Cup, with teams like Arsenal, United, Leverkusen, Roma, Seville and Inter still knocking about.

    1. Revival
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      I'm just glad Arsenal made the list 🙂

    2. Bossworld
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Hopefully they'll all knock each other out on the way. Just need a semi final appearance to get Sheff Utd away moved to the Sunday (on a stag do in Notts on the Sat)

      1. Van La Parranormal
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Already is happening. Arsenal out. You may get lucky!

    3. GREEN IS GOOD
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 4 days ago

      Bookmarked

      1. Van La Parranormal
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 3 days ago

        Wololo

    4. FOO FIGHTER
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Say WHAT?

      • _sidney_will
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        Arsenal fan here but Wolves are the side I want to avoid most, reckon they’d do most teams over two legs

        1. Van La Parranormal
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          3 months, 3 days ago

          Bye bye arsenal

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

      Imagine believing ole would leave martial out of the squad if nothing was wrong. Deluded owners

      1. Sloane426
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Imagine living your life

      2. FPL Kakarot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 4 days ago

        What is better?

        A) Play Martial, Boly first sub

        B) Do Martial to Bruno for a hit

        1. FOO FIGHTER
            3 months, 4 days ago

            Martial has done himself again.

          • Gazza2000
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            A

        2. Mané money
          • 3 Years
          3 months, 4 days ago

          Would tou do:

          A) Auba to Vardy for -4
          B) Traore to Barnes/Perez/Maddison -4
          C) Stephens to Pereira -4
          D) not take a hit

          0 FT, 2.0 itb

          McCarthy
          TAA - VVD - Taylor - Lascelles - Stephens
          Salah - Fernandes - Traore
          Jimenez - Ings

          Henderson - Auba - Kdb - Fleck

          1. Goonsquad245
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 4 days ago

            V tempted by B or C

        3. Almathkourq8
            3 months, 4 days ago

            I have feeling that Pérez will do better than Barnes/Maddison

            Grealish to Pérez!!
            Yay or Nah !

            1. FOO FIGHTER
                3 months, 4 days ago

                Yay

              • Goonsquad245
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 4 days ago

                Yep

              • Revival
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 7 Years
                3 months, 4 days ago

                Yes but wait until close to deadline. Maybe someone might leak the lineup early so you can be sure he starts.

              • Mané money
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 4 days ago

                I would. Leicester fixtures are great. Villa’s on the other hand are horrible.

                My only concern is: will he play week in week out? Will he get cameos?

                1. Almathkourq8
                    3 months, 4 days ago

                    Thats my only concern, he might be week in and week out !!

              • ChickenTikkaMoSalah
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 4 days ago

                Do we think Traore will start vs Spurs?

                1. Goonsquad245
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  Unlikely at this stage. Getting too many mins tonight

                2. Niho992
                  • 1 Year
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  0 % chance he has to start. Even NES find out that he is fraud

                  1. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 4 days ago

                    But he scored?

                    1. Niho992
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 4 days ago

                      and they lose.

                      1. ChickenTikkaMoSalah
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 5 Years
                        3 months, 4 days ago

                        Okay then big man who do you support

                      2. Annie
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        3 months, 4 days ago

                        You really know nothing

                        1. GREEN IS GOOD
                          • 3 Years
                          3 months, 4 days ago

                          *less than nothing

                    2. GREEN IS GOOD
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 4 days ago

                      NIH0992 is obsessed with Traore, just ignore him.

                      1. Annie
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 7 Years
                        3 months, 4 days ago

                        And Aguero, KDB etc massive troll

                3. Revival
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  Nope, not after tonight.

              • Cheesyzoot
                  3 months, 4 days ago

                  Greenwood to make an appearance on the weekend yay or nay?

                  1. Young Lingard
                      3 months, 4 days ago

                      Good to great chance now tbh

                      Hopefully solskjaer is pressed on martial post game or prior to Fridays deadline

                    • Klaren
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 4 days ago

                      Probably about 50% chance to start.

                    • Dosh
                      • 6 Years
                      3 months, 4 days ago

                      May even start now with Martial out.

                  2. Garfield1001
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 4 days ago

                    2FTs and 1.3m ITB

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

                    A) Auba > Jota
                    Grealish > Mane

                    B) Holgate > Doherty
                    Grealish > Barnes

                    C) Auba > Jota
                    Grealish > Fernandes
                    Rico > Robertson -4

                    Opinions appreciated.

                  3. Garfield1001
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 4 days ago

                    If you already have 11 this week is it worth getting rid of Traore ahead of Grealish?

                    1. Pukki Party
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 4 days ago

                      Yes

                    2. Niho992
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 4 days ago

                      Yup

                  4. Pukki Party
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 4 days ago

                    Fplstatistics down for someone else?

                    1. Gazza2000
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 4 days ago

                      Yep

                      1. Pukki Party
                        • 2 Years
                        3 months, 4 days ago

                        Damn

                  5. The 12th Man
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 4 days ago

                    is this a viable plan?

                    WC used.
                    Get gw 31 blankers in from now . ( these will have DGWs later)

                    FH in 31.

                    Current gw 31 players.
                    Traore,Jimenez maybe Lascelles,Grealish,DCL,Digne.

                    Plan would allow exit for Digne,Lascelles,Traore before 31 and concentrate on Pereira,Aubamayang,Bruno,Barnes.

                    1. Pukki Party
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 4 days ago

                      Good plan with bo WC

                      1. Pukki Party
                        • 2 Years
                        3 months, 4 days ago

                        No*

                      2. The 12th Man
                        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                        • 6 Years
                        3 months, 4 days ago

                        Leaning this way now.

                  6. how now brown cow
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 4 days ago

                    That makes me want to buy him.

                  7. Revival
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 7 Years
                    3 months, 4 days ago

                    Doherty with another goal. Man is on fire at the moment!

                  8. FOO FIGHTER
                      3 months, 4 days ago

                      Time for Greenwood to shine or lump it up front Ighalo.

                    • SHOOTER MCGINN
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 4 days ago

                      Traore rested for weekend

                    • Shark Team
                      • 2 Years
                      3 months, 4 days ago

                      Doherty

                    • Niho992
                      • 1 Year
                      3 months, 4 days ago

                      Doherty. Best RB in the league.

                      1. FOO FIGHTER
                          3 months, 4 days ago

                          TAA proves you wrong

                        • THFC4LIFE
                          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                          • 3 Years
                          3 months, 4 days ago

                          Trent glances towards you......

                          1. Niho992
                            • 1 Year
                            3 months, 4 days ago

                            Trent is good but not even good as Doherty who should be England first RB ahead of Trent and Trippier

                            1. Tempestic
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 1 Year
                              3 months, 4 days ago

                              Hes not even English tho

                              1. Tempestic
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 1 Year
                                3 months, 4 days ago

                                and even if he was, ur speaking nonsense lmao

                              2. Niho992
                                • 1 Year
                                3 months, 4 days ago

                                He should be

                                1. FOO FIGHTER
                                    3 months, 4 days ago

                                    Lol

                              3. FOO FIGHTER
                                  3 months, 4 days ago

                                  Ain't he Irish?

                                • FOO FIGHTER
                                    3 months, 4 days ago

                                    Fail

                              4. Tempestic
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 1 Year
                                3 months, 4 days ago

                                best RWB yes, not sure hes great defensively tho. Trent best RB by a mile

                                1. Klaren
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 2 Years
                                  3 months, 4 days ago

                                  There are better defensive RBs than Trent (Walker, AWB) but it's Trent's attacking skills which make him great. Even though he plays RB, he plays more like a RWB and definitely way better than Doherty.

                                2. _sidney_will
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 3 Years
                                  3 months, 4 days ago

                                  Got to admit that TAA is excelling due to the system Klopp has implemented, best RB in the world as we speak but put him in a side battling relegation and he wouldn’t stand out - Klopp’s system allows him to bomb forward & more or less refrain from defensive responsibilities

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

                                TAA & Reece James play badminton?

                                1. Niho992
                                  • 1 Year
                                  3 months, 4 days ago

                                  Reece James loooool

                                  1. _sidney_will
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 3 Years
                                    3 months, 4 days ago

                                    I’m a Gooner so bloody hate Chelsea, the kids class

                                    1. Niho992
                                      • 1 Year
                                      3 months, 4 days ago

                                      We saw RJ vs Bayern. Lol

                              6. The 12th Man
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 6 Years
                                3 months, 4 days ago

                                Seamus

                            2. Mike2795647
                              • 5 Years
                              3 months, 4 days ago

                              Got 11 and 1 or 2 on bench depending if I keep Grealish or move to Barnes / Pérez or Maddison.

                              Question is do I start Traore or Cantwell, not loving either at moment

                              1. Revival
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 7 Years
                                3 months, 4 days ago

                                I'd go Cantwell

                            3. Bossworld
                              • 1 Year
                              3 months, 4 days ago

                              Doc goal.

                              Honestly don't know if Traore will start at the weekend. You'd expect different tactics from tonight but if he plays two up front (both rested tonight) Traore unlikely to be starting.

                            4. FPL Kakarot
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 4 Years
                              3 months, 4 days ago

                              Is there a chance that Martial plays this weekend?

                              Literally this never ending list of injured players I bring in 2020 continues:

                              -Fabianski
                              -Son
                              -Martial
                              -Mane (TC)
                              -Redmond

                              1. Duffy Dunk
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 3 Years
                                3 months, 4 days ago

                                Wow you're on a roll. It's just bad luck though.

                                1. FPL Kakarot
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 4 Years
                                  3 months, 4 days ago

                                  Yeah it is indeed, how I am top of my ML still is nothing short of a miracle

                              2. Revival
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 7 Years
                                3 months, 4 days ago

                                Hearing it only a slight injury concern. I reckon he starts the weekend, misses the FA cup tie midweek and then starts vs City.

                                1. FPL Kakarot
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 4 Years
                                  3 months, 4 days ago

                                  Hope you are right dude

                                2. Duffy Dunk
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 3 Years
                                  3 months, 4 days ago

                                  Do teams that play late on Thursdays have normal press conferences on Fridays?

                              3. Klaren
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 2 Years
                                3 months, 4 days ago

                                Ole said he hopes he'll be ok for the weekend but didn't seem to know much about the extent of the injury yet.

                                The injury couldn't come at a worse time, now need a -8 to have 11 in GW28 with Rico also a rotation concern. Will probably have to WC.

                            5. Tempestic
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 1 Year
                              3 months, 4 days ago

                              Hayden expected to start this gw? Heard someone mention newcastle injury news means he might start, anyone know if this is true?

                            6. Tomas_brolin
                              • 1 Year
                              3 months, 4 days ago

                              What do we think of Traore to Fernandes for free?

                              Thinking that Traore starts on bench for the spurs game

                            7. Wild Rover
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 9 Years
                              3 months, 4 days ago

                              Chances of Williams starting at the weekend?

                              1. _sidney_will
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 3 Years
                                3 months, 4 days ago

                                Bloody hoping so - down to 11 & used my FT

                                1. Wild Rover
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 9 Years
                                  3 months, 4 days ago

                                  I need him to field 11 too. Might be worth a hit

                              2. FPL Pillars
                                • 3 Years
                                3 months, 4 days ago

                                I think there’s a good chance Ole plays him with being on bench tonight.

                            8. Duffy Dunk
                              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                              • 3 Years
                              3 months, 4 days ago

                              Phew, thank you Martial for solving the Stephens/Saiss benching dilemma.

                              1. badgerboy
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 4 Years
                                3 months, 4 days ago

                                Benching dilemma?! Subtle brag.

                                1. Duffy Dunk
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 3 Years
                                  3 months, 4 days ago

                                  No brag at all, I really couldn't decide which one of them to start/bench.
                                  If Martial is out for gw28, he'll sit on the bench next to Henderson, KDB & Saka.

                                  1. badgerboy
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 4 Years
                                    3 months, 4 days ago

                                    Pulling your leg 😉 plenty struggling to field ten men.

                              2. I Member
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 4 Years
                                3 months, 4 days ago

                                Good chance Martial would've outscored the two of them.

                            9. KDB4PREZ
                                3 months, 4 days ago

                                Leicester double up in defense worth a punt over next few GWS? Own Evans and debating bringing in Periera along side him as a Lundy replacement

                                1. Yank Revolution
                                  • 8 Years
                                  3 months, 4 days ago

                                  Not for me, no

                              • THFC4LIFE
                                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                • 3 Years
                                3 months, 4 days ago

                                Was planning on some exciting moves but with Traoré unlikely to start and Martial possibly injured how does this look,

                                Traoré and Martial to H.Barnes and Bruno

                                1. Ajax Hamsterdam
                                  • 5 Years
                                  3 months, 4 days ago

                                  Very good

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

                                    Cheers pal

                              • FOO FIGHTER
                                  3 months, 4 days ago

                                  Bring KDB or any other asset you want.

                                  Trent Alexander Arnold, thank you very much.

                                • Ajax Hamsterdam
                                  • 5 Years
                                  3 months, 4 days ago

                                  Newcastle fixtures are SO good . Looking for a cheap mid to have in my starting 11 . St Maximin worth considering ?? Not many returns this season ...

                                  1. _sidney_will
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 3 Years
                                    3 months, 4 days ago

                                    Exciting player but not likely to bag many returns from what I’ve seen

                                  2. Duffy Dunk
                                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                    • 3 Years
                                    3 months, 4 days ago

                                    Only for bench fodder.

                                  3. Ajax Hamsterdam
                                    • 5 Years
                                    3 months, 4 days ago

                                    That's what I thought , thanks

                                • SHOOTER MCGINN
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 4 Years
                                  3 months, 4 days ago

                                  I had settled on Pereira over Doherty but not sure again now. Doherty is in form, especially when Traore isn't on the pitch

                                • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
                                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                                  • 10 Years
                                  3 months, 4 days ago

                                  incredible miss from neto 😆