Captain Sensible

Who are the best FPL captain options for Double Gameweek 29?

The transformation of Gameweek 29 into a Double Gameweek has added further complication to the latest captaincy debate.

With the focus previously on Liverpool, Fantasy Premier League managers have been forced to consider Arsenal and Manchester City options for the armband with each side playing twice.

We’ve got over the individual statistics for key candidates in recent weeks and compared them against the defences of their upcoming opponents to find the out who the best option is.

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Captain Poll

The original Gameweek 29 captain poll

We effectively ran two captain polls ahead of Gameweek 29 as the Double prefix was not added until late on Tuesday night.

As you can see from the table above, it was Mohamed Salah (£12.8m) who took a comfortable lead when this was a simple single Gameweek, having delivered in each of his last four home matches in a row.

Sadio Mané (£12.4m) was also up there in third place with Bournemouth coming to Anfield, Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.8m) completing the Liverpool contingent in the top-five, which was rounded off by Jamie Vardy (£9.8m).

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang‘s (£11.0m) fixture against West Ham was good enough for him to accrue 25.6% and claim second place, with three goals in his last two at home.

The new Double Gameweek 29 poll

However, the addition of Arsenal and Manchester City’s midweek meeting at the Etihad Stadium has proved enough to completely change the dynamic of the Double Gameweek 29 captaincy debate.

As you can see, Aubameyang has now stolen top spot, increasing his share by 24.2 percentage points now that he will be playing twice.

There was a similar boost for Kevin De Bruyne (£10.7m) as he rose from 1.8% backing to 20.1% and second place – although the Belgian is now an injury doubt.

Those shifts saw Salah drop to third place with a still-respectable 11.9% backing for the armband, while Alexander-Arnold remained stable in fourth place.

Meanwhile, Mané and Vardy dropped out as differential options with Sergio Aguero (£11.9m) and Nicolas Pépé (£9.2m) taking their place but with no more than 3% support each.

Player statistics – Last four matches

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1,117 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Kiyoshi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 17 hours ago

    Playing Wildcard! any tips?

    Pope
    Doherty, TAA, Gomez
    Salah, Mahrez, Sarr, Bergwijn
    Jota, Jimenez, Auba

    Bench: McCarthy, Saka/Cantwell, Bardsley, Lascelles

    or KDB/DCL instead of Mahrez/jimenez?

    1. andres
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 17 hours ago

      go all in

      1. Kiyoshi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        4 months, 16 hours ago

        that means?

  2. Almathkourq8
    4 months, 17 hours ago

    Consider that I play my WC this GW29

    McCarthy (Pope)
    Cathcart TAA Taylor Gomez Doherty
    Kdb Salah Mahrez Saka Sarr
    Auba DCL Jota

    Already have 9 players for BGW31 and planning to transfer in Alli for Mahrez

    Any ideas?

  3. Steevo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 17 hours ago

    Feels grim going without Auba, but is he worth dropping Mané & taking -4? Surely not.

    Leno
    TAA Doherty Aurier
    Salah Mané KDB Fleck
    DCL Ings Jiminez

    1. JabariParkersEyelid
      4 months, 17 hours ago

      For you probably not worth it I would say.

  4. Tsparkes10
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 17 hours ago

    A) Traore to Doucoure
    B) Vardy, Traore to Jota, Pepe (-4)

    1. ZimZalabim
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 17 hours ago

      b

    2. FeverPitch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 16 hours ago

      B out of those but might consider Traore to Sarr for free if you don’t have him

  5. ZimZalabim
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 17 hours ago

    A. Mane and Jota
    B. Traore and Aguero

    taking a -8 and free hitting in 31 (so will have mane for 31 anyway)

  6. Magic Zico
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 16 hours ago

    Was set for WC this week, but looking at the team again it could do -4 it seems as I have 2 FT

    Henderson (Gazza)
    TAA Soyuncu Stephens Boly (Rico)
    Salah KDB Martial (Grealish Traore)
    Vardy Ings Firmino

    Which option you prefer?
    A. WC now maximise DGW29 and ensure 9-10 BGW31
    B. Vardy Firmino Martial > Jimenez Auba Sarr (-4) use FT for BGW31 (8-9 players)
    C. Vardy Firmino Martial > Jimenez Auba Sarr (-4) then WC GW30

  7. WOLVERiNES
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 16 hours ago

    Thoughts on ings to jiminez for -4 this week with GW 31 in mind ?

  8. Ian & Zen
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 16 hours ago

    Some advice please:
    Which 1 of these 3 would you bench (and play the other 2)?
    a) Saka (WHU, mci)
    b) Barnes (AVL)
    c) Ings (NEW)
    Thanks

    1. FeverPitch
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 16 hours ago

      I’d probably bench Barnes given Leicester form... but it genuinely feels like a coin toss for all three

    2. Citizenkane91
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 15 hours ago

      Ings, then Saka.

    3. majeci
      4 months, 13 hours ago

      Bench Ings--def play Saka

  9. FeverPitch
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 16 hours ago

    Herein begins my self inflicted benching headache. Play one:
    A. Sarr (cry)
    B. Stevens (NOR)
    C. Antonio (ars)

    Thanks

    1. DeltaKilo
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 15 hours ago

      Antonio

  10. UpAndAway
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 16 hours ago

    Would you still use the BB chip with KDB under an injury cloud? I WC with that intention as my bench is strong this GW.

    Thoughts welcome. Already used 2nd WC by the way.

    1. Citizenkane91
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 15 hours ago

      Can you afford a free hit of KdB to Sterling?

    2. DeltaKilo
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 15 hours ago

      Personally think KDB will play at least 90 mins so I would say yes

      1. Tinkermania
        4 months, 15 hours ago

        at most, 90 minutes more like.

        1. DeltaKilo
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 15 hours ago

          No I clearly wrote least

    3. majeci
      4 months, 13 hours ago

      I would save BB for upcoming Double gameweeks

  11. DeltaKilo
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 15 hours ago

    Hey guys 2 questions for you.

    Vardy or Ings to Auba?

    Would you bench boost with this bench

    Hendo CTaylor Traore Lacelles

    Thanks!

    1. Coaly
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 15 hours ago

      Vardy, no

    2. STHH
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 4 hours ago

      I'm ditching Vardy. We don't know if he's going to play, even though Rodgers has said he'll be available. Here are the facts:
      - He has scored one goal since Christmas and that was against Aston Villa in the League Cup.
      - He is recovering from an injury.
      - If he does play, he might not be 100% match fit.

  12. Coaly
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 15 hours ago

    What about FH this week?

    Ederson
    Trent Egan Basham
    Salah Pépé Mahrez Saka
    Aguero Auba Jota

    1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 15 hours ago

      Nice

    2. Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 14 hours ago

      Looks nice.

  13. HUATSHOOTER
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 15 hours ago

    Saka or bellerin?

    1. Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 14 hours ago

      Bell end.

  14. HUATSHOOTER
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 15 hours ago

    Sell cantwell for saka and start him over fernandes? Good or nay?

    1. Forever In Our Shadow
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 14 hours ago

      Nope.

    2. majeci
      4 months, 13 hours ago

      Nooo.

  15. Forever In Our Shadow
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 14 hours ago

    Is going without Arsenal better than going with?

    Do I go;

    A - Ings / Bruno to Auba / Saka -4? (Only Saka because of exact money not because I particularly want him)

    B - Ings to Jota and play him over DCL?

    C - Grealish / DCL / Ings to Auba / Nketiah / Saka -8? (Again Saka and Nke only because of cost, nowt else) so I can keep Bruno (really don’t want to sell him!)

    D - Do bugger all and play the team below?

    Thanks in advance.

    Pope
    TAA Boly Stephens O’Connell
    Salah Mane KDB(C) Bruno
    Jimmy DCL

    Button Ings Grealish Williams

    1FT 0.9ITB.

    1. majeci
      4 months, 13 hours ago

      I'm thinking C or D--I wouldn't get rid of Bruno if I could help it.

  16. masyuris
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 14 hours ago

    Please choose best transfer:
    A. DCL >> Jota (-4 pts)
    B. Cantwell >> Saka (-4 pts)
    C. Keep FT

    1. majeci
      4 months, 13 hours ago

      I vote C--I don't think Jota is worth the hit for DCL

  17. majeci
    4 months, 13 hours ago

    Is it worth it to make this move?
    Ings/KDB --> Auba/Sarr (or similar MF) for a -8 hit? Worried about KDB...FH in week 33 likely

    Thanks

  18. Charan77
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 7 hours ago

    Good morning

    Here is my team for gw29:

    McCarthy
    TAA, O'Connell, Robertson, Ward
    Ward-Prowse, KDB (c), Salah (v)
    Ings, Jimenez, Vardy

    Pope, Grealish, Lascelles, Cantwell

    I still have all my chips apart from one wc.

    Any suggestions would be welcome.

    Have a nice day 🙂

  19. Dynamic Duos
    • 6 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Stick or sell one of Mane or Salah for Sterling?

  20. Grounderz
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Folks, keen to offload Sidibe. Is he safe for now seeing that Coleman is out for at least two games?

    Plan to do a -4 for Doherty instead. If he keeps his place, I’d keep him for now.

  21. BobbyDoesNotLook
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Which keeper for the future (until wc around gw 34)?

    I have Ryan and wondering if this would be finally the week to use ft to get rid. However Pope's next two does not look that good but is obviously one of the good choices for blank. I own Taylor from Burnley already for bgw.

    Ryan (save ft) next three: wol ARS lei/blank
    Pope next three: TOT mci wat
    Foster next three: cry LEI bur

    1. Daniel S.
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      Pope eats Ryan for breakfast every day of the week

  22. Niho992
    • 1 Year
    3 months, 29 days ago

    KdB non owners would you bring him for free this GW?

    Dont have others DGW assets

    1. Daniel S.
      • 11 Years
      3 months, 28 days ago

      no. will captain kun and pray

  23. La Roja
    • 8 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Is this with -8?

    Ings Robbo Moura ➡ Auba(c) Doherty Dendoncker(bench fodder)

    1. La Roja
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 29 days ago

      Worth*

  24. caddy118
    • 5 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Hoping someone can help me make my mind up. No FT and as it stands I would only have 5 players for GW31 (which includes the recently injured Alisson). Wildcard already blown, all other chips available. Do I?
    A) Use FTs and possibly a -4 to field 6/7 players in GW31. Free hit and bench boost for other DGWs leaving me with option to TC aubam this weekend
    B) Same as a), but save TC for the hope of a better DGW we dont yet know
    C) Free hit GW31, BB then TC in future DGWs
    D) Free hit GW31, TC aubam this week, Bench boost the easiest of the future DGWs to field 15.

    I wanted to say A but feel the state of my GW31 and risk of TC being wasted makes me say C.

    Any help would be appreciated.

  25. MarcoHammy111
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Pope
    Stephens -Trent-soy
    Fernandes -kdb-Salah-Perez
    Ings-Vardy-Bobby

    A-Vardy /Perez to jota /Pépé(-4)
    B-Ings /Vardy to aubi /jota (-8)
    C.ings to jota(no hit)

  26. Marty McFly
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    3 months, 29 days ago

    Lose one:

    Webster (poor fixtures)
    Rico (dropped but has gw31 match)
    Lundstram (bought for 4.0, rotation risk)

  27. Daniel S.
    • 11 Years
    3 months, 28 days ago

    it is very difficult to wait for KDB news for me 🙁 not sure about the others...

      1. Daniel S.
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 28 days ago

        goes to top of the page mate

  28. Tshelby
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    5 hours, 35 mins ago

    Ings and Grealish -> Pulsic and DCL?