Captain Sensible

Who are the best captain options for FPL Gameweek 31+?

Fantasy Premier League managers are faced with a perplexing captaincy decision for Gameweek 31+.

With Manchester City playing Chelsea, and Liverpool preparing for the mean defence of Crystal Palace, there is no standout candidate.

But this is the sort of Gameweek that Fantasy Football Scout readers relish. The lack of a comfortably popular captain provides Fantasy managers with an excellent opportunity to capitalise on how widely spread the armbands will be in Gameweek 31+.

To identify the best options to do this, we have looked at every key option’s recent form as well as the weaknesses (or not) of their upcoming opponents.

As this article uses data from the Fantasy Football Scout Members Area, only those with a valid subscription can access it in full.

Captain Poll

The dilemma of the Gameweek 31+ captaincy is reflected perfectly in the results of our latest poll.

As you can see from the image above, no option has streaked ahead of the rest of the pack, indicating the massive opportunity Fantasy managers have to make real ground on their opponents.

Bruno Fernandes (£8.7m) is the man who tops the pile but not by much. 19.7% of the voters handed their support to the Manchester United midfielder, who continued his pre-lockdown form in the Gameweek 30+ draw with Spurs, scoring a second-half penalty.

Since joining the Red Devils, Fernandes has been involved in six of his team’s nine goals, averaging 7.8 points per game.

Throw penalties into the mix, plus a Sheffield United defence short of key personnel, and things look good for Fernandes. Dean Henderson (£5.3m) is ineligible to face his parent club, John Egan (£4.6m) is suspended following his Double Gameweek 30+ red card and Jack O’Connell (£4.6m) still a fitness doubt.

Despite the potential low-hanging fruit from this game, the interest in captaining Marcus Rashford (£8.9m) is comparatively low, just 4.9% backing the Manchester United forward for the armband in Gameweek 31+.

Despite missing out on Double Gameweek 30+ entirely, Mohamed Salah (£12.7m) sits second in the captain poll for the upcoming round of action.

15.3% have handed their backing to the Egyptian as Crystal Palace head to Anfield. His home form was certainly in fine fettle when lockdown struck the Premier League. Salah found the net in five of his last six Anfield outings, scoring six times, assisting once and averaging 8.7 points per game in that run.

However, Liverpool’s attacking assets will have to compete with a stubborn Crystal Palace defence midweek. The Eagles have now kept four clean sheets in a row. There may be some hope for Salah owners behind that statistic though. Those clean sheets kept by Roy Hodgson’s men between Gameweeks 27 and 30+ were recorded against Newcastle (home), Brighton (away), Watford (home) and Bournemouth (away) – hardly the same level of quality on offer at Liverpool. 

Raúl Jiménez (£8.2m) is fortunate enough to be the next forward to face Bournemouth, who looked exceptionally poor in their Double Gameweek 30+ defeat to Crystal Palace.

Their defence has been in poor shape both before and after lockdown, conceding at least twice in five of their last six and with just one clean sheet on the road since Gameweek 11.

By contrast, Jiménez has been the right kind of consistent. The Mexican’s goal at West Ham was his third in the last four Gameweeks, and sixth in the last eight.

Meanwhile, the Wolves forward has become increasingly reliable against the lesser sides in 2019/20. 12 of his 20 attacking returns this season have come against those outside the traditional ‘big six’.

Son Heung-min (£9.7m) heads up the differential options with 8.7% backing in the captaincy poll. 

The South Korean was in an excellent scoring groove before his Gameweek 26 injury, netting four times in the three matches before then.

Of course, he was occupying the centre-forward role vacated by the now-fit Harry Kane (£10.8m) at the time, but facing West Ham in Gameweek 31+ is certainly a favourable fixture. David Moyes men have kept just one clean sheet since Gameweek 21, conceding at least twice in six of their last eight. Furthermore, even though the Hammers are well-known for upping their game against their local rivals, they have conceded 1.8 goals per match against London opposition this season, more than their overall average for the entire season (1.7 goals conceded per game).

8.2% of our voters must have been pleased with what they saw of Jamie Vardy (£9.7m) against Watford, as they have picked him out as the best captain candidate for Gameweek 31+. The midweek round of action pits him against the Brighton defence, that has kept just one clean sheet on the road since Gameweek 7. But the question remains over whether Vardy can recapture his earlier season form. His two goals against Aston Villa in Gameweek 29, remain his only strikes since Gameweek 19.

Sadio Mané (£12.5m) remains a part of the discussion with his 6.2% backing and relatively decent form since return from injury pre-lockdown. While he could not carve out anything for his Double Gameweek 30+ owners, the Senegalese international still averages 6.2 points per game since returning to action in Gameweek 26. But, like Salah, he still has to contest with Hodgson’s well-organised Palace defence midweek.

Kevin De Bruyne‘s (£10.6m) Double Gameweek 30+ double-figure haul is enough to convince 6.1% of our voters to captain him despite a tricky (on paper anyway) meeting with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. But no FPL midfielder has more attacking returns against ‘big-six’ opposition than De Bruyne, his total of eight coming from four goals and four assists in seven matches.

Harvey Barnes (£6.2m), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£11.0m), Richarlison (£8.3m), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£6.5m) and Sergio Aguero (£11.8m) are the only other options with more than 1% backing for Gameweek 31+.

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2,965 Comments Post a Comment
  1. kysersosa
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Managers advice please:

    A) Barnes and Ritchie + 1.8
    B) Richarlison and Lascelles + 0.7

    Already have DCL in my WC team.

    TIA

    1. subhojit123
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      B

    2. Berbs
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      B

    3. Ceebes
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      B.

    4. UnitedFan
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      B

    5. rjcv177
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      A can be great diff.
      If u have the gut and chasing on ML

      1. kysersosa
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Thanks. I’m not fortunately. B it is

  2. subhojit123
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    How is the Freehit looking -
    Patricio
    TAA Lovren Doherty
    Mane Bruno(C) Son Richarlison
    Rashford DCL Jimi

    1. Berbs
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Lovren is probably not going to start tomorrow.

      Alisson
      TAA Gomez VVD Robbo.

      1. subhojit123
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Thanks man

    2. luke25
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Maybe Aurier instead of Lovren

      1. subhojit123
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Thank you

  3. Hansel
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    A) Martinez, McCarthy, Kiko, Salah
    B) Foster, Button, Ward, Mané
    C) Patricio, Button, Robinson, Mané
    D) Foster, Button, Robinson, Salah

    1. UnitedFan
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      B

    2. Berbs
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      D

    3. Catastrophe
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      C or D

    4. rjcv177
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      D

  4. Catastrophe
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    On FH:

    A) Rashford, DCL, Mane, Lascelles, Pope (Guendouzi)
    B) Rashford, Ings, Richarlison, VVD, Patricio (Aurier)
    C) Rashford, Vardy, Richarlison, Gomez, Pope (Guendouzi)

    (already have Salah, Fernandes & TAA)

    Cheers!!

    1. Berbs
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      A or C for me.

      1. Catastrophe
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Cheers.

    2. WALOR
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Richarlison essential - I would do B

  5. UnitedFan
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Repost if you don't mind 🙂 Head is wrecked.

    Last decision on WC.

    A) Salah + Pope + Saint-Maximin

    B) Mane + Martinez + Sarr

    1. Catastrophe
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      A

    2. rjcv177
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      A for asm (he's really good and with those def coming he can score in both)

    3. Berbs
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      A for me mate.

  6. rjcv177
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Anything worth a hit?

    Pope
    Taa, doh, taylor
    Salah, pepe, bruno (c), sarr
    Rashf, jim, dcl

    Saka, alonso, cathcart

    Thkx in adv

    1. Catastrophe
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Pepe -> Son or Martial could pay off, but probably best to save.

    2. Berbs
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      I'd throw Pepe in the nearest bin.

      I'd also start Alonso over Taylor. Never bench a defender with that much goal threat!

      1. rjcv177
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Thkx. I already sold auba to rash...and i still believe in Pepe lol

  7. La Roja
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Which option is better chaps?

    a) KDB and Richarlison
    b) Salah and Sarr

    Have DCL btw

    1. Colonel Shoe 肝池
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      B

    2. Catastrophe
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      close, on FH or WC (or neither?)

      1. La Roja
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        WC

        1. Catastrophe
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          Really cant decide between them. Not keen on Sarr. B for this week alone.

    3. Berbs
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      This week and next week

      B

    4. Ceebes
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      B for now.

    5. La Roja
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Cheers all

    6. WALOR
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      I did A.

  8. Lukakus talking
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Thought I was there with my WC team, now having second thoughts:

    A) Doherty, AWB, Bergwijn or

    B) Sais, Justin, Son

    Help appreciated, thanks in advance

    1. Ceebes
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      B as Bergwijn likely to be rotated.

    2. Berbs
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      A, or Doherty.

      Hope for the best for Bergwijn.

  9. stu92
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Wildcard active, what to do?

    Pope - 3.9
    TAA - Saiss - Holgate - Baldock - Taylor
    Salah - KDB - Bruno - Barnes - Foden
    Vardy - Jimi - DCL

    1. Dybala10
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Wouldn't want Baldock, Taylor (BUR double up) and Foden in my own team personally, but the rest is fine.

    2. Berbs
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Pope to Martinez
      Baldock to Simpson
      Upgrade Barnes big time

  10. SuperMane Returns
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Hi all, is Son or Vardy a good punty captain option?

    1. Berbs
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Yes to both!

      1. SuperMane Returns
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Cheers Berbs, i fancy cheering on one tonight see as captain. Deffo gonna have the other one too 🙂

  11. Ceebes
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Bottomed. Current WC team:

    Martinez
    Doherty - TAA - Lascelles
    Salah - KdB - Bruno - Barnes - Son
    DCL - Jiminez

    Bench: Button, Nketiah, Holgate, Taylor

    Do I:

    A) Stick with above.
    B) Change Salah, Martinez and Barnes (who would become Mount next week) to Mane, Pope and Traore.

    1. Berbs
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      A

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

    Final Decision to make for this GW, Captain one...

    A. Salah
    B. Bruno Fernandes
    C. Jimmy

    1. Catastrophe
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Any are great shouts. Probably A is the safest

    2. Mikel Arteta
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      I went with Bruno. Sheffield is pretty bad right now.

    3. Berbs
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Salah

    4. thomashl
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      b

  13. JONALDINHO
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Rate WC out of 10.

    Pope
    Trent • Doherty • Lascelles
    Mane • KDB • Son • Bruno
    Rashford • Jimmy • DCL
    (3.9 / 4.2 / 3.9 / 3.9)

    Bench is non existent but starting 11 will play every game

    1. JONALDINHO
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Martínez instead of Pope

    2. The EJJ
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Not enough Salah

    3. Mikel Arteta
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      I dont like the bench. IT will be a lot of rotation and you need a good bench.

      1. Ceebes
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Agreed on bench.

    4. Berbs
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      8 or 9

  14. battlecat
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Not the biggest question but a pertinent one:

    A) Lascelles - AVL
    B) Holgate - nor

    Norwich looked awful vs Southampton but Newcastle seem super sturdy at home.

    1. Mikel Arteta
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Holgate

    2. Ceebes
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Lascelles for me.

    3. Dybala10
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Both on my bench by Lascelles.

    4. Berbs
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Lascelles

    5. Hansel
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Lascelles

  15. Noah’s Ark
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Where to use my 1ft with only .1itb ?

    Pope
    Doherty, Maguire, Lascelles
    Salah, Manè, Fernandes, Kdb
    Jiminez, Ings, Jota

    MCCarthy, Taylor, Cantwell, Tanganga

    Taylor to Holgate and play him? Save ft? Was thinking of WC next week

    1. _Ninja_
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Save, g2g, captain this week?

  16. Mikel Arteta
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Thoughts about this FH 31 team?

    Patricio
    TAA Doherty Ritchie
    Salah Son Bruno(c) Richarlison
    Rashford Jimenez DCL

    Bench: Button, Holgate, Foden, 3.9 deff

  17. fylde2022
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Would you do...?
    Mount OUT
    Son IN
    -4pts

    Patricia
    TAA Doherty Mings
    KDB Mount Mahrez Bruno Grealish
    Nketiah Jiminez

    Leno, Basham, Aguero, Egan

    1. SouthCoastSaint
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Nope

    2. _Ninja_
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      I think you'll make the -4 back easily over the next few weeks.

  18. SouthCoastSaint
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Is Ritchie worth it over Aurier?

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Could be, New could keep more cs then spurs.

  19. iL PiStOlErO
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Everybody are awake now and had lunch. Panic has started and pages are flying. GL to all.

  20. Henning
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Any suggestions how to get Richarlison into this freehit team?
    Pope

    Saiss maguire TAA

    Salah Barnes Fernandes KDB

    Kane Jimenez Vardy

    1. Stimps
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Kane to Rashford

  21. myteamissheeeeeeeet
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Nearly there peeps, thoughts on this WC team please?

    Martinez
    TAA Holgate Boly
    Bruno Salah (C) KDB Son
    DCL Rash Jimi

    Button Taylor Lascelles Guendouzi

    1. Bobby_Baggio
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Good - you got any more £££ in the bank?

      1. myteamissheeeeeeeet
        • 10 Years
        1 month, 22 days ago

        Just 0.1 TC is quite low

        1. myteamissheeeeeeeet
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          TV even!

        2. Bobby_Baggio
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 22 days ago

          in which case you are g2g

          1. myteamissheeeeeeeet
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 22 days ago

            Could squeeze Foden & Maupay in for DCL & Guendouzi? Switch to a 3-5-2 with the option of Maupay if needed??

            1. Bobby_Baggio
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 22 days ago

              prefer DCL - guarenteed gametime

  22. Pdrpro
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Son or KDB for the next few?

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 22 days ago

      Both!

    2. Bobby_Baggio
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 22 days ago

      kdb out of the 2 but ideally both

  23. Bobby_Baggio
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Last thing to do - please help me choose?

    Martin - Patricio
    Lascelles- Holgate - TAA - Ngakia - _____
    Mane - ____ - KDB - Fernandes - Guendozi
    DCL - Jimenez - Rashford

    A) Doherty + Bergwin
    B) Boly + Son

  24. Gunners n' Roses
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Is a Scout Squad article coming?

  25. gooner_112233445566
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 22 days ago

    on wc...

    a) holgate
    b) lascelles

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 22 days ago

      B

  26. Luton_Fan
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    A. Aub/kane/vardy and rich
    B. Dcl and salah/mane

    If i go A it will become B in gw33. TIA

  27. Nightf0x
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    X - 3.9
    X - lascels - sais - X - X
    Kdb - mane - bruno - son - X
    X - jimi - X

    Which?
    A) martinez - taa - guendozi - vardy - rash - 4.2 & 4.3 def.
    B) pope/foster - gomez - richar - ings - rash - 4.2 & 4.3 def.
    C) martinez - gomez - richar - ings - vardy - robinson - taylor/kabasele/masina

  28. Mr_Barbs
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    Which way to go for WC?

    A) Martinez, TAA, KDB, Foden
    B) Button, VVD, Salah, Gendouzi

    Pope, XXX
    Doherty, Saiss, Lascelles, Holgate, XXX
    Son, Fernandes, Richarlison, XXX, XXX
    DCL, Rashford, Jimenez

  29. GE
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    On WC:

    1) Salah and Boly
    2) Sterling and Doherty

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 22 days ago

      1

  30. Gudjohnsen
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 22 days ago

    On a FH?

    A. Patricio, Martial
    B. Pope, Richarlison