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.

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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. PLerix
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    A) Rashford + Maguire (442)
    B) Calvert-Lewin + Martial (352)

    1. aleksios
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      B

  2. grooveymatt65
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    do people think Leno is defo out for the rest of the season then?

    1. Berbs
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Yes no doubt IMO

    2. Zim0
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Yes

      1. Zim0
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Season is only a month left and i think he'll be out way longer than that

    3. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      99%

    4. grooveymatt65
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      ok thanks guys!

  3. wolves_simmo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Which option scores more this week?

    A) Alisson & Wan-Bissaka
    B) Martinez & Richarlison

    1. Berbs
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      B

  4. Zim0
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Barnes or Sarr?

    1. Berbs
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Sarr

      1. Zim0
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Thanks

    2. Mr_Barbs
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Barnes

    3. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Barnes

  5. VinMar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Play
    A.) Lundstram
    B.) C.Taylor

    1. Berbs
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      B

    2. aleksios
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      A.

    3. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      B

  6. Lucas8406
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Best goalkeeper 4.9?

      1. EmreCan Hustle
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Pope or Foster

      2. PLerix
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Must be Martinez, if you use the cash saved up wisely

        1. aleksios
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          This.

      3. Berbs
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Foster prob

      4. iL PiStOlErO
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Pope

    • unitednations
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Asking again becuase i am super confused!!

      A: DDG + Aurier + Sarr + Rashford + 0.5m
      B: Pope + Aurier + Sarr + Son
      C: Pope + Saiss + Alli + Martial

      For B and C, my bench will be Kiko, Ngakia, Guendouzi

      1. Berbs
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        They are all good.

        Pick one and back it!

      2. aleksios
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        B.

    • Mr_Barbs
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      On a WC. Best route to go for?

      A) 352 (can do Pogba to martial then upgrade Ngakia/holgate to Saiss)
      Pope, Button
      TAA, Doherty, Ngakia, Lascelles, Holgate
      Bruno, Salah, Son, Pogba, Richarlison
      DCL, Jimenez, Nketiah

      B) 343 - No liverpool
      Pope, Martinez
      TAA, Doherty, Saiss, Lascelles, Holgate
      Bruno, KDB, Son, Richarlison, Foden
      DCL, Jimenez, Rashford

      C) 343 - No City
      Pope, Button,
      VVD, Doherty, Saiss, Lascelles, Holgate
      Bruno, Salah, Son, Richarlison, Guendouzi
      DCL, Jimenez, Rashford

      1. Berbs
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        C

      2. Johnjo
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        TAA plays for Liverpool...

        1. Mr_Barbs
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Ah sorry meant No pool mid!

      3. Hiddenpaw
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        I like B from these.

    • Lord Flashheart
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      if i have fernandes and mcguire - should i have :

      A martial
      B richarlison

      1. Mr_Barbs
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        B

      2. Chip fat
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Rich this game week, maybe martial longer term

    • Chip fat
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      a) Doherty + Bergwijn
      b) Saiss + Son

      1. Jellyfish
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        a

      2. aleksios
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        A.

      3. Zim0
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        B. Bergwijn could be rotated

    • aleksios
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Your opinions on any changes with this FH team? 0itb.

      --Pope
      --VVD--Doherty--Aurier
      --Salah--Son--Richa--Bruno
      --Vardy--Jim--DCL

      --Martinez--Saka--Kiko--J.Rob.

      Thanks all people.

      1. PLerix
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Looks good! Who’s your captain?

      2. Red Rock
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Looks good! Maybe downgrade Saka to Guendouzi and upgrade Pope to Patricio?

    • smix
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      GTG on WC ?
      DDG
      Doherty Ritchie Aurier
      Mane Fernandes(c) Richarlison Son (vc)
      Rashford Jimenez DCL
      Button Holgate Foden Robinson

      1. aleksios
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Yeap.

    • Red Rock
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Seeing more Rashfords in teams over Vardy, worth me getting in Rash as it allows me to spread cash on Free Hit?

      Pope
      Trent Doherty Holgate
      Mane Son Richarlison Bruno
      Vardy Jiminez DCL

      1. aleksios
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Nope.Vardy is better.

        1. Red Rock
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Thanks Aleksios, just getting twitchy with unlimited transfers this week

        2. Jellyfish
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          I'm going Vardy mate, Bruno sufficient Man U cover imo

          1. Red Rock
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            That's what I want to hear

    • Hansel
      • 9 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      A) Martinez, Saiss, Salah
      C) Patricio, Robinson, Mané
      D) Foster, Robinson, Salah

      Button 2nd keeper, rest of defence is Doherty, TAA, Lascelles and Holgate

      1. Hansel
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Sorry, no B today 🙂

      2. aleksios
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        A.

    • ribena7
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      On WC.

      A) Pope, Doherty, Richarlison
      B) Patricio, Saiss, Son

      1. aleksios
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Tough.B.

    • kysersosa
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      G2G?

      WC

      Pope
      TAA, Doherty, Lascelles
      Richarlison, Son, Fernandes, Martial, Mane
      DCL, Jimenez

      Button, Nketiah, Taylor, Cahill

      0.6 ITB

    • RVP20
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Any changes to make to this FH team?

      Patricio
      Wan-Bissaka - TAA - Doherty
      Salah (VC) - Son - Fernandes(C) - Barnes
      DCL - Jimenez - Rashford
      (Button - Femenia - Guendouzi - Simpson)
      0itb

      1. Kryptonite666
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Great team! bench slightly weak though. Perhaps Pope and strengthen one bench defender ?

          Fernandes captain is interesting.

          1. fish&chips
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Bench is fine for a 1 week FH IMO

      2. ailton91
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        A. Doherty,Maddison,DCL
        B. Coady,Richarlison,Ings

      3. Kryptonite666
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Bottomed.

          How’s this team looking ? Forgot BB last week so still remaining.

          Pope (Martinez)

          Doherty Gomez Holgate (Lascelles) (Ward)

          Mane KDB Son Bruno (Foden)

          Rashford Ings Jimenez

        • Gunner1290
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Chillwell or Digne?

          1. ailton91
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Chilwell

          2. mccormibar
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            I think this will be Digne’s big week.

        • PlayPercentage
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Not many people going for Jesus.
          But it seems an obvious move, now Aguero is probably out for several weeks.
          Only played 45 mins last night, so should be nailed on for the next match.

          1. james 101
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Will get more time.

            As may sterling in false 9

          2. Zim0
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Sterling could play false 9

          3. Jellyfish
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            watching brief for me.....may switch to him GW33 if he starts firing (owning Vardy makes this switch easy too)

        • james 101
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Final final final WC team

          Marty
          TAA Doherty Ritchie
          KDB Son Fernandes(vc) Salah(c) Martial
          Rashford Jimmi

          Button Taylor Nk Robertson

          1. james 101
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            I mean. This could change. Obviously.

          2. Lav
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            GL

            1. james 101
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Deciding? Thanks!!

            2. james 101
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              You too mate

          3. james 101
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            I blame berbs for my late defensive swap

          4. Livinginapool - Top 100 Any…
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Best I've seen yet. Great team!

            1. kamdaraji
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              is that robertson from pool?

              1. james 101
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                I wish.

            2. james 101
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              Cherrs

        • Lav
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          -4. GTG? WC + FH in tact.

          Dubravka
          TAA Justin Saiss
          Mane KDB Son(vc) Barnes
          Rash Jimi(c) DCL

          McCarthy Cantwell Stevens Lund

          1. james 101
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            V nice. You’ll do well

        • Big Weng
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Chilwell or AWB?

          Or what is the best def for 5.5 other than aurier and ritchie

          1. Big Weng
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 10 days ago

            On FH

        • afs2239
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Done - 8
          Should i use FH or not worth

          Rashford, digne, de gea in
          Egan, aguero., leno out

        • Fit_to_drop
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Wildcarded this team. All good?

            Patricio, (Button)
            TAA, Doh, Lascelles (Holgate, Williams)
            Salah, KDB, Bruno, Alli (Saka)
            Jiminez, Rashford, DCL

          • Catastrophe
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            A) Ings, VVD & Patricio
            B) Vardy, Gomez & Pope

            FH - Cheers.

            1. Fit_to_drop
                1 month, 10 days ago

                A of that lot

            2. Boss Hogg
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 10 days ago

              a. Play Nketiah and Grealish
              b. Aguero to DCL (-4)
              c. Grealish to Son/Alli (-4)
              d. Both transfers (-8)

            3. Dubores
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Is Pope the best GK under 4.9m?
                I have him right now and 0.0ITB and I don't fancy making changes anywhere else.

                1. iL PiStOlErO
                  • 1 Year
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  Yes he is, people forgot he played City in first game after the break. Certainly much better then Martinez

                2. james 101
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  Could be

                  Or Marty and use the cash elsewhere

              • kamdaraji
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 10 days ago

                Saka nailed? thinking of getting him on wc instead of Cantwell for my 5th midfielder slot

                1. james 101
                  • 8 Years
                  1 month, 10 days ago

                  Not nailed but preferable to can’t in my opinion.