Captain Sensible

Who are the best FPL captain options for Gameweek 32+?

Fantasy Premier League managers face arguably the hardest captaincy decision of 2019/20 as they prepare for Gameweek 32+.

Manchester City and Liverpool’s Etihad Stadium clash removes their usually reliable premium players from the conversation while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s (£11.0m) heads into a meeting with Norwich devoid of irresistible form.

However, wide-open weeks like this one are exciting for Fantasy managers looking for a bold differential option that can fire them up the rankings. The lack of a clear and obvious standout candidate means avoiding the wisdom of the crowd comes with fewer risks than usual.

In order to help you pick the best asset for your team, we have analysed the form of each option before comparing them against the defences they are about to face.

Captain Poll

Who are the best FPL captain options for Gameweek 32+?

Raúl Jiménez (£8.3m) is the favourite for the Gameweek 32+ according to the Fantasy Football Scout readership. The Mexican has accrued 27.5% of the vote ahead of his meeting with Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon.

The Wolves man has been the model of consistency recently, scoring in four of his last five matches, securing bonus points in three of those. Meanwhile, despite recent defensive improvements, Villa have kept just one clean sheet in their last 12 Premier League matches.

This is the Gameweek that Aubameyang holders have been waiting for, when he faces the Norwich defence that has conceded 56 goals this season, the second-highest. Like Villa, the Canaries have tightened up a little bit recently, with three clean sheets since Gameweek 23, but have conceded at least twice on three occasions since then.

Aubameyang may not be exhibiting world-beating form, with no goals in his last four games, but 17.3% of our voters believe he can be trusted after two rather unfortunate blanks. Against Brighton he had a handful of chances, and, were it not for Jack Stephens’ (£4.4m) red-card inducing foul, might have netted against Southampton too.

A trio of Manchester United players complete the poll’s top five, Marcus Rashford (£9.0m) edging out his colleagues. The FPL forward has convinced 9.1% of the readers to lend him their vote for Gameweek 32+. That is not surprising, as he has recorded 13 attacking returns in as many Premier League appearances since Gameweek 12.

Bruno Fernandes’ (£8.7m) Gameweek 31+ blank means nothing to the 8.9% who have backed him to follow that up with an attacking return against Brighton. After all, he was a little unfortunate not to get an assist for Harry Maguire’s (£5.3m) headed goal at Old Trafford, ruled out for a slight nudge on Phil Jagielka (£4.1m). It is also true that Fernandes has been involved in six of the 12 goals scored since his Gameweek 25 debut, more than any colleague.

The hat-trick for Anthony Martial (£8.1m) has not done as much for him in the Gameweek 32+ captaincy poll as was expected. That 21-point haul recorded against Sheffield United has convinced 8.7% to lend him their backing for the trip to Brighton.

The goal-shy nature of Aston Villa’s play since the Premier League returned has convinced 5.7% of our voters to put forward Matt Doherty (£6.4m) as the best captain option. As a defender he would benefit richly from another Wolves clean sheet, while the right-back has four attacking returns in the last five Gameweeks. However, with the turnaround for Wolves proving tighter than most other teams, could Nuno Espirito Santo rest Doherty to give Adama Traoré (£5.8m) the right wing-back berth, as he has been known to do in the past.

Mohamed Salah’s (£12.7m) tricky Gameweek 32+ fixture, which takes him to the Etihad Stadium, is enough to put off most voters this time around. Only 3.8% are backing the Egyptian against Manchester City, perhaps unsurprising considering Jurgen Klopp said in his Friday press conference that the remaining matches would feature “a lot” of changes to his team.

Son Heung-min (£9.7m), Kevin De Bruyne (£10.7m), Harry Kane (£10.9m), Christian Pulisic (£6.9m), Traoré, Eddie Nketiah (£4.4m) and Sadio Mané (£12.5m) are the only other options backed by more than 1%.

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507 Comments Post a Comment
  1. StingRay
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Willian or Pulisic for Gw32+

    1. RichieW
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      I'm going Pulisic see my team below

    2. Kroos Kontrol
      • 8 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Pulisic. willian is a bad fpl player

    3. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Pulisic

  2. RichieW
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Current WC Draft. Any suggestions

    Kepa
    AWB Saiss Aurier
    Salah KDB Son Martial Pulisic
    Auba Jiminez

    Martinez Lowton Connolly Robinson

    1. Mambino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      11 months, 24 days ago

      yes, I wouldn't go with Auba, Norwich or not. Arsenal look terrible right now

  3. KP - FPL
    • 6 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Is captaining Son this week madness considering I own Rashford and Auba?

    Just worried about the cup....

    1. kennethrhcp
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      you chasing? do it if yes

  4. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    This is the most uncertain I've been about FPL. It's so weird to have the title wrapped up already and then have the two best teams basically have ridiculously uncertain lineups.

    I could have 5 Pool and City or just TAA. Right now it looks like Man Utd, Chelsea and Spurs are the teams that are in ascendancy so maybe we should load up on them but Pool and City players have anchored my team for so long that it's weird.

    I'm half tempted to just WC this week. Keep just Salah, KdB and TAA and then build all Chelsea, Wolves, Utd, Spurs. And we're running out of weeks too, so picking a form team with something to play for will likely yield the best results.

    1. Reg83
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 25 days ago

      just have a mix- thats what i have. i do have triple ManU

    2. Thomas M.
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Thinking the same. WC activated. Se below and come with input 🙂

    3. CONNERS
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      As I have mentioned before, I think going big in defence playing a back four of something like TAA, Doherty, VVD and Alonso/Laporte could work well in the circumstances.

      Decent chance of CS points and minimal risk of rotation or early substitution.

    4. Art Vandelay
      • 10 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Yep, its tough. Hence, long rambling, poorly structured response

      I have a big cup game in GW34 (Work Cup Semi £150) and am going to use my FH that week - the team I had planned included triple Liverpool and two city. Now, I am beginning to think I might just go with TAA, Salah and Mahrez now...

      But, then I begin to think I should stick with my original plan. I think it is fair to assume that "players" from those two clubs will score very heavily over the remaining gamers so it makes sense to have as many potential minutes from their players as possible. Of course, it all depends what is a reasonable assumption for pitchtime. I reckon 70 mins per game each across Mane and Salah would be a reasonable guess over the remaining games. Particularly with the 5 sub rule.

      So, in summary, I am completely lost on the subject 😆

  5. BananaMan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Richarlison to Pulisic?
    Yay or Nay?

    1. Young Lingard
      • 1 Year
      11 months, 25 days ago

      I couldn’t say I think Everton’s fixtures open up soon
      But hey pulisic is on a run

    2. Tempestic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Yes imo

  6. Thomas M.
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Help a pal out.

    Current WC-team.
    Pope / Martinez
    TAA / Aurier / Saiss / Holgate / Robinson
    Salah / KDB / Son / Martial / Bruno
    Jimmy / DCL / Greenwood
    0.0 itb

    A. Current team. (3-5-2)
    B. Son + DCL + Greenwood + Saiss + Pope -> Patricio, Rash, Doherty Nketiah, Saka (4-4-2)
    C. Son + DCL + Greenwood -> Pulisic + Rashford + Nketiah (3-5-2)

  7. King Kohli
    • 8 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Who scores more till the end of the season?

    A. KDB
    B. Martial (-4).

    Bear in mind KDB could sit out a game or two due to fixture congestion and FA Cup.

  8. vincentwsho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Cap Rashford or Jimmy?

    1. ididnt
      • 9 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      Jim

  9. Jakedmat01
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    stuck in-between Salah and Son for captaincy. Man City's defence still looks suspect and would fancy Salah up against mendy/zinchenko however Sheff Utd look in bad shape since the restart and have to play FA cup whilst spurs have 9 days rest any help?

  10. Fleeting_Toon
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Aurier / Sarr or Holgate / Pulisic? Thanks

  11. ViperStripes
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    Bench boosting this week, seems like a good week with no injuries, good fixtures and currently no fodder and everyone seemingly 1st team picks

    Pope, Martinez
    Doherty, TAA, Feminia,Lascelles, Stevens
    KDB, Martial, Fernandes, Mane, Saka
    Jiminez, DCL, Ings

    1. Ryan Naysmith
      • 5 Years
      11 months, 25 days ago

      I say y bad idea. FA cup could mean injuries.

  12. jblakes
    • 2 Years
    11 months, 25 days ago

    OK ladies and gents any transfers needed?

    Lloris
    WBA Doh Saiss aurier
    Son Salah Bruno martial
    DCL jimmy
    Bench button lascelles rich niakita(Arsenal guy)

    2ft and 3m in bank

    Regards James

  13. Bakule-ski
    • 1 Year
    11 months, 24 days ago

    I’m going with Sarr as a differential captain.. hope i get lucky

  14. CroatianHammer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    11 months, 24 days ago

    I overthought GW31+, resulting in the loss of value, a couple of missed points, and of course the loss of my FH chip. Just the TC remaining and I suppose it'll be in use for GW38+, the final GW (outside of DGWs) being known for goals. Do not think I am going to change my team from my bus team, or in fact from my GW30+ line-up, bench included (armband notwithstanding).

    Henderson // Ederson
    Doherty, Egan, Lundstram // ElMo, Williams
    KdB (V), Mahrez, Fernandes, Mané, Saka
    Nketiah, Auba (C) // Jota

    I have a FT in the bank but feel having 2 next week is +ev.

    Today is the second attempt at St. Patrick's Day here, so I am off out for a greasy pizza lunch, and then whatever fizzy barley water I'm allowed.

  15. Bubbles1985
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 24 days ago

    Start DCL or Traore??

  16. Mambino
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    11 months, 24 days ago

    is it nuts to have a punt on Pogba as C - finding it difficult to make choices that might make a difference to my position if they come off, and are not completely stupid at the same time

  17. Whits
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    11 months, 24 days ago

    Wildcard team OK to go?

    De Gea

    Doherty TAA Aurier

    KDB Bruno Pulisic Richarlison

    Kane Jiminez Rashford

    Subs: Button, Lascelles, Holgate, Saka

  18. villa_til_i_die
    • 9 Years
    11 months, 21 days ago

    Anyone still got TC left? & what’s plans on using it?