Captain Sensible

Who are the best FPL captain options for Gameweek 34+?

Fantasy Premier League managers are looking at Manchester City, Manchester United and Spurs assets for the Gameweek 34+ captaincy.

But who is the best candidate for the armband? That’s what the Captain Sensible article is here for.

We have compared each asset for various aspects of form over the last four matches of the Premier League restart against the defences they are set to face midweek.

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Captain Poll

After several Gameweeks of tight calls, Kevin De Bruyne (£10.8m) has cut through the noise to become the overwhelming captaincy favourite for the next round of action.

The Belgian’s latest rest looks to have locked in a start for the Newcastle game on Wednesday evening and encouraged the interest in his Fantasy credentials.

Since the Premier League restarted, De Bruyne has produced attacking returns during every game in which he has featured from the beginning, totalling three goals, two assists, two double-digit hauls and an average score of 12 points per game. Impressive stuff.

Meanwhile, Newcastle have kept just one clean sheet since Gameweek 30+, conceding twice in their recent draw with West Ham, so De Bruyne will fancy his chances of making a breakthrough, or assisting one of his colleagues. As a result, 44.1% of our voters have singled him out as the best captain for Gameweek 34+.

Bruno Fernandes (£8.9m) takes up the silver medal position this time around, earning 19.8% support ahead of a trip to Aston Villa, just under half the backing of De Bruyne.

The disparity between the two players could be a result of more voters cottoning onto the recent defensive improvements made by Dean Smith’s men. While they have just one clean sheet since the Premier League restart, Villa do look a lot harder to break down than before. Pre-lockdown, they conceded an average of two goals per game across the first 28 matches of the campaign. Since then they have managed to decrease that to just 1.2 per game.

That said, Fernandes comes into Gameweek 34+ in excellent form. After slight blip when starting alongside Paul Pogba (£8.3m) for the first time against Sheffield United, the Portuguese international has responded with two scintillating performances.

In Gameweeks 32+ and 33+ he scored three goals and assisted a further two, racking up 15 points in each match, despite gifting a penalty to Marcus Rashford (£9.1m). Even outside of spot-kicks, Fernandes retains considerable threat on his long-range, but accurate, shots on goal, as well as direct free-kicks and corners.

Harry Kane (£11.0m) sits a distant third in the captain poll this week, backed by just 6.2% ahead of Spurs meeting with Bournemouth.

The Cherries have certainly been in an obliging mood of late, conceding more goals than any other side since the Premier League restarted (12).

However, it must be remembered that Steve Cook (£5.0m), Simon Francis (£4.4m), Chris Mepham (£4.3m) or Jack Simpson (£3.9m) were all absent for the most recent outing, the 5-2 defeat at Manchester United, so Kane backers may want to consider that some of them could return to action.

The centre-forward has put in some mixed performances since Gameweek 30+, scoring twice in that time, but struggling to offer much in the way of justification for the armband in Monday’s win over Everton, which you can read about in more detail HERE.

Willian (£7.2m) has scored a penalty in each of the last three Chelsea matches, helping him climb to the fourth-most-popular captain for Gameweek 34+.

Chelsea travel to a Crystal Palace side that has lapsed defensively since their four clean sheets from four between Gameweeks 27 and 30+. Over their last three matches, the Eagles have shipped a total of eight goals, while Frank Lampard’s men have found the net at least twice in every outing since the Premier League restart.

Willian has played a bit part in that, hence the 3.9% backing for the captaincy, while Christian Pulisic (£7.2m), the man who has won several of the Brazilian’s penalties, has accrued the support of 3.3% of voters.

The two Chelsea options sit either side of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£10.9m) in the popularity charts, 3.4% selecting him as the best captain for Gameweek 34+.

On Tuesday evening, Arsenal host a Leicester side with just one clean sheet in their last five away matches. Aubameyang, meanwhile, has five goals in his last four at the Emirates Stadium.

A rather laboured display for Liverpool in their 2-0 win over Aston Villa has sent Mohamed Salah (£12.6m) down the captaincy pecking order for Gameweek 34+. Ahead of a trip to Brighton, who have conceded in every home game since Gameweek 20+, the Egyptian has the support of just 2.4%.

The differential power of Raheem Sterling (£11.7m) is also rather high, considering that 1.9% have selected him as the best Gameweek 34+ captain, and the same goes for Phil Foden (£5.4m), who has the same amount of support. The latter has produced attacking returns in every home match since the Premier League restart, averaging 11.3 points per game.

Anthony Martial (£8.3m), Son Heung-min (£9.8m), Rashford, Mason Greenwood (£4.6m) and Gabriel Jesus (£9.6m) are the only options with more than 1% backing in the poll.

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1,533 Comments Post a Comment
  1. JONALDINHO
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    TC KDB? Would wait for Norwich or Bmouth but he could be rotated then

    1. The Train Driver
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Do it, we'll rested and almost every attack he's involved.

      1. The Train Driver
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Well*

    2. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Good point - go for it

    3. The Red Devil
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      I'm waiting till Bournemouth, there's ample gap between Bournemouth & arsenal game

  2. JasonG123
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Any ideas? Bench is very weak. 1FT, 0m ITB.

    Patricio (Martin)
    TAA AWB Doherty (Holgate Ngakia)
    Mane KDB Fernandes Mahrez (Guendouzi)
    Jimenez Rashford DCL

  3. I Member
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Boly or Saiss?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Saiss

  4. royals forever
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Play one of either

    Stevens or Boly

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Stevens

  5. Trophé Mourinho
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Rich>Fernandes for a -4 isn’t worth it is it

    1. JabariParkersEyelid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Think it probably is tbf

  6. CloudSky
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Who do I bench?

    Salah Bruno Mahrez KDB Foden
    Rashford Jimenez Greenwood

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Jimi.

    2. JONALDINHO
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Jiminez

    3. Zladan
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Jim Jiminy

  7. The Red Devil
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Get kdb for who?
    Mane/Mahrez/son?
    From 34+ perspective!

  8. CFC1990
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Thoughts on Kane?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      living off past glories as an FPL option right now

    2. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      spurs look turgid.

      but Bournemouth are dreadful.

      If i wasn't chasing, i'd ignore kane completely and captain KDB. But I am chasing, so it's Kane in and captain for me.

      1. CFC1990
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        I am thinking Kane in and captain KDB.

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          thats what im doing

        2. No Professionals
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          i'm chasing 70 points and the leader will play safe and captain KDB, it's nigh on impossible for me to catch him but got to try something.

    3. Sailboats
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      A good differential

    4. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      captaincy option this gw. BOU are absolute dross. Spurs look pretty clueless against organized teams like Everton, but BOU are the opposite of organized. There will be tons of chances for Spurs.

  9. Maddamotha
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    We all on here trying to guess Pep's line up. Most of us will probably crry come Wednesday night

    1. kamdaraji
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      I took the plunge. I live and die by the sword

  10. MGD
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    A)
    Guendozi -> Foden (and bank cash)

    Next GW
    DCL -> Vardy

    B)
    Guendozi -> Mahrez

    Next GW
    Wait and see

    1. Dreaming of glory
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Think I’m going for a then doing same thing with dcl

      1. MGD
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Cheers thanks!

  11. kopite65
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    if i dont free hit
    A dcl to kane
    B mahrez to kdb(C)
    C both for a hit
    thanks

  12. kamdaraji
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Salah and Jimenez have been amazing fpl players. how embarrassing to call them broken shields!

    1. No Professionals
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Jimenez is a steady supplier of points, no mega hauls and isn't going to score every week. 2 blanks isn't enough to make me ditch.

    2. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      You just know they're both going to score this GW.

    3. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      More like broken garbage can lids

  13. Rolls-Royce
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Lads,

    Thoughts on Sterling (c) this GW?

    1. CFC1990
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Yes good option why not?

      1. Ruinenlust
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Might not start

    2. yakirh
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      I brought him in, but going with KDB for this specific GW, just in case Pep roulette hits again

  14. Bucket Man
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Will I get a team out if I save. Can’t decide on whether to get Kane or upgrade 5th mid which would mean benching one of the forwards.

    Pope
    TAA, Aurier, Boly
    Salah, KDB, Mahrez, Bruno
    Jiminez, Ings, Greenwood
    Stevens, Luiz, Lascelles

  15. ritzyd
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Help please - would you free hit to change:

    Martinez, Mahrez, Pulisic, Jesus to
    Ederson, KDB, Sarr, Kane

    1. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      npo, save for last gw

    2. JabariParkersEyelid
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Probably not for 4 players. Why would you not have Mahrez and KDB on a free hit instead of one or the other.

  16. KUNingas
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Shaky backline for this week.

    Play one
    A) Holgate (SOU), yellow flagged
    B) Lascellas (mci), yellow flagged
    C) Robinson (WOL), probs benched
    D) Robinson -> Eric Garcia (NEW) for free

    1. ritzyd
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      A

    2. JONALDINHO
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      A with C first on bench

    3. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      C

    4. Congers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Same issue for me. Taking a hit for a big hitter until the end of the season

  17. Wiseman Resistant ⚽⚠
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    should i bench jimenez or dcl ?

    1. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      DCL. Jimi at least scores, occasionally.

    2. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Donkey front line... so many other good options why have these two?

  18. Nomar
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Current team:

    Martinez
    Kiko, TAA, AWB
    Salah, KdB, Son, Bruno
    Greenwood, Ings, Kane (c)

    Dubravka, Taylor, Lascalles, Douglas Luiz

    Did -4 to get that. Should I just go FH instead to:

    Pope
    TAA, Azpilicueta, Aurier
    Mahrez, KdB, Martial, Bruno
    Vardy, Greenwood, Kane (c)

    Stick or play FH (still got TC to play).

  19. HaffNanner
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Correct starters and bench order?

    Henderson
    TAA Doherty Aurier WanBissaka
    KDB(C) Fernandes(VC) Salah Foden
    Rashford Jimenez

    Bench: McCarthy Barnes Jota Lascelles

  20. EgyptianKing
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    G2G mates?

    Pope
    Robbo, Walker, Boly
    KDB, Sterling, Mane, Martial, Bruno
    Greenwood, Jimenez

    Button, Nketiah, Fernandez, fodder

    Cheers!

    1. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      No Spurs v Bournemouth?

      1. Lukakuna
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        You mean no Bournemouth v Spurs? 😉

        1. Nomar
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          No. Bournemouth suck regardless of opponent

      2. EgyptianKing
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        Preferred Sterling to Son. I was not at all convinced by Spurs recent performances.

        Hopefully not owning Son Kane won’t be too jeopardizing...

  21. The Train Driver
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Probability of Man City losing their 2nd position in the league?

    1. jtreble
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      0.

    2. Forza
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Very slim, 7 points will do.

    3. InSaneMan-e
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      close to 0 imo

  22. Lukakuna
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    What would you do about this squad? any help appreciated 🙂

    Pope Henderson
    TAA Maguire Saiss Lascelles Taylor
    KDB Salah Fernandes Pulisic Saint-Max
    Rash Jimi DCL

    1FT 0.0 ITB

  23. melvinmbabazi
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    What to do this week? 1FT and 0.2 ITB

    Martinez, (Martin)
    TAA, Doherty, AWB, (J.Robinson, Ngakia)
    Salah, KDB, Bruno, Pulisic, Martial
    Jesus, Jimi, (Connoly)

    Cheers

    1. Lukakuna
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Probably save

  24. Nice to Finally Michu
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Start Greenwood over DCL yes?

    1. Congers
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Yes

    2. Lukakuna
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Yes

    3. Nice to Finally Michu
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Cheers both

  25. King Barry
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    How’s this FH team looking? Just debating Digne over Doherty...

    Kepa
    TAA / Aurier / Doherty
    Foden / Bruno / Martial / Sterling / KDB (c)
    Kane / Greenwood

    Button / Ings / Jack Robbo / C Taylor

  26. Congers
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Azpilicueta or Digne?

    1. Lukakuna
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      Az

  27. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    What’s Pep on about 😆

    1. kamdaraji
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      captain aguero

    2. POLSKA GOLA
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      what did he say?

      1. Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 17 days ago

        That Jesus’s played his best game of the season vs Southampton

        1. POLSKA GOLA
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 17 days ago

          Nice words before bench duty 🙂

  28. Wılly
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    3 flags in defence 🙁

    1. Move out Lascelles
    2. Move out Holgate
    3. Move out Simpson

    A. Bring in Digne (-4)
    B. Bring in Azpi (-4) (can't do Simpson to Azpi)

  29. Right In The Stanchion
    2 months, 17 days ago

    Kane or KDB captain? Bournemouth have to go for the win while Newcastle I doubt will concede more then 2-3 goals.

    What you thinking lads and ladies?

    1. Nomar
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 17 days ago

      This is my reasoning.

      Newcastle can be quite stubborn at the back and I can see them doing what Southampton did to City.

      Bournemouth need points now so I genuinely cannot see them parking a bus as I think those days are over for them now.

      Also think Villa will pose United a lot more problems than Bournemouth did, they’ve been quite decent defensively since the restart.

  30. Dirty Harry
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 17 days ago

    What to do, need to Bench one?

    1. Ings
    2. AWB
    3. Gomez
    4. Doherty