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. Niho992
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    50 points behind 1st in ML who doesnt own KdB. Really need haul Kevin !!!

    I hope rival wont buy him

    1. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 13 days ago

      He'll buy him.

      1. Niho992
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        I dont think so. He has bigger problems in team and he doesnt take hits

    2. Lukakwho
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      same as me!

    3. PascalCygan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Captain him!

      1. Cricket_Badger
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        This.

    4. LarryDuff
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Keep us posted

  2. Freund88
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Squad:
    Martinez Nyland
    Van Dijk Maguire Aurier Lascelles Saiss
    Salah Martial Fernandez Mahrez Traore
    Ings Jiminez Maupay
    £2.3 ITB

    Options
    A. Mahrez -> KDB (no hit)
    B. Traore -> Foden (no hit)
    C. Salah -> KDB (no hit)
    D. Trarore & Jiminez -> Foden & Kane
    E. Salah & Jiminez -> KDB & Kane

    Or any other combinations!

    1. BERGKOP
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      A

    2. jamiejoe
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      D or E to punt.

    3. n14mul
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Easy b

  3. eamonhegg
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    1FT and 1.9ITB (2,540 OR)

    Martinez
    Aurier / Docherty / TAA
    Mane / KDC (C) / Fernadez / Son
    Vardy / Jimmy / Greenwood

    Steke / Lamptey / Lascell / Hayden*

    A - Save FT
    B - Hayden > Foden (benching problem)
    C - Hayden > Douglas louise (leaving me with 2.0ITB

    1. Taegugk Warrior
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      A

  4. COK3Y5MURF
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Play Ings EVE (A) or Foden NEW (H)?

    1. Lukakwho
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      fod

    2. Nedvěd11
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Ings

    3. BERGKOP
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Ings

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        How are two people recommending Ings?! Have you seen Everton's xGC? Also Foden was rested ahead of this game. It's not close at all imo.

        1. COK3Y5MURF
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Ings sometimes defies stats and fixtures is why. I have neither in my team, just framed the question that way to get better answers 🙂 Looking to bring one in.

    4. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Foden. If you don't play him for this game he shouldn't be in the team.

      1. DannyDrinkVodka
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 13 days ago

        this

  5. Kun Tozser
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Jimi >

    Giroud
    Kane
    Vardy

    For free

    1. Lukakwho
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      vards if you’re set

    2. Taegugk Warrior
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Kane

    3. Nedvěd11
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Kane

  6. FOO FIGHTER
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Am I GTG here?

    Patricio
    TAA Doherty Aurier Azpi
    Salah(c) Martial Pulisic Mane(vc) Fernandes
    Rashford

    Button Nketiah Connolly Robinson

    1. Lukakwho
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      yep

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

      No City? Good luck

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Newcastle have not been pushovers since the restart.

    3. Fit_to_drop
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Not sure about the Capt and VC choices. And no City.

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 13 days ago

          What is the point in having Salah if you do not cap him? Same as having Aguero and not capping him.

          Salah is always a solid cap choice otherwise he would not have over 200 points already

          1. Niho992
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Stupid statement.

            1. FOO FIGHTER
              • 1 Year
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Not as stupid as your reple 😉

      • The Littlest Robbo
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Yes gtg, you don't see that formation too often. All you need to do now is get greenwood in for rashford and you'll have the cheapest flstrike force in fpl, lol

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Forwards are really underperforming. That is why I am playing 451. Will decide on Rashford to Greenwood before GW35 deadline.

      • jtreble
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Have you considered bringing in a MCI player ... ?

        1. FOO FIGHTER
          • 1 Year
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Yeah but I am going to wait and see what happens GW34.

      • Demba Demba
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Speaking as a newcastle fan, we have been pretty lucky since restart, aside from Bournemouth, and City absolutely took us to the cleaners in the FA Cup, I am unfortunately preparing for a Southampton backlash and a total battering

    4. Lukakwho
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      This is the team for next GW. Thinking holding FT is best move. Chasing 50 points, going to go KDB (c) as mini league leader doesn’t own and he’s a good choice. Tempted by Mahrez though. What you think?

      Martinez

      Aurier. Doherty, TAA

      Bruno, Mane, KDB, Mahrez

      Greenwood, Jimi, DCL

      (Button, Kiko, Holgate, Guendouzi)

      1. COK3Y5MURF
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        KDB

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

      Load up on your City assets. Injury-hit Newcastle in for a drubbing!

      Cue a 0-1 D.Gayle FT.

    6. Taegugk Warrior
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      A. Salah to sterling
      B. Auba to Kane
      C. Save FT

      1. BERGKOP
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        C

      2. Nedvěd11
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Did B.

      3. EWH2020
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        I am doing A. Just because its the most exciting

    7. Strchld
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Start Jimi or DCL?

      1. jamiejoe
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Everton home so DCL?

    8. HaffNanner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Priced out of a move to Mahrez. Who should I get instead?

      A. Pulisic (-4)
      B. Antonio (-4)
      C. Foden (-4)
      D. Keep Barnes

      1. PascalCygan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Keep Barnes. Scoring from the bench and could start

    9. pakornk
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Can some one tell me why Foden is so highly recommended this gw? I see some even captaining him!

      1. wheato
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        City. Cheap. Differential. Chasing MLs. No Sane

      2. Cricket_Badger
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        He didn't start last game. Played both recent home games and hauled. Price is cheap and is a season keeper at that price even if rotated, similarly with Greenwood.

        Plumb fixture against Newcastle (H) for a City side that score big the game after defeats, this season.

      3. The Littlest Robbo
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        His last 2 starts has got him 28 points, that's more then enough reason

    10. kysersosa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Pope owners, concerns now that Men is out for the season?

      1. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Little bit but other choice is hendo so meh, neither fixtures look fantastic but not burning a transfer to change it right now

      2. Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Who is Men?

        1. kysersosa
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Ha, typo... Mee

          1. Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Ha ha ha

    11. Pep Roulette
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Which one would you do next week?

      A. Foden & Stevens to Antonio & 4.5 defender

      B. Salah & Nketiah to Antonio & Vardy(C). Bench Foden/Greenwood.

      1. wheato
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        I’m looking at something similar to B

        1. kysersosa
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Agreed, Fabs is an option looking at the ticker, but WHU look like a team that will concede but score more than the other team.

      2. Pep Roulette
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Cheers both

    12. wheato
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Ended up on the wrong article.

      Looking for a differential to creep up some money leagues.

      0.7 ITB and 1 FT

      Martinez / Button

      TAA / AWB / Saiss / Holgate / Ngakia

      Mane / KDB / Mahrez / Fernandes / Pulisic

      Jimenez / DCL / Greenwood

      Currently thinking about saving this week and then Mane > Antonio and Jimi/DCL > Vardy next week.

      Anybody got any other ideas? Thank for previous comments

      1. PascalCygan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        I like those moves, and you're in a strong position to save your FT this week.

    13. Smudger’s Dirty Dozen
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Play
      1 Pope
      2 Martinez

      1. Camzy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Pope. I'm playing Pope every game for the rest of the season. If he keeps a CS he gets 10pts. If not, he'll get 3. With Martinez it's 6 or 2.

    14. Cricket_Badger
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Chasing 60 pts in ML, two rivals have Jim, ASM and the asterisk'd players:

      Thinking: Jimenez + ASM --> Foden + Vardy (FT)

      DDG
      TAA* - Doherty* - Holgate
      Mané* - KDB* - Mahrez - Fernandes* - ASM
      Greenwood* - Jimenez*

      DCL - J. Robinson - Lascelles [2FT + 1.5m ITB]

      1. Abra Dubravka
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 13 days ago

        ASM to Foden and then upgrade Lascelles

    15. barton fc
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Ings or vardy? This week only

    16. BigBillyBass
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      Bench 1 this week:

      A) Greenwood
      B) Jimenez
      C) Ings

      1. wheato
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        B

      2. Cricket_Badger
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Jimenez with a heavy heart.

      3. jamiejoe
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        B

    17. tibollom
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      why captain kdb instead of bruno? hesitating between them and newcastle have been looking solid ish

      1. Cricket_Badger
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Newcastle have some injury concerns. KDB came off bench last week so seems likely to start this week. Man City likely to score more goals than United as Villa have improved defensively.

      2. Steve The Spud
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Perhaps an Element of on the beach creeping in at Newcastle ?

        1. tibollom
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          thanks guys, kdb it is then

    18. kysersosa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      What to do with DCL? Hold for 2 more weeks and slide to Ings?

      1. tibollom
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        sold last week for greenwood, best decision i made

        1. kysersosa
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Nice, Bought him this week too but for Nketiah. Hind site, after last night I should have done DCL.

    19. The_FF_King
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 13 days ago

      I have two free transfers but might just do Rashford to Greenwood only this week, freeing up funds to make two big transfers next GW.

      (Already have Bruno and Martial)

      Is this a good idea?

      1. jamiejoe
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Yes

      2. Fit_to_drop
          2 months, 13 days ago

          I an in the same position as you but Im fairly sure that if I sell Rashford to get my hands on those funds you refer to, he will haul or else Greenwood gets a rest (maybe not this week) and ill be kicking myself.

          1. The_FF_King
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Yea exactly what I fear 🙁

      3. Bubz
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        What was said in Klopp’s presser?

        1. Pino
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          BOOM!

        2. Zim0
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          HAHA

      4. Brosstan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Can someone explain why RMT tool thinks Sterling is a better captain option than KDB? He might not even start...

        1. Camzy
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Because the tool makes its calculations off past seasons.

      5. Abra Dubravka
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Gtg?

        Pope
        TAA Doherty Aurier
        KDB(c) Mahrez Willian Bruno Salah
        Rash Greenwood

        Bench: Jiménez Holgate 3.9

      6. faux_C
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        RMWCT? I really want Antonio but then the benching headaches would be huge...

        Foster, Pope
        Aurier, TAA, Azpi, Doherty, Diop
        KDB, Bruno, Salah, Martial, Foden
        Greenwood, Jimi, Ings

        1. PascalCygan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          I'm a Jimi owner but probably wouldn't have Jimi if I was on WC - but then again there's a relative dearth of options up front

      7. internal error
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Do you think Sterling starts against Newcastle?

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

          Was taken off early so I would expect so.

          1. Cricket_Badger
            • 8 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Thinking (hoping) it will be:

            Foden - Rodri - KDB
            Mahrez - Jesus - Sterling

            1. n14mul
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              jesus played 90 min, dont see him starting

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

                Why bench your main striker who desperately needs some goals to gain his confidence? I would be very surprised.

            2. Zim0
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              Could be
              Gundogan - Rodri - KDB
              Mahrez - Sterling - Foden

          2. n14mul
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            yes and will play up front

            1. Pep Roulette
              • 2 Years
              2 months, 13 days ago

              This

          3. internal error
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 7 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            True

        2. Pep Roulette
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          I think it'll be

          Foden - Sterling - Mahrez
          KDB
          Gundi - Rodri

        3. Baines on Toast...
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 10 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          I can see Jesus starting because he's fit enough and had such an awkward game v Southampton (lots of headed chances etc) that a home game would be good for his confidence. Pep needs to decide pretty sharpish if he's serious about him as a long term option.

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

            Agreed here^

      8. Neo-Viper
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Pope
        Taa Doherty Awb
        KDB Mane Bruno(c) Willian
        Greenwood Jimmy Kane

        Martin St. maximin Lascelles Simpson

        Hows this lads? Captaining Bruno over KDB. Am I right?

      9. Cruz88
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        Salah and DCL to Mahrez and Vardy worth a -4?

        1. jamiejoe
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          It could fall either way

        2. POLSKA GOLA
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          I think it should pay back over next 2

      10. n14mul
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 13 days ago

        if the predicted city fron lt 3 are sterling foden and mahez how do you think they will line up? Sterling playing middle i agree but who will play right and who will play left??

        1. Pep Roulette
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Probably Foden left & Mahrez right

        2. Cricket_Badger
          • 8 Years
          2 months, 13 days ago

          Mahrez has to be predominantly RW I feel - so much upside from him coming onto his left foot.

          1. n14mul
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 13 days ago

            Same for foden no?? He played that side vs liverpool