Captain Sensible

Who are the best Captain options for FPL Blank Gameweek 1?

Jan Sienkiewicz was the king of the Fantasy Premier League captaincy in 2019/20, scoring a whopping 657 points from the armband, the second-highest in the whole world. We asked him to help out with the captaincy debate ahead of the new campaign’s Gameweek 1 deadline.


Quite an unprecedented 2020/2021 pre-season is drawing to a close, as we are eagerly waiting for the new FPL campaign to start. Hundreds of drafts, multiple formations, Wildcard strategies and planning early transfers; we have all been there and, in fact, we are all living in this world right now.

There is one common denominator in our efforts; trying to find the best captain. Getting the right skipper is usually a crucial component to having a successful season and Fantasy managers are looking to start the campaign strongly with the right choice. Let’s evaluate the options available for us in Gameweek 1.

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Captain Poll

Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£12.0m)  tops the Fantasy Football Scout captain poll with 53.3% of votes, as he faces a newly-promoted Fulham side in Gameweek 1.

The Arsenal striker, who has been reclassified as a midfielder for this season’s edition of FPL, is currently owned by 44.1% of Fantasy managers – which is more than the combined ownership of Sadio Mané (£12.0m, 13.3% ownership) and Mohammed Salah (£12.0m, 29.8% ownership).

The Gabonese international starred in Arsenal’s Community Shield victory two weeks ago (scoring a long-distance goal in a 1-1 draw that the Gunners won on penalties) and then netted twice in a 3-2 friendly defeat to Aston Villa behind-closed-doors.

Aubameyang’s great form is accompanied by a favourable Gameweek 1 fixture too, as Fulham’s defensive vulnerabilities are still fresh in people’s minds from the 2018/19 campaign. The Cottagers conceded a league-high of 81 goals the last time they were in the top flight, which included nine goals over two games against Arsenal (5-1 and 4-1 defeats).

Metrics

The second most popular pick for the armband among the Fantasy Football Scout users this week is Salah (25.6%). Considering that the runaway 2019/20 champions are hosting newly-promoted Leeds United, and Manchester City and Manchester United are without a fixture, it seems to some extent surprising that the Fantasy-proven Egyptian midfielder is struggling to attract more interest for the armband.

Even more of a surprise, Mané sits at third in the poll with only 3.9% of votes. The Senegalese winger, who scored 18 goals and provided 10 Fantasy assists last season, showed glimpses of class in pre-season and will be looking to improve on his impressive home record against newly-promoted opposition on Saturday.

Behind the podium we can find Chelsea’s new striker Timo Werner (£9.5m, 3.5% of votes), Liverpool’s defender Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m, 2.1%), as well as Tottenham Hotspur assets – Son Heung-min (£9.5, 2.1%) and Harry Kane (£10.5m, 1.8%).

Based on the poll, the main decision managers will have to make regarding captaincy will involve comparing Aubameyang with Salah. We will therefore mostly focus on the Liverpool and Arsenal options.

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3,881 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Brosstan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Salah

    1. Rivers
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      I say will be Mane

  2. Zladan
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Salah home fixture is an easy pick.

  3. Freund88
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Players that appeared in all the early RMTs but seem to have fallen out of favour...

    I’ll start..

    Sheffield Utd defenders. I still have Egan in draft

  4. LewanGOALski
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Ready? 🙂
    Last minute suggestions?

    McCarthy - 4.0
    TAA - B.Davies - Lascelles - C.Taylor - Mitchell
    Salah - Auba - ASM - JWP - Bissouma
    Kane - Werner - Mitrovic

    1. Mouldmaster
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Very good - nothing to suggest other than do you have a plan for Utd GW2?

      1. Mouldmaster
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        I say that as Kane to Ings and JWP to Ali (or Son if you can stretch) gives a slightly more flexible squad.

        1. LewanGOALski
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          not a fan of Alli, but... Son+DCL is what also have crossed my mind couple of times. I love DCL fixtures from GW2 to GW4 (WBA, cry, BHA)

          1. LewanGOALski
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            would you swap to that..?

            1. Mouldmaster
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              I probably wouldn’t just because I’m one of the fools that stayed with DCL post lockdown and fell from 2k to 7k pretty sharpish! I realise that shouldn’t put me off, but I’m waiting to see.

              I like the team, the only challenge will be getting to three big midfielders, but if Kane isn’t firing then him and Auba to Martial and Bruno leaves 3m to turn JWP into Havertz or Pulisic.

              1. LewanGOALski
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 9 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Yup, you’re right - exact strategy is on the paper if - like you said - Kane and/or Auba or Salah ain’t delivering 😉

                thx for the input and GL!

      2. LewanGOALski
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        if Kane pi***s me off like he has last previous seasons, it’s him to Martial 😉

    2. Captain Fozzy
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Looks good, JWP just never excites me as a pick

  5. Camzy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Aubameyang will be captain. Not gonna rock the boat GW1. No other standout options.

    1. Berbs
      • 10 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Does Salah play golf?

      1. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        He’s developed a severe shank with that left peg

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

        I don't have Salah so he's not an option for me 😀

    2. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Obviously biased post. it's just silly to claim that auba is the only captain option.

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

        I didn't word it right. I meant no other standout options in my team. I don't have Salah who is the other fairly good choice.

        1. Brosstan
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Fair enough!

  6. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    1. Is Johnson likely to start any GW1?

    2. Who will be at RWB for Wolves in GW1?

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      in GW1**

  7. Werner Bremen
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    A) Bruno, Davies, Ryan

    B) Martial, Doherty, Ramsdale

  8. thepeen555
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Salah might be playing at home but he hasnt done anything preseason

    1. thepeen555
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Pressed send early. My money will be with Mane

    2. Brosstan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      He's due unlike auba

  9. Slitherene
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    RMT - / 10?

    McCarthy
    TAA Coady Justin
    Auba Son Willian JW-P
    Richarlison Mitrovic Werner
    Taylor Ward Bissouma

    2.5 ITB

    1. headfried
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Why 2.5 in bank?

  10. nicecat
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Would you rather have Michy B or Rodriguez in your Draft team?

    1. Zladan
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Jay or James?

      1. nicecat
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Jay, from Burnley.

        1. Zladan
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Mmm neither are great but probably JRod.

          No chance for any of:
          Mitro
          Rodrigo
          Adams
          Nketiah

          1. nicecat
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Nketiah is available. You think he will play?

            1. Zladan
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              I think there’s a good chance he starts. Arteta seems to like him. He even started CS.

              1. nicecat
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Great, thanks for the shout!

  11. Flynny
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 13 days ago

    Am I right that Davies is considered the preffered option over dier in spurs defence?

    Thanks

    1. Karan14
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 13 days ago

      They are both equally good/bad. I'm starting to doubt Spurs defenders.

      1. Flair
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 13 days ago

        Why's that?

        1. Flynny
          • 5 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          I think 5m for a reasonably nailed jose defender is worth a shot, surely

        2. Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Europa League, Eve/Sot/Mun in first 4 games and Dier/Davies lack of attacking threat.

          1. LewanGOALski
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Mourinho is capable of tactically closing any of those rivals

  12. Jag-z
      1 month, 13 days ago

      Currently set on this
      Mccarthy
      Taa Davies kwp justin
      Auba mane havertz son
      Werner adams

      Good to go?

      1. No Professionals
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 13 days ago

        What’s your bench to afford that?

        1. Jag-z
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Steer Mitchell Stephens davis

            1. No Professionals
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              My worry would be being tied in to kwp and Justin. Bad Soton fixture, and Justin dropped and you’ve got nowhere to go.

            2. No Professionals
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              I’d be tempted to start Mitchell and have Charlie Taylor instead of kwp

        2. Zladan
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Would you not rather Mitro and not use up all 3 Southampton spot? Ings might bang and you may need him for his streaks.

          1. Jag-z
              1 month, 13 days ago

              I somehow feel Adams is these seasons ings at 6m. Just a gut feeling, but I agree with your point

        3. No Professionals
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          McCarthy
          TAA Davies Saiss
          Salah Aubameyang(c) Havertz Alli Soucek
          Werner Adams

          Steer Mitchell Taylor Davis

          Taking a gamble with Mitchell as only sub, but prefer Taylor to any other 4.5 going forward.

          Nervous about havertz and alli, looking out for team hints, might bottle it and go son + ASM.

          1. Rigid Digit
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Alli will be playing further forward than Pochetino played him. Probably through the middle behind Kane

        4. Rigid Digit
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          James Rodriguez @ 7.5?
          Could be worth a punt as Ancelotti's tactics are likely to be "give the ball to James"

          1. Dr. Rog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            could well be an early wagon.
            echoes of VDV at Sp8rs

          2. Galza
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            I’m sure I’ll own him at some point, just not from the start...

        5. Karan14
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          TAA - Davies - Saiss - Ayling - 4.0

          Playing three at the back but I'm not entirely confident about this defence but many have opted for something similar.

          Dier/Davies don't offer attacking threat and Spurs face Everton, Soton & United in the first 4 fixtures which is a bit overlooked.

          Want a Wolves def but some doubts around Saiss starting spot with Marcal signing. Coady is a very boring pick but maybe sensible?

          Worth downgrading one of the 5.0m def to upgrade 4.0 to 4.5 def?

          1. Forever In Our Shadow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            IMO Davies is the one im not sold on. Is he really a starter? Just not convinced unless there some info I've missed. I would get TAS & 3 4.5’s and keep 0.5 ITB to jump on the ones that look good early doors.

            1. Karan14
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              TAA & 3 x 4.5s would free up one mil for me but I don't like the look of too many 4.5s. Ayling & Taylor I like but they don't have good GW1 fixtures although I don't mind having them long term. Really want a Wolves def so I'm ready to spend 5m there.

            2. Front 442
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Egan or Taylor at Burnley

          2. Amey
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            I see what you're thinking karan.
            I like 2*4.5m option.
            Taylor & KWP

            1. Karan14
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Yup I'm considering exactly that or Justin over KWP as I have McCarthy in goal. But I can see the sense behind having a Spurs & Wolves def too.

          3. Ballistics
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Not many people mentioning Zouma. I think at 5.0 he’s a bargain.

            1. No Professionals
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Assuming he starts

        6. Atimis
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Would you make changes here??

          Ryan
          TAA/Davies/Egan/KWP
          Auba/Salah/Son/ASM
          Werner/Ings

          Nyland/Brewster/Bissouma/Mitchell

        7. Dr. Rog
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Auba - form.

          1. Forever In Our Shadow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Auba form & more points this season. 😀

          2. I Member
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            It's GW1. Form isn't a thing yet.

            1. Amey
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              When do they release the form then ?
              😛

              1. Brosstan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Gw 3

          3. Dr. Rog
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            of course there is form - the season ended a few weeks ago.
            and the charity shield and pre-season as well

        8. Strchld
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Would you have Havertz or Alli?
          Have already Werner and no Spurs attack.

          1. Forever In Our Shadow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Alli for a couple the. Hav if he looks good.

          2. Karan14
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Havertz

        9. Forever In Our Shadow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Hi Guys. Just need a final opinion in this lot please.

          McCarthy
          TAA Justin Vinagre KWP
          Salah (C) Auba (vc) Soucek
          Wilson Mitrovic Werner

          Button Brewster Mitchel Bruno 0.5ITB

        10. 03farmboy
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Anybody else thinking batshuayi is a really good pick now?

          Surely will start for Crystal Palace and will score goals

          1. No Professionals
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Never convinced watching him

          2. Forever In Our Shadow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Not in Woy’s team.

        11. Hazardous1983
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Son or havertz

          Mitro or adams or ny other 6m

          Is soucek available

          1. Forever In Our Shadow
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Proven from the start so Son. You can easily jump on Son if he looks great.

            Mitro’s fixtures are quite enticing, Arsenal included.

        12. wycombewanderers
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          A) Egan
          B) Davies

          Thanks

          1. Soto Ayam
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 13 days ago

            A

        13. royals forever
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 11 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          In your opinion who is the best 4.5-5m DF to have for the first 4 - 6 GWs for this back 7

          McCarthy Nyland

          TAA Justin Davies Egan xxxxxx

          Any ideas would be welcomed

          1. Soto Ayam
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Saiss

        14. Jon Walter's Hatty
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Auba (c) maybe a fiver on a Salah brace (cue 3 assists)

        15. Amey
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Reminds me of Wakanda Forever !!

        16. Madfox
          • 10 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Hi guys just hoping some serious managers would be interested in joining my H2H league. Looking to make it a strong standard. Code is f4zxo5

          1. PogBruno
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            IN

          2. PogBruno
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Also interested in a draft league, wonder if somebody could start

          3. Yip Jaap Stam
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Just joined

          4. GGMU11
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Joined.

          5. JohnnyRev7
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            As much as I hate H2H with a vegeance (pure luck!)... I'm in.

        17. Pep Roulette
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Who's the best pick?

          A. ASM

          B. Mitrovic

          C. Adams

          1. Yip Jaap Stam
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Who is ASM? I keep seeing this but can’t figure out who it is

            1. Z
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Sain Maximilian (or something like that) Newcastle 🙂

              1. Yip Jaap Stam
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 13 days ago

                Ah, yes. Thanks!

            2. Pep Roulette
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Allan Saint-Maximin. Newcastle.

        18. stevenroseuk
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Do FPL Family have a mini league?

          1. Z
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            That is rly nice pal....(if you have it)

        19. Red Red Robins
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Anyone else tmepted to switch to Salah from Auba?

          1. Rigid Digit
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 13 days ago

            Got em both - wondering which to switch tor De Bruyne in GW2/GW3.
            Maybe keep both and hope De Bruyne is playing so deep he can't score and assist as the same rate as last year (unlikely though).
            At the moment Salah is nearer to the exit as post-lockdown and pre-season he's looked a bit meh.
            Which means he'll have another storming season and I'll burn a free transfer switching back.
            And then Salah will hit a purple patch and Auba will be anonymous
            (and do it goes on ...)

            Seriously considering a Salah-less season

            1. Red Red Robins
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 13 days ago

              Ive got Auba no Salah. Really not sure on who to go for 1st game. GW2 KDB comes in

        20. JIMMY764
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 13 days ago

          Any comments on this lot guys? Any thoughts much appreciated.
          0.5 itb

          McCarthy
          TAA Doherty Vinagre
          Salah Auba Havertz Soucek
          Werner DCL Mitro

          (Steer Lascelles Bissouma Ferguson)