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. Jacky boy
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Which one?
    A) Son + Saliba
    B) H.Barnes + VVD

    1. JfA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      B, a lot of pundits saying with Kane in the team Son loses goal threat.

    2. NABIL - 1 season 1der
      • 8 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      A

  2. JfA
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Why is nobody taking a punt on Keita, he's in every media outlet line up and at 5.5, it's the fact nobody else has got him or even talking about him putting me off.

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

      Just limits you to 2 other Liverpool assets which will likely score much more highly

      1. JfA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Most people can't afford a third anyway though.

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

          But if Liverpool start smashing teams 3-0 every week you might need to get 3 off TAA, VVD, Robbo, Mane and Salah. That said, I don't think keita is the worst pick and something different.

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

        Would you pick him if their is a vacant Liverpool spot?

    2. Skloppy Kops
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Minamino can outscore many and still going unnoticed.

  3. SpagBol
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 10 days ago

    Which option?
    Cheers!

    A) Doherty + Saiss + 0.5M
    OR
    B) Robbo + Vinagre

    Robbo means I have 2 LIV defenders against Havertz and Werner for GW2...

    1. JfA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 10 days ago

      Vinagre has big doubts now, looks like Justin seems to be the preferred 4.5

    2. reddonzz
        1 month, 10 days ago

        and week 3 against arsenal

        I prefer A

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

        Wouldn't be too bothered about the Chelsea Liverpool match up because both TAA and Robbo can get attacking returns but Vinagre might not play

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

          Thoughts on Vinagre to Justin then?
          Then wait and see for a Wolves DEF until GW4?

    3. reddonzz
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Mccarthy
        TAA Doherty Vinagre
        Maxi Salah Willian Son
        Werner Ing Antonio
        sub Nyland Mitchell Justin Steven
        1.5 m for Gw 2 Salah to Bruno Gw 3 Son to KDB

      • Live Lad
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Vardy or Werner short term?

        1. NABIL - 1 season 1der
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          V

        2. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Possibly Vardy, but it might be close.

      • Jokesy87
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Bottomed.
        Help please!

        McCarthy (Steer)
        TAA KWP Justin (Mitchell, Taylor)
        Salah Auba Havertz Soucek (Stephens)
        Wilson Werner Ings

        G2G?
        Not sure on Soucek/Justin myself!

        1. amit1964
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          very nich

          1. amit1964
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            do you think havertz is a better pick then son?

          2. amit1964
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            *nice

        2. TB303
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Excellent team
          9/10

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

          That backline is shite

          1. Jokesy87
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Show your team then big man!

      • Pedram
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Morning lads, does anyone knows at what time Scouts pick will be revealed?

        1. Holmes
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Likely to be tonight after all press

      • The Berbatouch
        • 11 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Thinking about first 10 weeks

        aubu + mitrovic

        or

        rashford + martial

        1. TB303
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          A

        2. NABIL - 1 season 1der
          • 8 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          A+M

      • Old Man
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Pages are moving faster - people are getting excited/panicky.

      • TB303
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Hi. How is my keeper combo?
        Should I find another 0.5 to upgrade button??

        I think I’m there now but anything else?

        1.5m itb. Son -> Bruno gw2

        Button - Ramsdale
        Taylor - Mitchell - Alexander-Arnold - Egan - Dier
        Aubameyang - Salah - Saint-Maximin - Son - Soucek
        Davis - Werner - Mitrović.

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

        Any latest news or rumours on Brewster's loan?

      • Make United Great Again
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Matheus Pereira for 6.0m anyone?

        1. Rassi
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Considering. It is between him and JWP right now.

        2. stu92
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 10 days ago

          I’ve thrown him in as a bit of a curve ball pick, no fun looking for template GW1!

          1. Make United Great Again
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Aye. I can either go safe with Mitro in a 433 or him in a 352. Not sure...

      • Dark Side Of The Loon!
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Which mid for 7.5 to 8.0.

        Not Chelsea, Arsenal or Spurs.

        Thanks!

        1. Holmes
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          James Rodriguez or Barnes

        2. Winston.
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          James R, risky but might be worth trying

      • stu92
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        1 month, 10 days ago

        How does this look to start? Bruno (GW2) & KDB (GW3) to come in.

        Ryan - Nyland
        TAA - Robbo - Doherty - Holding - Johnson
        Auba - Salah - Saint Maximim - Perreira - Soucek
        Jimi - Martial - Davis

        I’ve tried to spread the value to give me options going forward. Once we get some form I can always downgrade someone to upgrade someone else etc.

        1. TB303
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Looks good!

      • fr3d
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Thomas is probably a better pick than Justin short term

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

          why?

          1. fr3d
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Attacking threat. His crossings. Bonus points

        2. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          I really like what I've seen of Thomas but we don't know where Rodgers will play Castagne.

      • Mike2795647
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Currently on A, and have pool cover in Trent at back already, stick or twist.

        A) Doherty, son and Wilson
        B) Big Virg, Alli and DCL
        C) AWB, Havertz and DCL

        1. stu92
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 1 Year
          1 month, 10 days ago

          A, and maybe Son > Havertz once we know how Chelsea are looking.

          1. Mike2795647
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Cheers

      • The 12th Man
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        4th and 5th on my bench are Bisouma and Ferguson
        Upgrade one with 0.5?

        1.Ferguson > Ayling
        2.Bisouma > Soucek
        3. Keep the 0.5m

        1. TB303
          • 3 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          2

        2. The 12th Man
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          *3rd and 4th.
          Soucek would be my first outfield bench player.

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

          2

        4. Mike2795647
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          2

        5. FantaCity
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 7 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          2 only if we are sure he will play.
          If not , 3

      • SpagBol
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Anyone know when the Wolves and Leicester pressers are??

      • HollywoodXI
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        FPL Blackbox was excellent again last night. Az and Mark have helped me make a couple of key decisions. Worth a watch if you haven’t already.

      • Lignja
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        How is this lookig? One of Salah/Mane to Kdb/Bruno gw2

        McCarthy
        Taa, Justin, Kwp
        Salah, Mane, Auba, Haverz, Asm
        Wilson, Mitrovic

        Nyland, Mitchell, Stuijk, 4.5

        Any alternative for Wilson? Batshuai?

      • Lev Yashin
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Still got 1.0m in the bank.

        Any suggestions?

        Lloris, 4.0m
        TAA, Saiss, KWP, Justin, Lamptey
        Auba, Havertz, Alli, ASM, Soucek
        Vardy, Ings, Mitro

      • unitednations
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Best combo here (gw2 onwards)

        A: Dier + Son + Bruno + Kai
        B: Doc + Son + Rashford + Kai
        C: Doc + Alli + Rashford + Kai

        Essentially where to save 1m from, Doherty, Son, or Bruno?

        1. Mike2795647
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Downgrade Doherty and Son to AWB and Havertz

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

        Little different, martial on the bench, thinking then have 1.5 to play with next week after he comes in, could go Bowen to greenwood or saka to a 7mil. Anyone like this idea?

        Ryan
        Trent Robbo KWP Mitchell(1 week only)
        Mane Pulisic Saka Bowen
        DCL Werner

      • Rassi
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        a) JWP/Pereira + DCL
        b) Barnes + Adams

        Currently JWP and DCL but not sure.

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

          i would go a with perriera.x

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

          yeah a

      • Winston.
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Which one?

        A. Haverz/Pulisic + Taylor/4.5 rotation (442)

        B. ASM + DCL (343)

      • jdogg
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Mcarthey steer
        Taa ayling lewis justin mitchel
        Salah auba bruno perriera asm
        Werner wilson brewster

        Toiling.not sold on newcastle double up attackers but want wilson and dont see any better 5.5 with armstrong out.

        Any advice?x

        1. Nüno Vippan
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Klich for 5,5?
          I wouldnt occupy Liv’s spot with Brewster

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

            I know thats an issue am still hoping he goes on loan before deadline if not ill likely be playing my wc close to then anyway.x

      • fpork
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Thoughts?

        McCarthy (Nyland)
        Davies, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Walker-Peters (Taylor)
        Saint-Maximin, Salah, Aubameyang, Son (Reed)
        Adams, Werner (Davis)

      • aapoman
        • 6 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Feeling quite pleasede with this. A small punt in Richarlison to keep things exciting. All bench players should almost always cover me with about 2 points if needed. The fifth defender spot is currently between Ayling and Vinagre. Will need to see what Nuno tells in the presser today.

        Ryan
        TAA Egan Davies KWP
        Salah Auba Havertz
        Werner Richarlison Mitro

        Walton; Vinagre/Ayling, Reed, Bissouma

        1. Nüno Vippan
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Not a fan of richalison. I think there are high value players in everton mid

      • Jacky boy
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        Is H.Barnes a safe pick?
        Played more than any leicester player in friendlies.

        1. aapoman
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Should be safe but he is the type of player who often gets subbed off at 70min mark

        2. Old Man
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 9 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          Safe for GW1 I'm sure. Could be a very good pick because he's greedy - ideal for FPL. His form, however, is unknown.

          1. Jacky boy
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 10 days ago

            Thanks. Great fixtures too. Maybe best!

      • tibollom
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 10 days ago

        a.Mitro + Alli + Stephens
        b. Davis + Son + Soucek

        McCarthy Nyland
        Justin TAA KWP Ayling Mitchell
        Salah Auba ASM X X
        Werner Ings X

        1. Nüno Vippan
          • 6 Years
          1 month, 10 days ago

          B