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.

As this article uses data from the Fantasy Football Scout Premium Members Area, only those with a valid subscription can access it in full.

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. ElliotJHP
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 20 days ago

    For the draft version

    A) Redmond
    B) M Pereira

    1. PogBruno
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Per

    2. Bank$y
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      B

  2. Cheeto__Bandito
      1 month, 20 days ago

      A) DCL, Havertz
      B) Werner, Doherty

      1. Gudjohnsen
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        B

      2. ludaslol
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        A

      3. Og
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        B

      4. dunas_dog
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        A

    • Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Pereira or JWP?

      1. Og
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        p

    • chaser123
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 20 days ago

      McCarthy | 4.0
      TAA | Davies | Justin | Taylor | xxx
      Salah | Auba | Alli | Bissouma | xxx
      Werner | Ings | xxx

      Which is best:
      A) Mitchell, Soucek, Mitrovic
      B) Saiss, ASM, Davis

      1. Zladan
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 20 days ago

        A

    • JURGENAUT
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 20 days ago

      Is Doherty worth the 1.0 above Dier/Davies? Cheers

      1. Cheeto__Bandito
          1 month, 20 days ago

          probably. but will have to see how he plays under jose

        • doher.ty
            1 month, 20 days ago

            If he plays like he did at Wolves, yes. We will have to wait and see if that happens.

          • JBG
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            I for one am still unsure if he will start straight away. Aurier is still at the club.

          • n-doggg
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Not sure with Jose. Think I heard on the Scoutcast that the combined attaching returns from spurs wingbacks post lockdown was a single assist

          • Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            No imo.

        • Qaiss
          • 4 Years
          1 month, 20 days ago

          Martínez being sold to Villa apparently. Leno’s first choice.

          1. doher.ty
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Leno was always first chosen, he's a quality keeper. Martinez is good but was always the backup.

              1. Feed tha Sheep
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                You would classify Leno as “quality keeper”??

            • JBG
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Good for Villa and Martinez I guess.

              1. Qaiss
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Yeah he will be a good pick there

            • zotter
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Madness on both teams parts. Villa have Heaton. Arsenal selling a top quality keeper

              1. Qaiss
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Yeah it’s a shame. Tbh Leno didn’t do much wrong to be on the bench either. Was immense when he had that crap defence in front of him when we had Emery.

                1. Qaiss
                  • 4 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  And the money will help us buy Partey or Aouar

            • Og
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Leno is a very good keeper. If you don't have a good defence in front of you then you simply won't keep clean sheets. He will be considerably better this season. No coincidence

          2. n-doggg
            • 8 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Batshuayi at 6.0 helps me firm up Adams to start with. At least we have another option now other than mitro!

            1. MikeRyko
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Watkins too

          3. Athletic Nasherbo
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Which option? Can’t decide! (Would bank the 0.5m)

            A) Cancelo, JWP, Werner

            B) Laporte, Havertz, Adams + 0.5m

            1. zotter
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Forget city defender with first two or three fixtures

              1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
                • 5 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Villa Ronke?

                1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  RF

                  1. Amey
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 20 days ago

                    🙂

          4. Amey
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Anyone going for Charlie Taylor don't get Villa Taylor 😆
            Colour of jersey is very same.

            1. BNMC
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Never met a guy called Villa before!

              1. Amey
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Famous Spanish #7

            2. n-doggg
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Burnley Taylor is in my team. Burnley defence usually pretty solid and for a 4.5 it’s a nice price

              1. Amey
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Definitely

              2. Aztec Kamara
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                I’ve got him too - just concerned about the possibility of Tark leaving

          5. BNMC
            • 1 Year
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Anyone got Kane?
            I get that he's overpriced but he's mainly there as a captaincy candidate for GW3 vs New.

            1. zotter
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Salah v arsenal very tempting

            2. Easy Cheesy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Yep. Have been drawn in over last few days... if he is banging them in he can be gw3 and gw5 captain

              1. Aztec Kamara
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Agreed - same plan

          6. Jonny HOW SON?
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Thoughts on Richarlison guys?

            1. n-doggg
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Decent pick but a bit pricey in his new position for me

            2. Limbo
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Crap hair. Dodgy goal celebrations. Brazilan.

            3. BNMC
              • 1 Year
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Take DCL for a mil less and a more central role.

            4. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Be prepared to think he’s going to be stretchered off every 15 mins

              Have never seen a player go down & stay down until physios run on as often

          7. DantheManinaPan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            I haven't been able to follow the fantasy football news all day... (Third year uni exams a reasonable excuse I think...)

            Where can I go to find the news about Pulisic? I've heard mutterings about him...

            1. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              He's fit and available. But might have his minutes managed.

              1. DantheManinaPan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Ok great. Thank you!

                So I guess everyone has been asking Pulisic vs Havertz all day then?

                1. Camzy
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Yes and consensus has largely been Havertz because he's more likely to start.

          8. dshv
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Mccarthy (nyland)
            Taa davies justin (taylor mitchell)
            Sala son auba soucek asm
            Werner callum (davis)

            Son to bruno
            Auba to kdb

            Have 0.5 itb tell me what to switch ??

          9. Rival Sons Blackberry Smoke
            • 6 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Genuinely first post of this type....
            Thoughts? Would be much appreciated. Finding it more difficult this year......?

            McCarthy, Nyland
            TAA, Lindelof, Davies, Justin, Vinagre
            Aubamayeng, salah, traore, saint maxim, bissouma
            Ings, Werner, mitrovic

            Not happy about my midfield really.,.,

            1. Shark Team
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Vinagre to 4m Def
              Mitro to 4.5 mil fwd
              Bench those 2 along with Bissouma
              Get Havertz instead of Traore and boom

              1. Shark Team
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Or keep Vinagre to play him bec you can afford it

              2. Rival Sons Blackberry Smoke
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Concerned I’d have a non playing bench. I think a bench will starters is useful in the uncertain first few games.
                What fwd at 4.5 would you take?

                Cheers

          10. slasken
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Any risk of non starters here? what do you think of the team?

            Kepa
            Trent - Tierney - Davies - Robertson
            Auba - Keita - S.Maxim - Son
            Kane - Werner

            Nylund - Walker Pieters - Reed - 4,5m Forward

            1. zotter
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Keita high risk. Can’t see him starting if Hendo fit

            2. Houldsworth Hatter
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Shocking goalkeeper

          11. Tempestic
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            I was on Saiss but slightly concerned hes no longer nailed with Marcal often playing LCB

            1. 3 A
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Can change it to Coady, same team or Egan Sheffield

              1. Tempestic
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Yeh have just switched to Coady but his 0 attacking threat and lack of bonus isnt exactly an amazing prospect

                1. 3 A
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Egan loves to shoot post lockdown. Have two goals too.

                  1. Tempestic
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    1 month, 20 days ago

                    Hes a good shout cheers.
                    Slightly unconvinced by Ramsdale but might still go for him

          12. Will J 256
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Thoughts on this draft Guys? (3-4-3)
            McCarthy
            Trent, Saiss, Doherty
            Auba, Son, Salah, ASM
            Mitro, Werner, Adams

            Steer, Ferguson, Bissouma, C Taylor

          13. 3 A
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            To all premium members, if u use RMT tool, what's your total points?

            I'm around 330+ for 6gw

            1. COK3Y5MURF
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              You won't have the same team for 6 gameweeks

            2. Herman Toothrot
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Well as it says Kante will outscore Havertz over 6 weeks Id take the number with a pinch of salt

            3. 1569Tippins
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 9 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              344

            4. fantasyfog
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Is it usually accurate......

              1. Brosstan
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Not at all

          14. Ray In Bruges.
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Ramsdale (McCarthy)
            TAA KWP Egan Justin (Lascelles)
            Havertz Son Auba ASM (Stephens)
            Werner Wilson Ings

            0.5 ITB

            Any feedback appreciated!

            1. zotter
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Way too much spent on keepers. Double Sheffield defence not good
              Get a 4.0 defender

            2. SwissWavey
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              I think it looks good.
              I like that keeper combo. Yes it's a bit expensive but they rotate really well.

          15. ludaslol
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Holding nailed?

            1. zotter
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              No way

            2. DantheManinaPan
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              In the very short term, yes. He will start GW1

          16. Shark Team
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            A)Martial + Havertz/Pulisic
            Or
            B)Werner/Vardy + Greenwood/James

            A makes me play Mitchell gw1

            1. zotter
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              A probably.

              1. Shark Team
                • 3 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                With Havertz or Pulisic?

                1. g40steve
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Pulisic rips teams apart.

                  1. Shark Team
                    • 3 Years
                    1 month, 20 days ago

                    Havertz more impressive stats though?

                    1. g40steve
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 2 Years
                      1 month, 20 days ago

                      Pulisic has done it in the Prem

                2. zotter
                  • 11 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Pulisic deffo

          17. Paulie Walnuts
            • 5 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Salah + Wilson

            Or

            Havertz + Martial + 1m itb

            1. Herman Toothrot
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              B

            2. zotter
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Only one out of those four is essential imo

              1. Herman Toothrot
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Well, it is going to be Martial's season

                1. SwissWavey
                  • 7 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Nah, it'll be Werner and Havertz's season, still B though

          18. Pep bites Kun
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Considering that Chelsea have so many new assets; how many gws will it takes them to gel as a team iyo?

            A. It will happen gw1
            B. It will happen gws3-5
            C. Half a season
            D. In the 2nd half of the season
            E. Not all will embed

            1. Pep bites Kun
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              ahem *take

            2. Shark Team
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              B

            3. SwissWavey
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              A and then B

          19. g40steve
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Anyone else still not settled on squad yet?

            1. Camzy
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Annoying not settled. I thought I'd be fine but this will come down to the wire. More pressers tomorrow to tear up more plans...

              I think I have like 10 players locked in. But those remaining 5 have been thrown around like crazy and no solution has made me very happy.

            2. TorresMagic™ - 48n69x
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • Has Moderation Rights
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Not even close.
              Still on autopick though.

            3. 0james0
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              1 month, 20 days ago

              I've settled on many. It just changes each time I login to the app!

            4. The 12th Man
              • 7 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Just about there.
              Just a few either ors now.

            5. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              McCarthy, TAA, Soucek locked in & Bruno from GW2

              Pretty fluid beyond that though lol

              Very high on Vardy’s chances at the minute - think might have to give him a crack of the whip to start, probably Barnes alongside him

              1. n-doggg
                • 8 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                That is punchy. Leicester fan?

                1. Maximus Bonimus Pointimus
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 10 Years
                  1 month, 20 days ago

                  Vardy fan 🙂

                  Also lost count of how many times I cursed Barnes last season for either greedily shooting when he should have passed to Vardy, or wasting cast iron Vardy assists - he’s young, and he’s raw, but he’s a greedy little sod with bags of pace & power & see him as a decent punt for 7.0

                  I don’t mind those fixtures

              2. Houldsworth Hatter
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Been working all day and not seen much on here but is Soucek clear to start now?

            6. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Had good squad with no Chelsea, now some are so highly owned will be chasing if they haul.

              1. Pep bites Kun
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Just pick your players: Teams selected by % 😉

            7. Pep bites Kun
              • 4 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Very few here from what I've seen - most waiting on further injury/transfer news, 4.0-4-5 defs, MF Puli et al

            8. n-doggg
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Think I’m there. Longer I stay on here the most likely it will change!

          20. No Salah
            • 3 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            A. Justin + James Rodriguez
            B. Doherty + ASM + 0.5 ( already have Davies + Wilson )

            1. zotter
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              A but not Justin

          21. The 12th Man
            • 7 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Welcome Leno to my team.

            1. g40steve
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Is this 434th team?

              1. The 12th Man
                • 7 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Ha .nearly.
                Been the same team for a few days now after some experimenting .
                Just around the edges now.

            2. schlupptheweek
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Get Martinez now so you can have 4 Villa players! If Martinez wasn't as good that would be perfect for anti-FPL.

          22. adstomko
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            A) Wilson or B) Nketiah?

            1. dunas_dog
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 5 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Wilson

            2. zotter
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              I have both with Timo

              1. adstomko
                • 4 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                I can't go without Ings

          23. Mayo.
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Thoughts on this team?

            Martinez / Steer

            TAA / Rob / Doherty / Shaw / Mitchell

            Auba (c) / Salah / Alli / ASM / Bissouma

            Werner / Adams / Davis

            Martinez looks likely to be no1 for Arsenal and heavily linked to Villa so either way can have starting keeper with Steer as backup

            1. zotter
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Martinez going villa and blanking

              1. zotter
                • 11 Years
                1 month, 20 days ago

                Arsenal not gonna start exiting keeper. Especially when they have a first choice top notch alternative

            2. schlupptheweek
              • 6 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              It's good, the only problem is if Arsenal have lots of great assets (possible but unlikely) Martinez will tie you down to a spot and you won't have a playing keeper GW1. Shaw is an interesting pick but he's a big gamble starting wise whilst not having great attacking returns.

            3. Indio
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              I like it - though keeper thing needs monitoring, and Shaw possibly not the best £5.0M option (Coady or Egan maybe?). Good luck!

          24. gooner dave
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Hello.

          25. Camzy
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 10 Years
            1 month, 20 days ago

            Son + Soucek
            vs
            Alli + Adams

            Back to this debate...

            1. zotter
              • 11 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Latter

            2. No Salah
              • 3 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Son ( if Soucek is only used occasionally as a cover )

            3. Cowboy John
              • 8 Years
              1 month, 20 days ago

              Son and Soucek

              Not close.