Captain Sensible

Who are the best captain options for FPL Gameweek 2?

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 Gameweek 2 deadline.


The Fantasy Premier League community has been relatively unanimous in picking their captain for Gameweek 2 – but have they chosen wisely?

That’s what the Captain Sensible article is here to find out, with an in-depth analysis of the key form options, as well as the defences of their upcoming opponents.

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Captain Poll

For the second week running, Arsenal’s premium midfielder Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£12.0m) leads the Fantasy Football Scout captain poll. The former Borussia Dortmund man has once again received more than a half of total votes and looks to be trusted by the vast majority of his owners for his Gameweek 2 match against West Ham (home).

Only Jamie Vardy (£10.0m) has scored more goals than Aubameyang since the start of the 2019/2020 season and the Gunners’ captain will be looking to celebrate signing a new contract at the club by improving his impressive tally against the leaky Hammers’ defence.

Despite not featuring in Gameweek 1, Bruno Fernandes (£10.5m) is attracting some attention for the armband. The “Portuguese Magnifico” sits second in our captain poll with 11.7% of votes. Manchester United’s talisman has been in scintillating form since moving to the Premier League in January, providing eight goals and eight assists in that time. In fact, since Fernandes’ arrival, Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s men have gained more points (32) than any other team in the division, which highlights the midfielder’s positive impact.

The remaining players have all gained less than 5% of votes, with the likes of in-form Mohammed Salah (£12.5m) and new Everton star James Rodriguez (£7.5m) all failing to attract many Fantasy managers for the armband. In this article, we will look at how good of a captaincy option Aubamyang actually is, as well as try to spot some overlooked assets.

KEY MATCHES

Arsenal v West Ham

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Gameweek 2 pits two clubs together who could not be further apart in terms of outlook right now. In a week where Arsenal won 3-0 at Fulham and tied club captain Aubameyang to a new contract, they host a West Ham that got off to the worst possible start to 2020/21.

The Hammers were substandard to say the least in their 2-0 home defeat to Newcastle, a particularly ominous development before travelling to the Emirates Stadium. If David Moyes’ men were dominated by the Magpies, how much more damage could Arsenal do?

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2,206 Comments Post a Comment
  1. fpl_austria
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Would you rather play...

    A) Soucek
    B) Dier

    Don't think Soucek will score from open play, so would have to hope for a goal from a corner.
    Not sure WHU will get many though.

    Southampton & Spurs both did look a bit dire... and I also have McCarthy & Adams in that game.

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      A

    2. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      A

    3. fpl_austria
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      1 month, 8 days ago

      thx!

  2. jimmyabs1987
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Kane & ASM > Rodriguez & Jiminez for a -4? Or save and use mini wildcard next week?

  3. SHOWSTOPPERRR
    • 2 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Guys already did ings to martial, since vinagre and son to drop.Is it mad to do vinagre and son to mitchell and rash -8?

    1. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      -8 is a bit too much.

      1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
        • 2 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        So what about vinagre to Justin /ayew -4?

        1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
          • 2 Years
          1 month, 8 days ago

          Ayling*

          1. Little Red Lacazette
            • 4 Years
            1 month, 8 days ago

            Better. But be sure if -4 is worth a 0.1 drop to you.

            1. SHOWSTOPPERRR
              • 2 Years
              1 month, 8 days ago

              Thanks

    2. tm370
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      That is too much. I dont think taking a hit to bring in Mitchell makes sense.

  4. Kryptonite666
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 8 days ago

    To avoid the Son fall, Son to Fernandes, TAA to Digne for -4 ? Have Robertson. Liverpool unlikely to keep cleans over the next 3.

    1. tm370
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      I dont like TAA out for a hit. Also Arsenal and then Villa? Are clean sheet possibilities and youve got TAA for attacking as much as defending

    2. Holding Matip
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      I wouldn't - I think Son/TAA outscore Fernandes and Digne next few weeks, esp with a 4 pt headstart

  5. J ⚒ Salah & Vinagre
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Did lamps say how long puli is out for?

    Pulisic to greenwood worth a -4?

    Or play Reece James.....

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Play James.

  6. Weasel51
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    A) Vinagre > Lewis

    B) Vinagre + Son >> Digne + JamRod (-4)

    1. El Fenomeno R9
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      B for me

    2. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      B

    3. mrelpea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      B, for sure!

  7. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Moves done. Took a -4 in the end. The rest is out of my control 😉 . Good enough?

    0FT 1.0itb
    Steer
    TAA, Davies, KWP
    Salah, Auba (C), JamesRod, ASM, Soucek
    Werner, Martial
    (McCarthy) (Taylor, Mitchell, Brewster)

    Cheers and GL!

    1. tm370
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Looks really good although Steer surely wont start? Only ASM, Davies, and double Saints defence look issues going forward.

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Steer was some benchw&nkery

        Maybe is too risky?!

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

          Steer ahead of McCarthy isn't risky. 95% of the time, he'll either be on the bench the whole match, or on the pitch all match.

          If he gets injured it's unlucky.

          The bugger risk is of they bight start and McCarthy randomly keeps a CS 😆

      2. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Also I agree to the weaknesses! Nothing that was worth a hit though! GL

    2. John Nerdelbaum
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Team looks similar to mine. What were your moves? Imagine it was James Rod and Martial in
      Probably tempted to play Taylor over KWP

      1. Don Kloppeone
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Thanks mate. Yep, I did Ings > Martial earlier in week and then decided to take a -4 for Havertz > JamesRod

        I’m torn between starting KWP and Taylor. KWP has the higher ceiling but the worse fixture and not sure re the SOU double up.

  8. Fantasynoob98
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Which of these two options?
    A Rashford and Werner
    B Bruno and richarlison

  9. Siva Mohan
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Bruno or Martial?

    1. krishna
      • 5 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Really confused myself.gone for martial and double midfield of city players on wildcard.

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

    Gtg? Really annoyed to see Son drop but I'm gonna keep for the weekend.

    McCarthy
    Taa Robbo Holding
    Son ASM Auba(c) James
    Ings Werner Wilson

    Martin Justin Bissouma Mitchell

    1. John Nerdelbaum
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Looks good
      Happy with Ings?

      1. Stupendous
        • 8 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Not really but he gets another week. They might put up a fight and it could end up 2-2 / 3-3

        Who knows?

        Probably got a week and then chopping block.

    2. jjjjoooonnnn
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Makes sense to keep Son one more week looking at Southampton's opener at EFL cup result.

    3. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      He's not dropped yet, maybe he won't ... it's not nailed on is it?

  11. Will J 256
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Do you guys think Pulisic will drop tonight?

  12. John Nerdelbaum
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Any thoughts on a move here?
    Tempted to do Ings > Jimi despite the City game as I'll want him anyway

    Johnstone
    TAA Davies Taylor
    Salah Auba Son ASM Soucek
    Werner Ings

    xx/KWP/Davis/Mitchell 0.0 ITB

    1. tm370
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Personally I dont see why you wouldnt wait as Spurs is an easier fixture. Id do Davies to Keane.

      1. John Nerdelbaum
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Cheers
        Point taken although if Ings drops it will make it trickier to get Jimi.

    2. Don Kloppeone
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      I think with 0itb I’d be tempted to give Ings one more

      Maybe it’s a hold

      1. John Nerdelbaum
        • 7 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Thanks

  13. Fit_to_drop
    • 1 Year
    1 month, 8 days ago

    I made a big mistake not selling Saliba before the price drop. Now I am priced out of several players by .1. 🙁

    Question, when do i see a corresponding price rise to my squad that might allow me to make up that .1? Assuming some of the players that I have (e.g. Willian ) continue to perform.

    1. Collie01
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Unfortunately not.

      For every 0.2 a players price goes up, sale value goes up 0.1. So if Willian goes up to 8.2, you can sell him for 8.1.

      Basically you will have to sell one of your team to a cheaper alternative to get money in the bank to enable you to upgrade Saliba. That is why price rises and falls can be extra significant at the beginning of the season when every player is priced in 0.5 increments.

    2. Leonard hatred
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      It's frustrating at this stage, but they seem to have changed the rules for calculating prices changes.

      Normally I chase team value for the first few GWs to maximise my team once it's all settled down a bit, but rises seem much less frequent this year.

      1. Leonard hatred
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Basically, don't think players will climb as quickly (or as much) so picking for points rather than price rises seems sensible until we've figured the new system out.

  14. bso
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Which GK likely to start for AV?

    1. aleksa96
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Martinez

  15. Weasel51
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    From GW3 onwards:

    A) Lewis + Jiminez

    B) Digne + Wilson

    1. John Nerdelbaum
      • 7 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      A

    2. DickFranDyke
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      B

  16. Jordan.
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    poor old thing ,hes not had a mention this season,in other news jack wheelchair has a yellow flag,price 5.0m,unlucky ? deffo, but there is a bloke who has stolen a living ...

  17. Red Red Robins
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Prefer Bissouma or Soucek to start this weekend?
    See more benefits to Bissouma as West Ham are just awful, but Soucek could pop up with a goal

    1. Bushwhacker
      • 1 Year
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Soucek tbh, don't fancy his chances much but all he needs is a free kick in range.

      1. Red Red Robins
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Thanks mate

    2. St Pauli Walnuts
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      I was considering this too, has to be Soucek for the set piece threat. Bisoumma offers very little goal/assist threat.

      1. Red Red Robins
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Thanks for the reply mate, yeah Soucek in

  18. sparticas7
    • 11 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Any thoughts please

    McCarthy
    Digne, Walker-Peters, Justin
    Aub, Salah,Willian,Greenwood
    Vardy, Wilson, Lewin

    Subs, Forster, James, Bissouma, Mitchell

    Aub to De Bruyne next week, Not sure on Greenwood.

  19. Stupendous
    • 8 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Thiago and Jota for a fiver ffs.

    Meanwhile over at the Etihad.

    Smdh. Well played Klopp.

  20. BobbyV
    • 7 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Pulisic to?

    a. Greenwood
    b. Rashford
    c. Hamez
    d. Podence (and use funds elsewhere next GW)

    1. stuarto
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 11 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      C

  21. OneMan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    1 month, 8 days ago

    Have Saids & Dier. Have 5m to spend on another defender ?

    1. OneMan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Saiss

  22. Pieters 4 Wood
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Johnstone
      Trent Doherty Ayling
      Bru(N)o, Salah, Auba, ASM, Soucek
      Mitrovic, Werner

      Button, KWP, Brewster, Ferguson

      Bruno 100% nailed to start after quarantine? If yes, I feel he could just about edge Aubameyang like Salah did last week. Concerns about Doherty but I'll give him one more chance.

    • Reyson
      • 3 Years
      1 month, 8 days ago

      Mccarthy
      Taa egan james digne
      Son auba salah asm
      Mitro werner

      Subs:nyland kwp rice davis
      Gtg?

    • jcs1g11
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Lucky James owner here. I know he had a pretty scintillating GW1 but what are people's thoughts on his sharing minutes with Azpi?

      • nikolalfc
        • 3 Years
        1 month, 8 days ago

        Who would you rather play:
        Lascelles(home vs Brighton)
        or
        Justin(home vs Burnley)?
        Rest of my df: TAA, Ayling
        Sub:Taylor

      • Whits
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        1 month, 7 days ago

        Pick one:

        A. DCL and Rodriguez
        B. DCL and Digne
        C. Rodriguez and Digne