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. Gunner Boy
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Werner > Martial or hold FT?

    1. mazkills
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      my thoughts exactly...u got bruno or rashford, I would hold

      1. Gunner Boy
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        I have neither
        Plan is to get Bruno GW3

    2. Herman Toothrot
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      I would hold.

      Have both myself

    3. Holding Matip
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Hold

    4. Magic Zico
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      I'll do it

  2. Tempestic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    For one week, who scores more?
    A)Targett vs SHU - RMT favours him, Villa looked good defensively post lockdown and Sheffield toothless
    B) Ayling vs FUL - Clean sheet odds in his favour but Fulham less toothless with Mitro starting?

    1. Squeakybum99
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Ayling for me

  3. mazkills
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    On wildcard, quick reply hugely appreciated:

    Mcarthy (Nyland)
    Digne Lewis Justin (Lamptey Mitchell)
    Mo KDB Klich Bruno
    Werner DCL CW

    .9 itb

    Lewis Lamptey or Justin to Saiss?
    Look ok?

    1. Holding Matip
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Justin to Saiss

    2. Obi Wan Elokobi
      • 9 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      KDB to Auba this week. Then bring KDB next week

  4. ...al
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    If picking 2 Villa keepers, what combo would you pick?

    Martinez +

    a. Nyland

    b. Steer?

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      B

    2. Tempestic
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      B

    3. Jonflamingo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      a

    4. ...al
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Are options for your decison for naildness or lower % ownership?

      1. Tempestic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Just think Steer is the second choice keeper

    5. Whatever100
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Has Martinez joined villa yet then?

      1. ...al
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Yup you'd imagine he went for 1st team playing

        absolutely no reason otherwise, especially for the dollas

  5. Herman Toothrot
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Urgh, I was hoping Pulisic would be okay.

    Pulisic to Rashford for a -4 done.

    1. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Same situation, what was your other transfer?

      1. Herman Toothrot
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Son to James

  6. faux_C
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Liverpool interested in Jota...

  7. jiGGidyJ1
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    @_pauljoyce
    Liverpool interested in Wolves forward Diogo Jota.

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Woah, he's extremely reliable. Means Podence is nailed and they get a backup for the front three, would love for this to happen.

      1. Squeakybum99
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 12 days ago

        My thought exactly. Could be gold.

      2. SackWenger
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        I thought Wolves signed someone for £30m who made his debut in the week albeit fluffing a couple of chances. Only a matter of time before he is involved after that outlay.

    1. Berbs
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      I've moaned all summer about transfers but if Liverpool's window is Tsimikas, Thiago and Jota I'd be elated.

      1. Miguel Sanchez
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Solid improvements to the squad there with one major first XI improvement

        1. Klaren
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Surely he will be backup, can't see him getting close to being first 11 unless they sell someone.

          1. Tempestic
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            He’s referring to Thiago

          2. Would Ed Woodward
            • 1 Year
            2 months, 12 days ago

            He meant Thiago.

          3. Klaren
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            Ok I take it back, thought it was Jota

      2. COK3Y5MURF
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        How about some CBs? VVD is a liability now

    2. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Would be a great addition for us. YNWA

    3. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Trent and Jota - FIFA rivals united.

  8. Miguel Sanchez
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    For those thinking about captaining Bruno this weekend, Palace conceded the joint fewest penalties last season with just one spot kick given away.

    1. Would Ed Woodward
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Surely the chances go up significantly if Sakho starts.

  9. hazza44
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Hi guys,

    Any recommended transfers? Thinking about using WC to get in some Man United/City assets however I feel as though it's too early.

    McCarthy
    TAA Egan Justin
    Auba (C), Salah, Son, ASM
    Werner, DCL, Adams

    Nyland, Mitchell, KWP, Soucek

    Cheers

    1. Holding Matip
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Don't WC after 1 gw worth of data

  10. mazkills
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    thoughts on Podence/Neto to hold down that sub 6 midfielder spot? surprised Diogo J did not start. Is Podence more of a lock in that #10 role? pretty good fixtures ahead after City

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Podence is the more creative attacker. Neto is better for the defensive side.

    2. Holding Matip
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      liverpool interested in jota so looks like Podence will be nailed

    3. Pukkipartyy
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Im on WC and going with Podence. Allso heard he looked very good in previous game.

  11. Bocaginge
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Is Areola likely to be no.1 now he’s had a week to settle in to squad?

    1. faux_C
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      There is no way for anyone to know this!

      1. Bocaginge
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Surely Fulham fans have an idea having seen Rodak last season and knowing of how good Areola is.

    2. Klaren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      I wouldn't get a Fulham keeper, can't see them keeping CS vs any team.

      Areola transfer is just another indicator of how bad they are managed anyway. Keeper was one of their strongest position yet they go buy a 2nd keeper while barely improving rest of the positions they urgently need investment in.

      1. Brosef Stalin
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Yeah, Fulham are a basket case again. They haven't learnt anything from last time.

    3. barry custard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Areola? He’s a bit of a tit.

  12. Tempestic
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Why has Pulsic gone from over -100 to -61 on fplstats in the past hour??

    1. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 12 days ago

      FPL Towers taking pity on my team

      WC adjustments

    2. Klaren
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Flag changed to red

      1. Tempestic
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Noooo, I was rly hoping he’d drop so I could get him in for Alli next week D:

  13. Pep Roulette
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Anyone keeping Alli this week?

    1. Von Lipwig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      My only transfer was getting rid. As quickly as possible too

    2. DF
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Yep.

    3. HugoSimpson2
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Getting rid of him but can't decide for who. Already Have James Rodriguez.

    4. FourLokoLeipzig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      No, saving FT

  14. xpointgamma
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    bale official

    1. Miguel Sanchez
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      wonder if FPL towers will rush add him to the game

      1. ...al
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Probably

      2. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Imagine the emergency Zoom meeting is happening as we speak.

        1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          If true

          1. Miguel Sanchez
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            The guy who priced Karl Darlow is on it

    2. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Link?

      1. ⱼₐᵣᵥᵢₛₕ
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Well about 5 people said the deal was "done" and "100%" yesterday despite the fact he had not done his medical, agreed terms or was even in the country, so not sure what the definition of "official" is nowadays.

        1. mynameisq
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Official nowadays mean clubs have agreed price and contract is agreed with player. Technically things can still go wrong from that point but it's very unlikely

  15. MANGE TOUT RODNEY
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Staggered by the amount of people ditching Werner. And Trent.

    1. Olson
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      All the liverpool defenders coasted along being poor value for many games at the start of last season.

      It's certainly a risk but there is a precedent for them not being worth the outlay when liverpool aren't right at the back

  16. Squires FC
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    So tempted to ditch ings for dcl but 2fts could be really handy next week. Mitro, davies & auba decisions to make as well as seeing how utd & city look.

    1. barry custard
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 12 days ago

      get rid of mitro now. leeds will tank them 3 zip.

  17. TeddiPonza
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Bench one:

    CTaylor
    Lascelles
    Antonio
    Mitro

    Thanks

    1. Holding Matip
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Antonio

    2. xHaTr
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Taylor

  18. Flaming Flamingo
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Since Aguero has been ruled out, I thought it'd be a good time to run the numbers on Sterling when Aguero is in and out of the team.

    Last season when Sterling started in the league and Aguero played more than 45 minutes:

    12 games
    2 goals (0.36 xG per game)
    0 assists (0.23 xA per game)

    Last season when Sterling started in the league and Aguero played less than 45 minutes:

    17 games
    17 goals (0.88 xG per game)
    1 assist (0.24 xA per game)

    If Aguero is out for next few weeks, Sterling could be a great alternative to KDB in the short-term, particularly with Salah and Aubameyang's tough fixtures coming up.

    Anyone considering Sterling or even already own him?

    1. Gudjohnsen
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Gonna get him for gw3

      1. Flaming Flamingo
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Could pay off handsomely, a great captain option that week too

    2. Flair
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      2 months, 12 days ago

      This is excellent stuff. Definitely prefer him over KDB in the short-term

      1. Flaming Flamingo
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Agreed my plan was to go Aubameyang to Salah after GW2, but may reconsider if Aguero still isn't in contention

        1. Flair
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          2 months, 12 days ago

          Depends on how both look on the weekend, could WC if both look effective

          1. Flaming Flamingo
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            Same thought process here, still likely to go Salah but food for thought maybe

    3. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Kun is out for 1 week

      1. Flaming Flamingo
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        I'd be surprised if he returned that quickly considering he hasn't trained yet

        1. Inazuma X1
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 12 days ago

          He has trained just not with the team

    4. I Member
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Between him and KDB. Not sure who I'll end up with yet.

      1. Flaming Flamingo
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Wolves game should help with that. Although KDB being on pens make it a bit of a toss up for me, even with Sterling's record without Aguero

  19. Inazuma X1
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Jota to Liverpool

    1. Pep Roulette
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Podence!!!!

  20. raff97
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Considering a last minute KWP -> Digne for a hit. I have enough before Luca's price rises tonight. Everton's fixtures are so sumptuous while Southmapton lost to Brentford reserves, I would be very surprised if Digne didnt outperform KWP by 4 points over the next 4-5 weeks. Thoughts?

    1. The Senate
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      it will pay off in 3/4 weeks for sure, maybe even straight away

  21. TeddiPonza
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Team news tab is not working in my phone. Anyone else having the same problem?

    1. Capitan_K
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Yes... Same

    2. DAVESAVES
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Same

  22. wulfranian
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Do you think it's worth to sell Ings for Martial(-4)?

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

      I did exactly that

    2. Pukki Party
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      No from me

    3. Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 12 days ago

      No

    4. wulfranian
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      cheers

    5. Tree House
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      don't think so

  23. Stimps
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Better combo?

    A) Lamptey, Lewis
    B) Justin, Taylor

    1. Dynamic Duos
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      A

    2. Tonyawesome69
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 12 days ago

      A

    3. ...al
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      I'd like a Burnley def, but not sure who to get

      Lamptey I'm all over and Justin is good for another month or so. Lewis looks great too.

      Long term Lamptey and Lewis... Rises/form Lamptey + Justin

    4. FourLokoLeipzig
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      A

  24. SerieD
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    McCarthy(Steer)
    Davies, Justin, Taa (KWP,Ferguson)
    Son, Burke, Salah, Auba, Soucek Mitro, Werner, DCL

    A) Save Ft
    B) Werner+Son--> Martial+ Bruno
    C) Son+Davies--> Bruno+Lamptey
    D) Other 1mil itb

  25. Sturridge Wars
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Best 5.5 or less mid?

    A) Podence
    B) ASM
    C) Harrison
    D) Other comment below

    1. Inazuma X1
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Podence

    2. ...al
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      If it's for a 5th mid, get a 4.5

      4th mid, probably ASM or Podence given the Jota news. Harrison for safety

    3. xHaTr
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Podence by a substantial margin if jota goes to liverpool

  26. SerieD
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    McCarthy(Steer)
    Davies, Justin, Taa (KWP,Ferguson)
    Son,Salah,Auba,Soucek(Burke)
    Mitro,Werner, DCL

    A) Save Ft
    B) Werner+Son--> Martial+ Bruno
    C) Son+Davies--> Bruno+Lamptey
    D) Other 1mil itb

    1. SerieD
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Double post. Sorry! Trying to delete earlier.

      1. SerieD
        • 3 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Oh well. I cant do that. Anycase opinions are appreciated!

  27. gooner_112233445566
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 12 days ago

    a) save ft
    b) mount out for j rodriguez with ft

    1. gooner_112233445566
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 12 days ago

      already got werner if that makes a difference

  28. DantheManinaPan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    I'm building a fanteam draft.

    Anyone got any tips for me? E.G. players who seem particular bargains?

    So far I've noticed

    Meslier 4.0
    Marcal 4.5
    Bellerin 4.5
    Mina 4.5

    1. Camzy
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Those are all good.

      Rodriguez is 7.0m. Grealish is 6.5m.

      Forwards are all horribly overpriced considering they don't get bonus.

      I'm playing 2 or even 1 upfront.

    2. Gregor
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Darlow, Boly, Basham, Soucek, Batshuayi, White, Bissouma.

    3. Bergkamps second touch
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 12 days ago

      VVD is a steal at 6mil. Basham, Maitland Miles too at 4.5

    4. DantheManinaPan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Thank you for the replies all!

  29. Weasel51
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    A) Vinagre >>> Lewis/Justin

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