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. KLOPPS AND ROBBERS... the s…
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Who does Thiago come in for?
    Wiji?

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

      Yes

      1. King Carlos
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Who knows

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

    Should I sell Salah for Rashford with ensuring funds for Jimenes in next GW or I should keep it for Chelsea fixture?

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

      Keep Salah

  3. Big Steve
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Alli - Mahrez - James

    On wildcard... need a placeholder until Pulisic is fully fit so 8.5m budget... is Hames the best for the next say 3 Gw’s?

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

      Yes

      1. Big Steve
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Quite fancy Mahrez aswell?!

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

          Id Bilva is out I would expect him to start. But who knows with the bald fraud

          1. Big Steve
            • 4 Years
            2 months, 12 days ago

            Good point! James is guarenteed to play atleast! I’m going for him!

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

          Pep has said that Riyad is available for selection but was one of the two City players to test positive for Coronavirus last month, the other being Laporte is definitely ruled out.
          I’d be surprised to see Mahrez starting against Wolves but who knows with the roulette.

  4. Don Kloppeone
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Start which 2 this GW?

    A) KWP (TOT)
    B) Taylor (lei)
    C) Davies (sou)

    I have McCarthy in goal fwiw.

    Cheers! GL!

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

    1M ITB 0FT any transfer worth a hit here?

    MxCarthy (Steer)
    TAA Davies Egan (Taylor Mitchell)
    Auba Salah Greenwood Doucoure (Bissouma)
    Werner DCL Wilson

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

      No. Nice team

  6. FootballFanatic365- BOOM Xh…
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    werner starting ?

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

      Frank said he wasn’t injured

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

    Any thoughts on who to play between Reece James and Soucek?

    I'm 99% certain Chelsea will concede but I'd expect James to play RWB and him being on corners etc could help with getting an attacking return. Not sure if it's a higher chance than a Soucek attacking return though.

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

      Soucek

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

      Soucek easily for me

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

      Thanks both!

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

    Dear Podence, won't you come out to play?

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

      Ha

  9. Jacky boy
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    start bissouma or mitchell ?

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

      scraping the barrel

      1. Jacky boy
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        any suggestions ?

      2. Jacky boy
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 12 days ago

        team id christina ?

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

          157200

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

      Bissouma

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

      Bis

  10. damiang2233
    • 10 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Whats the updates on ASM??

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

      tweet tweet said the birdie

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

      He's fit says Bruce

  11. BNMC
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Is it worth hitting BB with this bench or will there probably be a better opportunity this season:
    Ryan KWP ASM Saka

    I may as well BB while I still have a full playing bench, but DGWs present a bigger upside.

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

      Too early to BB - still a lot of unknowns

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

      I’d think you BB the week after you wildcard and set your team up to have everyone playing

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

      Saka not clear starter, so I wouldnt

    4. Obamawang
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Too early now - another 36 weeks to go after this one. I'd save it for a DGW.

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

    Who's the best value £5m (under defender)? He'd play most weeks so I want a starter - is James nailed at Chelsea? Coady or Saiss?

    Thanks!

    1. Garth Marenghi
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Shaw an option

    2. il Brutto
      • 7 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      I like Saiss

  13. Dacra
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Werner to Martial for a hit?

    Looks like Martial rising and Werner falling..

    Also have Havertz.

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

      why would you do that? Assiuming you going Auba(c)

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

    Suggestions for last 2 slots plz

    Thoughts on this WC team?

    Martinez
    Robbo - Digne - AWB - Saiss
    Auba -KDB xxx xxx
    Jimenez - DCL
    - Ayling Bissouma Brewster

    A) 9.5 and a 5.5 (Rashford, Podence)
    Or
    B) Two 7-7.5s (Greenwood, Jrod)

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

      B

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

        Thank you

  15. Jacky boy
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    do you think pulisic will be ready for gw3 ?
    had planned to do auba + nketiah to jimenez + pulisic!

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

      MIns off bench best hope for GW3

    2. FOO FIGHTER
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Long way from match fitness

    3. Jacky boy
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Thanks all

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

    Which one would you prefer?

    A) KDB & DCL
    B) Son & Werner

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

      A

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

      A

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

      A

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

      B

  17. Naby K8a
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Jota off to Liverpool

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

      ...to become a rotation risk

      1. FOO FIGHTER
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 12 days ago

        Nice backup though.

  18. FOO FIGHTER
    • 1 Year
    2 months, 12 days ago

    So Wolves to give City a spanking again this weekend?

    City already have a lean squad but the new signings they have made not going to send shivers down the spine IMO.

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

      Laporte out is a big issue, can now see Wolves beating them again on Monday night

    2. F4L
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Sterling vs Traore and an off form Boly, with hopefully an advanced KDB. Wolves gonna get the spanking.

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

      3-1 City minimum

  19. MidTableFantasy
    • 5 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Does FPL change the FDR/Fixture Difficulty Ratings (1-5) throughout the season? Looking at Sheffield, Leeds, Everton, Chelsea, and some others especially with negligible differences for home v away advantage...

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

      Yes but I don't think they change it every week

  20. Smokey_Lowkey
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Who to bench from:

    A. Taylor (lei)
    B. Dier (sou)
    C. Mitrovic (lee)

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

      A

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

    Play Soucek (ars) or Pereira (eve)?

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

      Soucek, just. Everton look good; Arsenal can always concede one...

  22. Bubz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    I could see Lampard playing Giroud up top vs Liverpool, with Werner and Hudson Odoi on the wings, Mount no.10 and Havertz benched

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

      Can only see him playing 3 of Mount/Barkley/Havertz/CHO/Werner/Abraham/Giroud personally. I expect they'll either go with a back 3, or midfield 3 of Kanye, Jorginho and Kovacic

    2. Kante Touch This
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Would love to see this but with Havertz and Mount reversed, Lamps loves mount though

  23. The real slim shady
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Thiago 6 mil. That could be way to cheap.

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

      Scored more than 3 league goals in a season once in his whole career.

  24. Whiskerz
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Tempted by Sterling over KDB after pep saying Aguero hasn't trained since his op. Probably still out for quite a while.

  25. Garth Marenghi
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Foden starts v Wolves?

    A) yes
    B) probably
    C) no

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

      B

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

    0M ITB 0FT any transfer worth a hit here?

    McCarthy (Button)
    TAA - Justin - C Taylor (Mitchell & Saliba)
    Salah - Auba - Son - ASM - Soucek
    Martial - Werner (Brewster)

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

    Fpl moving fast Thiago 6m

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

      That could be quite a bargain eventually

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

      Wow that was fast... good option at 6m?

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

        One to monitor

  28. Siva Mohan
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    if Jota leaves Podence is nailed .. right?

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

      Not nailed, but it'll definitely help

  29. Iceball
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 6 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    A) Son to Rashford
    B) Werner to Martial
    C) Save, 2ft next week

    1. Daniel - Go Granville
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      I like c

    2. Garth Marenghi
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      C

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

      c

  30. Daniel - Go Granville
    • 11 Years
    2 months, 12 days ago

    Here is a difficult one. Who to play ?

    Saiss or Dier?

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

      Dier

    2. Garth Marenghi
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 12 days ago

      Dier