Captain Sensible

Who are the best FPL captain options for Gameweek 6?

It feels like 2017/18 all over again when it comes to Fantasy Premier League captaincy decisions right now.

It was back in the good-old days where we were faced with a choice between Mohamed Salah (£12.3m) and Harry Kane (£10.8m) ahead of a new Gameweek – and yet here we are in 2020, with the two sides impressing themselves on the latest debate for the armband.

The Captain Sensible article is back once again to help you pick the right option for the armband, using key underlying statistics for player form and the defences of their upcoming opponents.

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

Captain Poll

Mohamed Salah (£12.3m) is leading this week’s Captain Poll as he is backed by half of our voters, specifically 48.5% The in-form Liverpool midfielder is facing Sheffield United in Gameweek 6, who are yet to win a Premier League game this season, with four defeats and one draw.

Meanwhile, nobody has recorded as many goal involvements in the opening five matches of the season as Harry Kane (£10.8m), who already has five goals, seven assists and 60 points.

The Tottenham striker also faces an out-of-form team on Monday, as Burnley are still looking for their first league victory of the season (three defeats, one draw). 

Kane currently sits second in the Captain Poll, with nearly 20.0% of our users backing the Englishman.

Behind Kane, his counterpart Son Heung-min (£9.4m, 6.5% of votes), Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish (£7.2m, 5.0%) and Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling (£11.6m, 3.0% of votes) remain as the outside picks this week.

Once again, using some underlying data from the Fantasy Football Scout Premium Members Area and combining the poll results, current form and analysis of the opposition, we are going to try to pick the best captain for Gameweek 6.

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2,519 Comments Post a Comment
  1. IN SANE IN DE BRUYNE
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    Hello

  2. Og
    • 4 Years
    3 months, 7 days ago

    No Kane no Gain

    1. Joey Tribbiani
        3 months, 7 days ago

        No Mane no Kane

    2. Black Knights
      • 8 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Captained Kane v whu but surely salah this week.

      1. RAFA THE GAFFA
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Mo

    3. RAFA THE GAFFA
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      New post repost.

      4-4-2 with Robbo or 3-4-3 with Maupay here and why? Which is the better structure going forward? Possible WC in GW9.

      McCarthy
      TAA, Mitchell, Saiss
      Pulisic, Salah, Rodríguez**, Son
      DCL, Ings
      (Nyland, Biss, Justin ....)

    4. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Mo doubt about it.

    5. Eat my goal!
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      So is Ancelotti doing a mo or doing an ole?!

      I was just coming round to bringing in Hamez!

      Imagine being one of the 250k that brought him in!

      1. Limbo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        Can't see it being more than a week from what he said. Could do with folk selling TBH.

        1. Eat my goal!
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Isn’t he injury prone tho

    6. Dont_Win_Friends_With_Salah…
      • 3 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      James to Bale anyone?

    7. BrutalLogiC
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Rodriguez injury:(
      now what to do with KDB, more likely to play now? can't afford Sterling (11.6), only got 11.5

    8. Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      So what to do ... keep James Rod and bench him or sell ?

      1. evilfish
        • 5 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        I think I'm gonna keep him even though it means playing Bissouma. I got him from the start and cannot afford to lose that TV.

    9. g40steve
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Bench order correct?

      Best C?

      Martinez
      Robbo, Saiss, Chilwell,
      Grealish, Salah, Podence, Zaha, Son
      DCL, Kane C

      Steer, Lamptey, Mitchell, Delap,

      2.1

      1. GloryManUnited
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        3 months, 7 days ago

        No city is going to hurt

    10. invertebrate
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      What would be the best way to see from stats alone how high or deep a team’s defensive line is?

    11. Nightcrawler
      • 1 Year
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Guys plz help. Opinions needed

      A) sell barnes this week (2.2 itb) already have grealish and son

      B) keep him, save ft and look to replace him with bruno next week

    12. The Red Devil
      • 5 Years
      3 months, 7 days ago

      Which pair??

      Rashford + grealish (double villa)
      Sterling + McGinn (double villa)
      Fernandes+ foden
      Mane + lookman (triple pool)

    13. FPL_trail_runner
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      3 months, 7 days ago

      The best captain this week is TAA

      Reasons.

      1. Sheffield have actually the 5th best defence this year on underlying data and have the most underperforming side points wise (They should have 5 more points on the table)

      Thus, i see them keeping it a low scoring game where Salah and Mane could be restricted. TAA despite being deeper still is creating alot of big chances and has set pieces. If liverpool keep a cleansheet he will most likely get bonus points. He also has the potential to score in other ways.

      2. Kane is playing Burnley, Spurs attack is overperforming, although Kane is not, Burnely are ranked the 2nd best defence this year based on underlying data. Despite missing Mee they should have conceded almost 4 goals less than they have. Both will regress - Burnley will improve and Spurs attack will fall back.

      I see it been a tight 0-1 type game. Maybe even a 0-0

      3. No other candidates. West ham are performing well on all underlying data. Dont see city scoring alot. Villa are massively overperforming on underlying attacking data.

      So , its TAA this week.

      1. Joey Tribbiani
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Are you captaining him?

          1. FPL_trail_runner
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Yes.

            1. Steinburg FC
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              link your team to your profile LOL

        • stat sifter 888888
            3 months, 7 days ago

            You're captaining TAA the week after VVD has been injured? Is Becker definitely back by then? I know Sheff have been pretty dire going forward but they are the type of team that often puts in unexpectedly good performances against big sides ad sometimes can break them down and catch them unawares.

            1. FPL_trail_runner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 months, 7 days ago

              They havent done so historically away from home against the top teams attacking wise.

              Their defence is more the factor.

          • F4L
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Such a small sample size means little, I mean just look at the teams Burnley have played this year.

            Everyone said the same about West Ham being defensively solid and Kane and Son still ripped them apart.

            Kane being rested tonight means I'll give him the armband, he's the man in form.

            1. FPL_trail_runner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Spurs finishing last week was exceptional to the level its not suistainable. Their xG was lower than west Ham

              You play the game again 10 times and they dont score 3 in most of the games.

              1. F4L
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                Not when players are going through purple patches, everything goes in. Kane was a few inches away from 20 points, and set Bale up for a one on one as well.

                Plus Klopp has already shown his willingness to manage Salah's minutes (could do the same with TAA), when you know Kane will play a full 90 with Mourinho putting out a near enough second team in Europe.

                1. FPL_trail_runner
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  This is just confirmation bias

                  If a purple patch existed then a player would never stop scoring ever once they started. Kane is an elite striker and has put up great number for most of his career ( but dipped in past 1.5 years) . Nobody can sustain the numbers he is putting up per 90min currently.

                  Burnley away from home is not a captain game, the underlying stats show it

                  And also say Spurs are overperforming in attack.

                  1. F4L
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    Kane always overperforms, ever since he became a regular he's scored more goals than xG had him down for. In his best season he "over performed" by 9 goals. And now he's posting crazy expected assist stats as well.

                    I think you have your mind set on not captaining a Spurs attacker, only time will tell who made the right call.

                    1. FPL_trail_runner
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      3 months, 7 days ago

                      The overperformance here suggest Kane and Son will get 35 goals this season each + 20 more assists

                      Its not the same type of overperformance

          • Collie01
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 3 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Whenever I think of captaining TAA, it's because Liverpool have a plum fixture and in that case, it's usually Salah who has the stronger appeal. With no Alison or VVD, I think it's just too much of a risk backing Liverpool CS with the captaincy.

            1. FPL_trail_runner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Its not such a plum fixture imo, Sheffield are a bottom 6 team overall - but their defence isnt a bottom 6 team.

              So id much rather bet against their attack, which is bottom 6 and liverpool keeping the cleansheet

              A cleansheet for Liverpool will mean in most cases TAA gets bonus points due to his passing and creation. Even before any actual output

              1. Collie01
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                If that's what you feel, then for sure go for it. It's not a bad option, I mean TAA was 4th highest scoring player in the game last season. Nailing a slightly punty/out there captain pick is one of the most satisifying things that can happen in the game!

                I've TAA and Robbo double up so hoping Liverpool get the CS

          • TheDragon
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            No

          • Eat my goal!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Lol

            1. FPL_trail_runner
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Indeed!

              What folly to look at underlying data which is the best longterm predictor of goals scored and conceded and indeed overall player performance

              I will instead captain the player who scored the most points last week forever going forward whether or not they are finishing at a rate above Messi - which of course is for sure to continue.

              1. Steve The Spud
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                3 months, 7 days ago

                By your logic surely robbo is the better captain? Since he has better underlying stats than taa this season ?

                1. FPL_trail_runner
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  Some, Trent has more shots on target and big chances

                  + set pieces

                  + Trent appears better suited to bonus

                  1. Steinburg FC
                    • 6 Years
                    3 months, 7 days ago

                    if i could only captain a Liverpool defender this week it would be Robertson.
                    Personally i think Son and Kane are the best options this week but as i have both i'm going to go with the crowd and Salah.

                    good luck...

        • F4L
          • 6 Years
          3 months, 7 days ago

          Strongest possible Leicester line up and Justin is benched. Hmm

          1. Black Knights
            • 8 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Or rested. Can’t see Fuchs being first choice, can you?

            1. F4L
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              depends how he does when played I guess. Can't see Fuchs playing 2 90 mins in the space of 4 days though, but I do think Fuchs has been picked tonight purely based on merit and it's not just simple rotation.

          2. stat sifter 888888
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Hmmm indeed.

              1. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                Fuchs is not good enough, I wouldn't be worried as Justin owner

          3. shearer9
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            A. Brewster to Kane (start C Taylor)
            B. McCarthy to Sterling (bench J Rod and bring Sterling on)

          4. AC Yew
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Maupay (C) anyone?

            1. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Not for me

            2. manu4life99
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              God no

            3. TheDragon
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Just owning Maupay is enough disappointment for me

              1. Fred54
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                Heh.

              2. AC Yew
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                Lol. Good diff if he hauls though : P

            4. Collie01
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              I think going anybody other than Salah or Kane this week is overthinking it. Maybe Son or Mane if you don't have Salah or Kane.

              1. AC Yew
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                Have Salah and Son. Just fancy a punt!

          5. Slitherene
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Help needed!

            A) KdB + Justin -> Bruno + Reguilon
            B) KdB + Wilson -> Grealish + Aguero

            Which option for the next 3?

          6. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Are people selling Rodriguez for a hit now that he is out?

            1. TheDragon
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              He isn’t 100% out

              Madness to sell for a hit in my opinion

            2. Collie01
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              He's out?

              1. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                According FFS tweets and Karlo quote looks like he is out yes

                1. Collie01
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  Thanks, that's first I heard of it.

          7. FPLMACKEM
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            3 months, 7 days ago

            What to do about Rodriguez?

            McCarthy
            TAA Robbo Lewis
            Rodriguez Salah Son Podence
            Maupay Mitrovic Jimenez

            Steer Taylor Burke Ferguson

            1Ft 4.2m ITB

            A) bench him and play Taylor/ Burke and hope for a point or two and bank a transfer.
            B) Ferguson > Kilman and play him v Newcastle. I was happy to be patient and wait till he's fit but no news on him for a while.
            C) Burke > Grealish/Barkley. Then downgrade Podence back to a 4.5m mid later to free up cash.
            D) any other suggestions?

          8. Eat my goal!
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            3 red arrows and already in the negatives - cash in now folks or your cow is going to be drained!

          9. CAPA
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 2 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            With KDB back in training, how confident are we that he'll start on Saturday? Will be a big factor in transfer thoughts

            1. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              I think he will. They have to go for the title

              1. CAPA
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                I was going to go KDB to Mane but now I'm not sure ....

          10. fcsaltyballs
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Martinez
            Robertson Chilwell Saiss
            Salah Son James Grealish Sterling
            DCL Watkins

            Forster Dallas Brewster Ferguson

            1 FT, 0.0 itb

            1. Save FT
            2. James >> ??

            Thanks

          11. KUN+10
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 6 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Martinez (Steer)
            Reguilon Chilwell Saiss
            Son Salah (C) Fernandes Jrod* Kilch
            Kane Wilson

            Steer Brewster Mitchell Taylor

            How does the team look fells, anyt changes recommended? Thinking of saving my transfer. Brewster first in line to come in for James.

            Thank you beforehand for your replies.

            1. boomshakeboom
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 7 days ago

              gtg

          12. boomshakeboom
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 7 days ago

            wood to KUN for -4 worth it?got sterling for city cover

          13. Jullepuu
            • 1 Year
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Which one should I pick?

            A) Taylor
            B) Dallas
            C) KWP
            D) someone else

          14. Buck The Trent
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 9 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Any Davies owner take another drop on the chin? Certainly not worth -4 to save 0.1, right?

            1. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              I hate 0.1 loses this time of the season. I would sell, but that is my style

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

              Yeah I’m in the same boat. Taking the 0.1 loss

            3. HashAttack
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              I'll always sell instead of losing 0.1 in SV ... He's likely to carry on dropping next week and is only owned by 1.3% - The lower the ownership the less sales it takes for a player's price to drop

            4. Collie01
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              I think I'd just sell (after match this eve). You are going to have to sell him anyway sooner or later. Use it as a chance to get a more exciting option or free up more cash.

          15. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Anyone knows the top 10K EO% of KdB?

            1. Eat my goal!
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              Who cares everyone knows most of the top 10k aren’t going to be there by Christmas!

            2. KUN+10
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 7 days ago

              7.2%

              1. KUN+10
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 7 days ago

                EO 4.7%

                1. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 7 days ago

                  thanks alds

          16. Daniel - FH,BB,TC,WC left
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Strujk or Kilman?

          17. Irish Villan 1985
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 7 days ago

            Guys....

            Ings & TAA

            To...

            Kane & Saiss

            Or

            Aguero & Digne

            Or

            Stick???

            Thanks.