Captain Sensible

Who are the best FPL captain options for Gameweek 17?

The latest Fantasy Premier League captaincy debate is all about trust, something that has been in short supply recently.

Many of us are fresh from watching the most popular skipper blank in each of the last two Gameweeks, Mohamed Salah (£12.6m) still without a goal since Gameweek 14.

What’s worse, those two matches pitted league leaders Liverpool against so-called ‘lesser opposition’ in West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle.

Such freak results have become commonplace in 2020/21 as a busy fixture period, uncertainty over future matches and lack of fans have all impacted our Fantasy assets across the board. Since 2001, no team has ever occupied the Premier League’s top spot after 16 games with as few points as 33. Such a total would have placed you sixth in the division last season.

How will these factors play into the Gameweek 17 captaincy? Well, there is lots to unpack here.

Liverpool travel to face a stubborn Southampton defence, Bruno Fernandes (£11.2m) is up against an impressive Aston Villa team while the arguably out-of-form Harry Kane (£11.0m) and Son Heung-min (£9.7m) will be treated to Saturday lunch with Leeds’ gut-busting free-scoring Leeds outfit.

As ever, the Captain Sensible article is here to look into these options, comparing their individual form against the defensive capabilities and/or weaknesses of their upcoming opponents.

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Captain Poll

Salah’s struggles in front of goal over the last two Gameweeks seem very fresh in many people’s minds, as the Egyptian has failed to reach 10% of votes in this week’s captain poll so far.

That puts the Liverpool winger in the fourth-place behind Fernandes (32.5%), Kane (20.0%) and Son (17.0%).

The top-five is closed up by Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£7.9), with 5.2% of votes going the way of the Everton striker ahead of West Ham’s Friday evening trip to Goodison Park.

Jamie Vardy (4.7%) is the one to slightly miss out on the top-five this week, as Leicester visit Newcastle in Gameweek 17.

Perhaps surprisingly, in-form Marcus Rashford (£9.5m) gathered less than 1.0% of votes this week, despite extending his scoring run against Wolves. The Manchester United man now has five goals in his last six Premier League appearances


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968 Comments Post a Comment
  1. TheDragon
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 28 days ago

    What to do? 1 FT 0.2 ITB. Will FH18

    Robertson, KWP, Mitchell*
    Salah, KDB, Fernandes, Grealish
    Bamford, DCL*, Adams
    Johnstone | Dallas, Taylor**, Bissouma*

    A) KDB -> Son (c) and reverse it GW19. GW19 take a -4 to do DCL -> Raphina for 11 DGWers and use TC

    B) As per A but also take out Bissouma, Mitchell and Taylor (-12/-16) and bench boost

    C) ignore Son/ Spurs this week, and bench boost / TC in 19 with no hits / -4?

    1. 'Broadsword Calling Da…
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      8 months, 28 days ago

      I'm going to Captain Son.

    2. adam wigan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      I’d be reluctant to bring in a player to get rid of them instantly for a bit. Ive done something similar and lost our big time! Could use your FT to get rid of Taylor perhaps?

  2. Couch Potato
    • 2 Years
    8 months, 28 days ago

    Ayling (Spurs away) or Coufal (Everton away)?

  3. Shark Team
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 28 days ago

    What's better?
    A) Losing a FT because im gonna FH next GW ( i will take a hit in gw19)
    B) Do Taylor to Lawton and play him ahead of Coufal (I will take 2 hits in gw19 though)

  4. Redranger
    • 6 Years
    8 months, 27 days ago

    What to do here? FH GW18 so don’t wanna waste my FT
    0 ITB

    McCarthy Johnstone
    Robbo Balbuena Dallas Cancelo Justin
    Salah Bruno Son Soucek Anguissa
    Adams Bam Kane

    1. adam wigan
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      Not sure how I’d improve on that to be honest. Looks a strong team!

  5. adam wigan
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 27 days ago

    What are your thoughts for a longer term defensive duo to go along with Robertson? I have Dallas as well

    A- Zouma and Stones
    B- James and Cancelo

    1. TKC07
      • 2 Years
      8 months, 27 days ago

      A out of these options.

      But there are cheaper options available if you're interested in funds to spend in MID.
      Coufal, Holding, Pieters and could rotate between them for easy fixtures.

  6. BDA Shadow
    • 7 Years
    8 months, 27 days ago


    KDB has to stay now, plan was KDB to Salah. Only other option is Son to Salah but to do that I need to downgrade James to a 3.8m. Only 3.8m defender is a Leeds player, who I of course have 3 of the their juicy double.

  7. Tosa86
    • 4 Years
    8 months, 27 days ago

    Who captain between salah son kane and Bruno?

    1. Party time
      8 months, 27 days ago

      Salah imo but all could do well

      1. Tosa86
        • 4 Years
        8 months, 27 days ago

        Why salah?
        Is the fixture easiest?

  8. Clinton19
    • 3 Years
    8 months, 27 days ago

    Is Son a sensible captain pick this week. Ive got bruno and salah also. who would you go with?

  9. Munny Man
    • 8 Years
    8 months, 27 days ago

    Who to play.
    Dallas vs Spurs
    Coufel vs Everton